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Ibn `Atta' on Ascending Levels of Worship

Ibn `Atta' on Ascending Levels of Worship

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says: Allah diversified the acts of worship for you because He knows how quickly you get bored. And He did not permit you certain acts of worship at certain times so you do not go to extremes. The objective is to perfect your prayers …

Ibn Ataa: How Sincerity Revives Actions

Ibn Ataa: How Sincerity Revives Actions

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says: “Actions are like statues that only come to life with the spirit of sincerity”. Sincerity to Allah is more fundamental than relying on Allah, since it has to do with a deeper level of faith in Him, Most High. Yet, it was …

Entering Paradise in Chains

Entering Paradise in Chains!

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says: “He knew that people will mostly not come voluntarily to Him, so He mandated obedience, and thus led them to Him in the chains of obligation. The Lord wonders about people, driven into heaven through chains.” This means that Allah the Almighty, Glory …

Lust

Ibn `Atta' on Breaking Chains of Lust

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says: Who finds it strange that the Lord saves him from lusts, and extracts him from inattention, has doubted the Majestic Power and Might: {… For God alone holds invincible power over all things.} (Al-Kahf 18:45) Ibn `Ataa’illah expresses here Satan’s deception of those who …



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