Ibn Ata'Allah

A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on determination, guidance, service, and path

Whosoever is determined to seek guidance and follow a path of right conduct must search for a shaykh from amongst those who have realization, one who follows a path methodically, who has abandoned his passions, and who has firmly established his feet in the service of his Lord.

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 94

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A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah

He is the First and the Last, the Outward and the Inward and He is the Knower of all things.

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 182

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A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on balance, extremism, god, lies, and truth

The gnosis of God is intermediate between immoderation, which is ascribing human characteristics to God, and negligence, which is denying any attributes to God. . . . The Truth lies in the balance between the two extremes.

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 162

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A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on god, logic, meaning, perception, reason, and senses

Your Saying "God is Most Great" does not mean that He is greater than something else, since there is nothing else alongside of Him, so that it could be said that He is greater than it. Rather, the meaning of Allahu Akbar is that He is much too great to be perceived by the senses or for the depths of His Majesty to be reached by reason and logic, and indeed, that He is much too great to be known by an other-than-Him for truly, no one knows God but God.

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 119

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A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on god and heart

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For the one who remembers God, invoking unites his dispersed heart and pervades his will and his broken resolve.

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 76

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A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on children, food, god, losing, pleasure, and wealth

He whose wealth or children distract him from remembering God is lost; but the one who remembers God experiences delights sweeter than the pleasure of food and drink.

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 78

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A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on hope

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I seek refuge in Thee from every hope which would distract me.

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 190

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A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on enemies, god, and heart

The remembrance of God in the heart is the sword of the novices with which they combat their enemies and repel the afflictions that befall them.

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 65

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A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on darkness

Invoking removes darkness and brings forth radiant lights.

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 77

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A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on abstinence, darkness, faith, god, heart, individuality, reality, tranquility, and weakness

(Paraphrased: As long as an individual's heart is filled with the tendency towards what is other-than-God Most High, there is no Certitude about God.) When certitude about God Most High does occur in the heart . . . the heart becomes tranquil through the Majesty of God; then it abstains from what is other-than-God. So, it stands weak and is compelled to cry out to God for help. Then He who responds to the necessitous when they cry out to Him, responds to it. That radiant light settles into the heart and the darkness of preoccupation with what is other-than-God is extinguished therewith. Then the reality of the Realm (al-Malakut) becomes visible to it, and that is what Harithah meant when he said to the Messenger of God: "It is as if I see the Throne of my Lord distinctly." And the Messenger of God said, "The Light of God Most High is faith in one's heart."

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 150

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