n this opening class in explanation of Imam Ghazali’s classic primer on practical spirituality, Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-HIdaya), Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the purpose of Imam Ghazali’s text and teachings.

The central theme of this work is transformative knowledge: beneficial knowledge being knowledge that results in action that leads to transforming one’s relationship with Allah Most High and spiritual realization.

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives a brief biography of Imam Ghazali, explaining why he was known as the “Proof of Islam” (Hujjat al-Islam), and some of the distinguishing characteristics of his scholarship.

A useful thematic overview of Beginning of Guidance is given.


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"Whoever guides someone to goodness will have a similar reward"-- The Prophet (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him)