Ibn ‘Arabi: al-Futūḥāt al-Makkiyya, Ch. 372
Mystic, philosopher, poet, sage, Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi (1165–1240) was one of the world’s great spiritual teachers.
Ibn Arabi was born in Murcia in Arab al-Andalus, and his writings had an immense impact throughout the Islamic world and beyond. The universal ideas underlying his thought are of immediate relevance today.
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Futūḥāt Translation Project
15 July 2021
The creature is a veil before his Creator; and for this, it was related: ‘Whoever recognizes one’s self, recognizes one’s Lord.’ You are the indication of Him, the indicator and the indicated.
Book 5, Chapter 68 (p. 115)
21 July 2021
There is no one who acts except God.
Book 5, Chapter 68 (p. 124)
20 July 2021
More than one transmitted to me as a ḥadỉth from one who transmitted to him, conveyed to him by the Prophet, that he was asked, ‘O Messenger of God, who are the friends of God?’ The Messenger of God said, ‘The ones who, when they are seen, God is remembered.’
Book 5, Chapter 68 (p. 115)
15 July 2021
The heart is a supra-rational rather than an anti-rational faculty, and in his work, Ibn Arabi gives a comprehensive account of the way in which all the different faculties – dhawq, imagination, reason and sensory perception – operate and inter-relate. This is perhaps especially valuable to us in the present day, when secular rationalism has become so prevalent that it sometimes seems as if our capacity for mystical insight and creative imagination has been forgotten, or if remembered, not afforded validity. He gives us a map to a lost land, which is the complete human potential.
Dunja writes: Apart from God, Ibn ‘Arabi believed a man can speak, an angel can speak and jinn can speak. However, human beings were thought to be the only ones with a potential to come to terms with the secret properties of letters. This presentation explores Ibn ‘Arabi’s notion of letters as the building blocks of the universe, and the correspondences between the Breath of the All-Merciful, the letters of the Arabic alphabet and (in)organic matter.
Added to the Blog page, 1 July 2021
A critical edition of the text of Ibn al-ʿArabī’s Diwān, produced by ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Sulṭān al-Manṣūb, has been published by Ninawa, Damascus, Syria, in five hardback volumes. The printed Diwāns available up till now have been reproductions of the “Bulaq edition” (1855), containing about 25% of the total.
July 3, 2021
The most recent Online Seminar in the Hidden Treasure Series was by Dr Atif Khalil. It was entitled “Ibn Arabi on Divine and Human Trusteeship” and was held on 3 July 2021. These seminars are open-to-public and free, but registration is required. The series is organised by the Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI) at Monash University, Australia. More information
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 3 (comprising Books 5 and 6) has just been launched.