Mukhtasar Ihya Ulum ad-Din
"Whereas in the full-length version of his work [Ihya Ulum al-Din], the author’s knowledge and wisdom unfolds over the course of forty books, we here have only forty chapters; in these everything concerning human life from the cradle to the grave is discussed with refreshing brevity and unambiguous lucidity. The book opens with a fundamental discussion of questions of knowledge and faith which makes up its first quarter; its second quarter is devoted to questions of everyday life, such as the proper conduct in marriage and the like; this is followed in the third section by an exceedingly subtle description of the intricacies of the inner workings of the human soul and the ‘miracle of the heart’, and the fourth part delineates the paths to salvation, and reaches its climactic conclusion in the last chapter ‘Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife’. Throughout the book, topics are raised that are of interest not just to the religious-minded, but to mankind in general.
With this book, Imam Ghazali consolidated the legacy left by the Holy Prophet into a form that makes it indispensable reading for every Muslim, as well as for those inspired by the fundamental questions of our existence; the text also incites and encourages the yearning for those means whereby we might attain happiness in this life and the hereafter." - From the publisher's introduction
First Quarter: On Worship (al-ibadat)
Second Quarter: On The Practices (al-adat)
Third Quarter: On The Mortal Vices (al-mublikat)
Fourth Quarter: On The Saving Virtues (al-munjiyat)