المحبة الإلهیة عند ذی النون المصری
البیان دراسات قنا
Dhul-Nun al-Misri's Love of God This paper sheds light on the concept of Love of God in Dhul-Nun al-Misri's thought. In the thirteenth Hijri century, a group of men emerged as lovers of God, and Dhul-Nun al-Misri (Died 246 H/068 AD) is just one of them. He uses the word "love" unhesitantly, and as a matter of fact his mystic though is based on love of God which is the essence of mysticism, and a common conceptualization among all mystic figures. Love of God, for mystics, is the beginning and
... he beginning and the end, it's the mystic's support on the path of God, one of the highest spiritual ranks, a favor from God to the devoted believers, and a great honor. There is nothing beyond realizing this Godly love unless it's one of its fruits and a consequence, and there nothing comes before it unless it's an introduction to it. I have studied Dhul-Nun al-Misri's love of God, deducting it from his poetry and sayings and have come to the conclution that his theory of love of God is not less significant than his predecessors. The paper sheds light on the following: a biography of Dhul-Nun al-Misri and a synopsis about his life and contributions, linguistic and mystic definitions of love, proofs of Godly love, Dhul-Nun al-Misri's concept of love, signs of that love, and characteristics and ranks of lovers. I have also highlighted his use of symbolism to express love of God, and how love relates to certain conditions and ranks like satisfaction, missing, affability, evanescence, and knowledge, which are obviously relevant and effective concepts to love for Dhul-Nun al-Misri. Finally, I have presented models of Dhul-Nun al-Misri's observations of lovers of God. In the conclusion, I reflect upon the significance of love of God in Dhul-Nun al-Misri's model of mysticism.