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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Al-hikam al-'Ata'iyyah

The Aphorisms of Ibn Ata'illah Iskandari



The translation has been posted before, however this is a link to the original text in arabic. I think those that can read arabic will understand and benefit from it alot more than from reading a translation..



"If you make intense supplication
and the timing of the answer is delayed,
do not despair of it.
His reply to you is guaranteed;
but in the way He chooses,
not the way you choose,
and at the moment He desires,
not the moment you desire."


Read Entire Arabic Text Here...

6 Comments:

Blogger cahincaha said...

Salam

Almost finished with the book. It's difficult but very rewarding. I strongly recommend it. It's mainly about how should we behave regarding our terrestrial needs and desires, keeping always in mind that He is who provides for everything end He is the only one we should ask to.

I was also thinking about this hikam (hope my translation isn't too bad) that says more or less : "our doings are dead shapes whose spirit lies into the secret of the purity of the intention that inhabits them" (ouch must sound terrible translated this way)

I like it a lot

2:58 AM  
Blogger Rumaysa said...

Waalaikum Assalam,

Sounds excellent. Maybe you can post some quotes from the book here.

Your translation is pretty good :) This is the hikam you are talking about..

"Actions are merely propped-up shapes.
Their life-breath is the presence of the secret of sincerity in them."

Mashallah, it is beautiful.

This one is another that I like, and has so much wisdom in it.

"If you make demands on Him, you doubt Him.
If you seek Him, you are absent from Him.
If you seek other-than-Him, you are shameless before Him.
If you make demands on other-than-Him, you are distant from Him."

1:45 AM  
Blogger cahincaha said...

salam alaikum

As for the book It's going to be difficult to make quotes as it is not like the hikam that sum up a whole wolrd of wisdom in one sentence. It's more like an essay, I'm afraid you will have to read it for yourself. Anyways, I read it once but I will have to read it over and over. It's mainly about two topics : the fact that one should abandon his own will and trust only his Lord, and about what should we allow ourselves to do for subsistance (work, etc...). Of course it's far deeper than what I can say, but it's a great book.

As for the hikam you're quoting I must say I'm startled. I was reading this very hikam saturday and my mind kept wandering for a while... it's so wise but also so full of paradox ! I kept smiling while thinking of it for at least 15 minutes. Hopefully some day I will fully understand it.

May God guide you

7:55 PM  
Blogger Rumaysa said...

I think no matter how many times you read the hikam, everytime you read it you will absorb something new from its meaning. Some of the wisdoms might not make sense to you the first time you read it, but maybe the second, or third time, you will understand it.

Alhamdulilah.

May Allah bless you :)

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam,
I'm still reading the first tome the explanation of the book wrote by the Doctor Imam Bouti and the book is very very very interesting!! and the way that the author explan the Hikam is very accessible...
Salam
Akhoun karimoun fakhiroun ila Allah
Zakaria
(zildale@yahoo.fr)

(see it's web page in arabic: www.bouti.com)

4:57 AM  
Anonymous Zakaria said...

Salam,
I'm still reading the first tome the explanation of the book wrote by the Doctor Imam Bouti and the book is very very very interesting!! and the way that the author explan the Hikam is very accessible...
Salam
Akhoun karimoun fakhiroun ila Allah
Zakaria
(zildale@yahoo.fr)

(see it's web page in arabic: www.bouti.com)

4:59 AM  

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