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Prophet Muhammad (Recorded in Ibn Arabi's Mishkat al-Anwar): The womb of mothers

Prophet Muhammad (Recorded in Ibn Arabi's Mishkat al-Anwar): The womb of mothers
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Muhammad the Messenger ﷺ once reported:

Allah Most High created the world, and when He had completed it, the womb of the mothers rose up and proclaimed: "I am the spiritual station of whoever seeks refuge in You from separation and division."

Allah responded: Yes, you are the exalted station. I will unify Myself with those who are unified with you, and I will veil Myself from those who reject You. You are content with My Decision?

"Yes, I am fully content," mystic motherhood replied.

The messenger of Allah ﷺ then commented:

Recite with sincerity these blessed words from the Holy Book if you wish to avoid separation and division: "Would anyone invested with genuine authority cause disorder on earth or sever the sacred ties of kinship? Those who act this way are chastened by Allah with spiritual deafness and blindness. Why do these persons fail to meditate on the Quranic teachings? Are there locks on their hearts?"

(Khabar 87 is recorded in Ibn Arabi's 'Mishkat al-Anwar' and collected by the sage Muslim. It comes from the transmission of the noble intimate companion Abu Hurayra, may Allah be pleased with him.)



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'Divine Sayings: 101 Hadith Qudsi - The Mishkat Al-Anwar of Ibn 'Arabi'
Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi (Author)

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A collection of 101 hadith sayings, this work is one of the most important and influential early collections of hadith qudsi. Falling into three categories, the first 40 sayings each have a full, unbroken chain of transmission that goes back to God through the medium of the Prophet Muhammad. The second category are sayings mostly taken from well-known written collections. The final section is drawn from similar books, with Ibn 'Arabi adding one extra hadith, orally transmitted. Comprised of a full introduction explaining the meaning of Hadith, the text stresses the importance of this tradition in Ibn 'Arabi's writing.

"Stephen Hirtenstein and Martin Notcutt have produced in "Divine Sayings" a beautifully translated version of Ibn 'Arabi's best known collection of "Hadith," based not only on the published Arabic text but also several important manuscripts, with full scholarly apparatus."
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"This classic collection (and first critical edition) of 101 memorable Divine Sayings' related by the Prophet, translated in full for the first time in English, is not just an indispensable key to the teachings of Ibn 'Arabi and the wider traditions of Islamic spirituality. These short sayings are also a simple, direct, immediately accessible summary of the most universal spiritual lessons."
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