Questions Archive (Thematic Category:Theoretical)
What does istighfar mean and what rules and conditions does it have? Please let us know the difference between istighfar and repentance?
2455 2021/03/30 انسان و خدا
What are the levels of the human soul?
Which of these levels has the faculty of lust and anger?
1786 2021/03/30 انسان شناسی
What is meant by the ‘Unity of Existence?’
6495 2019/06/11 Islamic PhilosophyWhat the philosophers and the mystics mean by the unity of existence is not that the whole existing world put together is God; because the whole collection does not enjoy a real existence and unity w
what is dignity? How can it be achieved? And what status do dignified people posses before God?
4382 2019/06/10 انسان شناسیDignity can be defined as the act of avoiding the degradation of oneself and baseness and a magnanimous man is the one who is free from all the indecencies. Indecency antonym for dignity equals de
What is meant by line, dot etc. in mysticism (irfan) and what does the narration “I am the dot under the “ba” signify”?
4360 2017/01/21 TheoreticalIn mysticism numbers letters shapes etc. are language codes signifying certain occult realities of the world. The dot signifies the real unity of God whose image is placed in man s heart mind and it i
Is man superior to all other creatures in the universe? Is it possible that another creature more superior to man might exist in the universe?
12720 2015/09/14 خلقت انسانAccording to us it is inferred from the Quranic verses and narrations about creation of man that he is superior to all other creatures in this mode of existence including all earthly and celestial be
In every case or instance of knowledge, the knower must be different from the known object. In order for myself to know the self, how can "I" know the self?
4508 2015/04/14 عرفان و شناخت نفسFirst of all, it should be mentioned that knowledge or recognition has several degrees and stages, so does self-recognition. At every stage of recognition, it is not necessary that the knower be diffe
What is meant by this saying of Imam Ali, "Do you suppose that you are only a small body, while the macrocosm is placed within you?"
27233 2014/05/14 Contextual studySome mysticism and literary books have ascribed poems to Imam Ali ( A.S ) . For instance, it has been said that Imam Ali ( A.S ) said: Do you suppose that you are only a small body, while the macrocos
How would it be possible to explain unity of being in simple words?
6387 2013/02/02 وحدت وجودWahdatul Wuj d means to believe that all the entities ( things present around us ) are an indication of Allah s presence and to believe that everything besides Allah is subjective or just shadows and
When Allah created material things from absolute nothingness, does it mean that His Power was converted into material power and material form?
6836 2013/01/19 تجلی ذاتیIf you mean conversion of divine power into material power, there is no doubt that such a notion is false and it is never true with God. If you mean by the word conversion reflection of God s power, i
Why do jurisprudents and theologians oppose the notion of wahdat al-wujud?
11564 2012/12/23 Theoretical1. The notion of wahdat al-wujud [ Unity of Being ] is a monistic understanding of tawheed, the doctrine of oneness of God. It is considered one of the most fundamental concepts in mysticism and in my
What is the basic difference between spirituality in Islam and spirituality in Christianity?
20993 2012/12/16 ModernThe value and credibility of spirituality in every religion are connected directly to genuineness and validity of that religion itself. The religious sources of Christianity present such doctrines tha
What does annihilation mean? Please explain the concept and station of annihilation.
7841 2012/11/01 TheoreticalAnnihilation is defined as total destruction or complete obliteration of an object. It is the opposite of permanence, subsistence and continuance. To explain further, God is from the category of perma
Why do some people oppose mysticism and the mystics making reference to ahadith (traditions)?
6688 2012/07/14 TheoreticalIrfan ( mysticism/ Gnosticism ) has been defined as a special method to reach the realities of existence and to connect man to truth, which is done through vision and intuition. Such an understanding