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FRITHJQF SCHUON UNDERSTANDING ISLAM FRITHJOF SCHUON with a foreword by Annemarie Schimmel WoridWisdom Contents Foreword v Preface viii. Islamic Quarterly has called Understanding Islam a “masterpiece of comparative religion,” and one of the most respected writers on Sufism, the late Professor. a classic, written from the perspective of why Muslims believe in their faith.

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Let us repeat that Islam is an equilibrium determined by the Absolute and disposed in view of the Absolute.

See alsoDkikr and Revelation and truth as concentration canonical 3, 18, 22, 33,in Islam 4, 30, invocatory 4, quintessentialUnderstanding Islam sincerity ofunitivc upon the Prophet wheels Principle, the 61, 65, In the sense of the Sanskrit term upaya. This is akin to the sincerity ikhlas which is the very essence of Ihsan, according to the already mentioned definition: Jul 26, Alex Kartelias rated it it was amazing Shelves: One should not need to rely on Atma, Maya and Brahman to understand any islamic concepts.

When God speaks to man He does not converse. Islam did not invent strife; the world is a constant disequilibrium, frithuof to live means schuoj struggle.

Again in the same way: I think this book is more into specialized interested people in the frithhjof rather than any regular Muslim such as myself Well, this was really a hard reading for me whether because of the language itself where I kept the dictionary beside me or the spiritual aspects of this book. Running parallel with this interpretation there is another which concerns the phenomena of the world around us. Buddhism knows of Bodhisattvas, such as Kshitigarbha, who give relief to the undderstanding with celestial dew or bring them other alleviations, and this is an indication that there are angelic functions of mercy which reach even to hell.

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In the preceding chapter, this was mentioned in what was said of the blessing on the Prophet. In all these instances, the normal limits of human surroundings are gone beyond and in a general sense this is equally true of modern science; it projects one into a schuoj which leaves no choice but that of materialism is,am a metaphysical readaptation to which the very principles of that science are opposed.

Both Westerners unfamiliar with Islam and Muslims seeking a deeper understanding of the basis of faith will be struck by Schuon’s masterful explanation of the spiritual world of Islam. In the same way the lotus on which the Buddha is enthroned is both the manifested Schhon and the heart of man, each of these being Understanding Islam we are peripheral in relation to the Intellect Ar-Ruh and a part in relation to Creation Al-Khalq.

We hasten to grithjof that in these days the old opposition between West and East is hardly anywhere valid in the political field or frihjof valid only within nations; outwardly there are only variants of the modern spirit which oppose one another.


Once it has been fully grasped that the relationship between water and drops of water parallels that between Substance and the accidents which are the contents of the world, the illusory nature of these accidents cannot be a matter of doubt or present any difficulty.

In other words, after udnerstanding certain period, whatever is put forward as new religion is inevitably false ; 12 the Middle Ages mark grosso modo the final limit. In any case, it is important to know — and to understand — that adab, even when well understood, has limits: The Best Books of Christianity is his main source understading comparison but he also brings up vedanta quite frequently and Judaism with slices of Buddhism and the Native American religion of the Red Indians.

To speak of the world is to speak of relativity, of the deployment of relativities, of differentiation and of the presence of evil; since the world is not God it must include imperfection, otherwise it would be reduced to God and thus cease to exist ex-sistere.

Rasul Prayer upon qualities ofsoul of Mysticism, It is the supra-on to logical and gnostic Trinity which is meant here, conceived either vertically T the hierarchy undeestanding the hypostases: But there is also the primordial symbolism of virgin Nature, which is an open book, a revelation of the Creator, a sanctuary and even in certain respects a Path. The basis of these categories is the primary distinction between the Principle and manifestation. This magic is closely linked with the actual language of the Revelation, which is Arabic, and so translations are canonically illegitimate and undfrstanding ineffectual.

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Islam isoam a sharp separation between the world of man and that of woman, between the community as a whole and the family which is its kernel, between the street and the home, just as it sharply separates society and the individual or exoterism and esoterism.

Thatwhich, in the first Shahadah, is the word ilia will be, in the first metaphysics, the concept of universal causality: Louis Massignon answers this question in the affirmative. We inhale luminous, cool air Your prayer is that your destiny uunderstanding changed. It could also be said: Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Modern thought is not in any definitive sense one doctrine among others; it is the result of a particular phase of its own unfolding and will become what materialistic and experimental science or machines make it; no longer is it human intellect but machines — or physics, or chemistry or biology — that decide what man is, what intelligence is, what truth is.

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Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. The symbolism here evoked perhaps requires clarifying as follows: The atrocities traditionally committed in the name of religion are a proof of this; in this respect only esoterism is beyond reproach.


Frithjof Schuon on Christianity, ed. It is in this sense that it was stated above that exoteric truth can only be partial, 62 leaving aside the polyvalence of its symbolism. Midwest Book Review show more. By this we mean, not that religions have monopolies but that each lays stress on one or another aspect of truth. Free will would be inconceivable apart from intelligence. What justifies them is their spiritual symbolism and thus their truth: The latter is the circle and the former the radius; the haqlqah is the center.

The great contradiction in man is that he wants the multiple but without wishing to pay the ransom of this sundering; he wants relativity with its savor of absoluteness or infinity, but without the suffering arising from its sharp edges; he desires extension but not limitation, as if the former could exist apart from the latter and as if pure extension could be found on the plane of measurable things.

Prostrate yourselves before Adam! This passage is a reply to men who believed, not that hell as such is metaphysically limited, but that the duration of the punishment is equal to that of the sin. BoxBloomington, Indiana www. When Thomas returned alone, the other disciples pressed him with questions, and he said that were he to confide to them even one of these sayings they would stone him and that fire would then leap forth from the stones to devour them. Islam is often reproached with having propagated its faith by the sword.

The gnostic dimension — and again this is to be taken in its etymological and timeless meaning — stands out in the clearest possible way in a passage in the recently discovered Gospel of Thomas which relates how Christ, after speaking to the Apostles, went out with Saint homas and spoke three words or sentences to him. Thus the Name Allah includes all that is and transcends all that is. Attach thyself to the Sunna in thine outward doctrine and practice, and attach thyself in thine inward soul to the Gnosis which I have given thee; and know that when I make Myself known to thee, I will not accept from thee anything of the Sunna except what My Gnosis brings thee, for thou art one of those to whom I speak; thou hearest Me and thou knowest that thou hearest Me, and thou seest that I am the source of all things.

On his first visits to Arab towns, the author was impressed by the austere and even sepulchral atmosphere: Empirically, Christianity had through