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Subtle Insights Concerning Knowledge and Practice$
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Sa'd ibn Mansur Ibn Kammuna al-Baghdadi and Andrew March

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203691

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203691.001.0001

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On Practice

On Practice

First Gate (p.90)

(p.89) Part II. On Practice
Subtle Insights Concerning Knowledge and Practice

Sa‘d ibn Mansur Ibn Kammūna al-Baghdādī

, Y. Tzvi Langermann
Yale University Press

This chapter concerns worship. It opens with a remark concerning the role of the body. Bodily forms of worship can be useful in directing knowledge to the heart; acts of worship done with the body are likened to the capital with which one starts a business. Supererogatory acts then follow just as profits follow upon a good investment of capital. The chapter then discusses protective measures: measures against sinning with the body and the tongue in particular, as well as measures to guard against “scourges of the heart.” Here, Ibn Kammūna offers a general observation: it is harder to refrain from transgressions than it is to perform positive commandments. Our bodies and faculties are God's gift to us; we should not use them against Him. Finally, the chapter describes the “stations” that the seeker—here qualified as the seeker after worship and knowledge—must climb through.

Keywords:   worship, bodily forms of worship, Satan, sin, protective measures, prayer, travel

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