The Hikam - The Wisdom of Ibn `Ata' Allah
November 05, 2018
5.51 X 8.5 X 0.41 inches | 0.51 pounds
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About the Author
Shaykh Abu Al-Fadhl Ahmed Ibn Muhammad Ibn `Abdul Karim, known as Ibn `Ata 'Allah al- Iskandari, is one of the great enlightened Sufi Masters of North Africa who influenced many generations after him along this path. Ibn `Ata 'Allah was an acknowledged `Alim and Imam of Shari`ah and the most influential man of light and gnosis of his day. He came under the transformative light of Abu Al-`Abbas al-Mursi, who had passed on to him the richest treasures of Shadhili teachings including much of the tradition of the founder of this Tariqa, Abu al-Hassan al-Shadhili. The great Ibn `Ata ' Allah left this world the year 709 Hijra and is buried in the old cemetery in Cairo, where there is adjacent to his tomb a large and popular mosque in our present day. Ibn `Ata 'Allah exemplifies the ultimate model of a Sufi Master with a deep foundation of Qur'an, the way of the Prophet and the Universal Laws of the Deen both outer and inner. His spiritual legacy is encapsulated in the dense form of the Hikam, which is renowned as one of the most important Sufi texts, and certainly the earliest of Shadhili texts. Besides his illumined sayings of the Hikam, his books 'Lata'if-al-Munan, at-Tanwir fi isqat at-Tadbir', 'Allah The Unique Name', 'Taj al-Arus' and 'Miftah al-falah wa Misbah al-Arwah', are well known and available to Sufi seekers of today. Most of these works are additions or embellishments or complementary to the Hikam.
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri is a spiritual philosopher and writer whose role as a teacher grew naturally out of his own quest for self-fulfilment. Since childhood he has been attracted to scientific investigation and intellectual pursuit. He was born in Karbala, Iraq, and is a descendant of several generations of well-known and revered spiritual leaders. After a stint in industry and consulting, he embarked on teaching, writing and meditating. His awareness of global realpolitik compelled him to seek a truth that would reconcile the past with the present, the East and West. His discovery affirms that One Cosmic Reality is the source behind all known and unknown states. Shaykh Haeri's unifying perspective emphasises practical, actionable knowledge of self-transformation. It provides a natural bridge between different approaches to spirituality, offering common ground of higher knowledge for various religions, sects and secular outlooks. His main work has been to make traditional Islamic teachings more comprehensible and widely available to the modern seeker through courses and publications. Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri is currently engaged in lecturing and writing books and commentaries on the Holy Qur'an and related subjects, with particular emphasis on ethics, self-development and gnosis ('irfan). With a lifetime's experience of contemplation, research, and insights, he shares what it means to live in the light of the Absolute in a relative world and maintains that spiritual awakening is potentially available to all. For more information about the author, please visit www.sfhfoundation.com