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Tāj al-Dīn Abū’l-Faḍl Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Karīm ibn ʿAṭā Allāh al-Iskandarī A modern English translation of Ḥikam by Muhammed Nafih Wafy was Allah willing, Ibn ‘Ata’ Illah’s famous Book of Wisdoms (al-Hikam al-‘Ata’iyya), a classical manual of spiritual development, together with some commentary on. Understand the Plan: A Commentary from the Hikam of Ibn Ata’illah a treasure coming from beneath the throne of God (‘arsh al-Rahman).

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Desiring a life without means while God has placed you in a world of means is a result of hidden desire. Desiring a world of means while God has placed you in a life without the need for means is a result of having low aspirations. In the cosmology of Islam, the seven levels of heaven ascend from earth to the throne of God. A statement originating from beneath such a creation indicates the importance of not only the statement itself, but also its high moral and spiritual weight in the life of a Muslim.

It is a manifestation that everything that happens to us, everything that we experience throughout our lives is from the will and creative act of God, not a result of our own ability and actions. While such a notion might at first glance seem fatalistic, these aphorisms point to the exact opposite.

Such a belief and notion is a form of liberation from anxiety, stress, and depression, ailments that afflict so many of us in society. The truth is, we are all in good hands, and we should trust that God acts for our best interests, not against them. However, as mighty as the throne is and all the levels of the heavens that ascend to it, no created object is greater than the Prophet of Islam God bless him and give him peace.


Meaning that a pure heart can become a throne of God where He manifests His beauty and Mercy for others ataa benefit from. Such could be the life of a full-time student, for example, or someone who has a source of funding that has granted this individual the ability to focus on other aspects of life. This could be a temporary situation in most cases or a permanent condition. A life bound by means is a life where one is required ollah earn a living, provide for dependents, and maintain other financial and worldly obligations.

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This is, perhaps, the life of most of us living in the modern world. Many of us atx part of the work force earning a living for our families, or if without families, at least earning a living to support ourselves.

We, therefore, become a means for their subsistence and represent a necessary relationship in their lives. This aphorism does not criticize any of these two modes of living.

Hikam (Aphorisms) of Ibn ‘Ata’Illah – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah – DEENSTREAM

Rather, it acknowledges that they are two modes of the human condition, nothing more and nothing less. When we find ourselves in one of these modes, we must understand that this is part of the Divine plan. We have been placed in this mode or that. God has facilitated our lives in hilam or another. He was born an orphan, lived poor, but became successful at business, married and had children.


All his children, except one, died during his lifetime. He was a father, a husband, a judge, a commander-in-chief, as well as a spiritual guide. In his hiksm we find how he took each of these conditions and made the best out of them.

Never once did he desire to be rich or poor, single or married, a recluse or a statesman. Rather, wherever God placed him, whatever situation he was given, he excelled in the most beautiful of ways and in so doing, left us a roadmap to follow.

Some people want money, others fame, and others seek endless power. Yet, these things that we seek are all from the dominion of God. He alone is the One who gives, not us. We all have different trajectories in our lives and have been given different opportunities.

Despite these various opportunities, we all have the same chance to be excellent and to be ever mindful that God is merciful, kind, and gentle. He has praised beauty and excellence, and He has commanded us to seek these out in whatever mode He has placed us.

By Guest Author11 Aug Inward excellence and outward service to the community. Home ImanWire Understand the Plan: By Tarek Elgawhary Aphorism 2: Popular Latest Category Popular in the last 90 days.