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Chapter Six

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Chapter Summary

The chapter begins with Al-Dabbāgh's partial commentary and paraphrase of the Rā ͗iyya. There are signs of authenticity in a shaykh. The sincere novice recognizes no one but the shaykh, even if the shaykh appears to have gone astray. The novice mustn't care about what people think. Any miracles he experiences he must report to the shaykh. Al-Lamaṭī gives the full name of the author of the Rā ͗iyya and information about his studies and his spiritual master. The ecstatic dance originated in the fourth generation with Friends of God who beheld how angels sway to and fro when recollecting God. 'The people of external attire' increased its movement and added music. The Support's 'inheritance' consists of his having drunk more from the body of the Prophet than anyone else.

Keywords: Rā ͗iyya; Al-Dabbāgh; Al-Lamaṭī; shaykh



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