Sunday, December 06, 2009 By Maryam
DOCTRINE OF THE ONENESS OF BEING, by William C. Chittick
" Ebno'l-'Arabi [sic], known as the "Greatest Master", was the most influential of all those Sufis who employed the language of philosophy to express the teacings of Islam. Born in Murcia in Muslim Spain in 560/1165, he exhibited his outstanding spiritual gifts at an early age. In a prefquently quoted passage, he recalls his meeting with the famous philosopher Averroes when the latter was an old man. Averroes preceived in Ebno'l-'Arabi, a youth with only fuzz for a beard, the wisdom for which he had been searching all is life. The meeting is highly symbolic in that the works of Averroes -which were largely forgotten in the Islamic world itself- became one of the major factors influencing the West to move in the direction of a rationalism closed to the intermediate realms of existence, while Ebno'l-'Arabi's, writings harmonized the rational and spiritual modes of perception and helped keep the minds of Muslim intelectuals open to the luminous presence of the angels and spirits."
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