Ghazali’s 20 rules for dealing with people

Ghazali's 20 rules for dealing with people

Life is a journey to Allah which we do not pursue alone. We are not an island – we are surrounded by people, friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, those whom we employ and those we work for, and, fleetingly, those people we pass along the way.

These interactions are fraught with a variety of emotions – currents of emotion bubble up inside us and at the same time, we are beset by various inner drives that Allah Almighty created within us, which we struggle to restrain.

Ghazali gives twenty rules of how to deal with others. Though there are many, he chose twenty which he thought were the priorities.

This booklet is my commentary based loosely on Imam Ghazali’s Kitaab Al-Arba’in Fi Usul ad-Deen, ‘The Forty Principles of Faith’, which he wrote before his death as a summary of his great work Ihya Ulum ad-Deen, ‘The Revival of the Religious Sciences’, one of greatest works on Muslim spirituality, and one of the most read works in the Muslim world, after the Quran.

Shaykh Haytham Tamim

With a short biography of Imam Ghazali by Dr Musharraf Hussain Al Azhari, OBE, DL, translator of the Majestic Quran

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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.