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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Sahih Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi. The truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against 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 illlah works, since. Hikaj 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.
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. Ubn his children, except one, died during his lifetime. By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire.
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.
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Yet, these things that we seek are all from the dominion of God. He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us. Rather, it acknowledges that they are two modes of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less.
By Guest Author11 Aug As for the words of Allah Most High.
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We have been placed in this mode or that. The true spiritual path is one of gratitude.
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. This is, perhaps, the life of most of us living in the modern world.
The outward purport of these hadiths [n: Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace that he said:. 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 secret of true repentance tawba in the spiritual path is this divine rejoicing it is met with from Allah Most High. Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with him heard the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace say:.
Kitab Al Hikam Of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic
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. God has facilitated our lives in one-way or another.
And Abu Madyan has said, “The heartbrokenness of the sinner is better than the forcefulness of the obedient” Diwan, 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. But aim to do right” Muslim, 4. We all have different trajectories in our lives and have been given different opportunities.
Hikam (Aphorisms) of Ibn ‘Ata’Illah – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah – DEENSTREAM
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.
When we find ourselves in one of these modes, we must understand that this is part of the Divine plan. In his life we find how jllah took each of these conditions and made the best out of them.
He was born an orphan, lived poor, but became successful at business, married and had children.
Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society. Never once did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, a recluse or a statesman. Works, whether prayer, or the illlah 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.
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.
Inward excellence and outward service to the community. In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God. 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.
Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi. This aphorism does not criticize any of illha two modes of living. Many of us are part of the work force earning a living for our families, or if without families, at least earning a living ilpah support ourselves.
Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power.