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Alam al-Jabarut (Arabic: ألم الجبروت‎, meaning the world of power[1]) terms the highest realm in Islamic cosmology. Below Alam al Jabarut, but still higher than Alam al Mulk, is the realm Al-Malakut placed. The higher realms impinges the realms below and are not separated worlds.[2] Although some scholars were not able to see any difference between Alam al Jabarut and Al-Malakut,[3] others thought this to be the realm of angels and spirits and the other a realm below. Thus this realm is also considered to be the created aspect of Rasul and the created reality of Adam, here representing the perfect human (Al-Insān al-Kāmil).

Angelic realm

While angels also dwell in Al-Malakut to encounter humans and perform tasks on earth, the most elected angels inhabit Al-Jabarut.[4] Therefore, this is the domain of angelic manifestations and therefore the realm of archtypes, thrones and powers and also the paradise of afterlife, with exception of the supreme paradise.[5] Thus this realm is eternal existence, while the others are created and limited.[6]

References

  1. ^ Cyril Glassé, Huston Smith The New Encyclopedia of Islam Rowman Altamira 2003 ISBN 978-0-759-10190-6 page 145
  2. ^ Amira El-Zein Islam, Arabs, and Intelligent World of the Jinn Syracuse University Press 2009 ISBN 978-0-815-65070-6 page 6
  3. ^ N. Hanif Biographical Encyclopaedia of Sufis: Central Asia and Middle East Sarup & Sons 2002 ISBN 978-8-176-25266-9 page 307
  4. ^ N. Hanif Biographical Encyclopaedia of Sufis: Central Asia and Middle East Sarup & Sons 2002 ISBN 978-8-176-25266-9 page 307
  5. ^ Cyril Glassé, Huston Smith The New Encyclopedia of Islam Rowman Altamira 2003 ISBN 978-0-759-10190-6 page 144
  6. ^ N. Hanif Biographical Encyclopaedia of Sufis: Central Asia and Middle East Sarup & Sons 2002 ISBN 978-8-176-25266-9 page 306
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