Ibn ‘Arabi: al-Futūḥāt al-Makkiyya, Ch. 372
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Recently Added Quotation
Futūḥāt Translation Project
31 August 2023
By the kindness f of God, every being other than God is made alive and given sustenance. So kindness is all-encompassing, and she is in every place provided commensurate with that place.
Book 10, Chapter 72
4 September 2023
The animals – all of them, according to us – are spiritual beings with intellects with which they understand God; and this is why He exalted said about them, Each knows his ṣalāt and his celebration (tasbīḥ) (al-nūr 24:41).
Book 10, Chapter 72
The article begins with reference to Ibn ‘Arabî’s “Book of Dream-visions” (K. al-Mubashshirât), in which he records some seventeen dreams which he had during his life, among many others. These, he says, may be of particular benefit to others, since they concern the Prophet or one of his companions. It finishes with a translation from chapter 167 of the Futûhât al-Makkiyya on the seventh heaven, whose ruling prophet is Abraham. In our present world where conflicts arise on the basis of ethnicity, where the politics of identity makes people increasingly strident in their self-definition in terms of consanguinity, the idea of a milk-brotherhood, a brotherhood based on knowledge of the Unity of Being, becomes highly topical. This “Milky Way” excludes no-one: it is open to all.
This is a meditation on the meaning of al-tahqiq (verification or realisation) which is central to the writing of Ibn ‘Arabi, and drawing on the writings of Sufis before Ibn ‘Arabi, such as Junayd (d. 911 AD, the “Leader of the Sufis”, sayyid al-ta’ifa), and others after him, such as Shaykh al-‘Alawi. Junayd said, “I have achieved al-tahqiq by staying in the presence of God for thirty years under these stairs”, by which he meant the stairs of his house. The paper later published in the Journal of the Society can be found here.
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 4 was published in 2022 and further volumes are expected in 2023.