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  • A Chapter on the Causes for Variations in Characteristics

    My brother, know that the characteristics and dispositions of people vary due to four reasons. Firstly, due to the humors in their bodies and their constitution. Secondly, due to the soil and air of their towns and cities. Thirdly, because of their upbringing in accordance with the faiths and values of their forefathers, teachers, tutors and all those who may have overseen their upbringing and nurturing. Fourthly, due to the influence of the stars at the time of their conception and early development. This final aspect is the root cause, while the rest branch out from it. We are required to further explain this matter so that the truth of our words and the reality of our statements become apparent. We shall begin with the outcomes and consequences that arise due to the humors in the body, and because of changes in their constitution: from a state of balance to an increase or decrease in their quantities, and how this leads to various, and contrasting characters and traits. Continue Reading

    November 4, 2017 • In the Fatemi library • Views: 1052

  • The Ninth Epistle of the Propaedeutic Sciences

    الرسالة التاسعة

    من القسم الرياضي

    في بيان الاخلاق واسباب اختلافها وانواع عللها ونكت من اداب الانبياء وزبد من اخلاق الفضلاء
    The Ninth Epistle of the Propaedeutic Sciences: An exposition on morals and ethics, the causes for variation in them and the reasons behind this variation; an insight in to the conduct of prophets and the essence of the morals and ethics of the preeminent. Continue Reading

    September 17, 2016 • In the Fatemi library • Views: 1550

  • A Chapter on Man’s Acceptance of Crafts

    Know, that the ability of children to learn various skills and crafts varies in accordance to their temperament which in turn is determined by their birth; a phenomenon we have explained in the ‘Epistle on the Influence of the Stars on Births’. However, we feel the need to discuss select aspects from it in this context. Continue Reading

    January 25, 2016 • In the Fatemi library • Views: 2926

  • Chapter on the Distinction of Crafts

    In this chapter, Imam Ahmed al-Mastur AS outlines the various aspects that determine the value and importance of a craft. He also makes it clear that the ultimate purpose of attaining proficiency in any craft is to grow closer to Allah Ta´ala. He writes: Continue Reading

    November 27, 2015 • In the Fatemi library • Views: 919

  • Chapter on the Levels of Crafts

    In this chapter Imam Ahmed al-Mastur AS explains the various crafts that humankind undertake. He identifies three crafts that are essential, with all remaining crafts serving to ensure that these three crafts are carried out in the best possible manner. Imam AS writes:

    My brother, know that certain crafts are of ‘primary intention’, in that necessity calls for them. Other crafts follow-on from them, serve them, and complete and perfect them, while some crafts are for beauty and adornment. The three crafts which are by ‘primary intention’ are cultivation, stitching and construction. All other crafts follow, serve and complete them. Continue Reading

    August 5, 2015 • In the Fatemi library • Views: 1728

  • Chapter on the Subject of Craftsmen being Two

    فصل في ان موضوع الصناع نوعان

    Chapter on the Subject of Craftsmen being Two

    Maulana Imam Ahmed al-MasturAS writes:

    Know my brother that in every craft a craftsman requires a subject upon which he carries out his craft. In line with this, there are two subjects for all human crafts: spiritual and physical. The spiritual is the subject for all theoretical crafts, as we have explained in ‘The Epistle on Logic’. The physical is the subject for all practical crafts, of which there are two types: simple and composite. Simple consists of four forms: fire, air, water and earth, while composite consists of three compounds: minerals, plants and animals. Continue Reading

    June 4, 2015 • In the Fatemi library • Views: 756

  • The Chapter on Form, Primordial Matter and Tools

    فصل في الصورة والهيولى والاداة

    The Chapter on Form, Primordial Matter and Tools

    Imam Ahmed al-Mastur AS writes:

    My brother, know that a single entity can be known by multiple names. Sometimes it is known as ‘primordial matter’, while sometimes it is an ‘object’. At times it is a ‘form’, and in other instances it is known as something that has been ‘formed’. In some cases it is an ‘instrument’ and in other it is a ‘tool’. Continue Reading

    April 4, 2015 • In the Fatemi library • Views: 875

  • The Eight Epistle of the Propaedeutic Sciences.

    الرسالة الثامنة من القسم الرياضي في الصنائع العلمية والغرض منها

    The Eight Epistle of the Propaedeutic Sciences on Practical Crafts and their Purpose.

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

    In the Name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful

    الحمدلله وسلام على عباده الذين اصطفى آلله خير اما يشركون

    All praise is for Allah, and Salaam upon his followers, whom He has chosen. Is Allah better or those whom they ascribe as partners [to Him]? Continue Reading

    February 4, 2015 • In the Fatemi library • Views: 1530

  • Chapter on Divine Science

    In Rasaa’il Ikhwaan al-Safaa’ (Epistles of the Brethren of Purity), the 9th Imam Moulana Imam Ahmed al-Mastoor SA writes:
    The Divine Sciences are five. First amongst them is [the Science of] Comprehending the Creator, the One whose glory is great and benevolence is widespread. This science establishes his Oneness and explains how He is the cause of all that has come into being. He is the Creator of all that has been created, the Bestower of munificence, the Granter of existence, the Source of virtue and good. He is the Guardian of order, the Sustainer of perpetuity and the One who has planned and calculated each and every thing. Continue Reading

    December 1, 2014 • In the Fatemi library • Views: 1643

  • فصل في اجناس العلوم – Chapter on the Various Forms of Knowledge

    This chapter reveals the depth and all-inclusiveness of the ´ilm of Aale MohammedAS. It makes us realize the misleading compartmentalization of knowledge between supposedly religious and secular. Al-´ilm is one and it is this understanding, given to us by the Ikhwaan al-Safaa’: Duat Mutlaqeen, which enables us to acquire knowledge and apply it for the betterment of both the spiritual and temporal realms.
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    September 20, 2014 • In the Fatemi library • Views: 2313