Shaykh ibn ‘Arabi (q.s.) on the Relationship between the Gnostics & the Jurists

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh al-Akbar, Shaykh Muhyi ad-Din ibn ‘Arabi (q.s.) wrote, in Ruh al-Quds, “God Forbid, my brother, that you should think that I blame the jurists for being jurists or for their practice or jurisprudence, for such an attitude is not permissible for a Muslim and the nobility of the Law is beyond question.  However, I do censure those jurists who, harbouring merely worldly aims, cynically study the Law with the sole object of acquiring fame, of putting themselves in the public eye, and who indulge in constant hair-splitting and useless controversy.  It is such men who seek to refute the claims of the brethren who fear God and who are Instructed by God Directly.  This kind of jurist attempts to contend against them in a field of knowledge of which he has no inkling of the first principles.  Were any of them to be questioned about some term employed by the gnostics they would soon display their ignorance on the subject.  If they would only reflect on God's Saying, ‘Why do you then dispute concerning that of which you have no knowledge?’, they would consider the matter more carefully and repent.”


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