Ibn ‘Arabi: al-Futūḥāt al-Makkiyya, Ch. 372
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Futūḥāt Translation Project
23 November 2020
God said that when you pray, He converses with you – He is Light; so God converses with you from the name Light, not from another name. So just as light negates all light-blocking, in the same way the prayer cuts off every preoccupation – which is different from the rest of the rituals: nothing universalizes a leaving-off of everything else as the prayer does.
Book 4, Chapter 47 (p. 434)
The prayer rite is at one and the same time the most common and yet the most special of rites, everywhere known and public and yet the occasion of and opportunity for the profoundest communication with God. It is also unique in two other ways. Firstly, it is the only rite which God Himself may be said to perform, since He is said to salla ‘ala (pray over) the Prophet and us. Secondly, alone of all the rites it incorporates the essential spirit of the other four.
A talk delivered in Oxford in 2015 at the Symposium entitled “A Living Legacy –
Ibn ‘Arabi in Today’s World”.
The terms ‘tasting’ (dhawq), ‘drinking’ (shirb/shurb) and ‘quenching of thirst’ (riyy) are widely used in early Sufi writings to denote a special type of mystical perception of God and His creation. Originally referring primarily to the mystic’s psychological state (ḥāl), in later Sufi literature and oral teachings, and especially with Ibn al-ʿArabī, these concepts acquire metaphysical/cosmological connotations, and are construed as being shared by both God and His ‘gnostic’ servants (ʿārifūn bi-llāh). This change reflects the wider process of Sufism’s transformation from ascetic-mystical piety to a comprehensive philosophy with its own psychology, epistemology, cosmology and soteriology, which remain actual today.
December 5th, 2020
The final session in the series of 15 online webinars under the title “Ibn ‘Arabi and The Geometry of Reality” will be a round table discussion of themes arising from the series, featuring speakers who delivered papers. It will take place on December 5th, 2020
The recently established Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI) at Monash University is organising a series of online seminars on Ibn ʿArabi, entitled ‘The Hidden Treasure’. These seminars are open to the public, aiming to present an accessible introduction to Ibn ʿArabi, his teachings, and his relevance to the contemporary world. Talks take place on the first Saturday of each month. More information
Added to the Blog page, October 2020
Fitzroy Morrissey’s book details how ‘Abd al-Karim al-Jili expanded on this key subject in Ibn ‘Arabi’s writing.
Dr Eric Winkel is engaged in a translation into English of Ibn al-‘Arabi’s Futūḥāt al-Makkīyah, from beginning to end. It is being published progressively by the Pir Press, and Volume 2 has just appeared.