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YAUM AL-MITHAQ

Encyclopaedia of Ismailism by Mumtaz Ali Tajddin

"The word mithaq is derived from wathiqa meaning to place confidence in someone Thus, mithaq means the covenant, occurring 25 times in the Koran. The Yaum al-mithaq means the day of the covenant or the day of primordial, also called yaum ad-darr, meaning, the day of specks.

On the day of covenant the human race, in the state of light particles, professed God's Oneness. Man's profession of God's Oneness (tauhid) on the day of primordial compact in pre-existence is expressed by his confession of God's Lordship (rububiyyah), which by implication affirms man's conscious acceptance of himself as servant (abd) of His Lord (rabb) : "And when thy Lord (rabb) took from the children of Adam, from their loins, their seeds (durriyyah), and made them testify touching themselves, `Am I not your Lord' (a-lastu bi rabbikum)? they said, `yes, we testify (bala sahidna)!" (7:172)

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