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Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (d. 765) on Intellect

“The beginning of all things, their origin, their force, their prosperity, is that ‘aql [Reason/Intellect] without which one can profit from nothing. God created it to adorn His creation, and as a light for them. It is through ‘aql that the servants recognize that God is their Creator and that they themselves are created beings, that He is the Director and they are the directed, that He is the Eternal and they are the ephemeral; they are guided by their ‘aql when they observe God’s creation, His heavens, His earth, His sun, His moon, His night and His day…It is thanks to ‘aql that they can distinguish what is beautiful from what is ugly, that they realize that darkness is in ignorance and that light is in Knowledge”–Abū ‘Abd Allāh Ja‘far ibn Muḥammad al-Ṣādiq (A.S.)

[Source: Muḥammad ibn Ya’qūb al-Kulaynī (d. 941), Usūl al-Kāfī, Vol. 1]

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1 Comment

  1. Zachary says:

    JazakAllah khair akhi. I am a Shia and I absolutely love your blog. Alhamdulillah we have Sunnis like you that hold fast to thaqalayn as Rasool Allah (pbuh&hf) would have wanted.

    May Allah bless you fid dunya wal akhira.

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