Bidayah Al-Hidayah – Imam Al-Ghazali

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, Alhamdulillahi Wasolatu Wasalamu ‘ala Rasulillah waalihi wa man waalah…


The Benefits of the Book Bidayah Al-Hidayah

Habib ‘Ali bin Muhammad Al-Habsyi said, “It is an important book that gathers both the inward and outward knowledge, and a beginning that delivers one to the peak. It has brought those who practice its contents to meet Rasulullah solallahu alaihi wasalam in a wakeful state. Many ‘ulama of the past made resolutions to practice its contents. Habib ‘AbdurRahman bin Musthofa al-‘Aydarus, Habib Syaikh bin Muhammad al-Jufri and Habib AbuBakar bin Husain BilFaqih whom lived in Medina resolved to practiced the Bidayah’s contents. They fulfilled it and met Rasulullah s.a.w. while awake.

Al-Imam Al-Quthb Abdullah bin Alwi Al-Haddad said, “If you do not practice what is within the Bidayah, then say to yourself, ‘There is no doubt that my inability to do the minor devotions/amal/sunnahs means that I’m unable to do more and/or major sunnahs/devotions/amal.'”


I hope that by sharing this excerpt from the book al Bidayah al Hidayah, the knowledge will sink deeper in me and it will be easier for me to practice them insha’Allah.

The proper way (Adab) of treating/interacting with Parents:

  1. Listen to their speech. Giving them full attention by not facing anywhere but them, maintaining eye contact.
  2. Standing up when they stand up as a gesture of respect.
  3. Obeying their orders except when they order one to acts of sin.
    Avoid walking in front of them i.e. overtaking.
    Raising one’s voice higher than theirs.
    Answering to their call.
    Strive to make them pleased.
    Being humble to them. ‘Lower your wings’ to them.
    Not to feel/think as if you have done them any benefit/deed no matter what you do and trying your utmost to assist them.
    Do not give them the look of disapproval/anger.
    Do not frown at them.
    Do not leave or go anywhere without their permission.

1. Excerpt from Thariqah Alawiyah by Habib Zain Bin Sumaith

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