haqiqah

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haqiqah

(Arabic: "reality," "truth"), in Sufi (Muslim mystic) terminology, the knowledge the Sufi acquires when the secrets of the divine essence are revealed to him at the end of his journey toward union with God. The Sufi must first reach the state of fana' ("passing away of the self"), in which he becomes free from attachment to the earthly world and loses himself entirely in God. After he is awakened from that state he attains the state of baqa' ("subsistence"), and haqiqah is revealed to him.

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