The Wife of ibn Arabi and the Five Steps of the Sufi

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

It is written that the great Sufi mystic ibn Arabi was a studious and talented young man, already infused with mysticism through his father, and also through his uncles on both sides of his family.  It is also related in al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya, that he married a saintly woman named Maryam, the daughter of Muhammad b. Abdun, a man of great standing and influence.

Maryam also shared with ibn Arabi his aspiration to follow the Way (Sufi path). From the Futuhat:


“My saintly wife, Maryam bint Muhammad b. Abdun, said, ‘I have seen in my sleep someone whom I have never seen in the flesh, but who appears to me in my moments of (spiritual) ecstaty. He ask me whether I was aspiring to the Way, to which I replied that I was, but that I did not know by what means to arrive at it. He then told me that I would come to it through five things, trust, certainty, patience, resolution and varacity.’ Thus she offered her vision to me (for my consideration) and I told her that was indeed the method of the Folk (Sufis). I myself have never seen one with that degree of mystical experience.”

– From Sufi of Andalusia: The Ruh al-Quds and al-Durrat al-Fakhirah of ibn Arabi. Translated by R.W.J. Austin

Ya Haqq

7 Responses to The Wife of ibn Arabi and the Five Steps of the Sufi

  1. Sana says:


  2. Sadiq Alam says:

    Mashallah! Beautiful. May Allah bless Shaykh Ibn Arabi and his saintly family and his spiritual heirs.

  3. Irving says:

    Yes it is, Sana, and Ameen to your prayer, Sadiq bhai. It is also a blessing on those that follow that he left such a wealth of writing, although much of it is still to be translated.

    Ya Haqq!

  4. Najiyah says:

    Masha’Allah. The hadarahs and even just the spiritual atmosphere at Jamuah Sh. Muheddin (Ibn Arabi’s mosque) in Damascus are so inspiring. I long to be back there. Good to know his wife was also a student of the way.

  5. herazahra says:

    what a touched story,,,may God bless upon syeikh and his family

    ya haqq,,,wish were met him

  6. Naushad Somji says:

    Bismillahir Rahmannir Raheem ~ In the Name of God Almighty, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.

    Dear Brother,

    Asalaamu A’laikoom Wa’rahmatullah ~ May the Peace and Mercy of Allah be on you.

    I am a single Muslim male 43 from Pune, India and I am of Indo-Iranian descent. Though I was born Muslim my real religion is humanity as we are all children of the same Allah or God the Most High. Also, all religions worship the same Creator, only paths are different. The best path however would be to follow pure Islam.

    Over the years God or Allah the Most High has made me to have major spiritual and mystical experiences which are signs and indicates that the process of the return of Sayyidna Isa al-Masih (as) or Jesus Christ has already begun for establishing of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, with the Holy City of Jerusalem as its capital. Based on my personal understanding of the esoteric meanings of these experiences, I am pasting below an article along with the copy of the email I received in response to the same.

    The Holy Quran which is the final testament mentions that Hadrat Isa (as) or Jesus Christ as the Rasul, Messiah, Kalimatullah “The Word of Allah (swt)” and Ruhullah “The Spirit of Allah.” No other Prophet has been given all these attributes and thus it makes him unique and the best creation of Allah the Most High. Hadrat Isa (as) or Jesus Christ was raised alive and will return back in End Times and guide all mankind to the right path with the power of divine love and the final truth as per the Holy Quran ~ final testament, to establish God’s kingdom throughout the whole world and restore true faith.

    I humbly request you to kindly provide me your views / feedback / suggestions / guidance regarding these Divine experiences and oblige.

    Jazak Allah Khair ~ May Allah Grant you Goodness

    Brother Naushad Somji.
    Second Coming of Hadrat Isa (as) or Jesus Christ as the world savior :

    The scriptures of many religions speak of a coming leader who will consummate the fulfillment of the divine will on earth. He will manifest in his person the righteousness and compassion of God, and he will bring about the final defeat of evil, and establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. This person who will be specially chosen by God for this mission and empowered to accomplish it. Prophecies that a leader will come and accomplish such a mission are nearly universal.

    Religions call him by various names: Jews long for the promised Messiah; for Christians the Messiah is Jesus of Nazareth, who has already come and ascended to heaven but will reappear (perhaps in a new guise) at his Second Coming. Muslims also expect the second advent of Jesus, who will come as a Muslim Imam, and among Shiite Muslims there are various expectations of a future Imam Mahdi. Buddhist sutras prophesy the coming of the Maitreya Buddha; Vaishnavite Hindu scriptures prophesy the future descent of an avatar named Kalki; Zoroastrian scriptures prophesy the coming of the Saoshyant; and some Confucian texts speak of a future True Man who will finally bring peace to the world by perfectly instituting the Way of Confucius.

    In 1997 when I was 30, Hadrat Imam Ali (as) appeared to me in resurrected form at the Holy Shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chisty (ra) at Ajmershareef. He looked into my eyes, smiled and went away. This opened my heart and my spiritual journey began. I started to isolate myself from people and my personality changed completely. Thereafter I experienced the divine knowledge of Allah gradually entering my heart and soul and I became very religious.

    Since then I have been meeting many dead Islamic Saints or Auliyas who have also appeared to me in their resurrected forms. A few years after my experience at Ajmeershareef, Hadrat Syed Badr-u-din Shah Hussani (rh) appeared to me also in resurrected form. He prayed over a glass of water and made me drink it, thus making me his mureed or disciple. He came to India from yemen @ 1000 years ago and was martyred. His head is buried at the Holy Shrine in the jungle near the town of Pen, in the state of Maharashtra. He nevertheless continued his fight for the cause of Allah the Most High despite the head being severed from his body. His body is buried in the town of Parandha in Maharashtra, an eight hour drive from Pen.

    Two months later, Hazrat Syed Khwaja Muinuddin Chisty (ra) appeared to me in resurrected form. He gave me a fruit to eat and said that he was giving me the Khilafaat, the position as leader and spiritual master. I was told by him that I have a pure soul and that I will over the years work as a guru for people of all religions and they will call me a Messiah then.

    Of all my meetings with the Holy men of Islam, the most remarkable was with Prophet Mohammad (saw) who appeared to me along with Hadrat Imam Ali (as) and three more men whom I did not recognize. Prophet Mohammad (saw) led us all in afternoon prayers, and then we had lunch, all eating from the same big plate. After the lunch as the Prophet (saw) was leaving he shook hands with me with a big smile and I kissed his hands respectfully.

    This is connected to the awaited Imam Mahdi (as) :

    “The promised Mahdi will be among my family. God will make the provisions for his emergence within a single night “…… (Islam. Ibn Majah, Sahih, Vol. 2, P. 519)

    Later on I got baptized by a Christian Priest and during this the Priest saw a bright light descending on my person and then entering my soul as a small flame of light. Even I felt something powerful entering my heart that time. At that instant the Priest had a vision of Jesus Christ standing in the Jordon River gettting baptised in my place. Thereafter major spiritual changes began to change place with me and there are at times I could do the kind of healing that Jesus Christ did during his time. Also, I have got the power to forgive sins and whenever I visit graveyards thousands of souls would approach me for prayers to have their sins forgiven. They would not leave me unless I prayed for them. When Pope John Paul 2 died, his soul came to me in the astral body and asked me to pray for him. He said master master please help me. Few days later on when President Yasser Arafat died, his soul also approached me and he said that he did not want anything for himself but rather he asked me to help his fellow humans in Palestine who are in great trouble.

    Recently when I was just about to go to sleep, I felt like some divine spiritual being was moving close to me and I felt it was Mother Teresa. She blessed me over and over again with the kind of pure love a mother would have for her own child. Then she intuitively informed in my heart that the soul in any human is part of Allah the Most High and thus to serve humanity is actually to serve our Creator. She said I represent the second coming of Jesus Christ or Hadrat Isa (as) and thus my heart should be like an ocean which accommodates everybody in it.

    This is connected the Second Coming of Jesus Christ or Hadrat Isa (as) :

    “What would be your situation if the Son of Mary (Jesus) descends upon you and your Imam (Mahdi) is from among you”? ………..(Islam. Bukhari, kitabul-Anbiya, Chapter Nuzul Isa bin Maryam)

    Two years ago I suddenly got a pull to visit the Holy Shrine of Hadrat Shirdi Sai Baba (rh). Since then Baba has been guiding and protecting me and he calls me his son. During one such visit at the Temple of Hadrat Shirdi Sai Baba (rh) I saw a white ball of light approaching me from the right side during night aarti. When the aarti ritual was over, this white ball of light moved away. Recently Baba has informed me that this ball has been put into my heart by him and because of this over the period of time I will become spiritually one with God the Most High ~ an Avatar !!

    At times some divine power descends in my heart and when that happens I become spiritually extremely powerful and bright white light emerges from my heart. That time I get a feeling that I have become one with Allah the Most High spiritually and that thousands of Angels circulate around me. But when this devine power leaves I become a normal person again. This happens by itself and I have absolutely no control over it.

    This is connected to the Kalki Avatar:

    “Whenever the Law declines and the purpose of life is forgotten, I manifest myself on earth. I am born in every age to protect the good, to destroy evil, and to reestablish the Law” … (Hinduism. Bhagavad-Gita 4.7-8.)

    All these 3 powers ~ Mahdi, Messiah and Kalki Avatar combined make up the world savior. This world savior is destined to save the mankind from the rigors of today. The day to day lowering of human values, humans behaving more like a vicious animal (it is ironic sometimes it is difficult to distinguish human beings from animals), the breaking up of relationships between the family members, between communities and on larger scale the countries has become the order of the day. Such a one fully prepared and powered to address the ills of today head-on and shall annihilate the ills of today and make the humanity step forward towards a new golden era… the Satyuga ~ the golden period. He shall be one who makes dharma or pure religion prevail over numerous other corrupted religions followed world-wide. One who brings all countries on a common platform… can only be the deliverer! The society as of today awaits the coming of this world savior! Call him the Messiah of the masses or the downtrodden denizens of the society… coming of him would be a boon to the mankind at large!

    My case is in some ways similar to that of Prophet Younas (as) as mentioned in the Holy Quran. He was called by Allah the Most High for a divine mission but initially chose to run away from it. Many times over the years I too have tried to avoid getting too deeply into spiritual and religious things and have tried my level best to lead a normal life. But every time I tried to do that, Allah the Most High would pull me back into it and this has happened several times during the past few years. Since I could not run away from Allah’s call, I had no option but to submit humbly to it.

    “The Imam who will create a world state…….His mind will be free from desires of bringing harm and injury to humanity. Such a knowledge to him will be like the property which was wrongly possessed by others and for which he was waiting for the Permission to repossess and use……. With such a start he will establish an empire of God in this world. He Will be the final demonstration and proof of God’s merciful wish to Acquaint man with the right ways of life”……. (Islam. Nahjul Balagha, Khutba 141, 187)

    (email feedback) :

    Dear Brother Naushad Somji,

    Thanks for your kind mail. Certainly you are a blessed soul. I am very happy to read about the experiences you have undergone. Strange are the ways of the Almighty and He alone knows about His scheme of things. Nothing is impossible for Him to do. Yes He can make a person a Messiah in one night as He did with the Prophet. My personal opinion is that one should leave oneself in His hands and pray Him for His grace. He alone knows what He wants to do.

    I have read your book completely. It appears that the God Almighty has chosen you for some special work. The mystery would unfold in due course. I pray that you prove His worthy instrument. It also appears to me that you should pray “Thy Will Be Done”. I am sure He would reveal His Will and lead you to the work for which He has so kindly chosen you. My prayers for you. May the Great Masters help you in your mission.

    With Kind Regards,

    Sufi Brother

  7. Muhammad Nasir says:

    humanity beyond the islam is nothing and only islam is rigt at this time not anyother religion is right and wahdat e adyan established by Ibn earai is totaly wrong because islam is al haq. any idealogy parralel to islam or agaisnt islam is not acceptable at all.

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