Friendship with God in Relation to Prophethood

Jawid Mojaddedi

in Beyond Dogma

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195369236
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933471 | DOI:
Friendship with God in Relation to Prophethood

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This chapter examines Rumi’s comparisons of Friends of God with Prophets, between whom he made few distinctions, with even fewer implications about their relative status. His teachings are first contextualized in relation to the general Islamic notion of the “sealing” of prophethood with Muhammad, which eventually became fleshed out as the dogma that Muhammad was both the last and the unassailably greatest of Prophets. The challenge that this dogma represented for Muslim mystics is highlighted especially by the fact that the earliest of their writings were preoccupied with this topic. This chapter traces the strategies used in mystical writings on this topic from the oldest ninth-century treatises through to the eleventh-century manuals, all of which serves to situate Rumi’s disregard of distinctions despite the established religious dogma.

Keywords: Prophethood; nubuwwa; Friendship with God; walāya; Seal of the Prophets; Muhammad; Bāyazīd; status

Chapter.  15985 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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