Life – An Exalted Destiny – Aga Khan III

Life - An Exalted Destiny - Aga Khan III Life is a great and noble calling; not a mean and grovelling thing to be shuffled through as best as we can, but a lofty and exalted destiny.

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

Layla tul Qadr – The Night of Power – Amaana.org

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!

On the Night of Power, power belongs to us

So long as the form of the Beloved’s image is with us,
for us the whole of life is a joyful parade.

Where friends unite together, there in the midst of the house,
by Allah, is a spreading plain;… Continue reading

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

Queen Elizabeth II hosts a dinner at Buckingham Palace to mark the Golden Jubilee of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, July 7, 2008

Imamat Day 2014: Imamat Day – The Shia Imam’s Rope of 57 years of Imamat as the a Direct Descendent of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

July is the 7th month, 49th Imam is 7 times 7. It’s been 7 years since the Golden Jubilee. This is the 57th anniversary of Imamat Day. He became an Imam in 1957!

2014 – 14 is 7 times 2. This picture was taken on July 7th when Queen Elizabeth II hosted a dinner at Buckingham Palace to mark the Golden Jubilee of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, July 7, 2008. There is lot of symbolism of the number 7 and celestial significance of this anniversary as it is 7-11 and I am sure our readers will come up with more! Please use comments below to… Continue reading

Metaphysics and Virtue in Sufism — Titus Burckhardt

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In 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.

In order… Continue reading

Ramadan and Eid ul Fitr | Ismaili Web Amaana

Eid Greetings! Eid Mubarak!The holy month of Ramadan begins on the first day of Ramadan which is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. This year it starts on June 28, 2014. After the moon cycle of 30 days or so, the end of the fasting month is celebrated by Eid where the devout celebrate after having completed the month of fasting successfully starting with the morning prayers after which greetings are exchanged children are given an Eidi, a gift of money followed great rejoicing and feasting and picnics.

The great Muslim poet Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi’s Ramadan poems 13th century AD:

“O moon-faced Beloved,

the month of Ramadan has arrived.

Cover the table

and open the path of praise.”

“The month of fasting has come, the emperor’s banner has arrived; withhold… Continue reading

Fourteen Proofs of the Necessity of lmamat — Kirmani

Shia Shahada, Qiblah of Imam Mustansir - La ilaha il Allah, Muhammad-un Rasool Allah, and Ali-un Wali Allah - There is no God but God, Muhammad is the Messenger of God, and Ali is the Saint of God - Inscribed on Fatimid Mosque of Qahira

al-Masabih fi Ithbat al-Imama

-Kirmani’s Lights to Illuminate the Proof of the Imamate (al-Masabih fi ithbat al-imama)

Image: Shia Shahada, Qiblah of Imam Mustansir – La ilaha il Allah, Muhammad-un Rasool Allah, and Ali-un Wali Allah – There is no God but God, Muhammad is the Messenger of God, and Ali is the Saint of God – Inscribed on Fatimid Mosque of Qahira

On the other hand, in proving the necessity of Imamate the Ismailis rely on both reason and Sharia. In his book, al-Masabih fi Ithbat al-Imama (pp.80-95), al-Kirmani produces fourteen proofs of the necessity of lmamate.   The following is a summary… Continue reading

Annemarie Schimmel — The Phenomenology of Islam Lecture 1 — Harvard University

Ar-Rahmaan The Compassionate - Amaana.org

The Phenomenology of Islam Lecture 1
JALAL and JAMAL

Introduction by Katherine Schimmel

In my right hand I hold a small, square, black metal box. It is very dusty now from years of non-use and looks nothing like the sleek recorders of today. But this tape recorder and I have a shared history. It is the same voice recorder that I used in Egypt almost twenty years ago on the hot, noisy streets of Cairo while conducting graduate field research there. Later, it was the faithful instrument I used to playback what amounted to hours and hours of Arabic interviews once I arrived back in Cambridge to write my thesis. I turn the small device over and over again in my hands, examining it from all sides, its well-worn buttons,… Continue reading

Quran 114 Surah An-Naas — Mankind

An-Naas — Mankind Quran Surah 114

An-Naas — Mankind Quran Surah 114 Calligraphy by Kanan — Amaana.org

Bismillaah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem
Qul a’uudhi bi rabbin naas
Malikin naas
Ilaahin naas
Min sharril waswaasil khannas
Alladhee yuwaswisu fee suduurin naas
Minal Jinnati wa naas

In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of men,
The King of men,
The God of men,
From the evil of the whisperings of the slinking (Shaitan),
Who whispers into the hearts of men,
From among the jinn and the men.

قل أعوذ برب الناس

ملك الناس

إله الناس

من شر الوسواس الخناس

الذي يوسوس في صدور الناس

من الجنة والناس

Geometry figures in older Islamic art

Islamic Geometric Architecture - Muslim outside tiled Mosque - Amaana.org

Geometry figures in older Islamic art

By Jeremy Manier, Chicago Tribune

March 1, 2007

Harvard University
Peter Lu, a Harvard graduate student, posed with his cousin Christina Tam in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. On a visit to the region, Lu had the idea of looking for quasi-crystalline patterns in the intricate mosaics on Islamic architecture.

The intricate abstract designs of Islamic art and architecture have always struck experts as the inspired expressions of a faith that forbids direct depictions of holy figures. But a new study shows that Muslim artisans working in what is now Iran went further, producing a sophisticated geometric pattern more than 500 years before Western mathematicians identified it in the 1970s and 1980s.

It’s unclear whether artists of the time fully understood the unique features of their patterns,… Continue reading

Imam Hazrat Ali’s Letter to Malik Ashtar Governor of Egypt

Bayah of Imam Ali - Muslims Swearing Allegiance to Hazrat Ali as ordained in the Quran 48.10 - Amaana.org

Imam and Caliph Hazrat Ali’s Letter

- Note by Translator Rasheed Turabi

Hazrat Ali, the Great Khalif of Islam, and the first in the line of the Imamat, apart from his abiding contribution to spiritual thought, is known to the Arabic world as a great jurist and man of letters. According to the historian Masudi (Murooj-uz-Zahab Masudi Vol. II, p. 33. Egypt), Hazarat Ali is credited with not less than 480 treaties, lectures and epistles on a variety of subjects dealing with philosophy, religion, law and politics, as collected by Zaid Ibn Wahab in the Imam’s own life time. So highly valued are these contributions both for their contents and their intrinsic literary worth that some of his masterpieces have formed throughout the course of Islamic history subjects of… Continue reading

Faith and Intellect — Diana Steigerwald

A folio from the Akhlaq-i Nasiri, a philosophical treatise written by the famous scholar Nasir al-Din Tusi - Amaana.org

Faith (Îmân) and Intellect (‘Aql)

In Shî’ite Tradition*

 

By Diana Steigerwald

California State University (Long Beach)

Summary: Faith in Islâm bears witness to the divine Unicity (Tawhîd) and to the Prophecy (Nubuwwa) of Muhammad, at the same time it is deeply rooted in knowledge (‘ilm). It is based on arguments and proofs, since there is no significant distinction between science and faith. This article examines the importance of faith and intellect for some great Shî’ite thinkers: Muhammad Ibn Babawayh (d. 381/991-992), Shaykh Muhammad al-Mufîd (d. 413/1022), Nâsir-i Khusraw (d. after 465/1072), Abû al-Fath al-Shahrastânî (d. 548/1153), Nasîr al-dîn Tûsî (d. 672/1273), Haydar Âmulî (VII/XIVth century), and Mullâ Sadrâ (d. 1050/1640). It also highlights the meanings of these two technical terms for… Continue reading

Quran, 13:28

ألا بِذِكْرِ اللهِ تَطمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

“Verily! In the remembrance of Allah do hearts find contentment.” - Quran, 13:28

Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad:

‘Ali is ‘as my own soul’ (ka-nafsi).

He said to ‘Ali, ‘You are from me and I am from you (anta minni wa ana minka).’

‘Truly, ‘Ali is from me and I am from him (inna ‘Ali minni wa ana minhu), and he is the wali (patron/spiritual master) of every believer after me.’

Hazrat Ali

12. When some blessings come to you, do not drive them away through thanklessness.

13. He who is deserted by friends and relatives will often find help and sympathy from strangers.

Imam Ali Sayings

Imam Jaffer Sadiq

لاَ يَكُونُ شَيْءٌ فِي اْلاَرْضِ وَلا فِي السَّمَاءِ إِلاَّ بِهذِهِ الْخِصَالِ السَّبْعِ: بِمَشيئَةٍ وَ إِرادَةٍ وَقَدَرٍ وَقَضَاءٍ وَ إِذْنٍ وَكِتابٍ وَأَجَلٍ. فَمَنْ زَعَمَ أَنَّهُ يَقْدِرُ عَلى نَقْضٍ وَاحِدَةٍ، فَقَدْ كَفَرَ.

“Nothing occurs in this earth and in the heaven except with the following seven stages: Will, intention, destiny, decree, permission, book and implementation. Then whoever thinks that he can reduce any of these stages, then indeed he has disbelieved.”

- Imam Jaffer Sadiq, Usul al Kafi, vol. 1, p. 149

Rumi on Ramadan

The month of fasting has come, the emperor’s banner has arrived; withhold your hand from food, the spirit’s table has arrived. The soul has escaped from separation and bound nature’s hands; the heart of error is defeated, the army of faith has arrived. Fasting is our sacrifice, it is the life of our soul; let us sacrifice all our body, since the soul has arrived as guest. Fortitude is as a sweet cloud, wisdom rains from it, because it was in such a month of fortitude that the Koran arrived. …Wash your hands and your mouth, neither eat nor speak; seek that speech and that morsel which has come to the silent ones.

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Aga Khan Speech Brown University May 1996:

"Looking around this colorful gathering, I recall helping in the choice of the Aga Khan University's regalia. Our research into Islamic traditions of academic dress revealed that an academic's rank determined the height of his hat. The higher the rank, the taller the hat. The senior most professors therefore appeared taller than their students even when sitting down. I have just learnt that my friend Neil Rudenstein, the President of Harvard has given instructions that all Harvard hats are to be heightened by at least a foot. This has caused havoc in the Ivy League which is now debating resolution MAHH96, standing for Maximum Allowable Hat Height. My academic standing and that of President Gregorian, should be evident from the hats that we are presently wearing!"

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