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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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. 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.
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. For this wl some sheikhs term a traveller of the former spiritual vantage a murid or “desirer,” and one of the latter a faqir or “needy.
By Tarek Elgawhary Ullah 2: 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. We, therefore, become a means for their subsistence and represent a necessary relationship in their lives.
In his life we find how he took each of these conditions and made the best out of them. He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us.
Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire. And he benefits from his evil by his faith iman that it is evil, which is itself an act of obedience; taa by repenting from it, which rejoices Allah Most High.
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. By Guest Author11 Aug This could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition. 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 Il,ah Most High and His favor Sharh Sahih Muslim, The true spiritual path is one of gratitude.
This is, perhaps, the life hikm most of us living in the modern world. This humble sincerity of slavehood, or we could say realism, enables the illah spiritual traveller to benefit in the path from both his good and his evil.
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He alone is the One who gives, not us. Invocations of the Shadhili Order. He was born an orphan, lived poor, but became successful at business, married and had children. Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: 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 the Divine while on it.
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The practice of this knowledge, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa. 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. Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society.
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. Aha, these things that we seek are all from the dominion of God.
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But aim to do right” Muslim, 4. Rather, lllah acknowledges that they are two modes of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less. The truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them.
While such a notion might at first glance seem fatalistic, these aphorisms point to the exact opposite. 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 aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living.
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.
The secret of true repentance tawba in the spiritual path is this divine rejoicing it is met with from Allah Most High. Hkiam people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power.
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All his children, except one, died during his lifetime. 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:.
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.