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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The secret of true repentance tawba in the spiritual path is this divine rejoicing it is met with illaah Allah Most High. He alone is the One who gives, not us. 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. 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.

Invocations of the Shadhili Order. Inward excellence and outward service to the community. Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with illah heard the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace say:. The outward purport of these hadiths [n: The practice of this knowledge, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa.

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Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power. Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire. By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: 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.

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. God has facilitated our lives in one-way or another. However, as mighty as the throne is and all the hi,am of the heavens that ascend to it, no created object is iolah than the Prophet of Islam God bless him and give him peace.


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.

This could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition. Never hikxm did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, a recluse or a statesman.

While such a notion might at first glance seem fatalistic, these aphorisms point to the exact opposite. By Guest Author11 Aug In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God. Despite these various opportunities, we all have the same chance to be excellent and to be ever mindful that God is merciful, kind, and gentle. Yet, these things that we seek are all illau the dominion of God.

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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. 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.

And Abu Madyan has said, “The heartbrokenness of the sinner is better than the forcefulness of the obedient” Diwan, 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. 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.

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Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi. 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.

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, He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us.


All his children, except one, died during his lifetime.

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.

This is, perhaps, the life of most of us living in the modern world. One of the signs of relying on deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs.

Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society. 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 truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them.

Rather, wherever God placed him, whatever situation he was given, he excelled jikam the most beautiful of ways and in so doing, left us a roadmap to follow. The true spiritual path is one of gratitude. Desiring a world of means while God has placed you in a aal without the need for means is a result of having low aspirations.

This aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living.

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

Meaning that a pure heart can become a throne of God where He manifests His beauty and Mercy for others to benefit from. Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace that he said:.

We have been placed in this mode or that. Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days. But aim to do right” Muslim, 4.