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“He who is above all else”: A Logical Argument for the Existence of God – Ismaili Gnosis

Click here to read the full article. ““I think that monotheistic religions, having a common reference to a single God, should and must dialogue. The three religions which Abraham inspired have many more common facets than those which divide them. Religion must be the means by which to affirm the ethical significance of existence, regardless…

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…

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.…

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Video: Presentation on the Isma‘ili Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw by Khalil Andani

You may watch the same at Vimeo if YouTube is banned in your country. http://vimeo.com/54234792 On November 1, 2012, Khalil Andani delivered a student presentation on the Isma‘ili thought of Sayyidna Nasir-i Khusraw. His presentation – Reconciling Revelation and Philosophy in Isma‘ili Thought – covers the following areas: a) Historical context of Isma‘ili thought b)…

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Ismā‘īlī Gnosis: The Eternal Imam: Songs of Krishna – Sermons of ‘Alī

The Eternal Imām is the Supreme Name of God which comprises all the Divine Names and Attributes: the Living (al-ḥayy), the Self-Subsistent (al-qayyūm), the Knowing (al-‘ālim), the Perfect (al-tamm), the High (al-‘alī), the All-Merciful (al-raḥmān), the Eternal (al-qādim), the Creator (al-khāliq), the Sustainer (al-rabb), the Light (al-nūr), the One (al-wāhid), the Witness (al-shāhid), the Face…

Featured Reading: “The Ismā‘īlī Response to the Polemic of Ghazālī” by Henry Corbin « Ismā‘īlī Gnosis

Henry Corbin introduces and summarizes an Ismā‘īlī Muslim response to a polemical work undertaken against the Ismā‘īlīs by the famous theologian Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī (d. 505/1111). Al-Ghazālī’s work against the Isma‘ilis was titled Kitab faḍā’iḥ al-bāṭiniyya wa faḍā’il al-mustaẓhiriyya (“The Shames of the Bāṭinites and the Excellence of the Supporters of al-Mustaẓhir”) and the Ismā‘īlī…

Iqrā’ – ‘Read’ or ‘Remember’? Rethinking the First Revelation of the Qur’ān | Ismā‘īlī Gnosis

According to traditional interpretations, the verse (iqra bi-smi rabbika) commands the Prophet Muhammad to read the verses of the Qur’ān. But there is another way of understanding these verses, based on early Muslim tradition and sources, which yields a different interpretation and in turn reveals the spiritual secrets of the prophetic mission. This post explores…