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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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The secret of true repentance tawba in the spiritual path is this divine rejoicing it is met with from Allah Most High. Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: This aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living. This could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition.

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As for the words of Allah Most High. In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God. In his life we find how he took each of these conditions and made the best out of them.

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

Inward excellence and outward service to the community. 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 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. Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society.


Rather, it acknowledges that they are two modes of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less. Sahih Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi. 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.

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. Yet, these things that we seek are all from the dominion of God.

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. Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire. Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi.

While such a notion might at first glance seem fatalistic, these aphorisms point to the exact opposite. For this reason some sheikhs term a traveller of the former spiritual vantage a illlah or “desirer,” and one of the latter a faqir or “needy. 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. Invocations of the Shadhili Order. And Abu Madyan has said, “The heartbrokenness of the sinner is better than the forcefulness of the obedient” Diwan, 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 illlah Divine while on it.

Many of us are part of the hiakm force earning a living for our families, or if without families, at least earning a living to support ourselves.

Understand the Plan: A Commentary from the Hikam of Ibn Ata’illah | ImanWire

However, as mighty as the throne is and all the levels uikam the heavens that ascend to it, no created object iibn greater than the Prophet of Islam God bless him and give him peace.


We have been placed in this mode or that. Never once did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, a recluse or a statesman. By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace that he said:.

Kitab Al Hikam Of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic

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. The outward purport of these hadiths [n: Meaning that a pure heart can become a throne of God where He manifests His beauty and Mercy for others to benefit from. The truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them. But aim to do right” Muslim, 4. Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power.

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. Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with him heard the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace say:.

The true spiritual path is one of gratitude. 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.

God has facilitated our lives in one-way or another.