The 'Abd al-Malāʾikah (Queranzári/Majatran: المصلون من الأرواح المقدسة, literally "Worshippers of the Holy Spirits", more commenly called the Abadi) is a form of the Queranzári faith distinct from the main Queranz Church. It is the dominant form of the Queranzári faith in small parts of Kafuristan. There are also small communities of Abadi in other nations on Terra.
The Abadi believe that Akim, the higher and one benevolent power, ordered seven Holy Beings (the equivalent of Judeo-Christian Archangels), often referred to as the Seven Holy Spirits or the Seven Mysteries, to help humanity to reach its full potential by teaching them the Will of Akim and defend humanity against Evil, both against the Evil inside Man itself and against the Evil caused by Spirits and other beings fallen from the grace of Akim.
Malak al-Nur (literally: Spirit of Light) is the most revered Spirit amongst the Seven Holy Spirits. The Abadi believe that Akim first created Malak al-Nur from His own illumination and the other six Holy Spirits were created later. Akim ordered Malak al-Nur not to bow to other beings. Then Akim created the other Holy Spirits and ordered them to bring Him dust from the Earth and build the body of Amad, the first Man. Then Akim gave life to Amad from His own breath and instructed all Holy Spirits to bow to Amad. The Holy Spirits obeyed except for Malak al-Nur. When Akim asked why He didnt bow, Malak al-Nur replied, "How can I submit to another being! I am from Your illumination while Amad is made of dust." Then Akim praised Him and made Him the leader of all Holy Spirits and His deputy on Terra. Hence the Abadi believe that Malak al-Nur is the representative of Akim on the face of Terra, and comes down to Terra on the first Wednesday of April. Abadi's hold that Akim created Malak al-Nur on this day, and celebrate it as New Year's Day. Abadi's argue that the order to bow to Amad was only a test for Malak al-Nur, since if Akim commands anything then it must happen. In other words, Akim could have made Him submit to Amad, but gave Malak al-Nur the choice as a test. The Abadi believe that their respect and praise for Malak al-Nur is a way to acknowledge His majestic and sublime nature. This idea is called "Knowledge of the Sublime".
Rasul al-Haqq (literally: Messenger of the Truth) is revered by the Abadi as the Messenger Spirit of Akim. He is the Holy Spirit responsible for revealing the Book of Bliss to the Holy Prophet Ranz'riah, verse by verse. Rasul al-Haqq is widely known as the Spirit who communicates with (all of) the prophets. He also accompanied Ranz'riah on his journey to heaven, hell and the holy cities of Helem in Kafuristan and Bab al Mira in Al'Badara. Abadi's believe Rasul al-Haqq to have accompanied Ranz'riah in his ascension to the heavens, where Ranz'riah also is said to have met previous messengers of Akim.
Malak al-Maut (literally: Spirit of Death) is responsible for parting the soul from the body. He watches over the dying, separates the soul from the body, and receives the spirits of the dead. He takes the soul of every person and returns it to Akim. However, the Holy Book of Bliss makes it clear that only Akim knows when and where each person will be taken by death, thus making it clear that Malak al-Maut has no power of his own. Malak al-Maut can take many diffirent forms. In one of His forms, He has four faces and four thousand wings, and his whole body consists of eyes and tongues, the number of which corresponds to the number of people inhabiting Terra. He will be the last to die, recording and erasing constantly in a large book the names of men at birth and death, respectively.
Malak al-Rahiim (literally: Spirit of Mecry) is the Abadi spirit of mercy, and the one through whom Akim supplies rain and thunder for mankind. Furthermore, Abadi's believe that Akim has put Malak al-Rahiim in charge of rewarding the righteous in their life on Terra.
Abadi's, like mainstream Queranz Church followers, believe in a single, imperishable divine being, called Akim, the creator of all things, including all the creatures and forces in the universe. Akim is described as "a personal god, unknowable, inaccessible, the source of all Revelation, eternal, omniscient, omnipresent and almighty." Though inaccessible directly, Akim is nevertheless seen as conscious of His creation, with a mind, will and purpose. Abadi's believe that Akim expresses this will at all times and in many ways, including through a series of divine messengers referred to as Manifestations of Akim or sometimes Divine Educators, the last and most revered amongst them being Ranz'riah. In expressing Akim's intent, these manifestations are seen to establish religion in the world. Abadi teachings state that Akeem is too great for humans to fully comprehend, nor to create a complete and accurate image. Abadi's often refers to Akim by titles (e.g. the All-Powerful, or the All-Loving).
Ranz'riah ibn Hammud al-Qammat was the founder of the religion of the Quaranz Church, and is considered by his followers, both Queranzir and Abadi, to be a messenger and prophet of Akim, the last law-bearer in a series of Queranzári prophets, and, by most Queranzir and Abadi, the last prophet of Akim as taught by the Book of Bliss. Abadi's thus consider him the restorer of an uncorrupted original monotheistic faith of Akim. He was also active as a teacher, merchant, philosopher, orator, legislator, reformer and, according to Abadi belief, an agent of divine action.
Book of Bliss
The Book of Bliss is the central religious text of the Queranz faith, which both Abadi's and Queranzir consider the verbatim word of Akim and the Final Testament, following the previous revelations by Akim. It is regarded widely as the finest piece of literature in the Queranzári/Majatran language. Abadi's believe that the Book of Bliss was verbally revealed through the Holy Spirit Rasul al-Haqq from Akim to the Holy Prophet Ranz'riah gradually over a period of approximately twenty-one years beginning in 2506, when Ranz'riah was forty, and concluding in 2527, the year of his death. Furthermore, Abadi's believe that the Book of Bliss was precisely memorized, recited and exactly written down by Ranz'riahs companions, called Sahadas, after each revelation was dictated by Ranz'riah. Abadi's regard the Book of Bliss as the main miracle of Ranz'riah, the proof of his prophethood and the culmination of a series of divine messages that started, according to Abadi belief, with the messages revealed to Amad, the first Human, regarded in the Abadi faith as the first prophet. The Book of Bliss describes itself as a book of guidance, sometimes offering detailed accounts of specific historical events, and often emphasizing the moral significance of an event over its narrative sequence.
The Five Pillars are five basic acts in the Abadi religion, considered obligatory by the Abadi.The Book of Bliss presents them as a framework for worship and a sign of commitment to the faith. They are (1) the shahada (creed), (2) daily prayers (salat), (3) fasting during the month of July (sawm), (4) almsgiving (zakat), and (5) the pilgrimage to Helem, Kafuristan (hajj) at least once in a lifetime. The minority Abadi and majority Queranzir both agree on the essential details for the performance of these acts, but the Queranzir do not refer to them by the same name.
Shahada means "to know and believe without suspicion, as if witnessed"/testification; it is the name of the Abadi creed. The Shahadah is the Abadi declaration of belief in the oneness of Akim and acceptance of Ranz'riah as Akim's prophet. The Abadi declaration reads: There is no god but Akim, and Ranz'riah is His messenger. Also, it is said that when dying one should recite this declaration of faith. In Azaan (the call to prayer) it is recited. When a person wishes to convert religions they should recite this affirmation and believe in it.
Salat is the Abadi prayer. Salat consists of five daily prayers: Fajr, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib, and Isha'a. Fajr is performed at dawn, Zuhr is a noon prayer, Asr is performed in the afternoon, Maghrib is the sunset prayer, and Isha'a is the evening prayer. Each prayer consists of a certain amount of rakaʿāt ( a series of prescribed movements and words durinf worship/prayer). A prayer either consists of two, three, or four rakaʿāt. All of these prayers are recited while facing the Holy City of Helem in Kafuristan. Abadi's must wash themselves before prayer. The prayer is accompanied by a series of set positions including; bowing with hands on knees, standing, prostrating and sitting in a special position (not on the heels, nor on the buttocks, with the toes pointing away from Helem), usually with one foot tucked under the body.
During the month of July, Abadi's must fast from dawn to sunset. This is meant to feel how the poor people are without food or water. In addition, Abadi's close their bodies off from earthly demands by denying themselves food and drink. This in turn allows for the nourishment of the soul. Fasting is more than just the mere denial of food and drink. Abadi's must also abstain from smoking and sexual contact. In addition, there are culture-specific beliefs regarding the watching of television, listening to music, and the perusal of any secular vice that does not in some way enhance spirituality. Fasting during this month is often thought figuratively to burn away all sins. The Abadi believe that the Book of Bliss was sent down to the lowest heaven during this month, thus being prepared for gradual revelation by the Holy Spirit Rasul al-Haqq to the Holy Prophet Ranz'riah. Furthermore, Ranz'riah told his followers that the gates of Heaven would be open all the month and the gates of Hell would be closed. The first day of the next month, August, is spent in celebrations and is observed as the "Festival of Breaking Fast".
Zakāt or alms-giving is the practice of charitable giving by Abadi's based on accumulated wealth, and is obligatory for all who are able to do so. It is considered to be a personal responsibility for Abadi's to ease economic hardship for others and eliminate inequality. Zakat consists of spending 2.5% of one's wealth for the benefit of the poor or needy, including slaves, debtors and travelers. An Abadi may also donate more as an act of voluntary charity (sadaqah), rather than to achieve additional divine reward. There are two main types of Zakat. First, there is the kajj, which is a fixed amount based on the cost of food that is paid during the month of Fasting by the head of a family for himself and his dependents. Second, there is the Zakat on wealth, which covers money made in business, savings, income, and so on. In current usage Zakat is treated as a 2.5% collection on most valuables and savings held for a full year, as long as the total value is more than a basic minimum known as nisab.
There are four principles that should be followed when giving the Zakat:
- The giver must declare to Akim his intention to give the Zakat.
- The Zakat must be paid on the day that it is due.
- Payment must be in kind. This means if one is wealthy then he or she needs to pay 2.5% of their income. If a person does not have much money, then they should compensate for it in different ways, such as good deeds and good behavior toward others.
- The Zakat must be distributed in the community from which it was taken.
Purity and taboos
Relationship with the Queranz Church