The Ikhwan explain that the supreme purpose of this life is for the individual soul to rejoin its Divine Origin, and the process of unification and purification of the soul begins with Ma’refat and Walayat/Muhabbat (recognition and love) for the representative of the Divine in this world, the Imam uz Zamaan. After Ma’refat and Muhabbat (recognition and love) of the Imam and his Dai, for the further purification of the soul the following virtues are required:
- Acquisition of knowledge – ‘ilm
- Good actions in accordance with this knowledge – ‘amal
- Good character traits and virtues – akhlaaq.
This week’s article is the seventh article in a 10-part-sequence of articles on ‘ilm. This article explains the journey of knowledge from birth through the different stages of life (from Birth to 4 Years of Age, From 4-15 years: Power of Rational Speech (al-quwwa al-nateqa), from 15-30 years: Power of intellectual thought (al-quwwah al-aaqela), from 30-40 years: Power of Wisdom (al-quwwah al-hikmiyya), from 40-50 years: Power of Legislation (al-quwwah al-namusiyya), from 50-end of life: Angelic Power (al-quwwah al-malakiyyah).