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They will not object to any part of that but rather know that all of it is in conformity with a vast wisdom. If they do not . §103. . §104. indd 26 29/11/11 3:09 PM Introduction 27 comprehend that at the time, they will come to understand the wisdom in it later. Because they understand that the imam is the wisest man in his time, it is essential that they know that all he does is done wisely, even though they may not perceive exactly how it is wise. 55 A dāʿī should know that the kingdom is the protector of the faith; the kingdom of the imam is built on religion.

That which is ‘fine’ here consists of loyal devotion to our Master, the Commander of the Believers, ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib. God has said: ‘He who produces the best has ten models of it’,9 which is to say, he who believes in the authority of ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib understands the ten ranks of the hierarchy, five of which are bodily and five spiritual. [§8] The verse in which God says: ‘Verily We sent you as a witness, a bearer of good tidings, and a warner; and a dāʿī on behalf of God and by His leave, a lamp spreading light’10 shows that someone who is not just and trustworthy is not to give testimony about either religion or the world, and cannot be a dāʿī.

2, p. 103. . The demise of al-Fāriqī took place in Rabīʿ II 05/October 101. . Ibn Ḥajar al-ʿAsqalānī says he favours Shaʿbān and adds that there was no qāḍī for two or three months prior to this (Rafʿ al-iṣr ʿan quḍāt Miṣr, ed. ʿAlī Muḥammad ʿUmar [Cairo, 1998], p. 72). However, in Ibn Ḥajar’s biography of al-Fāriqī, he states that Egypt had no chief judge for three months, twenty-three days after him (p. 321). This places Ibn Abi’l-ʿAwwām’s installation about the 9th of Shaʿbān/ February 1015.

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