Judaism, Christianity & Islam: Forgotten Shared Beliefs of the Abrahamic Faiths | Ismaili Gnosis

Judaism, Christianity & Islam: Forgotten Shared Beliefs of the Abrahamic Faiths | Ismaili Gnosis

The faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share a large number of theological beliefs and ethical principles. In fact, all three religions revere the Prophet Abraham and share more in common with each other than other religious traditions. Most importantly all three religions affirm the existence of one God, the Absolute and Infinite Reality continuously creating and sustaining all things in existence [for a rational … Continue reading Judaism, Christianity & Islam: Forgotten Shared Beliefs of the Abrahamic Faiths | Ismaili Gnosis

10 Ismaili Muslim Poets Everyone Should Know About | Ismaili Gnosis

10 Ismaili Muslim Poets Everyone Should Know About | Ismaili Gnosis

As members of a rich and vibrant esoteric tradition of Islam, Ismaili Muslims has always emphasized intellectual exploration in matters of faith. The present and hereditary Imam of the Ismailis, Shah Karim al-Husayni Aga Khan IV, has often discussed the “interdependence of spiritual inspiration and learning” and said that “the widening of man’s intellectual horizons [is] essentially (an) Islamic [concept]” (Mawlana Hazar Imam, Aga Khan … Continue reading 10 Ismaili Muslim Poets Everyone Should Know About | Ismaili Gnosis

Ismaili Studies Presentations by IIS & Harvard at MESA 2015 | Ismaili Gnosis

Ismaili Studies Presentations by IIS & Harvard at MESA 2015 | Ismaili Gnosis

MESA’s 49th annual meeting will commence in Denver, Colorado at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel on November 21-24, 2015. This year’s panel presentations feature several scholars from the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), Harvard University, University of Chicago, and Nazarbayev University including Farhad Daftary, Samer Traboulsi, Shainool Jiwa, Paul E. Walker, Daniel Beben, Khalil Andani, Paul Anderson, and others. The Fatimid Ismaili Identity Politics panel … Continue reading Ismaili Studies Presentations by IIS & Harvard at MESA 2015 | Ismaili Gnosis

At Harvard Memorial Church for #AgaKhanHarvard Lecture

At Harvard Memorial Church for #AgaKhanHarvard Lecture | IsmailiGnosis

We're inside the church – here's the program for the #AgaKhanHarvard lecture @HarvardWCFIA – one hour countdown! pic.twitter.com/M3ySIB0Pfb — Ismaili Gnosis (@IsmailiGnosis) November 12, 2015 In the Harvard Memorial Church for #AgaKhanHarvard lecture @ismailimail pic.twitter.com/UJKbzdEa6e — Ismaili Gnosis (@IsmailiGnosis) November 12, 2015 Continue reading At Harvard Memorial Church for #AgaKhanHarvard Lecture | IsmailiGnosis

Ta'wil of Eid Al-Adha | Ismaili Gnosis

Ta’wil of Eid Al-Adha | Ismaili Gnosis

Today is ‘Id al-Adha – the day which marks when Prophet Abraham sacrificed his son Ismail by the command of God. The literal story as related in the Qur’an (Surah 37) describes how Abraham saw in a vision that God ordered him to sacrifice his only son and as Abraham was about to slaughter his son Ismail, God miraculously replaced Ismail with a “momentous sacrifice” … Continue reading Ta’wil of Eid Al-Adha | Ismaili Gnosis

The Secret Life of the Aga Khan | Ismaili Gnosis

The Secret Life of the Aga Khan | Ismaili Gnosis

Excerpt: The Ismaili Imam describes his daily and annual schedules in several interviews between 1965 and 1994. The Imam’s daily life is exhausting and filled with work and responsibilities which stem from his duties toward the Ismailis and from his position as the Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network. Contrary to the life of glamour and extravagance falsely attributed to him by the press, … Continue reading The Secret Life of the Aga Khan | Ismaili Gnosis

Ismaili Youth Find Answers to Questions, Strength of Faith through Ismaili Gnosis

Ismaili Youth Find Answers to Questions, Strength of Faith through Ismaili Gnosis

Ismaili Gnosis shares two testimonials from two Ismaili Muslims youth who are regular readers of the blog. Like many young people in the modern world, both readers had many questions about their faith and found answers to such questions through Ismaili Gnosis. “I finally came upon a website called Ismaili Gnosis and I began to read the various articles about topics I previously had questions … Continue reading Ismaili Youth Find Answers to Questions, Strength of Faith through Ismaili Gnosis

Reading: The Imam's Blessings as Intercessor

Ismaili Gnosis Reading: The Imam’s Blessings as Intercessor

The Imams are also intermediaries between man and God. To ask for their succor in life is to appeal to the channel God has placed before men so as to enable man to return to Him. They are, in this sense, the extension of the personality of the Prophet. – Seyyed Hossein Nasr, (Ideals and Realities of Islam, 163) Reading: The Imam’s Blessings as Intercessor … Continue reading Ismaili Gnosis Reading: The Imam’s Blessings as Intercessor

Ismaili Gnosis: The Real Fasting

Ismaili Gnosis: The Real Fasting

The Exoteric Fasting and the Esoteric Fasting together form a pair:  form and meaning, symbol and symbolized.  But a pair is always resolved in a third term which is the spiritual reality (ḥaqīqah) of both components. The spiritual reality of fasting is called ‘Real Fasting’ (ḥaqīqī ṣawm).   Naṣir al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī explains the reality (ḥaqīqah) of fasting: “The fourth [pillar] is fasting, meaning that one has … Continue reading Ismaili Gnosis: The Real Fasting

Chandraat Reading: Fasting and the Month of Ramadan

Chandraat Reading: Fasting and the Month of Ramadan

Fasting and the Month of Ramadan This week marks the beginning of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar. Muslims of various communities of interpretation across the world commemorate the month of Ramadan through additional religious practices such as reading the Qur’an, supererogatory prayers, acts of charity, dhikr or invoking the Names of God, spiritual reflection, and fasting. The Holy Qur’an Surah 2, … Continue reading Chandraat Reading: Fasting and the Month of Ramadan