Keramat

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In Islamic mystical philosophy and in Irfan, keramat (کرامت karāmat, also کرامات karāmāt = karaamaat) is the ability to perform supernatural wonders by saintly Muslims. It is "thaumaturgic gift" akin to the miracles of prophets.

Sufis and Alevis believe that, whereas miracles can only be performed by prophets (Allah creates the miracle in support to His prophets) and are a testament to their prophethood, karaamaat are extraordinary things performed by awliyaa', who are not prophets but are common Muslims who have reached a high rank of piety through proper knowledge of and practice of Islam, and most importantly through the constant zikr, that is, remembrance of Allah. Allah creates karamaat to support the waliyy.

Keramats only occur by the will of Allah and the said wali is not in control of them. Keramats can not be used to distinguish a truthful saint from a pseudo one. One of the greatest keramats in a saint is their ability to act upon the inward and outward traditions of Muhammad. Many keramats that have been reported and postulated by many well known sufis have no basis in sharia (Islamic sacred laws) because they have no isnad (chain of narration). The noble traditions, or hadith, on the other hand, do contain many reports of companions of prophet Muhammad performing miraculous acts.

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