Book | Ibn ‘Ata Allah: Hikam – Aphorisms الإمام ابن عطاء الله السكندري: الحكم By Ibn ‘Ata Allah al-Sakandari: → · Arabic: الحكم العطائية PDF (with tashkil). AI-Hikam of Ibn Atta’illah. English Translation & Arabic Text. Page 2. EDgUsh translation of selected wisdoms from A!-Hikam of Ibn AUa ‘Wah. I. One of the signs. Ibn Ata Allah al-Iskandari Or click here for a PDF of the original Arabic text. The Book of Wisdom (Kitab al-hikam) is a masterpiece of Islamic spiritual.

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Had His Qualities been manifested, His created beings would have disappeared. Then, He makes them see His attributes. And has He conferred upon you anything but His favours? For, in truth, He has not opened it for you but out of a desire to make Himself known to you. Whoever is annihilated in Him is absent from everything.

For what knowledge is there in a self-satisfied scholar? How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is more manifest than anything?

He knows of the existence of weakness in you, so He made the number of ritual prayers small; and He knew of your need of His grace, so He multiplied illaah fruitful results.

And peace on you! And why it has been said: For this reason, they do not collide with anything except they knock it out: So, why would he not be shy from asking His creation for his needs. Thus, the light hlkam day is not from you and does not belong to you; rather, it is merely being put over you.


Therefore, praise is to Him who veiled you, not to the one who honoured and thanked you.

Kitab Al Hikam Of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic

It is illumined only by the manifestation of God in it. Rather, go from creatures to the Creator: Perhaps He will take you from an Invocation with forgetfulness to one with vigilance, and from one with vigilance to one with the Presence of God, and from one with the Presence of God to one wherein everything but the Invoked is absent. How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is the Manifest to everything?

How can you request reward for the truthfulness He has given you? For has He accustomed you to anything but what is good?

It suffices you as recompense for the deed that He accepts it. Sometimes He takes away the trait of specialness from you and makes you return to your rough human limits. He pushed them towards Him with the chains of obligation.

Every limitation to anything has power over it. For others, their remembrances precede their spiritual lights. He does that for the voyagers because they have not realised sincerity toward God in those works; and He does that for those united with Him because He makes them absent from contemplating those states by contemplating Him.

And how can he who is unable to free himself of a pressing need free someone else of one? Realise your weakness and He will strengthen you with His power.

But Arabid knew if He left them at that they would leave performing actions depending only on the preetemal command. It is better for you to keep company with an ignorant man dissatisfied with himself than to keep company with a learned man satisfied with himself. You know not which of them is nearer in benefit to you.


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Your seeking someone else is because of your immodesty toward Him. The best one to have as a friend is He who does not seek you out for the sake of something coming from you to Him. If you are not satisfied with His knowing of you, then your not being satisfied with His knowing is a greater misfortune than people hurting you. It is better than that which they hoard. Had they contemplated Him in everything, they would not have been alienated from anything. When you witness Him, created things are with you.

Behold what is in the heavens and the earth. Or how can it desire to enter the Presence of God while it has not yet purified itself of the stain of forgetfulness?

Wherever the light falls, there understanding is reached.

When it goes away, there is no light for it. I llki J 0 I o 55 56 Light is the army of the heart, just as darkness is the zta of the soul.

And the place where the second group starts is where the first group ends. For how can someone else remove what He has imposed?