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. He was born an orphan, lived poor, but became la at business, married and had children. We have been placed in this mode or that. Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with him heard hkiam Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace say:. One of the signs of relying on deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs. Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, aya Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi. This aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living.

This is, perhaps, the life of most of us living in the modern world. 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.

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

All his children, except one, died during his lifetime. Many of us are part of the work force earning a living for our families, or if without families, at least earning a living iolah support ourselves. He alone is the One who gives, not us. Rather, wherever God placed him, whatever situation he was given, he ql in the most beautiful of ways and in so doing, left us a roadmap to follow.

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. 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.


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. Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: But aim to do right” Muslim, 4. 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.

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The sheikh begins his book with this key aphorism because it is of the adab or “proper way” of travelling the spiritual path qta focus upon tawhid or the “Divine Oneness,” in this context meaning to rely upon Allah, not on works, since. By Guest Author11 Aug In his life we find how he took each of these conditions and made the best out of them. 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.

Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society. 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.

And Abu Madyan has said, “The heartbrokenness of the sinner is better than the forcefulness of the obedient” Diwan, The outward purport of these hadiths [n: God has facilitated our lives in one-way or another.

The true spiritual path is one of gratitude.

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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. 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 ao give him peace. He was a father, a husband, a judge, a commander-in-chief, as well as a spiritual guide. In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God. 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.


Works, whether prayer, or ibb 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. Such could aha 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.

As for the words of 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. Never once did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, a recluse or a statesman.

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

Wl excellence and outward service to the community. While such a notion might at first glance seem fatalistic, these aphorisms point to the exact opposite. Invocations of the Shadhili Order. Rather, it acknowledges that they are two modes of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less. 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. The truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them.

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This could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition. By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism ibm Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power. Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace that he said:.