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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Intellect in al-Fatiha

In footnote 8 on page 4-5 of M. Ali Lakhani's "The Metaphysics of Human Governance: Imam 'Ali, Truth and Justice", in The Sacred Foundations of Justice in Islam: The Teachings of 'Ali ibn Abi Talib, ed. M. Ali Lakhani (World Wisdom, 2006), Lakhani writes:

Those "who have gone astray" can be understood as those who have not awakened to the perception of their intellects and who thereby fail to discern the real from the illusory; while those "who have earned Your wrath" can be understood as those who, in the face of external guidance from the divine messengers and the inner discernment of their intellects, yet refuse to perfect their submission to God, in other words those who enslave their intellects to the dictates and temptations of their egoic wills."

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