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Ibn Atta on Calls of Distress

The Best Way to Get Your Prayer Answered... Ibn `Atta' Explains

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says: The best way to ask Him is through expressing your distress, and the fastest way to acquire His gifts is through expressing your humility and need. The word of wisdom under discussion is about du`aa’ (supplication). It is not about the etiquette of …

Satisfaction: A Godly Gift (Ibn Atta)

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says: His most perfect blessing on you is to give you just enough, and to deprive you from what will cause you to do wrong. When you have less to be happy with, you will have less to be sad about. This stage …

Ibn Atta' on Keeping Priorities Straight

Ibn Atta' on Keeping Priorities Straight

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says: A sign of following one’s whims is to be active with optional good deeds while being lazy with required obligations. The next step in our journey to Allah requires sound knowledge and deep understanding. The Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings be …

Discovering One’s Flaws

Ibn`Atta': Discovering One’s Flaws

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says: “Trying to discover the flaws within you is better than trying to discover the worlds hidden from you.” One may start his journey to Allah the right way. But unfortunately, he might feel self-conceit or feel that he is doing Allah a …

God.. Our Protector from Satan

God.. Our Protector from Satan

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says: If you know that Satan is always mindful of you, don’t forget the One Who controls your fate. This word of wisdom by Ibn `Ataa’illah gives some sort of enlightenment about one of the ways of fleeing to Allah and hanging on …

Who Was Dhul Qarnayn?

Wa Alaykum as-Salam Mohamed, Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question.  I like your question very much, for it reminds me of myself some fifteen years ago when I was still in school, exploring the world, and reading like a bookworm day and night in my dad’s library. One night I was asking …

Ibn`Atta': Sins and Obedience: Do They Affect God?

Ibn`Atta': Sins and Obedience: Do They Affect God?

In his well-known book, Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom), sheikh Ahmad Ibn `Ataa’illah As-Sakandari says: Your obedience does not benefit Him, and your sins do not harm Him. He ordered you to this and forbid you from this only for what benefits you. It is a fact that Allah the Almighty does not benefit from anyone’s …

Ibn Atta on How to Deal with People's Praise

Ibn Atta on How to Deal with People's Praise

People’s praise may change one’s intentions from pleasing Allah to pleasing people, earning their praise or avoiding their criticism. It also discourages one to do more good deeds if he really believes that he is perfect and has done great actions. Another negative aspect of praise is that it makes one overlook his flaws and, instead, look at his merits.



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