Dear readers,

The intention of our/your magazine "Illuminatio/Lighthouse/Almanar" is to provide you with at least a little spiritual air in today's crisis of meaning and humanism so that you may feel happy and satisfied. In this eighth issue, Academician Akšamija takes us/you anew to his đulistan – rose garden, where we are offered a unique fragrance for the soul, where our mind opens with the desire through Islamic al-ṣināʿah – art in knowing the smallest details– unity and diversity of aestheticized action/ṣināʿat of recognitive omen (ornamental forms). If you were to look for an example of the spiritualization of humanism, following the previous elaboration on today's crisis of humanism, then you would surely find it in a series of Akšamija's artistic gardens, which refresh the soul and heart and in which the idea of spirituality (al-rūḥiyyat) permeates in a subtle way, as an unambiguous value with existentialism (al-wujūdiyyyat). Therefore, enter Akšamija’s đulistan, rest your soul with the scent of roses and choose the best one, which will arouse in you a sense of humanity.

In his inspired article, Dr. Ramon Harvey devoted his time and intellectual effort to presenting to us the "Philosopher from Samarkand", none other than Abū Manṣūr al-Maturīdi himself, who is much more known as the founder of the Sunni theological school, which we inherit in Bosnia – at least officially. In every line of his article, Harvey shows great respect for al-Maturīdi, as an original tenth-century Muslim thinker in Samarkand, where he developed not only his theological ideas but also sound philosophical premises. In theological circles, it is known that the question of God's attributes is one of the most sensitive issues, due to which there was a significant rift among theologians historically. Harvey has undertaken the arduous task of explaining al-Maturīdi's orthodoxy, originality, and ingenuity in treating God's attributes in the way of tropes, labelling him as "an early trope theorist". Due to this, but also because of the indisputable contribution of al-Maturidi to philosophical-theological thought, Harvey suggests that his corpus and views be included in school textbooks. I am sure that anyone who has a soul, heart, and inquisitive mind will find in Harvey's article answers to many theological questions regarding God's attributes, including questions that have to do with understanding God's being, which is the most important subject in faith. In this issue, an overdue debt to one man has been tackled, one who has greatly indebted our people. Namely, Kemal Cerić chose the topic of the life and work of Dr. Ahmed Smajlović for his thesis at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Sarajevo, Department of Oriental Philology, study group Arabic Language and Literature, with reference to Dr. Smajlović's attitude towards Orientalism. Kemal has kindly accepted that his thesis, which was rated highly, be published in this issue of our magazine.

Editor – Art Director Dr. Mehmed Akšamija, included illustrations, which best depict one man and one time, which is of us, and yet so close and so melancholy. The value of Kemal's work is in bringing forth new insights about the life of Dr. Smajlović as well as his profound assessment of the attitude of Western Orientalists towards Islam and Muslims; in particular, his analysis of Arab thinkers towards Orientalism, from those who are extremely negative to those who are moderately positive. We are convinced that everyone who knew Dr. Smajlović, especially his numerous students and associates, will be grateful that our magazine found room for a man who has made a great contribution to our faith and nation. Our faithful English language editor from New Zealand, Abdullah Drury, honoured us with his exhaustive insight into the life and work of Bayram Murati (1930–2013), an Albanian immigrant to New Zealand. At first glance, it may seem that the biography of an unusual Albanian Muslim in New Zealand has nothing to do with the concept of our magazine, but when one carefully reads Drury‘s article about him, which we publish in this and the next issue, one will see that his story has a meaningful lesson and message about the fate of Muslims from the Balkans, especially Albanians and Bosniaks. Murati is, indeed, a paradigm of Muslim emigrants from the Balkans and a desolate immigrant to the country, where he has no kin and no root. But it did not take long for the skilled Murati to get by as a hardworking businessman in New Zealand. The wealth he acquired and the influence he exerted with this wealth has not distanced him from his religious or national identity. In fact, Murati did not care so much about his position in the New Zealand society as he cared about his reputation and position in the Albanian-Muslim community. Murati had a great desire to make his Albanian community an example for the reputation of Islam within the secular society of Anglo-European Christian heritage. Drury in his article contextualizes the cultural and social environment of Murati's life in the best way, emphasizing both his business interests and his religious principles in an environment where religious principles were not adhered to very much. I am convinced that patient and inquisitive readers about the fate of Muslim emigrants from the Balkans around the world will learn in this article a lot that they did not know or that had never occurred to them, most notably that it is possible to achieve success in another's world in wealth and dignity. In the continuation of this issue, before the reader is a look at the prospect of Islamic civilization in the context of (hiero)history, in terms of continuity and change in life and history. Namely, the author tries to unfold the merits of Islamic civilization in promoting the progress of humanity and the causes of the fall and withdrawal of Islamic civilization from the global cultural and political scene. The basic idea is that neither weak nor aggressive civilizations have ever ruled the world, but the world has always been ruled by cooperative civilizations, of which Islamic civilization can serve as a proven historical example of civilizational cooperation. Therefore, the recovery of Islamic civilization is neither in isolation nor in assimilation, but in the affirmation of civilizational values, which are common to all mankind.

In a time of disturbed religious and moral values, one must be courageous to think of the possibility of the existence of a "Perfect Man" ("al-insān al-kāmil"). Thanks be to Allah, such a brave servant to of dīn and īmān was found among us. As a Sufi himself – a Dervish, Dr. Mensur Valjevac made an effort to demonstrate the richness of Sufi thought of the "Perfect Man" from Ibni ʿArabi to his Sheikh Mustafa ef. Čolić. Not wanting to burden us with his opinions and attitudes, Dr. Valjevac presents the Sufi sheikh's definition of "al-insān al-kāmil" in such a way that it provokes in the reader the desire to be at least a semblance of an imaginary "Perfect Man", who in the absence of a prophet is a sign and a signpost to the faithful. Particularly important is Dr. Valjevac's love and respect for Sheikh Mustafa ef. Čolić, who left behind recognizable traces of Sufi tradition in our country. The fact that the idea of the "Perfect Man" was alive in our Bosnia as well speaks of the breadth and depth of Bosnian Sufi/Dervish spirituality, which is still cherished today, as evidenced by Dr. Valjevac, who dedicated his work to this important topic. I am convinced that the readers of this article will find peace in the soul through these wise Sufi messages. Finally, as usual, we have a book review, in this case it is the "Systemic Earthquake and Struggle for World Order" by Ahmet Davutoglu, former Prime Minister of Turkey, a review made by Emir Hadžikadunić. It can be said that the world has never been without earthquakes one way or another, but it seems that there have never been such bloody earthquakes in history as there are today, especially in the Holy Land, in Gaza – Palestine. Therefore, we appreciate that the depiction of this book is important because it was written by a man who had been in the midst of strong political and military earthquakes both in Turkey and in the surrounding area. Certainly, it is worth saying that academician Mehmed Akšamija, Editor – Art Director, this time again tried to make this eighth issue of our magazine attractive, informative and above all a unique example of a magazine, which attracts the respect of every objective reader who understands the value of exceptional illustrations, which accompany the text. We have not said this before, but now we have the need to say that many in the homeland and the world have given recognition for a unique creativity and innovation in illustrations and bilingual equipment of our magazine. We are very grateful to our devoted readers in country and around the world.

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