Six Days of Creation – An Esoteric Discourse

In Ismaili thought, the Qur’an has both an exoteric outer meaning, called the zahir, and an esoteric inner meaning, called the batin. The Ismailis refer to the process of extracting the inner meaning (batin) of the Qur’an as ta’wil (a word which means “to lead back to the origin”).  Throughout Ismaili history, the ta’wil of…

Universal Intellect As The First Originated Being

Universal Intellect: The First Originated Being   “The Divine Intellect, ‘Aql-i Kull, both transcends and informs the human intellect. It is this intellect which enables man to strive towards two aims dedicated by the Faith: that he should reflect upon the environment Allah has given and that he should know himself. It is the light…