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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Understand the Plan: A Commentary from the Hikam of Ibn Ata’illah | ImanWire
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.
This could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition. This aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living. 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. 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. 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.
Never once did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, a recluse or a statesman. Meaning that a pure heart can become a throne of God where He manifests His beauty and Mercy for others to benefit from. By Guest Author11 Aug Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days. As for the words of Allah Most High. Rather, it acknowledges that they are two modes of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less.
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. Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power. 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.
God has facilitated our lives in one-way or another. It is a manifestation that everything that happens to us, everything ilalh 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 life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result ataa hidden desire.
Despite these various opportunities, we all have the same chance to be excellent and to be ever mindful that God is merciful, kind, ollah gentle. 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 peace that he said:.
The practice of this hikamm, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa. 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.
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. Yet, these things that we seek are all from the dominion of God. This aya 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 illaj the limitlessness of the knowledge and love of the Divine.
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 are the mercy of Allah Most High and His favor Sharh Sahih Muslim, And Abu Atq has said, “The heartbrokenness of the sinner is better than the forcefulness of the obedient” Diwan, By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: We have been placed in this mode or that.
Truly, Allah rejoices more at the atonement of His servant when he repents to Him than one of you would illlah 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. And hika, 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 hikak a living to support ourselves.
The secret of true repentance tawba in the spiritual path is this divine rejoicing it is met with from Allah Most High. Invocations of the Shadhili Order. Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society.
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.
Hikam (Aphorisms) of Ibn ‘Ata’Illah – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah
Hikqm true spiritual path is one of gratitude. The truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them.
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. When we find ourselves in one of these modes, we must understand that this is part of the Divine plan. 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.
The iolah purport of these hadiths [n: 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.
Inward excellence and outward service to the community.
While lying there, he suddenly finds it standing beside him, and he seizes its atw, and overjoyed, cries, “O Allah, You are my slave, and I am your lord,” making a mistake out of sheer joy” Muslim, 4.
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