The Accusation of The Belief in A Secret or Esoteric Religion
By Dr. Ahmed Adeeb Ahmed
There is nothing called “Esoteric Religion”, because God almighty says: “The Religion before of Allah is Islam (submission to His Will)” (3:19).
This accusation is due to the ignorance of knowledge that came, and following the branches instead of the roots, for God says in the same verse “Nor did the People of the Book dissent t from except through envy of each other after knowledge had come to them” (3:19).
We have our special philosophical vision which transcends the sensed materialism and is based on Spiritual worship with the motions of the physical body (Sharia), in compliance with the saying of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq as: “Whoever uses the Sharia (physical worship) and knows the truth (philosophical meaning) is a real believer”.
The Sharia is the physical worship that we practice of the legislation as founded by God’s Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) by revelation. The truth (philosophical meaning) is monotheism, which we believe in, explained by the interpretation of Amir al-mu’minin Imam Ali (Peace be from him).
These all are in the Book of God (Quran) in which the Messenger Muhammed (PBUH) said: “The Quran was revealed in a “letter”, each verse has an obvious meaning and another philosophical one”. The obvious meaning is for the commoners, the philosophical meaning is for special people, and the letter is for the most special people”.
If our opponents call this letter of Quran “Esoteric Religion”, we call it “the Secret of God”, about which Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (AS) said: “The Secret of God is obvious among humans, but most of them do not know it. If God wants them to know, so he will do”.
This secret is a divine wisdom and monotheistic science and essence of knowledge, which we have been ordered to preserve and keep it in compliance with the saying of Jesus (AS): “Do not give wisdom to undeserving people in order not to aggrieve it, nor veil it from those who deserve it in order not to aggrieve them”.
Explanation of terms used:
- Sharia= Physical Worship: Islamic canonical law based on the teachings of the Koran and the traditions of the Prophet (Hadith and Sunna), prescribing both religious and secular duties.
- Monotheism: The doctrine or belief that there is only one God.
- Hadith: A collection of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad that, with accounts of his daily practice (the Sunna), constitute the major source of guidance for Muslims apart from the Koran.
- Worship: The feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.
The Alawite religious scholar Dr. Ahmed Adeeb Ahmed
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