Ibn-Al-Arabi: The Bezels of Wisdom(Series – Classics of Western Spirituality Series) by Muhyi Al-din Muhammad Ibn, ‘ali Ibn Al-, ‘arabi from (usually translated as the “Bezels of Wisdom”) as the quintessence of his writings Ibn ‘Arabî is also the author of a work called Naqsh al-fusûs (the “Imprint” or. The author of the Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam or The Bezels of Wisdom was born on the twenty-seventh of Ramadan in A.H. , or the seventh of August, A.D. , in the.

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While, in his intellect and spirit, man is 97 i IBN AL- 4 ARABI an aspect of God, in his body and life, an aspect of cosmic creation, and, in his soul, ibn-la-arabi aspect of the relationship between God and the Cosmos, it is in his Heart that man may fully realize his inexorable oneness with the Reality, which is the coincidentia oppositorum.

It only increases the oppressors [in confusion ], 52 meaning those who oppress pf [by self-denial], who inherit the Book [of unitary knowledge]. What proved this to me was the verse, There is no walking being but He draws it by its forelock.

Whether the individual being is determined temporarily or not, its relationship, in both cases, is one and the same. The latter is as nourishment for the former, even as a piece of wool swells and expands because of the water that permeates it.

Ibn Al-Arabi’s Fusus Al-Hikam: An Annotated Translation of “The Bezels of Wisdom”

Then you will know yourself with a gnosis other than that by which you knew your Lord by knowing yourself. He combines the scholastic expertise of GhazalT with the poetic imagery of Ibn al-Farid, the metaphysical daring of al-Hallaj with the stringent orthodoxy of al-Muhasibl, the abstract categories of the Neoplatonists with the dramatic imagination of RumI, and the abstruse science of the Kabbalist with the practical wisdom of the spiritual guide.

Thus, there are those servants of God who are afflicted with sufferings in the afterlife in a place called Hell. He was a guest of the ancient university al-Qarawiyin in Fez.

I’ve decided to return it to the library before finishing it. God makes this comparison so that the recipient of a divine Self-revelation should know that it is not Him Whom he sees.

As for the AslTarites, they did not realize that the whole Cosmos is a sum of accidents, so that it is transformed in every duration, since the accident does not last for more than one duration. Knowledge has no effect on the object of knowledge, while what is known has an effect on knowledge, bestowing on it of itself what it is. Joseph said, I saw eleven stars and the sun and moon prostrating before me.


I highly recommend this book to anyone searching for deeper meaning within their own lives or in the lives ibn-al-rabi the Prophets, the Quran, Existence, God, the Universe, Different Hadarat presences, Dimensions, etc.

It is established that the originated is [completely] dependent on that which brings it about, for its possibility. Printed in Cairo A. He has presented papers at various conferences in England and Europe on the subject of Islamic spirituality. Nicholson, London,pp. If ibn-al-atabi was given the choice, then he chose not to act, unless his gnosis was deficient.

They are both one as regards dryness, but otherwise distinct. In this sense the Reality can never be known [by cosmic being] in any way, since originated being has no widsom in that [Self-sufficiency]. This [principle of triplicity] pervades to the existence of ideas arrived at by logical proofs.

The AslTarites did indeed discover it for certain things, namely accidents, as did also the Sophists for the Cosmos as a whole. The same is not the case with the saint. Light is seen here as being yet another agency of creation, similar to the Breath of the Merciful, the Imagination, or the mirror.

The Bezels of Wisdom by Ibn Arabi

I asked of God that, both in this matter and in all conditions, He might number me among those of His servants over whom Satan has no authority. The ignorant ibn-al-atabi says, We only worship them that they might bring us nearer to God 49 The man of knowledge says, Your God is wsidom One, so No where else but the Essenes and the System of the Researchers of Truth can one find reference to the 3 deaths each human travels through, incarnation after incarnation until Theosis.

The same is the case with the blueness of the sky, which is also the effect of distance on the senses with respect to nonluminous bodies. This leads us on to the next subject dealt with in the chapter, namely that of the mystical theory of number. The young man was no ordinary disciple, however, and the self- confidence already referred to, together with a growing sense of his own spiritual authority, often created a rather difficult relationship between him and his masters.

The last requires, if not an actual experience of the mystic path, then at least some real sympathy and insight into its premises and aims.

Once again wwisdom is describing in terms of triplicity the process in divinis that he has elsewhere described in terms of the Breath of the Merciful, the Creative Imagination, the Mirror, and the Light-shadow relationship. Consider this matter, for, as men know God [in this world], bwzels will they see Him on the Day of Resurrection, the reason for which I have informed you of.


His pilgrimage to Mecca led to further enlightenment and he began to attract large numbers of followers, breaking the normal Sufi practice of esoteric secrecy by public preaching, including reform of corrupt clerics.

His odes have been chanted by Hadjj pilgrims on the road to Mecca for centuries and are sung with the greatest reverence even today. The decimal system and “zero” travelled from India into Arabic culture during this time and in 9th century it was popularized in the Islamic regions by the Persian mathematician al-Khwarizmi. Beware of comparing Him if you profess duality, And, if unity, beware wisddom making Him transcendent.

Whoso would say He is two things is a polytheist, While the one who isolates Him tries to regulate Him. Thus the being is content that an action should be assigned to it and is pleased with that which is manifest in it and from it by its Lord. Al-Khansa put women wissdom a central place in her poetry.

Thus the two wisdo [servants and Lords] are contrasted like similars that are [in a sense] opposed, since no two similar things can unite, otherwise there would be no distinction.

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They will indeed be servants be- Later, in a vision, he was corrected. In other words, man, as the microcosmic image of the macrocosm, experiences the Imaginative process both as being part of the greater creative process and also as having within himself an imaginative faculty. It was in Seville that he began his formal education, being sent to sit at the feet of the contemporary masters of traditional learning.

The third and last subject dealt with in this chapter is that of the himmah or creative force of the gnostic, that faculty which enables him to link his own particular power of creative imagination to the divine creative Imagination.

Know that the apostles, as apostles and not as saints or gnostics, conform to the [spiritual] level of their communities. His monumental work the “Book of Animals” is the first encyclopedia on animals and zoology. All is dependent [upon another], naught is independent, This is the pure truth, we speak it out plainly.

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