This was recently posted on /r/Islam on Reddit:

Question: "What's the ruling on a Muslim that doesn't pray?" Answer: "The ruling is YOU invite him to the masjid!" ~Shk. Muhammad alGhazali (d. 1996)

Sheikh Mohammed al-Ghazali al-Saqqa appears to be the sheikh in question, but I'm unsure about the reliability of this quote.

Question: When asked "what's the ruling on a Muslim that doesn't pray" did Sheikh Mohammed al-Ghazali reply to the effect of "the ruling is YOU invite him to the masjid"?

I found other sources for this online, but nothing reliable. TopIslamic.com writes:

Shaikh Muhammad Al-Ghazali was asked, “What is the ruling of the one who left prayer?” He replied, “The ruling is for you to take them along with you to the mosque.” Be a caller, not a judge.

IlmFeed.com writes:

A man asked Sheikh Muhammad al Ghazali: “What is the ruling of a person who doesn’t pray?” ‎He said: ‎“The ruling is that you take him with you to the Masjid.”

Storify.com writes:

"A young man asked Shaikh Mohammad Al Ghazali: "What's the ruling of the person who stops praying?" He replied: "The ruling is to take him with you to the masjid!"

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    i think it's hard to find any source for this even with arabic . i saw it in some websites they said , he say it in some of his courses . it's very famous in arabic world .
    – melbx
    Dec 26, 2017 at 21:44
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    My findings so far confirm what @MustaphaElbazi said, there's little chance that Sheikh al-Ghazali has quoted it in one of his books, but many people (imams of jumu'ah etc. - like in this video in Arabic-) quote this story. If all you look for is a source then it might be hard to locate unless somebody has a video or tape record of this lesson.
    – Medi1Saif
    Sep 6, 2018 at 5:50

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According to a Saudi Sheikh on the Saudi Radio station Mix FM on the 3rd of April 2019 at 10:50am GMT he restated the qu9te and complimented the listener on the saying of Imam Ghazalee : " You should take him to the mosque with you, for the difference between guiding a heart and breaking a heart is a very fine line " more or less to my understanding of it God knows best.

  • Please don't confuse imam al-Ghazali with Sheikh al-Ghazali as between both there's a big gap of time it would be helpful if you named that Sheikh who quoted this and added some references/sources to your post.
    – Medi1Saif
    Apr 3, 2019 at 14:47

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