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Prophets Unheard

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In order to perform his mission, the noble Prophet of Islam both turned into a different personality himself and called on the people he was addressing to become different people so that they could hear and understand his words. On the one hand, they wanted their words to be heard and their call to be taken seriously and, on the other, they knew that people, as they were, were not receptive to their words. A phrase has been attributed to a number of experiential mystics and theologians of the Middle Ages, which has always been treated with derision and rebuke, by reason-oriented and discursive/reflective believers. Of course, religiosity has three levels or three types: imitative and pragmatic; reflective and discursive; and mystical and experiential.

Keywords: Islam; noble Prophet; pragmatic religiosity



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