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  1. السلام عليكم According to the Aristotelian tradition, the human soul is the principle of life for the human body, without which it would be just a material entity that is lifeless, like a rock. The fact that this material entity possesses certain faculties and capacities, namely that of self-nourishment, locomotion and intellection means that it possesses something beyond just the material makeup. Aristotle actually designated a vegetative soul for all plants, which grants it the ability for self-nourishment and growth, an animal soul for animals which alongside self-nourishment and growth, g
  2. 'You should learn every-thing, as well the unshaken heart of well-rounded truth, as the opinions of mortals, which comprise no genuine conviction..' Fragments of Parmenides
  3. المتنبي وهو يرثي صاحبه إِنّي لَأَعلَمُ وَاللَبيبُ خَبيرُ" "أَنَّ الحَياةَ وَإِن حَرَصتَ غُرورُ وَرَأَيتُ كُلًّا ما يُعَلِّلُ نَفسَهُ" "بِتَعِلَّةٍ وَإِلى الفَناءِ يَصيرُ أَمُجاوِرَ الديماسِ رَهنَ قَرارَةٍ" "فيها الضِياءُ بِوَجهِهِ وَالنورُ ما كُنتُ أَحسَبُ قَبلَ دَفنِكَ في الثَرى" "أَنَّ الكَواكِبَ في التُرابِ تَغورُ ما كُنتُ آمُلُ قَبلَ نَعشِكَ أَن أَرى" "رَضوى عَلى أَيدي الرِجالِ تَسيرُ خَرَجوا بِهِ وَلِكُلِّ باكٍ خَلفَهُ" "صَعَقاتُ موسى يَومَ دُكَّ الطورُ وَالشَمسُ في
  4. Nail on head.. Feser articulates what many of us struggle to articulate. He remains one of my favourite modern day thinkers for his ability to elucidate and defend traditional ideas with expert clarity and precision.
  5. (salam) To suggest that the dispute between Lady Fatimah and Abu Bakr was one where both sides were defending their version of the truth, with both being correct acccording to their view is highly inaccurate. We cannot approach history with preconceived beliefs and thus interpret any historical incidence in light of such beliefs. So we cannot assume that they must be both be true - given a preconceived notion that both are highly righteous characters - and therefore any dispute between them must be well-intentioned. This is quite a dogmatic position and does not really fit into a highly compl
  6. A few pictures taken from a recent trip to Barcelona. Inside the Sagrada Familia, a famous church built by Antoni Gaudi. It is incredibly beautiful and one feels completely at peace there.
  7. Finished reading this a week ago: It is not often that I read novels anymore, and my infrequent foray in to the fictional world always leaves me questioning my limited fictional readings. In truth, a fictional piece can uncover many facets about reality like a philosophical or scientific work, and sometimes in even more subtler and accurate ways, for the author is not bound by the rigidity of terms and arguments, and can draw on the depths of human experience, from the beginning of civilization till today. I decided to read this book on a mere fancy, unaware of what the book was about, n
  8. (salam) The question itself is fallacious. It is akin to asking how does existence exist or why is whiteness white. Fallacious though it may be, it still requires answering. Philosophers - contrary to some false conceptions - do NOT state that all things must have a cause. If we accept that premise, we must also accept that God has a cause, for we cannot grant exceptions to a universal. Rather, they say all contingent things must have a cause. By contingent, I mean things for which existence is not necessary, i.e there is nothing by virtue of their essence that dictates they must exist, muc
  9. (Salam) When the term dha'if is used, it does not mean false content (generally speaking), nor does it even necessarily mean that there is a liar in the chain. Secondly, it does not also mean that the hadith was definitely not narrated. It means that the wathaqa of narrators in the the khabar cannot be determined or that they are weakened. Based on this, the common opinion of the ulama' is that the hadith loses its hujjiya - i.e we are not compelled to believe or act upon it nor will be punished for not doing so and we will have a legitimate reason with God. This does not necessarily entail th
  10. (salam) You should be more calm in your discussions, particularly when you do not have the requisite knowledge of the specified topic. In Ilm al-Diraya, a hadith that is mursal (disconnected) is considered to be dha'if because there is no way to know the authenticity of the missing persons. When it is said it is dha'if, it does not mean that the hadith was definitely not said by the the infallible; rather that we have no way of ascertaining its authenticity and therefore it is NOT hujja. Pick up any diraya book from the Shia or the Sunnis and look under the classifications for dha'if and you
  11. (wasalam) Whilst it is undoubtedly vital not to neglect shi'ah sources, it is also very worthwhile to have your beliefs corroborated by sources in other schools of thought. The certainty one achieves in a particular topic when it has been mentioned in sources of different schools of thought is greater and this of course has many reasons that are discussed in usul al fiqh and ilm al diraya and in particular the works of al shaheed al sadr. As regards to the question whether the belief in the Imams results in some form of circular logic; namely we believe the in the Imams as a result of the
  12. (salam) I pray you are well Ustadh Jebreil. Interesting thread and something I have often wondered about. However, given that this is a theological puzzle, rather than a purely philosophical puzzle, I would like to approach it from a slightly different angle. This position I take especially as I find the solution that dear brother Ishraq posited - that life is used equivocally in God and in Humans - difficult to accept for particular reasons. The gradational/analogical solution seems to be more feasible. As a theological puzzle, I would like to question our understanding of ليس كمثله شيء
  13. (salam) This book is extremely overpriced and I think only really useful if the Arabic is used alongside the text and there is a teacher for the book or for those who are extremely well versed in this field.
  14. (salam) Awesome work brother. This book has been taught by الشيخ عبد الله الدقاق in 51 lessons and the audio can be found online for anyone interested. Hope you continue the great work translating it.
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