Peace, one and all…
Today is the first day of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. It is a time for worship and for introspection. As such, this year I am exploring the spiritual aphorisms of Ibn Ata’illah, a spiritual master from the late 13th – early 14th centuries. His aphorisms have long been seen as important, for their wisdom, clarity and above all, their direct challenges to our wayward hearts (nafs). I chose the Hikam because it has always challenged me, moved me out of my comfort zone, and so I wanted to spend some time living with these aphorisms during this Ramadan.
I have chosen to focus on Chapter 25, which looks closely at notions of humility and spiritual poverty, though I will also look at other chapters too. Each day I will offer a short reading. I will also post relevant lectures too, as God wills.
He who attributes humility to himself is really proud,
for humility arises only out of a loftiness;
so, when you attribute humility to yourself,
then you are proud.
Ibn Ata’illah, Hikam 238