"Allah is the Protecting Guardian of those who believe. He bringeth them out of darkness into light." — Holy Qur'an 2:257
Best Practices to Prepare for a Golden Noorani Didar in our Foreheads
Ya Ali Madad. In his Irshad Mubarak in Los Angeles, NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam (a.s.) asked the global Jamat to adopt the 'best practice' model in our activities. Mowla further explained that best practice consists of knowledge, experience, wisdom and practical application.
In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, one definition of 'best practice' is "the most efficient (least amount of effort) and effective (best results) way of accomplishing a task, based on repeatable procedures that have proven themselves over time for large numbers of people".
In our professional lives, we come across 'best practice' model continually, but can this model be applied to spiritual matters? I think it is possible to develop a 'best practice' model in spiritual matters if we follow the teachings of Allah, the Holy Prophets, the Holy Imams, the Holy Pirs and great mu'mins who have walked on the path of higher spiritual enlightenment.
The general model for spiritual growth and enlightenment is captured in the following Hadith of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.): "Shari'at is my words, tariqat is my actions, haqqiqat is my states and ma'rifat is my secrets" (Source: Rubies & Pearls, p. 113).
In terms of knowledge, there are three levels of certainty (yaqin): Knowledge of certainty ('ilmu'l-yaqin), eye of certainty ('aynu'l yaqin) and truth of certainty (haqqu'l-yaqin). Although these terms are commonly used, it is necessary to define these terms more clearly in the context of higher spiritual enlightenment:
In the content of the above framework, the curriculum for higher spiritual enlightenment on SalmanSpiritual.com only covers elements of the knowledge of certainty which have been developed from 'best practices' within our Tariqah over a period of 1400 years. As our Tariqah emphasizes 'a thinking and a spiritual' Islam, it is important to think more deeply in esoteric (inward, batini) terms. Therefore, in this Golden Jubilee year, we should be thinking about a Zaheri Noorani Didar of the Holy Imam at a Darbar as well as a Golden Noorani Didar, i.e., a Batuni Noorani Didar, a Didar of Light in the forehead, which is the basis of higher spiritual enlightenment through personal search under the guidance of the Holy Imam.
The preparation for didar of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam is done individually and collectively. With Mowla's immense grace and tayid, two resources were prepared for the Canadian Pradhamani who took place in June 2005. Additional resources have been prepared over the past three years from 2005 to 2008 for the Golden Jubilee amd more resources have been prepared for the Diamond Jubilee. All these are accessible through SalmanSpiritual.com. I hope that all these resources will be useful to all murids who are preparing for the Holy Didar of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam in the Diamond Jubilee year.
|Selected Personal Pradhamani Preparation Resources for the Murids|
|01.||Let us learn about the spiritual and luminous dimensions of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam (a.s.)|
|02.||36 principles of awakening the inner eye and recognizing the self|
|03.||Let us learn about the spiritual and luminous dimensions of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam (a.s.) (Volume 1: 40-Didar & 25-Imamat Tawil Posts)|
|04.||Let us prepare for the Holy Didar of Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam with these Spiritual and Luminous Gems (Volume 2: 20 Additional Didar Posts)|
|05.||Dhikr, Holy Ginans, Holy Qur'an mp3 and streaming audio resources|
|06.||Let us study from the curriculum of higher spiritual enlightenment|
|07.||Let us review pradhamani preparation resources for the murids of the Holy Imam|
|08.||Candle Posts :: Motivational Gems for Higher Spiritual Enlightenment|
|09.||Diamond Jubilee Sparks :: Higher Spiritual Enlightenment Posts|
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, grant us, our families, our Jamats, the worldwide Jamat, the Muslim Ummah, and humanity at large, luminous (noorani) and spiritual (ruhani) ta'id (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually.
O Mowla make us One global Jamat with One Sound Heart (Qalb-i Salim), bless us with Zaheri-Noorani and many Batini-Noorani didars, and empower us to present Material, Spiritual and Luminous Nazranas. Ameen.
Peace, light, barakat, tayid and Zaheri-Noorani and many Batini-Noorani didars,