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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Shaykh Muhyi al-Din Ibn `Arabi
And The Diversity of Beliefs

No individual can escape having a belief (meaning: personal, individual belief: i`tiqâd) concerning his Lord. Through it he resorts to Him and seeks Him (see Quran: "Thy Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him." (17:23). When the Real discloses Himself to him in his belief (personal, individual belief i`tiqâd), he recognizes and acknowledges Him. But if He discloses Himself to him in other than his belief, he denies Him and seeks refuge from Him, thus displaying discourtesy toward Him in the actual situation, though he himself supposes that he has shown courtesy.

No believer believes in any God other than what he has made in himself, for the God of beliefs is made. The believers see nothing but themselves and what they have made within themselves. So consider: The levels of mankind in knowledge of God correspond exactly to their levels in vision of Him on the Day of Resurrection. I have told you the cause which brings this about.

Beware of becoming delimited (muqayyad) by a specific knotting (personal belief: i`tiqâd) and disbelieving in everything else, lest great good escapes you.

(from SPK)

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