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GENTLE NOW, DOVES by Ibn Arabi

Translated by Michael A. Sells

Gentle now, doves of the Thornberry
and moringa thicket,
don’t add to my heartache
your sighs.

Gentle now,
or your sad cooing
will reveal the love I hide,
the sorrow I hide away.

I echo back, in the evening,
in the morning, echo,
the longing of a love-sick lover,
the moaning of the lost.

In a grove of Ghada,
Spirits wrestled,
bending the limbs down over me,
passing me away.

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3 thoughts on “GENTLE NOW, DOVES by Ibn Arabi

  1. Assalamu Alaykaum

    Better to keep silent than to pass judgement of kufr on people especially, ibn Arabi who is none other than….Shaykh al Akbar! You should make tawbah or else you will be accountable to Allah Ta’ala for your statement.

    Wassalam

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  2. Wa Alaikum Salaam Sister Aisha,

    Sufism does have a place in Islam, but unfortunately many Muslims do not understand it. Being a sufi does not mean its purpose is to twirl around and drink wine, like some mistakenly believe.

    Sufis practice cleansing the heart of bad traits like greed, hate, lust, etc. Their purpose is to be among the ones Allah is well pleased with. The Prophet said in a hadith, which I’m paraphrasing: “worship Allah as though you see Him.” And that is the ultimate goal of the sufi. It is not enough to just pray and fast, if we want to be like our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) whose life mirrored the Quran and who had the purest heart and character. We must strive, (jihad of the nafs) to eliminate all the bad in us, and be in constant remembrance of Allah if we want to be like our Prophet who was the best of creation.

    The Prophet practiced tasawwuf although in his time they didn’t call it that because all Muslims were practicing it, and Islam was taken very seriously. When Muslims started forgetting about the deen later on after the Prophet (pbuh), Muslim scholars decided to remind people to cleanse their hearts, and called it tasawuff. Sufism is not an innovation, but something the Prophet did, it was just given a name later on.

    You might find these two articles more helpful, since I’m not able to explain very well.

    The Place of Tasawwuf in Traditional Islam

    Why Muslims Follow Madhhabs

    As for Ibn Arabi (may Allah have mercy on him) he is considered one of the greatest scholars of Islam, and I’d be very careful about calling him a kafir. Only Allah knows ultimately who is a kafir and who isn’t a kafir. Inshallah, we should be very careful labeling another person who called themselves a Muslim a kafir. Allah knows all things and not us.

    May Allah guide us all to the straight path and forgive us for our errors.

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  3. Asalamu Alaykum sisters,

    Don’t u know that Ibn Arabi is a kafir(disbeliever) many scholars have said so and have proven this statement to his actions and writings he was a infamous sufi.

    SO IF U SISTERS PRACTICE SUFISM PLEASE GIVE IT UP IT IS AN INNOVATION IN ISLAM AND HAS NO PART IN THIS RELIGION.

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