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Chapter Four

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Chapter Summary

The chapter begins with the Dīwān who is made up of angels but the angels are gradually replaced as Friends of God came into the world. The angels who remain in the Dīwān were guardians over the Prophet's body in the world. When the Prophet is present, they hasten to enter his light and become invisible. Al-Dabbāgh explains how angels intervene if someone opens a chapter of al-Bukhārī's Ṣaḥīḥ at the grave of a Friend and makes a request. Syriac is the language of the Dīwān, as well as being the language of the spirits and angels. Al-Dabbāgh has visited the dome of Barzakh and seen the spirits of all those who received the great illumination. A Friend of God with the power of free disposal can take money out of anyone's pocket. Stories that illustrate this supernatural ability.

Keywords: Al-Dabbāgh; Dīwān; prophet; spirit

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