Friday, July 14, 2006

Wisdom of ibn `Ata'illah

For the last couple of days, I have been obsessed with the second of the Wisdoms of Ibn `Ataillah al-Sakandari:

إرادتك التجريد مع إقامة اللّه إياك في الأسباب من الشهوة الخفية‏،‏
وإرادتك الأسباب مع إقامة الله إياك في التجريد انحطاط عن الهمة العلية

Here is my (non-literal) translation of the couplet [updated July 17, to make it more accurate]:

When you're stationed with worldly means, wish not that they're withdrawn: Fight your hidden desire;

And wish not for the worldly means when they are stripped away: Lose not the quest that's higher.

I hesitated whether or not to post this on the blog, and then recognized that this is at the heart of Islam and Economics.


Blogger aburajah said...

Here is an interesting article that talks about,
"jurisdictional arbitrage"


7:28 PM  
Blogger aburajah said...

This is a review of an interesting book called:

100 Bullshit Jobs...And How to Get Them (Hardcover)
by Stanley Bing

"There's an element of bullshit in all jobs, including his own, but bestselling author Bing (Sun Tzu was a Sissy) has taken a wickedly satiric approach and ranked the BS quotient in jobs both common and obscure that require little effort but pay well."

7:32 PM  

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