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### Ibn Ata’illah’s Book of Illumination: The Path of Liberation from Self-Absorption.

This Level Two spirituality course covers one of the most important spiritual manuals in Islam, al-Tanwir fi Isqat al-Tadbir, authored by the great Shadhili sage, Imam Ibn Ata’illah al-Sakandari. Through the careful analysis and explanation of this text provided by Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary, students will learn about the practical translation of belief in the Divine Decree and the meaning of spiritual liberation through absolute submission to Allah.

The course explores the relationship between creation (khalq) and provision (rizq) and explains how one can safely deal with the world and its wealth without becoming spiritually impure. It also discusses the nature of relying upon Allah as well as saving up provision for the future (iddikhar). Through this course, students will also acquire knowledge about the proper courtesies in seeking one's provision from Allah and understand the spiritual dispositions that protect them from the anxieties our time projected by the viciousness of neoliberal capitalism.

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Al-Tanwir fi Isqat al-Tadbir, also known as Kitab al-Tanwir, is one of the most important spiritual manuals in Islam, authored by the great Shadhili sage, Imam Ibn Ata’illah al-Sakandari. It provides a practical translation of belief in the Divine Decree and explains in great detail the meaning of spiritual liberation through absolute submission to Allah.

The intention of Imam Ibn Ata’illah in his work is to free the spiritual traveler from the pains and worries of “what ifs” by establishing absolute trust in Allah. Through his commentary on selected verses from the Qur’an and words of the Prophet, peace and blessings are upon him, as well as, the litanies and counsels of the sages, particularly the Shadhilis, Imam Ibn Ata’illah demonstrates a spiritual understanding that is well-versed in the tradition of Islam.

Kitab al-Tanwir, despite the fact that it was written about seven centuries ago, is very relevant to the concerns of our present day. Imam Ibn Ata’illah in his piercing critique of self-absorption provides deep insight for many people who are exploring “spirituality” in the age of neoliberal capitalism with its debt-fueled conspicuous consumption and suppression of wage growth.

Imam Ibn `Ata’illah al-Sakandari lived in Egypt during the period of the Mamluks. Originally from Alexandria, and hence was called al-Sakandari, he moved to Cairo, where his scholarly life involved teaching the Sacred Sciences in various mosques and schools, including al-Azhar al-Sharif. He also led a concurrent existence as a Master for the disciples of the Shadhili Order in specific and Islamic Spirituality in general. He was the spiritual grand-son of al-Imam Abu al-Hassan al-Shadili, as he was brought up spiritually by Imam Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi, who was the direct inheritor of Imam Abu al-Hassan.

Who is this course for:
• This course is for adults.
• It is particularly beneficial for Muslims in general and students of knowledge in particular.
• It is a level Two course. In order to successfully complete this course, students should take Ibn Ata’illah’s Key Aphorisms and/or any Level 1 Spirituality course as well as a Level 1 Theology course.
• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning about the practical application and the spiritual implications of belief in the Divine Decree.
Learning outcomes:
• Learn about the nine stations of certainty.
• Learn about Prophet Ibrahim’s model of pure surrender and servitude.
• Distinguish between praiseworthy and blameworthy “tadbir.”
• Grasp how one can safely deal with the world and its wealth without becoming spiritually impure.
• Recognize the differences between having worldly means of livelihood and being divested of them.
• Learn how to avoid anxiety over one’s sustenance.
• Understand the relationship between creation (khalq) and provision (rizq).
• Identify the proper courtesies in seeking one's provision from Allah.
• Understand the nature of relying upon the Divine as well as saving up provision for the future (iddikhar).