IBN ARABI/4 : Ibn Arabi Mystical Meetings with Khidr
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How Ibn Arabi Met al-Khidr (The Spiritual Angel)?
Ibn ‘Arabī claimed to have met with Khidr three times over the course of his life The first occurred while `Ibn Arabi was a youth in the service of the king, Shaykh al-‘Uryabī. Ibn ‘Arabī said of their encounter:
I met Khidr in Qūs al-haniyya in Seville, and he said to me: ‘Accept what the Shaykh says!’ I immediately turned to the Shaykh ‘Uryabī and before I spoke he said: ‘O Muhammad, does that mean that every time you contradict me, I will have to ask Khidr to instruct you in submission to the masters?’ I replied: ‘Master, was that person Khidr?’ He answered: ‘Yes!’ (I, 331; Addas 63)
In 1193 at the age of 28 Ibn ‘Arabī visited Tunis to meet the disciples of Abu Madyan, notably ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Mahdawī and Abū Muḥammad ‘Abdallāh al-Kinānī. He stayed there for less than a year. Ibn `Arabi met Khidr for the second time while he was returning from Tunis. One night, traveling by boat, he saw a man walking on the water towards him. Upon reaching the boat, Khidr stood on the sea and showed him that his feet were still dry. After that Khiḍr conversed with Ibn ‘Arabī in a language which is peculiar to him (OY: III, 182). Ibn ‘Arabī had his third meeting with Khidr upon reaching Andalusia in late 590 AH. Khidr performed a miracle to provide evidence for a skeptical companion of Ibn ‘Arabī. – AAE.
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