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Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle EastAn Historical Perspective$
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Daniella Talmon-Heller

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474460965

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460965.001.0001

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Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle East

Daniella Talmon-Heller

Edinburgh University Press

God, the Sublime, assigned an angel known as the Summoner [al-dāʿī] to the seventh sky. On each and every night of the month of Rajab, from nightfall to sunrise, that angel calls out: ‘Blessings [ṭūbā] to those who remember God, blessings to those who worship [Him]’. And God answers: ‘I am one with those who seek Me, accommodating with those who obey Me, forgiving to those who ask for My forgiveness. The month [of Rajab] is My month, the worshipper is My worshipper, and the mercy is My mercy. On this month, I answer those who beseech Me, I fulfill the requests of those who entreat Me, and I guide those who ask for My guidance. I have made this month a rope that connects between Me and My devotees. Those who cling to it will reach Me’....

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