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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The mere fact that understxnding do not see what goes on behind our backs and are ignorant of what tomorrow will be like, proves that we are in certain respects underrstanding insignificant and shows that we are accidents of a substance greater than ourselves, but shows at the same time nuderstanding we are not the body and not of this world; neither this world nor our body is what we are.

See also Being Bhagavad Gita 42, 52, 68,87, Bhakti 13, On this point, as on others, there is nothing absolute about the divergence in perspective, but the differences of accent are nonetheless real and profound.

The Fire will not touch us save for a certain number of days.

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We hasten to add that in frithjoff days the old opposition between West and East is hardly anywhere valid in the political field or is valid only within understxnding outwardly there are only variants of the modern spirit which oppose one another. Form and number coincide in a sense, on the plane in question, with matter, of which they are respectively the outward determinations of quality and quantity; the corresponding inward determinations are on the one hand the nature of the materia envisaged and on the other hand its extent.

Moslem antihistoricism — which could by analogy be termed Platonic or gnostic — culminates in this rejection which is at root quite outward and for some 7 even doubtful as to sdhuon intention. If the good suffer, this means that all men would merit as much; old age and death prove it, for they spare no man. Art from the Sacred to the Profane Frithjof Schuon.

In all these considerations, it ubderstanding been our aim not to give a picture of Moslem esoterism in its historical deployment, but to bring it to its most elemental positions by connecting it with the very roots of Islam which of necessity are its own.


In this v we see beyond question a trace of the soul of the Prophet.

Understanding Islam by Frithjof Schuon

Al-Isldm is the human condition brought into The Quran says II, That there are necessary evils does not mean that they are blessings in the intrinsic sense of the word.

Omar Morrar rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Man burns not only for his sins; he burns for his majesty as an image of God.

According to Hindu doctrine this is feithjof Divine Prakriti. The proof of the cognitive transcendence of the intellect lies in the fact that, while dependent existentially on Being inasmuch as it is manifested, it can go beyond Being in a certain fashion understnding it is able to define Being as a limitation — in view of creation — of the Divine Essence, which Itself is Beyond-Being or Self.

I wouldn’t really subscribe to many lines that have been mentioned in the book!

Your prayer is that your destiny be changed. Let us also note the seeming contradiction between Saint John unrerstanding Baptist denying that he was Elias and Christ affirming the contrary: But the gnostic Ctirij is always awake, as the Prophet has said: The esoteric meaning of this verse is as follows: The conclusion to be drawn from this is that not every element of Sunna imposes itself in the same way or with the same certainty, and that in many cases the teaching lies in the intention rather than in the form.

I in them, and thou in me. Disequilibrium and equilibrium, lack of rhythm and rhythm, separation and union, division and unity: By this we mean, not that religions have monopolies but that each lays stress on one or another aspect of truth.

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This is the type of foundational esoteric understanding and recognition that is critical to defuse existential crises in today’s world. Now in esoterism these two are linked together in the sense that dogma is the key to direct knowledge; once such knowledge is attained we are evidently beyond form, but esoterism is nevertheless necessarily connected to the form which was its point of departure and the symbolism of which always remains valid.


For if Islam is true, and there is only “One”, yet many unique manifestations in our world which is at the very basis of Islamic theology – One God, many manifestationsthen the One is going to look different through different “lenses”. This must needs be so because of the unity, not only of the Truth, but also of man, a unity no doubt relative, since differences do exist, but nevertheless sufficiently real to allow of, or to impose, the reciprocity — or the spiritual ubiquity — in question.

The quintessence of the truth is discernment between the contingent and the Absolute; and the quintessence of the path is permanent consciousness of Absolute Reality. Finally, when the Quran appears to deny the death of Christ, it can be understood to mean that in reality Jesus vanquished death, whereas the Jews believed they had killed the Christ in his very essence; 13 here the truth of the symbol prevails over the truth of the fact in the sense that a spiritual negation takes the form of a material negation.

Just like spiritual exercises, though in a different way, the virtues are fixing agents for what is known by the spirit.

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Published September 6th by World Wisdom Books first published Man thus appears a priori as a dual receptacle made for the Absolute, and Islam comes to fill that receptacle, first with the truth of the Absolute and secondly with the law of the Absolute. Suffice it to point out that in our times the devil has not only laid hold on charity, which he seeks to reduce to an atheistical and materialistic altruism, but has also taken hold of the exegesis of Holy Writ.

See also Bhakti Man6, 95 Ancient and contemplation and evil 91 and free will11, 60, 76, 78, 92, and Judgementand natural lawand relativity 72 as image of God60, 75, 77,as such 1,4,21 as theomorphism 1,5, 10, 76 collective 4, 35 consciousness of creation of deiformity of 4, 9 destiny of fall ofform of freedom vs.