Wahdat al-wujud

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 1 year ago

Wahdat Al-Wujood is a claim which means in Arabic (The Oneness or unity of the existence)  . It claims that every thing in the existence is one or from one nature including the Creator and His creation. This claim did not come in Quran or any authentic Hadeeth , on the contrary, we read in Quran clear verses which refute this claim e.g. (ليس كمثله شيء

)Nothing is like Him (Allah)( Sura 42, Verse 11)

Ameerul Mo’minen Ali (AS) says in Du’a Al-Sabaah (The supplication of the morning): يا من دل على ذاته بذاته وتنزه عن مجانسة مخلوقاته (O He who guided to Himself and proved Himself by Himself, and He is absolutely High from homogenizing or being similar to His creatures ).

This claim of Wahdat al-Wojood existed among old non Muslims, then it was taken by some Muslims who are away from Ahlul Bayt (AS)

 Ibn Arabi who is a famous Sufi (died in Damascus 638 Hjri) was among the first who mentioned the term What al-Wojood.

Some scholars say that Ibn Arabi is the founder of this term among Muslims. Some Shia scholars mentioned this term under certain meaning, but all our Shia scholars reject the claim of unity or similarity between the Creator and His creatures.

Wassalam.

Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 1 year ago

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Thank you for your question. There are a number of definitions of the term wahdat al-wujud and to get a grasp on these definitions and what their implications are it is important to study theoretical 'irfan. Traditional Shii scholars would not accept something that contradicts the scriptural sources and so it is important to be clear which definition of wahdat al-wujud a certain scholar agrees with. Wujud in theoretical 'irfan means God, and wahdah means unity. Wahdat al-wujud therefore means the unity of God and so there is no scholar who would disagree with the unity of God. What is more important is what is meant by that unity, which is a technical issue that needs some introductory study.

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