Book | Ibn ‘Ata Allah: Hikam – Aphorisms الإمام ابن عطاء الله السكندري: الحكم By Ibn ‘Ata Allah al-Sakandari: → · Arabic: الحكم العطائية PDF (with tashkil). AI-Hikam of Ibn Atta’illah. English Translation & Arabic Text. Page 2. EDgUsh translation of selected wisdoms from A!-Hikam of Ibn AUa ‘Wah. I. One of the signs. Ibn Ata Allah al-Iskandari Or click here for a PDF of the original Arabic text. The Book of Wisdom (Kitab al-hikam) is a masterpiece of Islamic spiritual.

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He knows of the existence of weakness in you, so He made the number of ritual prayers small; and He knew of your need of His grace, so He multiplied their fruitful results. As for the insincere, the feeling of security from chastisement suffices him. Where were you when His special concern and care took charge of you?

For how can someone else remove what He has imposed? The former happens to the beginners and the later is for the well-established and realised.

Wherever the light falls, there understanding is reached. In the grace of God and in His mercy, in that they should rejoice. J 84 84 When he opens up your understanding of deprivation, deprivation becomes the same as giving. And in such a state, take what is in agreement with [external] knowledge.

Your seeking Him is due to your absence from Him. It suffices you as recompense for the deed that He accepts it. What comparison is there between what He seeks from you and what you seek from Him? When you witness Him, created things are with you.

Then, He makes them return to deep understanding of His names. He pushed them towards Him with the chains of obligation. If the external invites you, the internal bars you.

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Behold what is in the heavens and the earth. The trials that arrive in this world are but reminders to you of what you ignore of indigence. And what ignorance is there in an unlearned man dissatisfied with himself? Jail I c Jljil O l y o Duties assigned to specific times can be made up for when missed but the rights of the moments of time cannot be made up for if missed.


How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is the One alongside of whom there is nothing?

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He who has Him as his starting-point knows the Real as It is, and proves any matter by reference to the Being of its Origin. Or how can it journey to God while shackled by its passions? Therefore, praise is to Him who veiled you, not to the one who honoured and thanked you.

And only the one with insight can distinguish. He wants to push you away from everything so that nothing busies you away from Him.

Kitab Al Hikam of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic

Realise your weakness and He will strengthen you with His power. Then, He makes them see His attributes.

And it could be that you are made to abide at a distance without your knowing it, if only by His leaving you to do as you like. For others, dhikr and illumination are simultaneous; this last group has dhikr which guides and lights which are followed. So in both He is disclosing Himself to you, and drawing nigh with His loving kindness unto you.

Your Lord is amused by a people who are pushed to Paradise in chains.

His names point to His attributes. How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is nearer to you than anything else? And be absent from their coming towards you by seeing God approaching you.

Realise your incapability and He will strengthen you with His ability. The lover is not he who expects his beloved to spend on him. Or when was it that He became distant that created things themselves will unite us to Him? How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is more manifest than anything?


The insincere heart, He does not ibnn. But, each experiences the stages slightly differently. In every moment, God has on you a new right and important matter.

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. Rather, we hurl the truth at falsehood; so, it knocks it out until falsehood vanishes. If you are not satisfied with His knowing of you, then your not being satisfied with His knowing is a greater misfortune than people hurting you.

Rather, it is you who are veiled from seeing It; for, were anything to veil It, then that which veils It would cover It. Many a time He accepts an act whose fruit you do not taste now. Those traveling the Path under a teacher experience these things in the reverse order. The insincere action, He does not accept.

And why it has been said: Realise your humility and He will strengthen you with His pride. Or how can it understand the subtle points of mysteries while it has not yet repented of its offences?

Kitab Al Hikam Of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic

And has He conferred upon you anything but His favours? How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is the Manifest to everything? And whoever loves Him does not prefer anything over Him.