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Hikam Ibn Abbad Commentary(Ibn Ataullah)

Hikam Ibn Abbad Commentary(Ibn Ataullah)

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A Detailed Guide for the Path to Allah
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In the Name of Allah the Merciful, the Mercy-giving
Draft Version
Shar
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Written by, Sheikh Ibn `Abbad al-Rundi
© The Guiding Helper Foundation 2002-2004General and unrestricted permission for the unaltered duplication of this text is granted.(In plain English: Make as many copies as you want for free. Typographical errors may be corrected,but must be noted in an addendum to the distributed copy.)
Translated under the supervision of Abu Qanit al-Sharif al-Hasani(Last Revised: 2 July 2004)
In the Name of Allah the Merciful, the Mercy-giving
Author’s Introduction
The poor servant in need of Allah Most High who depends on Allah for the forgiveness of his sins,Ma
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d al-Nafazi al-Rundi (May Allah be gentlewith him) says: All praise is for Allah Who alone has majesty and glory, the One Who deserves the qualities of perfection, Who is free from partners, equals, and comparables, purified from the attributes of temporal thingssuch as change, translocation, connectivity, and dislocation, Knower of the unseen and visible, the Great, theMost High. And may peace and blessings be upon our leader Muhammad, the guide out of error, on his family,on his companions for whom actions became sincere and states became pure, and on all those that follow themin their praiseworthy attributes...Afterwards: When we saw the book of wisdom (ascribed to the fully realized sheikh, imam, the knowerand friend of Allah ... who acted by what he knew, Ab
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h from Alexandria (May Allah be well pleased with him and make us benefit from him))among the best of what has been written about the knowledge of the Oneness of Allah, being the most splendidof what every traveler and disciple has tried to understand and memorize (as it is small in size but tremendous inknowledge containing clear expressions and beautiful superb meanings clarifying the path of those who knowAllah and declare His Oneness and the ways of the travelers to Him and those exclusively devoted to worship),we began to write some notes to act as a commentary for some of its apparent meanings revealing a smallglimmer from its dazzling brilliant lights. However since the words of Allah's friends and scholars are foldedover guarded secrets and hidden gems of wisdom which can not be uncovered except by them, we are unable todo justice to all of what is contained in the book in its internal core. The reality of these affairs do not becomeplain except by receiving instruction from them (i.e. the speakers of the words).We do not claim with these words we are relating… to be explaining the statements of the author; nor dowe say that what we are mentioning actually shows their views… For if we had claimed such, it would havebeen bad manners on our part making us deserve blame (We ask Allah refuge from this.). We have exposed
 
 
Ibn `Abbad's Sharh al-Hikam al-`Ata'iyyah - And Useful Appendices
2ourselves to danger and harm by approaching something that is not fit for us (i.e. commenting on the words of the leaders from the people of Allah Most High without fear and precaution). Rather, we are simply relating inthis book what we ourselves have understood from their words and what has come to us of their knowledge andviews. If we accurately represent the true picture and stumble upon the hidden secret, it is among the blessingsthat we are unable to encompass in thankfulness…. On the other hand, if we miss the picture and aren’t guidedto those [correct] ways, we ascribe it to our own faults and ignorance… The responsibility lies only on us whilethey are free [of blame] from what we said and intended.If this is our goal, for the presence of safety [from error] which we depend on, it is fitting that we firstrelate the statement of the author (May Allah Most High have mercy on him) in its full text. Then, we follow itup by our statements in narration form…In our narration, we will use methods that detail his statements. We will also use allusions that are moreobvious than his allusions so that our explanation of what he mentions may be understood, not that it is itsconfirmed true explanation. Along with this, we will mention many statements [of others] which we knowabout so that the benefit may be complete for the purpose we have set out for. As we view it like an obligation,we will also inform the reader of the repeated meanings and the inter-relatedness and separateness of theauthor's statements.We have placed the core text and the explanation on the same pages. So, the copyist of this book shouldfollow the methods we have laid down: He should write the words of the author in a different color than thecolor of our explanation
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. Alternatively, he can write them with two different pens with varying thickness. Bothmethods will fulfill what is required and be closer to what is desired keeping the benefit of the placement orderof the text. Allah is the giver of success. There is no lord besides Him and no good except His good.In addition to the tremendous demand for and significance of this book mentioned in the beginning of this introduction, the reason I began writing this commentary and took the responsibility of composing andcollecting it (knowing full well of Allah Most High's overpowering will and destiny which the servant doesn'thave a place of escape or refuge from) was that some companions constantly pestered me and repeated asked meto do this. Since they have sound views in this path and hold pure love for the people of realization, I answeredtheir request and fulfilled their hopes, as Allah Most High willed, ruled, decreed, and made obligatory. MayAllah benefit us and them with what He causes to flow from our two hands and may he not make it an argumentagainst them and us [in the next life]. We seek forgiveness from Allah Most High for approaching this dauntingtask which holds much danger.We seek refuge in Him from falling into the snare of the accursed enemy [i.e. the devil]. We ask Him forsuccess and that He make us stand on the road of constant rectitude and turns us away from doing what willincur blame and repentance. Since He has blessed us to be members of their path, let us ascribe our linealconnection to their noble ascription, let us cling to their tailcoats, and let us try to travel their way, We hope thatHe give us a bit of reverence and love for them by honoring them and being righteous with them. We also hopethat he does not deprive us of their intercession, take us out from the shelter of their closeness to Him, force us 
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In the electronic version, we have written the base text in the color red. This should show up as a slightly different shade inmonochrome printers.
 
 
A Detailed Guide for the Path to Allah
3away from their noble door, and turn us away from their strong path. They are the people whose companions(who sit with them) do not become wretched:
 I own a title by holding them dear.Their feet are above the foreheads. If I am not among them, then at least I havea standing and an honor for loving them.
O Allah, we try to come closer to You by loving them, since they love You. They did not love You until Youloved them. So by Your love for them, they reached their love for You. We haven't reached what they reachedin loving You except in the portion of love that You have given us. Therefore, complete for us this love until wemeet You, O Most Merciful. May Allah bless and give much peace to our leader and master Muhammad, thelast of the prophets, and to his pure goodly family and those who follow them till the last day.This is where I start. With Allah alone is success and from Him is guidance to the even path. Theauthor (May Allah sanctify his secret) says:

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