Esoteric Thought in Physical Form: The Aga Khan Campus in Toronto

Esoteric Thought in Physical Form: The Aga Khan Campus in Toronto

“Great architecture, like great art, captures esoteric thought in physical form.” – Imam Shah Karīm al-Husayni Aga Khan IV These architectural masterpieces commissioned by the Ismaili Imamat, such as the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Campus, are actually texts (nass) by which the Ismaili Imam announces his spiritual authority (walayah), instruction…

Ten Arguments for the Existence of the Soul

Ten Arguments for the Existence of the Soul

Does the Soul Exist? Consciousness, Brain and Quantum Physics “Whatever may or may not be the soul’s future, there is one impregnable central fact in existence: that here and now, in this world, we have a soul which has a life of its own in its appreciation of truth, beauty, harmony and good against evil.”…

Muslim-Christian Dialogue on Jesus featuring Sunni, Ismaili, Catholic and Protestant Interpretations

Muslim-Christian Dialogue on Jesus featuring Sunni, Ismaili, Catholic and Protestant Interpretations

On Thursday, March 15, 2012, the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s College hosted “The Christology Symposium” – an academic forum featuring presentations on Jesus from Catholic, Protestant, Sunni Muslim and Ismā‘īlī Muslim perspectives followed by a panel discussion. The presentations consisted of the following: 1. “Roman Catholic Christology” (at 5:50) – Greg Rupik (PhD…

The Prophet Unveiled: What the Qur’an says about Muhammad - "Salwat" (Original) By Conchord

The Prophet Unveiled: What the Qur’an says about Muhammad – “Salwat” (Original)

Today’s Shī‘ī Ismā‘īlī Muslims are often unfairly criticized for the respect, reverence, and love they show towards their present Imām – Mawlānā Shāh Karīm al-Ḥusaynī Āgā Khān – based on the dubious and superficial notion that nothing should be accorded any reverence except God. However, if the Imām is the spiritual, religious and blood successor…

Original Articles published by Ismaili Gnosis

Original Articles published by Ismaili Gnosis

Ismā‘īlī Gnosis blog (ismailignosis.com) is a study of classical Shī‘ī Ismā‘īli Muslim philosophy and other esoteric traditions (Sufism, Kabbalah, Christian mysticism, Vedanta, etc.) including metaphysics, philosophy, history, theology, cosmology, esoteric interpretation (ta’wīl), spirituality, comparative studies and eschatology. This body of sacred knowledge is designated by the term gnosis (Arabic: ma‘rifah; Persian: shinākht) – a direct,…

The photo of Imam Sultan Mohamed Shah leading the Namaz

Below mentioned photograph was shared by Ismaili Gnosis when they wrote their article: The Concept of God in the Teachings of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah. One of Ismailimail’s senior reader, Salim Currimbhoy sent us an interesting bit of information from the recent history which we are sharing. The photo of Imam Sultan Mohamed Shah leading…

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The Concept of God in the Teachings of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah

Ismā‘īlī Gnosis presents Imām Sulṭān Muḥammad Shāh Aga Khan III’s teachings on the concept of God as found in his public speeches, interviews and writings. These teachings are extremely important in an age where both believers, agnostics and atheists harbour misunderstandings concerning the nature of God and His relationship to the Cosmos. These errors include…

Video: The Concept of Knowledge (‘ilm) in Nasir-i Khusraw’s Philosophy, by Khalil Andani

On Thursday, March 14, Khalil Andani (Master’s Candidate, Harvard University) delivered a presentation on the concept of Knowledge (‘ilm) according to Sayyidnā Nāṣir-i Khusraw. This presentation took place during the 17th annual NMCGSA Graduate Symposium held at the University of Toronto. Khalil’s presentation explores the ideas of knowledge (‘ilm), intellect (‘aql), perception (andar yāftan; idrāk),…

The Crucifixion in Shi‘a Isma‘ili Islam

As observed by millions of Christians around the world, Good Friday marks the day when Jesus Christ was crucified. For Christians, this event is the climax of sacred history: the death of Christ on the Cross is believed to have redeemed and cleansed the sin of humanity. Indeed, the efficacy of the entire Christian doctrine…

The Seven Pillars of Shi’a Islam: Esoteric Interpretation of Prayers

In its earliest period, the Shī‘ī Ismā‘īlī Ṭarīqah of Islam was simply known as the Da‘wah – a word meaning “calling”, “summons”, or “convocation”.  The Ismā‘īlī path of Islam defined itself as a path which “summons” humanity to the recognition of tawḥīd – the absolute oneness of God – through the recognition of the Imām.…