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Encyclopaedia of Ismailism by Mumtaz Ali Tajddin

The five elements (al-hawassul khamsa) alone form the constituents of all the mundane creation. The first is unsur-i azam (the great element), referring to the great throne (arsh-i akbar). Secondly, the wind; thirdly, the fire; fourthly, the water and fifthly, the dust. In the Indian language, these are called panch-bhut, namely akas, vayu, tej, jal and prthivi.

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