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Furqan A. M. Virji

Furqan A. M. Virji has written 8 posts for Inside Ismailism

Leaving Ismailism: From Darkness to Light

Many times my friends and people I came across ask me about the specific clear verses of the Qurʾān which guided me from the darkness of shirk and kufr to noor-e-hidaya. Instead of giving a long list, I would like to go by the episodes that occurred in my life and how did these events … Continue reading

Five Daily Prayers in Qur’ān and the Ismāʿīlī Rejection of Allāh’s Commandment

Ismāʿīlīs usually question if the five times prayer is proved by the Qur’ān. In this question, is hidden their rejection of all hadith and all prophetic traditions along with rejection of the method of the prayer. The only prophetic saying which the Ismailis believe in, is that of the hadith of Ghadir-e-Khumm. Other than this hadith, … Continue reading

Esotericism in the Ismāʿīlī Tradition Part IV: “Taʾwīl” in the Qur’ān

In the last of our series of episodes on esotericism, we will analyze the mentions of the word taʾwīl in the Qur’ān and explore the exegesis and tafsīr of these verses, and look at how bāṭenists have been promoting their false interpretations. The word taʾwīl means: to return, or to revert. The allusion is those … Continue reading

Esotericism in the Ismāʿīlī Tradition Part III: The Antagonism between Islam and Ismāʿīlīsm

Esoterism in the Ismāʿīlī Tradition Part III: The Antagonism between Islam and Ismāʿīlīsm Continuing from the works cited from al-Sijistani’s works, we continue by quoting from another source on Ismāʿīlī bāṭenism or esotericism. Following are refereces from Dr. Marakem in his book Philosiphical Significance of the Imām in Ismāʿīlīsm. “Knowing the imām is the perfection … Continue reading

Esotericism in the Ismāʿīli Tradition Part II: Tawil of Allah and the system of four roots

  Continuing our research into the deception of esotericism, let us go back to theological sources and find the definitions for both esotericism (the hidden reality) and exoterism (the external or the apparent). Finding the Definition of Esotericism and Exotericism from Theological Sources The definitions of exotericism (ẓâhir) and esoteric (bāṭen or taʾwīl) vary, the … Continue reading

Esotericism in the Ismāʿīlī Tradition, Part I: Fragile Foundations

After my previous article Takmil-e-Deen, a question was haunting my mind: If there is no place of the doctrine of Imamat in Islam, then what can be the origin of the prevailing doctrine of the Imamat? Here I was caught in the wilderness of a novel doctrine: exoteric and esoteric concept. Here I quote Ivanow to … Continue reading

Takmil-e-Deen and the Need for a Living Imam: Part 2

In this part, we will look at a number of ahadith signaling the end of prophethood and the perfection and completion of religion, scholarly references and Quranic evidences. It is narrated from the Prophet (pbuh) that: “I have been honored over the Prophets with six (things): I have been given jawami’ al-kalaam, I have been aided by … Continue reading

Takmil-e-Deen and the Need for a Living Imam: Part 1

ۚ الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا Translation: This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. (Holy Quran 5:3 – excerpt) 1. Takmil-e-Deen / Khatm-e-Nabuwat as the Basic Tenet of Faith The religion of Islam has been … Continue reading