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Appearance And Reality

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The wayfarer who reaches the station of mystical death comes to see himself in a new light and therefore comports himself in the hue of this light. According to ʿAyn al-Quḍāt, a person who reaches the station of mystical death and experiences mysteries of the unseen is like the prophets inspired by love and ecstasy and can surrender to the will of God. This chapter demonstrates how these themes are elaborated in ʿAyn al-Quḍāt's writing. It refers to the teachings of Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad Ghazzālī as well as other mystics who describe a personal understanding of God through an epistemology and a psychology of lights and the opening of the inner sight. The dualism in ʿAyn al-Quḍāt's mysticism is seen in his interpretation of the cosmos as the reflection of the contrasting lights of Muḥammad and Satan and man's understanding of the reality and the appearance.

Keywords: ʿAyn al-Quḍāt's mysticism; Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad Ghazzālī; God; light imagery; reality



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