Divine Sayings: The Mishkat Al-Anwar of Ibn 'Arabi
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 Divine Sayings The Mishkat Al Anwar Of Ibn Arabi
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Contents

part one

  • Hadith    1    Forbidding injustice                                                          7
  • Hadith    2    Dispensing with association                                           8
  • Hadith    3    The believer with little means                                       9
  • Hadith    4    Promoting peace and reconciliation                             9
  • Hadith    5    The veiling of Paradise and Hell                                11
  • Hadith    6    Reciting the Fåti¢a                                                         12
  • Hadith    7    The child of Adam slanders Me                                  13
  • Hadith    8    Remembering Me and forgetting Me                        14
  • Hadith    9    The Hand of God is full                                               14
  • Hadith  10    I am with My servant when he remembers              15
  • Hadith  11    Fear and security                                                             15
  • Hadith  12    I shall shelter them in My Shade                                16
  • Hadith  13    I am in My servant’s thought of Me                          16
  • Hadith  14    God’s address to one of the people of Hell              17
  • Hadith  15    Pride is My cloak                                                            17
  • Hadith  16    The intercession of the Most Merciful,
  • and His Good-Pleasure                                                 18
  • Hadith  17    A religion with which I am well-pleased                   19
  • Hadith  18    Vision of the Lord                                                          19
  • Hadith  19    Destined for Hell or Paradise                                      20
  • Hadith  20    Satisfaction with My decree                                         21
  • Hadith  21    What no eye has seen nor ear heard                          21
  • Hadith  22    He who hopes for other than Me                               22
  • Hadith  23    The last to enter Paradise                                             22
  • Hadith  24    When God created Adam                                             24
  • Hadith  25    When God created the Earth                                      26
  • Hadith  26    I am your Lord                                                                27
  • Hadith  27    I am with him when he remembers Me                    28
  • Hadith  28    I shall forgive you                                                           29
  • Hadith  29    The blessing of rain                                                        30
  • Hadith  30    God hears him who praises Him                                30
  • Hadith  31    Dividing the Fåti¢a and granting the prayer           31
  • Hadith  32    Concerning purity                                                          32
  • Hadith  33    Those who love one another                                       32
  • Hadith  34    Compensation for loss of sight                                    33
  • Hadith  35    The coming of those who deceive through    religion   33
  • Hadith  36    I gave you gifts; what have you done?                       34
  • Hadith  37    The community of Muhammad at the   Resurrection                          34
  • Hadith  38    Greeting and blessing the Prophet                             35
  • Hadith  39    Devotion to My worship                                               35
  • Hadith  40    There is no god but God                                              36

part two

  • Khabar   1    Abraham and disobeying the Beloved                       39
  • Khabar   2    David and the attachment of the heart                      40
  • Khabar   3    Moses and the work God loves most                         40
  • Khabar   4    I am completely aware of My lovers                          41
  • Khabar   5    Concerning one who kills himself                              41
  • Khabar   6    Remembering Me when facing the enemy              42
  • Khabar   7    The supremacy of Mercy over Anger                        42
  • Khabar   8    Contentment with one’s portion                                43
  • Khabar   9    God’s welcome to the people of Paradise                 43
  • Khabar 10    How you wrong Me                                                       44
  • Khabar 11    Pleasure and hardship                                                    44
  • Khabar 12    Creation and provision                                                  45
  • Khabar 13    Peace and goodness in Paradise                                  45
  • Khabar 14    The lover’s right                                                             46
  • Khabar 15    The Faithful                                                                     46
  • Khabar 16    The King’s descent                                                         47
  • Khabar 17    The counting of deeds                                                   47
  • Khabar 18    I have created you for My sake                                    48
  • Khabar 19    Regarding the morrow                                                  48
  • Khabar 20    Surrender and Peace                                                      49
  • Khabar 21    Obligations and nourishment                                      49
  • Khabar 22    Prayer and sufficiency                                                    50
  • Khabar 23    The time for charity                                                       50
  • Khabar 24    Giving generously                                                           51
  • Khabar 25    My treasuries are never exhausted                              51
  • Khabar 26    Raising the veils for the people of Paradise             52
  • Khabar 27    My Power is permanent                                                52
  • Khabar 28    The ruse of God                                                              53
  • Khabar 29    I shall give you gifts                                                        53
  • Khabar 30    I accept the prayer of one who humbles himself    54
  • Khabar 31    Abandoning evil for the sake of God                         54
  • Khabar 32    Completing what is required                                       55
  • Khabar 33    The impetuosity of man                                                55
  • Khabar 34    Moses and the pillars of religion                                 56
  • Khabar 35    The prophet–servant and the prophet–king            57
  • Khabar 36    Demeaning a saint                                                          57
  • Khabar 37    The act God loves most                                                58
  • Khabar 38    All that you wish, I wish                                                58
  • Khabar 39    I am Time                                                                         59
  • Khabar 40    I have forgiven them                                                      59

part three

  • Hadith    1    God’s pledge to him who goes forth to fight          61
  • Hadith    2    God’s wonder at him who goes forth to fight         62
  • Hadith    3    The bounty apportioned to the martyr                     63
  • Hadith    4    The people of invocation                                              63
  • Hadith    5    Moses’ request for invocation                                      65
  • Hadith    6    God’s prayer over the Prophet                                    66
  • Hadith    7    The tie of kinship                                                            66
  • Hadith    8    The necessity of love                                                      67
  • Hadith    9    When God loves a servant                                            68
  • Hadith  10    A Lord who forgives sin                                                69
  • Hadith  11    My servant draws near to Me                                      70
  • Hadith  12    The acceptance of deeds                                               71
  • Hadith  13    The service of the world                                               71
  • Hadith  14    The ingratitude of a servant                                         72
  • Hadith  15    Redemption through the Name of God                   72
  • Hadith  16    Desiring other than Me                                                 73
  • Hadith  17    Those whose requests are not rejected                     74
  • Hadith  18    The recompense on the Day of Resurrection         74
  • Hadith  19    The reciter, the martyr and the wealthy man          76
  • Hadith  20    The hypocrite                                                                  78
  • Hadith  21    God’s address to the people of Paradise, their request and His reply                                           79

Notes to the translation                                                                        83

Appendix: ±ad¨th and Ibn ¡Arab¨                                                        89

Bibliography                                                                                          105

Index of first lines                                                                                107

Introduction – Divine Sayings The Mishkat Al-Anwar of Ibn ‘Arabi

The original title of this book by Ibn ¡Arab¨ is “ The Niche of Lights concerning some of the communications that have been transmitted from God” (Mishkåt al-anwår f¨må ruwiya ¡an Allåh min al-akhbår).

These communications or Divine Sayings are so rich in meaning that it is not possible to characterise them all by a single word or phrase. Recurring themes include our complete dependence on God, and His readiness to forgive and embrace those who truly turn to Him. They are memorable, and in their generosity of spirit bring us close to the absolutely Real. Although they come from the Islamic tradition, and wear the clothes of time and place, they are universal in nature, and can be appreciated by people from any background. The book is a wonderful gift.

The Divine Sayings in the Mishkåt al-anwår are called Hadīth quds¨ or “sacred sayings”, a term which is described more fully in the Appendix, but usually meaning words of God heard by the Prophet Muhammad, and reported outside the Quranic revelation. There are one hundred and one ¢ad¨th quds¨ collected together in the Mishkåt al-anwår, and most of them are well-known within the Islamic tradition. As the Mishkåt al-anwår appears to have been one of the earliest collections of its kind, it may well have played an influential role in making this particular sort of Hadīth literature more popular. Of the several collections of adīth made by the celebrated thirteenth-century master, Mu¢y¨dd¨n Ibn ¡Arab¨, this is the only one to have been copied widely.

This is not only a collection by a person well-versed in the science of Had¨th literature, but a selection by a true spiritual master. Indeed, Mu¢y¨dd¨n Ibn ¡Arab¨ is known throughout the…

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