The later Imams were accustomed to refer at times to the sacred and secret book of al-Jafr, which was left in their keeping by Ali and belief in the existence of al-Jafr with the Imams was firm, according to the Shia. The prefix al means the. Contents The contents of al-Jafr include: Secret teachings for the 12 Imams. Al-Jafr al-Abyadh has 14 portions and each portion has 14 divisions. He reads Jafr along with me, while no one except the Prophet i.
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Jafr, while representing a long indigenous Islamic intellectual and cognitive endeavor focused on the prophetic texts, continues and develops the gnostic-mystical theory, or technique, of Hellenistic Neo-Pythagorean and Neo-Platonic cosmological letter and number speculations for these, including Jewish traditions, see Dornseiff, pp.
In Zoroastrianism , ii. The latter ultimately reflects the dialectic teachings of the Gathas q. There has been a continuous line of mystic and gnostic movements and prominent individuals engaged in certain or most aspects of numerological speculations and jafr. Similar to cabbalistic gematria in Jewish tradition, the quasi-alchemical divinatory techniques to find hidden dates and connections involve two distinct aspects of letters, numerical and non-numerical.
On a metaphysical cosmic scale, letters are assigned an ontological status of active creative constituents for the Greco-Roman tradition of this concept, cf.
The emanated cosmos is perceived as a hierarchical, multi-level dynamic matrix, each level of which is coded by a distinct letter of the Arabic alphabet. Thereby the sacred texts become accessible for exegesis by establishing the correspondence of the macro-cosmic and micro-cosmic hierarchies with the alpha-numerical hierarchies e.
This cosmic-hierarchical Table encodes two significant numbers. The total number of levels is Schafer, p. This square encodes multiple hidden correlations to the alphabet, to arithmetic series and geometric figures, and to other patterns.
Not all of the alpha-numerical cosmic hierarchies adhere to the strict sequence or number of the Arabic alphabet. Louis Massignon tr. In doing so, the mystic adepts, illustrious or not, used the same techniques by which names and dates are encoded into pleasing phrases and verse in the Islamic art of riddling, just as they produced their own logograms and chronograms in their poetry and writings. Austin, The Sufis of Andalusia, London, Edward G. Browne, A Literary History of Persia, 4 vols.
Austin, London, Gerald T. Pierre Lory, La science des lettres en Islam, Paris, Louis Massignon, Essai sur les origines du lexique technique de la mystique musulmane, tr. Edward H. Herklots, London, Wensinck and C. XIV, Fasc.
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The knowledge of the Israelite scholars. He reads Jafr along with me, while no one except the Prophet i. Muhammad and his successors look at it. Do they know what al-Jafr is?