There are those of My believing servants who ask Me for all manner of (acts of) worship, yet I withhold this from them lest it cause them to become self-satisfied, and so ruin them. There are those of My believing servants whose faith can only be sound through wealth, and were I to make them poor it would ruin them; and there are those of My believing servants whose faith canot be sound save through poverty, and were I to make them wealthy it would ruin them. There are those of My believing servants whose faith cannot be sound save through health, and were I to make them ill it would ruin them; and there are those of My believing servants whose faith cannot be sound save through illness, and were I to make them healthy it would ruin them. I arrange the affair of My servants by My knowledge of their hearts; and I am Knowing, Aware.'
'Divine Sayings: 101 Hadith Qudsi: The Mishkat al-Anwar of Ibn 'Arabi'
By Ibn 'Arabi (Author), Stephen Hirtenstein (Translator), Martin Notcutt (Translator)
One of the most important and influential early collections of hadith qudsi, this book contains 101 sayings that are categorized into three sections. The first 40 sayings each have a full, unbroken chain of transmission that goes back to God through the medium of the Prophet Muhammad. The second category are sayings mostly taken from well-known written collections. The final section is drawn from similar books, with Ibn 'Arabi adding one extra, orally transmitted hadith. Providing a full introduction to the importance of this tradition in Ibn 'Arabi's writing, this scholarly volume also includes complete English and Arabic texts of the sayings, full chains of transmission, and information on the manuscript sources.