Selections from The Hikam of Ibn Ata’Allah al-Iskandari:
If you want the door of hope opened
For you, then consider what comes
to you from your Lord, but if you want
The door of sadness opened for you,
Then consider what goes to Him
One of the signs of relying on one’s
own deeds is the loss of hope
when a downfall occurs.
Sometimes He gives
while depriving you, and sometimes
He deprives you in giving.
He who wishes that at a given moment
There appear other than what God
has manifested in it, has not left
ignorance behind at all!
Excerpted from the presentation by Sister Aisha Gray, Journey to Ihsan 2nd Internation Conference on Islamic Spirituality, Sept. 2, 2006.