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The Meccan Revelations is considered the most important book in Islamic mysticism. Ibn al-Árabî started working on this book in Mecca in the year 598 AH / 1202 AD; thus from here it takes its name, where he received the immense knowledge that he had broadcasted in this huge book from a spirit he calls the ‘passing young’ (al-fatâ al-fâàt) whom he met at the Kaaba. But it took him around thirty years to finish it in Damascus in the year 629 AH / 1232 AD, and then he rewrote it again between 632/1235 and 636/1239, just two years before he passed away.
The book consists of 560 chapters that vary in length between as short as half a page and as long as several hundreds. Although it is now mostly printed in four condensed volumes, based on Bulaq edition, it is in total contained in 37 volumes according to Ibn al-Árabî's own arrangement, and each volume is normally divided into seven parts which may start or end regardless of chapters; thus some chapters are placed in more than one part or even more than one volume.


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(the book is under publication)

Translation of the first poem from the Discloser of Desires, a sample translation and expounding from:

The Precious...
The Discloser
of Desires

Ibn al-Arabi

translation and annotation by
Mohamed Haj Yousef

Copyright © 2014 Mohamed Haj Yousef
All rights reserved.
ISBN-10: 1499769865
ISBN-13: 978-1499769869

1- I lost my mind

أَيَّ قَلْبٍ مَلَكُوا   لَيْتَ شِعْرِي هَلْ دَرَوْا 1
أَيَّ شِعْبٍ سَلَكُوا   وَفُؤَادِي لَوْ دَرَى 2
أَمْ تُرَاهُمْ هَلَكُوا   أَتُرَاهُمْ سَلِمُوا 3
فِي الْهَوَى وَارْتَبَكُوا   حَارَ أَرْبَابُ الْهَوَى 4


1 If only they know what heart they possessed!
2 If my heart only knows what route they followed!
3 Are they safe, or are they lost?
4 I lost my mind in love, and become entangled.


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