Book Review: Al-Ghazali on the Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife trans. Timothy Winter
Timothy Winter (aka Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad) is today one of the most prolific and highly ranked scholars of our generation today. To have the words of Imam al-Ghazali come through our beloved Shaykh is truly a blessing. Book XL(40) of Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya ‘Ulum Al-Deen deals with the preparation of death, vivid details of what is experienced in the grave, and what is expected after it.
One thing that sticks out of this book is the graphic details the Imam delves into in his book. The careful translation of Shaykh Abdal Hakim really brings out the specific visuals and what is experienced in the grave, it is a well needed reminder for many people in our time who delve deep into materialism and exuberant spending. The book is excellent for those who feel they lack fear of Allah, or that they need motivation to help them become better Muslims. There are also many details given on the chronological events that will occur on the Day of Judgement, which is quite hard to find in our wide range of literature in English.
As with all the books I review this was an excellent read, despite its size I went through it quite quickly on the Tube over the last couple of weeks. Insha’Allah I hope Shaykh Abdal Hakim translates more of al-Ghazali’s books in the future. Next I’m moving onto, (or rather returning) to the works of Mawlana Rumi. Watch this space…