Archive for January, 2012

Principal Figures in the Development of Sufism

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

  Person Uwais Qarni (ob. 657 AD)     Texts   -     Themes   Awareness of Muhammad’s spiritual presence ‘Uwaisi’ transmission of barakah   Person Rabi’a al-Basri (717-801 AD)     ...

A Note on a Second Doctrine of Worlds

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

The Koran can be used to support the claim that there are multiple worlds - but only if we take the language extremely literally (e.g at [1:1],) and it gives no real indication of how these worlds should be understood. There are several distinct cosmologies that have currency in different ...

Where are the Arguments for Constitutional Reform?

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Responding to no public call whatsoever, a ‘Panel of Experts' has prepared a proposal for constitutional reform. The proposal is for the Recognition of ATSI in the Australian Constitution. Given that Australia is hardly crying out for this amendment, and that the Constitution with the very small number of amendments ...

Race and the Constitution

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Responding to no apparent public call whatsoever, a panel of ‘experts’ has prepared a proposal for reform of the Constitution of Australia. The proposal is for the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders in the Australian Constitution. The proposal includes these main points (p. 230:) Item 1 Repeal ...

Knowing Himself

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

The captain of the Costa Concordia is accused of cowardice and dereliction of duty in the aftermath of the ship's sinking. In the Guardian (where no behavior is too appalling to find a defender) Bruce Hood, therefore steps up to his defence with the too-usual line: "Schettino will undoubtedly be ...

Sufi Schemata for Tazkiyat an-Nafs

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Tazkiyat an-nafs (‘Purification'/'Augmenation' of nafs) can be taken as the essence of the Sufi tariqat, and it has Koranic support: "By the soul and That which shaped it, and inspired it to its depravity and its godwariness. Prosperous is he who purifies it, and failed has ...

A Note on the Hadith of the Hidden Treasure

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Much of the Sufi theory regarding the place of Man in the created cosmos is said to derive from the so-called ‘Hadith of the Hidden Treasure’ (hadith-e kanz-i makhfi), which is a hadith qudsi (meaning it is a statement attributed to God himself.) It is mentioned, for example, by Rumi, ...

Santorum does Reductio

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

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Essential Sufi Terms; Meanings and some Explanations

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Tasawwuf ‘Sufism.’ Said to be derived from suf = wool, which the mystics wore, or from safa’ = purity. Shaykh, Pir (P) ‘Old man.’ Each Sufi is bound to a mentor who is required to guide him on a ...

Rumi on al-Hallaj; a Reductio on Tawhid

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Consider the following argument by Rumi offered in explanation of Mansur al-Hallaj’s fevered declaration that he was God – a claim for which he was executed in 922:   When Hallaj’s love for God reached it utmost limit, he became his own enemy and he naughted himself. He said, “I ...