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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Yet, these things that we seek are all from the dominion of God. 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. 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.
By Guest Author11 Aug This aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living. By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: Rather, it acknowledges that they are two modes of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less. However, as mighty as the throne is 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.
In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God.
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. But aim to do right” Muslim, 4. 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.
Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire. Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi. Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with him heard the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace say:. 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.
In his life we find how he took each of these conditions and made the best out of them.
Works, hukam 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. Despite these various opportunities, we all have the same chance to be excellent and to be ever mindful that Zta is merciful, kind, and gentle.
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. This is, perhaps, the life of most of us living in the modern world.
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Inward excellence and outward service to the community. He alone is the One who gives, not us.
He was a father, a husband, a judge, a commander-in-chief, as well as a spiritual guide. 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.
Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society. Sahih Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi. When we find ourselves in one of these modes, we must understand that this is part of the Divine plan.
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. 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.
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.
Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Uikam Allah bless him and give him peace that he said:. 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.
Hikam (Aphorisms) of Ibn ‘Ata’Illah – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah
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, As for the words of Allah Most High.
He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us. 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. The secret of true repentance tawba in the spiritual path is this divine rejoicing it is met with from Allah Most High.
Ibn Ata 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. We, therefore, become a means for their subsistence and represent a necessary relationship in their lives.