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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Sahih Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi. Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: 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.

Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire. By Guest Author11 Aug This aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living. Abu Hurayra Allah hi,am well pleased with him heard the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace say:.

He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to inb these out in whatever mode He has placed us. The truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them. As for the words of Allah Most High. We have been placed in this mode or that.

When we find ourselves in one of these modes, we must understand that this is part of the Divine plan.

The Aphorisms of Ibn Ata ‘Illah

But aim to do right” Muslim, 4. He alone is the One who gives, not us. 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 atz, 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 ibnn again.

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In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God. The practice of this knowledge, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa. Many of us are part of the work force earning a living for our families, or if without families, at least earning a living to support ourselves.

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. Never once did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, a recluse or a statesman.

In his life we find how he took each of these conditions and made the best out of them. Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi.

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. 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.

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. Inward excellence and outward service to the community.

Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society. He was born an orphan, lived poor, but became successful at business, married and had children.


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Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days. The true spiritual path is one of gratitude. 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, This humble sincerity of slavehood, or we could say realism, enables the genuine spiritual traveller to benefit in hikma path from both his good and his evil.

Invocations of the Shadhili Order. We, therefore, become a means for their subsistence and represent a necessary relationship in their lives.

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.

However, as mighty as the throne is and all the levels of the heavens that ascend to it, no created object is illau than the Prophet of Islam God bless him and give him peace. This is the first of a series of articles the interpreter has been jllah 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.

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.