1006, 2021

Verse 40: Truth and Well-being

June 10th, 2021|Blog, Philosophy|

This verse dwells upon the following excerpt from Amirul Mumineen, Maulana Ali bin Abi Talib’s AS khuṭba mubāraka: Dunyā is an abode of truth for the truthful, a sanctuary for those who learn from it... ‘Truthful’ or ‘well-being’ - as used to describe dunyā - are not words that are often associated with the way most people perceive and think of the temporal world. Therefore in order to understand these two assertions, the concepts of ‘truth’ and ‘well-being’ first need to be explored. The etymology of the Arabic word for truth, ṣidq, suggests that to be true means to describe [...]

906, 2021

Verse 39: Describing Dunyā

June 9th, 2021|Blog, Philosophy|

Verses 33 to 38 outlined the necessary conditions for the creation of a peaceful and stable society and the building blocks for human prosperity and development. Over the next five verses (40-44), through the prism of a khuṭbah (sermon) delivered by Amirul Mumineen, Maulana Ali bin Abi Talib AS, the author further delineates man’s relationship with the temporal world. A distinct feature of Amirul Mumineen’s AS sermons is his reproval of the ways of this world, his belittlement and scorn for its offerings and the ill-fate of those who are enamoured by its temptations and endlessly toil for its temporal [...]

806, 2021

Verse 38: Peace and Harmony

June 8th, 2021|Blog, Philosophy|

The similarity in construct of the Arabic word for twins, tawʾam (توأم), and the word for peace and harmony, wiʾām (وئام), hints towards the need to consider the spiritual and temporal realms as twins for peace and harmony to prevail in the world. The commentary on the previous verse underscored the importance of man’s relationship and need for interaction with society at large. In addition to this, each individual is required to further comprehend that in order to be able to carry out his particular trade or craft, the prevalence of peace and harmony are essential. This assertion is seen [...]

706, 2021

Verse 37: Evergreen Gardens

June 7th, 2021|Blog, Philosophy|

The previous verse affirmed that if dunyā were to function in accordance with the tenets of dīn, balance and harmony would prevail in this world. The outcome of this balance, as stipulated in this verse, is a better quality of life for humanity, both individually and collectively.  Despite great technical advances the quest for an enriched quality of life for all humankind is an ongoing pursuit and remains somewhat elusive. How one defines ‘quality of life’ is also contested as people seek to strike what they consider a harmonious balance between the spiritual and temporal. In attaining this balance, the [...]

506, 2021

Verse 36: Flourish like Jupiter

June 5th, 2021|Blog, Philosophy|

In this verse, the author asserts that dunyā will only prosper and flourish if it adheres to the tenets exemplified by dīn. As mentioned previously, dīn: entails the obedience of one, is nothing but muḥabba, consists of a set of beliefs which require expression through words and deeds and is considered as the path that leads us to the hereafter. Thus, obedience, muḥabba and a set of beliefs and praxis, all carried out with the intention of reaching the hereafter are the vital prerequisites for the betterment of this temporal world. Political and social systems that aspire to attain this [...]

306, 2021

Verse 35: Like Twins

June 3rd, 2021|Blog, Philosophy|

  The relationship between faith and society has always been a matter of keen debate. There are those that have valued faith for the ethical and moral authority it yields, while others have singled it out as a source of conflict and bloodshed. Using the definite article, the author asserts that, according to Fatimi philosophy, the spiritual and temporal worlds are like twins. In order to understand this relationship, it is first necessary to comprehend what dīn is, and how it differs from sharia. Imam Ahmed al-Mastur AS writes, ‘Dīn is for a group of people to obey one leader.’ [...]

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