Ibn Arabi, The “Greatest Master”

Poet, scholar, philosopher, mystic, and saint Muhammad bin Ali Ibn Arabi is one of the greatest spiritual teachers on earth.

Known as Muhyiddin means the “revivifier of religion” and Shaykh al-Akbar means the “greatest master”, he was born in 1165 AD to the Spanish Moorish tradition of Andalusia, a center of extraordinary prosperity and conception of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thought, through which the philosophical and scientific works of ancient times were flourished to Northern Europe.

Ibn Arabi's spiritual discovery was evident from an early age, and he was renowned for his great ability to visionary capacity and to be a great spiritual teacher. He traveled richly in the Islamic world. He died in Damascus (1240 AD).

He wrote more than 350 works including Fusus al-Hikam, an in-depth interpretation of the inner wisdom of the prophets in the Judaic, Christian & Islamic line, and Futuhat al-Makkiyya, a major encyclopedia of spiritual knowledge that combines and distinguishes three strands of culture, reason, and mystical understanding. In his Dīwān and Tarjuman al-Ashfaq, he also wrote the most beautiful poems in the Arabic language.

These comprehensive texts provide a beautiful illustration of the unity of the world, a single, indivisible truth that runs simultaneously and is reflected in all the world's images. Ibn Arabi shows that Man, in perfection, is a perfect reflection of this truth and that those who truly know their essential personality, know God.

Focused on the Quran, his work is universal, accepting that each person has a different way of truth, encompassing all the ways themselves. He has greatly influenced the development of Islam since his time, as well as important aspects of Western philosophy and literature. His wisdom can give us much in today's world of understanding the meaning of human nature.

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