Series of talk held at Al Muntada Al-islami as part of the series, Travel literature – Discovery, Value and utilization, from April 23 2011 to April 28 2011

Effects of Ibn Al Arabi Al Maliki Journey
Dr. Ahmed Abbas Al Badawi , Sharjah University

Notes prepared by Jaihoon

He lived in sixth century Hijri

Journey is always for a purpose.

From the birth of man, he moves from place to place even forgetting the milk of his mother

Cultures of other countries and peoples are known only when travel takes place. it is a noble act to discover the cultures of other creations of Allah

Poets also travelled to other countries and they got inspired and they translated their thoughts to words

Imam Shafi said if the water stands still, it will get spoiled. It will become fresh only when it flows

He was born in Al Andalus. He learned Quran and started to move from one place to another. He went to Damascus, Makka, Egypt. In those days, each scholar was equivalent to a university.

Culture is also defined to know something from all fields of knowledge.

Abdullah bin Abbas was teaching and one of the people insulted him. He replied saying, ‘Did you insult me, and I have three features? Anything I learned, I have spread to every Muslim. Whenever I hear about a just ruler, I pray for him. Whenever I hear there is a rain in any country, I thank Allah.

The famous scholar Qadi Iyad was one of Ibn Arabi students.

His journey to the North of Africa. When he became 17, he left with his father to coast of Algeria. They were in sea and it was violent in water. The ship sank but they were saved by Allah. Their clothes were torn and they went to a house. They were honoured by the king of the place.

He moved to Cairo. From there to Jerusalem. He met with Abu Bakr Al Tartushi, a great scholar.

He then moved to Damascus. He talked about the luxurious life there.

He then left to Baghdad.

He was nostalgic to get back to his home town. Prophet told while leaving Makkah, ‘I wouldn’t leave you, but for your people’

Ibn Sina said that if the patient be treated with the herbs of his hometown, he would get better faster

Ibn Al Arabi was a moving university. His students became masters of each discipline. He has written more than 35 books.

Scholars have said: Each person has his own dictionary. They use certain expressions in their own. Ibn Al Arabi has used many words in this way.

However he did not cite the scholars’ names and sources for his narrations