Quranic and Itrat Cultural Institute, Hikmatun Safiah
Quranic and Itrat Cultural Institute, Hikmatun Safiah
With Official Permit from Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance
In the Name of God
After many continuous years of teaching by divine philosopher, Ostad Seyyed Ali Mousavi, on scientific and philosophic fundamentals and explanation of Mulla Sadra’s book, Asfar Arbaeh (The Four Journeys) and Ostad’s speeches in the holy month of Ramadan and during Muharram and Safar under Mulla Mosen Fiez Kashani’s Safi Interpretation and referring to other important interpretation sources, Ostad’s disciples decided to establish a Quranic and Itrat institute with official permit from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in order to better transfer Ostad’s viewpoints and scientific and theosophical research methods to the next generations.
Ostad concentrates on philosophical and scientific subjects; however, the heart of his words reveal his full understanding of the verses of the Holy Quran and narrations of the Infallible Imams, the main result of which is the strengthening of religious, moral and gnostic bases of his students scientifically.
It needs to be mentioned that the Institute building was bought by one of Ostad’s male disciples with the favor of God and that of our Mawla (May Allah hasten his reappearance), the son of Imam Hassan Askari (AS), so that God-willing, we may do a little justice to Ostad’s lessons in this haven.
This Institute officially started its activities on 22nd July, 2013 with a permit of general teaching and cultural affairs. One year later, with extension of the permit on 23rd August, 2014, the institute continued its activities with the permit of professional teaching of the Holy Quran. As the main goal of this group is printing and publication of Ostad’s works, the subject of publication of Ostad’s works was added to the institute activities on 5 June, 2015 and Ostad Mousavi Publication officially started its activities. We hope that according to strict recommendations of Ostad during his teaching years, “The main activities of students should be based on spirituality and approval of Imam Mahdi (May Allah hasten his reappearance) and not merely be superficially according to Quranic teachings.”
From among about 250 works which are the result of teachings and speeches of divine philosopher, Ostad Seyyed Ali Mousavi, until now from the collection of his speeches in Ramadan 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000, the following books have been printed:
‘Shihabun Thaqib’ (a book containing explanation of some verses of the holy Surah Isra, research on the Peripatetic School, and the life of our Mawla, Ali ibn Abi Talib (AS).); ‘Sirajun Munir’ (explanation of some verses of the holy Surah Anfal and the greatness of Prophet Muhammad - PBUH); ‘Kawkab Dorri’ (explanation of some verses of the holy Surah Anfal and the magnificence of our infallible wise lady Fatima Zahra - SA); ‘Nuqtatul Hidayah’ (Explanation of some verses of the holy Surah Hud and the scientific lives of Pythagoras and Hippocrates)
Also under explanation of Mulla Sadra’a book, Asfar (Four Intellectual Journeys), the book ‘Divine Spiritual Soul’ consisting of researches about the subject of soul on volume eight of Mulla Sadra’s book, Asfar has been published in four volumes. God willing in the near future the book ‘Sprit’ consisting of Ostad’s teachings under volume eight of Asfar will be publically published.
Ostad’s specific point of view is in the realm of understanding the realities of the verses of the Holy Quran is such that he believes that some subjects such as reciting the Holy Quran fluently, intonation, and religious Islamic provisions should have been solved for the young generation. Just as clean and fresh air is being inhaled in each moment, science and new illuminations should be used in the realm of science. As with the passing of time, new intercontinental and oceanic liners have been invented or scientists can make new discoveries in the realm of elements and the world within, the disciples of this school should be free from any worries and complications.
The lessons and speeches which are taught in the name of Quran or classes in Quranic institutes should work so well scientifically that academic centers and universities kneel down in front of them.
Present activities of the Institute with the supervision of Ostad Seyyed Ali Mousavi are based on scientific and philosophical fundamentals through researching of the Holy Quran’s bases. However, until now for strengthening the scientific bases of students and others, the activities of the Institute have been as follows:
Holding a course of teaching the book, Arabic Introductory Collections (Arabic Jami-ul Muqadamat) which consists of Sharh-ul Amthaleh, Sarf Mir and Hidayeh, explanation and research of the verses of the Holy Quran (Holy Surah Nahl), research into the greatness of descending of the Holy Quran according to bases of volume seven of Mulla Sadra’s book, Asfar, philosophical and scientific discussions in the Holy Quran from the beginning of it. In this class research was done on some verses of the Holy Quran from the philosophical aspect. For instance, we can refer to Surah Baqarah (2), verse 7, on which philosophical and scientific research was performed regarding the subject of determination and free will; Surah Baqarah (2), verse 36, research has been done on the subject of infallibility of prophets and also some questions have been discussed such as, “Are prophets infallible at the beginning of their birth, from their puberty or after their prophethood?” Under verse 31 of the Holy Surah Baqarah, some questions have been answered such as “What is the goal of the names, the fundamental nature of being and world, and the reality of teaching?” Under verse 37 of the Holy Surah Baqarah, some subjects such as the aim of the words inspired to Adam, the issue of repentance and the fall of Adam (AS) are scientifically researched.
Holding a course of researching into the interpretations of the Holy Quran from the time of Rasulullah (PBUH) until now. In this class the following researches have been done:
Life and methods of the authors of Tafsir (mufassirin) throughout history, explanation of prominent theological Shiite schools in cities such as Medina, Kufa, Qum, and more importantly Baghdad which established the bases of the first logic hawza, Hawza 'Ilmiyya Najaf and holding Interpretive schools, etc.
Holding a course researching the lives of prominent Shiite scholars from the period of Minor Occultation of Imam Mahdi (May Allah hasten his reappearance) containing scientific life, works, publications and scientific journeys of characters who spend their life with the approval of Imam Mahdi (May Allah hasten his reappearance), for instance the life of Shaykh al-Saduq who was born through the prayers of Imam Mahdi (May Allah hasten his reappearance) and he died in the time of diffusion of stars. The scientific life of Allamah al-Hilli and holding mobile schools and his meeting with Imam Mahdi (May Allah hasten his reappearance), Shaykh Tusi’s life, Shaykh al-Mufid and letters of Imam Mahdi (May Allah hasten his reappearance), etc.
Familiarization with introduction and bases of Asfar, the first volume of Asfar which consists of some subjects such as existence and quiddity, Wajib (necessary existence - God) and Imkan (possibility of existence of beings), and Wujud-e-Zehni (mental being).
New students who register in the institute and are enthusiastic to learn transcendental theosophy (al-hikmat al-muta’li) at first study an introductory philosophical course which consists of teaching of philosophical phrases and researching different schools such as Stoic, Peripatetic and Illumination, and at the end al-hikmat al-muta’li of Mulla Sadra and his methods are introduced.
Volume two of Asfar, the subjects of cause and effect, Plato’s theory of Mothol, unity and multiplicity (This course has not started yet in the Institute) and studying some bases of the verses of the Holy Quran in this regard.
Volume three of Asfar, the subject of movement and inactivity in the world including natural movement, autonomic movement, violent movement, movement in quantity and quality, movement of elements, circular and straight movements, movements of starts, intellectual movement and development, substantial movement and the relation between movement and time, etc. And finally the results of these discussions in verses 20 of Surah Naba and 3 of Takwir (movement of mountains), 88 of Naml, 14 of Muzamil or regarding movement of the earth (verse 53 of Surah Taha).