By Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali
Translated by Abdullah bin Hamid Ali
With the Name of Allah, All-Compassionate, All-Merciful
All praise is due to Allah, The Initiator, The Repeater, The Doer of whatever He wants, The Possessor of the Glorious Throne and the Powerful Grasp, The One who Guides the best of all slaves to the Guided Approach and the Correct Path, The One who confers blessing upon them after the testimony of God’s unity by securing their beliefs from the darkness-es of things that cause doubt and fluctuation,
The One who leads them to follow His messenger ‘The Chosen One’ _ and to follow in the footsteps of his most noble Companions who have been granted the distinguished honor of being aided and guided aright,
The One who becomes manifest to them in His being and His actions with His beautiful descriptions that none grasp save he who lends an ear and is witness,
The One who makes them cognizant of the fact that He, in His essence, is one without a partner, unique without a likeness, permanent with no opposite, individual with no rival, and that
He is one and ancient in spite of not being a first of anything, infinite without a beginning, persisting in existence while not being the last of anything, forever with no end, Self-Subsisting without interruption, Enduring without elapse. He has always and will always be described with the ascriptions of majesty.
It will never be ordained for Him to be terminated or set apart by the lapsing of infinite time and the concluding of life spans. Rather, He is the First, The Last, The Open, and The Hidden. And He has knowledge of everything.