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Ibn Arabi (Mishkat al-Anwar): Even a Single Moment of Forgetfulness

Ibn Arabi (Mishkat al-Anwar): Even a Single Moment of Forgetfulness
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​Allah the Glorious and Majestic inquires of his intimate friend the noble Prophet Abraham, upon him be peace: Why such apprehension? Abraham replies:

O Lord, why should I not experience profound apprehension? My spiritual father Adam was in the station of nearness to you. You created him with Your Own Hand and breathed into him Your Own Spirit. You commanded the angels to bow down before him. Yet
 for a single act of forgetfulness, You exiled him from Your Direct Presence.

Allah Most High then speaks into the secret heart of His friend: O Abraham, do you not know that even a single moment of forgetfulness of the lover for the Beloved is terrible?

(This khabar was transmitted through the sage Ibrahim ibn 'Abd-Allah and recorded in Ibn Arabi's Mishkat al-Anwar)




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