SAKARÂT - سكرات
Literally: Fits of intoxication.
The delirium and unconsciousness of the dying.
“As tahqîqî îmân moves from ‘ilm al-yaqîn closer to haqq al-yaqîn it can no longer be eradicated. This was the judgement made by ahl al-kashf and tahqîq who have said: At the hour of sakarât, shaytan can cause uncertainty only in the mind (aql) by using its waswasa to bring doubts. Whereas this type of tahqîqî îmân does not remain with the mind (aql) alone. Rather, it spreads into the heart, the rûh, the sirr and settles in such subtle faculties that shaytan cannot reach them. Îmân of such people is preserved.
One path, which serves to reach this level of tahqîqî îmân, is to reach the haqiqah through perfect walâyah, and with kashf and shuhûd. This is a special path for the very special khawass. It is to have îmân at the level of shuhûd.
The Second Path is an evidential and Qur’anic style which, from the perspective of îmân in the ghayb, derives from the faydh of the mystery of wahy. It is to confirm the haqiqahs of îmân through the union of the heart and the mind which reaches the degree of strength found in the level of haqq al-yaqîn and at the level of ‘ilm al-yaqîn which reaches the degree of necessity and clarity. The elect students of the Risalet-un Nur can see that this second path is the foundation, basis, rûh and haqiqah of the Risale-i Nur. If others too look with fairness, they will see that the Risalet-un Nur shows that the paths contrary to the haqiqahs of îmân are at the degree of improbability, impossibility and inconceivability.” Kastamonu Addendum ( 25 )