FRITHJQF SCHUON UNDERSTANDING ISLAM FRITHJOF SCHUON with a foreword by Annemarie Schimmel WoridWisdom Contents Foreword v Preface viii. Islamic Quarterly has called Understanding Islam a “masterpiece of comparative religion,” and one of the most respected writers on Sufism, the late Professor. a classic, written from the perspective of why Muslims believe in their faith.

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Understanding Islam by Frithjof Schuon

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. So do not ask of a man that he should adopt this or that religion, for that would take him away from the fundamental principle; it is this principle itself which must come to seek him; in this principle are elucidated all heights and all meanings; then he [the man] will understand them. Sxhuon that which is this message is also, in our microcosm, the eternal content of the Intellect.

Christianity is his main source of comparison but he also brings up vedanta quite frequently and Judaism with slices of Buddhism and the Native American religion of the Red Indians.

Goethe characterized very well the style of sacred texts in his Westostlicher Diwan: This is proven by the doctrine of the Trinitarian relationships.

Our whole reality converges towards that unique moment which alone matters: Exoterism transmits aspects or fragments of metaphysical truth — which is nothing other than the whole truth — whether about God, about the universe or about jslam. We inhale luminous, cool air Imitation of the Prophet means actualizing a balance between our normal tendencies, or more exactly between our complementary virtues and, following from this and above all, it is extinction in the Divine Unity on the basis of this harmony.

God, Heaven and Earth — or, the Revelation is a deployment and intellect a concentration; the descent is in accord with the ascent. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

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The Sunna comprises several dimensions: The esoteric meaning of this verse is as follows: Jun 19, Zakee rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The idea of predestination, ynderstanding strongly marked in Islam, does not do away with the idea of freedom.


This unedrstanding point of view does not, strictly speaking, attain to the Absolute and this is as much as to say that it attributes an absolute character to what is relative and is ignorant of Maya and the degrees frithhof reality or uderstanding illusion; it does not conceive of the But this struggle is only one aspect of the world and it vanishes with the level to which it belongs; the whole of the Quran is unddrstanding suffused with a tone of powerful serenity.

This edition is from with a very good introduction by Annemarie Schimmel. Luqdah rated it really liked it Jun 04, Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Frithjof Schuon on the Spiritual Life, ed. In Vedantic terminology, the fundamental enunciation of Christianity is: It is therefore quite possible for a tradition to be founded wholly on this symbolism; this is notably true of Shinto and of the tradition of the Sacred Pipe among the North American Indians.

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I discovered this book through reading Martin Lings’ biography of the Prophet pbuh. Since it is the head, the brain, which is for us the plane of our choice between true and false, durable and ephemeral, real and illusory, serious and futile, it is the head which should also bear the mark of this choice; the material symbol is deemed to reinforce the spiritual consciousness, and this’is, moreover, true of every religious headdress and even of every liturgical vestment or simply traditional dress.

Other rules require that men and women not mix in public gatherings, or that a woman not preside at prayer in front of men; some allege that she should not even do this in front of other women, or that she should not chant the Quran, but these two opinions are belied by traditional precedents. It is on this account that some have reproached this piety with being fatalistic or quietist.

The invocatory method, whose Vedic seed lies in the monosyllable Orn. Islam is the perspective of certainty and of the nature of things rather than of miracles and idealist improvisation. This is what is expressed by the verse already quoted: Preview — Understanding Islam by Frithjof Schuon. Or, in another passage: Jalal ad-Din Rumi said: Originally published in French in and translated to English But a man is necessarily damned — still within the framework of Islam or else in a transposed sense — for not believing frithjor la ilaha ilia ‘Llah and that Muhammadan Rasulu Llah ; 90 this law knows no exception, for it is identified as it were with that which constitutes the very meaning of the human condition.


He wrote the main bulk of his metaphysical teachings in French. To respect the world religions and understandjng practices of them, does not mean to build a understandig which is neutral towards them and plays referee: This is moreover directly connected with dignity, the role of which is clearly to be seen in the sacerdotal and royal functions: Imagine a radiant understandign sky and imagine simple folk who gaze at it, projecting into it their dream of the hereafter; now suppose that it were possible to transport these simple frityjof into the dark and freezing abyss of the galaxies and nebulae with its overwhelming silence.

Nor is Ramadan a recreation, and the same is true of the regular, and often nocturnal, practice of prayer; most certainly Islam did not impose itself because it was easy. While I started I had an uncanny belief that it wouldn’t be remotely similar to my own religion.


The dialectical borrowings, which were always possible and even inevitable as a result of contact with the wisdom of Greece, add nothing to the intrinsic haqiqah of tasawwuf, but simply throw light on it. Schuon and co are great critics of the modern world, but perennialism is a mistake.

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This is said, not with any underlying intern tion of indirectly criticizing Christianity, which is what it must be, but in order better to bring out the intention and justification of the Islamic perspective. Book ratings by Goodreads. Understanding Islam by Frithjof Schuon. See also Beyond-Being and the heart and the intellect and relativity and virtue and the world as Act of Beyond-Being 49 as relative Absolute as word 58 creative divineknowledge of mystery of poles of pure 58, Beyond-Being 5, 49, 53,,