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Topic: Spiritual Pearls of Wisdom of Ibn `Atta'
Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Subject: Spiritual Pearls of Wisdom of Ibn `Atta'
Date Posted: 07 September 2015 at 2:05am

How to enjoy God's Company?

What to do to lead a blessed life with a continuous impact?

What is the reality of humbleness?

How to deal with people's praise and faults?

These questions and many others are part of the test we go through every day in this life.

To pass this test, a spiritually healthy heart is a must.

Having such heart and keeping it pure and receptive of the light of guidance is by no means an easy task.

In our fast-paced materialistic world, it is easy to get off the track and fall prey to endless temptations. It is a significant challenge that requires watchful monitoring and continuous maintenance.

" http://www.onislam.net/content/english/in_depth/ibn_atta/index.shtml - Ibn `Atta's Pearls of Wisdom " is an inspiring spiritual journey that touches on many concepts and elements necessary for our spiritual life.

1- On Repentance and Hope
 
"If you find yourself having less hope in God when you make a mistake, then realize you are only relying on your work, not on God’s Mercy"

Explained by Dr. Jasser here:

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/practical-programs/451811-ibn-ataas-words-of-wisdom-1.html - - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/practical-programs/451811-ibn-ataas-words-of-wisdom-1.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 September 2015 at 3:39am
2- Man's Will and Veils of Destiny 

A human will, however strong it is, can never pierce through the veils of destiny.

We started our spiritual journey to God with a word of wisdom that guides us to put our hope in God's Mercy and that our hope should not be affected by committing mistakes.

God is so merciful that He forgives any sin as long as there is a sincere repentance.


Sometimes when one starts a new leaf he is full of aspiration and enthusiasm. He tries to change himself, his society, and the whole universe over one night. He may also do his best to acquire knowledge or do something good without paying attention to what Ibn `Ata'illah called "the veils of destiny"...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 September 2015 at 1:14am
3- Do You Truly Rely on God?

"Save yourself from worrying. Somebody else already took care of your affairs for you."

Relying on Allah (tawakkul) is one of the important Islamic concepts that may be misunderstood and therefore might lead to undesirable results.

This misunderstanding might also lead to some forms of deviation and introducing innovations in religion. Likewise, it might result in a state of failure in both religious affairs and worldly affairs.

When you leave worldly affairs to unreliable people, neglect the means, or quit your work completely, you are deviating from the path of relying on Allah and practicing apathy (tawaakul) not relying on Allah (tawakkul)...


http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/452230-relying-on-god-properly.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/452230-relying-on-god-properly.html




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 September 2015 at 4:57am
4- Sincerity to God

"Actions are like statues that only come to life with the spirit of sincerity"

Sincerity to Allah is more fundamental than relying on Allah, since it has to do with a deeper level of faith in Him, Most High.

Yet, it was important to affirm our relying on Allah and hope in His Mercy, before discussing sincerity. This is because pure sincerity to Allah is so subtle and so hard to achieve without much hope in Allah's Grace and strong reliance on Him...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/452564-ibn-atta-on-sincerity-to-god.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/452564-ibn-atta-on-sincerity-to-god.html




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 September 2015 at 12:42am
5-  Reflection: A Marvelous Form of Worship

"Bury yourself in the land of anonymity.

A seed that is never buried underground will never produce.

There is nothing more beneficial to the heart than an isolation that allows it to enter a state of reflection."


those who reflect on the universe calling to their minds the Creator of the universe, or reflect on the heavens and the earth calling to their minds the Maker of the heavens and the earth, their reflection will eventually lead them to admit in their hearts "You have not created this without meaning and purpose."

Reflection will make them stand in awe of God, therefore they pray to God: {Keep us safe, then, from suffering through fire!} (Aal `Imran 3:16).

Thus reflection has a significant influence on the heart...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/452676-isolation-and-reflection.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/452676-isolation-and-reflection.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 September 2015 at 5:41am
6- Cleaning Up Before Beautification
"How can the mirror of the heart shine if the material images are covering it?
How can the heart journey to God if it is chained by its desires?
How can the heart ever hope to enter the Divine Presence if it has not purified itself from its forgetfulness?"

There are some conditions and etiquette related to isolation and entering the state of reflection as mentioned in the previous stop.

If one abides by such conditions, he can attain the Divine spiritual lights and his heart shines as Ibn `Ataa'illah describes it in the word of wisdom under discussion.

Before beautifying the heart with lights and virtues, it has to be cleaned up from flaws and shortcomings...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/453017-cleaning-up-before-beautification.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/453017-cleaning-up-before-beautification.html






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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 September 2015 at 7:02am
7- Seizing One's Time
"Postponing good deeds until you have free time is an indication of an immature soul."
In other words, there is nothing called "I do not have time."

The deeds we are talking about such as prayers, remembering God, reflection, all need time. However, sometimes one postpones them and says "I will do them tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, or next Ramadan."

Ibn `Ata'illah describes this attitude as an indication of an immature soul, i.e. this person is demonstrating a folly of the self because you can do everything you want to do if you have a strong will and time will help you a lot...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/453982-seizing-time.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/453982-seizing-time.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 September 2015 at 11:33pm
8-  Difficulties: True Character of the World
"Do not be surprised when difficulties happen in this worldly abode. It is only revealing its true character and identity."
If the servant of Allah repents to Him, relies on Him, purifies his intention to Him, reflects on Him, and seizes the time, the light of faith will shine in his heart and his journey will draw closer to Allah.

In any case, as Ibn `Ataa had said, "there is no real distance between you and Him so that you embark upon a journey. And the connection between you and Him is not cut so that you seek to mend it"...

However, it is one of Allah's consistent and universal laws that when Allah loves someone, He will test him with trials in this world...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454120-patience-with-tests.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454120-patience-with-tests.html






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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 September 2015 at 11:52pm
9-  Perfecting the Beginings
“A sign of success in the end is to refer to Allah in the beginning.

If there is no sunrise in the beginning, there is no sunrise in the end.”

A servant journeying to Allah, who is passing through difficult tests and heading to horizons of peace and tranquility, always thinks of new good deeds that advance him/her along his/her journey.

This word of wisdom teaches us here another universal law: Perfecting the basis and the start of any new project, almost guarantees the desired outcomes in the end.

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454209-perfecting-the-beginnings.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454209-perfecting-the-beginnings.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 September 2015 at 9:59am
10-  Discovering One's Flaws
Trying to discover the flaws within you is better than trying to discover the worlds hidden from you.
One may start his journey to Allah the right way. But unfortunately, he might feel self-conceit or feel that he is doing Allah a favor and forget the very fact that he/she has many flaws.

After setting the rules of how to perfect the beginning of a new phase in the journey, Ibn `Ataa says: "Trying to discover the flaws within you is better than trying to discover the worlds hidden from you".


http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454286-discovering-ones-flaws.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454286-discovering-ones-flaws.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 September 2015 at 12:16pm
11-  Self Criticism
The origin of every sin, forgetfulness, and lust is in being self-righteous, and the origin of every good deed, awareness, and chastity is in being self-critical.
The origin of flaws in general – whether they are sins, forgetfulness or lusts – is a false feeling of self-righteousness.

Many people tell themselves: "I am really good! And I am doing good deeds too Look at others. They are lost, but I am guided. They are evil and I am fine. I do not have to worry".

But Allah Almighty says:

{Nay! I call to witness the Day of Resurrection! But nay! I call to witness the accusing voice of a human's own conscience!}.(Al-Qiyamah 75: 2)

The accusing voice of a human's own conscience is something great enough for Allah to call as a witness! ...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454367-self-criticism.html? - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454367-self-criticism.html?





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 September 2015 at 1:09am
12-  Good Friends

Do not befriend someone who does not elevate you with his state, or guide you to Allah with his speech.

It could be that you are doing evil, yet you think that you are doing good, because you are comparing yourself to your friend who is worse than you.

Throughout our journey to Allah we have learned how to search for our flaws.

We also learned that the origin of every sin, forgetfulness, and lust is in being self-righteous, and the origin of every good deed, awareness, and chastity is in being self-critical.

Likewise, we have learned that one should be like the accusing voice of conscience, which Allah called to witness in the Qur’an...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454463-good-friends.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454463-good-friends.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 September 2015 at 1:54am
13-  Keeping Up with Mentioning Allah

{Do not stop mentioning Allah just because your heart is not present.

Forgetting Him completely is worse than being inattentive while you are mentioning Him; perhaps He will elevate you from being inattentive to being attentive, and from being attentive to being fully present with Him, and from being fully present with Him to being fully absent from anything but Him. {This is not difficult for Allah}} (Fatir 35 :17).

Along the path of our journey, we are still going though the stage of clearing up, searching for our flaws and attempting to get rid of them.

This word of wisdom tackles a serious flaw of the soul which is ‘forgetfulness’; that is, the lack of the remembrance of Allah.

We often fall to this mistake throughout the day, and the way-out is to remember Allah, by tongue or by heart...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/454566-keeping-up-with-mentioning-allah.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/454566-keeping-up-with-mentioning-allah.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 30 September 2015 at 1:13am
14-  Freedom from Humiliation & Neediness

The tree of humiliation stems from a seed of neediness.

Nothing deceives you as your illusion.

You are free from what you gave up on, and you are a slave to what you are in need of.

Clearing up the heart before beautification and shining is still passing through the stage of searching for flaws.

Trying to discover the flaws within you is better than trying to discover the worlds hidden from you, as mentioned in previous articles of this series...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454693-freedom-from-needness.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454693-freedom-from-needness.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 October 2015 at 12:13am
15-   Gratefulness to Allah
You risk losing your blessings when you do not thank Him for them, and you tie them to you firmly when you do.
And if you do not advance towards Him by doing excellent deeds, He will pull you towards Him with the chains of tests.
One of the universal laws of Allah which govern the issue of providence with all its kinds is that if we thank Allah, He will multiply the blessings or replace them with something better. Allah says,

{If you are grateful [to Me], I shall most certainly give you more and more}. (Ibrahim 14: 7)

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454764-gratefulness-to-allah.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454764-gratefulness-to-allah.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 October 2015 at 4:56am
16-   Understanding God's Giving and Depriving

You might think that He is giving you, while in reality He is depriving you! And you might think that He is depriving you, while in reality He is giving you!
If through your deprivation, He opens the doors of understanding for you, then this deprivation is exactly a gift. You feel bad about your deprivation because you do not understand. He might open the door of worship for you, but does not open the door of acceptance.
And you might be destined to sin, but this becomes a means to ascension towards Him. A sin that produces humbleness and need is better than an act of worship that produces arrogance and prejudice.
At times Allah gives me and at other times He deprives me. Allah might test me through ‘good’ and ‘bad’, through ‘fortune’ and ‘hardship’, or through bestowing ‘blessings’ on me or ‘depriving me’ from them.

But the reality of each of these could turn out to be different from the way I labeled it and the assumptions I made about it...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454833-understanding-gods-giving-and-depriving.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454833-understanding-gods-giving-and-depriving.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 October 2015 at 2:45am
17-   Enjoying God's Company
If He (God) takes you away from people, then know that He is opening to you the doors of His Company.
And if He allows you to ask, then know that He wants to give you something.
Sometimes Allah may test you by the death of a spouse, a brother, or a dear person.

You might find yourself on travel to a remote country for one reason or another.

You might find yourself in jail, God forbid, or suddenly by yourself in a hospital.

In all these cases, you feel loneliness and isolation. Yet, this could be another step in your journey to Allah!


http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454934-enjoying-gods-company.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/454934-enjoying-gods-company.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 October 2015 at 5:13am
18-   Ascending in the Levels of Worship

Allah diversified the acts of worship for you because He knows how quickly you get bored. And He did not permit you certain acts of worship at certain times so you do not go to extremes.

The objective is to perfect your prayers not to merely perform them. Not every performer of prayers perfects them.

The word of wisdom under discussion is related to a very important topic in our journey to Allah which is the quality of worship. A believer who is in continuous worship may feel bored at some point.

Allah, out of His mercy, knows that we, humans, could naturally feel bored, even from worship. Therefore, He diversified the acts of worship so we can worship Him in a variety of ways.

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455009-ascending-in-the-levels-of-worship.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455009-ascending-in-the-levels-of-worship.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 October 2015 at 12:43am
19-   Calls of Distress

The best way to ask Him is through expressing your distress, and the fastest way to acquire good traits is through expressing your humility and need.

The word of wisdom under discussion is about du`aa’ (supplication).

It is not about the etiquette of supplication, but it is about the condition of the heart during supplication...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455021-calls-of-distress.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455021-calls-of-distress.html






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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 October 2015 at 11:37pm
20-   Certainty of Faith and Indifference of this World

If the light of deep faith shines on you, you will see the Hereafter before journeying to it, and you will see the trappings of this world vanishing before your eyes.

The journey to Almighty Allah in this life is much shorter than the journey to Him in the afterlife.

One should not forget that death is a reality for all of us. All humans, believers and disbelievers, agree that death is the definite end of this life...

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) warned us against striving only for this world. Again, this does not mean that we neglect our worldly affairs under the pretext that we are devoting our life to the Hereafter. What the Prophet meant is that we should not forget the Hereafter...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455128-certainty-of-faith.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455128-certainty-of-faith.html






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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 October 2015 at 1:35am
21-   Certainty of Faith and Indifference of this World

When people praise you for what they assume about you, blame yourself for what you certainly know about yourself.

The most ignorant is the one who denies what he really knows about himself and believes what others assume about him.

While journeying to Allah Almighty we will be put to many tests.

One of those tests pertains to people's praise for what they assume about us.

This word of wisdom answers the following question: How does one deal with people's praise?

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455274-dealing-with-peoples-praise.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455274-dealing-with-peoples-praise.html






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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 October 2015 at 9:55am
22-   Mercy with People's Faults

A person, who learns of people’s secrets and does not have Godly mercy on them, brings upon himself great danger and disaster.

When one's knowledge and awareness increase, he will find himself in situations and incidents where he gets involved in many social matters, and starts to learn about people’s secrets, faults, and problems.

One comes to know people's secrets when he/she is consulted about some problems or becomes an arbitrator in certain disputes on the individual, family, or society’s levels.

Another source of knowledge is experience and insight that one gains with time, which allows one to judge people’s nature and real character based on their outward appearance and what is between the lines of their speech or writing.

Learning people's secrets and their weaknesses is a form of power over them. A believer who happens to learn people's secrets should learn how to deal with them. The Sheikh says here: “A person, who learns of people’s secrets and does not have Godly mercy on them, brings upon himself great danger and disaster”. 

First of all, one should not feel that he is authorized by God to act as a judge or have an illusion of a great mission to establish justice based on the secrets he/she came to know...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455336-mercy-with-peoples-faults.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455336-mercy-with-peoples-faults.html






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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 October 2015 at 12:02am
23-   Realizing Allah's Bounties and One's Shortcomings

If you want the doors of hope in Him opened, recall what He offers you, and if you want the doors of awe of Him opened, recall what you offer Him.

Sometimes our sins, forgetfulness, and lusts block our ways to Allah, and we find ourselves not feeling an overwhelming longing to Him.

The Sheikh here guides us to two doors which can be opened by reason. Reason is a tool that Allah granted us and we can use anytime.

The two doors are that of hope and awe.
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http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455366-witnessing-allahs-bounty-and-your-shortcomings.html -
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 October 2015 at 12:05pm
24-   Keeping Priorities Straight

A sign of following one’s whims is to be active with optional good deeds while being lazy with required obligations.

The next step in our journey to Allah requires sound knowledge and deep understanding.

The Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:

If Allah wishes to elevate someone, He grants him knowledge (fiqh) of the faith”. (Al-Bukhari)

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455533-keeping-priorities-straight.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455533-keeping-priorities-straight.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 October 2015 at 10:26am
25-   How to Tell People About God

Every speech comes out with a cover from the heart of the speaker.

If Allah allows a speaker to express himself, people will understand his words and comprehend his gestures.

This stage on our journey to Allah relates to the believer's speech in which he tells people about Allah. Every believer has a responsibility to call people to their Creator, to remind them of their Lord, and to participate in reform...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455607-ibn-attaa-words-of-wisdom-25.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455607-ibn-attaa-words-of-wisdom-25.html





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Date Posted: 17 October 2015 at 11:47pm
26-   Satisfaction: A Godly Gift

His most perfect blessing on you is to give you just enough, and to deprive you from what will cause you to do wrong.

When you have less to be happy with, you will have less to be sad about.

This stage of our journey to Allah relates to the issue of providence and how to understand it correctly.

The Prophetic hadith that says: "The little that suffices is better than the abundant and alluring", has been re-worded by the Sheikh in this word of wisdom...

http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455702-ibn-attaa-words-of-wisdom-26.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/455702-ibn-attaa-words-of-wisdom-26.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 October 2015 at 2:56pm
27-  Reality of Humbleness

A person is not humble if he thinks that he is above his act of humbleness. A humble person thinks he is below his act of humbleness.

Humbleness is a basic trait of those journeying to Allah and a characteristic that every servant should be keen on maintaining.

Arrogance is the opposite of humbleness and is a serious flaw, as discussed before...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 October 2015 at 1:25am
28-  A Blessed Life and a Continuous Impact

How often has a long life brought about so little, and how often has a short life brought about so much.
If someone’s life is blessed, he will reach, in a short time, bounties from Allah that cannot be expressed in words or comprehended in descriptions.
In  Islamic terminology, especially in Sufism, there is a lot of attention given to what is called barakah (blessing). Blessing is defined as the divine good displayed in something. When we invoke Allah's blessing in something, this means that we would have favorable results due to the divine blessing.

The Sheikh says in this word of wisdom:

'How often has a long life brought about so little, and how often has a short life brought about so much.'

He wants to say that someone may live for so many years but there is no blessing in his life, and that some other person may live for a short time but there is much blessing and great good in his life...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 October 2015 at 1:32am
From Chapter 1: Don't Be Discouraged If You Slip - Put Your Trust in Allah

          1-  A feeling of discouragement when you slip up
                  is a sure sign that you put your faith in deeds.

(Commentary of Ibn 'Ajiba)

The sign of reliance on Allah is that your hopes are not lessened when you slip into disobedience nor are they increased when you do good.

You can say that his fear is not great when needlessness issues from him, just as his hope is not removed when he is aware of it. 

His fear and hope are always in equal balance because his fear is the result of witnessing majesty and his hope is the result of witnessing beauty.

The majesty and beauty of the Real are not affected by increase or decrease...            http://bewley.virtualave.net/hikcom1.html - http://bewley.virtualave.net/hikcom1.html - https://bewley.virtualave.net/hikcom1.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 25 October 2015 at 2:07am
2- Your desire to withdraw from everything when Allah has involved you in the world of means is a hidden appetite.

3- Your desire for involvement with the world of means
when Allah has withdrawn you from it is a fall from high aspiration.
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 November 2015 at 12:58am
4- Aspiration which rushes on ahead cannot break through the walls of destiny.
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 November 2015 at 4:25am
5- Give yourself a rest from managing!

     When Someone Else is doing it for you,

    don't you start doing it for yourself!

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 February 2016 at 10:12am

There Is Enough Time to Do Everything!

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

Postponing good deeds until you have free time is an indication of an immature soul.

In other words, there is nothing called “I do not have time.” The deeds we are talking about such as prayers, remembering God, reflection, all need time.

However, sometimes one postpones them and says “I will do them tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, or next Ramadan.” Ibn `Ata’illah describes this attitude as an indication of an immature soul, i.e. this person is demonstrating a folly of the self because you can do everything you want to do if you have a strong will and time will help you a lot...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 March 2016 at 12:01am

Perfect Your Beginning

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“A sign of success in the end is to refer to Allah in the beginning. If there is no sunrise in the beginning, there is no sunrise in the end.”

A servant journeying to Allah, who is passing through difficult tests and heading to horizons of peace and tranquility, always thinks of new good deeds that advance him/her along his/her journey.

This word of wisdom teaches us here another universal law: Perfecting the basis and the start of any new project, almost guarantees the desired outcomes in the end.

In Ibn `Ataa’s words, if there is sunrise in the beginning, surely there will be sunrise in the end.

But the question is: how can I make the sun rise and shine at the beginning?

The answer, according to Ibn `Ataa, is by referring to Allah. But, how could one ‘refer to Allah’ in the beginning of any work?

Prophet Muhammad taught humanity something unique, which is how to start every daily action with a way of mentioning Allah that suits that action...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 March 2016 at 11:25am

Sins and Obedience: Do They Affect God?

Your obedience does not benefit Him, and your sins do not harm Him.

He ordered you to this and forbid you from this only for what benefits you.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 30 March 2016 at 9:38am

How to Deal with People’s Praise

"When people praise you for what they assume about you, blame yourself for what you certainly know about yourself.

The most ignorant is the one who denies what he really knows about himself and believes what others assume about him."

People's praise may change one's intentions from pleasing Allah to pleasing people, earning their praise or avoiding their criticism.

It also discourages one to do more good deeds if he really believes that he is perfect and has done great actions.

Another negative aspect of praise is that it makes one overlook his flaws and, instead, look at his merits...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 April 2016 at 1:39am

Grace Emerges from Darkness!

Perhaps clouds of darkness will come by you, so that He acquaints you with the extent He has Graced you.

The meaning of this piece of wisdom can be summed up as follows:

Perhaps lusts and lapses which are similar to darkness will come upon one so that Allah the Almighty acquaints him with the lights He Graced him with.

This will make one increase his thanks when he is referred back to the light which was distanced by lusts, and will make him keen on performing the dues of His blessings in all times.

Indeed, there is not a time where Almighty Allah does not have a blessing that one owes thanks for...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 April 2016 at 10:21am

Discovering One’s Flaws

“Trying to discover the flaws within you is better than trying to discover the worlds hidden from you.”

One may start his journey to Allah the right way. But unfortunately, he might feel self-conceit or feel that he is doing Allah a favor and forget the very fact that he/she has many flaws.

After setting the rules of how to perfect the beginning of a new phase in the journey, Ibn `Ataa says: “Trying to discover the flaws within you is better than trying to discover the worlds hidden from you”.

A believer, who has been active and has done some extra rituals, might feel a certain spiritual awakening. Then, he/she will think that they are able to feel or see the unseen...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 April 2016 at 11:46pm

Your Best Companion Ever

A true companion is the one who accompanies you knowing your faults and shortcomings, and this in none but your Generous Lord.

Your best choice for company is He who accompanies you expecting nothing in return from you.

This word of wisdom by Ibn `Ataa’illah comprises two pieces of wisdom that can be understood as follows:

Firstly: Your true companion and friend is the one who accompanies you and grants you from his encompassing benevolence while knowing your faults and shortcomings, and this is none but the Generous Lord.

Secondly: Your best friend and the best choice for company is he who accompanies you and cares for you while expecting nothing in return, and this is none but Allah, the Clement Lord; so, you should depend on Him alone...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 April 2016 at 3:28pm

Seeking Perpetual Glory

“If you seek an unending glory, seek it not in a glory that ends.”

Indeed, the glory that never ends is satisfaction and self-sufficiency beyond all worldly ways and means, by finding their Creator, Allah the Almighty Hanging on to the Almighty is an unending glory and an ever-lasting honor.

On the other hand, hanging on to worldly ways and means, while ignoring their Creator, is the type of glory that perishes.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 May 2016 at 12:46am

Keeping Priorities Straight

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

A sign of following one’s whims is to be active with optional good deeds while being lazy with required obligations.

There are major sins and minor sins. Major sins take priority, in terms of avoiding them, over minor sins.

The action of the heart is more important than the action of other organs of the body, and thus has higher priority.

The sin committed in the heart is more dangerous than the sin committed by the other organs. And so on...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 May 2016 at 1:24am

On Repentance and Hope

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“If you find yourself having less hope in God when you make a mistake, then realize you are only relying on your work, not on God’s Mercy”

When I have an intention to commence on a spiritual journey to God, I have to ask myself: Where should I start from? And what should I take along with me on this journey? Should I recall the good deeds I have done and take them as my provisions in this journey?

The answer given by Ibn `Ataa’ in his word of wisdom is: ‘No! You should not rely even on your good deeds.

You should start your journey to God by simply turning your heart to Him, putting your trust in Him alone, and hoping only for His Mercy and Bounty alone to carry you through your journey’...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 June 2016 at 4:23am

Journeying to Allah?

Part 1

Sections from a course on the words of wisdom of Ibn Ataa, given at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ramadan 1436 - 2015.

The speaker is Dr. Jasser Auda:

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 June 2016 at 11:54pm
Hope and Repent

Part 2

Dr. Jasser Auda continues his reflections in this second video on the wise sayings of Ibn Ataa' with focus on hope in the journey to Allah:

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 June 2016 at 11:34pm
Relying on Allah

Part 3

Dr. Jasser Auda continues his reflections in this third video on the wise sayings of Ibn Ataa' with focus on reliance on Allah's mercy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVPE8GpWpTk -

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 June 2016 at 8:00am

Ascending Levels of Worship

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

Allah diversified the acts of worship for you because He knows how quickly you get bored. And He did not permit you certain acts of worship at certain times so you do not go to extremes.

The objective is to perfect your prayers not to merely perform them. Not every performer of prayers perfects them.

The word of wisdom under discussion is related to a very important topic in our journey to Allah which is the quality of worship.

A believer who is in continuous worship may feel bored at some point. Allah, out of His mercy, knows that we, humans, could naturally feel bored, even from worship. Therefore, He diversified the acts of worship so we can worship Him in a variety of ways...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 July 2016 at 7:15am

Ibn `Atta’ on Calls of Distress

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

The best way to ask Him is through expressing your distress, and the fastest way to acquire His gifts is through expressing your humility and need.

The word of wisdom under discussion is about du`aa’ (supplication). It is not about the etiquette of supplication, but it is about the condition of the heart during supplication...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 July 2016 at 5:58am

Satisfaction: A Godly Gift

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

His most perfect blessing on you is to give you just enough, and to deprive you from what will cause you to do wrong.

When you have less to be happy with, you will have less to be sad about.

This stage of our journey to Allah relates to the issue of providence and how to understand it correctly.

The Prophetic hadith that says: “The little that suffices is better than the abundant and distracting”, has been re-worded by the Sheikh in this word of wisdom.

The Sheikh says: “His most perfect blessing on you is to give you just enough, and to deprive you from what will cause you to do wrong”.

Allah the Almighty may give a believer just enough, not more or less. When this happens, it is a perfect blessing from Allah. If Allah gives abundant providence to someone, there is a risk of that person transgressing boundaries. Allah says:

{Nay, but a human does transgress all bounds.

Because he considers himself self-sufficient.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 November 2016 at 8:40am

Ibn Ataa: How Sincerity Revives Actions

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“Actions are like statues that only come to life with the spirit of sincerity”.

Sincerity to Allah is more fundamental than relying on Allah, since it has to do with a deeper level of faith in Him, Most High.

Yet, it was important to affirm our http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-atta-calls-distress/ - relying on Allah and http://aboutislam.net/spirituality/on-repentance-and-hope/ - hope in His Mercy , before discussing sincerity. This is because pure sincerity to Allah is so subtle and so hard to achieve without much hope in Allah’s Grace and strong reliance on Him.

Sincerity to Allah is so essential for our journey. In Ibn `Ataa’s words: (Actions are like statues that only come to life with the spirit of sincerity). If we imagine a simile between an action and a human body, then the action devoid of sincerity is like a body without a soul; a dead body...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 November 2016 at 10:36am

Ibn Atta on How to Deal with People’s Praise

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

When people praise you for what they assume about you, blame yourself for what you certainly know about yourself. The most ignorant is the one who denies what he really knows about himself and believes what others assume about him.
While journeying to Allah Almighty we will be put to many tests. One of those tests pertains to people’s praise for what they assume about us. This word of wisdom answers the following question: How does one deal with people’s praise?

People’s praise is a serious danger. A man praised another greatly before the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The Prophet said, “Woe on you! You have cut the neck of your friend“. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), repeated this sentence many times and said:

“If you have to praise someone, then he should say, ‘I think that he is so-and-so’, if he really thinks that he is such. Allah is the One Who will take his accounts as He knows his reality and no one can confirm that anybody is already commended by Allah.” (Al-Bukhari)

In another tradition, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“When you see those who shower praise upon others, throw dust upon their faces.” (Muslim)

People’s praise may change one’s intentions from pleasing Allah to pleasing people, earning their praise or avoiding their criticism. It also discourages one to do more good deeds if he really believes that he is perfect and has done great actions. Another negative aspect of praise is that it makes one overlook his flaws and, instead, look at his merits...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 December 2016 at 2:37am

Ibn `Atta’: Perfect Your Beginning (Words of Wisdom)

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“A sign of success in the end is to refer to Allah in the beginning.

If there is no sunrise in the beginning, there is no sunrise in the end.”

A servant journeying to Allah, who is passing through difficult tests and heading to horizons of peace and tranquility, always thinks of new good deeds that advance him/her along his/her journey.

This word of wisdom teaches us here another universal law: Perfecting the basis and the start of any new project, almost guarantees the desired outcomes in the end...

http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-atta-perfect-beginning/ - http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-atta-perfect-beginning/




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Posted By: Saved
Date Posted: 31 December 2016 at 8:56am
/When people praise you for what they assume about you, blame yourself for what you certainly know about yourself. The most ignorant is the one who denies what he really knows about himself and believes what others assume about him./

This is true. This wisdom comes first from the OT & NT Bible. Paul said not to think more highly of yourself then you ought... And the one who flatters is one who spreads a net for his brother's feet. That means to trip him up.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 January 2017 at 1:19am
More pearls of wisdom here from Ibn Atta':

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 January 2017 at 4:33am

Sins and Obedience: Do They Affect God?

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

Your obedience does not benefit Him, and your sins do not harm Him.

He ordered you to this and forbid you from this only for what benefits you.

It is a fact that Allah the Almighty does not benefit from anyone’s obedience, for He is the Most Wealthy and the Most Gracious.

No one’s sins do harm Him neither do the sins of all people, for He is dignified beyond any harm from anyone because of His unreachable Glory.

He ordered obedience and forbade sin for reasons that only bring man limitless benefit and profit. One should always be thankful for this blessing and always be mindful of it.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 February 2017 at 1:42pm

Spiritual Wisdoms and the Path to Allah - Hikam Ibn 'Ata Allah Explained -2

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains select aphorisms (hikam) of Ibn 'Ata Allah.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 February 2017 at 9:05am
Ibn `Atta’: Repentance and Hope (Words of Wisdom)

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“If you find yourself having less hope in God when you make a mistake, then realize you are only relying on your work, not on God’s Mercy”

When I have an intention to commence on a spiritual journey to God, I have to ask myself: Where should I start from?

And what should I take along with me on this journey?

Should I recall the good deeds I have done and take them as my provisions in this journey?

The answer given by Ibn `Ataa’ in his word of wisdom is: ‘No! You should not rely even on your good deeds.

You should start your journey to God by simply turning your heart to Him, putting your trust in Him alone, and hoping only for His Mercy and Bounty alone to carry you through your journey’...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 April 2017 at 4:08am
Ibn Atta’ on Keeping Priorities Straight

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

A sign of following one’s whims is to be active with optional good deeds while being lazy with required obligations.

The next step in our journey to Allah requires sound knowledge and deep understanding. The Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:

If Allah wishes good for someone, He grants him knowledge (fiqh) of the faith. (Al-Bukhari)

Knowledge (fiqh) is not only about the judicial rulings pertaining to the practical rituals and social aspects...

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Posted By: Saved
Date Posted: 09 April 2017 at 10:41pm
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

A sign of following one’s whims is to be active with optional good deeds while being lazy with required obligations
I guess that is one the differences between Christianity and Islam. IMO, there is no such thing as optional good deeds, and according to the gospel our good deeds are just filth in the sight of God unless God is doing the good deed through us. As for obligations, one should care for his family, but many take on burdens that they called obligatory, but what are really spiritual bondages. Our only obligations are to love God with all our being and our neighbor as ourselves. This fulfills all the law and the prophets. Anything more than this is bondage.

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Posted By: Saved
Date Posted: 09 April 2017 at 11:03pm
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

If Allah wishes good for someone, He grants him knowledge
This sounds good, but it is not as good as asking wisdom from God which directs the knowledge. Knowledge is power, but without wisdom it will self destruct and take others with it.. it is written in the NT "If any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives liberally......" God wishes all would have good; he is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to the knowledge of truth. Jesus is the truth!

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 April 2017 at 1:55am
Originally posted by Saved

Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

If Allah wishes good for someone, He grants him knowledge
This sounds good, but it is not as good as asking wisdom from God which directs the knowledge. Knowledge is power, but without wisdom it will self destruct and take others with it.


I agree with you on that

But at the same time, wisdom can't be found without knowledge.

This whole thread is about wisdom...




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Posted By: Saved
Date Posted: 11 April 2017 at 11:59pm
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby


Originally posted by Saved

Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

If Allah wishes good for someone, He grants him knowledge
This sounds good, but it is not as good as asking wisdom from God which directs the knowledge. Knowledge is power, but without wisdom it will self destruct and take others with it.
<font size="3" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">I agree with you on thatBut at the same time, wisdom can't be found without knowledge.This whole thread is about wisdom...
Al you can have knowledge without wisdom, but you cannot have wisdom without knowledge!
The beginning of wisdom and knowledge is the fear of the Lord.

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Posted By: Saved
Date Posted: 12 April 2017 at 12:07am
You can have good deeds without having faith, but you cannot have faith without good deeds.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 April 2017 at 2:16am
Originally posted by Saved

Al you can have knowledge without wisdom, but you cannot have wisdom without knowledge!


That's true

And I think we already agreed on that.



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Posted By: Saved
Date Posted: 12 April 2017 at 12:51pm
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby


Originally posted by Saved

Al you can have knowledge without wisdom, but you cannot have wisdom without knowledge!
That's trueAnd I think we already agreed on that.
Oh, I thought you had a but in there when you said "wisdom can't be found without knowledge" that is why I said, "you can have knowledge without wisdom, but you cannot have wisdom without knowledge!" So, I wasn't sure what you meant.

Wisdom was always there, and it is wise to search for it; there is no proof that knowledge comes before wisdom, because you can also say it takes wisdom to gain the knowledge necessary to do God's will.

I am not disagreeing with you as much as I am with some of the quotes in the thread such as: “If Allah wishes good for someone, He grants him knowledge (fiqh) of the faith”.
I say give me knowledge, but not without the wisdom to direct it to please God. I would agree with this quote if it substitutes the term "knowledge" with "wisdom" knowledge to find the faith can be a false faith and hope, but wisdom doesn't make that mistake!

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 April 2017 at 9:13am
There Is Enough Time to Do Everything!

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“Postponing good deeds until you have free time is an indication of an immature soul.”

In other words, there is nothing called “I do not have time.” The deeds we are talking about such as prayers, remembering God, reflection, all need time. However, sometimes one postpones them and says “I will do them tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, or next Ramadan.”

Ibn `Ata’illah describes this attitude as an indication of an immature soul, i.e. this person is demonstrating a folly of the self because you can do everything you want to do if you have a strong will and time will help you a lot...

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Posted By: Saved
Date Posted: 26 April 2017 at 11:31am
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

Postponing good deeds until you have free time is an indication of an immature soulIn
other words, there is nothing called “I do not have time.”
I think of good deeds as helping a blind person or someone stranded, an old person across the street or hungry people and you feed or cloth them etc. Prayer to me is not a good deed; it is our spiritual breath; It is the air we breath. So if the text you quoted is talking about these types of good deeds that I mentioned, it is possible to postpone a good deed if you have a more urgent matter to attend to and then resume good deeds; This doesn't mean an immature soul; it just means the saying is not an absolute.
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby


The deeds we are talking about such as prayers, remembering God, reflection, all need time. However, sometimes one postpones them and says “I will do
them tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, or next Ramadan
These are acts of worship and should be done without ceasing; they are not good deeds, IMHO.
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby


`Ata’illah describes this attitude as an indication of an immature soul, i.e. this person is demonstrating a folly of the self because you can do everything you want to do if you have a strong will and time will help you a lot
What does "`Ata’illah" mean?

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 April 2017 at 2:43pm
Good deeds in Islam are divided in two types:

- Good deeds in our direct relation with God

- Good deeds one does in dealing with others

`Ata’illah means the gift or bounty of Allah



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Posted By: Saved
Date Posted: 26 April 2017 at 3:42pm
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

Good deeds in Islam are divided in two types:- Good deeds in our direct relation with God- Good deeds one does in dealing with others`Ata’illah means the gift or bounty of Allah

I see

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 May 2017 at 2:39am
Ibn `Atta’ on Ascending Levels of Worship (Pearls of Wisdom)

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

Allah diversified the acts of worship for you because He knows how quickly you get bored.

And He did not permit you certain acts of worship at certain times so you do not go to extremes.

The objective is to perfect your prayers not to merely perform them.

Not every performer of prayers perfects them.

The word of wisdom under discussion is related to a very important topic in our journey to Allah which is the quality of worship.

A believer who is in continuous worship may feel bored at some point. Allah, out of His mercy, knows that we, humans, could naturally feel bored, even from worship. Therefore, He diversified the acts of worship so we can worship Him in a variety of ways.

When Allah opens for you the door of reading the Qur’an, you may wish to read it all the time. But it is not allowed to read the Qur’an while we are kneeling down or prostrating in prayer, in the toilet, or while we are in a state of ritual non-cleanliness.

Because Allah knows our nature, He diversified the acts of worship and made some of them prohibited at certain times...

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Posted By: Saved
Date Posted: 11 May 2017 at 1:19pm
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

Good deeds in Islam are divided in two types:- Good deeds in our direct relation with God- Good deeds one does in dealing with others`Ata’illah means the gift or bounty of Allah

Good deeds in relationship to God in Christianity is doing good deeds to others. All we have to do is love God with all our being, but there are no other good deeds other than treating people the way you want to be treated. This is doing good things to God. Jesus said: "In so much as you have done it onto the least of these thy brethren you have done it to me"

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 May 2017 at 2:40pm
Fasting in Islam is considered a good deed which brings us closer to God.

It is between a Muslim and God

No other people involved

See the difference?




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Posted By: Saved
Date Posted: 11 May 2017 at 4:58pm
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

Fasting in Islam is considered a good deed which brings us closer to God.It is between a Muslim and God No other people involvedSee the difference?

It depends on why they are fasting and for what. The Pharisees did it as a show of piety and received praise from men. If they are doing it in secret to be closer to God, it is part of loving God. I have mentioned we must love God with all our being. We wouldn't call that a good deed, but there is nothing wrong if you do call it that. I'd save the term good deed for how we love people or treat them.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 May 2017 at 5:12am
Originally posted by Saved

It depends on why they are fasting and for what.


There are 2 types of fasting in Islam, Saved:

a- Obligatory fast (fasting the month of Ramadan for those who are able to fast)

b- Voluntary fast (the rest of the year on special occasions and certain days of the week/month)

Fasting in Islam is a form of worship, as it helps purify the soul and makes us more spiritual and closer to God by increasing our level of taqwa (God-consciousness).

The intention of fasting should only be to obey and please God, and as all deeds in Islam are judged by their intentions if it is to show off, then any good deed with this wrong intention would be rejected on the Day of Judgment...




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Posted By: Saved
Date Posted: 12 May 2017 at 11:49am
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby


Originally posted by Saved

It depends on why they are fasting and for what.
<font size="3" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">There are 2 types of fasting in Islam, Saved:a- Obligatory fast (fasting the month of Ramadan for those who are able to fast)b- Voluntary fast (the rest of the year on special occasions and certain days of the week/month)Fasting in Islam is a form of worship, as it helps purify the soul and makes us more spiritual and closer to God by increasing our level of taqwa (God-consciousness).The intention of fasting should only be to obey and please God, and as all deeds in Islam are judged by their intentions if it is to show off, then any good deed with this wrong intention would be rejected on the Day of Judgment...
I understand thanks AL.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 May 2017 at 5:53am
Satisfaction: A Godly Gift (Ibn Atta)

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

His most perfect blessing on you is to give you just enough, and to deprive you from what will cause you to do wrong.

When you have less to be happy with, you will have less to be sad about.

This stage of our journey to Allah relates to the issue of providence and how to understand it correctly.

The Prophetic hadith that says: “The little that suffices is better than the abundant and distracting”, has been re-worded by the Sheikh in this word of wisdom...

http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/satisfaction-godly-gift-ibn-atta/ - http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/satisfaction-godly-gift-ibn-atta/





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Posted By: Saved
Date Posted: 27 May 2017 at 8:11am
Prov. 30: …8 Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion, 9 That I not be full and deny You and say, "Who is the LORD?" Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 May 2017 at 8:48am
Right, so we are discovering more common grounds...

Have a nice weekend


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 May 2017 at 12:55pm
The Best Way to Get Your Prayer Answered

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

The best way to ask Him is through expressing your distress, and the fastest way to acquire His gifts is through expressing your humility and need.

The word of wisdom under discussion is about du`aa’ (supplication).

It is not about the etiquette of supplication, but it is about the condition of the heart during supplication...

http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-atta-calls-distress/ - http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-atta-calls-distress/




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Posted By: Saved
Date Posted: 29 May 2017 at 2:27am
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

Right, so we are discovering more common grounds...Have a nice weekend
There are lots more of common ground we can compare Al, but we have to contrast it with balance. I might lean toward contrast more than comparing for a reason. Thanks

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 July 2017 at 7:26am
Ibn Ataa: How Sincerity Revives Actions

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“Actions are like statues that only come to life with the spirit of sincerity”.

Sincerity to Allah is more fundamental than relying on Allah, since it has to do with a deeper level of faith in Him, Most High.

Yet, it was important to affirm our http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-atta-calls-distress/ - relying on Allah and http://aboutislam.net/spirituality/on-repentance-and-hope/ - hope in His Mercy , before discussing sincerity. This is because pure sincerity to Allah is so subtle and so hard to achieve without much hope in Allah’s Grace and strong reliance on Him...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 October 2017 at 4:03am
Al-Hikam of Shaykh Ibn Ata Allah with Commentary by Shaykh Walead Mosaad

Shaykh Walead Mosaad provides a fascinating look at portions of 'Al-Hikam' by Ibn Ata Allah al-Iskandari.

This classic sufi work contains powerful aphorisms that many Muslim scholars find beneficial today.

This seminar was held at Masjid Muhammad in Atlantic City

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxlyFk7HD-M - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxlyFk7HD-M

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 October 2017 at 11:57am
Ibn `Atta’: Perfect Your Beginning! (Words of Wisdom)

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“A sign of success in the end is to refer to Allah in the beginning. If there is no sunrise in the beginning, there is no sunrise in the end.”

A servant journeying to Allah, who is passing through difficult tests and heading to horizons of peace and tranquility, always thinks of new good deeds that advance him/her along his/her journey.

This word of wisdom teaches us here another universal law: Perfecting the basis and the start of any new project, almost guarantees the desired outcomes in the end...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 October 2017 at 2:44am
The Hikam of Ibn 'Ata'llah | Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya al- Ninowy An introduction by Sheikh Ninowy to the famous book on Ibn Ata' Al-Sakandari.

He was known by (Sakandari) as he was born in Alexandria, Egypt

The introduction is followed by an explanation of the first words of wisdom in the book.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 October 2017 at 6:04am
The Hikam of Ibn Ata'illah | Part 001 (Point 1-20)

Shaykh Muhammad Bin Yahya al-Ninowy
explained the Aphorisms of Ibn Atta' in 2016

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 October 2017 at 10:00am
The Hikam of Ibn Ata'illah | Part 002
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 31 October 2017 at 5:57am
The Hikam of Ibn Ata'illah | Part 003

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 November 2017 at 4:13am
The Best Way to Get Your Prayer Answered… Ibn `Atta’ Explains

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

The best way to ask Him is through expressing your distress, and the fastest way to acquire His gifts is through expressing your humility and need.

The word of wisdom under discussion is about du`aa’ (supplication).

It is not about the etiquette of supplication, but it is about the condition of the heart during supplication...

http://www.aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-atta-calls-distress/ - http://www.aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-atta-calls-distress/






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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 November 2017 at 3:52am
Al-Hikam of Shaykh Ibn Ata Allah with Commentary by Shaykh Walead Mosaad - Part 2

Shaykh Walead Mosaad provides a fascinating look at portions of 'Al-Hikam' by Ibn Ata Allah al-Iskandari.

This classic sufi work contains powerful aphorisms that many Muslim scholars find beneficial today.

This seminar was held at Masjid Muhammad in Atlantic City

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3xVCjK8UkQ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3xVCjK8UkQ

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 November 2017 at 12:10pm
Al-Hikam of Shaykh Ibn Ata Allah with Commentary by Shaykh Walead Mosaad - Part 3

This seminar was held at Masjid Muhammad in Atlantic City

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 December 2017 at 9:21am
Ibn Ataa’ on Keeping Priorities Straight

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

A sign of following one’s whims is to be active with optional good deeds while being lazy with required obligations.

The next step in our journey to Allah requires sound knowledge and deep understanding...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 January 2018 at 10:29am
Ibn Ataa: Grace Emerges from Darkness!

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

Perhaps clouds of darkness will come by you, so that He acquaints you with the extent He has Graced you.

The meaning of this piece of wisdom can be summed up as follows:

Perhaps lusts and lapses which are similar to darkness will come upon one so that Allah the Almighty acquaints him with the lights He Graced him with.

This will make one increase his thanks when he is referred back to the light which was distanced by lusts, and will make him keen on performing the dues of His blessings in all times.

Indeed, there is not a time where Almighty Allah does not have a blessing that one owes thanks for.

However, to detail this a little bit further, one is commended to read through the following lines...

http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-ataa-grace-emerges-darkness/ - http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-ataa-grace-emerges-darkness/




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 January 2018 at 1:06pm
Ibn Ataa: How Sincerity Revives Actions

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“Actions are like statues that only come to life with the spirit of sincerity”.

Sincerity to Allah is more fundamental than relying on Allah, since it has to do with a deeper level of faith in Him, Most High.

Yet, it was important to affirm our http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-atta-calls-distress/ - relying on Allah and http://aboutislam.net/spirituality/on-repentance-and-hope/ - hope in His Mercy , before discussing sincerity. This is because pure sincerity to Allah is so subtle and so hard to achieve without much hope in Allah’s Grace and strong reliance on Him.

Sincerity to Allah is so essential for our journey. In Ibn `Ataa’s words: (Actions are like statues that only come to life with the spirit of sincerity).

If we imagine a simile between an action and a human body, then the action devoid of sincerity is like a body without a soul; a dead body...

http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-ataa-sincerity-revives-actions/ - http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-ataa-sincerity-revives-actions/





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 January 2018 at 3:59am
Satisfaction: A Godly Gift (Ibn Atta)

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

His most perfect blessing on you is to give you just enough, and to deprive you from what will cause you to do wrong. When you have less to be happy with, you will have less to be sad about.

This stage of our journey to Allah relates to the issue of providence and how to understand it correctly.

The Prophetic hadith that says: “The little that suffices is better than the abundant and distracting”, has been re-worded by the Sheikh in this word of wisdom.

The Sheikh says: “His most perfect blessing on you is to give you just enough, and to deprive you from what will cause you to do wrong”.

Allah the Almighty may give a believer just enough, not more or less. When this happens, it is a perfect blessing from Allah.

If Allah gives abundant providence to someone, there is a risk of that person transgressing boundaries...

http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/satisfaction-godly-gift-ibn-atta/ - http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/satisfaction-godly-gift-ibn-atta/




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 January 2018 at 12:41pm
The Best Way to Get Your Prayer Answered… Ibn `Atta’ Explains

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

The best way to ask Him is through expressing your distress, and the fastest way to acquire His gifts is through expressing your humility and need.

The word of wisdom under discussion is about du`aa’ (supplication). It is not about the etiquette of supplication, but it is about the condition of the heart during supplication...

http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-atta-calls-distress/ - http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-atta-calls-distress/




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Posted By: Corinna
Date Posted: 18 January 2018 at 1:23pm
The best way to me is to become educated, to be open minded and to be principled.  I learn to help myself when I am open minded, principled and educated.  


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 January 2018 at 2:33am
Ibn `Atta’: Seeking Perpetual Glory (Words of Wisdom)

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“If you seek an unending glory, seek it not in a glory that ends.”

Indeed, the glory that never ends is satisfaction and self-sufficiency beyond all worldly ways and means, by finding their Creator, Allah the Almighty Hanging on to the Almighty is an unending glory and an ever-lasting honor.

On the other hand, hanging on to worldly ways and means, while ignoring their Creator, is the type of glory that perishes.

One has to choose one, because they are opposites and thus cannot be combined...

http://aboutislam.net/shariah/hadith/this-hadith/ibn-atta-seeking-perpetual-glory-words-wisdom/ - http://aboutislam.net/shariah/hadith/this-hadith/ibn-atta-seeking-perpetual-glory-words-wisdom/



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 25 February 2018 at 2:12pm
How Sincerity Revives Actions

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“Actions are like statues that only come to life with the spirit of sincerity”.

Sincerity to Allah is more fundamental than relying on Allah, since it has to do with a deeper level of faith in Him, Most High.

Yet, it was important to affirm our http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-atta-calls-distress/ - relying on Allah and http://aboutislam.net/spirituality/on-repentance-and-hope/ - hope in His Mercy , before discussing sincerity. This is because pure sincerity to Allah is so subtle and so hard to achieve without much hope in Allah’s Grace and strong reliance on Him...

http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-ataa-sincerity-revives-actions/ - http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-ataa-sincerity-revives-actions/




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 October 2018 at 6:37am
Ibn`Atta’: Discovering One’s Flaws

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“Trying to discover the flaws within you is better than trying to discover the worlds hidden from you.”

One may start his journey to Allah the right way. But unfortunately, he might feel self-conceit or feel that he is doing Allah a favor and forget the very fact that he/she has many flaws. After setting the rules of how to perfect the beginning of a new phase in the journey, Ibn `Ataa says: “Trying to discover the flaws within you is better than trying to discover the worlds hidden from you”.

A believer, who has been active and has done some extra rituals, might feel a certain spiritual awakening. Then, he/she will think that they are able to feel or see the unseen or have the piercing sight about which the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

Beware of the piercing sight of the believer, for he sees with the light of God”. (At-Tabarani)

Therefore, Ibn `Ataa’ is warning us by saying: “Trying to discover the flaws within you is better than trying to discover the worlds hidden from you”.

If one thinks that he is free from flaws, then surely there is a problem...

http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/discovering-ones-flaws/ - http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/discovering-ones-flaws/






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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 November 2018 at 4:14am

Ibn`Atta' on Repentance and Hope

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“If you find yourself having less hope in God when you make a mistake, then realize you are only relying on your work, not on God’s Mercy”

When I have an intention to commence on a spiritual journey to God, I have to ask myself: Where should I start from?

And what should I take along with me on this journey? Should I recall the good deeds I have done and take them as my provisions in this journey?

The answer given by Ibn `Ataa’ in his word of wisdom is: ‘No! You should not rely even on your good deeds.

You should start your journey to God by simply turning your heart to Him, putting your trust in Him alone, and hoping only for His Mercy and Bounty alone to carry you through your journey’...

http://aboutislam.net/spirituality/on-repentance-and-hope/ - http://aboutislam.net/spirituality/on-repentance-and-hope/





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 November 2018 at 2:32am
Ibn`Atta': How Sincerity Revives Actions

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says:

“Actions are like statues that only come to life with the spirit of sincerity”.

Sincerity to Allah is more fundamental than relying on Allah, since it has to do with a deeper level of faith in Him, Most High.

Yet, it was important to affirm our http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-atta-calls-distress/ - relying on Allah and http://aboutislam.net/spirituality/on-repentance-and-hope/ - hope in His Mercy , before discussing sincerity. This is because pure sincerity to Allah is so subtle and so hard to achieve without much hope in Allah’s Grace and strong reliance on Him.

Sincerity to Allah is so essential for our journey. In Ibn `Ataa’s words: (Actions are like statues that only come to life with the spirit of sincerity). If we imagine a simile between an action and a human body, then the action devoid of sincerity is like a body without a soul; a dead body...

http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-ataa-sincerity-revives-actions/ - http://aboutislam.net/shariah/refine-your-heart/advice/ibn-ataa-sincerity-revives-actions/





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