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  • Chapter on the Types of Knowledge (continued)

    Philosophers from the past and present have written many, many books on these aspects of knowledge and action and Aristotle himself has written three other books including Categories, Bariminyaas (The Interpretation), The First Analytics and the Kitab al-Burhan – also known as the Second Analytics. Continue Reading

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  • Chapter on the Types of Knowledge

    Now that we have completed the chapter on what is knowledge, types of questions and their appropriate answers we can now discuss types of knowledge and their subsets. This will guide the seekers of this knowledge towards their aims and goals since the desire of souls for different aspects of knowledge is similar to the desire of the body for different tastes, colours and fragrances. Continue Reading

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  • Chapter on Knowledge, the Known, Learning, Teaching and Forms of Questioning – II

    It has been discussed in the previous issue that there are nine types of questions according to the philosophers:

    • ‘Is it?’
    • ‘What is it?’
    • ‘How many?’
    • ‘How is it?’
    • “What thing is it?”
    • ‘Where is it?’
    • ‘When was/is it?’
    • ‘Why is it?’
    • ‘Who is it?’

    Continue Reading

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  • Chapter on Knowledge, the Known, Learning, Teaching and Forms of Questioning

    It is incumbent upon those who seek knowledge and those who investigate the reality of all things to first understand what knowledge is, what is the ‘known’ and the many forms questions take.

    Understand, o’ brother, that knowledge is the conceptualization of the known in the soul of the knower and ignorance is the absence of that concept (of knowledge) from the soul. Continue Reading

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  • Chapter on Duality Within Humans

    In the following chapter we wish to discuss the effects of knowledge on the soul, the essence of knowledge, its categories and types. We also intend to discuss how the potential of the soul, found in the form of knowledge, can be realised in action; this being the ultimate aim of education. This realisation is made manifest through the correcting of the soul, cultivation of its character and perfecting of it for everlasting life in the Hereafter. Continue Reading

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  • Chapter on the Significance of Arithmetic, Geometrical and Musical Harmony

    Prophets and Philosophers concur Allah’s Tavhid (is a single entity) and that all else amongst creation is manifested by a combination of elements.

    When Allah sought to create the universe he began with 2 basic elements; form and substance. All materials were formed from the four elements, fire, air, water and تراب (soil) and contain the four properties hot, cold, wet and dry. Continue Reading

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  • Progressions or Series

    The risalat on music is followed by a risalat which contains discussions on the right combinations. In it the Imam emphasizes three types of progressions: quantitative (kammiyah), qualitative (kayfiyah) and the third an amalgamation of the quantitative and qualitative. Continue Reading

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  • Ikhwan us Safa – Music

    In the risalat on music, Imam Ahmed ul Mastoor, discusses the importance of harmony and right combination which are sine qua non for any type of music. Music has a powerful effect on the human soul. It can create feelings of happiness, sadness, hatred, love; it can motivate, incite, provoke or calm.. All this is done by deft changes in the rhythm and cadence. The skill of music was developed by Hokama (men of wisdom) to help them in their tasks. Continue Reading

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  • Ikhwan us Safa – Geography

    Geography is one of the noble disciplines. Knowledge of the earth and how it floats in the center of the universe is important since our bodies are made up of earth, nourished from it and it is to earth that they will finally return. The earth which is round, is a living unit much like an animal with its different organs working all together. Continue Reading

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  • Ikhwan us Safa – Astronomy

    The science of the stars is of three kinds: astronomy (علم الهيئة) which is the structural knowledge of planetary bodies, (علم الزيجات) the science of times and seasons, and (علم الاحكام) astrology, which forecasts events. Continue Reading

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