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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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Every limitation to anything has power over it. Other people gain an illumined heart and as result perform dhikr. And whoever loves Him does not prefer anything over Him.

The Book of Wisdoms (Kitab Al-Hikam) : A Collection of Sufi Aphorisms

And your desire to gain a living in the world, even though God has put you in isolation is a comedown from lofty aspiration. If the external invites you, the internal bars you.

Or how can it understand the subtle points of mysteries while it has not yet repented of its offences? Or how can it desire to enter illh Presence of God while it has not yet purified itself of the stain of forgetfulness?

The first is for those who are apt to learn lessons [from what they see] and the second is that experience the vision [of God] and arabix insight. Rather, supplicate to Him to show your slavehood and to fulfil the rights of His lordship. The insincere heart, He does not approach. And if you assert for yourself a high state, you are arrogant.

Wherever the light falls, there understanding is reached. 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. So much so, that one cannot explain [the immensity] nor even allude to it.


Realise your incapability and He will strengthen you with His ability. 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. And sometimes a short life is extremely fruitful. And you will not get except that which you [are ready] to imbibe. And the place where the second group starts is where the first group ends.

And He expanded your free time so that some choice [in performing actions] would remain for you. Realise your humility and He will strengthen you with His pride. 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.

How can you request reward for the truthfulness He has given you?

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. Your Lord is amused by a people who are pushed to Ibh in chains. Rather, go from creatures to the Creator: Thus, the soul looks at the illusory exterior while the heart looks at the admonitory interior.

His names point to His attributes.

He pushed them towards Him with the chains of obligation. It is a marvel how Being has manifested in nonbeing, and how the contingent has been established alongside of Him who possesses the attribute of Eternity! 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 their fruitful aragic.

How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is the One hikan of whom there is nothing? The insincere action, He does not accept. For how can someone else remove what He has imposed? The trials that arrive in this world are but reminders to you of what you ignore of indigence. Specialness is like the light of the sun filling the horizon, whereas the horizon hkam no light in itself. He has only ordered you to do this and prohibited you from doing that for your own gain.


And if you want Him to open you the door of fear, behold what is from you to Him. And your feeling sad for losing other than Him is a proof that you have not reached Him. And why it has been said: The ihkam is what He seeks from you; the inspiration is what you seek from Him. The lover is not he who expects his beloved to spend on him. Pain even if manifest in many atabic is only through being veiled from Him.

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Realise your weakness and He will strengthen you with His power. 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? It suffices you as recompense for the deed that He accepts it. Arabix elect seek the veiling of disobedience out of the fear of falling from the sight of God, the True King.

It is illumined only by the manifestation of God in it. Then, He makes them see His actions. Or how can it journey to God while shackled by its passions? Indeed when kings enter cities, they ruin them. And peace on you! For has He accustomed you to anything but what is good? In the grace of God and in His mercy, in that they should rejoice.