THE following quotations from Ghazali's Ihya'u'l-'Ulum (Cairo, Maimaniyya Press, A.H. 1322) will give an idea of this noted theologian's position on this point.
'And a certain Shaikh saw Bishr bin Haratha in his sleep, and said, "What have Abu Nasri't-Tammar and 'Abdu'l-Wahhabi'l-Warraq done?" And he said, "I left them this hour (just
now) in the presence of God, eating and drinking." I said, "And you?" He replied, "God knew my small desire for food and drink, so He gave me the vision of Himself".'
'And (it is related) of 'Ali binu'l-Muwaffaq, that he said, "I saw in sleep as if I had entered Janna (Paradise), and I saw a man standing at a table and two angels at his
right hand and his left, feeding him with (giving him mouthfuls of) all the good things, and he was eating; and I saw a man standing at the gate of Janna, examining the faces of
the people, and letting in some, and turning away others". He said (He went on to say), "Then I passed the two of them to the sacred enclosure, and I saw in the tent of the
throne (Saradiqu'l-'Arsh), a man who had turned his sight to look at God (may He be exalted), and he never glanced aside;" and I said to Radwan, "Who is this?" He replied, "Ma'rufu'l-Karkhi
'Abdu'llah (he is doing it); not from fear of His fire (hell fire), nor from love of His Janna, but for love of Him. And He has permitted him to have the vision of Him till the
day of resurrection".' (iv. page 221.)