photographic paper on the back of the mirror also has a separate and accidental external existence.
Similarly, the inscriptions of beings, which appear through the manifestations of the sacred divine names – occurring through will, choice, and power – in the mirror of the universe and mirrors of the quintessential natures of things, have a created existence separate from the Necessary Existence. And this existence has been given a permanence through pre-eternal power. But if the connection were to be severed, all things would at once cease to be. Because for their continued existence, all things are every instant in need of their Creator’s preserving them. “The reality of things is constant,” but it is constant and permanent only through His making it so.
Thus, Muhyiddin’s saying: “Spirit is not created; it is a reality proceeding from the world of the divine command and from the attribute of will,” is contrary to many clear statements of the Qur’an and Hadiths, and according to the investigation above, he was confused, deceived, and had not seen the weak existences of things.
The places of manifestation of such divine names as Creator and Provider cannot be illusory or imaginary. Since the names have a reality, their places of manifestation also have an external reality.
YOUR THIRD QUESTION
You want instruction in the science of jafr that will be a key to it.
T h e A n s w e r : We are not carrying out this work and service at our own wish and through our own planning. A better will than ours governs it, over and above our wills. The science of jafr is an absorbing and pleasurable occupation, but it busies us and detains us from our true duties. It has often happened that some of the Qur’an’s mysteries have been revealed through it as though it were a key, but on addressing myself to them with real enthusiasm and enjoyment, they eluded me. I have discovered two instances of wisdom in this:
The First: It may be discourteous towards the prohibition of “None knows the Unseen save God.”
The Second: Teaching the Islamic community about the fundamental truths of belief and the certain proofs of the Qur’an is a sacred service far exceeding in value and merit such occult sciences as jafr. Their firm evidences and categorical proofs allow no opportunity for exploitation, but occult sciences like jafr that are not bound by any firm rules, and are open to abuse and exploitation by charlatans. In any event, a little is bestowed whenever the need arises in this service of reality arises.
Among the keys of jafr, the easiest, and perhaps the purest and finest,