Weekly Pearls of Wisdom Ibn Ata Allah

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When Allah inspires your tongue to ask, know that He wants to give

People praise you for what they suppose is in you; but you must blame your soul for what you know is in it.

So long as you are in this world, be not surprised at the existence of sorrows.

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Please find below our weekly pearls of wisdom by Great Ibn Atta Allah. We hope you’ll find them as inspiring as we do.

 

Ahmad ibn Muhammad Ibn ʻAta’ Allah al-Iskandari (died 1309), the third sheikh of the Shadhili Sufi order was born and grew up in Alexandria, lived and died in Cairo. He was responsible for systematizing the order’s doctrines and recording the biographies of its founder, Sidi Abu-l-Hassan ash-Shadhili, and his successor, Sidi Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi. Ibn ‘Ata Allah was the author of the first systematic treatise on dhikr, titled The Key to Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation (Miftah al-Falah) and his compilation of aphorisms (hikam) helped to make the group very popular.n He died in 1309 while in Cairo.

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My god
how gentle you are with me
in spite of my great ignorance
and how merciful You are with me
in spite of my ugly deeds

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Nothing is difficult, if you seek it through your Lord; nothing is easy, if you seek it through your self.

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When He gives, He shows you His Kindness; when He deprives, He shows you His power. And in all that, He is making Himself known to you and coming to you with His gentleness.

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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.

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The lights of some people precede their dhikr, while the dhikr of some people precede their lights. There is the one who does (loud) dhikr so that his heart be illumined; and there is the one whose heart has been illumined and he does (silent) dhikr.

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If you do not know the blessings you have when you have them, then Allah will teach you about them by taking them away from you

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The realization of ‘La ilaha illa Allah’ is one of the states of the heart that can be neither expressed by the tongue nor thought out by the mind.

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If He opens a door for you, thereby making Himself known, pay no heed if your do not measure up to this. For, in truth, He has not opened if for you but out of a desire to make Himself known to you. Do you not know that He is the one who presented the knowledge of Himself to you, whereas you are the one who presented Him with deeds? What a difference between what He brings to you and what you present to Him!

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If a tablet is not wiped clean of it’s figures, nothing can be written upon it. A single heart cannot serve as the place for two things, let alone for several things. If the heart is filled with the forms of sensory perceptions, it is rare that it would perceive the meaning of Allah, even if one were to say Allah a thousand times. When the heart is empty of all that is other-than-God, if one uttered Allah only once, one would find such bliss that the tongue could not describe.

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