Category: Theology

   “…through tolerance, through understanding, through compassion..”: Ethics of Islam Explained

Tolerance which grows out of hope is more than a negative virtue, more than a convenient way to ease sectarian tensions or foster social stability, more than a sense of forbearance when the views of others clash with our own. Instead, seen not as a … Continue reading    “…through tolerance, through understanding, through compassion..”: Ethics of Islam Explained

Authoritative Teaching of the Imām: Four Propositions of Sayyidinā Hassan-e Sabbāh

The imam’s ta‘lim lights the murid’s path to spiritual enlightenment and vision. In temporal matters, the Imam guides the murids, and motivates them to develop their potential. (The Preamble to Ismaili Consitution) It was essentially a reformulation of an old Shii doctrine of long standing … Continue reading Authoritative Teaching of the Imām: Four Propositions of Sayyidinā Hassan-e Sabbāh

Ten Arguments for the Necessity of the Esoteric Interpretation (Ta’wil) of the Qur’an:By Ismaili Gnosis

By Ismaili Gnosis Given the prevalence and popularity of overly literal and outward interpretations of the Qur’an in today’s climate, the present article offers ten arguments demonstrating that the Qur’an contains esoteric (batini) meanings and requires an esoteric interpretation – called ta’wil.This article offers a … Continue reading Ten Arguments for the Necessity of the Esoteric Interpretation (Ta’wil) of the Qur’an:By Ismaili Gnosis