'O children of Adam, I have given you three burdens: poverty, sickness, death. Despite the humbling power of these gifts, however, you remain bent upon your own aggrandisement.'
(Khabar 73 was transmitted by the sage Musa ibn Muhammad, along with its lineage to the Prophet, upon him be peace. It is recorded in Ibn Arabi's 'Mishkat al-Anwar')
Divine Sayings: 101 Hadith Qudsi: The Mishkat al-Anwar of Ibn 'ArabiBy Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi (Author), Ibn Al'Arabi (Author), Stephen Hirtenstein (Translator), Martin Notcutt (Translator)
A collection of 101 hadith sayings, this work is one of the most important and influential early collections of hadith qudsi. Falling into three categories, 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 hadith, orally transmitted. Comprised of a full introduction explaining the meaning of Hadith, the text stresses the importance of this tradition in Ibn 'Arabi's writing.
"Stephen Hirtenstein and Martin Notcutt have produced in Divine Sayings a beautifully translated version of Ibn 'Arabi's best known collection of Hadith, based not only on the published Arabic text but also several important manuscripts, with full scholarly apparatus." —William C. Chittick, professor, Stony Brook University
"This classic collection (and first critical edition) of 101 memorable Divine Sayings' related by the Prophet, translated in full for the first time in English, is not just an indispensable key to the teachings of Ibn 'Arabi and the wider traditions of Islamic spirituality. These short sayings are also a simple, direct, immediately accessible summary of the most universal spiritual lessons."
(James W. Morris, professor, Boston College)