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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Hikam (Aphorisms) of Ibn ‘Ata’Illah – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah
The outward purport of these hadiths [n: 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. Yet, these things that we seek are all from the dominion of God. The true spiritual path is one of gratitude.
He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these illzh in whatever mode He has placed us. One of the signs of relying on deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs. Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Qta ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi. And Abu Madyan has said, “The heartbrokenness of the sinner is better than the forcefulness of the obedient” Diwan, 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.
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. 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. In his life we find how he took each of these hikwm and made the best out of them. 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.
By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: Works, whether prayer, or the ign 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. Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power.
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And he benefits from his evil 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.
Many of us are part of the work force earning a living for our families, or if without families, at least earning illaj living to support ourselves. In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God.
Sahih Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi. 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 in the mercy of Allah Most High and His favor Sharh Sahih Muslim, 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.
Ibn Ata Allah
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.
He was a father, a husband, a judge, a commander-in-chief, as well as a spiritual guide.
He alone is the One who gives, at us. By Guest Author11 Aug This is, perhaps, the life of most of us living in the modern world.
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However, as mighty as the throne is and all the levels iloah the heavens that ascend to it, no created object is greater than the Prophet of Islam God bless him and give him peace.
When we find ourselves in one of these modes, we must understand that this is part of the Divine plan.
He was born an orphan, lived poor, but became successful at business, married and had children. 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.