10) GHAZZALI’S PRESCRIPTION FOR SALVATION
Hadith: On Tuesday, at noon, or when the sun is in its zenith, a person reciting The Prologue (The first sura), plus Ayatal Kursi (a long verse in Sura The Cow) and repeating the Absoluteness (the 112th sura) three times, he completes a rekat (complete act of worship with the prescribed postures) in worship in the course of his ten rekats, no sin will be recorded in his books for seventy days, and if he dies in the said space of time he will be considered a martyr and the sins committed by him in the course of seventy years of his life will be pardoned.
Hadith: Whoever performs his worship of twelve rekats when the sun is in its zenith on Wednesday and recites one Fatiha, one Ayetülkürsi and three Ihlas and three Muavezeneteyn (last two suras in the Quran), a harbinger from the sky will announce: O God’s servant! All your sins have been pardoned. God has spared you the grave agony apportioned for man, you will no longer have to make good deeds and that very day the Prophet’s blessing will be upon you.
It is incumbent upon us to recommend those who may not be familiar with this to get a copy of Ghazzali’s prescription for salvation (Ihyau Ulumuddin book). Ghazzali’s contention is that the man who thinks he will attain salvation by following his intelligence will never reach his objective. In his arguments with philosophers there had been times when Ghazzali reached unattainable heights, but he unfortunately failed to excel in the fields of canonical law, hadiths and mysticism.