Saturday, 8 November 2014

Sufi Shaikh Ibn Arabi Says Jesus will Descend in a New Body

The Sufi Shaikh Ibn Arabi, who the Sufis refer to as “Shaikh ul Akbar” meaning the greatest Shaikh, says regarding the ascension of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him):

    رفع عيسى عليه السلام اتصال روحه عند المفارقة عن العالم السفلي بالعالم العلوي
    Translation: “The Spirit of Jesus (peace be upon him) was raised from the lower world to the high world”. Here, Ibn Arabi has denied the raising of Jesus as a physical, bodily ascension
    Instead, he has asserted that the ascension was spiritual

Furthermore, regarding the descent of Jesus (peace be upon him) in the latter days, Ibn Arabi says
وجب نزوله في آخر الزمان، بتعلّقه ببدن آخر
Translation: “He will descend in the latter days with a different body”. This belief of Ibn Arabi is in fact the basis for the idea of a “spiritual” second coming of Jesus (peace be upon him) which has been propogated by esoteric sects such as the Ahmadiyah

Source: Tafsir Ibn Arabi, P. 165

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