Abu Habiba

...Part Of The All-Merciful Breath.

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As-Salaam alaikum,

Allah's creation, says Sayyadi Ibn al-Arabi, may Allah be Merciful to him, is the 'Breath of the All-Merciful' because the All-Merciful designates the godhead as overflowing goodness, manifestation and creativity. Breath is the stuff of speech, so Allah, like us, speaks by articulating His breath. Our spoken words are nothing but our breath, and our breath is nothing but ourselves. So also the All-Merciful's words are nothing but His Breath, and His Breath is himself.

Without his Breath, Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala, there would be no words, no creatures. The Universe is simply the sum total of words articulated by the All-Merciful. When we speak, our words immediately dissipate and disappear, never achieving independent reality. When Allah Ta'la speaks, He says  'Kun'...Be-- a word that Ibn al-Arabi calls 'the word of the Divine Presence.'  This utterance is Eternal, which is to say that it is always and forever voiced by Allah. It is the creative Logos that articulates all words, all worlds, all beings-- everything other than Allah.

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