Since the realities require and the knowledge of them as they are in themselves demands that results, whether in the mind or in the external world, only issue from numerical oddness, and since three is the first of the odd numbers, since oddness as usually defined is that a number capable of being subdivided into whole numbers cannot be subdivided into two equal parts, whereas the number one cannot be subdivided into whole numbers; God brought about the effusion of existence upon the world from three things: His Self or Essence, His Will and His Word. And the Reality, i.e. the divine He-ness in these three forms, is one, while the relations are different. Therefore He said, alluding to the three things, “Our only words to a thing, when We desire it, is that We say to it ‘Be’, and it is” (cf. Qur’an), thus alluding to the Essence in three places (“We” and “Our”), to the Will in one place (“desire”) and to the Word in two places (“words” and “say”).

And do not let the combination of the premisses in philosophical reasoning veil you from confirming what we have said about oddness being necessary for a result to be achieved, even though the premises are made up of four parts, i.e. the subject and object of each of the two premisses, for, in reality, they are three, since a single one of the four, i.e., the middle term, is repeated in the two premisses. To understand this. Therefore it remains valid to say that it is triplicity that brings about results, whether in the mind or in the external world. And the world is a result, without a doubt.

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