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Verse 7: Light Accompanying

This verse, read with the preceding verse, completes the penetrating argument relating to the capacity of ʿaql to perceive. A thought of philosophic significance is skilfully couched in a simile. The eye, as an organ having the capacity to see, nevertheless, cannot do so except with the aid of light. The light illumines the field of the eye's vision and only then does the act of seeing take place. Therefore, not only is the existence of light a sine qua [...]

2019-02-04T20:20:48+03:00February 2nd, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 6: A Higher Luminous Stage

Having thus far dealt with the concept of ʿaql, its form, its attributes, and its power of comprehending, the author proceeds to state that such comprehending power is set at naught unless light is available to ʿaql. Such light illumines its path and guides and leads it. The Creator has provided for His creation, the use of instinct, as an aid to meeting the requirements, the dangers and hazards of living. And this is so in a pronounced degree with [...]

2019-02-04T20:20:48+03:00February 2nd, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 5: Discerning Observer

In this couplet, the author has condensed a proposition of intrinsic importance to all seekers of truth. He postulates that, in all things, the truth exists per se. He next postulates that such truth is capable of perception. He proceeds to postulate that such truth is capable of perception through the exercise of ʿaql and, lastly, that this process of perception is for a discerning observer. The statement that the truth exists per se in all things, being incontrovertible, requires [...]

2019-02-04T20:20:48+03:00February 2nd, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 4: A Substance Which Comprehends

Here we find further elaboration of the concept of ʿaql dealt with in the previous verses. This verse postulates that, ʿaql in its pure and untainted condition has the power to comprehend all that which is the subject of creation and all that which is made or formed. It, therefore, excludes the power to comprehend the Creator. Amirul Mumineen Moulana Ali bin Abi Talib AS has aptly described ʿaql as a 'comprehending substance'. ʿAql although endowed with the power of [...]

2019-02-04T20:20:48+03:00February 2nd, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

A Philosophical Discourse

Verse 1 Al-ʿaql in man is the loftiest substance, luminous like the moon in his soul. This book of philosophy, written in verse form, seeks to elucidate the traditional thought process of Fatimi imams. It opens with the consideration of al-ʿaql in man, which, as commonly understood, bears broad reference to the intellectual faculty of man. Verse 1 states that ʿaql is a substance having a lofty status. It is not a form or a phase that comes over a [...]

2018-03-19T07:13:35+03:00March 19th, 2018|Blog, Philosophy|

Istifāda ʿIlmiya

From ʿĀmils, representatives of His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, that serve and lead local congregations, to Muʿallims, head teachers of local community schools; almost every position of service and leadership in the Dawoodi Bohra community is held by graduates of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah. As part of what is now becoming an annual tradition, thousands of such community officials and graduates of the Academy gathered for a seven-day istifāda ʿilmiyyah event in Surat, India, the location of the Academy’s first and foremost [...]

2018-01-24T10:15:20+03:00December 27th, 2017|News & Events|

A Philosophical Discourse

INTRODUCTION Books and treatises on the subject of religion and philosophy, as also literature and history, aim at tracing the reality of life and proclaiming it for the benefit of the human race, with emphasis and conviction. Of the plethora of such writings, a few stand out, by virtue of their deep erudition and convincing and effective expression. The present work while falling in the latter category, bears similarity to a rainbow which is the beauty resulting from a masterful [...]

2018-01-06T15:12:13+03:00November 29th, 2017|Blog, Philosophy|

Quote of the week 1

‘Those most reluctant to benefit from a scholar's knowledge and wisdom are his children followed by his relatives and then his neighbours. This reluctance is perpetuated by the belief that his knowledge is within reach and available whenever it is sought. A true scholar is akin to a fount that men seek out so as to quench their thirsts with its waters. Alas, the fount recedes even as they take from it, and ultimately all are left in a state [...]

2019-02-20T10:41:57+03:00November 29th, 2017|Short|

Visit From Catholic University

It was 4:20 in the evening when the esteemed guests from the neighbouring Catholic university arrived on the 23rd of November. Led by the deputy vice chancellor of academic affairs and research, Professor Kaku Sagary Nokoe, the group of deans and registrars was warmly received in the ceremonial waqf room of the Mahad al-Zahra building by the Masʾūl al-ʿām (headmaster) of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah Nairobi and various heads of departments and members of faculty. […]

2018-01-25T12:53:53+03:00November 23rd, 2017|News & Events|