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The Alchemy of Happiness

Kīmīyā-yi Sa’ādat (Persian: کیمیای سعادت English: The Alchemy of Happiness or Contentment), by Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-, a theologian, and philosopher, often regarded as one of the greatest mystics of Islam–claimed by many communities of different sects and denominations.

Kimiya-yi Sa’ādat was around the end of his life shortly before 499 AH/1105 AD.  Al-Ghazālī, noted that there were constant disputes about the role of philosophy and scholastic theology, and that Sufis became chastised for their neglect of the ritual obligations of Islam. Upon its release, Kimiya-yi sa’ādat allowed al-Ghazali to considerably reduce the tensions between the scholars and mystics. Kimiya-yi sa’ādat emphasized importance of observing the ritual requirements of Islam, the actions that would lead to salvation, and avoidance of sin. What set the Kimiya-yi sa’ādat apart from other theological works at the time was its mystical emphasis on self-discipline and asceticism.

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