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Full text of "The Dabistan"

168

the whole of the notions and powers of primitive
creation is contained in the knowledge of God, who
is understood under the name of " primitive, per-
" manent, and predestinator."    Every body pos-
sesses not this knowledge; it was then on account
of the belief that the predestinations were concealed
in it, that <c the night of power" was said to be
" primitive," and as in the place to which one re-
turns (that is at the resurrection) every thing con-
cealed shall become manifest, and every one be in-
formed of it, on account of this belief, this place was
referred to " day."   As on this day, all are to rise
from the tomb of the body, and to awake from the
sleep of heedlessness, it was called " the resurrec-
" tion."

According to the learned, Kabah (the square tem-
ple at Mecca) is an emblem of the sun, on which
account it is right to worship it; and the well Zem
zem1 signifies likewise " the great luminary," as
Hakim Klidkdni said relatively to both:

4i 0 Kabah, them traveller of the heaven 1
" 0 Zem zem, thou fire of the world!"

Hajer id dsvad, 'c the black stone at Mecca," repre-
sents the body of Venus, which on the border of the
heavens is a star of the planets. Some have inter-
preted the resurrection of the bodies in the sense of
the learned, who referred it lo the revolution of the

1 A well at Mecca, sec this vol., p. 14-15, note 1.