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Chapter Five

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Chapter Summary

The true shaykh cleanses a novice's body of its vanities and removes the darkness contained in it, rendering it capable of bearing the secret. The shaykh increases a novice's love of the Prophet. The shaykh's effective will trains the novice and arises from the shaykh's faith in God. During the dhikr performance a disciple witnessed the presence of the Prophet. Al-Dabbāgh explains that it's a vision of thought based on pure faith and sincere love. Al-Dabbāgh explains further aspects of how the disciple must love the shaykh. Al-Lamaṭī defends the Friend of God who's received illumination against criticisms based on the sharīʿa. The only persons who thoroughly comprehend the sharīʿa are the Prophet and his perfect heirs such as the Support in every age. Al-Lamaṭī feels concern for jurists because throughout past generations they've often denied the Friends. The Friend of God's purpose is to bring people together with God.

Keywords: Al-Dabbāgh; Al-Lamaṭī; sharīʿa; shaykh



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