Shaykh Shahabuddin Suhrawardi on Adab-Behaviour towards Ulema, Shuyukh, the Travellers and the Dwellers

The honoring of ulama and of shuyukh is a great right, the non-performance whereof is exceeding disobedience as is stated in the hadith: “Whoever does not perform the shaikh‘s rights is defective in the performance of God’s rights.”… Every society, the foundation whereof is on hypocrisy and not on sincerity, giveth no result whatever…When, outwardly… Read More Shaykh Shahabuddin Suhrawardi on Adab-Behaviour towards Ulema, Shuyukh, the Travellers and the Dwellers

Shaykh Shahabuddin Suhrawardi on Ilm-Knowledge and Aql-Intellect

He knows not that outside their ‘aql is another ‘aql… Excerpt Awarif ul Ma’arif, Shahabuddin Suhrawardi (Baghdad 1144-1234), Translated Arabic to Persian by Mahmud B. Ali Al-Kashani. Translated from Persian to English by H. Wilberforce Clarke (Calcutta, 1891), Sh.Muhammad Ashraf, 1991, Lahore, p.93-95 Ilm is a light from the candle of prophecy..is the special description of man; from… Read More Shaykh Shahabuddin Suhrawardi on Ilm-Knowledge and Aql-Intellect

Modern Western Philosophy: Reduction of Philosophy & Metaphysics

On Frithjof Schuon’s Critique of Modern Philosophy: Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA Reduction of Intellect to Reason Reduction of Metaphysics to a branch of Philosophy Metaphysics is the “Science of the Real” Various Dimensions of Human Reality left aside by Modern Consideration of Who Man Is Humanism-cum-Rationalism:… Read More Modern Western Philosophy: Reduction of Philosophy & Metaphysics

Imam Ali (a.s.), Intellect al-‘aql, Spirit al-ruh, and Spiritual Commentary ta’wil

To begin with the first, one must assert at the outset that everything about the Imam’s life and his teachings is centred on the Qur’anic revelation and its embodiment in the Prophet’s conduct. [Imam] Ali’s refusal to stop short at the superficial surface of things – religious, ethical, political – manifested an unflinching fidelity to… Read More Imam Ali (a.s.), Intellect al-‘aql, Spirit al-ruh, and Spiritual Commentary ta’wil