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Kitāb al-niyya wa-l-iḫlāṣ wa-l-ṣidq

Part of Iḥyāʾ ʿulūm al-dīn. Kitāb 37


Date of creation
  • 12th century   Gregorian
Preferred title

Kitāb al-niyya wa-l-iḫlāṣ wa-l-ṣidq   Arabic  IDEO-IFAO transliteration scheme

كتاب النية والإخلاص   Arabic  

Variant title expression
  • Intention, pureté et sincérité   French  
  • On intention sincerity and truthfulness   English  
Work type Single work
Work manifested Early work
Work genre Textual work

Adult, serious


Al-Ghazali on Intention, Sincerity & Truthfulness is the thirty-seventh chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences. It falls in the section dealing with the virtues. Here Ghazali deals with the very important subject of intention, which is of crucial importance in Islam. He asks: ‘How can someone ignorant of the meaning of intention verify his own intention; or how can someone ignorant of the meaning of sincerity verify his own sincerity; or how can someone sincerely claim truthfulness if he has not verified its meaning?’
In the Book of Intention, Sincerity & Truthfulness, Ghazali gives a response to each of these questions by expounding the reality and levels of intention, sincerity and truthfulness, those acts which affirm them and those acts which mar them. As in all his writings, Ghazali bases his arguments on the Qur’an, the example of the Prophet and the sayings of numerous scholars and Sufis.


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Created at 15-01-2015 by أحمد وجيه (IDEO)

Updated at 04-01-2020 by René-Vincent du Grandlaunay (IDEO)