Inseparable nature of Faith and World

Historically and in accordance with Ismaili tradition, the Imam of the time is concerned with spiritual advancement as well as improvement of the quality of life of his murids. The Imam’s Talim lights the murids’ path to spiritual enlightenment and vision. In temporal matters, the Imam guides the murids, and motivates them to develop their…

Science and Belief

“Islam does not perceive the world as two seperate domains of mind and spirit, science and belief” (Aga Khan IV, McMaster University Convocation, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, May 15th 1987) “Discovery of knowledge was seen by those founders [Fatimids] as an embodiment of religious faith, and faith as reinforced by knowledge of workings of the Creator’s…

Chicago Tribune: Practicing the fine art of cultural acceptance

“It’s very important to create a space for Muslims to come forward and express what it means to be Muslim,” said Tazim Kassam, chairman of the department of religion at Syracuse University. “It doesn’t mean opposition to modernity, or opposition to the West. There’s an enormously rich musical tradition in Islam, and this is not…

Islam as thinking, spiritual faith

  The Aga Khan has emphasised the view of Islam as a thinking, spiritual faith: one that teaches compassion and tolerance and that upholds the dignity of man, Allah’s noblest creation. In the Shia tradition of Islam, it is the mandate of the Imam of the time to safeguard the individual’s right to personal intellectual…