Books of Sh. Ibn ´Ata Allah al-Sakandari

Books of Sh. Ibn ´Ata Allah al-Sakandari

Book list: Writings of Sh. Ibn ´Ata Allah al-Sakandari

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Book online | Ibn 'Ata Allah: Hikam - English Translation

Al-Hikam (The Aphorisms) 
By Imam Abu Ibn ‘Ata Allah al-Sakandari (d. 709 H.)

English Translation (partial) by Aisha Bewley (pdf)
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Book online | Ibn 'Ata Allah: Hikam - Svensk översätting

Al-Hikam (Visdomsord) 
Av Imam Abu Ibn ‘Ata Allah al-Sakandari (d. 709 H.)

Svensk översättning av Göran Ogén © 2015


Book online | Ibn 'Ata Allah: Taj al-'Arus


Refinement of the Souls
By Ibn 'Ata Allah al-Sakandari
تاج العروس الحاوي لتهذيب النفوس للإمام أخمد أبن عطاء الله السكندري

Arabic: PDF | Beautiful Manuscript
English: Transl. by Amjad mahmood PDF ( | Excerpt
Book | Ibn 'Ata Allah: Hikam (Aphorisms) - الحكم العطائية

Hikam (Aphorisms)

By Ibn 'Ata Allah al-Sakandari
الحكم للإمام ابن عطاء الله السكندري

Arabic: الحكم العطائية PDF (with tashkil)
Alternative writeup: PDF
➣ Ibn 'Ajiba: Iqazh al-Himam Text collection | on this site →
➣ Al-Sharnubi: Sharh al-Hikam - PDF Dar Ibn Kathir 1989 | Text
➣ Ibn 'Abbad al-Rundi: Sharh al-Hikam (PDF)
➣ Ahmad Zarruq: Sharh al-Hikam (PDF)
➣ More Shuruh:
Hikem-i Ataiyye (PDF)
English Transl: Al-Hikam - Sufi Aphorisms - PDF
Partial translations & commentaries:
➣ Ibn Abbad al-Rundi (partial, transl: The Guiding Helper Foundation) PDF
➣ Ibn 'Ajiba (partial, transl. Aisha Bewley): bewley | PDF 1, 2 | on this site →
Svensk översättning av Göran Ogén
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Trad. al español de Francesc Gutiérrez: "Aforismos sufíes" (Editorial José J. de Olañeta)
Traduccion alternativa de Kamal Llopis al-Magriti PDF
Book | Ibn 'Ata Allah: Kitab al-Tanwir

Kitab al-Tanwir fi isqat al-tadbir

The Book of Enlightenment on Dropping Self-Management
By Sh. Ibn 'Ata Allah al-Sakandary
ابن عطاء السكندري : كتلب التنوير في إسقات التدبير


المكتبة الأزهرية 2007
Transl. as "Tevekkül'ün İncelikleri / Tedbiri Terk Etmenin Esasları"
Urdu translation by Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanvi
Recommended translation: "Illuminating Guidance on dropping Self-Direction" by Ibrahim Hakim (Noon 2011)
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Alternative translation from nmusa PDF | amazon Original edition from Noon 2011: ISBN 0615309895, 9780615309897. Variant edition from Facsimile Publisher (2015) - for sale on amazon. See also online PDF
Sobre el abandono de sí mismo - trad Juan José González
More : Editions world-wide: Worldcat. Indonesian translation available. 


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One cannot overestimate the value of Imam Ibn ‘Ata’Illah, may Allah be pleased with him, in preserving the teachings of the Shadhdhuliyyah, since he was the first to write them down. Both Imam Abu’l-Hasan ash-Shadhdhuli and his successor Imam Abu’l ‘Abbas al-Mursi, may Allah be pleased with them, never wrote any books on the Path. When asked why, Abu’l-Hasan replied, “My companions are my books.” Be that as it may, the teachings would not have survived down to this day as they have if Allah had not inspired Ibn ‘Ata’Illah to put them into written form.

One of the main reasons why this specific book is so fundamental is that it deals with a cardinal doctrine of the Shadhdhuli teaching, namely, the ceasing of self-direction and management in favour of choosing the management and direction of Allah (isqat at-tadbir). A major subject, to which actually half the book is devoted, is rizq, or provision and daily sustenance.

Ibn ‘Ata’Illah deals with the proper approach to acquiring one’s daily provision, the proper manners of withholding it and spending it, and most importantly, how and why one should not waste one’s energy in anxiety over it. In this respect, the Way of the Shadhdhuliyyah, unlike some of the other ways of Sufism, does not call for a life of begging and mendicancy, but rather teaches its adherents to live a life of intense contemplation in the midst of the worldly means of livelihood. In other words, ‘being in the world but not of the world.’ And the importance of this book can also be seen in the method it teaches the reader of how to apply this advice.


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—Chapter [1]. Submission and Abandoning Tadbir,
—Chapter [2]. Complete and Total Submission,
—Chapter [3]. The Stations of Certainty (Yaqin),
—Chapter [4]. The Means of Abandoning Tadbir with Allah Almighty,
—Chapter [5]. The Abandonment of Tadbir is the Noblest of the Divine Miraculous Gifts (karamat),
—Chapter [6]. The Submission of the ‘Face’ to Allah Almighty,
—Chapter [7]. The Types of Tadbir,
—Chapter [8]. The Divested of Means (mutajarrid) & the One of Means (mutasabbib),
—Chapter [9]. The Secret Purpose in the Creation of Tadbir,
—Chapter [10]. Tadbir in the Daily Provision (rizq),
—Chapter [11]. The Intended Desire of Allah Almighty in Creating Jinn and Man,
—Chapter [12]. The Gurantee of Sustenance by Allah Almighty for His Servants,
—Chapter [13]. The Coupling of Creation (khalq) and Sustenance (rizq),
—Chapter [14]. The Obligation to Command the Family to Salat,
—Chapter [15]. How Allah Almighty takes Responsibility fort Providing Sustenance,
—Chapter [16]. The State and Nature of Rizq,
—Chapter [17]. The Wisdom in Taking a Means of Livelihood (asbab),
—Chapter [18]. Reliance on Allah Almighty and the Taking of Means,
—Chapter [19]. The Explanation of the Litany of Shaykh Abu’l Abbas,
—Chapter [20]. The Harm of Tadbir with Allah Most High,
—Chapter [21]. Utterances of ther Realities.
—Concluding Supplication (du’aa),

Book | Ibn 'Ata Allah: Lataif al-Minan - ابن عطاء الله: لطائف المنن

Book | Ibn 'Ata Allah: Lataif al-Minan

The Subtle Blessings in the Saintly Lives of Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi and His Master Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili
By Ibn 'Ata Allah al-Sakandari
لطائف المنن في مناقب الشيخ أبي العباس وشيخه أبي الحسن للإمام ابن عطاء الله السكندري

Dar al-Misri, Cairo & Dar al-Kitab al-Lubnani, Beirut, 1991
Turkish transl: "İbn-i Ataullah el-İskenderi: Allah'ın İki Veli Kulu"
English transl. by Nancy Roberts
French transl. by Eric Geoffroy: "La sagesse des maîtres soufis", Grasset 1998

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