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ihsan  Term Image (al-’iḥsān) Script Image
(Language:  Arabic)
Alternate Spellings:
Short Description: Sanctifying virtue, spiritual beauty.
Long Description: In the famous ḥadīth of Jibrīl (Gabriel), the Prophet distinguished between al-islām (abandonment to the Divine Will), al-īmān (faith) and al-iḥsān, which he defined as: “To worship God as if thou seest Him; for if thou seest Him not, verily He seeth thee.”
Source(s): Introduction to Sufi Doctrine (by Titus Burckhardt)
Notes & References: See Sufism: Veil and Quintessence (Chapter “The Quintessential Esoterism of Islam.”)
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Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms