A Biography of Abu l-Hasan al-Shadhili

Kenneth Honerkamp

“The universes are four in number: solid bodies (ajsam kathifa), the universe of subtle bodies (ajsam latifa), the universe of translucent spirits (arwah shafifa), and the universe of mysterious secrets (asrar ghariba). When the solid bodies are isolated unto themsleves they form the inanimate world, solid and subtle bodies when brought together with translucent spirits result in human beings, and when these three with the mysterious secrets are mingled they become a prophet or a siddiq.”

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