(An imaginary portrait of Al-Ghazali)
Al-Ghazali (1058-1111) was one of the most influential Muslim thinkers. A jurist, logician, theologian, and philosopher, he was honoured in the history of Islam with title of Hujjatul-Islam (the Proof of Islam).” Among his numerous contributions to the renewal of the intellectual life of the 5th Islamic century, he developed a theory of education rooted in his philosophy and aiming at improving the objectives and principles of education. Based on a reflexion on the methods and knowledge of teaching, and detailing the relationships between scholars, teachers and pupils, his education concept had a notable influence inside and outside the Muslim world.
Below is a great quote on facing adversity by the Persian Al-Ghazali. Latter-Day Saints can strongly relate to this quote as it is almost identical to what the Church teaches about why we face trials and tribulations. Just remember that Allah is the Arabic for God or the Lord.
“If you see Allah, mighty and magnificent, holding back this world from you, frequently trying you with adversity and tribulation, know that you hold a great status with him. Know that He is dealing with you as He does with his Awliya (friends of God) and chosen elite, and is watching over you”