Magic and the Occult in Islam: Ahmad al-Buni (622H/1225CE?) and his Shams Al-Ma'arif
The Unexplained File Cult and Occult
Cult - a group whose belief is a counterfeit or has serious deviations from the Bible and the doctrines of salvation through Jesus Christ and Christianity. Occult — Hidden or secret knowledge to that which is beyond the range of ordinary human knowledge. It is frequently used in reference to certain practices occult arts which include divination, fortune telling, spiritism and magic. Examples: Astrology; numerology arithmancy , reading cards, palms chiromancy , glass or still water surfaces such as crystal, mirror, or lake scrying , tea leaves tasseomancy , hexagram patterns I Ching or special Norse symbols runes , and the earth to determine the best location for structures geomancy. Familiar spirit : A spirit that aids in divination or magic; demon. Lodge : Can be used to refer to a governing body, branch, meeting hall, or members of an organization. Not to be confused with stage magic practices by illusionists for entertainment.
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