These books are an adaptation of Imam Ghazali’s Ihya for children in story form published as a series of books which aims to support Muslim parents, teachers, and children in realizing how to live by and embody the noble Prophetic character through self-observation and self-correction. The series aims to provide authentic, quality guidance through Ghazali’s systematic approach for developing virtuous character.
Over the centuries, the Ihya has been regarded as the greatest compendium of Islamic spirituality and ethical behavior for everyday life. It lays down practical teachings and explains how the outer aspects of Islam can, through their inner spiritually transformative meanings, change every situation into one which strengthens the innate human nobility of character. The Prophet Mohammad said, “I was only sent to perfect good character”.
Imam al-Ghazali was called the “Proof of Islam” because in both his life and his writings, he demonstrated how to perfect one’s character by understanding both the outer and the inner sunnah. He provides the entire family with a clear and simple map for living correctly – according to one’s fitrah, one’s innate, pure, true nature – by understanding and living by the inner, spiritually transformative meanings of Islam. Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Verily, Allah does not look at your appearance or wealth, but rather He looks at your heart and actions.” -Sahih Muslim 2564
When children are presented with truth, they recognize it; they cannot bear injustice or lying. The Ghazali educational package presents essential teachings in a simple and enjoyable way, making otherwise deep concepts accessible and easy to live and grow by.
Ghazali provides a map for all ages. The materials are for children who can read, but may easily be adapted by parents and teachers for a child as young as five years of age. Ghazali’s core teachings, which are presented in the stories and then reinforced by the workbooks, curricula, videos and children’s website, provide a systematic way to develop noble character in an enjoyable way.
It is recommended that all parents first read straight through the children’s books. In this way they can easily convey and continually reinforce the ideas to smaller children during daily life activities and simplified bedtime stories, while at the same time becoming clear as to the changes they need to make in themselves.
Imam al-Ghazali based everything he wrote on his profound understanding of Quran and Hadith.
Certain themes from al-Ghazali’s Book One are presented repeatedly in the children’s stories in order to emphasize their importance and underscore their urgency.
In Book Two, the Book of Belief/Creed, Imam al-Ghazali explains the nature of God – Who and What and Where He is. This has been adapted for children. This book then goes on to talk about accountability and what happens after we die.
Book Three, The Mysteries of Purity, and Book Four, The Mysteries of Prayer, help children to love and understand the deep and beautiful levels of ablutions and prayer with a special emphasis on humility.
Adult books coming this October.