Islam - Religion, History, and Civilization by Seyyid Huseyn Nasır

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Religion provides that supreme knowledge which is the highest goal of the intelligence and reveals the nature of that Reality which is also supreme love and the ultimate goal of the will. Religion is the source of all ethics and values, providing the objective criteria for the worth of human actions and deeds. It is also the source of veritable knowledge of both the Divine Principle and the created order in its relation to that Principle as well as the bearer of those principles that constitute the science of beauty and of forms in a traditional civilization.

The Islamic religion. Others, like the Druze of Lebanon and adjacent areas, or the Bahā’īs, originally of Persia but now spread throughout many lands, broke away from Islam and became independent religious communities, although they are, nevertheless, related historically to Islam. In any case these small sects and groups constitute a part of the tapestry of certain parts of the Islamic world and contribute to the diversity to be found within Islam and the Islamic World 15 Islamic society, although their nature and teachings are in most cases very different from each other and from those of the vast Islamic majority.

As has been said so often, Islam is not only a religion, in the modern sense of the term as it has been redefined in a secularized world in which the religious life occupies at best a small part of the daily activities of most people. Rather, Islam is religion as a total way of life. Islam does not even accept the validity of a domain outside the realm of religion and the sacred and refuses to accord any reality to the dichotomy between the sacred and the profane or secular, or the spiritual and the temporal.

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