January 1, 2009

Some Hikams of Ibn Ata’allah

Posted in Aqidah, Character, Islam, Islamic Books, Knowledge, Literature, Quotes, Sufism, Taqwa, Tazkiyah at 6:49 am by faith786

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum!

Here are a list of some of the Hikams of Ibn Ata’allah that strike a chord with me. Some of them are repeats from my Sufi Quotes post (from his book–Ibn Ata’allah/Intimate Conversations):

  • One of the signs of relying on one’s own deeds is the loss of hope when a downfall occurs.
  • If, in spite of intense supplication, there is a delay in the time of the Gift, let that not be the cause for your despairing. 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.
  • Actions differ because the inspirations of the states of being differ.
  • Actions are lifeless forms [suwar qa’ima], but the presence of an inner reality of sincerity [sirr al-ikhlas] within them is what endows them with life-giving Spirit.
  • Nothing benefits the heart more than a spiritual retreat wherein it enters the domain of reflection.
  • The Cosmos is all darkness. It is illumined only by the manifestation of the Real [Allah] in it. He who sees the Cosmos and does not contemplate Him in it or by it or before it or after it is in need of light.
  • Do not request Him to get you out of a state to make use of you in a different one, for, were He to desire so, He could make use of you as you are, without taking you out!
  • Not a breath do you exhale but a decree of Destiny has made it go forth.
  • Amongst the signs of success at the end is the turning to Allah at the beginning.
  • Your being on the lookout for the vices hidden within you is better than your being on the lookout for the invisible realities (or hidden truths) veiled from you.
  • Appeal to no one but Him to relieve you of a pressing need that He Himself has brought upon you. For how can someone else remove what He has imposed? And how can he who is unable to free himself of a pressing need free anyone else of one?
  • Do not keep company with anyone whose state does not inspire you and whose speech does not lead you to Allah.
  • No deed arising from a renouncing heart is small, and no deed arising from an avaricious heart is fruitful.
  • Good works are the results of good states. Good states arise from the stations wherein those having spiritual realization abide.
  • Whoever supposes that His gentleness is separate from His decree of fate does so out of shortsightedness.
  • He manifests everything because He is the Interior, and He conceals the existence of everything because He is the Exterior.
  • People praise you for what they suppose is in you; but you must blame yourself for what you know is in it. (I LOVE THIS ONE!)
  • When you commit a wrong action, let it not be a reason for your despairing of attaining to righteousness before your Lord, for that might be the last decreed for you.
  • There is a light deposited in hearts which is nourished by the Light coming from the treasuries of the invisible realms.
  • Sometimes darknesses come over you so that He can make you aware of the value of His blessings upon you.

…Okay, that is enough hikams for now. That took me a load of time to put up. I need to find an online copy of the hikams…. Or I may add more later.

3 Comments »

  1. Noreen said,

    I love them all but my favorite (as of right now):

    “Appeal to no one but Him to relieve you of a pressing need that He Himself has brought upon you. For how can someone else remove what He has imposed? And how can he who is unable to free himself of a pressing need free anyone else of one?”

    You get access to some of the most wonderful texts. Please do share more in the future!

  2. mally said,

    Wa Alaikum Assalam,
    ^^ i liked that one too.

  3. Saba Yousaf said,

    Wa’alaikum Assalaam,

    JazakAllah Khair! This is interesting and relevant spiritual advice. I think the main message and purpose behind the hikams are to turn back to Allah (swt) at all times.


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