“God is completely different to whatever you imagine; He neither resembles anything nor can imagination [ever] attain Him,for how could imagination ever attain Him while He is totally different to what is bound by reason and [also] different from what can be pictured in imagination?He … Continue reading “Vision comprehendeth Him not…”: Ismaili Doctrine of God Beyond Being and Non-being
By: Sujjawal Ahmad Perhaps the most visually spectacular of the Persian festivals is Nāvroz, a festival celebrated on the first day of Persian calendar in the month of March, when the day and night become equal in length — vernal equinox, and our Sun completes … Continue reading On Nāvroz Magnificent Day!
“People await the advent of the Sabbath, for there will he repose on that day for those who have recognised the reality of these days and who laboured in fulfilment of (the Prophets’) command and with knowledge. Those who toil physically in this physical world … Continue reading The Day of Sabbath- An Ismaili Muslim Perspective
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In classical Ismaili cosmology, the first Existent Being that gets originated as a result of the Divine Command is Universal Intellect, which is ‘One’ in its absolute form but it also contains in its substance all things in their multiplicity. Intellect…
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 … Continue reading Khalil Andani : Six Days of Creation – An Esoteric Discourse
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 … Continue reading Khalil Andani : Universal Intellect As The First Originated Being
By Ismaili Gnosis “The light that lights the eye is also the light of the heart… but the light that lights the heart is the Light of God.” – Jalaluddin Rumi, as quoted by Imam Shah Karim al-Husayni “Everywhere in recorded history light doubles … Continue reading The Light of the Heart: Human Intellect