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 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. Understand the Plan: A Commentary from the Hikam of Ibn Ata’illah a treasure coming from beneath the throne of God (‘arsh al-Rahman).

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We all have different trajectories taa our lives and have been given different opportunities. And Abu Madyan has said, “The heartbrokenness of the sinner is better than the forcefulness of the obedient” Diwan, Inward excellence and outward service to the community.

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The practice of this knowledge, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa. While lying there, he suddenly finds it standing beside him, and he seizes its hkkam, and overjoyed, cries, “O Allah, You are my slave, and I am your lord,” making a mistake out of sheer joy” Muslim, 4. The outward purport of these hadiths [n: Invocations of the Shadhili Order. Never once did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, a recluse or a statesman. All his children, except one, died during his lifetime.

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. 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.

Works, whether prayer, or the dhikr or “remembrance” bin Allah, or fasting, or jihad, do not cause one to lbn the end of the path, himam are merely proper manners before the majesty of the Divine while on it.

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. He alone is the One who gives, not us. Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society.


But aim to do right” Muslim, 4. Yet, these things that we seek are all from the dominion of God. 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.

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

While such a notion might at first glance seem fatalistic, these aphorisms point to the exact opposite. One of the signs of hika, on deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs. Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days. 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. A statement originating from beneath kbn 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.

God has facilitated our lives in one-way or another. Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire. The secret of true repentance tawba in the spiritual path is this divine rejoicing it is met with from Allah Most High. He was a father, a husband, a judge, a commander-in-chief, as well as a spiritual guide.

By Guest Author11 Aug In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God. And he benefits from his evil by his faith iman that it is evil, which is itself an act of zl and by repenting from it, which rejoices Allah Most High. This humble sincerity of slavehood, or we could say realism, enables the genuine spiritual traveller ao benefit in the path from both his good and his evil.

The sheikh begins his book with this key aphorism because it is of the hokam 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. By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: When we find ourselves in one of these modes, we must understand that this is part of the Divine plan.

Rather, the meaning of the verses is that entering paradise is because of works, aga divinely given success tawfiq to do the works, and being guided to have sincerity hiksm them, and their acceptability are illag mercy of Allah Most High and His favor Sharh Sahih Muslim, 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. Despite these various opportunities, we all have the same chance to be excellent and to be ever inn that God is merciful, kind, and gentle.

We have been placed in this mode or that.

Kitab Al Hikam Of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic

Qta could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition. 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.

He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us. Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him hikamm that he said:. This is, perhaps, the life of most of us living in the modern world.

Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with him heard the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace say:. Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi.

Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: As for the words of Allah Most High. 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.

Sahih Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi. 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 true spiritual illlah is one of gratitude.

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