Friday, February 26, 2010

Nothing is there, but He - Shaykh Ibn al-Arabi


God says, "There is nothing like Him (Quran 42:11) in many senses (wujuh); He already knows how every exegete (muta'awwil) will interpret this verse. The highest of these senses is:
There is nothing in existence that resembles God or is a likeness of God, since Being/existence is nothing but God Himself ('ayn al-haqq).
So there is nothing in existence other than He that might be His likeness (mithl) or opposite (khilaf). This is inconceivable.

If you say, 'Here we have an observed manyness,' we will reply:
Manyness is the relations, (nisab) of the properties of the preparedness of the possible things within God Himself, who is Being.
Now relations are not enities or things (asbyaa'); they are matters of non existence (umur 'adamiyya) in respect to the realities of the relations.
So since there is nothing in existence but He, nothing is like Him, because nothing is there.
So understand and verify what we have alluded to!
For the entities of the possible things have not acquired (istifada) anything but existence and existence is nothing but God Himself, since it is impossible for it to be a superadded thing (amr za'id) that is not God, as is shown by clear proofs. So nothing becomes manifest in existence/Being is God, and He is One. So there is nothing that is His likeness, since there cannot be two diverse or similar Beings.

- Shaykh al-Akbar Shaykh Muhyiddin ibn al-Arabi
in Chapters 516.31 & 516.34 Al Futuhat al-Makkiya/The Meccan Revelations
Translated by: W. C.Chittick and James W. Morris
Publisher credit: Pir Press

O son,
You can have whatever profession you like, but please be sure to make an effort to study what Shaykh Ibn al-Arabi and all the other mashaikhs are saying about His Oneness. May Allah grant us gnosis as He has granted to His beloved friends. Ameen Allahumma Ameen.

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