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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Whoever sees the Cosmos and does not contemplate Him in it or by it or before it or after it is in need of light and is veiled from the sun of gnosis by the clouds of created things. For has He accustomed you to anything but hioam is good?
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And peace on you! And he is busied by the rights of God from remembering his selfish shares. He who has Him as his starting-point knows the Real as It is, and proves any matter by reference to the Being of its Origin. Those traveling the Path under a teacher experience these things in the reverse order. 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.
Realise your humility and He will strengthen you with His pride. How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is the One who is manifest in everything? Inspiration is to be found in the Hereafter, while the litany vanishes with the vanishing of this world; but it its more fitting to be occupied with something for which there is no substitute.
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But inferential argumentation comes from the absence of union with Him. Or when was it that He became distant that created things themselves will unite us to Him? Or how can it understand the subtle points of mysteries while it has not yet repented of its offences? Roundabout he turns, his goal the same as his departure. As for the insincere, the feeling of security from chastisement suffices him.
Other people gain an illumined heart and as result perform dhikr. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Still others have no spiritual lights nor any remembrances — and we seek refuge with God from that.
In the grace of God and in His mercy, in that they should rejoice. So when God wishes to come to the help of His servant, He furnishes him with armies of lights and cuts off from him the reinforcements of darkness and alterities.
Kitab Al Hikam Of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic
This is why the lights of created vestiges set at night, but the lights of hearts and inmost souls never set. How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is more manifest than anything?
For this reason, they do not collide with anything except they knock it out: If the external invites you, the internal bars you. Behold what is in the heavens and the earth. And only the one with insight can distinguish.
Or how can it journey to God while shackled by its passions? Sometimes He takes away the trait of specialness from you and makes you return to your rough human limits. Indeed when kings enter cities, they ruin them. And He does not make any one reach His friends except he whom He wishes to make reach Him. Or how can it desire to enter the Presence of God while it has not yet purified itself of the stain of forgetfulness? And He made your lower self move you [to do bad] so that your approaching and repenting to Him would never cease.
And why it has been said: Rather, the gnostic is the one who, because of his self-extinction in His Being and self-absorption in contemplating Him, has no symbolic allusion. And you will not get except that which you [are ready] to imbibe. His attributes point to His Entity since it is impossible for an attribute to be existent all by itself.
You have in God independence from wrabic but nothing can make you free of need from Him. Your seeking someone else is because of your immodesty toward Him. The elect seek the veiling of disobedience out of the fear of falling from the sight of God, the True King. For others, their remembrances precede their spiritual lights. It is better than that which they hoard. How can it be conceived that something veils Him since He is the one who is manifest through everything?