I recently saw some very harsh attacks against Imam Ghazali’s Ihya. One should note that the overwhelming majority of Islamic scholars have given their approve to the Ihya and those who rejected it were a very small group and did so mostly out of mistake and ignorance.
This is a poem written by Imam Haddad about the Ihya
With “The Revival of the Religious Sciences” you rejuvenate our hearts
And remove our grief and sorrow
It is a book containing useful knowledge
Written by our teacher and physician
A book with the knowledge of the Qur’an and the Sunnah
And what he said makes us lamentful and penitent
It is the heritage of our ancestors and Imams
Who passed away and whose footprints we follow
When he unfurls his flags and publishes his knowledge
The best who behold it are our learned and rightly guided
It has been proved that all knowledge is in it
And our people of wisdom have no doubt in it
And its qualities were praised beyond measure by the Shaykh the Imam
The father of miracles our beloved al-‘Aydaroos himself
How many such others are there, possessors of direct knowledge
Certifiers of truth, most knowledgeable scholars, and God is sufficient for us
And I conclude by invoking blessings of Allah in each and every moment
On (Muhammad) Mustafa the guide, the intercessor for our sins.
Imam Abu’l Hasan al-Shadhili once saw Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam in
a dream pointing to Imam al-Ghazali and asking Sayyidina Musa ‘Alayhissalam and
Sayyidina ‘Isa ‘Alayhissalam whether they had seen such a hibr (most
knowledgeable scholar) in their ummah (community). They responded “No”.