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Ibn Ata' Illah
Egypt (1250 - 1309) Timeline
Muslim / Sufi


Poems by Ibn Ata' Illah

Sheikh Ibn Ata'illah al-Iskandari was a Sufi saint and master in 13th century Alexandria, Egypt. This was a time of philosophical flowering in the Islamic world, and in particular within the Sufi spiritual traditions. Several new and long-lasting Sufi lineages were forming to retain and channel the great spiritual outpouring of the time.

Ibn Ata'illah was an early spiritual leader of the Shadhiliyyah Sufi order, which is a prominent and widespread Sufi order today.

Ironically, as a young man, Ibn Ata'illah was hostile to Sufism. It was an argument with the disciple of the Shadhiliyya school of Sufis that led Ibn Ata' Illah to decide to finally meet the master of the sect and see what sort of person he was. Ibn Ata'illah was so impressed by the master's presence that, as he wrote later, God removed his objections and opened his heart. Ibn Ata' Illah became a devoted student, eventually becoming the leader of the Shadhiliyya order himself.

Several miracles are attributed to Ibn Ata'illah. One student, in pilgrimage to Mecca, saw Ibn Ata'illah in three different places within the holy city. When the student returned to Egypt, he asked the Sufi master if he had also traveled to Mecca, but Ibn Ata'illah smiled and answered, "The realized sage fills the universe."

His Kitab al-Hikam (The Book of Aphorisms) is his most widely read and memorized work, a rich, poetic collection of spiritual maxims composed in majestic Arabic.

Poems by Ibn Ata' Illah

  A feeling of discouragement when you slip up
  How can you imagine that something else veils Him
  How utterly amazing is someone who flees from something he cannot escape
  The best you can seek from Him
  The light of the inner eye lets you see His nearness to you
  Those travelling to Him


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1:The best you can seek from Him is what He seeks from you. A sign of being deluded is: sorrow over loss of obedience while failing to get on with it. [2166.jpg] -- from Ibn 'Ata' Illah the Book of Wisdom/Kwaja Abdullah Ansari Intimate Conversations, Translated by Victor Danner / Translated by Wheeler M. Thackston

~ Ibn Ata Illah, The best you can seek from Him

2:Those travelling to Him are guided by the light of turning their faces toward Him. Those who have arrived have the light of face-to-face encounter. The former belong to lights, but the lights belong to the latter because they belong to Allah, and are His alone. "Say: 'Allah' then leave them plunging in their games." [2166.jpg] -- from Ibn 'Ata' Illah the Book of Wisdom/Kwaja Abdullah Ansari Intimate Conversations, Translated by Victor Danner / Translated by Wheeler M. Thackston

~ Ibn Ata Illah, Those travelling to Him

3:The light of the inner eye lets you see His nearness to you. The source of the inner eye lets you see your non-existence by your existence. The truth of the inner eye lets you see His existence, not your own non-existence or existence. "Allah was and there was nothing with Him. He is now as He was." [2166.jpg] -- from Ibn 'Ata' Illah the Book of Wisdom/Kwaja Abdullah Ansari Intimate Conversations, Translated by Victor Danner / Translated by Wheeler M. Thackston

~ Ibn Ata Illah, The light of the inner eye lets you see His nearness to you

4:A feeling of discouragement when you slip up is a sure sign that you put your faith in deeds. Your desire to withdraw from everything when Allah has involved you in the world of means is a hidden appetite. Your desire for involvement with the world of means when Allah has withdrawn you from it is a fall from high aspiration. Aspiration which rushes on ahead cannot break through the walls of destiny. Give yourself a rest from managing! When Someone Else is doing it for you, don't you start doing it for yourself! [2166.jpg] -- from Ibn 'Ata' Illah the Book of Wisdom/Kwaja Abdullah Ansari Intimate Conversations, Translated by Victor Danner / Translated by Wheeler M. Thackston

~ Ibn Ata Illah, A feeling of discouragement when you slip up

5:How can you imagine that something else veils Him when He is the One who is manifest by everything? How can you imagine that something else veils Him when He is the One who is made manifest in everything? How can you imagine that something else veils Him when He is the One who is manifest to everything? How can you imagine that something else veils Him when He was the One who was Manifest before there was anything? How can you imagine that something else veils Him when He is more manifest than anything? How can you imagine that something else veils Him when He is the One with whom there is nothing else? How can you imagine that something else veils Him when He is the One who is nearer to you than anything? How can you imagine that something else veils Him when if it had not been for Him, there would not have been anything? A marvel! See how existence becomes manifest in non-existence! How the in-time holds firm alongside Him whose attribute is eternal! [2166.jpg] -- from Ibn 'Ata' Illah the Book of Wisdom/Kwaja Abdullah Ansari Intimate Conversations, Translated by Victor Danner / Translated by Wheeler M. Thackston

~ Ibn Ata Illah, How can you imagine that something else veils Him


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1.iai - How utterly amazing is someone who flees from something he cannot escape, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   by Ibn Ata Illah English version by Victor Danner Original Language Arabic How utterly amazing is someone who flees from something he cannot escape to seek something that will not last! "It is not the eyes that are blind, but the hearts in the breasts are blind." Do not travel from phenomenal being to phenomenal being. You will be like the donkey going around at the mill. It travels to what it set out from. Travel from phenomenal beings to the Maker of Being. "And the final end is to your Lord." [2166.jpg] -- from Ibn 'Ata' Illah the Book of Wisdom/Kwaja Abdullah Ansari Intimate Conversations, Translated by Victor Danner / Translated by Wheeler M. Thackston <   

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