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Karamah


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(1) Grace. Refers to charismatic gifts or the capacity to perform miracles, as evidenced by the temporary suspension of natural order through divine intervention. Signifies a state of sanctity and confirms validity of the saint (wali) in Sufi circles, encouraging veneration of holy men. Sign of God's favor. Manifestation of possession of barakah (God's blessing). (2) Miracles. Historically, prophets are believed to have performed miracles as evidence of their divine mission. Muslims consider the Quran itself to be a miracle because of the inimitability of its style and language. Miracles are an important part of popular Islam and Sufism. Holy people are believed to possess karamah (the ability to perform miracles) as a sign of God's favor. Tombs of famous ancestors and Sufis masters are often popularly venerated as sites where miraculous help can be attained. Sufi claims to perform miracles are often regarded as suspect by conservatives out of fear that people will come to worship human beings rather than God as performers of miracles.

Subjects: Islam.


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