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The Word in Muslim Tradition ~ Prince Amyn Aga Khan

Of all the Muslim art forms, calligraphy holds pride of place as the foremost and perhaps most characteristic of the modes of visual expression in Islam. From China to Canada and from Russia to South Africa, the widespread use of calligraphy still unites Muslims and visibly differentiates them from the adepts of other religions.

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How the Ismaili Imam teaches the Esoteric Interpretation (ta’wil) of the Holy Qur’an ~ Ismaili Gnosis

You see, my mission is situated on three levels. Firstly, religious: it concerns a symbolic exegesis of the Qur’an: interpreting the Divine Word, the adapting the needs of each community to the time; refashioning the law, constantly and relentlessly. Wherever … Continue reading How the Ismaili Imam teaches the Esoteric Interpretation (ta’wil) of the Holy Qur’an ~ Ismaili Gnosis

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Spiritual Status of Prophet Muhammad in the Holy Qur’an ~ Ismaili Gnosis

Modern discussions about the Prophet Muhammad tend to portray him as merely the deliverer of the Qur’an, akin to a “scriptural fax machine.” This limited viewpoint is grossly incorrect. According to the Qur’an itself, the Prophet of Islam is not … Continue reading Spiritual Status of Prophet Muhammad in the Holy Qur’an ~ Ismaili Gnosis

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The vision and rationale behind the Aga Khan’s passion for parks and gardens ~ NanoWisdoms

This week the Aga Khan Park, Toronto was officially opened. The park is the latest of some two dozen parks and gardens created, or committed to, by His Highness the Aga Khan and illustrated on the graphic. Click here, to … Continue reading The vision and rationale behind the Aga Khan’s passion for parks and gardens ~ NanoWisdoms