Ibn al-Arabi : Mysteries to the Oneness of God

 Ibn al-Arabi - The Mysteries of Bearing Witness
to the Oneness of God

& the
Prophethood of Muhammad, ﷺ,
[A5+] Large Paperback - 340 pages,
(From the Meccan Revelations - Futuhat al-Makkiya),
by Shaykh al-Akbar; Muhy al-Din ibn al-Arabi.
''Great Books of the Islamic World Series''
Translated by Aisha Bewley, Edited by Laleh Bakhtyar.

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This book is translation of several chapters of Ibn al-Arabi's Futuhat al-Makkiyyya, the Mysteries of bearing Witness to the Oneness of God and Prophethood of Muhammad, Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam, which forms the basis of the first Pillar of Islam. 

'' Ibn al-'Arabi's magnum opus, al-Futūhāt al-Makkiyya, 'The Meccan Openings', is known at least by name to all students of Sufism. In spite of its importance for Islamic thought in general, and Ibn al-'Arabi in particular, few scholars have taken advantage of its enormous riches because of the numerous difficulties connected with reading and understanding the text'' --- Professor William Chittick

Shaykh al-Akhbar ibn al-'Arabi (555 - 630H) --He is Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn al-'Arabi al-Hatimi al-Tai, entitled Muhyi al-Din ("Reviver of the Faith"), was born in Murcia in southern Spain (Andalucia), to an Arab family and educated in Seville. At twenty he already possessed profound spiritual insights.through Arabia, Egypt, Asia Minor and elsewhere, he became a teacher of great renown.

Titled 'Shaykh al-Akhbar' - "The Greatest Shaykh", Ibn 'Arabi authored over 280 works, including his magnum opus, the twelve volume "Makkan Revelations" an extensive compendium of Islam's esoteric sciences, the doctrines of tasawwuf and a diary of his own spiritual experiences surpassing anything of its kind.

Aisha Bewley: Aisha Abdurrahman at Tarjumana Bewley is one today’s most prolific translators of classical Arabic work into English. Aisha Bewley not only understands Arabic but she is also aware of the basic meanings and nature of teachings and history of Islam. Her knowledge is born of experience and direct transmission, not merely academic theory and learning by rote. For more than twenty-five years she has been concerned with making the contents of many classical works in Arabic more Accessible to English-speaking readers for the first time, including Ash-Shifa of Qadi “Iyad. 

Table of Contents :

Chapter [1] Introduction to the Futuhat al-Makkiyya,
---1.1 The Levels of Knowledge,
---1.2 Prophetic Knowledge and Speculative Knolwedge,
---1.3 The Path of the People of Truth to Truth,
---1.4 Seven Matters whose Mystical Knowledge is specifically Possessed by the People of the Truth,
---1.5 Concerning the Theological Validity of Creeds,
---1.6 What was the Common People must Believe,
---1.6.1 The First Testimony,
---1.6.2 The Second Testimony.

Chapter [2] Concerning Perplexity (Original Chapter 50),
---2.1 The Reason for Perplexity in Mystical Knowledge,
---2.2 The Perplexed are the Masters of Mysticism,
---2.3 The Paths of Mystical Knowledge: The Intellect, Transmission and Unveiling,
---2.4 The Means used by the Sufis to Acquire Mystical Knowledge,
---2.5 The Perplexity of the Mystics & the Perplexity of the Philosophers,
---2.6 The Ecstatic Sayings of the Sufis & the Position of Religious Scholars and those in Authority Concerning Them.

Chapter [3] Concerning ''There is no god but God & Muhammad is the Messenger of God''
---3.1 Oneness by Way of Knowledge and Oneness by Way of Information.
---3.2 The Oneness of the People of the Imaginery World,
---3.3 The Level of the One Who Knows God's Oneness through Proof,
---3.4 The Constellations and their Stages,
---3.5 Writing was taught by Prophet Idris,
---3.7 The Messenger taught Oneness to Both the One who knows God and the One who is ignorant of Him,
---3.8 The Best Words that the Prophets have said,
---3.9 Classes and Levels of those who articulate God's Oneness,
---3.10 The All-Inclusive Name which is Described by All the Names,
---3.11 Intellectual Oneness and the Oneness in the Divine Law,
---3.12 The Practice of the Prophet and Innovation.

Chapter [4] Advice which benefits the Seeker,
---4.1 The Religion,
---4.2 Disobeying God while in a specific place,
---4.3 Have a Good Opinion of Your Lord,
---4.4 Remember God secretly and Openly,
---4.5 Persevere in Good deeds,
---4.6 Motivate yourself to do good,
---4.7 Persevere in saying ''la ilaha illa Llah''
---4.8 Avoid making enemies of the People of ''la ilaha illa Llah''
---4.9 Persevere in what is Obligatory,
---4.10 Watch your words,
---4.11 Avoid Fashioning Forms,
---4.12 Visit the Sick,
---4.13 Avoid wronging People,
---4.14 When you see a scholar not using his Knowledge,
---4.15 The Form assumed by Hadrat Gabriel,
---4.16 Turning to God when experiencing a Trial,
---4.17 One go to Bed after performing a prayer of the odd number of bows (witr),
---4.18 Be vigilant,
---4.19 Perform the Obligatory,
---4.20 Avoid Ambition,
---4.25 Make use of Knowledge,
---4.27 Do not worry about Losses,
---4.28 Recite the Qur'an,
---4.30 The One who Remembers his Lord is Alive,
---4.31 Carry out the Punishments of God,
---4.32 Give Charity,
---4.33 Perform the Greater Struggle,
---4.34 Perform the Ablution in adverse circumstances,
---4.35 Have regard for every Muslimin as Much as He is a Muslim,
---4.38 Avoid Arrogance,
---4.40 Develop Spiritual Poverty,
---4.45 Perform the Prayer of the Penitent,
---4.50 Give the Call to Obligatory prayer,
---4.53 The Imams Supplication,
---4.54 Supplicate whilst Prostrating,
---4.55 Show Humility towards God,
---4.60 A Dream,
---4.62 Honour your Guest,
---4.63 It is Unlawful to Act contrary to your Evidence,
---4.64 Ask for Forgiveness
---4.65 Ask God to make you one of the righteous Believers,
---4.66 Recite the Opening Chapter with ''In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate''
---4.67 Be Jealous For God Almighty,
---4.68 Avoid God seeing you where he Forbade You to be,
---4.69 When Praying do not lift your eyes to Heaven,
---4.70 Attract yourself to Virtues,
---4.74 Ask for Forgiveness Often,
---4.75 Defend your Fellow Muslim's Honour,
---4.80 Teachings of the Prophet to Ali ibn Abi Talib,
---4.85 Spiritual Teaching of Prophet Jesus,
---4.90 Wise Advice,
---4.95 Teaching of the Prophet, Salla Allahu 'alayhi wa Sallam,
---4.100 Al-Fudayl ibn Iyad's Advice,
---4.105 Advice of al-Jurhami,
---4.110 A Story about one of the Freinds of God,
---4.112 Teaching in a Reminder,
---4.113 Divine Teaching,
---4.114 Qur'anic Teachings,
---4.115 Divine Teachings to Rectify Disunion,
---4.120 Divine Order to Stand and Pray at Night,
---4.125 Divine Teaching which contains Kindness,
---4.130 Divine Order to have Desire and Fear,
---4.131 Some Teachings of the Mystics,
---4.135 Advice through a Letter,
---4.140 Teaching of the Prophet in a Divine Admonition,
---4.144 Divine Teachings,
---4.145 Teachings of One of the Pious,
---4.150 Teaching of a Sage on the Quality of a Freind,
---4.153 Common Wisdom and Advice,
---4.155 Teaching from an Ascetic which contains Benefits,
---4.160 Instruction from God to be Modest,
---4.161 Prophetic Order to Give Charity,
---4.162 Teaching to be Good by attending Gatherings in the Remembrance of God,
---4.163 Teaching and Advice,
---4.164 Teachings in the form of written Wisdom & Simple Words Ascribed to a Group of Righteous Scholars,
---4.165 Teachings in a Statement,
---4.166 Story which contains a Teaching,
---4.167 Protection in the Removal of Blessing,
---4.168 Supplication to Mention for Refuge and Other Famous Supplications.


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