Khalil Andani : 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…

Khalil Andani : Universal Intellect As The First Originated Being

Universal Intellect: The First Originated Being In classical Isma‘ili thought, the Universal Intellect (al-‘aql al-kull) is the First Originated Being which has come into being directly through God’s Word/Command. The Universal Intellect is the most perfect being in all existence and encompasses all realities. The Intellect is complete, self-sufficient and is the summit of all…