A Journey to God : Reflections on the Hikam of Ibn Ata'illah
The ultimate yearning of the human soul is to return to its Lord in a state where He is pleased with His servant and the Servant is pleased with his Master. This book offers unique insights to prepare you for the journey to God through the wisdom of the great spiritual master Ibn Ataillah al-Iskandari as expounded in his masterpiece al-Hikam.
About AtaAllah Iskandari
Taj ad-Din Abul-Fadl Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Abd al-Karim b. Ata Allah al-Iskandari, al-Judhami ash-Shadhili, known simply as Ibn Ata Allah, was born in Alexandria, Egypt, as hisnisbah indicates, about the middle of the seventh/thirteenth century. His family were renowned Maliki scholars from the Banu Judham tribe, originally from Arabia. His grandfather, Abd al-Karim (d. 612 AH/1216 AD) had distinguished himself as an expert in fiqh, usul (principles of jurisprudence), and Arabic, having studied under the famous Abu’l-Hasan al-Abyari. He had written several books, among which were al-Bayin wa’t-Taqrib fi Sharh at-Tahdhib, Mukhtasar at-Tahdhib, and Mukhtasar al-Mufassal, and had been very hostile to Suflism. Dr. Jasser Auda is the Founding Director of Al-Maqasid Research Centre in the Philosophy of Islamic Law (Markaz Dirasat Maqasid al-Shariah al-Islamiyyah ), Al-Furqan Foundation, London, U.K., since 2005; fellow of the International Institute of Advanced Systems Research, Canada; founding member of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, based in Dublin; member of the Academic Council of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, UK; member of the Board of Trustees of the Global Civilizations Study Centre, UK; member of the Executive Board of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists, UK; member of the Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism, UK; and a visiting lecturer to a number of academic institutes in the UK, Canada, Egypt, and India. Dr. Jasser Auda had volunteered as Imam in Egypt and Canada, and has developed a multi-disciplinary academic background through writing two PhD theses on the Philosophy of Islamic Law, and Systems Analysis and Design, at the University of Wales, UK, and the University of Waterloo, Canada, respectively. Dr. Auda is a Visiting Lecturer to a number of academic institutes in Canada, UK, Egypt, and India.