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Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad. We have just completed the celebration of Idd-e-Navroz. Let us now look into the concept of spiritual spring by reflecting upon our own spirituality and its connection to the spirituality of our Holy Imam:
|'The Imam of the time with respect to his corporeality is the mazhar of the Divine favours and blessings, and the mirror of the eternal light. It is because of this that the spiritual season of the Ismaili worlds always remain temperate and extremely pleasant and there is always spring in them. Thus the real Naw-ruz festival is found in the individual spirituality of mu'mins. That is, every sincere mu'min's initial progress is his Naw-ruz festival, in the sense that when the mu'min truly obeys the light of Imamat, the personal world of his (real) heart, due to spiritual vegetation and prosperity, becomes like the garden of paradise.'
[Source: A Key to Wisdom, pages 65-67]
The Model of the Ascent of the Soul:
The conscience of terrestrial man is the workshop of soul and intellect. It is called the centre of intellectual and spiritual change (inqilab) and is called 'heart' (qalb) by Wise Qur'an. Qalb (heart) means 'to turn around, turn upwards, turn upside down' in Qur'anic terminology. Physically, heart is a hollow muscular organ found in the left side of the chest which, by rhythmical contraction and expansion forces the blood through the circulatory system of vertebrates. In psychology and literary usage, heart is the fount of man's emotion and deepest feelings. When it is used in the sense of 'intellect' as well as in the sense of 'spiritual intuition', it is the conscience of man. The word qalb (heart) in the Holy Qur'an is used in the latter sense and I will use it from here onwards. All the powers of good and evil are linked to the workshop of qalb, in which the intellect, rational soul and sensory soul work together.
Fig. 1. The ascent of the soul and its spiritual and intellectual resurrection.
In practical terms, it is necessary to practice the faith with rigor, so that our our soul reaches the state of a Sound Heart as shown in the diagram. From an Ismaili view point, this ascent also creates spiritual strength and creativity to solve our material problems. Therefore, it is in our interest to use material and spiritual methods to overcome difficulties created by the global recession.
May Mowla's Light be with all of us, always, in everything that we do!
|Monday||Allâhu Akbar, Subhan Allâh, Al-hamdu Lillâh and Angelic Salwat|
|Tuesday||Yâ Ali, Yâ Allâh, Yâ Muhammad, Yâ Muhammad, Yâ Ali and Angelic Salwat|
|Wednesday||Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim and Angelic Salwat|
|Thursday||Yâ Rahmân, Yâ Rahim and Angelic Salwat|
|Friday||Allâhu Akbar, Subhan Allâh, Al-hamdu Lillâh, Lâ ilâhâ illa-llâh and Angelic Salwat|
|Saturday||Yâ Ali, Yâ Muhammad, Yâ Muhammad, Yâ Ali and Angelic Salwat|
|Sunday||Yâ Hayyul-Qayyum, Yâ Aliyul Azim, Yâ Sahebuz-Zaman, Yâ Hazar Imam and Angelic Salwat|
|Extra||12 Dhikr tasbis|
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, create Sunshine in our hearts, light in our foreheads, and bless us all with the inner vision of the Truth!
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, grant the global Jamat luminous (noorani) and spiritual (ruhani) tayid (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually. Ameen.
Haizinda — Qayampaya
(Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)
Rakh Mowla je Noor te Yaqeen (Certainly, we trust in Mowla's Light only),
Noorallah Juma (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sunday, March 22, 2009
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