Photo: Ottoman Jerusalem, 1900.
The beloved Muhammad, may Divine Peace and Blessings be upon him, once reported:
On the Day of Resurrection, the sealed books of the souls will be brought before Allah Most High and opened. The Exalted and Glorious One will instruct the angels: Reject those particular actions and accept only these.
The angels will reply: "We swear by Your Divine Power that we see only good in those actions that You command us to reject."
The Most High, who is infinitely more knowing than they, will answer: These deeds were performed for other purposes than the longing to please only Me. Today, I will accept only those good actions that spring from the desire to behold My Face.
(Hadith 92, was collected by the sage ad-Daraqutri and comes from the transmission of the noble companion Anas ibn Malik, may Allah be pleased with him. It is recorded in the Mushkat al-Anwar of Ibn Arabi)
'Know Yourself: An Explanation of the Oneness of Being'
By Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi (Author), Awhad al-din Balyani (Author), Cecilia Twinch (Translator)
This short book introduces a view of the world which is very different to that held by many people. For some it may serve a purpose in shattering preconceived notions and presenting an entirely new perspective which opens up a compassionate and responsive universe. It reflects an ardent desire to reach beyond the peripheral uncertainties of everyday life and discover for ourselves, a certainty in the oneness of being which constantly flows through everything that is. 'When the secret of an atom is discovered, the secret of all created things is made clear' This is a new translation of a work attributed to Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi (born in Andalusia in 1165) and more recently to a close contemporary, Awhad al-din Balyani (died 1287). It speaks directly to the heart of each person who seeks self-knowledge. Often in the form of a dialogue with the seeker the author answers some of the perplexing questions that arise on the journey.