Kitab Bimbingan Mukmin: A Guide for Muslims by Imam Al-Ghazali
Kitab Bimbingan Mukmin is a book written by the famous Muslim scholar and mystic Imam Al-Ghazali. It contains advice and guidance on various aspects of Islamic faith and practice, such as morality, brotherhood, friendship, worship, and spirituality. The book is based on the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
The book is divided into nine chapters, each covering a different topic. The chapters are:
Kitab Adab Pergaulan, Persaudaraan Dan Persahabatan (The Book of Etiquette of Social Interaction, Brotherhood and Friendship)
Kitab Adab Dalam Beribadah (The Book of Etiquette in Worship)
Kitab Adab Dalam Berzikir (The Book of Etiquette in Remembrance of Allah)
Kitab Adab Dalam Berdoa (The Book of Etiquette in Supplication)
Kitab Adab Dalam Bersedekah (The Book of Etiquette in Charity)
Kitab Adab Dalam Puasa (The Book of Etiquette in Fasting)
Kitab Adab Dalam Haji (The Book of Etiquette in Pilgrimage)
Kitab Adab Dalam Jihad (The Book of Etiquette in Striving for Allah's Cause)
Kitab Adab Dalam Menuntut Ilmu (The Book of Etiquette in Seeking Knowledge)
The book is written in a simple and clear language, with examples and stories from the Quran, the Sunnah, and the lives of the righteous predecessors. It aims to inspire and motivate Muslims to follow the path of Allah and His Messenger, and to attain the highest levels of faith and piety.
The book is available in PDF format for download from various online sources[^1^] [^2^] [^3^]. It is also translated into several languages, such as English, Malay, Urdu, and Indonesian. It is a valuable resource for Muslims who want to learn more about their religion and improve their character and conduct.
One of the main themes of Kitab Bimbingan Mukmin is the importance of tazkiyatun nafs, or the purification of the soul. Imam Al-Ghazali explains that the soul has three levels: the animal soul, the rational soul, and the spiritual soul. The animal soul is driven by desires and passions, and it leads to sin and disobedience. The rational soul is guided by reason and intellect, and it seeks knowledge and justice. The spiritual soul is illuminated by faith and wisdom, and it strives for closeness and love of Allah.
Imam Al-Ghazali teaches that the goal of every Muslim is to purify their soul from the impurities of the animal soul, and to elevate it to the level of the spiritual soul. This can be achieved by following the commands and prohibitions of Allah, by performing good deeds and avoiding evil deeds, by repenting from sins and seeking forgiveness from Allah, by remembering Allah and invoking Him in every situation, by being grateful for His blessings and patient with His trials, by trusting in His decree and relying on His help, by loving Him and His Messenger more than anything else, and by being sincere and humble in all actions.
Another theme of Kitab Bimbingan Mukmin is the importance of ukhuwah Islamiyyah, or the brotherhood of Islam. Imam Al-Ghazali emphasizes that Muslims are brothers and sisters in faith, and they should treat each other with kindness, respect, mercy, compassion, generosity, loyalty, honesty, and justice. He warns against the evils of hatred, envy, malice, backbiting, slander, lying, cheating, oppression, and injustice. He advises Muslims to uphold the ties of kinship and friendship, to cooperate in good and forbid evil, to support each other in times of need and hardship, to forgive each other's mistakes and faults, to advise each other sincerely and gently, to greet each other warmly and peacefully, and to pray for each other's welfare and success. 0efd9a6b88