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Ibn Arabi: The consummation of sexual intercourse

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Ibn Arabi: The consummation of sexual intercourse
 
 
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The consummation of sexual intercourse is itself commended in the Law..., and the sexual act of the one in this spiritual station is like the sexual union of the people of Paradise, only for the sake of pleasure, for it is the greatest manifestation which has been hidden from men and jinn, except for those servants whom God has specially chosen for it. Likewise, the intercourse of animals is purely for pleasure. Many gnostics have failed to grasp this truth, for it is one of the secrets of which only a few of the 'people of providence' (ahlal-'inaya) understand. If it did not have complete nobility indicating the weakness appropriate to servanthood, it would not have such an overwhelming pleasure which causes a person to pass away from his own strength and pretensions. It is a pleasurable subjugation, although subjugation precludes pleasure in the one who is subjugated, because the pleasure in subjugation belongs to the one who is subjugating, not the one who is subjugated, except in this act in particular. This nobility has escaped people, who have made it an animalistic passion from which they refrain although they have called it by the most noble of names when they say it is animalistic, that is ,a characteristic of animals/ living beings, and what is more noble than life?So what they have deemed ugly with regard to themselves is the very thing that is praiseworthy for the perfect gnostic.

(Ibn Arabi)
 

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Recommended Reading:

'Ibn Al-arabi on the Mysteries of Bearing Witness: To the Oneness of God and Messengership of Muhammad from the Futuhat Al-makkiyya (Meccan Revelations)
By Muhyi Din Ibn Al-arabi (Author), Laleh Bakhtiar (Editor), Aisha Bewley (Translator)

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The author explaines the mysteries of bearing witness to the Oneness of God and prophethood of Muhammad which is the first pillar of Islam.

Ibn al-Arabi was born in Andalusia in Muslim Spain. He is the greatest exponent of Islamic doctrines including its metaphysical and cosmological aspects. In this work, however, he describes in simple terms the mysteries of bearing witness.
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