Ibn 'Arabi - The Tree of Being :
''An Ode to a Perfect Man - Shajarat al-Kawn''
*[A5] Paperback - 255 pages, Back in Stock, July 2016,
by Shaykh Muhiy al-Din Ibn al-Arabi
Interpreted by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi Helveti,
Published by Archetype.
The Tree of Being (Shajarat al-Kawn) is a treatise written by Ibn Arabi (1165-1240), one of the greatest figures in both Islamic and universal mysticism. He wrote close to five hundred books and manuscripts. Many of them are short, but some, like Fusus al Hikam and Futuhat al Makkiyah, are books of many volumes.
Ibn Arabi, may Allah be pleased with him, knew and influenced the great men of his time, Ibn Rushd (Averroes), Jalaluddin Rumi, ibn al-Suhrawardi, may Allah be pleased with them, and others. His influence spread beyond the Islamic world and entered medieval Europe. Asin Palacios and Salverda di Grave have pointed out that Dante in the Divina Comedia derived from Ibn Arabi the great design of Hell and Paradise and also the image of the beautified young woman as guide to the Divine. Ibn al-Arabi's work The Tree of Being, is an inspired declaration of his deep love for the Beloved Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.
'' O Seeker who wishes to find salvation, the first thing you
must do is to search out a master who will see your faults
and show them to you. You may travel far and wide trying
to escape yourself, but it is a master who will save you from
slavery under the tyranny of your ego. Do it now, because
whatever one has now is better than the best one imagines
one will have tomorrow. ''
The Tree of Being is an inspired description of the cosmos and the perfect man as microcosm, expressed in beautiful metaphysical and poetic imagery. Ibn Arabi's devotion to the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, as the perfect man provides instruction in Islam for the ones who are interested in learning the essence of this religion.
'' There is a secret of that branch of Muhammad on the
Tree of Being: it came to be when it was grafted from
the tree of free existence, and from the spirit of that
graft came Muhammad's shining pearl of spirit. ''
The book has five sections. First is the translator's introduction including a biography of Ibn Arabi and a discussion of his approach to Sufism. Second is an interpretation of Ibn Arabi's Tree of Being, a commentary on the mystical elements of the Qur'an and Islam. Third is Ibn 'Arabi's description of the character and actions of the Prophet Muhammad, May Allah bless him and grant him peace. The fourth section is his listing of the two hundred names and attributes of the Beloved Prophet, May Allah bless him and grant him peace.
Table of Contents :
---Poem by Shabistari,
------On Making a Living, Sustenance, and Satisfaction with One's State,
---On Muhiyiddin Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn 'Ali ibn al-'Arabi,
------An Ottoman Legal Edict,
------On Ibn 'Arabi's Thoughts in his Other Works,
--------The Purpose of the Creation of Mankind,
--------How to Find God,
--------''He who knows himself , knows his Lord''
--------The Unity of Being,
--------The Truth of Islam,
---On the Tree of Being : Shajarat al-Kawn,
------The Tree of Being of Shaykh Ibn 'Arabi,
Appendix by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak,
---On the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him,
------His Spiritual Status,
---The Names of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,
------201 Blessed Names of the Beloved of Allah,
---The Story of the Visit of the Devil; The Accursed,
---Some Sayings of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.
More works of Shaykh ibn al-'Arabi.
More books on Sufism.
Dimensions : 21.5 x 14 x 2cm.