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Divine Sayings from Hadith Qudsi: Mishkat al-Anwar

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God ever praised and exalted is He, says:
"I am with My servant when he or she remembers Me
and when his or her lips move in mention of Me."

God, ever mighty and majestic is He, says:
"O child of Adam, it is your right from Me that I be a lover for you.
So, by My right from you, be for Me a lover.

God, ever mighty and majestic is He, says:
"O child of Adam, I have created you for My sake,
and I have created things for your sake.
So do not disgrace that which I created for Myself with that which I created for you.
(don't go after the world in a way that you forget The Real)"

God, ever mighty and majestic is He, says:
"O child of Adam, how can you deem Me weak, when I have created you in this fashion?
Despite My shaping you and proportioning you, you strut about proudly,
making the earth shake with your noise; you amass and you withhold,
until you reach the point of death.
Then you say: 'I will give in charity',

but is that the time for charity?"

God, ever mighty and majestic is He, says: "If My servant has lost his state of purity
and does not make ablution, he maltreats Me.
If he makes an ablution and does not pray, he maltreats Me.
If he prays and does not then call to Me, he maltreats Me.
If he calls to Me and I were not to respond to him, I would maltreat him.
But I am not a Lord who commits maltreatment."

God, ever mighty and majestic is He, says:
"O child of Adam, do not fear for lack of nourishment,
for My treasuries are full, and they shall never be exhausted."

God, ever mighty and majestic is He, says:
"I am present in My servant's thought of Me,
and I am with him when he remembers Me.
If he mentions Me in his self, I mention him in My Self,
and if he mentions Me in an assembly,
I mention him in a better assembly than that.

If he approaches Me by a hand's breadth, I draw near to him by an arm's length;
and if he draws near to Me by an arm's length, I draw near to him by a fathom.
If he comes to Me walking, I come to him running."

God, ever mighty and majestic is He, says:
"He who hopes for other than Me does not know Me.
He who does not know Me does not worship Me.
He who does not worship Me has incurred My Displeasure.
He who fears other than Me, My Vengeance befalls him."

God, ever mighty and majestic is He, says:
"O child of Adam, as long as you beseech Me and hope for Me,
I shall forgive you whatever you have done, without minding in the slightest.

O child of Adam, were your sins to reach up to the clouds of Heaven
and then you asked forgiveness of Me,
I should forgive you, without minding in the slightest.

O child of Adam, even if you were to bring Me enough sins to fill the earth,
but then you met Me without associating anything with Me,
I should bring to you the selfsame measure of forgiveness."

God, ever praised and exalted is He says:

    "O My servants, I have forbidden injustice to Myself and I have
    made it forbidden amongst you. So be not unjust to one another.

    O My servants, all of you go astray except the one whom I guide.
    Ask guidance of Me, and I shall guide you.
    O My servants, all of you go hungry except the one whom I feed.
    Ask Me for food, and I shall feed you.
    O My servants, all of you go naked except the one whom I clothe.
    Ask Me for clothing, and I shall clothe you.

    O My servants, you transgress by day and night, but I forgive all misdeeds.
Ask forgiveness of Me, and I shall forgive you.

O My servants, harming Me is beyond you, so you cannot harm
    Me; and benefiting Me is beyond you, so you cannot benefit Me.

O My servants, if all of you - first and last, man and jinn - were
    like the one among you with the most devout heart, that would add
    nothing to My kingdom.

    O My servants, if all of you – first and last, man and jinn – were
    like the one among you with the most ungodly heart, that would
    take nothing away from My kingdom.

    O My servants, if all of you – first and last, man and jinn – were
    to stand on the same level and address Me with your requests, and
    if I were to give each one what he had requested, that would not
    diminish what is with Me, any more than a needle diminishes the
    sea when it enters it.

    O My servants, it is solely your deeds that I take account of, and it
    is by virtue of them that I will repay you. So let him who finds good,
    praise God, and let him who finds other than that, hold none but
    himself to blame."

God, ever mighty and majestic is He, says:
"For My righteous servants I have prepared what no eye has seen,
nor ear heard, nor has entered into a human heart."

God, ever mighty and majestic is He, shall say on the Day of Resurrection:
"Where are those who have loved each other for the sake of My Majesty?
Today I shall shelter them in My shade, on a tremendously scorching day
when there is no shade but My shade."

God, ever mighty and majestic is He, will say in addressing the people of Paradise:
"You are the faithful who rest in security, and I am God the Faithful (al-Mumin) who bestows security.
I have broken open for you a Name from among My Names.
There shall be no fear for you, nor shall you be sad.
You are My Friends, My Neighbours, My Beloved, My Chosen,
My special ones, the people of My Love, and you are in My Abode."

When the people of the Garden have entered the Garden, God, ever exalted is He, will say:
"Do you want for anything more than I may give you?"

They will reply: "Have You not illuminated our faces?
Have You not caused us to enter the Garden and delivered us from the Fire?"

Then the Divine veil shall be lifted, for they cannot be given anything that they would love more
than the Vision of their Lord, ever majestic and most beautiful is the Divine Being.

The best, and more beyond that, is destined for those who strive with excellence.

Signature of Ibn Arabi in Arabic
Signature of Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi, Allah sanctify his soul

Shaykh Ibn 'Arabî was born in Murcia in southern Spain (al-Andalus) in 1165 (AH 560). He began his study of hadîth in Seville at about the age of fifteen as the result of a remarkable spiritual experience. It was also as a result of this vision that he began his spiritual quest in earnest. During a period of retreat he had a vision of Jesus, Moses and Muhammad, each of whom gave him particular instruction. In the vision, he was rescued from danger by the Prophet Muhammad, who said to him: "My beloved, hold fast to me and you will be safe." Ibn 'Arabî says, "It was from that time on that I occupied myself with the study of hadîth."

In general, the Arabic word hadîth means "news" or "report". Hadîth qudsî (translated as Divine or Sacred Sayings) are a special kind of hadîth, reporting a communication spoken by God Himself to the Prophet Muhammad. In fact some hadîth qudsi do not come through Muhammad either. There are twelve in the Mishkat, reported by Kab al-Akhbar, who says he found them in the Torah. Although they convey God's words, hadîth qudsi are considered to be different in important ways from the Qur'anic revelation, or other sacred books, such as the Torah.

So the Mishkat al-Anwar consists of reports of things said by God, sometimes addressed to Muhammad directly, sometimes to another prophet, such as Moses, sometimes to an angel, sometimes to the "Son of Adam", sometimes to people on the Day of Judgement, sometimes to the people of Paradise.

The Mishkat al-Anwar consists of 101 hadîth qudsi collected and arranged by Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi. It has few of Ibn 'Arabi's own words in it. The title of the book, Mishkat al-anwar, "The Niche of Lights", is of course a reference to the Ayat al-Nur in the Qur'an, the famous Light Verse.

God is the Light of the heavens and the earth; the likeness of His Light is as a niche wherein is a lamp... (Q. 24:35)

From early times there have been interpretations of this ayat in which the niche (mishkat) is understood as Muhammad, be it his body, or his heart, reflecting the rays of God's Light (nur, plural anwar). Perhaps we can relate to this the following passage from the Futuhat:

The most excellent, balanced and correct of mirrors is Muhammad's mirror, so God's self-disclosure within it is more perfect than any other self-disclosure there may be. You should struggle to gaze on the Self-disclosing Real in the mirror of Muhammad so that he may be imprinted in your mirror.

The hadîth qudsi collected in the Mishkat are examples of God's self-disclosure in that clear mirror. Though its language is simple, what is in the Mishkat is essentially unlimited.



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Technology of the Heart: Divine Sayings from Hadith Qudsi: Mishkat al-Anwar
Divine Sayings from Hadith Qudsi: Mishkat al-Anwar
Technology of the Heart
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