repudiation and discrediting of the past contributions of many nobleIslamic personalities. Rather, we must accept the fact that they werehuman beings and not without their personal biases or variousinfluences and experiences that had shaped their positions.Conscientious Muslims would engage in critical reexamination likedivers seeking pearls. In the deep ocean of knowledge andunderstanding, those who seek pearls must sift through more than justpiles, separating pearls from empty shells and also watch out for shellsthat can be harmful.As we cherish and utilize the pearls of wisdom from the works of scholars, such as Imam Ghazali, we also ignore the empty shells as wellas anything potentially harmful. Noble souls, such as Imam Ghazali,never taught us to blindly follow and revere anyone, including himself,and he never would have endorsed and encouraged an uncriticalacceptance of his views, especially when some views are simplyunfounded from Islamic viewpoint or stand contradicted by the Qur'an,the Sunnah and the Seerah.[emphasis added] The Apostle, God bless him, stated that the best and most blessed of women are those who aremost prolific in child-bearing, fairest incountenance, andleast costly in dowry.  He also stated, 'In so far asyou are able, seek a free woman in marriage; they are the purest.' The Prince of the Believers 'Umar (ibn al-Khattab) said, ' Take refuge inGod from the evils caused by women, and beware ( even) of the mostpious of them.' This means, let not (even) your own wife receivepraise. The author of this book declares that any man who desires to besound in his religion and sound as master of his house ought not tocare about nobility of birth  and beauty of countenance; for a pious(wife) is the best and most beautiful.
It is related that at Marv lived a man called Nuh ibn Maryam, who wasthe
of Marv and also held the office of mayor.  He was blessedwith great wealth and had a very beautiful daughter. Many of the3