But this verse informs us that faith and virtue will be rewarded by the Lord who is merciful and just. The universal essence manifests in and as the particular form; it is not contradicted by it. If, however, one has recourse to Sufi metaphysics, one is able to transcend this false dichotomy between the particular and the universal, and to see each in the light of the other. Belief in all revealed religions is stressed here as an integral and not merely optional aspect of Islamic faith. Tauris, 2007 Doctrines of Shi'i Islam I. In our times, this attitude has resulted in countless intelligent people, in all parts of the world, losing their faith in their inherited religion. No other society has such a record of success in uniting, in an equality of status, of opportunity, and of endeavor, so many and so various races of humanity.
Cited by Chittick, Imaginal Worlds, p. No fear shall come upon them, neither shall they grieve. This explains why we have been required in our all-inclusive religion to have faith in the truth of all the messengers and all the revealed religions. It is through sex that human beings fell from grace in Heaven and have been forever bound to the animal kingdom on Earth. He who doth wrong will have the recompense thereof … And whoso doeth good works, whether male or female, and is a believer, such will enter paradise, and will not be wronged the dint of a date-stone. He is a silent companion who, with a portion of humour, accompanies all concepts of the searching person ad absurdum, till Nothing remains. Shah-Kazemi for providing this article and I am honored to present it on the Ismaili Web.
This verse, 3:84, reads as follows: Say: We believe in God and that which is revealed unto us, and that which is revealed unto Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and that which was given unto Moses and Jesus and the prophets from their Lord. In the late 1970's, her life changed dramatically when she had an out-of-body experience and returned in the company of a spirit guide. For example, consider the verse, Truly, religion with God is Islam. Question 6: What is the purpose of warfare in your faith? For His knowledge encompasses all senses … Hence every interpreter correctly grasps the intention of God in that word … Hence no man of knowledge can declare wrong an interpretation which is supported by the words lafz. Dr Shah-Kazemi engages creatively with the chapters of the Qur'an, including the 'Opening' al-Fatiha chapter, basing his own philosophical reflections on the teachings of Imam 'Ali.
Ever the seeker rather than a follower, she allowed herself to remain open to esoteric teachings, personal supernatural occurrences, and inner knowing. Every one believeth in God and His angels and His scriptures and His Messengers—we make no distinction between any of His Messengers … 2:285 Here we should note that it is an essential part of Muslim belief to affirm the veracity of all the Messengers of God, and even to make no distinction between any of them. He focuses in particular on the relationship between the moral and the mystical aspects of the texts. The author Oliver Bosshard lives in Winterthur in Switzerland. Say: Bring your proof if ye are truthful. Guidance verses 6-7 ; Recommended Suras; Notes; Bibliography.
This book is an occasional paper about the relationship of religion to society. Why do you nullify your sight and your intelligence, following an intelligence that will destroy you and not guide you? In the end, she acknowledges that her younger self knew all along We are not these physical beings, but spiritual beings whose true home is with God. Description: vi, 120 pages ; 22 cm. This monograph provides an insight into the spiritual, intellectual and moral dynamics set in motion by the short Qur'anic chapters. The more depraved the acts, the more powerful Satan gets. Instead of integrating the particular within the universal, and seeing the universal as embodied within the particular, the pluralist is forced to sacrifice or belittle the particular for the sake of the universal. Tauris, 2001 and Avicenna 1997.
So vie with one another in good works. Our research into Islamic traditions of academic dress revealed that an academic's rank determined the height of his hat. His books include Justice and Remembrance: Introducing the Spirituality of Imam Ali I. Reza Shah-Kazemi writes on a range of topics from metaphysics and doctrine to contemplation and prayer. The E-mail message field is required.
See for example, David Basinger, Religious Diversity—A Philosophical Assessment Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2006 ; Doctrines of Shi'i Islam I. Nevertheless, they do in fact exist, just as the existence of the lights of the stars is actualized muhaqqaq. It remains to be seen how one is to integrate this universal vision within a framework which does justice to the specificity and the normativity of the Islamic faith. My academic standing and that of President Gregorian, should be evident from the hats that we are presently wearing! The result is a stimulating philosophical meditation probing the depths of meaning comprised within the verses of a Revelation by which the spiritual quest of Muslims has constantly been inspired, nourished and fulfilled.
The E-mail message field is required. Question 3: Why is there a diversity of faiths? He has also published numerous articles and reviews in academic journals. This succinct monograph provides a unique contemporary insight into the spiritual, intellectual and moral dynamics set in motion by the short Qur? But as for reports akhbār , they cannot abrogate nor be abrogated. In traditional civilisations, such an attitude of exclusivism was perhaps more tenable, given the fact that religious communities were so clearly distinct from each other, and lived almost as self-contained worlds. This is a workbook with cards to draw for each chapter, indicating the areas you need to work on for your growth.
The result is that non-Muslims in the West cannot take seriously the supposed universality of a message which is apparently upheld only by a tiny minority of western-educated liberal Muslims. His publications include Justice and Remembrance: Introducing the Spirituality of Imam 'Ali London, 2006 , Paths to Transcendence: According to Shankara, Ibn 'Arabi and Meister Eckhart Bloomington, 2006 , The Other in the Light of the One: The Universality of the Qur'an and Interfaith Dialogue Cambridge, 2006 , and Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur'anic Prayer according to the Teachings of Imam 'Ali London and New York, 2011. God is both sexless and passionless. His Satsang is pure non-dualism without compromises and stands beyond religions, philosophies and beliefs. Reflection and comprehension --- 3. They are not rendered null bātil by abrogation—that is the opinion of the ignorant.
We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him we have submitted. Reza Shah-Kazemi is a Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, where he specialises in Sufism, Shi'ism and comparative mysticism. The exclusivist can present Islam as the best religion, precisely because it recognises and respects all religion. Dr Shah-Kazemi engages creatively with the chapters of the Qur? Spiritual justice, stemming from divine wisdom, takes priority over selfish desire, stemming from religious chauvinism. Questions filled her mind that traditional answers and dogma could never satisfy.