Ibn Qayyim on Knowledge: From Key to the Blissful Abode

Ibn Qayyim on Knowledge: From Key to the Blissful Abode

By: Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya (author), Tallal M. Zeni (translator)Paperback

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"Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on Knowledge: from Key to the Blissful Abode (Miftah Dar al-Sa`ada)" is an abridgement of the first volume of "Key to the Blissful Abode", a popular title by the renowned theologian and jurist Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya. In it, Ibn al-Qayyim focuses on the importance of knowledge and willpower, as means through which a person may attain Paradise. Willpower is the door and knowledge-in particular, knowledge which pertains to God and His Attributes, the Qur'an and the example of the Prophet-is the key. Ibn al-Qayyim discusses the virtues and benefits of knowledge over wealth and worldly matters; the path to knowledge; the importance of pursuing knowledge and applying it to gain guidance from God and protect oneself from doubts; the superiority of the scholar over the worshipper; the necessity of using knowledge and willpower as the bases for all actions if one is to achieve spiritual bliss. Ibn al-Qayyim then concludes "Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on Knowledge: from Key to the Blissful Abode", by discussing the importance of contemplation and reflection in order to attain further knowledge and guidance.

About Author

Born in 1292 near Damascus, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya obtained a classical Islamic education, specialised in jurisprudence and became a renowned theologian and jurist. In 1312, he met the Hanbalite reformer Ibn Taymiyya and remained his disciple until the latter's death in 1327. Ibn al-Qayyim died in 1350 in Damascus. Among his other works translated by the Islamic Texts Society are "Medicine of the Prophet", "Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on the Invocation of God" and "Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on Divine Wisdom and the Problem of Evil".


Acknowledgements---Translator's Introduction---Prologue---Chapter One: Attesting to God's Oneness is One of the Greatest Benefits of Being Knowledgeable---Chapter Two: The Importance of Having Knowledge of the Qur'an, the Sunna and Wisdom, and then Teaching them---Chapter Three: The Superiority of the Scholar over the Worshipper and that the Former are the True Heirs of the Prophets---Chapter Four: The Most Eminent Types of Knowledge are Those which Concern God, his Names and his Attributes---Chapter Five: An Exposition on the Question: Does Knowledge Inevitably Lead to Guidance or is Ignorance the Only Reason that Many Do not Become Believers?---Chapter Six: Knowledge Leads to Spiritual Bliss and Elevates One's Rank---Chapter Seven: Knowledge Allows One to Protect Oneself from Doubts, Temptations and Evil---Chapter Eight: The Superiority of Knowledge over Waging Battle for His Sake and over Supererogatory Deeds---Chapter Nine: An Exposition of a Tradition by Ali Discussing the Characteristics of the True Scholars and Students of Knowledge---Chapter Ten: Knowledge is Essential to Attaining Certainty and to Calling to God---Chapter Eleven: God Commended Muhammad, Abraham, the Messiah and many other Prophets due to their Knowledge---Chapter Twelve: The Importance of Contemplation and Reflection---Bibliography---Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781903682975
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 330
  • ID: 9781903682975
  • ISBN10: 1903682975
  • translations: Arabic

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