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What is the place of mysticism in the Holy Quran?


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Answer

Mysticism is not knowledge by acquisition so that one can acquire it. It is rather (knowledge by presence that is) acquired through self-purification. The Holy Quran mentions:﴿وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ﴾
[1]The first part of this verse (يُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ) is related to sciences like jurisprudence, the principles of jurisprudence etc. whereas its later part deals (ويُزكّيهِمْ) with mysticism. Quranic explanation reveals that if a person purifies his soul and avoids blackmailing, suspicious works and betraying others he will find a clue to the mysteries of the world. Human beings however sometimes direct the mirror of their beings towards animals such as snake, wolf and scorpion and they naturally do not find anything in it except snake, wolf and scorpion. God the Almighty says:﴿كَلَّا لَوْ تَعْلَمُونَ عِلْمَ الْيَقِينِ ٭ لَتَرَوُنَّ الْجَحِيمَ﴾
[2]If people reach self-purification, consequently certainty they will see the flames of the fire of the Hell even now. As after death even the disbelievers are able to see the flames of the fire of the Hell as God says:﴿رَبَّنَا أَبْصَرْنَا وَسَمِعْنَا﴾
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resources and references

[1] Quran, Baqara, 129.
[2] Quran, Takathur, 5-6.
[3] Quran, Sajda, 12.
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