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ARAġTIRMA Yıl:1 Sayı:1 Bahar 2014 s AN OUTLINE OF QUNAWI S REFLECTIONS ON DIVINE NAMES IN TERMS OF ONENESS OF THE BEING/WAHDAT AL-WUJÛD Ali Fahri DOĞAN * ÖZET Vahdet-i Vücûd Açısından Ana Hatlarıyla Konevî nin Esmâ AnlayıĢı Vahdet-i Vücûd teorisyenleri arasındaki en önemli Ģahsiyetlerden biri olan Konevî, selefi ibn Arabî gibi ilâhî isimlere ciddi önem vermiģtir. Klasik tasavvuf dönemi müelliflerinin aksine Konevî, ilâhî isimler meselesini sadece zikir açısından ele almamıģ, aynı zamanda ontolojik açıdan da meseleyi değerlendirmiģtir. Tasavvufî ontolojisini açıklarken ilâhî isimleri merkezî bir noktaya yerleģtirmiģtir. Ona göre Cenab-ı Hak tan ilk taayyün ya da tezahür eden varlıklar, ilâhî isimler ve sıfatlardır. Ayrıca fizikî âlemdeki her bir nesne ilâhî bir ismin tecellîsi veya mazharıdır. Bu isimler Konevî nin fikirlerinde öylesine ön plandadır ki onun esmâya dair görüģünün, varlık görüģüyle neredeyse aynı anlama geldiğini düģünmek mümkündür. Bu çalıģmada Konevî nin varlık görüģünün büyük ölçüde ilâhî isimlere istinad ettiği fikrinden hareketle, onun esmâü l-hüsnâ anlayıģının ana hatları ele alınmıģtır. Anahtar Kelimeler: Ġlâhî Ġsimler, Konevî, Vahdet-i Vücûd ABSTRACT Being one of the most important figures among the wahdat al-wujûd(oneness of the being) theoreticians, Qunawi paid a significant attention to the Divine Names, like his predecessor ibn Arabî. Unlike the authors of classical period of su fism, Qunawi tackled the issue of Divine Names not only with regard to the Dhikr/rememberance/repitition of the divine names but also to ontological concerns. He placed the Divine Names in a central position while describing his Sufistic ontology. According to him, the first things manifested/disclosured from the God are His names and attributes. Everything in the physical world is the self-disclosure of a divine name, or the loci of manifestation/madhar of that name. These divine names have got such an eminent position in Qunawi's ideas that it is almost possible to consider his reflections on the divine names paramount to his ontological views. From the point of view that Qunawi s ontology is mainly based on Divine Names, an outline of his reflections on divine names has been introduced in this study. Key Words: Divine Names, Qunawi, Wahdat al-wujûd 58 Ali Fahri DOĞAN INTRODUCTION Sadr al-dîn al-qunawi (d. 673/1274) is one of the eminent figures in the dissemination of ibn Arabî s (d. 638/1240) teaching, which is named Wahdat al- Wujûd after his life-time, though it is not enough to denote the teaching of ibn Arabî. Being both a disciple and a step-son of ibn Arabî, Qunawi grew up spiritually and physically under the influence of his master and step-father. As a result, his sufistic views were moulded by Sheikh al-akbar ibn Arabî. Qunawi internalised and then reflected ibn Arabî-style of philosophical Sufism to such an extent that his followers, who regarded ibn Arabî as the greatest master/sheikh al-akbar, considered him as the Great Master/Sheikh al-kabeer. This means that Qunawi is not a mere interpreter to ibn Arabî; on the contrary, he re-designed and systematised the teaching of his master. Besides, he raised very important disciples including Sa'd al-dîn Sa'îd Farghânî (d. 699/1300), Mu'ayyad al-dîn Jandî (d. 691/1292 [?]) and Fakhr al-dîn 'Irâqî (d. 688/1289), all of whom played an important role in the conveyance of the theory of wahdat al-wujûd to various centers of Islam as of 13th century. Featuring such an eminent position, Qunawi placed the Divine Names at the center of his ontology. Before examining his views about the Divine Names, we had better briefly check the position of Divine Names among Muslims in general. In Islamic literature, Divine Names have always been of high importance within the works and ideas of Muslim scholars, with a wide variety of diciplines ranging from Kalâm (theology) to Tasawwuf (mysticism/sufism), from Fiqh (Islamic law) to Sunnah (tradition). The preliminary source of Islam, the Qur'an, attributes the beautiful names to God: All the beautiful names are His. 1 The general view of the scholars about the divine names depends on the prophetic saying reported by Abû Hurairah: God has got 99 names (1 less from 100). He who memorises/counts them enters into the Heaven. Ibn Majah and Tirmidhi added a list of 99 Divine Names at the end of this report. 2 The Divine Names that we recite are in these lists. 1- General Approach to Divine Names in Sufism Among the Islamic Disciplines, Sufism is the mostly-interested one in the Divine Names. During the classical period of sufism, Divine Names found an important room for themselves in a sufi's life with the help of Dhikr. Dhikr is a sufistic concept derived from the Arabic root شنط which means to remember or to * N.Erbakan Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü, Tasavvuf Anabilim Dalı Doktora öğrencisi. 1 Surah al-hashr, 59/24 2 Tirmidhi, Da awât, 82; Ibn Mâjah, Du â, 10. Mütefekkir Yıl : 1 An Outline of Qunawi s Reflection on Divine Names 59 recite. The most common and well-known way of Dhikr 3 is carried out by repeating the Divine Names in definite numbers, mostly calculated through Abjad. 4 From the time of al-ghazzâlî, Sufism started to gain a new dimension, later called Philosophical Sufism . Ibn Arabi was the most influential figure in this type of Sufism. This new type of Sufism not only dealt with the traditional sufi practises like dhikr and mujâhadah, but it also handled ontological and epistemological problems. The representatives of this type produced ideas about the creation of the universe and the sources of knowledge. Named as Wahdat al-wujûd later, this type of Sufism gave a great importance to the Divine Names in the process of Creation of the Universe. As a result, Divine names acquired one more dimension in Islamic literature in addition to dhikr: a role in the creation of the universe. In order to understand the Qunawi's view of Divine Names and their role in his ontological ideas, we had better look briefly at ibn Arabî's approach to Divine names. It is possible to say that, the Divine Names help us know the God, whom we can t understand and know without His names and attributes. On the other hand, considering the Divine Names as the principles which provide the necessary knowledge about the God cannot be possible without seeing their dual function. One of these functions is that the Divine Names are the origin of the existence. With this point of view, divine names are underlying causes of the universe. The second function of the Divine Names is that they are the source of the knowledge. Inasmuch as knowledge is about existence, the Divine Names, being the primary source of the existence, are also the main reference of knowledge. 5 We must examine ibn Arabî s teaching about the Divine Names with this perspective. To start with, according to ibn Arabî, the Divine Names that we know and that have a definite number are not the real names of God. They're the worldly names of God's actual names that exist in His Supreme Realm. 6 Besides, God created the whole universe in order to observe the essences of His Names. 7 We shouldn't forget that, although we talk about 99 Divine Names, the number of real Names of God is infinite. 8 Pointing out the relation between the Divine Names and the Universe in ibn Arabi's Teaching, Chittick states that Islamic theology commonly calls creatures the acts (af`âl) of God. He also reports that, according to ibn Arabi, these 3 For details and types of Dhikr see Ethem Cebecioğlu, Tasavvuf Terimleri ve Deyimleri Sözlüğü, Ġstanbul: Ağaç Yay., th edition, pp According to abjad calculating system, letters in the Arabic alphabet have certain numerical values. For example the letter ا has the value of 1, the letter ط has the value of 60, the letter ض has the value of 800 etc. If you want to calculate the abjad value of a word, you add the numeric values of the letters that word consists of. For example, the abjad value of the word روش is = 920. For the details about abjad see Mustafa Uzun, Ebced , DĠA, X, pp Kartal, Abdullah, Ġlahi Ġsimler Teorisi, Ġstanbul: Hayy Kitap, 2009, pp Kılıç, Mahmut Erol, ibn Arabî DüĢüncesine GiriĢ, Ġstanbul: Sufi Yay., 2009, p Ġbn Arabî, Fosoos al-hekam, edt. Abû al- Alâ Afeefy, Beirut: Dâr a'l-kitâb al-arabî p Ġbn Arabî, ibid, p. 65 Sayı : 2 Güz 2014 60 Ali Fahri DOĞAN acts are nothing but the traces (athar) of God s names, the Vestigia Dei. The Dhât (the Essence of God) is the ultimate source of all names and all realities. In Himself, God knows everything that will appear in the universe for all eternity, because all things are simply the traces of His knowledge of His Essence, which is Infinite and Absolute Being. So, God knows not only His own names, but also the names of all things. If He calls Himself by many names both in the Quran and in other scriptures, it is because the traces of the names are infinitely diverse. 9 The relation between wujud and the nonexistent things is described with regard to the divine names in ibn Arabi s works. Some of these names point to the wujud's perfections/kamâl; such as life, knowledge, desire, and power. The traces of these perfections can be seen in the universe; nevertheless, the names themselves have no independent existence. For, they are simply words that designate relations and the relations themselves are not entities. As a result, it is possible to think that names are words that represent the manner one thing is related to another thing. The things which have an established connection might be said to have wujud, but the actual connections do not. However, the traces and properties of the relations can be noticed everywhere, so a nonexistence - the relation - leaves its traces in wujud. Relations appear once we conceptualize the entities which are said to have wujûd or to be in wujud. Besides, the names arise from the traces that are perceived in the things, so they arise from the things. Since the things arise from wujud, the traces in fact belong to God Divine Names according to Qunawi Qunawi's approach to the Divine Names is based upon the background of his master ibn Arabî. It is very obvious that most of Qunawi s views depend on ibn Arabî s views about the Divine Names. Qunawi handles them in terms of Divine Knowledge. According to him, the topic of the Divine Knowledge is the Existence of God and the principles/mabâdî are Essential Names of God/Asmâ al-dhât. Moreover, these Names comprise Verbal Names/Asmâ al-fi'l and Adjective Names/Asmâ al-sifât which are subjective to Asmâ al-dhât. 11 Qunawi also states that the reason behind the existence of the universe is the demand of these Names for appearance (talab al-dhuhûr), which is consistent with ibn Arabî s ideas. 12 From this point of view, Divine Names are the substance of existing things and provenance of the possible beings. Nothing can exist without these Names. 9 Chittick, William On the Cosmology of Dhikr , within Paths to the Heart: Sufism and the Christian East, edt. James S. Cutsinger, Indiana: World Wisdom, 2004, pp William Chittick, the Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn Al-Arabi s Cosmoloogy, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998, pp Qunawi, Miftâh Ghayb al-jam wa al-wujûd, edt. Dr. Âsim Ġbrahim al-kayyâlî, Lebanon: Dâr al-kotob al-ilmiyyah, 2010, p Ekrem Demirli, Konevî'de Bilgi ve Varlık, Ġstanbul: Ġz Yay., 2005, p Mütefekkir Yıl : 1 An Outline of Qunawi s Reflection on Divine Names 61 Besides, the grounds of the Possible Realm can remain constant only by depending on these names. If it hadn't been for the judgements (ahkâm) and effectiveness (tasarruf) of these Names, there would be no name as regards with the existence of the universe and no image would appear. 13 Qunawi's view of the Names depends directly on ibn Arabî and indirectly on ibn Qâsî, as Ekrem Demirli, who has studied Qunawi's knowledge and existence reflection as a doctoral thesis, expresses. In this idea, all the divine names carry each others' meanings implicitly. It is obvious that these sufis were inspired by the Qur'anic verse Pray to Him whether with the name Allah or Rahmân, all the beautiful names are his . 14 As a result, it is possible that any divine name can be attributed to another; for, all the Divine Names designate a single reality: the Absolute Being (al-wujûd al-moutlaq). 15 To summarize, we can say that on the one hand, the Divine Names are differentiated concepts each having its own meaning and influence; on the other hand, despite their different meanings and influences, all the Divine Names designate the same reality, that is, the God. 2.a. General Categorization of Divine Names according to Qunawi We encounter the idea of ibn Arabî that the Divine Names we know here in this physical world are the names of the Real Names in Qunawi's approach to the issue, as well. 16 Moreover, in the introduction of his book Sharh Asmâillâh al- Husnâ, Qunawi reminds us that the Divine Names are infinite: The names are infinite. For, they consist of stages involving the property of God. This property is the essences of the possible beings. These essences can't be characterised with finiteness because they are identical to the God s affairs. No ending can be considered for God's affairs either in the World or Hereafter. 17 According to Qunawi, the origin of the Divine Names is the First Entification of God/Taayyun al-awwal. Thinking Martaba al-ghayb as the first, Taayyun al-awwal is the second level of Divine Presences. According to the sufis who favor wahdat al-wujûd theory, there are several phases that existence has undergone for the present-level of physical world. Chittick expresses these phases as follows: Sadr al-din Qunawi, Ibn al-'arabi's most influential disciple, seems to have coined the expression the five divine presences , referring to the five domains in which the name God exercises its influence in a global fashion. In Qunawi's terms, 13 Qunawi, Sharh Asmâillâh al-husnâ, trns. Ekrem Demirli with the name of Esmâü'l-hüsnâ ġerhi, Ġstanbul: Ġz Yay., 2011, p Sûrah al-isrâ, 17/ Demirli, ibid, p Qunawi, an-nafahât al-ilâhiyye, edt. Muhammad Khaj, Tahran: Intishârât-i Mawlâ, 1969, p Qunawi, Esmâü'l-hüsnâ ġerhi, p. 14. Sayı : 2 Güz 2014 62 Ali Fahri DOĞAN the first presence is the divine knowledge, which embraces all things 18. Hence the divine knowledge, by embracing everything, whether divine or created, delineates the total sphere of influence of the name God. However, this is on the level of God Himself, within His own non-manifest knowledge. The second presence is the spiritual world, which manifests the full range of the properties of the name God in the appropriate spiritual modes of existence. The third and fourth presences are the imaginal and corporeal worlds, and the fifth presence is the perfect human being, who is the all-comprehensive engendered thing (al-kawn aljâmi'). The divine presence specific to the perfect human being is the whole of reality on every level, which is to say that he experiences simultaneously the first four levels in their fullness and total integration. After Qunawi, the five divine presences becomes a standard discussion among Sufi theoreticians, though a wide variety of schemes are offered to explain exactly what it signifies. 19 In this first Entification of God which is called Taayyun al-awwal, all the Divine Names are united / mujmal. They haven't differed from each other yet (tafseel). However, in the second entification called Taayyun al-thânî, these Names differentiate from each other. According to Qunawi, four main names appeared first from four Essential/ Dhâtî Adjectives: Life / Hayat, Knowledge / 'Ilm, Will / Irâdah, Might / Qudrah. So, the four primary names are: al-hay (the Living), al-'alîm (the Knowing), al-murîd (the Willing) and al-qadîr (the Mighty). 20 Qunawi's statements remind us the Seven-Imam/Leader-Names theory of Ibn Arabî. In his Inshâ al- Dawâer, ibn Arabî expresses that all the Divine names have seven Imam Names: al-hayy (the Living), al-alîm (the Knowing), al-murîd (the Willing), al-qâdîr (the Mighty), al-qâil (the Locutor), al-jawâd (the Generous), al-muqsîd (the Equitable). Rest of the Divine Names are subjective to these seven names according to ibn Arabî. 21 Another categorization of Divine Names in Qunawi s reflection is the classification of the names as Asmâ al-fi l (Verbal Names), Asmâ al-sıfât (Attributal Names) and Asmâ al-dhât (Essential Names). 22 However, it is al-farghânî, one of the forecoming disciples of Qunawi, who expounded these categories. For in- 18 Sûrah al Mu min, 40/7 19 William Chittick, Presence with God , reached at html on April 19th, The original article was first published in the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society, Vol. XX, For details about Divine Presences see The Five Divine Presences: From al-qonawi to al-qaysari , The Muslim World,721982, pp Qunawi, al-foqooq fî Asrâri Mostanedâti Hekam al Fosoos, edt. Muhammad Khaji, Tahran: Intishârât-i Mawlâ, , p Ġbn Arabî, Inshâ al-dawâir, edt. H. S. Nyberg, Leiden: Buchhandlug und Druckerei vormals E. J. Brill, p.33; al-futûhât al-makkiyya, Beirut: Dâr al-kotob al-ġlmiyyah, edt. Ahmad Shams al-dîn, 2011, I, p Qunawi, al-î jâz al-bayân fî Ta weel al-umm al-qur ân, edt. Jalâl al-dîn Ashteyânî, Qum: Moassasa-e Bôstân-e Ketâb, , pp Mütefekkir Yıl : 1 An Outline of Qunawi s Reflection on Divine Names 63 stance Verbal names designate the acts of God such as al-bâith (the Resurrector), al-ghafoor (the Forgiving) etc. According to al-farghânî, Verbal Names have influence in the levels of Universe/Marâtib al-kawn. Attributal names designate some aspects of God, such as al-aleem (the Knowing) and al-murîd (the Willing). Again Fahrgânî states that these Attributal Names are not the same as the Essence / al- Dhât. Essential names are the direct names of God and they are the aspects and entifications which are the same as the Essence (Ayn al-dhât). These names include Allah, al-rahmân (the All-Merciful), al-rahîm (the All-Beneficent). 23 Qunawi also classified the Divine Names with linguistic concerns. For example, he states that some of the Names are Pronouns such as He (Huwa), We (Nahnu), I (Ana). Some of them are References (Kinâyah) which al-farghânî calls Mudharât such as al-khâliq (the Creator), al-jâel (the Maker). In addition to them, there are regency names (neyâbah). Although regency names have subjects, these are not real subjects. Qunawi gives such an example a shirt protects you from the sun. According to him, He who protects is in fact God; however, the shirt is a regent. It protects on behalf of God. 24 Qunawi handles the afore-mentioned tradition about the number of the names in a sufistic way. According to him, the phrase 1 less than 100 in the tradition is for enhancement. This kind of statement is safer not to make a mistake. Because ninety-nine is like seventy-seven, nine is like seven, etc. By doing so, God has discarded a misunderstanding. Another thing in the tradition that Qunawi expounds is the concept of ihthâ which is translated as memorizing or counting. Qunawi attributes deeper meanings to this concept. He states that, according to Men of God (Ahl-Allah), ihthâ means being qualified with these Names, appearing with the Realities (Haqâiq) of them and being servants ( abd) in accordance with the results of them. 25 Consequently, Qunawi recalls us the famous saying among the sûfîs: Acquire the morals of God (Tahallaqû bi Ahlâk-Allah). 2.b Roles of the Divine Names in the Creation of the Universe
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