Scholars, Ya Rabb

…draw closer…

By In

…much inspiration, along with small steps of drawing closer, has been glittering the heart with reading the MABDA publication On Invoking the Divine Name, available as a pdf downlaod, MashaAllah. The volume includes a Treatise by the esteemed Shaykh Ahmad ibn Mustafa al-Alawi Rahmatullahi alaihi, two sections by Shaykh ibn Ata Allah al-Iskandari Rahmatullahi alaihi and a short extract from Iman Abu Hamid al-Ghazali Rahmatullahi alaihi. These sections focus on the practice of invoking the name ‘Allah‘ expounding upon the grammatical, legal, logical, and metaphysical, with copious references to Qur’an, Ahadith and moving stories from the noble Salaf. The following excerpt is from the chapter The Pure Goal Concerning the Knowledge of the Unique Name by Shaykh ibn Ata Allah al-Iskandari, translated by erudite Khalid Williams, whose translations (see below) are providing English readers with such rich and lucid works. May Allah Ta’ala continue to bless his pen, Ameen.

One special distinction of the Name is that it is perfect in its letters, complete in its meaning, unique in its mysteries and singular in its quality. Originally it is Allah; if the initial alif is removed, it leaves lam-lam-ha, which spells lillah, ‘to God.’ If the first lam is then removed, this leaves lam-ha, which spells lahu, ‘to Him.’ Finally, if the second lam is removed, this leaves the letter ha, which signifies the third person pronoun hu, ‘He,’ Thus every letter of the name has a complete meaning and a perfect distinction, and its meaning does not change. When the letters are separated, no benefit is lost, nor any wisdom removed, and each successive word has a strange and marvellous meaning of its own.


We have spoken about this Name according to the light of what has been taught about it, and the understanding God has inspired of it. Now you should know that the point of all this is to encourage that this Name be invoked, and invoked more often than anything else, because of the love God has for it, and its tremendous standing in His sight, and the special virtue and nobility He has assigned to its invocation above all others. The purpose of this is to provoke meditation on its mysteries, so that its resplendent lights are shone upon the heart and the body, and so that the gnosis and love of the one who invokes it is strengthened, and he is drawn ever closer to God. The sign of love is the frequent invocation of the Beloved; the sign of increase is the frequent offering of thanks to Him; the sign of grace is obedience to His commands and prohibitions; and the sign of contentment is the offering of worship to Him at the appropriate times, and the preference of good to evil.

…and while being captivated by the brilliance of Shaykh ibn Ata Allah’s wisdom…here is more to ponder anabling us to draw closer…

Hikma 23

Do not look forward to being free of alterities (al-aghyar)* for that is indeed what cuts you off from vigilant attention (al-muraqaba) to Him in that very state He has assigned to you. *The word ‘alterities’ implies multiplicity, which is characteristic of the world. It refers to all that which preoccupies the heart and prevents it from being exclusively attentive towards the Divine Presence. The word being multiple by its very nature, there is no point in looking forward to freedom from its attractive pull; rather one should be vigilantly attentive now to the Presence in the heart, for that is what really counts.

Hikma 24

So long as you are in this world, be not surprised at the existence of sorrows. For, truly, it manifests nothing but what is in keeping with its character or its inevitable nature. Note: This Hikma is related to no.23, for it spells out the nature of the world, which is not God. Not being, on its own plane, the Divinity, it is necessarily compounded of joys and sorrows, for God alone is pure bliss. Useless, is it then, to wish an absolute perfection for the world: not being God, it cannot be but be imperfect. If it were perfect, it would be God, which is an impossibility, for there are not two ‘Gods,’

Source: Ibn Ata Allah al-Iskandari’s Kitab al-Hikam (or from Book Depository offering free world wide shipping )

…and must have on the bookshelf, Sidi Khalid Williams translations:

Muhammad: The Perfect Man

Our Master Muhammad two volumes.

O you who believe, remember Allah with much remembrance (33:41)


 …apologies for not knowing the source of the image…but sincere appreciation to the photographer…

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.


  • Your sister Reply
    February 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Juma’ah Mubarak! Mawlid Mubarak!

    It brings me emense joy to read your words once again. It is a blessing from The Most Gentle to us to be in the company (even though we are countries away) of someone as loved as you by none other than The Most Loving.

    What an ajeeb fanaa, to be in the city of your beloved yet unable to be physically near him (may His peace and blessings pour perpetually on him). How Kind is our Lord to bless you with getting to know and be with His beloved even in your confinement. For many there are who can not be physically or spiritually with the Light of this world.

    “So long as you are in this world, be not surprised at the existence of sorrows.”

    Know that your confinement is given to you because your Lord knows your soul the best. He knows what is in your heart, for He is the Holder of all hearts. I would not be able to take your place or bear your curcumstance with understanding because you are the only one who can patiently and understandingly bear what The Most Just has given you. Know that our Lord burdens not a person beyond his or her own scope. How sweet His love is for you to place you soo very close, even though you may feel very far, to the one He loves the most. Still allowing His beloved’s light to reach you, allowing your secret lovers conversations to take place with His Habib, allowing your sweet salaams to be received directly.

    Reading some of your comments and your previous post made me feel that you were in need of a strong and tight hug. A whispering of love. And a sprinkiling of hope. You have been a blessing upon me in times when everything seemed lost and hopeless. I want you to know that He subhanu’wa tala loves you more than you can ever imagine. And His beloved knows of your love. This comment may have been more appropriate in the previous post, please forgive this errant soul. Also forgive me for my lack of eloquence. I hope that I have not caused pain, but rather brought you love. Your “reality” is that, although confined, you are loved by The only One whose love really matters.

    I wish I were able to be there with you, but know that we are truly all with you. I know you must miss taking pictures of your beloved’s abode. But you are closer than you know. Close your eyes and sit peacefully in his company.

    May Allah(The Most Merciful) send perpetual salaah upon His beloved and his family, companions, and Ummah. May The One Who Heals grant you shifa, both of the soul and the body, and a happiness that illuminates wherever you may be.

    Lots of love, peace, and du’a.


    • almiskenah Reply
      February 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Wa ;alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Dearest ‘sister’…your words, your Du’as, your time, your heart is sssooo touching…such a definition of beauty from Allah Ta’ala when a total stranger, but a sincere Sister in Islam writes so soulfully…huge JazakiLlahu khairassss …a treasure brightening the limited world of this needy one, SubhanAllah!
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • umm ayesha Reply
    February 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Jazakum Allahu Khairan for sharing this beautiful post. Very profound SUBHAN ALLAH. I hope to download it and read it all. The picture is so beautiful too – pure like the name made from the earth that we will return to and the cracks signifying how we come with all our flaws yet the DIVINE is ready to Encompass us if we but draw near HIM. ALLAH! ALLAH!

    May each day bring more strength and even with the bitter taste the sweetness will remain and enrapture you more and more with the LOVE of ALLAH and HIS BELOVED. AMEEN

    heart full of duas for you. xxxx

    • almiskenah Reply
      February 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahamatullahi Wa Barakatuhu, Dearest Umm Ayesha, your comments always elevate the spirit and bring smiles…may such acts of charity be raising your Ajar and establishing a place in Jannatul Firdous, Ameen. How could one not feel better when such words tumble into ones heart? JazakiLlahu khaira,
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Hussain al Naqshbandi Reply
    February 4, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Mashallah, Almiskeenah version 2.0.

    Alhamdollilah you must be long on the road to complete recovery. I am sure you have had ample time for meditation/contemplation on everything from the Arab Spring to the latest craze in the City of Lights. Inshallah we look forward to hearing all those thoughts and analysis sometime in the near future.

    Take Care


    • almiskenah Reply
      February 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
      Insha’Allah a few posts reflecting ‘backwards’ are in the draft section…just need to summon the motivation and discipline to push the mind into appearing in this space 🙂
      JazakumuLlahu khaira for your most welcomed concern. Salam to you and yours,
      Wassalamu alaikum

  • Ikramuddin Reply
    February 6, 2013 at 7:19 am

    May those magnificent words flow from the paper on which they are written into the depths of our souls, ameen

  • almiskenah Reply
    February 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu Dear Abu Ali and family, Ameen thumma Ameen. And may your invite be a means for drawing closer and closer with hearts indelibly etched with the purest of LOVE, Ameen,
    Wassalamu alaikum

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