Ibn Arabi

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Ibn Arabi

Born in 1165, an Arab Andalusian Sufi, Mystic and Philosopher. Renowned by some Sufi practitioners as ‘The Greatest Master’ and also as a genuine Saint.

Journey to the Lord of Power (Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries).

  • A 12th Century Sufi text dealing with spiritual ascent.
  • Ibn Arabi’s writings have influenced both Muslim and Christian traditions.
  • This little book gives an insight into the contemplative path as he, Ibn Arabi, experienced it.
  • He advises that one relies on the basic Sufi practice of ‘dhikr’ (remembrance).
  • Dhikr is the remembrance of God through, for example, the recitation of the Holy Name ‘Allah’.
  • The book was written in answer to the questions of a friend.
  • It is an illuminating guide describing the evolutionary path of our ‘higher spiritual aspirations – the quest for ultimate reality, the journey toward God’.
  • The central theme is ‘Spiritual Retreat’, which is discussed at length.
  • Each step of the ascent is noted, leading towards self-discovery.
  • The reader journeys through the mineral, vegetable and animal worlds, until eventually reaching the Gardens and Throne of Mercy.
  • The traveller of the Sufi Mystic Path is invited to cleanse their heart in order to achieve union with The Lord of Power.
  • The book contains some beautiful examples of Islamic calligraphy.
  • The cover illustration is taken from ‘The Beautiful Names of Allah’, from the Grand Mosque, built in 1399 in Bursa, Turkey. The originals are approximately 8 feet high, painted in the 19th century, by the calligrapher Mehmet Shefik.
  • Also from the Grand Mosque, the cover calligraphy reads, ‘Hu’.
  • ‘Hu’ is Allah’s most perfect Name, by which ‘Those who see nothing but Allah’ call upon Him.
  • Those people are described as the ‘perfect men’, who have reached the level of ‘Knowledge of God…who have become one with their essence …who have annihilated themselves in the flame of Divine Love and moved to the world of Unity’.

Contents

  • Translator’s Preface.
  • Introduction (Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al Jerrahi).
  • Glimpses of the life of Ibn Arabi.
  • Journey to the Lord of Power.
  • Notes from the commentary.
  • Glossary.
  • Translated by Rabia Terri Harris.
  • 116 pages.
  • Published 1981, 1989.

Other titles by Ibn Arabi available from The Olive Tree:

* The Voyage of No Return
An introduction to the life and thought of Ibn Arabi.
Author: Claude Addas.

* Ibn Arabi and Modern Thought
Discusses the findings of his remarks on modern philosophy, social science and philosophy, an ‘open
discourse between the ancient and modern….’.

* Sufi Metaphysics and Qur’anic Prophets
Ibn Arabi’s thought and method in the Fusus Al-Hikam.
‘ The author highlights Ibn Arabi’s main concern – reconciliation of the One and the many, unity and multiplicity…’
Author: Ronald L. Nettler

* Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries.
The book consists of an explanation of 14 visions – ‘ in the form of conversations with the Divine and a description of visionary episodes’.
Translated by C.Twinch & P. Beneito.

* Divine Sayings.
The Mishkat al-Anwar of Ibn Arabi.
An early collection of Hadith Qudsi, 101 sayings drawn from the oral tradition as well as from written collections.

* The Unlimited Mercifier.
The spiritual life and thought of Ibn Arabi.
Ibn Arabi’s own writings are used to tell the story of his life and teachings.
Chapters reveal the central elements of his thought.
Readable and lucid, appealing to anybody interested in the Heart of Sufism.
Author: Stephen Hirtenstein.

* The Wisdom of the Prophets.
The Fusus Al-Hikam is one of the shorter but most important of his books.
Topics include: Divine Wisdom, Wisdom of Divine Inspiration, Saintly Wisdom, Being Lost in Love.
Translated: from Arabic to French, with notes, by Titus Burckhardt.
Translated: from French to English by Angela Culme-Seymour.

* The Seven Days of the Heart.
Prayers for the nights and days of the week.
The prayers provide a precious glimpse into the practice of the Mystical life within the Sufi tradition.
Translated: Pablo Beneito & Stephen Hirtenstein.


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