Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Hikam of Ibn Ata’Illah - Chapter 14

Hikam 131

But for His graciously concealing how it really is, no deed would merit acceptance.

Hikam 132

When you obey Him, you are more in need of His forbearance than when you disobey Him.

Hikam 133

Being shielded is of two kinds: being shielded from disobedience, and being shielded in disobedience.

The ordinary ask Allah Most High to shield them in disobedience lest they fall from the regard of other people; while the elect ask Allah to be shielded from it, lest they fall before the True King.

Hikam 134

Whoever honors you is only honoring Allah’s gracious concealment of how you are.

So the praise belongs to Him who has concealed you, not him who honors and thanks you.

Hikam 135

No one is your friend but he who is so while fully knowing your faults, and that is no one but your All-generous Master.

The best to be the friend of is He who wants you for yourself, not for something that returns to Him from you.

Hikam 136

Were the light of certainty to dawn upon you, you would see the next life closer to you

than to have to journey to it.

And see the allurements of this life darkened by the pall of mortality upon them.

Hikam 137

Allah is not veiled from you by something that exists apart from Him, for nothing exists apart from Him.

But what veils you from Him is imagining that something exists apart from Him.

Hikam 138

But for His appearing in things made to exist, perception would not alight on them.

Did His attributes appear, the things He makes exist would be obliterated.

Hikam 139

He has outwardly manifested everything because He is the Inward.

And folded away the existence of everything because He the Outward.

Hikam 140

He has given you to contemplate things made to exist, but not allowed you to stop with them: Say: ‘Look at what is in the heavens’ —opening to you the door of comprehensions,

and He did not say: ‘Look at the heavens,’ lest He direct you to physical bodies.

Hikam 141

Things are affirmed by His affirming them, and effaced by the soleness of His Entity.

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