Friday, October 16, 2009

Appreciate His bounties now - Ibn Ata'illah


Ibn Ata'illah as-Sakandari (d. 1309) says:
"He who does not know the value of graces when they are present
knows the value of the graces when they are absent."

Thus, he teaches this du'a in his magnum opus Al-Hikam.
Allahumma arifna nikmataka bidawa miha
wala tu'arif ha lanaa bizawa liha

O Allah, make us recognize Your bounties while we are having them and do not make us recognize them only after You have withdrawn them from us.

Ibn Ata'illah's Tomb at Qarafah Cemetry, Cairo, Egypt

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