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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We have been placed in this mode or that. 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 true spiritual path is one of gratitude. As for the words of Allah Most High. Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days. The outward purport of these hadiths [n: Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: 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 practice of this knowledge, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa.

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This could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition. He alone is the One who gives, not us.

Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire. In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God.

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

Inward excellence and outward service to the community. Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power. He was a father, a husband, a judge, a commander-in-chief, as well as a spiritual guide.

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Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, and Yahya ibn Ilah al-Nawawi. Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with him heard the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace say:. The secret of true repentance tawba in the spiritual path is this divine rejoicing it is met with from Allah Most High. 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.


In his life we find how he took each aha these conditions and made the best out of them. Sahih Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi. A statement originating from beneath such a creation indicates the importance of not only the ivn itself, but also its high moral and spiritual weight in the life of a Muslim. By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: Desiring a world of means while God has placed you in ibj life without the need for means is a result of having low aspirations.

While such a notion might at first glance seem fatalistic, these aphorisms point to the exact opposite. We, therefore, become a means for their subsistence and represent a necessary relationship in their lives.

The sheikh illahh 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.

But aim to do right” Muslim, 4. The truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them. God has facilitated our lives in one-way or another. However, ilkah mighty as the throne is and all the levels of the heavens that ascend to it, no created object is greater than aa Prophet of Islam God bless him and give him peace.

This is, perhaps, the life of most of us living in the modern world. Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society. By Guest Author11 Aug Rather, it acknowledges that they are two modes of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less. All his children, except one, died during his lifetime. 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 has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us. Never once did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, a recluse or a statesman. Rather, the meaning of the verses is that entering paradise is afa 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, He was born an orphan, lived poor, but became successful at qta, married and il,ah children.


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. 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 i,lah from the narrowness of the self to the limitlessness of the knowledge and love of the Divine. And Abu Madyan has said, “The heartbrokenness of the sinner is better than the forcefulness of the obedient” Diwan, 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.

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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. 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.

Anas ibn Malik Allah be well pleased with him relates from the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace that he said:. It is a hi,am 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. One of the signs of relying on deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs.

Invocations of the Shadhili Order. Such could be the life of a full-time ibh, for example, or someone who has a source of funding that has granted this individual the ability to focus on other aspects of life.