In the Hindu, Egyptian, or Romanesque architecture, one feels the priest, nothing but the priest, whether he calls himself Brahmin, Magian
, or Pope.
The most credible pictures are those of majestic men who prevailed at their entrance, and convinced the senses; as happened to the eastern magian
who was sent to test the merits of Zertusht or Zoroaster.
The priestcraft of the East and West, of the Magian
, Brahmin, Druid, and Inca, is expounded in the individual's private life.
see your face's light, and then, above, black hair like darkness motionless, and in between this light and darkness stand the proofs they prep for every challenger; You are their sun, how many bend to you in prayer when darkness falls and bow
Sixteen centuries later, Al-Ma'arri (973-1057), the Arab poet-rationalist, agreed, asserting that the "true believers" in mosques and cloisters merely blindly follow the local habits: "Had they been born among Magians
or Sabians, they would have become Magians
In his ground-breaking work al-Ilf1'e2m bi Man'e2qib al-Isl'e2m, al Amiri categorised various religions on the basis of S'fbrat Al Hajj (22) verse 17 which says, f0"On the Day of Resurrection Allah will most certainly judge among those who believe and those who became Jews and Sabaeans and Christians and Magians
, and those who associate others with Allah in His Divinity.
Very young al-Ghazali was struck by religious diversity and the fact that kids of Muslims became Muslims, kids of Jews Jews, kids of Christians Christians, and kids of Magians Magians
The list of religious traditions as given in 2:62 above is expanded in the following passage: "Those who believe (in the Qur'an) those who follow the Jewish (scriptures) and the Sabians Christians Magians
and Polytheists Allah will judge between them on the Day of Judgment: for God is witness of all things" (22:17).
70 According to RaHman, the Mu'tazilah had been described as the Magians
of the Muslim community for their belief in the freedom of the will.
Those who follow Muhammad, those who believe in Judaism, the Sabians, the Christians, the Magians
, and the polytheists, God will judge between them on the Day of Judgment (22:17).