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On this page, which is being updated on a regular basis, you will find a continually growing selection of quotations from Eric Winkel’s translation work on the Futūḥāt al-Makkīyah.

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So praise be to God, who guided us to this;
we would not have been guided unless God guided us.

Futūḥāt, Book 1

On this page, which is being updated on a regular basis, you will find a continually growing selection of quotations from the Futūḥāt al-Makkīyah, posted hot off the press from Eric Winkel’s current translation work.

Quotations: 2023, February

7 February 2023

The Divine names veil, some of them over others – even if each one has some veiling and being veiled, according to the dominion of the moment – because some of them are prior in veiling to others; and this flows throughout the entirety of moments of the creation.

Book 9, Chapter 71

6 February 2023

God is ‘according to the good estimation of His slaves of Him’.

Book 9, Chapter 71

1 February 2023

Being is an absolute kindness toward the existent.

Book 9, Chapter 71

Quotations: 2023, January

31 January 2023

Felicity in the Gardens has no termination.

Book 9, Chapter 71

30 January 2023

The Ṣūfī is a guest of God, because they travel away from their personal allotments and the whole of existence, preferring the Divine Side – so they come to Him as a guest.

Book 9, Chapter 71

27 January 2023

Our teacher Abū Madyan found fault with separating the two extremes, and he used to say, ‘The combination of the two extremes is the complete perfection in Sunnah and understanding (maʿrifah).’

Book 9, Chapter 71

26 January 2023

What is God’s is not yours.

Book 9, Chapter 71

25 January 2023

If one is among the people of knowledge of God, the greatest ones – who rule over their selves, and for whom opposing their selves is authenticated – they do not see anyone speaking or commanding or inviting, in all of wujūd,* except God, upon the tongues of the creatures.

* wujūd: being, from wajada (‘found’).

Book 9, Chapter 71

24 January 2023

Abūʾl-ʿAbbās al-Sayyārī, one of the Men cited in the Risālat (Epistle) of al-Qushayrī […] said, ‘The intelligent one does not have pleasure in the vision at all, because the one who has a vision of the True is effaced; there is no pleasure in that.’

Book 9, Chapter 71


23 January 2023

The True is seated unseen before every one remembering.

Book 9, Chapter 71

20 January 2023

It was said to one of them, ‘Remember me in your seclusion with God.’ He replied to him, ‘If I remember you, I will not be in seclusion with God!’

Book 9, Chapter 71

19 January 2023

The Ṣūfī knows that one is under the rule of one’s moment. It is like this in the matter itself. This is why we say, ‘The Ṣūfī is the child of the moment’ – being informed of this and given understanding that one has, concerning which moment is ruling over one, a trace of prophecy (nubuwwat). But not every human being knows this, despite its being like this in the matter itself.

Book 9, Chapter 71

18 January 2023

The masters among the people of God say, ‘The ruling property is determined by the moment’ (al-ḥukm liʾl-waqt) – and the human being, or the Ṣūfī, is a child of one’s moment; and the past does not rule over one, nor the future. However, the human being does not recognize that one is a child of one’s moment, despite the ruling force of the moment over one.

Book 9, Chapter 71

17 January 2023

Hunger is ever continuous for the people of the Fire, and its opposite is in the people of the Garden.

Book 9, Chapter 71

16 January 2023

The True brought out completeness for the most complete of creation, and this is Adam; so none of the days are more complete than the day of gathering (jumʿah, Friday), because in Adam appears the wisdom of the foremeasurement of the creation of the human being that God created upon His form. There does not remain in the Divine measurement any completeness that He created after, as there is nothing more complete than the image of the True.

Book 9, Chapter 71

13 January 2023

If you are the site of a complete tajallì* of the True, there is no beauty you have greater than the beauty of God.

* tajallì: brilliant radiance of Being; Divine self-disclosure

Book 9, Chapter 71

11 January 2023

The heart is spacious enough for the True. This is why the heart m is more vast than the kindness of God! This is one of the most wondrous and strange things; he is created from the kindness f of God, and yet he is more vast than her!

Book 9, Chapter 71

10 January 2023

When God gathered together on Friday the creation of the human being by what He configured him as – as the combination between two forms, a form of the True and a form of the universe – God called this, in the language of Law, the day of gathering.

Book 9, Chapter 71

9 January 2023

The human being is the last of the generated beings. By Friday, God preserves the name Last in the Divine Presence, and God preserves it with the name Last. Last is the one that looks to Adam from among the Divine names.

Book 9, Chapter 71

6 January 2023

The human being is a guardian belonging to God.

Book 9, Chapter 71

5 January 2023

The one who has no kashf* revealing the speech of pebbles, nor faith (in his ﷺ‎ report), who does not affirm that minerals have life-force – then how do they celebrate God? We take refuge in God from the forsaken ones.

* kashf: unveiling

Book 9, Chapter 71

3 January 2023

Something called a mineral can be described as being alive, so much so that the truthful one (ﷺ‎) reported that the pebbles in his palm celebrated God with His praise.

Book 9, Chapter 71

2 January 2023

Knowledge follows its object of knowledge, and the object of knowledge of this (worldly) knowledge has its dominion in this world, not in the other.

Book 9, Chapter 71

Quotations: 2022, December

30 December 2022

The appearance of the Sun in the mirror of the Moon is the appearance of the True in creation, because the Light is one of God’s names – so He appears by His name the Light in the manifestation of the Moon. He exalted said, He made the Moon in their midst a light (Nūḥ 71:16), and this is a site of tajallì* for the light of the Sun. And He made the Sun as a lamp (Nūḥ 71:16) – because the Light of the True is hu.

* tajallì: brilliant radiance of Being; Divine self-disclosure

Book 9, Chapter 71

29 December 2022

God has created in the otherworld a physical Garden and a meaning Garden; and He permits for them in the physical garden whatever their souls desire, and He lifts from them the pain of need.

Book 9, Chapter 71

28 December 2022

With most animals, after they are satisfied, they do not have the energy to start over again searching for more food. But the human being is not like that; he continues to be worried and anxious about the present and the future. He accumulates and is never satisfied, because he was created anxious. When bad touches him, he is apprehensive; when good touches him, he holds back (and does not give charity) – except the ones who pray, the ones who are ever in their prayers (al-maʿārij 70:19-23).

Book 9, Chapter 71

27 December 2022

There is no right belonging to anything in creation over anyone except God has a right over that thing. So guard yourself! If on the morrow you are in a place of the final Accounting and tajallì,* a differentiation will appear among the splinter sects and the comparatively excellent. How far apart the soul is who gathers on the day of Judgment with a Divine attribute from the soul who is forbidden from having one – (the latter) spending her energy on the Day of Judgment on what she was spending on in this world, skewered together with what she demanded in this natural configuration, such as expanding into things that are above the bare necessity. There is no difference between such a soul and the rest of the animals; this is the animal human being.

* tajallì: brilliant radiance of Being; Divine self-disclosure

Book 9, Chapter 71

26 December 2022

‘Indeed, your soul has a right against you.’ This is the most powerful of the rights of the creation – after the right of God on you – because your antagonist is within you.

Book 9, Chapter 71

23 December 2022

You are singled out in a form f of My Presence,
and a form more perfect than her there has not been made.

Book 9, Chapter 71

21 December 2022

The complete human has completeness. One sees Him with every eye, and one witnesses Him in every form.

Book 9, Chapter 71

20 December 2022

The complete human being f, not the animal human, is the most complete configuration for the truths upon which she was created, and they are the truths of the Divine names and the truths of the universe.

Book 9, Chapter 71

19 December 2022

The human being is more comprehensive in tasting than the angel on account of the comprehensive nature of the human being.

Book 9, Chapter 71

16 December 2022

The human being is the most complete configuration, and the angel is of the most complete level.

Book 9, Chapter 71

15 December 2022

Learn that each month that comes to the human being is a guest coming to you from the Side of the True.

Book 9, Chapter 71

14 December 2022

Knowledge of the wisdom in things is not knowledge belonging to any but the people of God. As for the people of thinking and analogical reasoning – they bump into wisdom by random chance, and it is not even knowledge, according to them.

Book 9, Chapter 71

12 December 2022

Oneness belongs to God in His essence.

Book 9, Chapter 71

9 December 2022

God is Life – no one will contest that.

Book 9, Chapter 71

8 December 2022

No one recognizes One except based on oneself. There is no evidence pointing to and proving His Oneness except your oneness. ‘Whoever recognizes one’s self recognizes one’s Lord’. This is how he ﷺ‎ said it.

Book 9, Chapter 71

7 December 2022

God is a single god, and Oneness f is the most panoramic attribute that the One has compared with the entirety of adjectives; and she flows throughout everything that is.

Book 9, Chapter 71

6 December 2022

One returns to God in every moment, even in every obedience.

Book 9, Chapter 71

5 December 2022

Turning away something before it has come is easier than removing it once it has arrived. You see, the thing to be turned away is a nothing, but that which you want to remove exists and has already arrived.

Book 9, Chapter 71

2 December 2022

God exalted did not teach us any knowledge with which we would contradict what the prophets, may God bless them, came with from God’s Side, spoken of in the reports or sent down by God in a Book. No, all is with us as God reported about His slave Khiḍr – that He gave him kindness from Him and taught him knowledge from His Side (al-māʾidah 5:66).

Book 9, Chapter 71

1 December 2022

Ignorance is the blindest and most erring of ways, one not perceiving how to set down one’s foot nor seeing where to set down one’s foot.

Book 9, Chapter 71

Quotations: 2022, November

30 November 2022

Thankfulness is a Divine quality, because God is Thankful, All-Knowing (al-baqarah 2:158). He seeks more from us by means of this quality of His being Thankful – because He said, If you are thankful, He will give you more (Ibrāhīm 14:7). He has alerted us with what is drawn into thankfulness so that we will do more of the thanked behavior.

Book 9, Chapter 71

29 November 2022

Each person is upon a clarification singled out for one – to the measure one understands the address of God for this – and (upon) guidance.

Book 9, Chapter 71

28 November 2022

There is nothing made obligatory on God, with the conventional courtesy based on the true dimension, except what He Himself makes incumbent on Himself.

Book 9, Chapter 71

25 November 2022

The True calls out to me from my sky,
without any alphabetic letters.

Then He invites me from the earth of my existence,
with every alphabetic letter –

Saying this and that – all – is My speech,
so do not turn toward other than Me,

And do not think there is actually any
other than Me; that is the utmost remoteness.

Book 9, Chapter 71

24 November 2022

The True speaks with you only about you, and He speaks to you only of you. It is this way with everyone tasked in the universe, whether angel or jinn or human being; yes, every created being.

Book 9, Chapter 71

23 November 2022

Your body, your faculties, your climate, your world (body), your flock – you are the one addressed to operate them to the extent that the True defined for you in His Law. You are the shepherd responsible for them, no one but you, because God does not charge anyone with doing anything but according to one’s moment and one’s capacity. No one is charged by the state of another.

Book 9, Chapter 71

22 November 2022

The visible emergence comes about by means of the name the Visible. The True works in this way with the general population of His creatures, being veiled from them with the utmost of veiling – like the sarār (last night) of the Moon – so they do not perceive Him. He said, There is nothing like Him – as a kindness to them. They do not find in their minds nor in the degrees of their states anything to dazzle them. So He comes secretly (sirr) in kindness, as a veiling, in this verse. This is the utmost descent of the True to His creatures, in coming down to a place of kindness for their sakes. Then He gradually introduces, little by little, a likeness: He is the Hearing, the Seeing; and Say: He is God, One, God, Self-Subsisting; and His word, Does he not recognize that God sees? – up until the lights of their sights are strengthened with understanding God. And He familiarizes them, little by little, up until He gives them tajallì* in complete transcendental understanding – which, if He had given such a tajallì to them before, they would have fled from it; and they forget the state of There is nothing like Him.

* tajallì: brilliant radiance of Being; Divine self-disclosure

Book 9, Chapter 71

21 November 2022

With the True, His slave does not approach unless He bestows and He provides for such.

Book 9, Chapter 71

18 November 2022

The sickness of the soul is a leaning of the soul toward the world.

Book 9, Chapter 71

17 November 2022

I do not depart from my ʿubūdīyah for even a blink of the eye.

Book 9, Chapter 71

16 November 2022

Learn that the True – when He makes the creature choose, He has chosen, because its truth is ʿubūdīyah.* The slave does not execute anything, but it is under the rule of compulsion and being compelled.

* ʿubūdīyah: the state of being a slave; servanthood

Book 9, Chapter 71

15 November 2022

God does not newly create a thing randomly, but rather it is created newly from authentic foreknowledge, and desiring something to Be!, and hidden foredestination and foremeasurement. It is so, inescapably, given its being something existent in His knowledge (of all).

Book 9, Chapter 71

14 November 2022

The soul f is in the unseen world – and even though the bodily configuration is her mother, the Divine spirit is her father.

Book 9, Chapter 71

11 November 2022

The single spirit may oversee multiple bodies, if it has the power to do so. This may be, in this world, something the friend has that breaks the fabric of convention. And in the otherworld, the other configuration of the human being provides this. Qaḍīb al-Bān was one who had this power, and Dhūʾl-Nūn al-Miṣrī had it.

Book 9, Chapter 71

10 November 2022

The inclination (hawā) and the intellect (ʿaql) are two rulers over her (the soul): the intellect calls her to salvation, and the inclination calls her to the Fire.

Book 9, Chapter 71


9 November 2022

God produces nearness in the required rituals greater than nearness in the voluntary ones, and the required are more dear to Him.

Book 9, Chapter 71

8 November 2022

The (spiritual) path requires you to be held to account for forgetful moments. Yes, it is a path of being Present. Thus, forgetfulness in the path is rare.

Book 9, Chapter 71

7 November 2022

Our ʿubūdīyah toward God is impossible to lift off and be freed from, because ʿubūdīyah is an essential, core quality of ours.

* ʿubūdīyah: the state of being a slave; servanthood

Book 9, Chapter 71

4 November 2022

God makes the vow obligatory on you because of your making it obligatory on you yourself.

Book 9, Chapter 71

3 November 2022

Existence is in the grip of the Divine names.

Book 9, Chapter 71

2 November 2022

The concept of making it up (compensating) in its root, according to us, is unimaginable on the path, because each time period has an incoming particular to it (and cannot be ‘made up’ later); thus, there is no time period that can then have the same property as the time period that has passed. Therefore, whatever elapses has passed beyond the time period, and its moment has passed. Whatever we are actually in – we are under its dominion; and whatever does not actually come to pass – it can have no ruling power over us.

Book 9, Chapter 71

1 November 2022

There is no journey to Him except by Him.

Book 9, Chapter 71

Quotations: 2022, October

31 October 2022

The Divine names along the path to Him are like the way-stations for the traveler, like the mansions of the Moon measured out for the orbital coursing of the Moon, along the path to a desired goal. The minimum journey is the transfer from one name to another name.

Book 9, Chapter 71

28 October 2022

The travelers journey to Allāh, and it (the name Allāh) is the All-Comprehensive Name, and it is the final goal.

Book 9, Chapter 71


27 October 2022

Humility and dependency […] this is most appropriate for the creature.

Book 9, Chapter 71

26 October 2022

The journeyer is the traveler through way-stations by means of the names of the Divine.

Book 9, Chapter 71

25 October 2022

Wisdom is sought by giving each thing with a right its rightful due.

Book 9, Chapter 71

24 October 2022

The spirit-winds play with the flowers and the bushes in their variegation,
like the play of the verbs with the nouns.

Book 9, Chapter 71

21 October 2022

Intention is aspiration.

Book 9, Chapter 71

20 October 2022

The body never stops having a Divine name determining its property.

Book 9, Chapter 71

19 October 2022

The one who has reached the end knows it and so does not speak. As for the one at the beginning, and this is the youth – such a person has no information about the stations along the way, because one is in a journeying station. You do not learn about them anything but what you taste.

Book 9, Chapter 71

18 October 2022

Abūʾl-ʿAbbās al-Sayyārī, God be kind to him, said, ‘The one with intelligence cannot enjoy the vision, ever,’ because the vision of the True is an annihilation in which is no pleasure.

Book 9, Chapter 71

17 October 2022

The vision of the True is a vanishing, and with vanishing seeking is unimaginable.

Book 9, Chapter 71

13 October 2022

Examination by the intellect is mixed in with the senses from the path of the imagination, because intellect draws from reflection, from imagination, and from the sensory. The intellect m is either based on what the sensory provides him or based on what the imaginal faculty provides him.

Book 9, Chapter 71

12 October 2022

The Divine name rules in whatever moment emerges, so the rule belongs to the name at the present moment of tajallì* and in the future that immediately follows, until there comes another ruling name that then effaces the first ruling.

* tajallì: brilliant radiance of Being; Divine self-disclosure

Book 9, Chapter 71

12 October 2022

The heart’s m fasting […] is where he restrains this vast realm f from her being inhabited by anyone but his Creator – because if anyone inhabits her other than the heart’s Creator, one will have broken the fast during the time period in which it was obligatory, as preferred by one’s Lord, for one to be fasting.

Book 9, Chapter 71

11 October 2022

He said, ‘Vastly spacious enough for Me is the heart of My slave’, while the Earth and the heavens are not.

Book 9, Chapter 71

3 October 2022

With the True nothing is His likeness – the one fasting meets one’s Lord with a description of ‘nothing is His likeness ’ (the Qurʾān’s nothing like Him meets the hadith’s ‘nothing like it’). Thus, one sees Him by Him, and He is the Seer and the Seen. This is why he ﷺ‎ said, ‘one delights in one’s fast’, and he does not say, ‘one delights in a meeting with one’s Lord’. You see, delight does not delight in itself; no, one is delighted by something. And the one in whom the True is one’s sight when one sees and witnesses – such a person will see himself only by His seeing.

Book 9, Chapter 71

Quotations: 2022, September

30 September 2022

Gloriously exalted is the One who evened you out, to be a heart-home (ahlan) for Him,
and He did not bestow this on any but you.

Book 9, Chapter 71

29 September 2022

Knowledge of Him from Him is that you recognize that He combines transcendence (incomparability) and resemblance (similarity), but this – meaning, the combination of two opposites in the object of a ruling – is not tolerated in experimental science.

Book 9, Chapter 70


28 September 2022

Knowledge of God from the direction of the Law is the True’s informing His creatures about what He is, because He knows Himself better than His creatures do.

Book 9, Chapter 70

27 September 2022

God says, ‘I am with the estimation of My creature of Me, so let one estimate Me to be good.’ The fine estimation of God, when it preponderates in you the slave, gives you the end result of felicity in the Garden – just as the bad estimation of God destroys you: That estimation of yours that you are estimating your Lord to be will destroy you (fuṣṣilat 41:23).

Book 9, Chapter 70