“Islamic Universality” is a new blog which was created at the exact same time as Ismā‘īlī Gnosis. The blog’s first post – also emphasing the universality of the gnosis of tawḥīd – is featured here.
Originally posted on islamicuniversality:
To answer this question as far as this blog is concerned, I will firstly try to define what “Islamic” and “Universality” mean to me within a Quranic worldview, and then proceed.
“Islam” means both ‘peace’ and ‘submission’ in Arabic and and also designates the ‘religion’ of all the Prophets in general and the final religion sent to the Prophet Muhammad (saw) in particular who appears at the historical end of a whole chain (silsila) of plenary Prophecy. The Quran, which is the ‘Word of God’ revealed piece-wise in Scriptural form to the Prophet Muhammad (saw), utilizes all these definitions in appropriating ‘islam’ in various contexts within the Quran. That which is ‘islamic’, then is anything which is related to a state or condition of spiritual peace and spiritual submission before its Creator which is predicated both in an ontological sense and through a mode of Prophetic or Revealed guidance, wisdom and/or inspiration. That which is “universal” pertains to notions, elements, or realities which are common and broadly encompassing as well as inclusive of all categories and applicable to all conditions, situations and purposes while not necessarily being confined to any conditions, much like the Quranic metaphor of the “olive” whose Origin is described as ”neither of the East nor the West”.
Therefore the term “Islamic Universality” will be understood here to mean those elements or dimensions of revealed or Prophetic teaching which are essential, common and universal to all of humanity and are to be found at the heart of all true Revealed Guidance (rushd) in general (be that in the form of ANY revealed scripture and wisdom or in the signs of God as found in the different levels of order of creation) and in the Revealed Guidance of Islam in particular. That which can be said to constitute the most universal dimensions of Islam understood in the general sense of the religion of all the Prophets, and in the specific sense as the revealed religion sent to the Prophet Muhammad (saw), is to be understood here as part and parcel of ‘Islamic Universality’.