Ibn Arabi

All that is left to us by tradition is mere words. it is up to us to find out what they mean.- Ibn Arabi

I am no one in existence but myself.- Ibn Arabi

The things of the invisible world attract me more than those of actual life.- Ibn Arabi

God will bring you assistants and the people you will help sooner or later.- Ibn Arabi

The desires of this world are like sea water. The more you drink of them, the more you thirst.- Ibn Arabi

Purify my soul from doubt.- Ibn Arabi

My heart has become capable of every form.- Ibn Arabi

The manifold [universe] exists and yet it does not exist.- Ibn Arabi

Such knowledge can only be had by actual experience, nor can the reason of man define it, or arrive at any cognizance of it by deduction, just as one cannot, without experience, know the taste of honey, the bitterness of patience, the bliss of union, love, passion, or desire.- Ibn Arabi

All that passes away from the aspect of the manifest comes under the aspect of the hidden. The essence is one. Nothing has passed away.- Ibn Arabi

Choose less over more in it. Be satisfied with what you have, even if it is less than what others have. In fact, prefer to have less.- Ibn Arabi

When the secret of one particle of the atoms is clear, the secret of all created things, both outward and inward, is clear; and you do not see in this world or the next, anything except God.- Ibn Arabi

Seek the company of the wise, who know. Agree with what they say, for one understands only that with which one agrees. Be sincere in what you say- a single tongue should not speak two different words. No deceit or fraud should enter into your thoughts. Do not belittle anyone or anything, for everyone and everything in its inner being wishes for the same thing.- Ibn Arabi

Wheresoever you turn, there is the face of Allah (God).- Ibn Arabi

Attach yourself to Me. No one is more inward than I.- Ibn Arabi

This world is a place of preparation where one is given many lessons and passes many tests. What is bad is what you do with the world when you become blind to truth and totally consumed by your desires, lust, and ambition for it.- Ibn Arabi

Be established in truth.- Ibn Arabi

Do everything you do in order to come close to your Lord in your worship and prayers. Think that each deed may be your last act, each prayer your last prostration, that you may not have another chance. If you do this, it will be another motivation for becoming heedful and also for becoming sincere and truthful.- Ibn Arabi

What you plant here, you will reap there.- Ibn Arabi

If pain wasn’t the biggest blessing, why would God give it?- Ibn Arabi

On Him alone we depend for everything.- Ibn Arabi

Whoever builds his faith exclusively on demonstrative proofs and deductive arguments, builds a faith on which it is impossible to rely. For he is affected by the negativities of constant objections. Certainty (al-yaqin) does not derive from the evidences of the mind but pours out from the depths of the heart.- Ibn Arabi

As for the theorists and thinkers, and the scholastic theologians, with their talk about the soul and its properties, none of them have grasped the reality; such speculation can never grasp it. He who seeks to know the reality through theoretical speculation is flogging a dead horse; for he who seeks to know It by any means other than the one proper to It, will never grasp It.- Ibn Arabi

If you hold to the unity, you are with the truth- Ibn Arabi

Every bird flies with their own kind, eagles with eagles, crows with crows.- Ibn Arabi
The ignorant one does not see his ignorance as he basks in its darkness; nor does the knowledgeable one see his own knowledge, for he basks in its light.- Ibn Arabi

Therefore, know your self, who you are, what is your identity.- Ibn Arabi

If men knew themselves, they would know God; and if they really knew God, they would be satisfied with Him and would think of Him alone.- Ibn Arabi

Your personal nature seeks its paradise.- Ibn Arabi

How can the heart travel to God, when it is changed by its desires?- Ibn Arabi
These stories I have recounted to you will remind you of what is within you.- Ibn Arabi

If I am close to Him, he brings me even closer.- Ibn Arabi

When you know yourself, your ‘I’ness vanishes.- Ibn Arabi

O God, I ask of You light and guidance.- Ibn Arabi

I follow the Way of love.- Ibn Arabi


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Ibn Arabi

Ibn Arabi, whose full name is Muhyiddin Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Arabi, was a prolific and influential Islamic philosopher, theologian, and mystic. He was born in Andalusia, Spain, in 1165 and lived during a time of great cultural and intellectual flourishing in the Islamic world. Ibn Arabi is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in Islamic mysticism, or Sufism.

His extensive writings encompass a wide range of topics, including metaphysics, cosmology, theology, and spirituality. One of his most famous works is “The Fusus al-Hikam” (The Ringstones of Wisdom), which explores the unity of existence and the relationship between God, humanity, and the cosmos. Ibn Arabi’s teachings emphasized the concept of Wahdat al-Wujud, or the “Unity of Being,” which posits that everything in the universe is interconnected and ultimately derives from the divine source.

Ibn Arabi’s ideas had a profound impact on Sufism and Islamic philosophy, and his writings continue to be studied and revered by scholars, mystics, and spiritual seekers around the world. He passed away in 1240, leaving behind a rich legacy of thought and spirituality in the Islamic tradition.