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Saturday, September 04, 2004  

Excerpts from al-Hikam (The Wisdom) of Ibn 'Ata'llah 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you in the world of means is a hidden appetite Your desire for involvement with the world of means when Allah has withdrawn you from it is a fall from high aspiration.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! Your striving for what is absolutely guaranteed to you and your laxness in what is required of you are evidence that your inner eye is dull. If you make intense supplication and the timing of the answer is delayed, do not despair of it. His reply to you is guaranteed; but in the way He chooses, not the way you choose, and at the moment He desires, not the moment you desire. If something that is promised does not happen even though the time for it is set, do not doubt the promise! If you do, that will dim your inner eye and put out the light of your secret. When He opens a way for you and makes Himself known to you, then do not worry about your lack of deeds. He only opened the way for you because He desired to make Himself known to you. Do you not see that while He grants gnosis of Himself to you, you have only deeds to offer Him? What He brings you - What you bring Him - What a difference there is between them! Different states have different outcomes. This accounts for the variety of types of action. Actions are merely propped-up shapes. Their life-breath is the presence of the secret of sincerity in them. Bury your existence in the earth of obscurity. If something sprouts before it is buried, its fruits will never ripen. Withdraw the heart into the arena of reflection - nothing helps the heart more than that! If the forms of phenomenal beings are embedded in the mirror of the heart, how can it be illuminated? If it is fettered by its appetites, how can it travel to Allah? If it is not purified of the great impurity of its heedlessness, how can it aspire to enter the presence of Allah? If it has not turned away in regret from its lapses how can it hope to grasp the subtleties of secret knowledge? Phenomenal being is utter and total darkness. It is only the manifestation of the Real in it that gives it light. When you see phenomenal being and do not see Him in it, with it, before it or after it, then you are truly in need of light. You are veiled from the suns of gnoses by the clouds of secondary traces. One way He shows you the existence of His overwhelming power is by veiling you from Him by that which cannot exist alongside Him. 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! -The Hikam of Ibn 'Ata'llah (with Commentary by Ibn 'Ajiba), Aisha Bewley Page



posted by Abubak'r | 9/04/2004 03:50:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
(Bukhari)
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
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I seek God's forgiveness, and do not claim that my intention in producing this Blog is confined to good religious purposes; how may I do so when I am aware of the hidden desires, egotistic passions, and worldly wishes that I harbour? I do not claim innocence for myself; the ego is indeed an inciter to evil, save when my Lord shows mercy; my Lord is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. O God! I seek Your protection against my committing idolatry [shirk] knowingly, and Your forgiveness for that of which I am not aware! I ask God to make me and all other believers benefit from this Blog and to render my production of it purely for the sake of His Noble Countenance.

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