The 38th chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences, this treatise follows on from "Al-Ghazali on Intention, Sincerity & Truthfulness." Here, Ghazali focuses on the different stations of steadfastness in religion (murabaha), vigilance and self-examination being its cornerstones. As in all his writings, Ghazali bases his arguments on the Qur an, the example of the Prophet, and the sayings of numerous scholars and Sufis. As relevant today as it was in the 11th century, this discourse will be of interest to anyone concerned with ethics and moral philosophy."
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111), theologian, logician, jurist and mystic, was born and died in Tus in Central Asia, but spent much of his life lecturing at Baghdad or leading the life of a wondering dervish. His most celebrated work, of which this is an important chapter, has exercised a profound influence on Muslim intellectual history by exploring the mystical significance of the practices and beliefs of Islamic orthodoxy, earning him the title of Hujjat al Islam, the 'Proof of Islam'.
CHAPTER ONE: The First Steadfastness: Agreeing Upon the Conditions CHAPTER TWO: The Second Steadfastness: Vigilance CHAPTER THREE: The Third Steadfastness: Self-examination CHAPTER FOUR: The Fourth Steadfastness: Punishing the Soul for its Dereliction CHAPTER FIVE: The Fifth Steadfastness: Diligence CHAPTER SIX: The Sixth Steadfastness: Self-reproach and Self-censure