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Khabar 68 (from Ibn Arabi's Mishkat al-Anwar): The Bridge into Eternity

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Khabar 68 (from Ibn Arabi's Mishkat al-Anwar): The Bridge into Eternity

Photo: Woman with two children during the Qajar period, Iran.
Allah the Sublime and Glorious proclaims:

O children of Adam, do not imagine yourselves to be exempt from trials and tests, as long as you have not crossed over Sirat, the bridge into eternity. Only people who have lost their way imagine that they are beyond the trials that come from Allah the All-Merciful.

(Khabar 68 appears in the collection of the sage ar-Rabai'i and is from Ibn 'Arabi's Mishkat al-Anwar. A Khabar goes back to God without a complete chain via the Prophet, and are mostly taken from well-known collections, such as those by Muslim or Tirmidhi)
Recommended Reading:

'Divine Sayings: 101 Hadith Qudsi: The Mishkat al-Anwar of Ibn 'Arabi'
By Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi (Author), Ibn Al'Arabi (Author), Stephen Hirtenstein (Translator), Martin Notcutt (Translator)

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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."

(William C. Chittick, professor, Stony Brook University)

"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."

(James W. Morris, professor, Boston College)
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