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

from you.


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.

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