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When you're stationed with worldly means, wish not that they're withdrawn: Fight your hidden desire;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

2 Comments:

Blogger aburajah said...

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


http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/sto

ry?id=2108601&page=1

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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