Monday, January 4, 2010

The Gnostic's prayers


"Those to whom God remains veiled pray the God who in their belief is their Lord, to have compassion with them. But the intuitive mystics (Ahl al-Kashf) ask that divine Compassion be fullfilled (come into being, exist) through them." - Shaykh Muhyiddin Ibn al-Arabi

In other words, the Gnostic's prayer does not tend to provoke a change in a being outside him who would subsequently take pity on him. No, his prayer tends to actualize this divine Being as He aspires to be through and for him who is praying and who 'in his very prayer' is the organ of His passion. The Gnostic's prayer means: 'Make of us, let us be, Compassionate ones', that is to say, 'become through us what thou hast eternally desired to be.'
- Henry Corbin in 'Alone with the Alone. Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn Arabi'

O son, may you and I be a perfect receptacle for His manifestation so that He will be whatever He wishes to be through us, so that our wishes will consequently become His wishes.
O Allah...
"You are the one who accomplishes whatever You desire, while I am a servant for You, one among some of the servants. O my God, You have desired me and You have desired through me - thus I am the desired and You the Desirer. May You be what is desired through me, so that You Yourself become the Desired and I the desirer! There is no God, but You."
- Shaykh Muhyiddin Ibn al-Arabi's Thursday morning prayer.

  Shaykh Muhyiddin Ibn al-Arabi's maqam


  1. Assalamualaikum(wbt),
    Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.(like mine and yours eja)
    Rumi qoutes.

  2. Wa'alaikumsalam warahmatullah dear friend,
    Oh Rumi... he's always right, isn't he, and a weak person like I could not avoid but learn things the hard way. May Allah makes it easy for us to earn a living and keeps us in worship thereby.
    - Ezza