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    Spiritual Message of Shi’ism

    • Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i
    • International Islamic Thought Forum
    • 2007
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    The message of Shi’ism to the world can be summarized in one sentence. “To know God”. Or in other words, it is to instruct man to follow the path of Divine realization and the knowledge of God in order to gain felicity and salvation. And this message is contained in the very phrase with which the Holy Prophet commenced his prophetic mission when he said: “Oh men! Know God in His Oneness (and acknowledge Him) so that you will gain “salvation”. (Salvation(from the root ‘falaha’) in this sense does not mean only salvation in the current, purely exoteric sense it has acquired, but also means deliverance and spiritual realization in the highest sense of the word.) As a summary explanation of this message we will add that man is attached by nature to many goals in this worldly life and to material pleasures. He loves tasty food and drink, fashionable dress, attractive palaces and surroundings, a beautiful and pleasing wife, sincere friends and great wealth. And in another direction he is attracted to political power, position, and reputation, the extension of his rule and dominion and the destruction of any thing that is opposed to his wishes. But in his inner and primordial God- given nature man understands that all these are means created for man, but man is not created for all these things. These things should be subservient to man and follow him and not vice verse. To consider the stomach and the region below it as a final end of life is the logic of cattle and sheep. To tear up, cut and destroy other is the logic of the tiger, the wolf and other animals. The logic inherent in him an existence is the attainment of wisdom and nothing else.

    • Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i
    • International Islamic Thought Forum
    • 2007
    • Lucknow - India