أهلا بكم في موقع الشيخ الأكبر محي الدين ابن العربي !
As we shall see in Part Five of the First Volume, Ibn Arabi made it clear that he does not write after his own cognizance and thoughts, like ordinary authors normally do; but all his writings are inspired from Allah and by Him. “Thus it is possible that something is casted down into what is not of its usual kind and intellectual consideration or what is given by the apparent science (of logic) and the apparent situation for scientists (and that is) for some hidden condition no one feels apart from the people of disclosure.” So, as he shows: “that who takes from Allah and not from himself, how his words may ever come to an end!” Then he adds exclaiming:
What a big difference between the author who says: “I was told by (the late) so-and-so, may Allah's mercy be upon him, who told after (the late) so-and-so may Allah's mercy be upon him”, and that who says: “My heart is telling me after my Lord”. Yet although this (latter) has a high prestige but (still) there is a big difference between him and that who says: “My Lord is telling me after my Lord”, i.e. my Lord is telling me after (/about) Himself.
Therefore, although the Futuhat is an encyclopedic work which contains a variety of topics in metaphysics, cosmology, spiritual anthropology, psychology and jurisprudence, whose main theme and source is divine knowledge (al-ìlâhiyyât). It contains Ibn Arabi's own personal idiosyncratic experience of the stations and domiciles that mystic seekers may meet in their journey to Allah, in Him and from Him, and it gives new insights into the esoteric meanings of the Islamic rituals, the nature of cosmic hierarchy and the spiritual and ontological meanings of the characters of the Arabic alphabet.
In terms of major topics focused on in the Futuhat, Ibn Arabi also divided the book into six sections:
1 On (the divisions of) Knowledge (al-maăârif) 1-73
2 On the Interactions (al-muăâmalât) 74-188
3 On the States (al-àħwâl) 189-269
4 On the Abodes (al-manâzil) 270-383
5 On the Juxtapositions (al-munâzalât) 384-461
6 On the Domiciles (al-maqâmât) 462-560
Then he showed that the arrangement of chapters in this way was not by his own choice or thinking but the Real dictates him on the tongue of the angel of inspiration [II 163.20], and he also added, in chapter three hundred and sixty, that all what he writes is from the presence of Quran and its coffers, because he was given the keys of understanding it [III 334].
Ibn Arabi concluded this book by two long chapters: chapter five hundred and fifty nine in which he extracted the secrets and realities of the different abodes. This chapter is like a short summary of the chapters of this book. Then the final chapter five hundred and sixty, which is sometimes published as a standalone book called ‘the commandments’ (al-waşâyâ), is a collection of advices and recommendations from the Law ‘to benefit the seeker and the arriving’.