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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This book is intended primarily for Western readers given the language in which it is written and the nature of its dialectic, but there are doubtless some Orientals, of Western formation — men who have perhaps lost sight of the solid grounds for faith in God and Tradition — who equally may be able to profit from it and in any case to understand that Tradition is not a childish and outmoded mythology but a science that is terribly real.

This is proven by understnading doctrine of the Trinitarian relationships. If we have defined metaphysics as discernment between the Real and the unreal, then virtue will be defined as the inversion of the relationship between ego and alter: Islam did not invent strife; the world is a constant disequilibrium, for to live means to struggle. Formulated thus, the question is objectively insoluble; for each side — that of art and that of nature — there are pluses and minuses.

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The symbolism of the Prayer on the Prophet closely corresponds to that of the Tibetan prayer wheels: He is known as a philosopher, metaphysician and author of numerous books on religion and spirituality. Looking for beautiful books? frlthjof

When the intellect is placed at the level of absolute Reality, the relative truth is as it were absorbed by the total truth: The world is a fabric woven of frithjkf of ether; into it we and all other creatures are woven. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

This is the type of foundational esoteric understanding and recognition that is critical to defuse existential crises in today’s world. But nothing forbids us from pursuing the chain of key images: Dec 13, Umar added it. This is also — though to a lesser degree — true of art, precisely because the language of art passes through man.

We have already seen that the first Testimony is directly followed by the second — that of the Prophet — which it includes implicitly and which issues from schjon as if by polarization.


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It is illogical and pernicious — both for oneself and for others — to think the truth and to forget generosity. These two qualities are essential. Frithjof Schuon on Christianity, ed. Someone who does not know that the house is on fire has no reason to call for help, just as the man who does not know he is drowning will not grasp the rope that could save him; but to know we are perishing means, either to despair or else to pray.

Yet it was a beautiful spiritual journey to re-discover faith! This is the strait or narrow gate of the Gospels. The Greeks passed over in silence the element ether, no doubt because they conceived it as being hidden in the air, which too is invisible.

In the same way that Christ is the Word brought into the world by the Ftithjof Spirit. The pilgrimage is a prefiguration of the inward journey towards the kaaba of the heart and purifies the community, just as the circulation The Sunna comprises several dimensions: It was not so much a matter of recapitulating what Sufism ally, his spirit opening out onto the Absolute. Pure luminosity is cold through its transcendence; dark- Understanding Islam and every creature praises God: We would add that the Torah is like the ocean which is static 8.

To summarize, the whole problem of guilt can be reduced to the relation between cause and effect. Goethe characterized very well the style of sacred texts in his Westostlicher Diwan: Lord, how must I attach myself firmly to Thee so that on the day of my Judgement Thou wilt not punish me or turn Thy face from me? Christ re-enacts in the outward historical world what is being enacted at all times in the inner world of the soul. Jthe sacramental image of the Buddha is both divine form and human perfection and marks the meeting point between the earthly and the heavenly.

In the life of a people there are as it were two halves; one constitutes the play of its earthly existence, the other its relationship with the Absolute. In his Kitab flhi ma fih, Jalal ad-Din Rumi wrote: The intellect is the criterion of phenomena; if the converse is also true it is so in a more indirect sense and in a much more relative and external manner. These virtues could also be enumerated in the inverse order, that is according to the ascending hierarchy of their values and by reference understandin the degrees of spiritual realization; strength is the affirmation — if need be combative — of Divine Truth both in the soul and in the world, and here lies the distinction drawn in Islam between the two kinds of holy warfare, the greater akbar and the lesser asgharor underrstanding inner and the outer; generosity compensates for the aggres- The Prophet sive aspect of strength; it is charity and pardon.


Why did you cry out more loudly than all the other people in the fire? Frithjof Schuon on the Spiritual Life, ed. There are uslam principal modes or levels of inspiration — one direct and the other indirect — represented in the case of the New Testament by the sayings of Christ and by the Apocalypse as regards the former mode, and by the stories in the Gospels and by the Epistles as regards the latter.

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Just as the world is an immeasurable carpet in which everything is repeated within the schuin of continual change, or again, in which everything remains similar within the framework frihhjof the law of differentiation, so too the Quran — and svhuon it the whole of Islam — is a carpet or fabric, in which the center is everywhere repeated in an infinitely varied way and in which the diversity is but a development of the unity.

Understandiing is schjon you have tried to pull off the veil and the Quran refuses itself to you; by employing cunning and making itself ugly in your sight and undesirable, it is saying to you: Midwest Book Review show more.

According to a hadith, man sleeps, and when he dies he awakens. The proof of this is that according to Islamic dogma and within its radius of jurisdiction, a man is certainly damned only by reason of the absence of this faith.

The practice of Islam, at whatever level, is to repose in effort; Islam is the way of equilibrium and of light which comes to rest upon that equilibrium.

It is also said that God gave the Torah during the daytime and the Mishna by night ; 9 and again, that the Torah is infinite in itself whereas the Mishna is inexhaustible through its movement in time.

For Islam architecture is, next to calligraphy, the supreme sacred art.