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  Ibn Arabi ( ) (26 July 1165 16 November 1240), full name Ab Abd Allh Muammad ibn Al ibn Muammad ibnArab al-tim a-, was an Arab Andalusian Muslim scholar, mystic, poet, and philosopher, whose works have grown to be very influential beyond the Muslim world. Out of the 850 works attributed to him, some 700 are authentic while over 400 are still extant. His cosmological teachings became the dominant worldview in many parts of the Islamic world.
  He is renowned among practitioners of Sufism by the names al-Shaykh al-Akbar ("the Greatest Shaykh"; from here the Akbariyya or Akbarian school derives its name), Muyiddin ibn Arabi, and was considered a saint. He was also known as Shaikh-e-Akbar Mohi-ud-Din Ibn-e-Arabi throughout the Middle East.


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  - The Meccan Illuminations ::: (Al-Futt al-Makkiyya), his largest work in 37 volumes originally and published in 4 or 8 volumes in modern times, discussing a wide range of topics from mystical philosophy to Sufi practices and records of his dreams/visions. It totals 560 chapters.[6] In modern editions it amounts to some 15 000 pages.[35]
  - The Ringstones of Wisdom ::: (also translated as The Bezels of Wisdom), or Fusus al-Hikam. Composed during the later period of Ibn 'Arabi's life, the work is sometimes considered his most important and can be characterized as a summary of his teachings and mystical beliefs. It deals with the role played by various prophets in divine revelation.[36][37][38] The attribution of this work (Fusus al-Hikam) to Ibn Arabi is debated and in at least one source[39] is described as a forgery and false attribution to him reasoning that there are 74 books in total attributed to Sheikh Ibn Arabi of which 56 have been mentioned in "Al Futuhat al-Makkiyya" and the rest mentioned in the other books cited therein. However many other scholars accept the work as genuine.[40][41]
  - The Dwn, ::: his collection of poetry spanning five volumes, mostly unedited. The printed versions available are based on only one volume of the original work.
  - The Holy Spirit in the Counselling of the Soul ::: (R al-quds), a treatise on the soul which includes a summary of his experience from different spiritual masters in the Maghrib. Part of this has been translated as Sufis of Andalusia, reminiscences and spiritual anecdotes about many interesting people whom he met in al-Andalus.
  - Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries ::: (Mashhid al-Asrr), probably his first major work, consisting of fourteen visions and dialogues with God.
  - Divine Sayings ::: (Mishkt al-Anwr), an important collection made by Ibn 'Arab of 101 hadth quds
  - The Book of Annihilation in Contemplation ::: (K. al-Fan' fi'l-Mushhada), a short treatise on the meaning of mystical annihilation (fana).
  - Devotional Prayers ::: (Awrd), a widely read collection of fourteen prayers for each day and night of the week.
  - Journey to the Lord of Power ::: (Rislat al-Anwr), a detailed technical manual and roadmap for the "journey without distance".
  - The Book of God's Days ::: (Ayym al-Sha'n), a work on the nature of time and the different kinds of days experienced by gnostics
  - The Fabulous Gryphon of the West ::: ('Unq' Mughrib), a book on the meaning of sainthood and its culmination in Jesus and the Mahd
  - The Universal Tree and the Four Birds ::: (al-Ittihd al-Kawn), a poetic book on the Complete Human and the four principles of existence
  - Prayer for Spiritual Elevation and Protection ::: ('al-Dawr al-A'l), a short prayer which is still widely used in the Muslim world
  - The Interpreter of Desires ::: (Tarjumn al-Ashwq), a collection of nasbs which, in response to critics, Ibn Arabi republished with a commentary explaining the meaning of the poetic symbols.
  - Divine Governance of the Human Kingdom ::: (At-Tadbidrat al-ilahiyyah fi islah al-mamlakat al-insaniyyah).
  - The Four Pillars of Spiritual Transformation ::: (Hilyat al-abdl) a short work on the essentials of the spiritual Path

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1:Deliver us, O Allah, from the Sea of Names. ~ Ibn Arabi,
2:Oh, Lord, nourish me not with love, but with the desire for love. ~ Ibn Arabi,
3:How can the heart travel to God, when it is chained by its desires? ~ Ibn Arabi,
4:God sleeps in the rock, dreams in the plant, stirs in the animal, and awakens in man. ~ Ibn Arabi,
5:The desires of this world are like sea water. The more you drink of them, the more you thirst. ~ Ibn Arabi,
6:When you know yourself, your 'I'ness vanishes and you know that you and Allah are one and the same. ~ Ibn Arabi,
7:I am in love with no other than myself, and my very separation is my union... I am my beloved and my lover; I am my knight and my maiden. ~ Ibn Arabi,
8:If you find it complicated to answer someone's question, do not answer it, for his container is already full and does not have room for the answer ~ Ibn Arabi,
9:The ignorant one does not see his ignorance as he basks in its darkness; nor does the knowledgeable one see his own knowledge, for he basks in its light ~ Ibn Arabi,
10:Know that that which is referred to as other-than-Allah, or the universe, is related to Allah as the shadow is related to the person. The universe is the shadow of Allah. ~ Ibn Arabi,
11:When My Beloved Appears ::: When my Beloved appears,With what eye do I see Him?With His eye, not with mine,For none sees Him except Himself. ~ Ibn Arabi,
12:None but God is loved in the existent things. It is He who is manifest within every beloved to the eye of every lover ~ and there is nothing in the existent realm that is not a lover ~ Ibn Arabi,
13:It is He who is revealed in every face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped in every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a single one of His creatures can fail to find Him in its primordial and original nature. ~ Ibn Arabi,
14:Beware of confining yourself to a particular belief and denying all else, for much good would elude you - indeed, the knowledge of reality would elude you. Be in yourself a matter for all forms of belief, for God is too vast and tremendous to be restricted to one belief rather than another. ~ Ibn Arabi,
15:Whoever builds his faith exclusively on demonstrative proofs and deductive arguments, builds a faith on which it is impossible to rely. For he is affected by the negativities of constant objections. Certainty(al-yaqin) does not derive from the evidences of the mind but pours out from the depths of the heart. ~ Ibn Arabi,
16:One of the gnostics was hungry and wept. Someone who had no tasting (dhawq) in that area censured him for that. The gnostic said, "But Allah makes me hungry so that I might weep. He tests me by affliction so that I might ask Him to remove it from me. This does not lessen my being patient." We know that patience is holding the self back from complaint to other-than-Allah. ~ Ibn Arabi,
17:You only know the universe according to the amount you know the shadows, and you are ignorant of the Real according to what you do not know of the person on which that shadow depends. Inasmuch as He has a shadow, He is known, and inasmuch as one is ignorant of what is in the essence of the shadow of the form which projects the shadow, he is ignorant of Allah. For that reason, we say that Allah is known to us from one aspect and not known to us from another aspect. ~ Ibn Arabi,
18:The Real made me contemplate the light of the veils as the star of strong backing rose, and He said to me, "Do you know how many veils I have veiled you with?""No", I replied.He said, "With seventy veils. Even if you raise them you will not see Me, and if you do not raise them you will not see Me.""If you raise them you will see Me and if you do not raise them you will see Me.""Take care of burning yourself!""You are My sight, so have faith. You are My Face, so veil yourself" ~ Ibn Arabi,
19:The Prophet related that when Allah loves the voice of His slave when he makes supplication to Him, He delays the answer to his supplication so that the slave will repeat the supplication. This comes from His love for the slave, not because He has turned away from him. For that reason, the Prophet mentioned the name of the Wise, and the Wise is the one who puts everything in its proper place, and who does not turn away from the qualities which their realities necessitate and demand; so the Wise is the One who knows the order of things. ~ Ibn Arabi,
20:The Names of Allah are endless because they are known by what comes from them, and what comes from them is endless, even though they can be traced back to the limited roots which are the matrices of the Names or the presences of the Names. In reality, there is but one of the Names or the presences of the Names. In reality, there is but One Reality which assumes all these relations and aspects which are designated by the Divine Names. The Reality grants that each of the Names, which manifest themselves without end, has a reality by which it is distinguished from another Name. It is that reality by which it is distinguished which is the Name itself - not that which it shares. ~ Ibn Arabi,
21:It is ignorance if, when Allah afflicts someone by what gives him pain, he does not call on Allah to remove that painful matter from him. The one who has realization must supplicate and ask Allah to remove that from him. For that gnostic who possesses unveiling, that removal comes from the presence of Allah. Allah describes Himself as "hurt", so He said, "those who hurt Allah and His Messenger." (33:57) What hurt is greater than that Allah test you with affliction in your heedlessness of Him or a divine station which you do not know so that you return to Him with your complaint so that He can remove it from you? Thus the need which is your reality will be proven. The hurt is removed from Allah by your asking Him to repel it from you, since you are His manifest form. ~ Ibn Arabi,
22:Similarly, the existence of Allah has multiplicity and the many Names. It is this or that according to what appears from it of the universe which demands the realities of the Divine Names by its development. They are doubled by it and stand in opposition to the unity of multiplicity. It is one by source in respect to its essence, as the primal substance (hayûla) is a single source in respect to its essence, while it has many forms which it supports by its essence. It is the same with Allah through the forms of tajalli which are manifested from Him. So the locii of the tajalli are the forms of the universe, in spite of the intelligible unity (ahadiyya). Look at the excellence of this divine instruction which Allah gives by granting its recognition to whoever He wishes among His slaves. ~ Ibn Arabi,
23:Then the matter is as we have confirmed. So know that you are imagination and that which you perceive and of which you say, "It is not me" is also imagination. All of existence is imagination within imagination. True existence is Allah, the Real, in particular in respect to essence and source, not in respect to His Names, because the Names have two meanings. One meaning is His source which is the same as the "Named", and the other meaning is what it indicates and that by which the Name is separate from this other Name, and so distinct. The Ever-Forgiving is separate from the Manifest and the Hidden, and the First is distinct from the Last. Thus it is clear to you that each Name is the same as the other Name, and yet it is not the other Name. Inasmuch as the Name is the same, it is the Real, and inasmuch as it is not it, it is the imaginary Real which we discussed. ~ Ibn Arabi,

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1:I follow the Way of Love, ~ Ibn Arabi,
2:My heart can take on any form: ~ Ibn Arabi,
3:Your personal nature seeks its paradise. ~ Ibn Arabi,
4:Deliver us, O Allah, from the Sea of Names. ~ Ibn Arabi,
5:Oh, Lord, nourish me not with love, but with the desire for love. ~ Ibn Arabi,
6:You are My sight, so have faith. You are My Face, so veil yourself ~ Ibn Arabi,
7:How can the heart travel to Allah when it is chained by its desires ~ Ibn Arabi,
8:How can the heart travel to God, when it is chained by its desires? ~ Ibn Arabi,
9:The sight of God in woman is the most perfect of all." Ibn Arabi. ~ Idries Shah,
10:As Ibn Arabi says: ‘Absolute existence is the source of all existence’. ~ Idries Shah,
11:I saw Divinity with the Eye of the Heart. I said, “Who are you. It said, “You. ~ Ibn Arabi,
12:God sleeps in the rock, dreams in the plant, stirs in the animal, and awakens in man. ~ Ibn Arabi,
13:Tal como dice Ibn Arabi:
La absoluta existencia es la fuente de toda existencia. ~ Idries Shah,
14:L'homme supérieur est celui qui se fuit lui-même pour obtenir la compagnie de son Seigneur. ~ Ibn Arabi,
15:The desires of this world are like sea water. The more you drink of them, the more you thirst. ~ Ibn Arabi,
16:I follow the Way of Love, and where Love's caravan takes its path, there is my religion, my faith. ~ Ibn Arabi,
17:When you know yourself, your 'I'ness vanishes and you know that you and Allah are one and the same. ~ Ibn Arabi,
18:Ich folge der Liebe,
Wohin auch ihre Karawane zieht,
Liebe ist meine Religion,
Liebe ist mein Glaube. ~ Ibn Arabi,
19:I believe in the religion of Love, whatever direction its caravans may take, for Love is my religion and my faith. ~ Ibn Arabi,
20:While you are alive, your worldly self is like a collector of benefits from Allah's bounties, which come to you from myriads of hands. ~ Ibn Arabi,
21:I am in love with no other than myself, and my very separation is my union... I am my beloved and my lover; I am my knight and my maiden. ~ Ibn Arabi,
22:If you find it complicated to answer someone’s question, do not answer it, for his container is already full and does not have room for the answer ~ Ibn Arabi,
23:In this I conformed to my usual manner of thinking in symbols; this because the things of the invisible world attract me more than those of actual life ~ Ibn Arabi,
24:The ignorant one does not see his ignorance as he basks in its darkness; nor does the knowledgeable one see his own knowledge, for he basks in its light ~ Ibn Arabi,
25:There was a time, when I blamed my companion if his religion did not resemble mine. Now, however, my heart accepts every form....Love alone is my religion. ~ Ibn Arabi,
26:The truth of passion is
that passion is the cause of passion.
If there had not been passion in the heart,
passion would not have been worshipped. ~ Ibn Arabi,
27:I was wedded to all the stars of the sky.There was not a single star left, and I married every one of them with great spiritual pleasure. Then I married the moon. ~ Ibn Arabi,
28:Creation is intelligible and Allah is felt and witnessed with the believers and the
people of unveiling. Allah is intelligible with other classes, and creation is witnessed. ~ Ibn Arabi,
29:Know that that which is referred to as other-than-Allah, or the
universe, is related to Allah as the shadow is related to the person. The universe is the shadow
of Allah. ~ Ibn Arabi,
30:None but God is loved in the existent things. It is He who is manifest within every beloved to the eye of every lover – and there is nothing in the existent realm that is not a lover ~ Ibn Arabi,
31:None but God is loved in the exist- ent things. It is He who is manifest within every beloved to the eye of every lover – and there is nothing in the existent realm that is not a lover ~ Ibn Arabi,
32:Each person is oriented toward a quest for his personal invisible guide, or . . . he entrusts himself to the collective, magisterial authority as the intermediary between himself and Revelation. ~ Ibn Arabi,
33:My heart can be pasture for deer and a convent for monks, a temple for idols and a Kaaba for the pilgrims. It is both the tables of the Torah and the Koran. It professes the religion of Love wherever its caravans are heading. Love is my law. Love is my faith. ~ Ibn Arabi,
34:It is He who is revealed in every face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped in every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a single one of His creatures can fail to find Him in its primordial and original nature. ~ Ibn Arabi,
35:I love the ‘friend’ that is with me wherever I go... The one transforming my greatest joy into bitter sadness. Thankfully I know! Whenever I look at the sky, in that huge universe, that there isn’t only me. And someone ‘from me’ is very happy somewhere over there ~ Ibn Arabi,
36:Had we discussed the station of Sulayman in its entirety, you would have seen a matter
whose revelation would have struck you with terror. Most of the men of knowledge of this
Path have no knowledge of the state and rank of Sulayman. The business is not as they claim. ~ Ibn Arabi,
37:Allah says, "He has made everything
that is in the heavens and the earth subservient to you. It is all from Him." (22:65) All that is
in the universe is subject to man. He who knows that from his knowledge is the Perfect Man.
He who is ignorant of that is the Animal Man. ~ Ibn Arabi,
38:My heart has become capable of every form: It is a pasture for gazelles And a monastery for Christian monks, And the pilgrim's Ka'ba, And the tablets of the Torah, And the book of the Koran. I follow the religion of Love: Whatever way love's camel takes, That is my religion, my faith. ~ Ibn Arabi,
39:Beware of confining yourself to a particular belief and denying all else, for much good would elude you - indeed, the knowledge of reality would elude you. Be in yourself a matter for all forms of belief, for God is too vast and tremendous to be restricted to one belief rather than another. ~ Ibn Arabi,
40:It is He who is revealed in every face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped in every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a single one of His creatures can fail to find Him in its primordial and original nature.

al-Futûhât al-Makkiyya ~ Ibn Arabi,
41:Whoever builds his faith exclusively on demonstrative proofs and deductive arguments, builds a faith on which it is impossible to rely. For he is affected by the negativities of constant objections. Certainty(al-yaqin) does not derive from the evidences of the mind but pours out from the depths of the heart. ~ Ibn Arabi,
42:My heart can take on any form:
A meadow for gazelles,
A cloister for monks,
For the idols, sacred ground,
Ka'ba for the circling pilgrim,
The tables of the Torah,
The scrolls of the Quran.

My creed is Love;
Wherever its caravan turns along the way,
That is my belief,
My faith. ~ Ibn Arabi,
43:Allah saved him from the grief of the ark, so he pierced natural darkness by what Allah gave
him of divine knowledge, while he did not depart from nature. He tested him with many trials
(9) and gave him experience in many places so that he might realize patience in himself in the
trials Allah gave him. ~ Ibn Arabi,
44:Oh, her beauty--the tender maid! Its brilliance gives light like lamps to one travelling in the dark.
She is a pearl hidden in a shell of hair as black as jet,
A pearl for which Thought dives and remains unceasingly in the deeps of that ocean.
He who looks upon her deems her to be a gazelle of the sand-hills, because of her shapely neck and the loveliness of her gestures. ~ Ibn Arabi,
45:One of the gnostics was hungry and wept. Someone who had no tasting (dhawq) in that area
censured him for that. The gnostic said, "But Allah makes me hungry so that I might weep.
He tests me by affliction so that I might ask Him to remove it from me. This does not lessen
my being patient." We know that patience is holding the self back from complaint to other-
than-Allah. ~ Ibn Arabi,
46:7. A manifestation by which something is made clear and unobscured, as the bride is
displayed to the husband or the rust removed from a sword or mirror so that it shines. The
tajalli is the unveiling of a spiritual reality in the realm of vision. It is a direct-seeing into the
nature of existence, a showing forth of the secrets of the One in the celestial and terrestial
realms. ~ Ibn Arabi,
47:That is why the theopathic maxim of
the disciples of Ibn Arabi was not Ana'l Haqq "I am God "
(Hallaj) , but Ana sirr al-l Haqq, "I am the secret of God," that
is to say, the secret of love that makes His divinity dependent on
me, because the hidden Treasure "yearned to be known" and it
was necessary that beings exist in order that He might be
known and know Himself. ~ Henry Corbin,
48:Lubb: In Arabic there is no word for mind. However, in the Qur'an the word that
designates a central locus of awareness in the human being is lubb, which means core. It is
the heart viewed as an organ of gnosis and not merely as a valave which pumps blood to the
head. Ibn al-'Arabi says that it is that part of knowledge which is protected from the hearts
which are attached to phenomenal being. ~ Ibn Arabi,
49:Ibn Arabi observes that the most perfect of mystic lovers are
those who love God simultaneously for himself and for them-
selves, because this capacity reveals in them the unification of
their twofold nature (a resolution of the torn "conscience
malheureuse" ). He who has made himself capable of such love
is able to do so because he combines mystic knowledge ( ma
rrifa ) with vision ( shuhud) . ~ Henry Corbin,
50:Ibn Arabi was above all the disciple of Khidr ( Khidr). We shall attempt further on to indicate what it signifies and implies to be "the disciple of Khidr." In any event such a relationship with a hidden spiritual master lends the disciple an essentially "transhistorical" dimension and presupposes an ability to experience events which are enacted in a reality other than the physical reality of daily life, events which spontaneously transmute themselves into symbols. ~ Henry Corbin,
51:The universe is its own veil on itself and cannot perceive the Truth since it perceives itself. It
is continuously in a veil which is not removed, since it knows that it is distinct from its
Creator by its need of Him. It has no portion of that essential necessity which belongs to the
existence of Allah, so it can never perceive Him. In this respect, Allah is never fully known
by the knowledge of tasting and witnessing because the in-time has no hold on that. ~ Ibn Arabi,
52:The Shari'a makes something
reprehensible because of what Allah made known or which He made known through
someone He has instructed. So Allah prescribed retaliation by necessity for the preservation
of the human race and to prevent people exceeding the limits of Allah. Allah says, "There is
life for you in retaliation, O you who possess intelligence (lit. cores)!" (3) (2:179) They are
the people of the core who stumble onto the secret of divine laws and wisdoms. ~ Ibn Arabi,
53:You only know the universe according to the amount you know the shadows, and you are
ignorant of the Real according to what you do not know of the person on which that shadow
depends. Inasmuch as He has a shadow, He is known, and inasmuch as one is ignorant of
what is in the essence of the shadow of the form which projects the shadow, he is ignorant of
Allah. For that reason, we say that Allah is known to us from one aspect and not known to us
from another aspect. ~ Ibn Arabi,
54:If it had not been for this love, the universe would not have appeared in its source. Its
movement from non-existence to existence is the movement of the love of the One who
brings into existence for this purpose. The universe also loves to witness itself in existence as
it was witnessed in immutability. Thus by every aspect, the movement from immutable non-
existence to the existence of the sources is a movement of love, both in respect of Allah and
in respect to itself. ~ Ibn Arabi,
55:Do not praise your own faith exclusively so that you disbelieve all the rest. If you do this you will miss much good. Nay, you will miss the whole truth of the matter. God, the Omniscient and the Omnipresent, cannot be confined to any one creed, for He says in the Quran, wheresoever ye turn, there is the face of Allah. Everybody praises what he knows. His God is his own creature, and in praising it, he praises himself. Which he would not do if he were just, for his dislike is based on ignorance. ~ Ibn Arabi,
56:The Real made me contemplate the light of the veils as the star of strong backing rose, and He said to me, “Do you know how many veils I have veiled you with?”
“No”, I replied.
He said, “With seventy veils.
Even if you raise them you will not see Me, and if you do not raise them you will not see Me.”
“If you raise them you will see Me and if you do not raise them you will see Me.”
“Take care of burning yourself!”
“You are My sight, so have faith. You are My Face, so veil yourself ~ Ibn Arabi,
57:O lover – whosoever you are – know that the veils between you and your beloved – whosoever he might be – are nothing save your halt with things, not the things themselves; as said by the one who hasn’t tasted the flavour of realties. You have halted with things because of the shortcoming of your perception; that is, lack of penetration, expressed as the veil; and the veil is nonexistence and nonexistence is nothingness. Thus there is no veil, If the veils were true, then who got veiled from you, you should also have been in veil from him. ~ Ibn Arabi,
58:If the Prophets, peace be upon him, thanked Allah for what He had bestowed on them and
given to them, that was not from the command of Allah. They undertook that freely from
themselves, as the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, stood
thanking Allah until his feet were swollen, when Allah had forgiven Him his wrong actions,
past and present. When people commented what he did, he said, "Am I not a thankful slave?"
Allah said that Nuh was a thankful slave. (4) So the thankful among the slaves are few. ~ Ibn Arabi,
59:Here is a great secret! He mentioned the "act" in giving the answer to the one who asked for a
definition of essence. He made the essential definition the source of the attribution to what
appeared of Him in the forms of the universe, or what appeared in Him of the forms of the
universe. In answer to, "What is the Lord of the worlds?" he said that He is the One in whom
the forms of the universe are manifest on high which is the heaven - and below - which is the
earth, "if you but have certainty," (18) or He who is manifest by them. ~ Ibn Arabi,
60:The Prophet related that when Allah loves the voice of His slave when he makes supplication
to Him, He delays the answer to his supplication so that the slave will repeat the supplication.
This comes from His love for the slave, not because He has turned away from him. For that
reason, the Prophet mentioned the name of the Wise, and the Wise is the one who puts
everything in its proper place, and who does not turn away from the qualities which their
realities necessitate and demand; so the Wise is the One who knows the order of things. ~ Ibn Arabi,
61:When Allah undertakes the destruction of this organism by what is called "death", that is not
negation (i'dam) , but rather separation. He takes man to Him, and what is meant is only
Allah's taking man to Him, "and to Him the whole affair will be returned." (11:123) When He
takes him to Him, He fashions him a different composition than this composition. The new
composition is from the genus of the abode to which he has moved, that is, the Abode of
Going-on, because equilibrium exists. The creature thus will never die, i.e. his parts will
never be separated. ~ Ibn Arabi,
62:Therefore, since existence is from an intelligible movement which transported the universe
from non-existence to existence, the prayer encompasses all movements. There are three
movements: vertical, which is the state of standing in the prayer, the horizontal, which is the
state of bowing, and the downward movement, which is the state of prostration. The
movement of man is vertical, the movement of the animal is horizontal, and the movement of
plants in downward. The inanimate does not have a movement from its essence. If a rock
moves, it moves by other means than itself. ~ Ibn Arabi,
63:Adam was in
possession of Divine Names which the angels did not have, so that their praise and
glorification of Him was not the same as Adam's praise and glorification of Him. Allah
describes this to us so that we may ponder it and learn adab with Allah, and so that we
will not lay claim to what we have not realised or possessed by pinning down. How can we
allege something which is beyond us and of which we have no knowledge? We will only be
exposed. This divine instruction is part of Allah's discipline of those of His slaves who are
well-mannered, trusting and khalifs. ~ Ibn Arabi,
64:When a man loves a woman, he desires union, that is, the goal of union which exists in love.
In the elemental form, there is no greater union than marriage. (10) By this appetite
encompasses all parts. For that reason, complete ritual washing is prescribed after
intercourse. Purification envelops him as annihilation in the woman was complete in the
obtainment of appetite. Allah is very jealous of His slave if He believes that he finds pleasure
in other than Him. So man purifies himself by ritual washing in order to return to Him in
whom he was annihilated, since that is all there is. ~ Ibn Arabi,
65:Guidance is that man is guided to bewilderment (hayra). He knows that the business is
bewilderment. Bewilderment is being unsettled and movement. Movement is life. There is no
non-movement nor death. There is existence and not non-existence. It is the same with the
water which gives life to the earth. Its movement is His word, "so it quivers" and conceives,
"and swells" with pregnancy, "and sprouts plants in beautiful pairs." (7) It only gives birth to
what resembles it, i.e. has a nature like it. It has being linked in pairs (zawjiya) which is the
state of being doubled by what is born from it and what appears from it. ~ Ibn Arabi,
66:Musa was only born being a synthesis of many spirits. He was a concentration of effective
forces since the young have an effect on the old. Do you not see how the child has an effect
on the older person by the special quality the child has? The older person descends from his
leading position to play with the child and rock him in his arms and to show himself at the
child's level of intellect he descends to the level of the child's intellect. He is under
subjugation even though he is not aware of it. He occupies himself with instructing and
protecting the child, seeing to his needs and consoling him so that the child is not distressed. ~ Ibn Arabi,
67:When they searched for Musa (after he had killed the Copt), he left in flight, fearful
outwardly and in the meaning, it was love of deliverance for movement is always by love, but
the onlooker is veiled from it by other causes, which are not the movement. This is because
the root is the movement of the universe from non-existence which was immobile in
existence. That is why it is said that the matter is movement from immobility. The movement
which is the existence of the universe is the movement of love. The Messenger of Allah, may
Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, quoting Allah, "I was a hidden treasure, therefore I
wanted (lit. loved) to be known. ~ Ibn Arabi,
68:La lecture répétée du Qorân peut très certainement “ouvrir” beaucoup de choses, mais, bien entendu, à la condition d’être faite dans le texte arabe et non pas dans des traductions. Remarquez d’ailleurs que, pour cela et aussi pour certains écrits ésotériques, il s’agit là de quelque chose qui n’a aucun rapport avec la connaissance extérieure et grammaticale de la langue ; on me citait encore l’autre jour le cas d’un Turc qui comprenait admirablement Mohyid-din [Ibn Arabi], alors que de sa vie il n’a été capable d’apprendre convenablement l’arabe même courant ; par contre, je connais des professeurs d’El-Azhar qui ne peuvent pas en comprendre une seule phrase !
Le Caire, 26 juin 1937. ~ Ren Gu non,
69:15: The Seal of the Wisdom of Prophethood
in the Word of 'Isa (Jesus)
He was manifested from the water of Maryam
and the breath of Jibril in the form of man existing from clay.
The spirit was in an essence purified of nature
which it called prison.
For that reason, the spirit stayed in it
for more a thousand years in the designation of time. (1)
A spirit from Allah, no other.
For that reason, he revived the dead and formed the bird from clay.
Since his relation with his Lord is proven,
by it he has effective action in both the higher and lower worlds.
Allah purified his body, and made his spirit pure,
and He made him a model of taking-form. ~ Ibn Arabi,
70:The Names of Allah are endless because they are known by what comes from them, and what
comes from them is endless, even though they can be traced back to the limited roots which are the matrices of the Names or the presences of the Names. In reality, there is but one of the
Names or the presences of the Names. In reality, there is but One Reality which assumes all
these relations and aspects which are designated by the Divine Names. The Reality grants
that each of the Names, which manifest themselves without end, has a reality by which it is
distinguished from another Name. It is that reality by which it is distinguished which is the
Name itself - not that which it shares. ~ Ibn Arabi,
71:The wisdom of the killing of the male children in respect to Musa was in order to give him
the support of the life of each of those killed for his sake because each of them was killed for
being Musa. There is no ignorance, so the life of the one killed for his sake had to return to
Musa. It is pure life in the natural state (fitra). The desires of the self have not soiled it; rather,
it is in its natural state of "Yes (bala)." (1) Musa was the sum of the lives of those killed for
being him. All that was prepared for the murdered ones in the way of the predisposition of
their spirits was in Musa, peace be upon him. This is a divine favour to Musa which no one
before him had. ~ Ibn Arabi,
72:He spoke about cognition.”
“Is that all you know? Don’t you remember anything?”
“I remember the verses he interpreted.”
“Whose verses?”
“I don’t know.”
“Let me hear.”
“Ahriman knows not
The secret of God’s unity.
Ask Asaf, he knows.
Can a sparrow swallow the mouthful of the Anka-bird?
‘Can a single jug take in
The waters of a great sea?’”
“Those are the verses of Ibn Arabi.They say that the perception of God’s wisdom is possible only for the chosen, only for a few.”
“And what remains for us?”
“To comprehend what we can. If a sparrow cannot swallow the mouthful of the Anka-bird, it will still eat as much as it can. You cannot scoop up the whole sea with a jug, but whatever you scoop up is also the sea. ~ Me a Selimovi,
73:As for the wisdom of tajalli and the discourse on the form of the fire, this was because it was
the object of Musa's desire. Allah gave him a tajalli in what he was searching for so that
Musa would turn to Him and not turn away. If Allah had given the tajalli in other than the
form which he was seeking, Musa would have turned away because his interest was
concentrated on a particular goal. If he had turned away, his action would have rebounded on
him, and Allah would have turned away from him. Musa was the chosen one and the one
brought near. When Allah brings someone near to Him, He gives him a tajalli in the object he
desires, without him knowing it.
Like the Fire of Musa
which he saw as what he needed.
It was Allah,
but he did not perceive it. ~ Ibn Arabi,
74:We subjected the mountains to glorify with him in the evening and sunrise, and also the
birds, flocking together, all of them turned to him." Then Allah combined the kingdom and
speech and prophethood in Da'ud when He says, "We made his kingdom strong, and gave
him wisdom and decisive speech." (1) Allah clearly and openly appointed Da'ud Khalif. This
was Da'ud, peace be upon him. His freedom of action in the kingdom with this subjection
was by a mighty command which was not completed in him alone. Allah also gave it to
Sulayman who shared in it as He says, "And We gave knowledge to Da'ud and Sulayman
who said, 'Praise be to Allah who has favoured us.'" (27:15) He says, "We gave Sulayman
understanding of it. We gave each of them judgement and knowledge."(21:79) ~ Ibn Arabi,
75:It is ignorance if, when Allah afflicts someone by what gives him pain, he does not call
on Allah to remove that painful matter from him. The one who has realization must
supplicate and ask Allah to remove that from him. For that gnostic who possesses unveiling,
that removal comes from the presence of Allah. Allah describes Himself as "hurt", so He
said, "those who hurt Allah and His Messenger." (33:57) What hurt is greater than that Allah
test you with affliction in your heedlessness of Him or a divine station which you do not
know so that you return to Him with your complaint so that He can remove it from you?
Thus the need which is your reality will be proven. The hurt is removed from Allah by your
asking Him to repel it from you, since you are His manifest form. ~ Ibn Arabi,
76:La raison qui m’a conduit à proférer de la poésie (shi‘r) est que j’ai vu en songe un ange qui m’apportait un morceau de lumière blanche ; on eût dit qu’il provenait du soleil. « Qu’est-ce que cela ? », Demandai-je. « C’est la sourate al-shu‘arâ (Les Poètes) » me fut-il répondu. Je l’avalai et je sentis un cheveu (sha‘ra) qui remontait de ma poitrine à ma gorge, puis à ma bouche. C’était un animal avec une tête, une langue, des yeux et des lèvres. Il s’étendit jusqu’à ce que sa tête atteigne les deux horizons, celui d’Orient et celui d’Occident. Puis il se contracta et revint dans ma poitrine ; je sus alors que ma parole atteindrait l’Orient et l’Occident. Quand je revins à moi, je déclamai des vers qui ne procédaient d’aucune réflexion ni d’aucune intellection. Depuis lors cette inspiration n’a jamais cessé. ~ Ibn Arabi,
77:Allah only applied "between His two hands" to Adam as a mark of honour, and so He said to
Iblis, "What prevented you prostrating to what I created with My two Hands?" (38:76) That is
none other than the union in Adam of the two forms - the form of the universe and the form
of the Real: and they are the two hands of Allah. Iblis is only a fragment of the universe
and does not possess this comprehensive quality. It is because of this quality that Adam was a
khalif. Had he not had the form of the One who appointed him khalif, he would not have been
khalif. If there were not in him all that is in the world, and what his flocks, over whom he is
khalif, demand of him because of their dependence on him (and he must undertake all they
need from him) he would not have been khalîf over them. ~ Ibn Arabi,
78:Similarly, the existence of Allah has multiplicity and the many Names. It is this or that
according to what appears from it of the universe which demands the realities of the Divine
Names by its development. They are doubled by it and stand in opposition to the unity of
multiplicity. It is one by source in respect to its essence, as the primal substance (hayûla) is a
single source in respect to its essence, while it has many forms which it supports by its
essence. It is the same with Allah through the forms of tajalli which are manifested from
Him. So the locii of the tajalli are the forms of the universe, in spite of the intelligible unity
(ahadiyya). Look at the excellence of this divine instruction which Allah gives by granting its
recognition to whoever He wishes among His slaves. ~ Ibn Arabi,
79:Then the matter is as we have confirmed. So know that you are imagination and that which
you perceive and of which you say, "It is not me" is also imagination. All of existence is
imagination within imagination. True existence is Allah, the Real, in particular in respect to
essence and source, not in respect to His Names, because the Names have two meanings. One
meaning is His source which is the same as the "Named", and the other meaning is what it
indicates and that by which the Name is separate from this other Name, and so distinct. The
Ever-Forgiving is separate from the Manifest and the Hidden, and the First is distinct from
the Last. Thus it is clear to you that each Name is the same as the other Name, and yet it is
not the other Name. Inasmuch as the Name is the same, it is the Real, and inasmuch as it is
not it, it is the imaginary Real which we discussed. ~ Ibn Arabi,
80:When Allah gives something to someone, and He gives it to him by a request which arises
from a divine command, He does not take him to account for it in the Next Abode. When
Allah gives something to someone, and He gives it by a request which is not by a divine
command, the business in it is up to Allah. If He wishes, He will take him to account for it,
and if He wishes, He will not take him to account for it. I hope for knowledge from Allah in
particular for which He will not call one to account, for He commanded the Prophet, may
Allah bless him and grant him peace, to seek increase of knowledge, and it is the same
command which is addressed to the Prophet¹s community. Allah said, "You have an excellent
model in the Messenger of Allah," (33:21) and what greater model is there than this model
who is a source of solace (20) to the one who possesses understanding from Allah? ~ Ibn Arabi,
81:As for the knowledge of Sulayman, Allah said of him, "We gave Sulayman understanding of
it (in spite of his opposite judgement to that of Da'ud), and Allah "gave each of them
judgement and knowledge." (21:79) Da'ud's knowledge was knowledge given by Allah, and
Sulayman's knowledge was the knowledge of Allah in the matter inasmuch as He is the Judge
without intermediary. So Sulayman is the interpreter of Allah in the seat of sincerity.(12) It is
like the man who is striving to hit on the judgement of Allah by which Allah would judge the
question. If he were to find it by himself or by what was revealed to His Messenger, then he
would have two rewards. The one who errs in this particular judgement has one reward as
well as its being knowledge and judgement. The community of Muhammad was given the
rank of Sulayman in judgement (13) and the rank of Da'ud in wisdom, (14) so there is no
better community than it. ~ Ibn Arabi,
82:From my insufficiency to my perfection, and from my deviation to my equilibrium
From my sublimity to my beauty, and from my splendor to my majesty
From my scattering to my gathering, and from my rejection to my communion
From my baseness to my preciousness, and from my stones to my pearls
From my rising to my setting, and from my days to my nights
From my luminosity to my darkness, and from my guidance to my straying
From my perigee to my apogee, and from the base of my lance to its tip
From my waxing to my waning, and from the void of my moon to its crescent
From my pursuit to my flight, and from my steed to my gazelle
From my breeze to my boughs, and from my boughs to my shade
From my shade to my delight, and from my delight to my torment
From my torment to my likeness, and from my likeness to my impossibility
From my impossibility to my validity, and from my validity to my deficiency.
I am no one in existence but myself, ~ Ibn Arabi,
83:Knowledge is perfected in the breasts of those who are given knowledge, "and
none denies Our signs but the unbelievers," (29:47) for they cover up the signs when they
recognise them through envy, meanness and injustice. We only see from Allah in respect of
Himself disconnection (tanzih) or non-disconnection by definition in any ayat which He has
sent down or in transmissions which have reached us from Him. Otherwise He has the Great
Mist (al-'Ama') (13) which has no air above it and no air beneath it. Allah was in it before He
created creation. Then He mentioned that He "established Himself firmly on the Throne."
(57:4) This is also definition. Then He mentioned that "He descends to the nearest heaven."
(14) This is also definition. Then He said that "He is in the heaven and in the earth," (15) and
"He is with us whever we are." (16) and He tells us that He is our source. We are limited, so
He only describes Himself by limitation. ~ Ibn Arabi,
84:Know that among the special qualities of the spirits (arwah) is whenever they touch anything
life flows into it. This is why the Samiri (2) seized a handful of dust from the track of the
messenger, who was Jibril, and he is the Spirit. The Samiri had knowledge of this matter.
When he recognised that it was Jibril, he knew that life would flow into whatever he had
walked on, so he took a handful of dust (3) from the track of the messenger or he filled his
hand or the ends of his fingers, (4) and threw it into the Calf. The Calf made a noise like the
sound of a cow mooing. If it had been in another form, the name of that form's sound would
have been ascribed to it - as grumbling to the camel, baa-ing to rams, bleating to sheep, and
voice or articulation and speech to man. That power from the life which flows in things is
called lâhût. The nâsût is the locus on which the spirit is based. The nâsût may be called a
spirit by what is based on it. ~ Ibn Arabi,
85:When man witnesses Allah in women, his witnessing is in the passive; when he witnesses
Him in himself, regarding the appearance of woman from Him, he witnesses Him in the
active. When he witnesses Him from himself without the presence of any form from him, his
witnessing is in the passive directly from Allah without any intermediary. So his witnessing
of Allah in the woman is the most complete and perfect because he witnesses Allah inasmuch
as He is both active and passive. Regarding himself, He is passive in particular. For this
reason, the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, loved women because of the
perfection of the witnessing of Allah in them since one does not ever witness Allah free of
matter. Allah by His essence is independent of the worlds. So from this aspect, the business
is impossible, yet witnessing only occurs in matter. The witnessing of Allah in women is the
greatest and most perfect witnessing. The greatest union is marriage. ~ Ibn Arabi,
86:There is no way to neutralize causes because the source-forms necessitate them. They only
appear in existence by the form on which they are based at the source since "there is no
changing the words of Allah." (10:64) The words of Allah are not other than the sources of
existent things. Timelessness is ascribed to Him in respect to their permanence, and in-time
ness is ascribed to them in respect of their existence and appearance. Thus we say, a certain
man or guest happened (26) to be with us today." That does not mean that he did not have
any existence before this event. For that reason, Allah says about His Mighty Word which is
timeless, "No reminder (dhikr) from their Lord comes to them lately renewed (27) without
their listening to it as if it were a game," (21:2) and "but no fresh (28) reminder reaches them
from the All- Merciful, without their turning away from it." (26:5) The Merciful only brings
mercy, and whoever turns away from mercy advances the punishment which is the absence of
mercy. ~ Ibn Arabi,
87:Whenever a person of unveiling sees a form which communicates to him
gnosis which he did not have and which he had not been able to grasp before, that form is
from his own source, no other. From the tree of himself he gathers the fruits of his
cultivation, as his outer form opposite the reflected body is nothing other than himself, even though the place of the presence in which he sees the form of himself presents him with an
aspect of the reality of that presence through transformation. The large appears small in the
small mirror and tall in the tall, and the moving as movement. It can reverse its form from a
special presence, and it can reflect things exactly as they appear, so the right side of the
viewer is his right side, while the right side can be on the left. This is generally the normal
state in mirrors, and it is a break in the norm when the right side is seen as the right and
inversion occurs. All this is from the gifts of the reality of the Presence in which it is
manifested and which we have compared to the mirror. ~ Ibn Arabi,
88:Rububiyyah: Lordship, the quality of being a lord. A term derived from the Qur'anic
descriptions of Allah's lordship over creation. One might say the ecology of natural existence.
It is an essential element in Sufic cosmology and is a most sophisticated concept which
surpasses the crude specificity and mechanistic views of evolutionist biology. It is an energy
system of relationships in constant change and altering dynamics. It functions through the
different realms, the atomic, the mineral, the plant, and so on. It relates the levels of living
organisms from the uni-cellular up to man, and the interpenetrations of organism and
environment. It re-defines "event" from crude historicity to a picture of organism/event in a
unified field. It is the underlying concept which allows us to abandon the dead mind/body
split of the dying culture. It permits us to utilize and develop the energy concepts of
Islamic/Chinese medicine - which hold a common energy concept at base. Rububiyya permits
us to observe ONE PROCESS at work throughout every level of the creational realities. ~ Ibn Arabi,
89:Then know that Allah has described Himself as the Outawardly Manifest and the Inwardly
Hidden; He brought the universe into existence as a Visible world and an Unseen world
so that we might know the Hidden by the Unseen and the Manifest by the Visible. He
described Himself with pleasure and wrath, and so He brought the world into existence as a
place of fear and hope so we fear His wrath and hope for His pleasure. He described Himself
with majesty and beauty, so He brought the universe into existence with awe and intimacy. It
is the same for all that is connected with Him, may He be exalted, and by which He calls
Himself. He designates these pairs of attributes by the two hands which He held out in
the creation of the Perfect Man. Man sums up all the realities of the universe and its
individuals. So the universe is seen and the Khalif is unseen. It is with this meaning that the
Sultan veils himself, even as Allah is mentioned and described as having with veils of
darkness, which are natural bodies, and luminous veils which are subtle spirits (arwâh). The
universe is composed of both the gross and the subtle. ~ Ibn Arabi,
90:As for the subjection which was the privilege of Sulayman, peace be upon him, and by which
he was distinguished fom others, and the kingdom which Allah gave him which none after
him would have, it is from his command when He said, "We gave him the fiercely blowing
wind, speeding at his command." (21:81) It was not subjection in itself, for Allah said in
respect of each of us without exception, "He has made everything in the heavens and
everything on the earth subservient to you." (45:13) He also mentioned the subjection of the
winds, stars and other things, (17) but that is not by our command. It is from the command of
Allah. If you reflect with your intellect, Sulayman was privileged by this command neither by
mental concentration nor by aspiration (himma) rather, it was by nothing more than the
command itself. We said that because we recognise that the physical bodies of the world can
be affected by the himma of the self when someone is in the station of concentration. We
have seen such things happen in this Path. Sulayman only had to articulate the command in
whatever he wished to subject without either concentration or himma. ~ Ibn Arabi,
91:Isa brought the dead to life because he is the Divine Spirit, and bringing to life belongs to Allah. The breath which 'Isa has is like the breath which Jibril has. The word belongs to
Allah. The bringing the dead to life by 'Isa is an actual revival inasmuch as it was manifested
from his breath as he was manifested from the form of his mother. His bringing to life is also
imagined to be from him, but it actually belongs to Allah. He joined the two by the reality on
which he is based even as we said that he is created from imaginary water and actual water.
Bringing-to-life is ascribed to him by means of actualisation in one aspect, and by
imagination in another aspect. In respect to actualisation, it is said of him that he brings the
dead to life. In respect to imagination (tawahhum), it is said that he breathes into it and it
becomes a bird by the leave of Allah. (7) The agent is in the prepositional phrase "by Allah's
permission", even though He did not breathe into it. It is also possible that the agent is the
one who breathes into it. It became a bird as regards physical form. In the same way, 'Isa
healed the blind and the lepers. ~ Ibn Arabi,
92:All this is part of the effect of the young on the old. That is due to the strength of his station.
The young has a new covenant with his Lord because he has newly come into being. The old
person is further from Him. Whoever is nearer to Allah subjects whoever is further away
from Him, just as the elite of the near angels subject the further ones. The Messenger of
Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to expose himself to the rain when it
came down and to uncover his head so that it would fall on him. He said that it has a new
covenant with Allah. Look at this recognition of Allah on the part of this Prophet! What is
more glorious, more sublime and clearer than this? The rain subjected the best of men due to
its proximity to its Lord. That is a likeness of the Messenger on whom the revelation
descends. The rain called him by its own state, (2) and so he exposed himself to the rain in
order to receive from it what it brought from his Lord. If he had not received this divine
benefit from it by the rain, he would not have exposed himself to it. This is the message of
water from which Allah has fashioned every living thing ~ Ibn Arabi,
93:But again we must be
careful to bear in mind that for Ibn Arabi fana is never absolute annihilation ( the failure to do so has been a source of
countless misunderstandings in regard both to Sufismm and to
Buddhism ). Fana and baqa are always relative terms. Accord-
ing to Ibn Arabi, one must always state toward what there is
annihilation, and wherein there is survival, persistence. In
the state of fana, of concentration, of "Koran," in which the
essential unity of Creator and Creature is experienced, the
Divine Attributes become predicables of the mystic ( discrimi-
nation is suspended ). Then we may say not only that the mystic
"creates" in the same sense as God Himself creates ( that is to
say, causes something which already existed in the world of
Mystery to be manifested in the sensible world ), but in addi-
tion that God creates this effect through him. It is one and the
same divine operation, but through the intermediary of the
gnostic, when he is "withdrawn" (fana) from his human at-
tributes and when he persists, survives ( baqa' ) in his divine
attributes. The mystic is then the medium, the intermediary,
through whom the divine creative power is expressed and
manifested. ~ Henry Corbin,
94:What explanation does Ibn Arabi give for these phenomena ?
A first explanation invokes the hierarchical planes of being, the
Hadarat, or "Presences." There are five of these Presences,
namely, the five Descents ( tanazzulat); these are determina-
tions or conditions of the divine Ipseity in the forms of His
Names; they act on the receptacles which undergo their influx
and manifest them. The first Hadra is the theophany ( tajalli) of
the Essence ( dhat) in the eternal latent hexeities which are
objects, the correlata of the Divine Names. This is the world of
Absolute Mystery ( alam al-ghayb al-mutlaq, Hadrat al-Dhat).
The second and the third Hadarat are respectively the angelic
world of determinations or individuations constituting the
Spirits ( taayyunatt ruhiya ) and the world of individuations
constituting the Souls ( taayyunaatt nafsiya). The fourth Hadra
is the world of Idea-Images ( alam al-mithal), typical Forms,
individuations having figure and body, but
in the immaterial
state of "subtile matter. " The fifth Hadra is the sensible and
visible world (alam al-shahada ), of dense material bodies. By
and large, with minor variations, this schema is constant in our
authors.19 ~ Henry Corbin,
95:All existent things are the words of Allah which are inexhaustible (18) because they are from
"kun" and "kun" is the word of Allah. Is the word ascribed to Him according to what He
really is? His what-ness is not known. Or is it that Allah descends to the form of the one who
says, "kun", and so the word "kun" is the reality of that form to which he descended or in
which He is manifest? Some of the gnostics take one side and some take the other side, and
some of them are bewildered in the business and do not know. This is a question which can
only be recognised by taste (dhawq), as was the case with Abu Yazid al-Bistami when he
breathed into the ant which he had killed and it returned to life. He knew in that action by
Whom he had breathed, and that was an 'Isawian witnessing. As for the revival of meaning
by knowledge, that is the divine life, essential, eternal, sublime, and luminous, about which
Allah said, "Is someone who was dead and whom We brought to life, supplying him with a
light by which to walk among the people..." (6:123) Whoever gives life to a dead soul by the
life of knowledge in a particular problem connected to knowledge of Allah, has brought him
to life by it, and it is "a light for him by which he walks among the people, i.e. among his
likes in form. ~ Ibn Arabi,
96:A potential dajjalic interruption is an excessive esoterism. All of these people on a grail quest and looking for the ultimate secret to Ibn Arabi’s 21st heaven and endlessly going into the most esoteric stuff without getting the basics right, that is also a fundamental error of our age because the nafs loves all sorts of spiritual stories without taming itself first. The tradition that was practiced in this place for instance (Turkey) was not by starting out on the unity of being or (spiritual realities). Of course not. You start of in the kitchen for a year and then you make your dhikr in your khanaqah and you’re in the degree of service. Even Shah Bahauddin Naqshband before he started who was a great scholar needed 21 years before he was ‘cooked’. But we want to find a shortcut. Everything’s a shortcut. Even on the computer there’s a shortcut for everything. Something around the hard-work and we want the same thing. Because there seems to be so little time (or so little barakah in our time) but there is no short cut unless of course Allah (SWT) opens up a door of paradise or a way for you to go very fast. But we can’t rely on that happening because it’s not common. Mostly it’s salook, constantly trudging forward and carrying the burden until it becomes something sweet and light. And that takes time, so the esoteric deviation is common in our age as well. ~ Abdal Hakim Murad,
97:Let us return to those gifts which are either the gifts proceding from the Essence or the
Names. As for the favours, gifts and graces of the Essence, they only come by means of
divine tajalli. (7) Tajalli only comes from the Essence by means of the form of the
predisposition of the one to whom the tajalli is made. It never occurs otherwise. The one who
receives the tajalli will only see his own form in the mirror of the Real. He will not see see
the Real, for it is not possible to see Him. At the same time, he knows that he sees only his
own form. It is the same as a mirror in the Visible world inasmuch as you see forms in it or your own form but do not see the mirror. At the same time, however, you know that you see
the forms, or your own form, only by virtue of the mirror. Allah manifests that as a model (8)
appropriate to the tajalli of His Essence, so that the one receiving the tajalli knows that he
does not see Him. There is no model nearer or more appropriate to vision and tajalli than this.
When you see a form in a mirror, try to see the body of the mirror as well - you will never see
it. It is true that some people who perceive this say that the reflected form is imposed between
the vision of the seer and the mirror. This is the most that it is possible to say, and the matter
is as we have mentioned. We have clarified this in the The Makkan Revelations. ~ Ibn Arabi,
98:When the family of Pharaoh found him in the river by the tree, Pharaoh called him Musa. Mu
is water in Coptic and sha is tree. He named him by where he found him, for the ark stopped
by the tree in the river. Pharaoh wanted to kill him. His wife, speaking by divine articulation
in what she said to Pharaoh about Musa since Allah had created her for perfection as Allah
said about her when He testified that she and Maryam, daughter of 'Imran, have the
perfection which men have (8) - said, "he may be a source of delight for me and for you."
(28:9) She would be consoled by him with the perfection which she received as we have said.
The consolation of Pharaoh was with the belief Allah gave him when he was drowning. So
Allah took him pure and purified. There was no impurity in him since He took him in his
belief before he had acquired any wrong actions. Islam effaces what was before it. He made
him a sign of His concern so that none might despair of the mercy of Allah, for "no one
despairs of solace from Allah except for the unbelievers." (12:87) If Pharaoh been of those
who despair, he would not have embarked on belief. Musa, peace be upon him, was, as the
wife of Pharaoh said, "a source of delight for me and for you. Do not kill him. It may well be
that he will be of use to us." That is what happened. Allah gave them use of Musa, although
they were not aware that he was a prophet who would destroy the kingdom of Pharaoh and
his family. ~ Ibn Arabi,
99:He called them women (an-nisâ') which is a plural which does not have a singular form. For
that reason, he said, "He made me love three things in your world: women..." and he did not
say, "woman". He took note of the fact that they came after him in existence. The word an-
nisa' also means postponement. Allah says, "The month postponed is an increase in
disbelief," (9:37) and the sale of "nasi'a" is said to be by postponement, that is, by credit. That
is why he said an-nisa'. He loved them only by rank, and they are the place of the passive.
They are to him as nature is to Allah in which Allah opened the forms of the world by the
projection of the will and the divine command which is marriage in the world of elemental
forms, and aspiration (himma) in the world of luminous spirits, as in the order of premises
and their meanings through deduction. All of that is the marriage of the first uniqueness in
each of these aspects. Whoever loves women in this measure, loves with a divine love.
Whoever loves them in respect to natural appetite in particular, deprives himself of the
knowledge of this appetite. For him it is a form without a spirit (rûh). That form in the heart
of the matter is the essence of a spirit, but it is not witnessed by the one who comes to his
wife or any woman by pure gratification, and he does not perceive the one it is for even so, he
has no knowledge of himself, as others have no knowledge of him, since he has not been
verbally named so that he could be known. ~ Ibn Arabi,
100:Make a ritual ablution before each prayer, beginning every action with "In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful." First wash your hands, intending to pull them away from the affairs of this world. Then wash your mouth, remember and reciting God's name, purifying it in order to utter His Name. Wash your nose wishing to inhale the perfumes of the Divine. Wash your face feeling shame, and intending to wipe from it arrogance and hypocrisy. Wash your forearms trusting God to make you do what is good. Wet the top of your head feeling humility and wash your ears (in preparation) to hear the address of your Lord. Wash from your feet the dirt of the world so that you don't stain the sands of Paradise. Then thank and praise the Lord, and send prayers of peace and blessing upon our Master, who brought the canons of Islam and taught them to us.

After you leave the place of your ablution without turning your back to it, perform two cycles of prayer out of hope and thankfulness for His making you clean.

Next, stand in the place where you are going to make your prayers as if between the two hands of your Lord. Imagine, without forms and lines, that you are facing the Ka'bah, and that there is no one else on the face of this earth but you. Bring yourself to express your servanthood physically. Choose the verses you are going to recite, understanding their meanings within you. With the verses that start with "Say..." feel that you are talking to your Lord as He wishes you to do: let every word contain praise. Allow time between the sentences, contemplating what our Master, the Messenger of God, gave us, trying to keep it in your heart. Believing that your destiny is written on your forehead, place it humbly on the floor in prostration. When you finish and give salutations to your right and to your left, keep your eyes on yourself and your connection with your Lord, for you are saluting the One under whose power you are and who is within you... ~ Ibn Arabi,
101:Allah manifests Himself in a special way in every creature. He is the Outwardly Manifest in
every graspable sense, and He is the Inwardly Hidden from every understanding except the
understanding of the one who says that the universe is His form (4) and His He-ness
(huwiyya), and it is the name, the Outwardly Manifest. Since He is, by meaning, the spirit of
whatever is outwardly manifest, He is also the Inwardly Hidden. His relation to whatever is
manifested of the forms of the world is the relation of the governing spirit to the form. The
definition of man, for example, includes both his inward and outward; and it is the same with
every definable thing. Allah is defined in every definition, yet the forms of the universe are
not held back and He is not contained by them. One only knows the limits of each of their
forms according to what is attained by each knower of his form. For that reason, one cannot
know the definition of Allah, for one would only know His definition by knowing the
definition of every form. This is impossible to attain, so the definition of Allah is impossible.
Similarly, whoever connects without disconnection has given limits to Allah and does not
know Him. Whoever combines connection and disconnection in his gnosis, and describes
Allah with both aspects in general - because it is impossible to conceive in detail because we
lack the ability to encompass all the forms which the universe contains - has known Him in
general and not in particular, as he knows himself generally and not in particular. For that
reason, the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, linked knowledge (ma'rifa) of
Allah to knowledge of oneself and said, "Whoever knows himself knows his Lord." Allah
says, "We will show them Our signs on the horizons (what is outside of you) and in
themselves (what is your source) until it is clear to them (the contemplators) that it is the
Truth," (41:53) inasmuch as you are His form and He is your spirit. You are to Him as your
body-form is to you, and He is to you as the spirit which governs the body. ~ Ibn Arabi,
102:When he brought the dead to life, it was said that it was him and not him. The onlookers fell
into bewilderment (hayra) just as the man of intellect becomes bewildered in his logical
reflection when he sees an individual human being bringing the dead to life, as that is one of
the divine qualities - bringing to life with speech, not mere bringing with animation. (12) The
beholder is bewildered because he sees the form of a man who possesses a divine effect. That
led some of them to speak of that as "incarnation" and say that 'Isa was Allah since it was by
Him that 'Isa brought the dead to life. Thus they are charged with disbelief (kufr) which is the
veil because they veil Allah, who brings the dead to life, by the human form of 'Isa. Allah
said, "They are unbelievers who say, 'Allah is the Messiah, the son of Maryam.'" (13) They
fell into both error and disbelief at the end of all they said, not because they say that he is
Allah nor by calling him the son of Maryam. But they made the attribution that Allah, insofar
as He brought the dead to life, was contained in the human form of the nasut which is called
the son of Maryam. There is no doubt that 'Isa was the son of Maryam. The hearer imagines
that they have attributed divinity to the form, and so they make divinity the same as the form.
That is not what they do. Rather, they make divine He-ness the subject in the human form which is the son of Maryam. They should differentiate between the form of 'Isa and the
divine principle because they have made the form the same as the principle. Jibril was in the
form of man who did not breathe and then he breathed. One differentiates between the form
and the breath, and the breath from the form. The form existed without the breath - thus the
breath is not part of its essential definition. For that reason, differences occurred among the
people of different [Christian] parties regarding 'Isa and what he was. Whoever looks at him
in respect to his mortal human form, says that he is the son of Maryam. Whoever looks at him
in respect to his mortal representational form relates him to Jibril. Whoever looks at him in
respect to what was manifested from him of bringing the dead to life, relates him to Allah by
the quality of the spirit, and says that he is the Spirit of Allah, (14) that is, by Him life was
manifested in whomever received his breath. Sometimes Allah is imagined to be the passive
principle in 'Isa, and sometimes the angel is imagined in him, and sometimes mortal
humanity is imagined in him. So the conception of everyone is based on what predominates
that person. 'Isa is the Word of Allah, (15) the Spirit of Allah, (16) and the slave of Allah.
(17) That is something which no one else has in the sensory form. Indeed, each person is
attached to his father of form, not to the One who breathed his spirit into the human form.
When Allah fashioned the human body as He said, "When I have shaped him," (15:29;38:72)
then He breathed into Him, that was from His spirit. Thus in its being and source, the spirit is
ascribed to Allah. That is not the case with 'Isa. The shaping of his body and mortal form is
implied in the breath of the spirit. Others, as we mentioned, are not like that. ~ Ibn Arabi,

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