“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
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 tradition developed in the medieval times of Islamic history, with special emphasis on works produced by Ismaili philosophers of that era. 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.
Ismaili Theology has always emphasized on intellectual investigation of truth. Appointed by Fatimid Imams, Ismaili dais had been charged with responsibility to help Ismaili murids in reaching the subtle truths behind symbolical language of the Quran. Great works of them available today are an important treasure, much of which have been published, translated, while much of which need further attention and work.
Scope of this website is to provide a platform for readers to have an access to the intellectual traditions of Ismailism, an idea that is based on 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, Dushanbe, 30th August, 2003