Monday, 26 May 2008

Al Andalus Alhambra Bayt al-Hikmah (The House of Wisdom)

"A library, institute, and gathering place of Islamic spirituality, sufism, and light from all traditions. Al Andalus, Alhambra, Islam, Sufism, Sufi, Muslim, spirituality, spiritual, mysticism, God, Allah, quran, koran, zikr, thikr, mystic, religion,"

The library is small but has some good information about Islam

Here is a section I picked up that was interesting:

"1. The two Worlds: their types and antitypes

"Such is the idea of the Two Worlds. And the next thing for you to know is, that the supernal world of "the Realm" is a world invisible to the majority of men; and the world of our senses is the world of perception, because it is perceived of all. This World Sensual is the point from which we ascend to the world Intelligential: and, but for this connexion between the two, and their reciprocal relationship, the way upward to the higher sphere would be barred. And were this upward was impossible, then would the Progress to the Presence Dominical and the near approach to Allah be impossible too. For no man shall approach near unto Allah, unless his foot stand at the very centre of the Fold of the Divine Holiness. Now by this World of the "Divine Holiness" we mean the world that transcends the apprehension of the senses and the imagination. And it is in respect of the law of that world--the law that the soul which is a stranger to it neither goeth out therefrom, nor entereth therein--that we call it the Fold of the Divine Holiness and Transcendence. And the human spirit, which is the channel of the manifestations of the Transcendence, may be perhaps called "the Holy Valley".[20:12]"

Mishkat Al-Anwar (The Niche of Lights)
By Hujjat al-Islam Abu Hamid Muhammad Al-Ghazali
A Project of One Ummah Online Islamic Library
Adapted from the translation by W. H. T. (William Henry Temple) GAIRDNER [b. 1873, d. 1928] Published in 1924

On the side, Sufism has a lot of Platonic ideas, and Plato seems to be the true father of the concept of metaverse, but 2,000 years ago it was just an abstract concept of the Universe of Forms or God.
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