Shaykh Muhiy'ud-Din ibn al 'Arabi, may Allah be pleased with him [1165/1240 C.E]
Muhi'y ad-Din Ibn al-'Arabi, 'alayhi ar-Rahman w'al Ridwan, one of the greatest mystics of any age, was born in Murcia (Spain) in the year 1165 (Common Era), and from his earliest youth displayed remarkable intellectual and spiritual aptitude. He travelled extensively throughout the Islamic world, conversing with mystics, divines and philosophers. His teaching is based on the primordial principle, which underlies all spiritual traditions, of the absolute unity of existence.
In more than 400 books the meanings and expression of this principle are set down with extraordinary clarity and fullness. Shaykh Ibn 'Arabi, alayhir rahman, passed away in Damascus in 1240 CE. His influence is pervasive and profound, and he is known to many as al-Shaykh al-Akbar - 'the Greatest Teacher'.