Painting Heaven: Polishing the Mirror of the Heart


This enchanting tale introduces both parents and children to the wondrous teachings from the world’s beloved al-Ghazali (1058-1111CE). He tells us that the human heart is like a rusty mirror, which, when polished through beautiful doings, is able to reflect the Real Essence of all things which are normally hidden behind veils.

The story beautifully told and illustrated by the acclaimed artist, Demi, and also includes a poem by the renowned poet, Coleman Barks. Both draw on the same account found in Ghazali’s Marvels of the Heart, Book XXI, of his magnum opus, the Revival of Religious Sciences.

Bookk XXI, The Marvels of the Heart, includes a story which helps to illustrate “polishing of the Heart”. Adults may appreciate Coleman Bark’s poem on the subject as well as selections included from the grown-up translation of Book XXI, while the illustrated tale may introduce a younger audience to this key teaching of Imam al-Ghazali.