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Chapter Nine

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Chapter Summary

Al-Dabbāgh explains the matters revealed through the first kind of illumination are false. The powers conferred on the people of darkness entail God's 'deceptive forbearance and 'enticement to destruction. Al-Dabbāgh describes all the details of the Prophet's physical appearance. Beholding the Prophet is better than entering Paradise, and being 'deprived' after receiving illumination is worse than Hell. Illumination can occur with respect to each of the five senses. Al-Dabbāgh praises the greatness of Sayyidī ʿUmar al-Hawwārī and enumerates his virtues. As for after illumination, sin doesn't come forth from them because it only comes forth from those who are veiled. 'The matter of illumination is wondrous and its whole affair is a marvel. The light of illumination is in the body of the shaykh. If at the end of his life his heir has the capacity for it, he receives it after the shaykh has departed from this world.

Keywords: Al-Dabbāgh; illumination; shaykh; Sublime



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