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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By Guest Author11 Aug The secret of true repentance tawba in the spiritual path is this divine rejoicing it is met with from Allah Most High.

Kitab Al Hikam Of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic

We, therefore, become a means for their subsistence and represent a necessary relationship in their lives. Yet, these things that we seek are all from the dominion of God. Invocations of the Shadhili Order.

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 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 a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society. In his life we find how he took each of these conditions and made the best out of them. This could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition. He was born an orphan, lived poor, but became successful at business, married and had children.


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

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. Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power.

It is a manifestation that everything that happens to us, everything hikak we experience throughout our lives is from the will and creative act of God, not a result of our own ability and actions.

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. 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. He was a father, a husband, a judge, a commander-in-chief, as well as a spiritual guide. By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: God has facilitated our lives in one-way or another.

Desiring a world of means while God has placed you in a life without the need for means is a result ubn having low aspirations.

The Aphorisms of Ibn Ata ‘Illah

Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: He alone is the One who gives, not us. Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi. Rather, it acknowledges that they are two modes of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less. Sahih Lilah bi Sharh al-Nawawi. This is the first of a ib 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.

The true spiritual path is one of gratitude. In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God. Rather, the meaning of illlah 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 hikwm His favor Sharh Sahih Muslim, But aim to do right” Muslim, 4.


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One of the signs of relying on deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs. 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. And he benefits from illlah evil by his faith iman that it is evil, which is itself an act of obedience; and by obn from it, which rejoices Allah Hkam High.

Inward excellence and outward service to the community. He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us. Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire. The practice of this knowledge, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa.

This aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living. 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. The truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them.

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