The word Didar (beatific vision) comes from the Persian word didan, “to see”. Didar means “vision”, “sight”, or “glimpse”. The word Mulaqat comes from the Arabic word liqa – which means “face to face meeting”. The word liqa appears throughout the Qur’an, referring to the “Day of Meeting” (Qur’an 9:77, 84:6, 29:5, 6:154, 18:110, 32:14, 41:54, 30:8) that takes place when human beings will have the direct vision of God on the Day of Judgment. The Qur’an also says that a preview or foretaste of the Meeting (liqa) with God takes place in the physical world when human beings behold the Signs of the Day of Meeting (Qur’an 13:2, 39:71, 10:7, 6:130). In this respect, the Imam is the living Sign of God and the murid’s vision of the Imam – called Liqa or Didar – is a foretaste and preview of human soul’s eschatological vision (liqa, didar) of God to take place in the hereafter.
One kind of Didar of the Imam is to see the Imam physically – this is called Zahiri Didar. The second kind of Didar of the Imam involves seeing the Imam’s Soul and Light (nur) spiritually with the eyes of the heart – this is called Batini Didar.
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