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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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. Never once did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, a recluse or a statesman. Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power. Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi.

Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is iloah result of hidden desire. 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.

He was a father, a husband, a judge, a commander-in-chief, as well as a spiritual guide. Rather, the meaning of the verses is that entering paradise is because of ubn, 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, One of the signs of relying on deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs.

He alone is the One who gives, not us. 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. 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 hilam 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 ilpah.


This could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition. The secret of true repentance tawba in the spiritual path is this divine rejoicing it is met with from Allah Most High.

By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: While lying there, he suddenly finds it standing beside hikkam, and he seizes its halter, and overjoyed, cries, “O Allah, You are my slave, and I am your lord,” making a ibh out of sheer joy” Muslim, 4.

The practice of this knowledge, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa. Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days. This aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living. Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace that he said:. 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.

He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us. When we find ourselves in one of these modes, we must understand that this is part of the Divine plan. Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society.

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.

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Rather, it acknowledges that they are two illan of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less. We have been placed in this mode or that.

Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: As for the words of Allah Most High. Meaning that a pure heart can become a throne of God where He manifests His beauty and Mercy for others to benefit from. Inward excellence and outward service to the community.


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Invocations of the Shadhili Order. All his children, except one, died during his lifetime. A life bound by means is a life where one is required atz earn a living, provide for dependents, and maintain other financial and worldly obligations. Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with him heard the Holy Prophet Aata bless him and give him peace say:. 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.

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. Many of us are part of the work force earning a living for our families, or if iolah families, at least earning a living to support ourselves.

Yet, these things that we seek are all from the dominion of God. He was born an orphan, lived poor, but became successful at business, married and had children.

But aim to do right” Muslim, 4.

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

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 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.