Posted on 06/02/2012 by marina

MAUT ميت
“Death.” The word is always used. in the Qur’an. In its literal sense, meaning the departure of the spirit from the body, e.g. Surah ii. 182: “Every soul must taste of death.” But amongst the Sufis it is employed in a figurative sense, e.g. al-mautu ‘l.-abyaz, or “the white death’,” is held to mean abstinence from food, or that feeling of hunger which purifies the soul. A person who frequently abstains from food is said to have entered this state of death. Al-mautu ‘l-akhzar, “the green death,” the wearing of old clothes in a state to of voluntary poverty. When a person has given up wearing purple and fine linen, and has chosen the garments of poverty, he is said to have entered this state of death, the Al-mautu ‘l-aswad, “the black death,” the voluntary taking up of trouble, and submitting to be evil spoken of for the truth’s sake. When a Muslim has learnt to submit to such troubles and persecutions, he is said to have entered into the state of death (See ‘Abdu r-Razzaq’s Dict. of Sufi Terms.) [MAMAT.]

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam