THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING IN A BOOK IS THE MEANING IT HAS FOR YOU'
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
A PHILOSOPHICAL DISCOURSE by
HIS HOLINESS DR. SAYEDNA TAHER SAIFUDDIN MOULA
with a commentary by
Dr. Y.Najmuddin Saheb - Ameerul Jamea
A.B. S.D.T. D. LITT
The book consists of 177 verses ( two volumes) It deals with AQL in man , which broadly defined bears refrence to the intellectual capacity in man.
Fatemi Philosophy is the result of a distinct thought process, and is not as is erroneously assumed, to be treated as an offspring of Greek and Persian Philosophy.
Fatemi thinkers have a characteristic approach, different from others, and in this way have made a significant contribution in this field of knowledge.
Imam Ahmad al Mastur (S.A.) in his famous book 'Ikhwan el Safa' conceives philosophy as a three tired pyramid. The three tiers are as follows:
1. Love of Sciences
2. The comprehension of the facts of Creation to the best of human ability.
3. Practise by words and deeds of the knowledge so gained.
AQL is a 'substance' having lofty status. It is not a form or a phase that comes over a thing. In human being AQL is a spiritual entity as distinguished from the physical and represents the quintessence of the soul of man. It is not a mere attribute. Its existence is not by accident, but it is the Creation of Allah.
'AQL in man is in need of light
which radiates from higher luminous stage'
Man being endowed with AQL, his problem is not survival alone, but also more important, his emancipation was to be provided for, through the intervention of light from the Higher Source.
AQL in man inherently bears the capacity of ascending to the highest degree of perfection, through the process of discipline, conditioning, and absorbing the 'radiant grace' emanating from the Higher Source.
' Al AQL in man is like an elixir
Which would turn his copper into gold'
In man - the baser metal is that tainted and degenerated part of the original Creation, now existing in the form of a potentiality
The same has to be first cleansed and purified through the faithful observation of the Kitab and shariat.
The knowledge and the light of the 'radiant Grace' absorbed by AQL constitutes the elixir. The process of spiritual alchemy is finally successfully completed by the Alchemist, who has described himself as the ' City of Knowledge' of which Ali is the Gateway.
'AQL is beset by numerous perils
Like haughtiness, tyranny and domination'
Pride by itself is not an undesirable or unworthy attitude. It is good or bad depending on how AQL is stimulated by it. Man should ever be on guard to see that these calamities are avoided.
'If you ponder with AQL over atomic energy
You will know the omnipotence of the Provider of such energy.'
Consider the smallest unit of Creation, so that the power of the largest in it may be comprehended.
The spirit of search and enquiry of men of science and the glory of their achievements in liberating the atom - endeavor to realize the power of the Creator.
Just as an atom - the ultimate particle capable of independent existence is capable of releasing energy of a force and power, even so the soul of man - a speck of Allah's Creation, after discipline, purification, and the absorption of the 'radiant Grace' acquires so fantastic power, as to propel it self to the pinnacle of evolution, the highest perfection.