From the Hikam of Ibn Ata’illah
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Do not let the intention of your aspiration veer to other-than-Him.
Hopes can go no further than the Ever-Generous.
Do not ask other-than-Him for what you need
since He is the One who will bring it to you.
How can other than the One who put it there relieve it?
How can someone who is unable to relieve his own need relieve someone else’s?
If you do not think well of Him because His qualities are beautiful
then think well of Him because of the way He treats you.
Has He made you used to anything but good?
Has He bestowed on you anything but favours?
How utterly amazing is someone who flees from something he cannot escape
to seek something that will not last!
“It is not the eyes that are blind,
but the hearts in the breasts are blind.”
Do not travel from phenomenal being to phenomenal being.
You will be like the donkey going around at the mill.
It travels to what it set out from.
Travel from phenomenal beings
to the Maker of Being.
“And the final end is to your Lord.”
Look at the words of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace:
“Whoever emigrates to Allah and His Messenger,
his emigration is to Allah and His Messenger.
Whoever emigrates to something of this world or a woman to marry,
his emigration is to what he emigrates to.”
Understand his words, may Allah bless him and grant him peace:
“His emigration is to what he emigrates to.”
Reflect on this matter if you have any understanding at all!
MasyaAllah. I wish I could properly learn this under the tutelage of some scholar. Then again, who am I to study the Hikam? Allah.. What a heavy responsibility it is upon someone to act on what he knows!
May Allah increase us all in knowledge and guide us to the Truth always. Amin!