Curing the Hearts: A Commentary of Al-Ghazali’s Ayyuhal Walad

Curing the Hearts: A Commentary of Al-Ghazali’s Ayyuhal Walad

Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui and Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy

Feeling rundown or agitated? Does your life ever feel empty, even though it seems like you have a million things to do? Does the world seem like an ongoing series of difficulties, corruption and tribulation, without a way out?

The root of all our problems lies within our very hearts. The only remedy therefore is to cure our hearts of the spiritual diseases they harbor, but where, and how, do we begin? In our busy lives, how could we ever learn about even the basics of something as profound and immense as the spiritual heart?

In the 11th century, a scholar, wading through the enormity of the Islamic sciences he had dedicated his entire life to, became concerned that he could not identify the beneficial knowledge that would truly safeguard his heart and serve him in the next world. In this moment of spiritual crisis, he turned to his old master, Imam al-Ghazali, for a final advice.

Al-Ghazali’s letter in response, Ayyuhal Walad (Dear Beloved Son), distinguished in both its eloquence and remarkable brevity, constitutes a comprehensive series of advices to his beloved student. Covering all elements of life, from seeking material wealth to discovering the realities of the self, it summarizes the essential elements necessary to go about curing the heart and improving its condition in this world and the next.

Like the student of Al-Ghazali, we find ourselves facing spiritual crisis, albeit in the setting of the unique challenges of a chaotic post-modern world. It is a world that is in dire need of purified hearts as much as we are in need of a purified heart for our own personal salvation in the Hereafter.

In this set of live classroom recordings, Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui and Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy, using Imam al-Ghazali’s Ayyuhal Walad as our guide, respond to the current epidemic of spiritual crises by taking us on a journey of the heart. In doing so, these physicians of the heart will help us diagnose the spiritual diseases of our hearts and provide us with their cures and the action we must take.

An excerpt of this set is provided below. The full set, over 8 hours of audio, is available for MP3 download on iTunes and