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Works of Hadj Nemat


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The 493 pages of Principles composed in Kurdish verse address the rites and rituals specific to the Ahl-e Haqq, along with counsel, discourses, and invocations. Perhaps one of the reasons Hadj Nemat often chose verse to describe the rites and rituals of this order is that it is relatively easier to learn than prose, thus facilitating its understanding and implementation for the Ahl-e Haqq community.

The book is divided into four sections: the first sets forth matters such as the principles of religion, offerings, charitable deeds, and that which is both compulsory and recommended in the Ahl-e Haqq doctrine. The second contains spiritual counsel along with prescriptions and proscriptions for the Ahl-e Haqq, while the third section relays historical matters and prophecies. The final section features prayers and supplications to the Arbiter of all Needs.

The reason Hadj Nemat cites for writing this book is to raise awareness of the divine prescriptions and proscriptions and, in accordance with God's commandment, to resolve the differences between the Ahl-e Haqq community with respect to their fundamental pillars and ceremonial rites so that they can learn the correct principles and set aside their differences. He emphasizes that truth lies in sincerity, and that whoever is sincere will reach the destination.

In addition to setting forth the precepts of the Ahl-e Haqq, the author also renders considerable advice, counsel, and supplications. As well, he explores such topics as the manner of the night prayer, accountability in the other world, descriptions and explanations of the great figures in the Ahl-e Haqq tradition, especially the seven archangels and the haftvaneh, astrology and astronomy, complaints about the community, the account of creation, his own internal states, prophecies, and theophanies.

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