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{ وَلَقَدْ رَآهُ نَزْلَةً أُخْرَىٰ }

And verily he saw him another time,He said:That is, in the beginning when God, Glorified and Exalted is He, created him as a light within a column of light (nūran fī ʿamūd al-nūr), a million years before creation, with the essential characteristics of faith (ṭabāʾiʿ al-īmān), in a witnessing of the unseen within the unseen (mushāhadat al-ghayb bi’l-ghayb). He stood before Him in servanthood (ʿubūdiyya), by the lote tree of the Ultimate Boundary [53:14], this being a tree at which the knowledge of every person reaches its limit.


Tafsīr al-Tustarī, trans. Annabel Keeler and Ali Keeler
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