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
“Because we have the knowledge that Islam is Allah’s final message to mankind, the Holy Qur’an His final Book, and Muhammad, may peace be upon him, His last and final Prophet.These are the fundamental principles of faith enshrined in the Shahada (La ilaha illallah Muhammadur … Continue reading An Introduction to the Doctrine of Imamat in Shia Ismaili Islam
In the classical Ismaili thought, God is an all transcendent Reality which cannot be described with a simile, analogy or definition .God is beyond all ranks, grades and degrees (maratib) and totally transcends unity and plurality,perfection and imperfection;and in Ismaili metaphysics, there is no way to … Continue reading Sujjawal Ahmad : Aspects of Classical Ismaili Philosophy
In the classical Ismaili cosmology, the first Existent Being that originates as a result of the first Cause is Universal Intellect, which is ‘One’ and contains, at the same time, in its luminous substance all things in their multiplicity.The Intellect is not theoretically defined as … Continue reading Purpose of Human Life: A Metaphysical Stance
“The creation according to Islam is not a unique act in a given time but a perpetual and constant event; and God supports and sustains all existence at every moment by His will and His thought. Outside His will, outside His thought, all is nothing, … Continue reading What Classical Philosophy Says on Creation?
“..God supports and sustains all existence at every moment by His will and His thought. Outside His will, outside His thought, all is nothing, even the things which seem to us absolutely self-evident such as space and time. Allah alone wishes: the Universe exists; … Continue reading ‘Divine Command’as Eternal Expression of God’s Will, the Ultimate Source of Origin
God as a Reality-Beyond Reason and Description: “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 … Continue reading A Short Introduction to Ismaili Cosmology: Sujjawal Ahmad