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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Recently Added Quotation
Futūḥāt Translation Project
1 February 2024
The people are veiled from seeing the things as being from God.
Book 11, Chapter 73
13 February 2024
He exalted said, I created the jinn and humans only to worship Me (al-dhāriyāt 51:56) – that is, ‘so that they will be humbled for Me; and they will not be humbled for Me until they recognize Me in the things. Thus, they will be humbled for Me, not for that which I manifest among them, nor that which is manifested in their core beings – given that they are visibly emergent sites for Me. Therefore, their being is I, and they do not witness in their entities anything but their being’ – so understand this. God is the Guide, the illuminator of sights!
Book 11, Chapter 73
8 February 2024
The True has reported in the authentic report, ‘God is the hearing of the creature and its seeing and its hand’.
William C Chittick
“Ibn al-ʿArabī and Rūmī – not to mention countless other teachers, Muslim and non-Muslim – looked at human beings as works in progress. Many of them would have been happy to call the path of becoming fully human ‘the religion of love.’” This article reviews ‘the religion of love’ in Ibn ʿArabī and three other authors, and relates it finally to what Ibn ‘Arabi says about the “Station of No Station”.
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.
February & March 2024
February 18, at 19 h. Spanish time, Federico Salvaggio will speak on Conoscenza delle lingue e realizzazione spirituale nel sufismo.
April 21, at 19 h. Spanish time, Cecilia Twinch will speak on Más allá de las estaciones: el ave que bebe del océano.
Some MIAS online events
- Stephen Hirtenstein – April 13, 2024
- Angela Jaffray – June 22, 2024
More information to come
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.