Verse 3: Pure in Source Serene in Origin

The author here gives expression to the Fatimi view that al-ʿAql al-Awwal realised that he was powerless to know the Creator and was the first to exercise tawhīd (the Oneness of Allah). He comprehends his own limitation that the created had no power ever to comprehend the Creator. As the first in Creation, he comprehends, that he being the created could not himself be the Creator. He comprehends himself by himself, as, he is the first and the highest in perfection and he has none to emulate. In contrast, al-Nafs al-Kulliya being the second, comprehends himself only by the light [...]

By |November 2nd, 2018|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 2: Come Forth and Turn Around

This verse draws attention to a hadīth of the Holy Prophet Mohammed SAW. He says, 'What Allah created first was al-ʿaql.' He then ordered al-ʿaql to come forth, and He came forward. Then Allah said, turn, and he turned. Then Allah declared, by my power and majesty, I have set you at the peak of Creation. Through you shall I reward and through you shall I punish.' In this second verse, the subject of ʿaql in man leads on to the supreme one, al-ʿaql al-awwal. This is natural, as in the ultimate analysis ʿaql in man derives light from al-ʿaql al-awwal, [...]

By |September 28th, 2018|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 thing. It is not an accident. It would be relevant to consider the Fatimi concept of ʿaql at this stage. [...]

By |March 19th, 2018|Blog, Philosophy|

بين سهولةٍ في اللفظ والتركيب ودقةٍ في المعنى والتعبير: المهارةُ الأدبيةُ للداعي الفاطمي سيدنا طاهر سيف الدين في الشعر

تستغرق قصائد الداعي الفاطمي الدكتور سيدنا طاهر سيف الدين معظم نصاب الأدب في الجامعة السيفية. فالطالب فيها -خلال مراحلها- يقرأ ويدرس ما يزيد على خمسة آلاف بيت منتخب من ديوانه العريض الذي يحتوي بكامله على ما يقرب عشرة آلاف بيت. وإنّ من حظِي بإلقاء نظرةٍ -عن تعلّمٍ منه- إلى شيء مما جاد به قلمه شعرا سيشهد بالإنصاف أن الداعي الفاطمي هذا يملك قوةً في العربية ومهارةً في الإنشاء الأدبي لا تنكران، وأنه من الجدير بالعالم العربي أن يقبله كشاعر عربي بليغ، وكذلك من الجدير بالحقول الأكاديمية أن تشمله - وما أسهمه في مجال الأدب من توفير ثمين - في دراساتها [...]

By |December 7th, 2017|Arabic, Blog|

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 combination of colours. 'A Philosophical Discourse' is indeed a masterful combination of words and phrases, giving a lucid expression to [...]

By |November 29th, 2017|Blog, Philosophy|

Pearl Season

As man comes to his end, the oyster of his form is laid asunder. Whether a pearl emerges or naught, determines his true worth. The Droplet The first rays of dawn tore through the scanty clouds and lingering fog, illuminating and warming. While the soft breeze gently nudged a dew drop over the cusp of a fresh green blade and into the languid stream that gently flowed, longing for the sea. The throes of winter had been defeated, and as its forces retreated to a distant corner of the earth, the townspeople trickled from the vistas of the inland towards [...]

By |November 29th, 2017|Blog, Creative|
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