[Commentary of the Hikam of Shaykh Ibn Ataullah]

Ikmalush Shiyam (Perfection of Morals) is a treatise for the Muhibbeen (Lovers of Allah). Although every Mu’min is a Lover of Allah, this treatise is largely directed to the attention of the Muhibbeen who are conscious of Divine Love. Nevertheless, it will benefit even the unconscious lovers by inducing in them some consciousness of the love lying dormant in their hearts which have been created for being the Abodes of Divine Love.

Since Ikmalush Shiyam is a treatise for Muhibbeen, it speaks the language of love – Divine Love. Thus, the book abounds with paradoxes and seemingly contradictory calls and cries sounded for the guidance of those who understand the language of Allah’s Love. The advices and prescriptions herein are balm for the Souls searching the Path of Love, leading to their Beloved, Allah Azza Wa Jal.

This book is not for the rational probing of a sceptic mind stunted by crass materialism. While such a mind denuded of Divine Illumination will be incapable of absorbing the treasures of Ikmalush Shiyam, the heart basking in the warmth of Divine Love will readily comprehend and relish the wealth of guidance so necessary for the perfection of morals – a perfection without which the Muhib (Lover) cannever aspire to reach his Beloved.

[Maulana A S Desai, Mujlisul Ulama]


Part One: Knowledge, Repentance, Sincerity

Part Two: Salaat, Solitude/Asceticism, Time-Keeping

Part Three: Dhikr, Contemplation, Asceticism

Part Four: Poverty, Evil of Nafs, Moderation in Hopes

Part Five: Adab of Dua, Abandoning Choice, Patience

Part Six: Mercy of Allah, Companionship, Desire, Humility

Part Seven: Respite, Wird and Wazifah, Spiritual States

Part Eight: Qabdh & Bast, Anwaar, Divine Proximity

Part Nine: Allah’s Proximity, States of Arifeen, Firaasat

Part Ten: Wa’z & Naseehat, Shukr, Supplication of Author

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2 thoughts on “IKMALUSH SHIYAM

  1. Asad

    Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh,

    Admin Saheb, is this commentary perhaps available somewhere to purchase as a physical book, or maybe as a single .pdf/document file that can be downloaded?

    Jazaak’Allah Khair.


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