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5. The Wisdom of Ibn Ata'Allah

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THE WISDOM OF IBN ATA'ALLAH
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Translation and Commentary by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

The Hikam (Wisdom)

Section Thirteen

HIKMA 125

Cling to the attributes of His Lordship and be true to the attributes of your slave hood. 

Allah’s attributes and qualities are numerous and include Glory, Majesty, Power, Life and Knowledge.  The attributes of the slave are abasement, impoverishment, weakness, forgetfulness, ignorance, impatience, etc.  If we truly witness our human attributes then His qualities will be our aim and to be covered by His grace. To acknowledge and recognise the transient we shall clearly witness the eternal. To realise our limitations is the door to His vastness and limitlessness. 

HIKMA 126

He has prohibited you from claiming qualities to be yours, which belongs to other beings, so would He permit you to lay claim to His attribute - He Who is the Lord of the worlds? 

Allah has revealed that: ‘ Glory is My habit and Majesty is My cloak, and he who competes with Me will be cut to ribbons.  And he who claims total freedom from the enslavement of the self will be shackled to enslavement of creation! Thus whoever is a loyal slave to Him is free of creation. No just or honest person will claim any worldly goods which do not belong to him, so how dare one claim Divine Attributes, such as Majesty, or Glory? 

HIKMA 127

How can norms be broken for you whilst you have not broken the norms of yourself? 

Ignorant seekers who pursue ‘spiritual’ powers desire mystical experiences and miracles. This pursuit is a distraction along the path of submission and will only bring about confusion and destruction. Whoever is fortunate to curb the self and transcend its veils has indeed performed a great miracle, only then the many avenues of His gifts and grace will be opened.

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