‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.): The Basis of Our Religion is Gnosis

On the gnosis of Allah (s.w.t.), ‘Ali (k.w.) said the basis of religion is the gnosis of Allah (s.w.t.).  He held, “The height of gnosis is His Confirmation.  The height of confirmation is tawhid.  The height of tawhid is the acknowledgement of the supremacy of Allah in all matters.  He is Beyond all Attributes.  No particular Attribute can give an idea of His Exact Nature.  He is not bound by anything; all things are Bound by Him.  He is Infinite, Limitless, Boundless, beyond time, beyond space, beyond imagination.  Time does not affect Him.  He Existed when there was nothing.  He will Exist forever.  His Existence is not subject to the law of birth or death.  He is Manifest in everything, yet He is Distinct from everything.  He is not the cause of anything, yet everything is because of Him.  He is Unique and He has no partner.  He is the Creator.  He Creates as well as Destroys.  All things are subject to His Command.  He Orders something to Be and it Is.”


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