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Worthy of obedience

“Suffice it as a recompense to you for obedience that He has judged you worthy of obedience.”

– Ibn Ata’Illah

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When He makes you submissive to His commands outwardly and provide you with resignation to His power inwardly, then He has truly enhanced the favour accorded you.

~ Ibn Atallah

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“Nothing is difficult if you seek it through your Lord, Nothing is easy if you seek it through yourself.”

Ibn Ata’allah

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“People praise you for what they suppose is in you,
but you must blame your soul for what you know is in you.”

~ Ibn Ataullah

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When He gives, He shows you His kindness; when He deprives, He shows you His power. And in all that, He is making Himself known to you and coming to you with His gentleness.
-Ibn Ata’Allah

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كيف يُشرقُ قَلْبٌ صُوَرُ الأكوانِ مُنْطَبِعَةٌ في مرآته ؟ أمْ كيف يرحلُ إلى الله وهو مكَبَّلٌ بشَهواته ؟ أم كيف يطمع أن يدخل حضرةَ الله وهو لم يتطهَّر من جَنَابَةِ غَفَلاتِهِ ؟ أم كيف يرجو أن يفهم دقائقَ
الأسرارِ وهو لم يَتُبْ من هَفَواتِهِ ؟

“How can a heart be illumined when the forms of created things are imprinted in its mirror? Or how can it travel to God when it is tied down by its vain desires? Or how can it be avid to enter the Divine Presence when it hasn’t purified itself from the impurity of its heedlessness? Or how can it hope to understand subtle secrets when it hasn’t repented from its errors?”

– Ibn Atallah al Iskandari

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How can the public gaze be of any importance when the gaze of Allah is upon you? Leave aside the way of the public and try to see that of God.

Ibn Ata’Allah al-Iskandari

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Enough reward

Shaykh Ibn ‘Ata’llah says in his Hikam:

“It is enough reward for an action that He considered you worthy of performing it.”

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