Al-Malakut meaning Realm of Dominion (Arabic: عالم الملكوت‎), is an invisible realm, in Islamic cosmology, containing several metaphysical beings and places in Islamic lore, like angels, demons, jinn, hell and the seven heavens.[1] It is sometimes used interchangeable with Alam al Mithal, but otherwise distinguished from it, as a realm above Alam al Mithal, but still sublunary to Alam al Jabarut, as a lower plane for angels, but still higher than the plane of jinn.[2] The higher realms are not separated worlds in Islamic thought, rather they impinges the realms below.[3]

Imaginal RealmEdit

The realm called Al Malakut or Alam al Mithal (translated as imaginal realm) terms the concept of a realm where all ideas, thoughts and actions are manifested, including supernatural experiences,[4] conversations with angels and encounters with jinn.[5] Additionally, the lower soul (nafs), came from there and the dreamer enters this realm again during sleep.[6] It is held to be between the material realm (Alam al Mulk) and the spiritual realm (Alam al Jabarut).[7]

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  1. ^ Jess Hollenback Mysticism: Experience, Response, and Empowerment Penn State Press 1996 ISBN 978-0-271-04444-6 page 259
  2. ^ Amira El-Zein Islam, Arabs, and Intelligent World of the Jinn Syracuse University Press 2009 ISBN 978-0-815-65070-6 page 49
  3. ^ Amira El-Zein Islam, Arabs, and Intelligent World of the Jinn Syracuse University Press 2009 ISBN 978-0-815-65070-6 page 6
  4. ^ Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi Saints and Saviours of Islam Sarup & Sons 2005 ISBN 978-8-176-25555-4 page 170
  5. ^ Jess Hollenback Mysticism: Experience, Response, and Empowerment Penn State Press 1996 ISBN 978-0-271-04444-6 page 259
  6. ^ Duncan Black Macdonald Development of Muslim Theology, Jurisprudence, and Constitutional Theory The Lawbook Exchange 2009 ISBN 978-1-584-77858-5 page 234
  7. ^ Victor Danner Kitāb Al-Ḥikam Brill Archive 1984 ISBN 978-9-004-07168-1 page 71