Al Hikam of Ibn Ata ‘Illah: Part 2

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(Continued from Part 1)

You have not abandoned ignorance at all

If you want something to take place in any moment

Other than what Allah has manifested in it.

You put off action until you have nothing else to do?

That comes from foolishness of the lower self.

Don’t ask Him to remove you from one state

In order to use you in another

If He wanted to,

He could use you without removing you.

When the aspiration of the wayfarer desires to halt

At what has been unveiled to him

Then the invisible voices of the reality call out to Him

“What you’re looking for is still in front of you!”

When the outward aspect of created things display their beauty to him,

Then their inner reality calls out to him,

“We are a trial!

We captivate and tempt you!

Do not disbelieve!”

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.

Every breath you breathe emerges according to a preordained decree.

Don’t look forward to being quit of others –

That will cut you off from watchful awareness of Him

In the place where He has put you.

Don’t think that the worry and sorrow are out of place

As long as you are in this world.

It only brings forth what its attribute and quality demand

A goal you seek by your Lord:

No delay here.

A goal you seek by yourself:

Not easy.

A sign of success in the end:

Turning to Allah in the beginning.

A radiant beginning:

A radiant ending.

Everything that is stored away in the warehouse of invisible secrets

Has to appear in the visible world of outward manifestation.

What a difference!

This one is guided by Him

That one seeks information about Him

The one guided by Him gains direct knowledge of the Real

And verifies the matter from its actual Source.

Seeking information about Him comes from

Not having reached Him.

This must be the case because when was He absent

So as to make it necessary for you to seek information about Him?

When was He distant so that you would need tracks to lead you to Him?

As for those who have reached Him:

“He who has plenty should spend out from his plenty.”

As for those who are travelling to Him:

“It is he whose provision is restricted.”

Those travelling to Him

Are guided by the light of turning their faces toward Him

Those who have arrived

Have the lights of face-to-face encounter.

The former belong to lights

But the lights belong to the latter

Because they belong to Allah, and are His alone.

“Say: ‘Allah’

Then leave them plunging in their games.”

Ibn Ata’illah as-Sakandari

Continues in Part 3.

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