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Why Ibn al-Arabi Left Army

"The reason for my withdrawal from and repudiation of the army, as well as my following this path [of Sufism] and my propensity toward it was [as follows]: When I went out in the company of my Lord (makhdumi), the [Almohad] Prince, Abu Bakr Yusuf b. 'Abd al-Mu'min b. Ali, to the great mosque in Cordoba,15 and I saw [the Prince] bowing and prostrating and humbly abasing himself in supplication to God (To Him belong Might and Majesty!), an idea (khatir) stirred in me [so that] I said to myself: 'If this, the ruler of the land, is so humbly submissive and does this before God (Be He exalted! To Him belong Might and Majesty!), then this world is worth nothing.' So I left him on that very day, and never saw him again. There- after, I followed this path."

— Ibn al-Arabī,

Hadith Qudsi (28)

God, ever mighty and majestic is He, says: “O child of Adam, as long as you beseech Me and hope for Me, I shall forgive you whatever you have done, without minding in the slightest. “ O child of Adam, were your sins to reach up to the clouds of Heaven and then you asked forgiveness of Me, I should forgive you, without minding in the slightest. “O child of Adam, even if you were to bring Me enough sins to ¥ll the earth, but then you met Me without associating anything with Me, I should bring to you the selfsame measure of forgiveness.”

— Ibn al-Arabī, 101 Hadith Qudsi

I am no one in existence but myself

From my incompleteness to my completeness, and from my inclination to my equilibrium
From my grandeur to my beauty, and from my splendour to my majesty
From my scattering to my gathering, and from my exclusion to my reunion
From my baseness to my preciousness, and from my stones to my pearls
From my rising to my setting, and from my days to my nights
From my luminosity to my darkness, and from my guidance to my straying
From my perigee to my apogee, and from the base of my lance to its tip
From my waxing to my waning, and from the void of my moon to its crescent
From my pursuit to my flight, and from my steed to my gazelle
From my breeze to my boughs, and from my boughs to my shade
From my shade to my bliss, and from my bliss to my wrath
From my wrath to my likeness, and from my likeness to my impossibility
From my impossibility to my validity, and from my validity to my deficiency.

I am no one in existence but myself

— Ibn al-Arabī,

Hadith Qudsi (10)

God, ever mighty and majestic is He, says: “I am with My servant when he remembers Me and when his lips move in mention of Me.”

— Ibn al-Arabī, 101 Hadith Qudsi

Your Knowledge embraces all that is knowable

O my God, Your Knowledge embraces all that is knowable. Your Awareness encompasses the interior [meaning] of all that is understandable. You are sanctified in Your exaltedness from all that is blameable. The spiritual aspirations ascend to You, and the words soar to You.

— Ibn al-Arabī, 

Hadith Qudsi (1)

“O My servants, I have forbidden injustice to Myself and I have made it forbidden amongst you. So be not unjust to one another.
“O My servants, all of you go astray except the one whom I guide. Ask guidance of Me, and I shall guide you.
“O My servants, all of you go hungry except the one whom I feed. Ask Me for food, and I shall feed you.
“O My servants, all of you go naked except the one whom I clothe. Ask Me for clothing, and I shall clothe you.
“O My servants, you transgress by day and night, but I forgive all misdeeds. Ask forgiveness of Me, and I shall forgive you.
“O My servants, harming Me is beyond you, so you cannot harm Me; and benefiting Me is beyond you, so you cannot benefit Me.
“O My servants, if all of you – first and last, man and jinn – were like the one among you with the most devout heart, that would add nothing to My kingdom.
“O My servants, if all of you – first and last, man and jinn – were like the one among you with the most ungodly heart, that would take nothing away from My kingdom.
“O My servants, if all of you – first and last, man and jinn – were to stand on the same level and address Me with your requests, and if I were to give each one what he had requested, that would not diminish what is with Me, any more than a needle diminishes the sea when it enters it.
“O My servants, it is solely your deeds that I take account of, and it is by virtue of them that I will repay you. So let him who ¥nds good, praise God, and let him who ¥nds other than that, hold none but himself to blame.”

— Ibn al-Arabī, 101 Hadith Qudsi

Prayer

I ask of You, O my God, an eloquent tongue and truthful speech; appropriate understanding and an innermost centre of taste; a truly receptive heart and a discerning mind; radiant thought and insatiable yearning; eyes that are lowered [before You] and a burning desire. Grant me a hand of [total] empowerment and a strength that brooks no resistance; a soul at peace and supple limbs for obeying You. Purify me that I may come to You, and grant that I may be brought before You.

— Ibn al-Arabī, 

From me to myself

Were I to see myself when I came to myself by myself, secretly or openly,
And said, “Greetings” and answered, “At your service”, And if my turning were from me to me,
My very “Here I am!” would annihilate me from myself,
From my enemies and my trusty friends,
From my threat [of punishment] and my surplus [grace],
From my delight and my promises [of paradise],
From my witnessing and my testimony.
What wonderful favour would be mine through myself!
Oh I! Return me by me to me until I see my stability.
He returned me by me to me from me, and only my qualities subsisted in me.
My palm grasped my stick, my staff smote my rock;
The river of constellations flowed from it: Twelve heralds! 

— Ibn al-Arabī,

Who are we

Spiritual guiding force behind all of the Foundation's activities. He is a practicing Shaykh with thousands of murids and Astana at Rawalpindi. 

Syed Rafaqat Hussain Shah
Murshid Kareem

Editor and Translator of more than 25 Books and Rasail's of Shaykh al-Akbar Ibn al-Arabi. Working full time for this cause. 

Abrar Ahmed Shahi
Head of Ibn al-Arabi Foundation

Contributing part time on Foundation's activities, Proof reader and Urdu language editor of all the published works. 

Hamesh Gul Malik
Secretary General.