Contents Session 1 Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia introduces the work of the great Imam, and then provides an exposition of the first aphorism. Session 2 This session covers aphorisms 3, 4 and 5. Destiny, contentment, faith in Allah as the Supreme Sustainer, and the folly in being excessive in planning our lives are at the center of discussion in this session. Session 3 In this session, Shaykh Amin discusses the 7th, 9h, and 10 aphorisms. Do not despair when things do no go as planned or happen in time. The wisdom of Allah S encompasses all things.
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Contents Session 1 Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia introduces the work of the great Imam, and then provides an exposition of the first aphorism. Session 2 This session covers aphorisms 3, 4 and 5. Destiny, contentment, faith in Allah as the Supreme Sustainer, and the folly in being excessive in planning our lives are at the center of discussion in this session.
Session 3 In this session, Shaykh Amin discusses the 7th, 9h, and 10 aphorisms. Do not despair when things do no go as planned or happen in time.
The wisdom of Allah S encompasses all things. The best act is the act that contains the form and the spirit. There is great folly in over-emphasizing one over the other. An act without spirit is deficient, and an act without form cannot imbibe spirit.
Session 4 Bury your existence in the earth of obscurity. If something sprouts before it is buried, its fruits will never ripen. Pride and arrogance do not go with the properties of the earth. The dunya precludes you from understanding you. Wise old maxim: whoever knows himself knows his Lord. The inspiring story of Sultan Ibrahim Adham is related to make several points.
Session 5 We regret that a portion of this recording was lost due to a technical snag. Hikam 15, 17 and 25 were discussed in this session. A synopses follows. Hence Allah S overwhelms his servants with his dominance over all things. It is in knowing how imperfect we are that our servitude to Him lies. Be happy with the state that Allah puts you in.
Do not be ungrateful by asking to be put in a different state. Thank Allah and ask Him to give you barakah in whatever state you find yourself in. Allah S will make it easy for you if you work to please Him. The will of the slave must coincide with the will of Allah. Session 6 This session covers aphorisms 26, 27 and The sincere seeker is aware that the closer he gets to Allah S , the closer he wants to get to Him.
At all times, we are exhorted to respect the means that bring about our guidance. Session 7 In this session, Shaykh Amin discusses aphorisms 30, 31 and The take-away points in this session include the following.
When you are with Allah, you become generous in nature. Guidance must always be sought through essential nur, not nur that is naar-based fire-based. Session 8 Aphorisms 34, 36, The first step to getting closer to Allah S is getting closer to those who are close to Him, namely the angels.
We must work to rid ourselves of our human deficiencies in order to be attractive to angelic company. Committing sins causes the angels to distance themselves from us and the vacuum left is filled by demonic agents. Physical and spiritual hygiene are essential attributes for closeness to angels. Session 9 Aphorisms 41, 42 and To flee from the inevitable only to pursue something that will not last is a sign of hearts that are blind, and is a folly that the human being is prone to.
Hijrah is for Allah S and Allah S alone. It is imperative that the seeker not pollute his intentions with the worldy, for such actions will have a diminished impact on the heart of those who perform them. We must always keep the company of those whose destination is Allah S so as to ensure that we are also aligned to travel towards the same destination. Session 10 Aphorisms 45 through The few good deeds of a good Muslim who has removed from himself all forms of desire and worldliness are greater in the sight of Allah than the numerous good deeds of one who is still given to the cravings of his self.
Good deeds are usually the results of good states. When we do something, we are encouraged to do it well. And a good state comes from a person developing the ability to receive the fadl of Allah. Session 11 Aphorism It is against the etiquette of being a seeker to diminish the despicability of minor sins.
Against the limitless justice of Allah S , even minor sins could become major. The saalik is always cognizant of his deficiencies and is a constantly in a state of turning to Allah in the hope of being forgiven.
Session 12 Aphorisms 56 through Light is the army of the heart, and darkness that of the nafs. Allah S fortifies the servant he favors with His army of nur — of varying intensities. Session 13 Aphorisms 60 and The greedy and envious will always be debased. Nothing drives man to insanity more than wahm i. Letting go of vain hopes and desires liberates the seeker.
The seeker must be aware of the folly of being overly attached to the means, and should focus his time and effort on the end, that is, building his relationship with Allah S. Session 15 Aphorisms 67, 70, Shaykh Amin examines the hikam that warns of the folly in deprecating the worth of those who observe their awrad but appear to not have a strong spiritual presence.
The sign of an ignorant person is that he answers all that he is asked remembers all that he knows and interprets all that he sees. Session 16 Aphorisms 72 through The seeker must draw encouragement and energy from the acquisition of immediate rewards to his labors.
The believer can ascertain if he is moving forward towards this destination or backwards by examining where he stands at any given time with respect to his past condition. Session 17 Aphorisms 78, 79, We must never undermine the Lordliness of Allah S by becoming apathetic to our conditions. Tarbiyyah goes hand-in-hand with Ruboobiyyah. Our awareness of His oneness is what helps us recognize that it is He who brings us strife and He who gives relief. Session 18 Aphorisms 86 through One of the greatest forms of deprivation is to be deprived of seeking assistance from Allah S.
Success for the seeker is not a measure of worldly good; rather it lies in the constant, unwavering recognition that the worldly states are by the will of Allah S. The seeker is always pleased with what his Lord decrees for him. Session 19 Aphorisms 94 through Deprivation hurts you only because of the lack of your understanding of Allah in it.
Sometimes Allah opens the door of obedience to the slave, but not the door of acceptance; or sometimes He condemns you to sin and it turns out to be a cause of arriving at Him.
A disobedience that bequeaths humiliation and extreme need is better than an obedience that bequeaths self-infatuation and pride. There are two graces from which no being can be separated, and that are inevitable for every creature: the grace of existence, and the grace of sustenance. He bestowed His grace upon you, first, through giving you being, and, second, through uninterrupted sustenance.
Session 20 Aphorisms, through Boredom is from heedlessness, and heedlessness is a state of complete deprivation. Session 21 Aphorisms, through Session 22 Aphorisms through The ultimate mercy of Allah is that He veils the deficiencies of His slaves with a good exterior. The conscious seeker is aware of this mercy at all times and uses it as a means of gaining closeness to His Lord. Session 23 Aphorisms and This session delves into a discussion of the significance of the ritual prayer and the doors of barakah it opens for the seeker.
Session 24 Aphorisms and The seeker must always be aware that his every act of worship only comes about by the mercy and will of Allah S.
Ibn Ata Allah
Your desire for isolation tajreed , even though Allah has put you in the world to gain a living fil-asbaab , is a hidden passion. Antecedent intentions sawaabiq al-himam cannot pierce the walls of predestined Decrees aswaar al-aqdaar. Rest yourself from self-direction tadbeer , for what Someone Else ghayruka has carried out on your behalf, do not you yourself undertake to do it. Your striving for what has already been guaranteed to you, and your remissness in what is demanded of you, are signs of the blurring of your intellect baseera. For He has guaranteed you a response in what He chooses for you, not in what you choose for yourself, and at the time He desires, not the time you desire.
The Hikam - The Wisdom of Ibn 'Ata 'Allah
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. One of the signs of relying on deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs. The practice of this knowledge, inwardly and outwardly, with heart and limbs, is the spiritual path or tariqa. 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. Abu Hurayra Allah be well pleased with him heard the Holy Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace say: "None of you shall be saved by his works.
Kitab Al Hikam Of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic