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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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.

One of the signs of relying on deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs. Rather, it acknowledges that they are two modes of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less. In his life we find how he took each of these conditions and made the best out of them.

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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.

Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi. This could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition.

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.

It is a manifestation that everything that happens to us, everything nikam we experience throughout our lives is from the will and creative act of God, not a result of our own ability and actions. We, therefore, become a means for their subsistence and represent a necessary relationship in their lives.


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Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is ibh 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.

Never once did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, a recluse or a statesman. Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace that he said:.

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

Kitab Al Hikam Of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic

He was born an orphan, lived poor, but became successful at business, married and had children. By Guest Author11 Aug hokam 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.

He has praised beauty and excellence, hikaj He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us. 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. Works, whether prayer, or the dhikr or “remembrance” of Allah, or fasting, or jihad, do kllah cause one to reach the end of the path, but are merely proper manners before the majesty of the Divine while ibh it.

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. The practice of this knowledge, 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.


Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with him heard the Holy Hikkam Allah bless him and give him peace say:. 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.

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illaah Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days. Yet, these things that we seek are all from the dominion of God. The outward purport of these hadiths [n: This aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living.

He alone is the One who gives, not us.

And Abu Madyan has ihkam, “The heartbrokenness of the sinner is better than the forcefulness of the obedient” Diwan, 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. As for the words of Allah Most High.

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. 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.

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. By Tarek Ivn Aphorism 2: In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God.

But aim to do right” Muslim, 4.