Purpose of Human Life: A Metaphysical Stance

In the classical Ismaili cosmology, the first Existent Being that originates as a result of  the first Cause is Universal Intellect, which is ‘One’  and contains, at the same time,  in its luminous substance all things in their multiplicity.The  Intellect is not theoretically defined as God, but much of the language that is used to…

‘Vision of Aga khan’:Speech at Conference of Indigenous Philanthropy

Speech By His Highness the Agakhan at Conference of Indigenous Philanthropy;Islamabad, Pakistan (17 October 2000) “The Quran, the Hadith, the sayings of Hazrat Ali, and many scholarly sources make numerous references to the forms and purposes of philanthropy. Human dignity – restoring it, and sustaining it – is a central theme. Enabling individuals to recover…

What Classical Philosophy Says on Creation?

“The creation according to Islam is not a unique act in a given time but a perpetual and constant event; and God supports and sustains all existence at every moment by His will and His thought. Outside His will, outside His thought, all is nothing, even the things which seem to us absolutely self-evident such…