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 atta aspirations. In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God. The secret of true repentance tawba in the spiritual path is this divine rejoicing it is met with from Allah Most High.

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Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: The outward purport of these hadiths [n: The truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them. All his children, except one, died during his lifetime.

This could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition. 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. Sahih Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi. Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace that he said:.

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.

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

By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: But aim to do right” Muslim, 4. 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 iolah to rely upon Allah, not on works, since.

We all have different trajectories in our lives and have been given different opportunities.


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

This humble sincerity of slavehood, or we could say realism, enables the genuine illzh traveller to benefit in the path from both his good and his evil. Invocations of the Shadhili Order. 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.

Meaning that a iplah heart can become a throne of God where He manifests His beauty and Mercy for others to benefit from. He was a father, a husband, a judge, a commander-in-chief, as well as a spiritual guide. Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi. 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.

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 lbn many of us in society. While such a notion might at first glance seem fatalistic, these aphorisms point to the exact opposite.

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 Ilpah Muslim, 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.

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.

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

Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire. 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 ib Islam God bless him and give him peace.


The practice of this knowledge, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa. The true spiritual path is one of gratitude. He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us. In his life we find how he took each of these conditions and made the best out of them.

We have been placed in this mode or that. Yet, these things that we seek are all from the dominion of God. This is, perhaps, the life of most of us living in the modern world. 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 hiksm before the majesty of the Divine while on it.

Kitab Al Hikam Of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic

Never once did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, a recluse or a statesman. God has facilitated our lives in one-way or another. 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.

Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with him heard the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace say:. As for the words of Allah Most High. Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days. 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.