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Editorial Reviews. From the Author. When I decided to work on this book, I conversed about the. This is an English translation of the first volume of Ibn Arabi’s famous book of al- futuhat al-makkiyya. The Meccan Revelations is considered the most important. Al-Futūḥāt al Makkīyah: Ibn al-ʿArabī: to begin his major work Al-Futūḥāt al- Makkiyyah, which was to be completed much later in Damascus. In chapters .

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The imaginative khayaliyya faculty only takes what the senses give it, either in an image or a mental form, from what the senses give to each other. When human eye defines it and continues to look at it, the spiritual ruhani being does not have a place into which it can disappear, so this spiritual being manifests a form which it puts on itself like a veil.

For this reason, it obeys one moment and rebels the next. Allah said, “He has forgotten them. So man’s perceptions are limited to what man is, what his essence gives him and he can acquire. That is the part which is air in the structure.

Ibn Arabi details that the perfect human is of the cosmos to the divine and conveys the divine spirit to the cosmos. There is Venus and its sphere whose equivalent in man is the faculty of illusory imagination imagination and the animal spirit. The form is not other than spirtual being. So their dreams became paltry because of his knowledges, and the accursed shaytan became proud.

So in the faculty of imagination, nothing is acquired except what the senses give it or what the conceptual faculty gives it. It was revealed to the one who “was futuhqt all the words” and had eye-witnessing of his Lord, closer than “two bows-lengths”, in spite of this most perfect proximity and fullest portion, “Say, ‘Lord increase me in knowledge.

The main text reproduces on the whole the second version. For the Maliki scholar, see Abu Bakr ibn al-Arabi. This is the slave of gnosis and this is the slave of the gardens and those are the slaves of Jahannam Except for a few among a few who are intoxicated with Him without the sensation of illusion.


Ibn Arabi described Jesus as the spirit, and simultaneously a servant, of God. This secret must be pointed out in this chapter in the hadith, “Both of makmiyya Hands are right hands. The natural and surface movement of the spheres Every sphere has a natural movement which it has along with the surface movement. So “The Good, the Generous” granted that and said, “Speak to the Imams connected to bringing the universe forth according to what their realities.

Full text of “Futuhat al-Makkiyya (Selection)”

The first successful attempt at translating al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya was made by Muhammad Fazal Khan Changwi —who started publishing his translation in in installments of pages futuhqt, which had to be stopped in due to lack of funds. If you want an example to make it easy for you to understand, look at the woodness in a piece of wood, the chair, the inkwell, the minbar and the box.

However, there is a subtle indication which one is not aware of. There is no Prophet or wali who does not have a himma connected to this House. There is also the Footstool, whose equivalent in man is the self. Are you knowing, seeing?

Procreation in jinn and men Then Allah breathed the spirit into the flame which was full of turbulence because of its insubstantiality. It is said that a female was not separated from the first existing jinn as Eve was separated from Adam. Because of the air which is in the jinn, they can assume whatever form they wish. Then Allah established a conceptual cohesion between heaven and earth and a direction by which He desires to bring into existence products in this earth in the form of minerals, plants and animals.

Ao of these bodies has a formation different from the formation of the other bodies in ao, in spite of the common physical and spiritual form. Come willingly or unwillingly.

Al-Futuhat al-Makkiyah

Topics include the inner meanings of the Islamic rituals, the stations of travellers on the journey to God and in God, the nature of cosmic hierarchy, the spiritual and ontological meaning of the letters of the Arabic alphabet, the sciences embraced by each of the ninety-nine names of God, and the significance of the differing messages of various prophets.


In-time and out-of-time known things are not known until this reality is known, but this reality does not exist until the things described by it exist. Section The beginning of the world and its model: It came into existence from the known reality which is described by neither existence nor non- existence.

She stood up as a living, speaking female in order to make her a place for procreation. Then his essence sat on the throne of Adam as the Throne was sat on by the Merciful. If it had not been that this specific form is known by Allah and willed by Him, He would not have brought us into existence on it, and this form could not have been taken from any other since it is confirmed that Allah “was and nothing was with Him”.

Since the jinn are insubstantial and subtle, they can take form in whatever sensory form they wish. Then there is the moon and its sphere whose equivalent is the sensory faculty and the limbs which have sensation. But we want to talk about human bodies.

Rather, it is the root of existent things in general.

Al-Futūḥāt al Makkīyah

They sought nearness to Allah in His Malakut, but a little shaytan brought loss to them. The perfected master of the station differentiates between them as the Truly Real differentiates between them.

The spheres of the world are its stations, movements and the separation of its classes.