The Forty Principles of Religion
by Imam Al Ghazali
taught by Shaykh Haytham Tamim
At a glance
Every Thursday at 7pm – 8pm
Followed by Q&A
Live ONLINE on ZOOM and YouTube
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What is being covered?
The Forty Principles of the Religion is a summary of Al Ghazali’s Ihya Ulum al Din (A Revival of the Religious Sciences). These explore the spiritual depth of virtually every aspect of Islam with profound insights into how to become closer to Allah Almighty.
Though Ghazali’s contribution to Islamic spirituality is hard to surpass, it is accessible through his step by step breakdown of the spiritual path, which is tried and tested.
Studying the Forty Principles enables students to grasp the fundamentals without having to grapple with the magnus opus which is the Ihya Ulum al Din.
In these sessions, Shaykh Haytham Tamim does not just give a commentary on Ghazali’s work, but dips into the Ihya Ulum al Din and adds his own fresh insights to Al Ghazali’s work, making these sessions rich and deep.
The Sum of Knowledge and its Principles
- Zakat and Sadaqah
- Reciting the Quran
- Remembrance of Allah (dhikr)
- Seeking the Halal
- Upholding the Rights (Huquq) of Muslims and good Companionship
- Commanding Good and Forbidding Evil
- Following the Sunnah
Who was Al Ghazali?
Known as the Proof of Islam, Abu Hamid Muhammad at Tusi al Ghazali (d.505 AH/111 AC) is regarded as one of the greatest thinkers to have lived after the Pious Predecessors. The Persian philosopher rejected Aristotelian philosophy and the Ihya became the most frequently recited Islamic text after the Qur’an and the hadith.
He combined orthodox Sunni theology and Sufi mysticism in a comprehensive guide to every aspect of Muslim life and death. Imam Nawawi stated that: “Were the books of Islam all to be lost, excepting only the Ihya‘, it would suffice to replace them all.”
Shaykh Haytham Tamim
He is an expert and a holder of some of the highest Ijazas in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings).
His knowledge spans the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought and different Islamic denominations through highly advanced classical and religious texts.
With 29 links in his chain, Shaykh Haytham’s unbroken chain of scholarship goes back the Prophet (peace be on him). Mashallah he was blessed with the opportunity to study with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise, including the late Professor Wahba Al-Zuhayli, Shaykh Muhammad Sukkar, Professor Mustafa Azami, Mufti Taqi Usmani, Shaykh Nizam Yaqoubi
He takes a keen interest in promoting love and tolerance within the Muslim community as well within wider society, and voicing the need for social justice. He has a gift for making difficult religious texts accessible to students.
Often consulted by his students for his wise, compassionate and balanced stance, he loves spreading knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah in a way that is authentic, relevant and down to earth.