The Qur’an and Mysticism On The Universe of Two Sides

Document Type: Research Paper

Author

Associate Professor of Department of Islamic Mysticism, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, I.R.I.

Abstract

The universe has an exterior known as the material world and an interior called the “hereafter.” So are the Qur’an and mankind. In other words, the universe, mankind and the Qur’an have hierarchical stages. The universe and mankind comprise the physical world, but the Qur’an constitutes the Divine Law. Since the origin of all three is one single source, one can say the former matches the latter, and all are manifestations of the divine Names “the Manifest” and “the Hidden.” This idea has long been introduced in mysticism. Using the esoteric interpretation theory, Muslim mystics went for the view that the physical world (takwin) and the Holy Scripture (Book of Law, i.e. the Qur’an) are in perfect harmony. Therefore, it can be shown that Islamic mysticism is inspired by the Qur’an and is in fact a Qur’anic mysticism.

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