Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi (1165–1240)
Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi is unquestionably one of the most profound and remarkable figures in the history of world spirituality.
Known as "the Greatest Master" (al-Shaykh al-Akbar), he led an extraordinary inner and outer life. He travelled huge distances, from his native Spain to Syria and Turkey, writing over 350 books on the mystical path.
Ibn 'Arabi's writings are founded on a totally harmonious vision of Reality, integrating all apparent differences without destroying their truths. They are singularly appropriate and needed in the world of today.
He lived at a time of great cultural and spiritual flowering in the West, in the Jewish and Christian traditions as much as in the Muslim world.
Ibn 'Arabi is one of those rare and powerful
spiritual individuals who are the norm of their own orthodoxy and of their
own time, because they belong neither to what is commonly called "their"
time nor to the orthodoxy of "their" time.
The greatest mystical genius of the Arabs,
he has left his mark on all subsequent mystical literature.
In the Islamic world, probably no-one has
exercised deeper influence over the intellectual life of the community
over the past 700 years.
It is reported that the
Messenger of God said: "God is beautiful and He loves beauty".
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