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Full text of "The Dabistan"

of tliem by the command of .God, as in like manner,
during Muhammed's life, some of his precepts have
.been obliterated. The man quoted from the hea-
venly book of Musaylima the following words :
4' Adopt the belief (0 men !) that our God is the God
c< of the world, and know, that he is the Creator of
" the universe and of its inhabitants;- that he is
tú above the creatures, none of whom is like him;
tc say not, that he has no body; for it may be that
4' he has a body, although not one like a body of his
4t creatures: hand, eye, and ear of God are men-
ie tioned in the Furkan1 which came from Muham-
" rned; and what is stated in the first Fanik, which
** is the book of Musaylima, is all truth; but the
j" hand, the eye, and the ear of God are not like the
44 hand and foot, and eye and ear of the creatures.
c c Thus faith is required for an intercourse with God,
" and contemplation of the Creator; yet, whatever
" was found existing can be seen, but the vision of
" the eye, and the want of it, ought not to be taken
" in a confined sense, as faith is to be entertained
' * that God shows himself to his servants in whatever
" manner he wills." The man further proceeded
to say: a Avoid discussions about antiquity, tra-

of the new prophet appeared then crushed, yet we see by the account of
theDabistan, that its doctrine maintained itself as late as the seventeenth
century of our era.

1 Furkan, separating, discriminating, is another name for the Koran;
and signifies any sacred book discriminating the right from \vrong.