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hijab  Term Image (ḥijāb) Script Image
(Language:  Arabic)
Alternate Spellings:
Short Description: Veil, curtain.
Long Description: The Prophet said that God hides Himself by seventy thousand curtains of light and darkness. In Sufism, a person is “veiled” (maḥjūb) whose consciousness is determined by passion, whether sensual or mental, so that he does not perceive the Divine Light in the heart. According to this mode of expression, it is man and not God who is covered by a veil or curtain.
Source(s): Introduction to Sufi Doctrine (by Titus Burckhardt)
Notes & References: See Esoterism as Principle and as Way (Chapter “The Mystery of the Veil”)
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Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms