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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No doubt there have always been social problems resulting from abuses which have arisen on the one hand from the fall of humanity and on the other from the existence of very large collectivities containing unequal groupings. Mar 29, Dina Kaidir Elsouly rated it it was amazing.

Understanding Islam

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

An important book, though not the smoothest read. From a somewhat different point of view it can also be said that the Basmalah is the divine and revelatory ray which brings into the world the truth of the double Shahadah: This word indicates a limitation, but a priori contains no reproach, the human bases being what they are.

The latter is the circle and the former the radius; the haqlqah is the center. Omar Morrar rated it it was amazing Nov 09, The atrocities traditionally committed in the name of religion are a proof of this; in this respect only esoterism is beyond reproach. The question to be put here is simply the following: This last point of view does not, strictly speaking, attain to the Absolute and this is as much as to say that it attributes an absolute character to what is relative and is ignorant of Maya and the degrees of reality or of illusion; it does not conceive of the Cutsinger Art from the Sacred to the Profane: Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x He is known as a philosopher, metaphysician and author of numerous books on religion and spirituality.


The dervish songs and dances are symbolical, and thus spiritually efficacious, anticipations of the rhythms of immortality, and also — what amounts to the same thing — of the divine nectar which secretly flows in the arteries of all created things.

Truth, to the degree that it is essential and that we understand it, takes possession of our whole being and little by little transforms it according to a discontinuous and unforeseeable rhythm.

Empirically, Christianity had through Woman even in a certain manner incarnates esoterism by reason of certain aspects understnading her nature and function; esoteric truth, the haqiqahis felt as a feminine reality, and the same is true of barakah. In a germane field, we must take note of the abuse of the idea undetstanding intelligence. Quotes from Understanding Islam. As for the hadith just cited, it does not keep silent on human charity since before defining ihsan, it defines islam and this consists, among other things, in the paying of the tithe or zakat.

If this call can breach the wall of common dreams, why should it not also breach the wall of that vaster and more tenacious dream that is existence?

A similar error would have it that everything begins from written texts: While I started I had an uncanny belief that it wouldn’t be remotely similar to my own religion. Though he was not officially affiliated with the academic world, his writings have been noticed in scholarly and philosophical journals, and by scholars of comparative religion and spirituality. All the same, from another point of view, we can ask ourselves which is more precious, the summits of sacred art, inasmuch as they are direct inspirations from God, or the beauties of nature inasmuch as they are divine creations and symbols.


See also God adoration of and the Shahadah as Absolute Reality 61 Face of 85 majesty of manifestation of Name of 65, remembrance of 80, symbolism of syllables of Art sacred Barakah 31, Basmalah 6,68, Being 5, 53, 61, Schuon was a Sufi master. Oct 31, Tim fritjof it it was amazing Shelves: Art from the Sacred to the Profane Frithjof Schuon.

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But we must distinguish different degrees in sacred art, thus different levels of absoluteness or of relativity56 and in addition we must take account of the relative character of form as such. The persuasive force it possesses comes from the fact that at root it teaches the reality of the Absolute and the dependence of all things on the Absolute. His articles in French were collected in about twenty titles in French which were later translated into English as well as many other languages.

See also Muhammad, Prophet Metaphysics Monotheism 3, 81,Moses 14, 40,, Muhammad43, 64, Being in itself is greater than the pole Consciousness, even though the latter is in reality Being, in its intrinsic nature. Jul 31, Matthew Moes rated it really liked it Shelves: See also Being Bhagavad Gita 42, 52, 68,87, Bhakti 13, Thatwhich, in the first Shahadah, is the word ilia will be, in the first metaphysics, the concept of universal causality: This is what is expressed by the formula: