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8 Powerful Life Lessons Everyone Must Learn

Oh Disciple! If you wish to come closer to truth, meditate on these 8 lessons:

Lesson 1:

Mankind loves worldly beings and things, but when one dies, they will be alone in the grave with nothing but their deeds. So avoid love of this world, rather love good deeds.

Lesson 2:

Mankind is guided by pleasure and hurries to satisfy the soul’s desires. But paradise is promised to those who abstain from vain pleasure. So break the desires and discipline the soul.

Lesson 3:

Mankind is focused on accumulating material possessions and wealth. But they will end with death, and God’s possessions are eternal. So donate your wealth to the poor and gain God’s eternal reward.

Lesson 4:

Mankind believes that nobility and prestige result from the status of their nations, others in wealth and children, others in colonization and strength at war, others in lavish lifestyles and superfluous spending. But God says that the noblest of you is the most God conscious. So choose God-consciousness.

Lesson 5:

Mankind blames and slanders arising from envy of others’ money and fame. But prosperity is God-given. So do not envy anyone and be content with what God has decreed for you.

Lesson 6:

Mankind acts with hostility towards others due to certain motivations such as racism, sectarianism, patriotism. But this enmity is not permitted. So take no enemies except Satan.

Lesson 7:

Mankind strives in earnest working intensely for their livelihood to the point that they fall into the realm of the forbidden. Know that God provides all mankind with necessary provisions for this world. So occupy your time with worship and God will provide.

Lesson 8:

Mankind relies on created things, some on money, others on property, others on business. But whoever relies on God will be satisfied. So rely on God alone. Know that reliance on God is the belief that what has been predestined will inevitably reach you, even if the whole of the world works against it; and that what is not written for you will not reach you, even if the whole world helps you.


About Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali

Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali (1058-1111) is one of the greatest Islamic Jurists, theologians and mystical thinkers. Al-Ghazali wrote many works on theology and philosophy like al-Iqtisad fi'I-i`tiqad (The Middle Path in Theology), al-Risala al-Qudsiyya (The Jerusalem Epistle), Ihya’ ‘ulum al-din (The Revival of the Religious Sciences)

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