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Introduction: 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

Introduction

Ibn Ata' Allah al-Iskandari was born in the middle of the 7th century AH/13th century CE and grew up in Alexandria during the Mamluk era. Although not much is known about his life, he had the best teachers in all branches of traditional sciences and became known as a great master of Islamic law of the Maliki School.  His lifetime witnessed the great flourishing of several Sufi brotherhoods, including the Shadhiliyya, the Mawlawiyya, the Chishtiyya and the Ahmadiyya.

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His spiritual legacy is encapsulated in the dense form of the Hikam, which is renowned as one of the most important Sufi texts, and certainly the earliest of Shadhili texts. Although the Hikam is his principal work, he authored several others, the most notable being Miftah al-Falah wa Misbah al-Arwah (The Key to Salvation and the Lantern of Spirits), a treatise on the courtesies and manner of invocation as a means of arrival at gnosis. 

These aphorisms of Ibn Ata'Allah reveal the breadth and depth of an enlightened being who reflects tawhid  (divine unity) and is connected to the path of transformation through worship.

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