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The Hikam of ibn ata Illah with Arabic and Englsih translationThe Book of Wisdom (Kitab al-hikam) is a masterpiece of Islamic spiritual literature. Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah on the Kitab al-hikam by Ahmed Ibn Ata Allah Al- Iskandari, offers a glimpse into the Aphorisms (observations of general truth). Tāj al-Dīn Abū’l-Faḍl Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Karīm ibn ʿAṭā Allāh al-Iskandarī A modern English translation of Ḥikam by Muhammed Nafih Wafy was

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And Abu Madyan has ara, “The heartbrokenness of the sinner is better than the forcefulness of the obedient” Diwan, A life bound by means is a life where one is required to earn a living, provide for dependents, and maintain other financial and worldly obligations. Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power. Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi. And he benefits from his evil by his faith iman that it is evil, which is itself an illahh of obedience; and by repenting from it, which rejoices Allah Most High.

We, therefore, become a means for their subsistence and represent a necessary relationship in their lives. Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire. We have been placed in this mode or that.

Never once did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, il,ah recluse or a statesman. Sahih Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi. Meaning that a pure iibn can become a throne of God where He manifests His beauty and Mercy for others to benefit from. He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us. The true spiritual path is one of gratitude. Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society.

He was a father, a husband, a judge, a commander-in-chief, as well as a spiritual guide. While lying there, he suddenly finds it standing beside him, and he seizes its halter, and overjoyed, cries, “O Allah, You are my aata, and I am your lord,” making a mistake out of sheer joy” Muslim, 4. This is, perhaps, the life of most of us living in the modern world.


Kitab Al Hikam Of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic

This is the first of a series of articles the interpreter has been asked to write on “traditional Islamic spirituality,” a science that deals with answering ubn summons, lifting the heart from the narrowness of the self to the limitlessness of the knowledge and love of the Divine. Invocations of the Shadhili Order. Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days. Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace that he said:.

Abu Hurayra Allah be iklah pleased with him heard the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace say:.

The Aphorisms of Ibn Ata ‘Illah

Rather, it acknowledges that hioam are two modes of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less. Such in be the life of afa full-time student, for example, or someone who has a source of funding that has granted this individual the ability to focus on other aspects of life. The outward purport of these hadiths [n: Inward excellence and outward service to the community. One of the signs of relying on deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs. While such a notion might at first glance seem uikam, these aphorisms point to the exact opposite.

The practice of this knowledge, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa. Rather, the meaning of the verses is that entering paradise is because of works, although divinely given success tawfiq to do the works, and being guided to have sincerity in them, and their acceptability are the mercy of Allah Most High and His favor Sharh Sahih Muslim, Many of us are part of the work force earning a living for our families, or if without families, at least earning a living to support ourselves.

This aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living.

When we find ourselves in one of these modes, we must understand that this is part of the Divine plan. The secret of true repentance tawba in the spiritual path is this divine rejoicing it is met with from Allah Most High. Rather, wherever God placed him, whatever situation he was given, he excelled in the most beautiful of ways and in so doing, left us a roadmap to follow. Despite these various opportunities, we all have the same chance to be excellent and to be ever mindful that God is merciful, kind, and gentle.

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Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: As for the words of Allah Most High.

For this reason some sheikhs term a traveller of the former spiritual vantage a murid or “desirer,” and one of the latter a faqir or “needy. The sheikh begins his book with this key aphorism because it is of the adab or “proper way” of travelling the spiritual path to focus upon tawhid or the “Divine Oneness,” in this context meaning to rely upon Allah, not on works, since.

Truly, Allah rejoices more at the atonement of His servant when he repents to Him than one of you would if he were on his riding camel in an empty tract of desert, and it got away from him with all his food and water on it, and he gave up all hope of finding it, so he came to a tree and laid down in its shade, having despaired of ever seeing it again.

Hkiam Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: All his children, except one, died during his lifetime. This humble sincerity of slavehood, or we could say realism, enables the illaj spiritual traveller to benefit in the path from both his good and his evil. God has facilitated our lives in one-way or another. By Guest Author11 Aug Works, whether prayer, or the dhikr or “remembrance” of Allah, or fasting, or jihad, do not cause one to reach the end of the path, but are merely proper manners before the majesty of the Divine while on it.

We all have different trajectories in our lives and aya been given different opportunities. In his life we find how he took each of these conditions and made the best out of them. He alone is the One who gives, not us.

But aim to do right” Muslim, 4.