ABOUT THE BOOK:
Muslims are enjoined, along with the rest of humanity, to ‘read’ the two great Books of Revelation and Creation, i.e. the Qur’an and the natural world. Reading one without the other will result in an imbalance detrimental to the existence (and prosperity) of humankind on earth, indeed to the divine purpose in the cosmos.
A Thematic Commentary by the late Shaykh al-Ghazali is a significant contribution to the first reading, i.e. that of the Qur’an—the repository of divine truth and enlightenment. Already of course there is a wealth, an abundance, of exegetical work on the Qur’an. But while early scholars endeavoured to elucidate many linguistic, historical, and miraculous aspects of the sacred and challenging text, al-Ghazali’s contribution is somewhat unique (and modern) in the sense that it focuses on the organic unity of each surah (chapter) highlighting the logic or inherent reasoning that courses through the surah and unifies its various components and images.
No exegesis is by itself sufficient for a full understanding of the Qur’an. But this work is an indispensable companion in the quest for a better comprehension of, and a closer affinity with, the sacred text.
A unique and modern contribution to understanding the Quran, unlike traditional approaches because it focuses on the organic unity of each sura, highlighting the logic or inherent reasoning that courses through the sura and unifies its various components and images.
ABOUT SHAYKH MUHAMMAD AL-GHAZALI:
He is Shaykh Muhammed al-Ghazali al-Saqqa (1917–1996) was an Islamic cleric and scholar whose writings "have influenced generations of Egyptians". The author of 94 books, Shaykh Ghazali attracted a broad following with works that sought to interpret Islam and its holy book, the Qur'an, in a modern light. He is widely credited with contributing to a revival of Islamic faith in Egypt in recent times. Another source called him "one of the most revered sheikhs in the Muslim world."
Al-Ghazali was born in 1917 in the small town of Nikla al-'Inab (نكلا العنب), southeast of the coastal port of Alexandria, in the Beheira Governorate. He graduated from Al Azhar University in 1941. He taught at the University of Umm al-Qura in Makkah, the University of Qatar, and at al-Amir 'Abd al-Qadir University for Islamic Sciences in Algeria.
Shaykh al-Ghazali held the post of Chairman of the Academic Council of the International Institute of Islamic Thought in Cairo. Shaykh al-Ghazali authored more than sixty books, many of which have been translated into various languages, and was also the recipient of many awards, including the First Order of the Republic (Egypt) (1988), the King Faisal Award (1989) and the Excellence Award from Pakistan.
Some of his books include:
--- al-Tafsir al-Mawdu'i
--- The Prophetic Sunna: Between the Jurists and the Hadith Scholars.
السنة النبوية بين أهل الفقه وأهل الحديث
--- 'Aqidat al-Muslim.
--- Fiqh al-Sirah.
--- Kayf Tafham al-Islam.
كيف تفهم الإسلام
--- Humum Da'iyyah.
--- Sirr Ta'akharu al-'Arab wa'l Muslimin.
سر تأخر العرب والمسلمين
--- Dastur al-Wahdat al-Thaqafiyyah bayn al-Muslimin.
دستور الوحدة الثقافية بين المسلمين
--- Khulq al-Muslim.
--- Ma'rikat al-Mushaf.
--- Mushkilat fi Tariq al-Hayat al-Islamiyyah.
مشكلات في طريق الحياة الإسلامية
--- al-Islam al-Muftara 'Alyhi.
الإسلام المفترى عليه
---al-Islam wa'l Manahij al-Ishtarakiyyah.
الإسلام والمناهج الاشتراكية
--- al-Islam wa'l Awdha' al-Iqtisadiyyah.
الإسلام والأوضاع الاقتصادية
--- al-Islam wa'l Istibdat al-Siyasi.
الإسلام والاستبداد السياسي
--- al-Islam wa'l Taqat al-Ma'siyyah.
الإسلام والطاقات المعطلة
--- al-Isti'mar Ahqad wa Atma'.
الاستعمار أحقاد وأطماع
--- Fi Mawakib al-Da'wah.
في موكب الدعوة
--- al-Ta'asub wa'l Tasamuh bayn al-Masihiyyat wa'l Islam.
التعصب والتسامح بين المسيحية والإسلام
--- Haqiqiyat al-Qawmiyyah al-'Arabiyyah.
حقيقة القومية العربية
--- Ma'a Allah.
--- al-Haqq al-Murr.
--- Qadha'if al-Haqq.
--- Min huna Na'lam.
من هنا نعلم
--- Nazarat fi'l Qur'an.
نظرات في القرآن
--- Jaddud Hayatik.
--- al-Da'wat al-Islamiyyah.
--- al-Tariq min Huna.
الطريق من هنا
He was married to Lady Amina Kouta and had seven children including two boys, and five girls and was buried in Medina, Saudi Arabia. He was a very popular Shaykh in Egypt and remained so even after his death.