The first mention of the book is associated with the sixth imam, Jafar al-Sadiq. In Sunni lore, the book is named Kitab al-mughaybat (The book of hidden things). For Jafr proper, the major tool is the science of letters, ʿelm al-ḥoruf, based on the numerical values of the twenty-eight letters of the Arabic. Our 5-day meteogram for Al Jafr offers all weather information in 3 simple graphs: Temperature chart with weather pictograms. The time from sunrise to sunset is.

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Jafr, while representing a long indigenous Islamic intellectual and cognitive endeavor focused la the prophetic texts, continues and develops the gnostic-mystical theory, or technique, of Hellenistic Neo-Pythagorean and Neo-Platonic cosmological letter and number speculations for these, including Jewish traditions, see Dornseiff, pp.

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The latter ultimately reflects the dialectic teachings of the Gathas q. There has been a continuous line of mystic and gnostic movements and prominent individuals engaged in certain or most aspects of numerological speculations and jafr.


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Similar to cabbalistic gematria in Jewish tradition, the quasi-alchemical divinatory techniques to find hidden dates and connections involve two distinct aspects of letters, numerical and non-numerical.

On a metaphysical cosmic scale, letters are assigned an ontological status of active creative constituents for the Greco-Roman tradition of this concept, cf.

The emanated cosmos is perceived as a hierarchical, multi-level dynamic matrix, each level of which is coded by a distinct letter of the Arabic alphabet. Thereby the sacred texts become accessible for exegesis by establishing the correspondence of the macro-cosmic and micro-cosmic hierarchies with the alpha-numerical hierarchies e.

This cosmic-hierarchical Table encodes two significant numbers. The total number of levels is This square encodes multiple hidden correlations to the alphabet, to arithmetic series and geometric figures, and to other patterns.

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Not all of the alpha-numerical cosmic hierarchies adhere to the strict sequence or number of the Arabic alphabet. In doing so, the mystic adepts, illustrious or not, used the same techniques by which names and dates are encoded into pleasing phrases and verse in the Islamic art of riddling, just as they produced their own logograms and chronograms in their poetry and writings.


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