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And if you assert for yourself a high state, you are arrogant. Had His Qualities been manifested, His created beings would have disappeared. Realise your incapability and He will strengthen you with His ability. And whoever loves Him does not prefer anything over Him. It is a marvel how Being has manifested in nonbeing, and how wta contingent has been established alongside of Him who possesses the attribute of Eternity!

And he is busied by the rights of God from remembering his selfish shares.

Kitab Al Hikam of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic |

So much so, that one cannot explain [the immensity] nor even allude to it. The litany is what He seeks from you; the inspiration is what you seek from Him.

Rather, go from creatures to the Creator: Iplah former happens to the bikam and the later is for the well-established and realised. Perhaps He will take you from an Invocation with forgetfulness to one with vigilance, and from one with vigilance to one with the Presence i,lah God, and from one with the Presence of God to one wherein everything but the Invoked is absent. And peace on you! When you witness Him, created things are with you.

What comparison is there between what He seeks from you and what you seek from Him? Thus, the light of day is not from you and does not belong to you; rather, it is merely being put over you. Or how can it journey to God ara shackled by its passions? Still others have no spiritual lights nor any remembrances — and we seek refuge with God from that.


Your Lord is amused by a people who are pushed to Paradise in chains. 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 hhikam, not the time you desire. Inspiration is to be found in the Hereafter, while the litany vanishes with the hika of this world; but it its more fitting to be occupied with something for which there is no substitute.

In the grace of God and in His mercy, in that they should rejoice. Roundabout he turns, his goal the same as his departure. And how can he who is unable to free himself of a pressing need free someone else of one?

He pushed them towards Him with the chains of obligation. And if you want Him to open you the door of fear, behold what is from you to Him. THe Truth of the intellect makes you witness His Being, not your nonbeing, nor your being. His attributes point to His Entity since it is impossible for an attribute to be existent all by itself.

Therefore, praise is to Him who veiled you, not to the one who honoured and thanked you.

And it could be that you are made to abide at a distance without your knowing it, if only by Jllah leaving you to do as you like. Rather, we hurl the truth at falsehood; so, it knocks it out until falsehood vanishes.

Kitab Al Hikam of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic

And your feeling sad for losing other than Him is a proof that you have not reached Him. And the place where the second group starts is where the first group ends. This is why the lights of created vestiges set illahh night, but the lights of hearts ihn inmost souls never set.

So, why would he not be shy from asking His creation for his needs. Wherever the light falls, there understanding is reached. Your seeking Him is due to your absence from Him. His names point to His attributes. How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since, were it not for Him, the existence of everything would not have been manifest?


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. The insincere action, He does not accept.

How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is the Manifest to everything? And you will not get except that which you [are ready] to imbibe.

The Book of Wisdoms (Kitab Al-Hikam) : A Collection of Sufi Aphorisms

Otherwise, when was it that he became absent that one has to proceed inferentially to Him? How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He was the Manifest before the existence of anything? Other people gain an illumined heart and as hilam perform dhikr.

And treating a hidden [disease] is difficult.

How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is the One who is manifest in everything? For illqh, their remembrances precede their spiritual lights. Subjects of divine attraction have His Entity revealed to them. THe eye of the intellect makes you witness your nonbeing as due to His Being. The lover is not he who expects his beloved to spend on him.

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The first is for those who are apt to learn lessons [from what they see] and the second is that experience the vision [of God] and have insight. Pain even if manifest in many forms is only through being veiled from Him. And thus He unites you to Himself by virtue of what comes from Him to you, not by virtue of what goes from you to Him.

You are a gem enclosed by the shells of created forms. When it goes away, there is no light for it. And in such a state, take what is in agreement with [external] knowledge.