The Influence of Esoteric Tradition of Islam

The Influence of Esoteric Tradition of Islam on Western Civilization

“….throughout history we find people convinced the great religions are a necessary ‘outer shell’ veiling a Primordial Wisdom that alone can reveal humanity’s real origin, purpose and destiny….Some of Europe’s leading seekers after ancient secret wisdom were convinced that in the Muslim lands of the Orient could be found a Primordial Tradition transmitted from generation…

What is Neoplatonism?

What is Neoplatonism?

Neoplatonic Thought, Return to the One and Ismaili Thinker Avicenna The philosophical school of Neoplatonism provided ways that the individual could ascend the ladder of being through theoria – contemplation of the Divine. The ultimate goal of life is to achieve mystical union with the Divine (the One)…Many people think that Neoplatonism flourished only in…

The Study of Shi'i Islam

New Book: The Study of Shi’i Islam

Dr Farhad Daftary & Dr Gurofarid Miskinzoda Shiʿi Islam, with its rich and extensive history, has played a crucial role in the evolution of Islam as both a major world religion and civilisation. The prolific achievements of Shiʿi theologians, philosophers and others are testament to the spiritual and intellectual wealth of this community. Yet Shiʿi…

What is Shi‘a Islam?

What is Shi‘a Islam?

Dr Farhad Daftary and Professor Azim Nanji Abstract The historical formation of the worldwide Muslim community or Umma, as it is known in Arabic, has resulted in a great deal of diversity that reflects a rich intellectual, spiritual, and institutional pluralism. In seeking to express a response to the primal message of Islam, Muslims have…

Presentation by Omid Safi: Islamophobia, Justice and Pluralism

Presentation by Omid Safi: Islamophobia, Justice and Pluralism – co-sponsored by Ismaili Council for Ontario

Islamophobia, Justice and Pluralism Community Start Date: Monday, 10 February 2014 End Date: Monday, 10 February 2014 Time: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Maureen Forrester Music Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University 75 University Ave. W., Waterloo ON, N2L 3C5 Phone:519-884-0710 Information for GPS: Latitude: 43.47416 Longitude: -80.53014 All Ages | Free Presentation by Omid Safi, professor…

99 Names of God Through Glass Sculptures

99 Names of God Through Glass Sculptures

Andrew Kosorok of Utah continues his monumental goal of completing the depiction of Islam’s 99 Names of Allah through glass sculptures. His latest post at Simerg is an amazing array of a selection of some of the 25 works he has done so far to understand Islam better and to bridge gaps between faiths and…

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.…

New Book Celebrates Overlooked Genius of Islamic Mystic Corbin

New Book Celebrates Overlooked Genius of Islamic Mystic Corbin

“To be the poet of your life means taking care and paying attention. Paying attention requires slowing down. When you slow down, the circle of your concern contracts. And in that contraction, the world opens out around you.” – Tom Cheetham, from All the World an Icon Leading spiritual psychologist Robert Sardello has praised Henry…

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Dr Leonard Lewisohn: The Sacred Music of Islam: Sama‘ in the Persian Sufi tradition

Dr Leonard Lewisohn – The creation of a specific liturgy, composed of prayer, litanies, singing, music and sometimes dance, known as Sama‘, integrating music into the practice of meditation, is an important aspect of the contemplative life in Muslim Sufism. The essay explores the basic theological and mystical concepts of Sama‘. Part 1 discusses audition…

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

New Film Reveals Masterpieces of Islamic Art Documentary to Air on PBS July 6th Narrated by Susan Sarandon SILVER SPRING, MD – June 11, 2012 – Perceptions and ideas around Muslim identity and culture vary widely and too few are aware of the significant works of art and architecture that make up a large part…

Essay, Farhad Daftary, The Ismailis: A Religious Community in Islam

An important Shi`i Muslim community, the Ismailis have had a complex history dating to the formative period of Islam, when different communities of interpretation were developing their doctrinal positions. In time, these communities acquired specific designations and were generally classified as Sunni or Shi`i, Islam’s two main divisions. From early on, the Ismailis, who were…

Islamabad, Pakistan: Seerat Conference organised by the Shia Imami Ismaili Tariqa and Religious Education Board (ITREB)

ISLAMABAD: Egyptian Ambassador Mohamed El-Said Hindam on Sunday urged Muslims to follow the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) with special focus on moral ethics. The ambassador was the chief guest at a Seerat Conference organised by the Shia Imami Ismaili Tariqa and Religious Education Board (ITREB) for Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Mardan areas and…