Did Imam Ghazali Write Works on Black Magic?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani


I am writing this question because I am confused about Imam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali and some claims about him.
Did he, rahimahullah, write a book called “Al-Tibb al-Ruhani li al-Jism al-Insani” that contains “magical squares”?


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There are many studies about Imam Ghazali and his books. This isn’t one of the established books authored by him.

Imam Ghazali’s standing and greatness is acknowledged across mainstream Islamic scholarship–and only those at variance with mainstream Islam attack him.

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