Quote: Ismaili da’i Abu Ya’qub al-Sijistani

“At times the distance between the purified particular soul [of man] and the Universal Soul is effaced. when the [human] soul is not weary of its wayfaring (suluk), then all kinds of happiness, joy, strength and continuous blessings accrue to it. This happens when it [the soul] forgets the physical world, and engages in the wayfaring towards its spiritual realm.”

– From The Book of Wellsprings (Kitab al-Yanabi’) by the 10th century Ismaili da’i Abu Ya’qub Sijistani

Abu Ya‘qub al-Sijistani at Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Earlier related: Abu Yakub al-Sijistani: Intellectual Missionary

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  1. I like this one By Al Sijistani as well where he opines that all material objects and events that make up the universe have Intellect and Reason incorporated within them:

    “Tarkib’ is composition as in the compounding of elements in the process of making more complex things, that is, of adding together two things to form a synthesis, a compound. Soul composes in the sense of ‘tarkib’; it is the animating force that combines the physical elements of the natural universe into beings that move and act. Incorporating is an especially apt word in this instance. It means to turn something into a body, as in ‘composing’. But it is actually the conversion of an intellectual object, a thought, into a physical thing. Soul acts by incorporating reason into physical objects, the natural matter of the universe and all the things composed of it”(Abu Yakub Al-Sijistani,10th century Fatimid Ismaili cosmologist, d971CE, from the book, ‘Abu Yakub Al-Sijistani: Intellectual Missionary’, by Paul Walker)

    Notice the similarity with this idea from our 48th Imam:

    “Islamic doctrine goes further than the other great religions, for it proclaims the presence of the soul, perhaps minute but nevertheless existing in an embryonic state, in all existence in matter, in animals, trees, and space itself. Every individual, every molecule, every atom has its own spiritual relationship with the All-Powerful Soul of God”(Memoirs of Aga Khan III, 1954)

    The above are 2 quotes from Blogpost Four Hundred:
    http://gonashgo.blogspot.com/2008/09/400blogpost-four-hundred-knowledge.html

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