“We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Quran) is the truth” [The Noble Quran, 41:53]
Our mission is twofold, focused :
- primarily on Ismaili philosophy;
- secondly on conveying the recent guidance of present Ismaili Imam,His Highness Prince Karim Agakhan,in the form of his speeches,interviews and public addresses.
Based on Mawlana Hazar Imam’s guidance in his Farmans to the younger generation, in Karachi in October 2000, to learn from the Isma‘ili intellectual legacy and to derive from it wisdom, inspiration and happiness, our purpose is about exploring Islamic philosophical and metaphysical thought developed in the medieval times of Islamic history, with special emphasis on that produced by Ismaili philosophers.Ismaili philosophical tradition has been the most enduring and intellectual tradition of Islam,that aimed mainly on use of Intellect for seeking path of knowledge.
Appointed by Fatimid Imams,Ismaili Dais had been charged with responsibility to help Ismaili murids in reaching the subtle truths behind symbolical language of Quran.They had a direct spiritual inspiration(ta’eed) from the Imam of time and this was the reason they were able to reach the hidden truths and then bring back those hidden truths in the language of tawil (spiritual exegesis). However they sought a neoplatonic approach to developed a system of thought that could serve to give an intellectual approach towards theology.
Purpose for developing this website is to provide a platform for readers to have an access to the intellectual traditions of Ismailism,especially for exploring works done by a great Ismaili intellectuals like Nasir Khusrau.Inspiration also comes from the following remarks of Mowlana Hazar Imam where he stresses for adopting Nasir khusrau’s approach of using intellect to reach out answers of Hows and whys:
“The passage of a millennium has not diminished Nasir Khusraw’s relevance nor dulled the lustre of his poetry. It continues to uplift and inspire, reminding us that we are the authors of our own destiny. As he has said, we can be like a poplar tree which chooses to remain barren, or we can let our path be lit by the candle of wisdom, for only ‘with INTELLECT, we can seek out all the hows and whys. Without it, we are but trees without fruit.’ “
Mowlana Hazar Imam,Dushnnbe,30th August,20o3
For Mowlana Hazar Imam, it has always been an essential element of his guidance for the jamat especially children and youth to use their intellect in the matters of faith,but at the same time to use spiritual dimensions for intellectual enquiries.As earlier, in 1985, he had said:
“The faith urges freedom of intellectual enquiry and this freedom does not mean that knowledge will lose its spiritual dimension. That dimension is indeed itself a field for intellectual enquiry.”
Mawlana Hazar Imam
Faculty of Health Sciences of the Aga Khan University and Aga Khan University Hospital Inauguration Ceremony (Karachi, Pakistan), 11 November 1985