9 Dec The Hikam of ibn ata Illah with Arabic and Englsih translationThe Book of Wisdom (Kitab al-hikam) is a masterpiece of Islamic spiritual literature. The Hikam. of Ibn ‘Ata’llah Your desire to withdraw from everything when Allah has involved you in the world of means is a hidden appetite. Your desire for. Allah willing, Ibn ‘Ata’ Illah’s famous Book of Wisdoms (al-Hikam al-‘Ata’iyya), a classical manual of spiritual development, together with some commentary on.

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Such could be the 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 of life.

Meaning that a pure heart can become alpah throne of God where He manifests His beauty and Mercy for others to benefit from. This humble sincerity of slavehood, or we could say realism, enables the genuine spiritual traveller to benefit in the path from both his good and his evil.

In his life we find how he took each of these conditions and made the best out of them. 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. He alone is the One who gives, not us.

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

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One of the signs of relying on deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs. Rather, it acknowledges that they are two modes of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less. 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.


The practice of this knowledge, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa.

Hikam (Aphorisms) of Ibn ‘Ata’Illah – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

While such a notion might allh first glance seem fatalistic, these aphorisms point to the exact opposite. Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days.

But aim to do right” Muslim, 4. This could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition.

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. 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. Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power.

However, as mighty as the throne is and all xllah levels of the hikzm that ascend to it, no created object is greater than the Prophet of Islam God bless him and give him peace. The outward purport of these hadiths [n: Inward excellence and outward service to the community. Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire. Invocations of the Shadhili Order. The true spiritual path is one of gratitude. In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth ubn the throne of God.

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.

And Abu Madyan has said, “The heartbrokenness of the sinner is better than the forcefulness of the obedient” Diwan, The truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them. 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.


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 hikwm the mercy of Allah Most High and His favor Sharh Sahih Muslim, God has facilitated our lives in one-way or another.

When we find ourselves in one of these modes, we must understand that this is part of the Divine plan.

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All his children, except one, died during his lifetime. 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. Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Prophet Ibbn bless him and give him peace that he said:.

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. The secret of true repentance tawba in the spiritual path is this divine rejoicing it is met with from Allah Most High.

A life bound by means is a life where one alllah required to earn a living, provide for dependents, and maintain other financial and worldly obligations. Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi. We, therefore, become a means for their subsistence and represent a necessary relationship in their lives. Yet, these things that we seek are all from hkkam dominion of God.

By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: He was a father, a husband, a judge, a commander-in-chief, as well as a spiritual guide.

Sahih Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi.