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 Hkkam Most High. While hikak 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.

All his children, except one, died during his lifetime. Invocations of the Shadhili Order.

Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days. 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. 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. Never once did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, a recluse or a statesman. He alone is the One who gives, not us.

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, We have been placed in this mode or that. This is, perhaps, the life of most of us living in the modern world. 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.

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.


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

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

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 aha merely proper manners before the majesty of the Divine while on it. 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. Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society.

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

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

By Guest Author11 Aug Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with him heard the Holy Prophet Qta bless him and give him peace say:. This aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living. 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. This could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition. Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire.

Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: 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 true spiritual path is one of gratitude. Inward excellence and outward service to the community. 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.


Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power. The practice of this knowledge, inwardly ibnn outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa.

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

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

When we find ourselves in one of ara modes, we must understand hikkam this is part of the Divine plan. Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Prophet Ataa bless him and give him peace that he said:.

He was a father, a husband, a judge, a commander-in-chief, as well as a spiritual guide. 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 of Islam God bless him and give him peace. We, therefore, become a means for their subsistence and represent a necessary relationship in their lives. While such a notion might at first glance seem fatalistic, these aphorisms point to the exact opposite.

Kitab Al Hikam Of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic

In his life we find how he took each of these conditions and made the best out of them. 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.

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. The truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them. He was born an orphan, lived poor, but became successful at business, married and had children. By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: 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.

The outward purport of these hadiths [n: