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Verse 28: Comprehend the Intellect Bestowed upon you

It was explained in the third verse, that al-ʿAql al-Awwal achieved enlightenment by comprehending his own self. He became aware of his strengths and recognised his limitations. In this verse, man is directed to comprehend his intellect and his soul so that he too may reach the same conclusion: the omnipotence of the Creator and the impossibility of ever comprehending Him. Al-ʿAql al-Awwal was able to acknowledge his Creator of his own accord. However, this is not the case for man. The order of these verses posits that man is first instructed to uncover the truths of Creation and then [...]

By |November 4th, 2019|Blog|

Verse 27: Mesmerised and Confounded

The surest sign that one has enlightened his soul and has indeed comprehended the truths of Creation is in being left confounded and perplexed by the majesty of Allah Taʿālā. This is the intended outcome of all learning and the greatest proof of being learned. Though knowledge is usually sought to dispel confusion and increase understanding, in this instance the hallmark of wisdom is to affirm that the intellect is incapable of perceiving the greatness of the Creator. His greatness is such that even His primary creation, ʿAql al-Kul, affirms that he can never comprehend his Creator. ʿAql al-Kul’s loftiness [...]

By |October 12th, 2019|Blog|

Verse 26: Hasten to Enlighten Your Soul

In verse eight, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA calls upon mankind to enlighten his intellect with the rays of divine revelation. He directs him to enlighten his soul with the light of knowledge, thereby establishing that only knowledge derived from divine revelation has the potential to illuminate the soul. The precedence given to the development of the intellect is justified by the fact that a man’s intellect allows him to differentiate between right and wrong, between acquiring knowledge that benefits him and that which does not. Only through such discernment can he acquire knowledge that leads towards betterment in both this [...]

By |September 22nd, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 25: The Gifted and the Acquired

We have already in passing commented upon in the last paragraph of the commentary to verse 24, to the two aspects of ʿaql, namely that which is gifted and that which is acquired. Gifted, naturally refers to that potentiality in man which is inherent and not acquired. It finds place in man as an act of Allah. The acquired aspect bears reference to the capacity of that substance—potentiality to rise and in the ultimate analysis to be emancipated through the process of purification. Exercising such ʿaql man has been required to ponder upon Creation and determine that which is the [...]

By |February 26th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 24: Know Him do not Disown Him

The suggestion contained in verse 23 is now more explicitly given expression to. Man who has seen manifested the power of Allah should desist by a deliberate act of will to deny the Creator. Once again the verse exclaims the natural, the obvious reaction of the author 'glory be to the master.' Man who has been endowed with the priceless gift of ʿaql has to comprehend the virtues of the gift and through its exercise know his Creator. He should not by a deliberate act disown the Creator. The word ʿaql seems to be used in the two-fold meaning illustrated [...]

By |February 25th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

Verse 23: Glory be to Allah

In this verse we find, so to say, the culmination of the thought process of the preceding verses and the concepts contained in them. Commencing with the concept of ʿaql, we were guided to the concept of the existence of the Creator and the majesty of His power. The human intellect has been counselled, to ponder critically and precisely, without confusion, without tiring and without boredom into the whole subject of creation. The author then exclaims 'glory be to Allah the Creator.' It is spontaneous and gives expression to the feelings which arise out of an unfolding by the author [...]

By |February 22nd, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|
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