WONDER —— a garden among flames! My heart has become capable of every form : a PASTURE for GAZELLES & a CONVENT for CHRISTIAN MONKS & a TEMPLE for IDOLS and the PILGRIM’S KAABA, the TABLES of the TORAH and the BOOK of the KORAN. I believe in the RELIGION OF LOVE. Whatever direction its caravans may take; for LOVE is my RELIGION & my FAITH.
Born in Moorish Spain, 1165, he came to be called SHAYKH UL AKBAR, the GREAT MASTER. Rooted in Islamic Sciences, his work is UNIVERSAL, accepting that each person has a UNIQUE PATH TO THE TRUTH.. When he was 19, he met the renowned philosopher —–IBN RUSHD, whom the West knows as —-AVERROES. He asked Ibn AL Arabi, “Do the mystic illumination agree with philosophical speculation ?” The reply was, ” Yes and No. Between the YES and NO, the SPIRITS TAKE THEIR FLIGHT BEYOND THE MATTER’.
14years later, when Ibn Rushd died, Ibn Al Arabi referred to him as a GREAT LEADER. He moved to Seville, where he studied religious sciences. Since his father was a devotee of the renowned Sufi Scholar ——-SHAYKH ABDUL QADIR JILANI of Baghdad, Ibn Al Arabi, grew up in Sufi Circles. He attributed his education to 2 women —-(1) the Mystic Fatima, of Cordova and (2) Nazma, who created a lasting impression on him. Nazma was the inspiration behind the book of poems ——- TARJUMAN AL ASHWAQ (The interpreter of desires).
He, finally, settled in Damascus. He authored numerous books on SUFI PHILOSOPHY, asserting that PERFECT KNOWLEDGE OF GOD is needed for the EYE OF REASON & the EYE OF THE IMAGINATION. He coined the term ——–INSAAN IL KAAMIL (The Perfect Man), that became the CENTRAL THEME OF SUFISM. His philosophy and articulation of WAHDAT UL WUJOOD ( Oneness of Being) remains the most CELEBRATED & CONTRAVERSIAL IDEA throughout the Muslim World, influencing the SUFI PHILOSOPHY forever.
Among the Master’s best known works are FUSUS al KAKIM (Bezels of Wisdom), FUTUHAT al MAKIYAH (Mecca’s Revelations). He believed that the ULTIMATE GOAL OF LOVE is to RECOGNISE it as GOD’S ESSENCE. He died in 1240.