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.
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Futūḥāt Translation Project
11 January 2022
The ignorant ones on our path speak of the nobility of the ḥāl (state, moment, emotion, trance) over knowledge, because of their ignorance of what the ḥāl is. States – the greatest of the Men in this land seek refuge from them! They are some of the thickest veils. This is why the Tribe take states to be gifts and the stations to be earnings (things acquired, not gifted). This world, according to the greatest ones, is an abode of earning, not an abode of state. What you earn will raise you up a step, but the temporary state will make you lose your time, and you will not rise with it; no, the state is one of the results of your station, and it rushes you to things of this world. Because of this, the states are gifts; and if they were earned, rising with them would occur.
Book 7, Chapter 69 (p. 56)
That Jesus is a spirit and being “the word proceeding from God” makes him the paradigm of another quality: that of the pilgrim of God, of the spiritual traveller who comes from God and returns to God without ever having left the presence of God. This spiritual journey is the reflection of a cosmic movement of a creation which is constantly leaving God and returning to Him…
Though God is one, the vision that dominates human existence is of a world of graded hierarchies, levels, specific faces, veils, and Names. A cosmos of dualities, oppositions, complementarities, contraries, rivals, counter-forces, and tensions. Tawhid does not begin with unity, since that needs to be established. Rather, it begins with the recognition of diversity and difference. Water as a symbol holds a powerful clue to explaining Ibn Arabi’s notions of the one and the many.
This talk explores the notion of Qisṭ, or equitability and balance in the divine names commentary of ‘Afif al-Din al-Tilimsani. In his discussion, which centers on the Qur’anic verse “God loves the equitable,” he insists that the upholders of balance gain divine love by realizing their relationship to the name the Equitable, for God loves none other than His own quality.
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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.
The Society has announced an MIAS Translation Prize competition. For this first competition, submissions For this first competition, submissions are invited for original translations of prose texts by Ibn ‘Arabi.Entries are due by 1 September 2022.
The Prize of US$ 3,000 is being sponsored by the Ibn ‘Arabi Societies in the UK and the USA, by MIAS AP (Asia Pacific), the Monash University Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI), and by private donors.
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.