Imam Al-Ghazali relates to
tradition from the life of Isa, ibn Maryam:
Jesus, Son of Mary.
Isa one day saw some people sitting
miserably on a wall, by the roadside.
Isa asked: "What is your affiliction?"
They said: "We have become
like this through our fear of Hell."
Isa went on his way, and saw a
number of people disconsolately arranged by the wayside.
"What is your affiliction?"
They said: "Desire for Paradise has made us
Isa went on his way, until he came to a third group of
They looked like people who had endured much, but
their faces shone with joy.
Isa asked them: "What has made you like this?"
"The Spirit of Truth.
We have seen Reality, and this has made us
oblivious of lesser goals."
Isa stated: "These are the people who attain.
These are they who dwell in the
Presence of God."
Eight hundred years before
Sufi Al-Ghazali pointed out
the problem of
of Pavlov the ordinary student of the mind is many times unaware of the power
in totalitarian societies,
is seen as desirable as it
provides conforming belief.
Most of the time
indoctrination and conditioning is not suspected.
This is what makes almost
anyone vulnerable to indoctrination.
At the time of Al-Ghazali's
writing informed opinion was split between whether any type of indoctrination
was desirable or inescapable.
Al-Ghazali pointed out that
what people call a belief system is in
reality many times an
emotional state of obsession.
Al-Ghazali, in accordance with Sufi
principles, stated that indoctrination and conditioning is unnecessary and that
it is essential for people to
be able to identify indoctrination and conditioning tactics.
Al-Ghazali regarded the distinction between
knowledge as something which
can easily be lost.
opinion and knowledge becomes confused Al-Ghazali taught that it is incumbent
upon those who know the difference to make such indoctrination and conditioning
as visible as possible.
arrived at his understanding of
true knowledge through his
upbringing in Sufism and through
direct perception of
the role of the
inculcation of belief, and invited his readers to
observe the mechanism involved.
insisted upon pointing out that those who are learned may be, and often are,
ignorant as well, and can be bigoted, obsessed.
a higher form of human
His works were so highly acclaimed by his
contemporaries that al-Ghazali was awarded the honorific title "Proof of
Al-Ghazali contributed significantly to the development of a
systematic view of Sufism and to its integration and acceptance in
As a scholar of
Orthodox Islam, he belonged to the
Shafi'i school of Islamic jurisprudence and
to the Asharite school of theology.
Al-Ghazali wrote more than 70 books
on the sciences, Islamic philosophy and Sufism.
recognized as Mujaddid (Renewer of the Faith).
Al-Ghazali has been
referred to by some historians as the single most influential Muslim after the
Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Al-Ghazali so successfully criticized early
Islamic Neoplatonism infecting Islam built on
an alien foundation of Hellenistic
philosophy that Orthodox Islam
became tolerant of
Most of Al-Ghazali
books were burned in
an attempt to
destroy the knowledge he imparted on indoctrination and
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