A Shiʿi anti-Duginist reading of the hadith of the legions of Hiero-Intelligence and acosmic ignorance






From al-Kulaynī’s al-Kāfī (H14, Book 1: kitāb al-ʿaql wa’l-jahl).



Note: I have deliberately translated al-ʿaql (i.e. the Hiero-Intelligence/Nexal Consciousness) as Logos, and al-jahl (acosmic ignorance) as chaos. Although technically not precise, the thrust however of the intention is accurate. In other words, any form or articulation of the “metaphysics of chaos” is per the teachings of the Imāms of the House (upon Them be infinite blessings and peace) condemned as a manifestation of the legions of al-jahl (acosmic ignorance), i.e. chaos.
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…Abu ʿAbd Allāh (Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq), upon Him be peace, said: “Verily from His Light God – majestic and mighty be He -- created the Logos (al-ʿaql) and it was the first creation of the spiritual world on the right side of the divine Throne. He then told it to move backwards and the Logos moved backwards. He then told it to come forward, and the Logos (al-ʿaql) came forward.” God  -- blessed and elevated be He -- said, “I have created you a great creation and honoured you above all others of My creation.’” The Imām, upon Him be peace, continued, “God then created the chaos (al-jahl) from a dark, putrid [primordial] ocean [of the abyss] and told it, “Move backwards,” so it moved backwards. He then called it to come forward but it did not come forward. He then said to it, “you are arrogant” and so pronounced it condemned [or 'cursed']…



قَالَ أَبُو عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ( عليه السلام ) إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ خَلَقَ الْعَقْلَ وَ هُوَ أَوَّلُ خَلْقٍ مِنَ الرُّوحَانِيِّينَ عَنْ يَمِينِ الْعَرْشِ مِنْ نُورِهِ فَقَالَ لَهُ أَدْبِرْ فَأَدْبَرَ ثُمَّ قَالَ لَهُ أَقْبِلْ فَأَقْبَلَ فَقَالَ اللَّهُ تَبَارَكَ وَ تَعَالَى خَلَقْتُكَ خَلْقاً عَظِيماً وَ كَرَّمْتُكَ عَلَى جَمِيعِ خَلْقِي قَالَ ثُمَّ خَلَقَ الْجَهْلَ مِنَ الْبَحْرِ الْأُجَاجِ ظُلْمَانِيّاً فَقَالَ لَهُ أَدْبِرْ فَأَدْبَرَ ثُمَّ قَالَ لَهُ أَقْبِلْ فَلَمْ يُقْبِلْ فَقَالَ لَهُ اسْتَكْبَرْتَ فَلَعَنَهُ

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