1604, 2020

Verse 31: Innumerable Blessings

April 16th, 2020|Blog|

Numerous verses in the Quran call upon us to acknowledge Allah’s countless blessings and express our gratitude for them: These verses establish that Allah Taʿālā: is the source of all blessings, has blessed man with an array of blessings that are beyond count and comprehension, and has directed man to express his gratitude for these blessings, despite his incapacity to even count them, and in return has assured him of further blessings. Allah’s blessings are so all-encompassing that Amirul Mumineen AS states, ‘Even if Allah did not warn [us] over being disobedient to Him, He should not be disobeyed [solely] [...]

1104, 2020

Verse 30: Praise and Gratitude

April 11th, 2020|Blog|

By using the fāʾ al-sababiyya (the letter fāʾ as a particle of cause) at the beginning of this verse, the author states that man should venerate the Almighty for He has created him in a perfect form. In verses 21 to 29, he has outlined the means through which man can offer such praise: by (1) venerating his Creator, (2) enlightening his soul, (3) comprehending the capacities of his intellect, and (4) realising his true value. The author also asserts that praise and gratitude for the Almighty is the natural outcome and end result of carrying out the directives outlined [...]

1511, 2019

Verse 29: Value What you Possess

November 15th, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

In previous verses the author mentioned the various capabilities with which man has been endowed. He also encourages man to appreciate and value these qualities by using them to comprehend the truths of creation and, ultimately, fulfil his purpose in being created. In this verse he also makes it clear that failure to do so will inevitably lead to oblivion. Al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna al-Muaʾyyad al-Shirazi RA points out that the cosmos and all that it encompasses was brought into being so that man could come into existence: I wish I knew why you have passed through the various celestial spheres [...]

411, 2019

Verse 28: Comprehend the Intellect Bestowed upon you

November 4th, 2019|Blog|

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 [...]

1210, 2019

Verse 27: Mesmerised and Confounded

October 12th, 2019|Blog|

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 [...]

2209, 2019

Verse 26: Hasten to Enlighten Your Soul

September 22nd, 2019|Blog, Philosophy|

  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 [...]

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