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Theosophy and Islam

Even a superficial comparison of Theosophy and Islam will reveal marked similarities. The bond between adherents of Theosophy (Theo-Divine, Sophia-Wisdom) or gnostic
wisdom (hikmat-al-marifa) in Islam is the common aspiration, the search and living of the path leading to truth. This can only be realised by meditation, by the practice of
selflessness and by service to humanity.

Islam and The Secret Doctrine


The Proem to The Secret Doctrine lists three fundamental propositions. The First speaks of An Omnipresent, Eternal, Boundless and Immutable PRINCIPLE on which all
speculation is impossible, since it transcends the power of human conception . The Quran speaks of this principle as The Knowing All and the Pervading All [2,115] and
continues to say:
He is the First, He is the Last, also He is the Outer, He is the Inner too;The Manifest and yet the Unmanifest, the Lord, Ordainer, Knower of all Things.

[57: The Iron, Verse 3]


The Second proposition speaks of the absolute universality of that law of periodicity, of flux and reflux, ebb and flow, which physical science has observed. This Law of Cycles
is mentioned in the Quran as in And you were without life and he gave you life? Again, He will cause you to die and again bring you to life, then you shall be brought back to
Him [2: The Cow, Verse 28]. This clearly demonstrates that birth is considered a going forth and death a return, which is described as a renewal.
The Third fundamental proposition speaks of the fundamental identity of all Souls with the Universal Over-Soul and the obligatory pilgrimage for every soul. The Quran
speaks of the Knower of the Unseen and the Seen, the Mighty, the Merciful, Who made beautiful everything that he created, and he began the creation of man from dust
then He made him complete and breathed into him of his Spirit [32: The Adoration, Verse 7]. This thought is then completed in the Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad who
said Oh Man! Thou has to go back unto God, thy God, thy Self, with labour and with pain, ascending stage by stage, plane by plane.
In The Secret Doctrine mention is also made by HPB of generations of seers who have served as messengers of the Wisdom teachings. The Quran speaks of the conviction
that we believe in Allah and in that which has been revealed to us We do not make any distinction between any of them and to Him do we submit. [2: The Cow, Verse 136]