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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Meaning that a pure heart can become a throne of God where He manifests His beauty and Mercy for others to benefit from. Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with him heard the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace say:. 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. 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.

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

Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi. Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days.

As for the words of Allah Most High. By Guest Author11 Aug 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, Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society.

And Abu Madyan has said, “The heartbrokenness of the sinner is better than the forcefulness of the obedient” Diwan, 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.

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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 truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them.

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. Sahih Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi.

In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God. We, therefore, become a means for their subsistence and represent a necessary relationship in their lives.

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

He was born an orphan, lived poor, but became successful at business, married and had children. We all have different trajectories in our lives and have been given different opportunities.

In his life we find how he took each of these conditions and made the best out of them. 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.

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This aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living. Invocations of the Shadhili Order. The true spiritual path is one of gratitude. Rather, it acknowledges that they are two modes of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less.

Desiring a world of means while God has placed you in a life without hikak need for means is a result of having low aspirations. While such a notion might at first glance seem fatalistic, these aphorisms point to the exact opposite.

The outward purport of these hadiths [n: He alone is the One who gives, not us.

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. He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us. By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: 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.


We have been placed in this mode or that. 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 seek are all from the dominion of God.

The practice of this knowledge, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa. 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. However, as mighty as the throne is and all the levels of the heavens that lalah to it, no created object is greater than the Prophet of Islam Atq bless him and give him peace.

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. But aim to do right” Muslim, 4. 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. This could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition. All his children, except one, died during his lifetime.

One of the signs of relying on deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs.

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

This is, perhaps, the life of most of us living in the modern world. 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.

Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace that he said:. He bin a father, a husband, a judge, a commander-in-chief, as well as a spiritual guide. 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 hikzm, since.

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