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40 Rules of Love — Shams Tabriz, Rumi’s Teacher | Ismaili Web Amaana

He was the son of our 26th Imam Alaudin Mohammed and Rumi’s teacher who the world learns from, I hope we can learn straight from the master. I hope that you will cherish these.

– Amaana

Shams-i-Tabrīzī (Persian: شمس تبریزی‎) or ‘Shams al-Din Mohammad’(1185–1248) was a Persian Muslim, who is credited as the spiritual instructor of Mewlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi, also known as Rumi and is referenced with great reverence in Rumi’s poetic collection, in particular Diwan-i Shams-i Tabrīzī (The Works of Shams of Tabriz). Tradition holds that Shams taught Rumi in seclusion in Konya for a period of forty days, before fleeing for Damascus. The tomb of Shams-i Tabrīzī was recently nominated to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Some examples of the 40 Rules of Love

Rule 1
How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.

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Prophet Muhammad Birthday Milad un Nabi — Mevlût | Ismaili Web Amaana

Prophet Muhammad Birthday Milad un Nabi — Mevlût By Annemarie Schimmel In the Turkish tradition, the best-known early mevlût was written by Süleyman Chelebi of Bursa around 1400. But more than a century earlier, Yunus Emre had already promised heavenly reward to those who recite mevlût, which shows — provided the verses are genuine — that mevlûts were popular among the Turks at a rather early stage. Süleyman Chelebi’s Discover, Explore and Learn more … Continue reading Prophet Muhammad Birthday Milad un Nabi — Mevlût | Ismaili Web Amaana

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Lady Fatima Zahra, Prophet Muhammad’s Daughter | Ismaili Web Amaana

It is related that Imam Jafar As-Sadiq (A) said: “Fatima has nine names near (to) Allah swt, they are: Fatima, As-Siddiqa (the honest), Al-Mubarakah (the blessed one), At- Tahirah (virtuous), Az-Zakiyah (the chaste), Ar-Radhiyatul-Mardhiah (who is gratified and shall be satisfied), Al-Muhaddathah (the one to whom angels speak), and Az-Zahra (the Splendid). Fatima Az-Zahra (a.s.) By Syed H. Akhtar When writing about the greatness of … Continue reading Lady Fatima Zahra, Prophet Muhammad’s Daughter | Ismaili Web Amaana

Metaphysics and Virtue in Sufism | Ismaili Web Amaana

Metaphysics and Virtue in Sufism | Ismaili Web Amaana

Metaphysics and Virtue in Sufism | Ismaili Web AmaanaIn Sufism, Metaphysics is always linked to spiritual realization

by Titus Burckhardt

Sufi doctrine possesses several branches, the two most important of which are the domain of Universal Truths (Haqâ’iq) and the domain relating to the human or individual stages of the spiritual way (daqâ’iq); in other words, metaphysics (the science of principles, or of the Principle) and virtue (the “science of the soul”). Needless to say, these two domains are not in watertight compartments. Metaphysics by definition includes everything, but in Sufism it is always linked to spiritual realization. Cosmology, which is derived from metaphysics, applies to both macrocosm and microcosm. Thus, there is a psychology which has a cosmic application and a psychology which, by analogy, applies to the soul or the inward constitution of man.

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His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III and Mata Salamat, Princess Yvonne Aga Khan - enjoying photoshoots

Retrospective: Youssef El-Deeb ’92 Interview with Mata Salamat: Begum Aga Khan – Faithful to the Man and the Place

Here's an interview that I was privileged to do with Begum Agha Khan, many years ago. It was another age….. http://t.co/zvSAu4ddTb — Youssef El Deeb (@my_khamira) July 22, 2014   Some people say that your story is the greatest love story? Well you know, I love Aswan but it’s because of my husband and the mausoleum that I am here…. Do you feel his presence? … Continue reading Retrospective: Youssef El-Deeb ’92 Interview with Mata Salamat: Begum Aga Khan – Faithful to the Man and the Place

Layla tul Qadr – The Night of Power and Destiny | Ismaili Web Amaana

Amaana.org | Layla tul Qadr – The Night of Power and Destiny

Layla tul Qadr – The Night of Power and Destiny | Ismaili Web Amaana

On this blessed Night of Power, on Saturday July 19, 2014, Ramadan 23, 1435, let us strive to earn the Grace of our Lord and receive the Baraqah (blessings) to receive the Light and the Peace, Ameen, so we can know ourselves and know our Lord! This Maarifa – spiritual knowledge, gnosis, is the goal of every believer and we have a Living Guide to help us!

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Imamat Day July 11, 2014 – 57 Years! Mashallah!

Imamat Day July 11, 2014 – 57 Years! Mashallah! | Ismaili Web Amaana

Each year, Ismailis all over the world–from the concentrated populations in areas of the United States and Canada, all throughout Europe and Asia, from China and Russia to India, and Africa and even in countries including Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand–celebrate the tradition of Imamat Day. Ismaili Shia Muslims, on the anniversary of the day that the Imamat transfers from the past Imam … Continue reading Imamat Day July 11, 2014 – 57 Years! Mashallah! | Ismaili Web Amaana

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan on his father

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan on his father

My father, the late Aga Khan, was born 100 years ago on 2nd November. Though he died in 1957 at the turn of what Winston Churchill aptly termed “this tormented half century”, few today can separate reality from myth when looking back on his long and active life. To many in the West, he remains the religious leader who was weighed against precious stones, the … Continue reading Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan on his father

Diana Steigerwald: Diversity in Islamic History

Diana Steigerwald: Diversity in Islamic History

Diana Steigerwald: Diversity in Islamic History
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Diana Steigerwald: Understanding the Quran | Ismaili Web Amaana

Diana Steigerwald: Understanding the Quran | Ismaili Web Amaana

Author’s Bio: Dr. Diana Steigerwald is an expert in the History of Islamic Thought especially theology, philosophy, Qur’anic exegesis, and mysticism. She has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from McGill University (Montreal). Her first two books analyzed the works of al-Shahrastani (1086-1153) who is recognized as an influential Muslim theologian and as an historian of religions. He was among the pioneers in using a scientific … Continue reading Diana Steigerwald: Understanding the Quran | Ismaili Web Amaana

Diana Steigerwald: The Mystical Visions of Ibn Arabi | Ismaili Web Amaana

Diana Steigerwald: The Mystical Visions of Ibn Arabi | Ismaili Web Amaana

The 13th century, even though politically overshadowed by the invasion of the Mongols and the end of the ‘Abbâsid caliphate, was also the golden age of Sufism. Known as Shaykh al-Akbar (the Greatest Shaykh), Muhyî al-Dîn Ibn al-‘Arabî was one of the most famous representatives of esoteric mysticism at the beginning of the 13th century. He was born in Murcia (city in Spain) in 1165 … Continue reading Diana Steigerwald: The Mystical Visions of Ibn Arabi | Ismaili Web Amaana

Diana Steigerwald: Shī‘ī Islam and its Later Development

Diana Steigerwald: Shī‘ī Islam and its Later Development

Shī‘ism has remarkably influenced the destinies of Islam in two ways: in the political field and, more particularly, in the theosophical domain. Shī‛ism is a way to understand and live Islam that goes back to the time of Prophet Muhammad. The Arabic word Shī‘a, rendered in English as “Shī‘ism”, derives from the root meaning to follow, to accompany. The Shī‘a consists of all the followers of the school (there … Continue reading Diana Steigerwald: Shī‘ī Islam and its Later Development

The Nawruz Festival | Ismaili Web Amaana

The Nawruz Festival | Ismaili Web Amaana

by ‘Allamah Nasir al-din “Nasir” Hunza’i Nawruz literally means the new day. This day means the day of the festival which is celebrated at the beginning of spring and the arrival of the new year, in which Aries faces the sun and from this day is counted the new solar year of the Egyptians and the Iranians. The Nawruz festival is among the oldest festivals … Continue reading The Nawruz Festival | Ismaili Web Amaana

Amaana’s 20th Anniversary Gift to Imam-e Zamaan

Amaana’s 20th Anniversary Gift to Imam-e Zamaan

Ismaili Web Amaana Celebrates 20th year on the Internet. Nowruz 2014 Marks the 20th Anniversary of Amaana.org As you can read in the About section, I started the Ismaili Web in November 1993 and established the domain Amaana.org in March 1994. Since then I have been writing about the work of Mowlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan and twenty years later, here is … Continue reading Amaana’s 20th Anniversary Gift to Imam-e Zamaan

By Diana Steigerwald: The Tolerance of the Fatimids toward “The People of the Book” (Ahl Al-Kitab)

By Diana Steigerwald: The Tolerance of the Fatimids toward “The People of the Book” (Ahl Al-Kitab)

By Diana Steigerwald: The Tolerance of the Fatimids toward “The People of the Book” (Ahl Al-Kitab)

via Ismaili Web Amaana – In  the Qur’ân, Jews and Christians are designated as Ahl al-Kitâb (People of  the Book). The Book (Kitâb) refers to previous revelation such as the Torah (Tawrât), the Psalms (Zabûr), and the Gospels (Injîl). Continue reading “By Diana Steigerwald: The Tolerance of the Fatimids toward “The People of the Book” (Ahl Al-Kitab)”