171 their belief according to the shape of their imagina- tion, and will continue to form it so, and the place of their imaginations will be a body of the heavenly bodies. The'venerable Shaikh Maktul tends to establish in his demonstrations, that the heavenly bodies are places of imaginations of the inhabitants of heaven, and that beneath the heaven of the moon, and above the globe of fire is a spherical body, with- out motion, and this is the place of the imaginations of the inhabitants of hell. It is to be known, that this sect hold the world to be eternal, and say that, as the sun's light is to the heaven, so is the world to God. Nothing was that had not been^ and nothing will be that is not. Far- ther, according to the expounders of theological law, the world is a phenomenon of time. The phi- losophers assert, the meaning of that phenomenon is " procreation;" and the phenomenon of procrea- tion is not contradictory to u permanency;" infinite permanency coalesces with time. the year of the Hejira 339 (A. D. 950), according to Ebn Chal and Abul- feda, quoted byPococke (p. 372); according to Herbelot in Hejira 343 A. D. 954).