The notion of intellect as a facet of faith sits at the heart of our values. Foundational to the Shia tradition of Islam, it is attributed to Hazrat Ali, who taught that the use of one’s intellect is the correct behaviour at any given time. Hazrat Ali tied intellectual reasoning to aspects of life, from social justice to guiding individual behaviour, as well as its role in the practice of faith and in the service of others.
The Ismaili intellectual tradition runs like a thread throughout our history. From the foundational teachings of Hazrat Imam Jafar as-Sadiq, to the Rasail of the Ikhwan al-Safa. From the establishment of Dar al-Ilm and al-Azhar as seats of learning a thousand years ago, to the intellectual legacy that the Fatimids bequeathed to civilisations that followed. From the libraries of the Ismaili castle-fortresses dotting the Alamut valley and the Jabal Bahra, to the creation of the first Aga Khan Schools in Africa and Asia at the turn of the last century.
Read at the source – Dated: 27 June 2017
This article is part of The Ismaili series published in the lead-up to Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee.