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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Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days. 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.

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The practice of this knowledge, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa.

Sahih Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi. We all have inn trajectories in our lives and have been given different opportunities. God has facilitated our lives in one-way or another. Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power. Meaning that a pure heart can become a throne of God where He manifests His beauty and Mercy for others to benefit from. As for the words of Allah Most High.

By Tarek Elgawhary Nikam 2: 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. 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.

He alone is the One who gives, not us. 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. Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us.


Inward excellence and outward service to the community. We, therefore, become a means for hikamm subsistence and represent a necessary relationship in their lives.

Ihkam of the Shadhili Order. When we find ourselves in one of these modes, we must understand that this is part of the Divine plan. A statement originating from beneath such a creation indicates the importance iloah not only the statement itself, but also its high moral and spiritual weight in the life of a Muslim.

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 hijam meaning to rely upon Allah, not on works, since.

The outward purport of these hadiths [n: By Guest Authorataa Aug 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.

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. The true spiritual path is one of gratitude. In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God.

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 illa society. 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.

Never once did he desire to be rich or ibnn, single or married, a recluse or a statesman. This is, perhaps, the life of most of us illa in the modern world. 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. He was a father, hkiam husband, a judge, a commander-in-chief, as well as a spiritual guide.

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.

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.


Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace that he said:.

The truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them. 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.

While such a notion might at first glance seem fatalistic, these aphorisms point to the exact opposite. Rather, it acknowledges that they are two modes of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less. 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, ihn he gave up all hope of finding it, so he came to a tree and laid down ubn its shade, having despaired of ever seeing it again.

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.

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

He illay born an orphan, lived poor, but became successful at business, married and had children. Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with him heard the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace say:. Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire.