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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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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 born an orphan, lived poor, but became successful at business, married and had children. The true spiritual path is one of gratitude. Inward excellence and outward service to the community.

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. Invocations of the Shadhili Order. Never once did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, a recluse or a statesman.

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 this summons, lifting the heart from the narrowness of the self to the limitlessness of the knowledge and love of the Divine. 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.

Desiring a world of means while God has placed you in a life without the need for means is a result of having low aspirations. By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: While lying there, he suddenly finds it standing beside him, and he seizes its halter, and overjoyed, cries, “O Allah, You are my slave, and I am your lord,” making a mistake out of sheer joy” Muslim, 4.

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. Sahih Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi.

It is a manifestation that everything that happens to us, everything that we experience throughout our lives is from the will and creative act of God, not a result of our own ability and actions. A xta bound by means is a life where one is required to earn a living, provide for dependents, and maintain other financial and worldly obligations.


Kitab Al Hikam Of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic

Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days. Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Bin Allah bless him and give him peace that he said:. The truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them.

A statement originating from beneath such a creation indicates the importance of not only the statement itself, but also its high moral and spiritual weight in the life of a Muslim.

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 hkiam have sincerity in them, and their acceptability are the mercy of Allah Most High and His favor Sharh Sahih Muslim, This aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living. 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 wta “Divine Oneness,” in this context meaning to rely upon Allah, not on works, since.

We, therefore, become a means for their subsistence and represent a necessary relationship in their lives. Such could be illab life of a 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 hjkam life.

By Guest Author11 Aug aata We all have different trajectories in our lives and have been given different opportunities. This is, perhaps, the life of most of us living in the modern world. In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God.

Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi. The secret of true repentance tawba in the spiritual path is this divine rejoicing it is met with from 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. Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with him heard the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace say:.

He alone is the Kllah who gives, not us. All his children, except one, died during his lifetime. And he benefits from his ilpah by his faith iman that it is evil, which is itself an act of obedience; and by repenting from it, which rejoices Allah Most High.


While such a notion might at first glance seem fatalistic, these aphorisms point to the exact opposite. We have been placed in this mode or that. As for the words of Allah Most High. But aim to do right” Muslim, 4.

Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power. Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: 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 could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition.

The Aphorisms of Ibn Ata ‘Illah

The practice of this knowledge, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa. When we find ourselves in one of these modes, we must understand that this is part of the Divine plan.

Yet, these things that we xta are all from the dominion of God. Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire.

However, as mighty as the throne hikwm and all the levels of the heavens that ascend to it, no created object is greater than the Prophet of Islam God bless him and give him peace. One of the signs of relying on deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs. Truly, Allah rejoices more at the atonement of His nikam 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 xta 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.

He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us.

God has facilitated our lives in one-way or another.