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ibn Atallah al- skandari: How can the heart be illumined

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ibn Atallah al- skandari: How can the heart be illumined
Photo: ‘Umar al-Mukhṫār Muḥammad bin Farḥāṫ al-Manifī (Arabic: عُمَرْ الْمُخْتَارْ مُحَمَّدْ بِنْ فَرْحَاتْ الْمَنِفِي‎‎; 20 August 1861[4][5] – 16 September 1931), known among the Colonial Italians as Matari of the Mnifa,[6] was the leader of Native Resistance in Eastern Libya under the Senussids, against the Italian Colonization of Libya. Omar was also a prominent figure of the Senussi Movement, and he is considered the National Hero of Libya and a symbol of resistance in the Arab and Islamic Worlds. Beginning in 1911, he organised and, for nearly twenty years, led native resistance against the Colonial Italians. After many attempts, the Italian Armed forces managed to capture Al-Mukhtar near Slonta and hanged him in 1931. Omar Al-Mukhtar also fought against the French Colonization of Chad and the British Occupation of Egypt.
How can the heart be illumined
while the forms of creatures are reflected in its mirror?
Or how can it journey to God
while shackled by its passions?
Or how can it desire to enter the Presence of God
while it has not yet purified itself
of the stain of forgetfulness?
Or how can it understand the subtle points of mysteries
while it has not yet repented of its offences?

(ibn Ata Allah al-Iskandari)
Source and Recommended Reading:

Ibn Ata'Illah/Khwaja Abdullah Ansari (CWS): The Book of Wisdom and Kwaja Abdullah Ansari, Intimate Conversations'
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