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: 

  1. Acquisition of knowledge – ‘ilm 
  2. Good actions in accordance with this knowledge – ‘amal 
  3. Good character traits and virtues – akhlaaq.

This week’s article is the sixth article in a 10-part-sequence of articles on ‘ilm.  This article explains that to rise up in the darajaat, levels of knowledge, one has to start from the very beginning.