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A few pages on Ibn Arabi through the eyes of one of his greatest
commentators: the Great Mujaddid Ahmed Sirhindi. Although many people
think that the Great Mujaddid criticized Ibn Arabi negatively, a more careful
reading finds that view to be unfounded. On the contrary, the Great
Mujaddid was an admirer the Great Shaykh.
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The Great Mujaddid Ahmed Sirhindi, who lived in India about 1500 CE, is
an eminent sufi commentator on Ibn Arabi. Although commonly regarded as
a critique of Ibn Arabi, the Great Mujaddid instead held him in high esteem.
He felt that the critiques (as well as many followers) have totally
misinterpreted the writings of Ibn Arabi whom he respectfully called the
The Great Mujaddid wrote that Ibn Arabi\u2019s writings were the result of sufi
mystic vision and have to be interpreted as such. Ibn Arabi\u2019s writings on the
Unity of Being [wahdatul wujud] was his sufi mystic vision of the universe
instead of being some \u2018set of creed\u2019 or \u2018theological doctrine\u2019 to which he
came through a \u2018self-directed thought process.\u2019 Many people who criticize
Ibn Arabi for his \u2018creed\u2019 being unIslamic are totally wrong as these are not
his \u2018creed\u2019 but his \u2018sufi mystic experiences.\u2019
\u201cMany sufis experience Unity of Being from the repetition of the meditation
of Unity [tauhid] and being steadfast in the belief that the sacred verse \u2018there
is none to worship except God [la ilaha illaAllah]\u2019 mean that nothing exists
except God. If a sufi experiences Unity of Being after a self-directed
thought process then it is because that a vision of that has been imposed on
his mind due to the strength and repetition of his thoughts. When such a
vision of Unity of Being is \u2018self-directed\u2019 and \u2018artificial\u2019 then it is
blameworthy. In fact, such a sufi does not experience the real state of Unity
of Being instead it is to him only a \u2018learned knowledge.\u2019
For other sufis, Unity of being comes from the love and \u2018attraction\u2019 [jajba]
of the heart. These sufis are immersed in the remembrance [dhikr] and
meditation [muraqaba] but do not at all think about Unity of Being. \u2026\u2026.
If the beauty of the Unity of Being is revealed to them then it is due to their
deep love to God who is their beloved. It is due to this love everything
except the Beloved vanishes from their sight. At that point, when they do
not see anything except God who is their beloved and they do not find
anything except Him then they do not believe that anything except Him
exists. This Unity comes from the spiritual state of the seeker and so its free
from \u2018inagination\u2019 and \u2018artificiality.\u2019 In their spiritual travel, when these
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