Ramadan Reflection 1: Aga Khan III on Religious Experience – Rahim Snow

Ramadan Reflection 1: Aga Khan III on Religious Experience - Rahim Snow[Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah, Aga Khan III 1877-1957 was a Muslim leader and statesman. He was the 48th Imam of the Ismaili community, the first president of the All-India Muslim League, and the President of the League of Nations from 1937-38. The following excerpt is from a chapter entitled “Islam, the Religion of My Ancestors” from his book, World Enough and Time: The Memoirs of Aga Khan 1954.]

Ibn-Rushd, the great Muslim philosopher, known to Europe as Averroes, established clearly the great distinction between two kinds of apprehensible human experience: on the one hand, our experience of nature as we recognize it through our senses, whence comes our capacity to measure and to count and with that capacity all that it brought in the way of new events and new explanations; and on the other hand, our immediate and imminent experience of something more real, less dependent on thought or on the processes of the mind, but directly given to us, which I believe to be religious experience.

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