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:: Candle Post #52 :: The Ultimate Dhikr :: Tuhi Tu (O Mowla, Only You are You) ::

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Ya Ali Madad! There is a great sequence of events for spiritual upliftment in the months of August and September, 2009. The Baitul-Khyal Satado will start on Friday, August 14, 2009 and end on Thursday, August 20, 2009 in Canada. Friday, August 21, 2009, is Shukrawari Beej, a special day of fasting because Chandraat falls on a Friday evening. This also coincides with the commencement of Holy Ramadan. Thus, we will be praying intensely in the last 8 days of the month of Shaban to welcome the Holy Ramadan.

For Ismailis in Canada, the first night of Holy Ramadan starts on Friday evening and the first fast will be on Saturday, August 22, 2009. The 24-hour clock in the Muslim calandar begins at sun-set or in the evening around 6.00 pm, therefore the night is counted before the day.

In expectation of these great spiritually uplifting events, SalmanSpiritual.com would like to present a special dhikr mp3 track titled 'Tuhi Tu' which means 'Only You are You'. In order to understand the depth of the title, let us first explore the following concepts:

Part 1: Teaching of Pir Nasir-i Khusraw (r.a.)

In his book entitled 'Six Chapters' or 'Shish Fasl', Pir Nasir-i Khusraw (r.a.) has made the following profound statement on page 71:

'..in this world, the Aql-i Kull ('the Rational Harmony of Existence') is the true Imâm (Imam-i Haqq), while the faithful believers (mu'minân) are in possession of individual (human) reasons (aql-ha-y-i juzwi).'

This means that we have a partial intellect while our Holy Imam has perfect intellect. This is the reason that we have performed the baiyat of the Holy Imam and have made a pledge to follow his firmans in all material and spiritual matters.

Part 2: Teaching of Pir Shihabu'd-Din Shah Al-Husayni (a.s.)

Our Holy Pirs have taught us to submit our partial intellects to the True Imam's Perfect Intellect. The reason for doing this is very simple. The partial intellect is very limited and is incapable of understanding higher spiritual realities, therefore it is necessary to resort to the Perfect Intellect. This has been eloquently described by Pir Shihabu'd-Din Shah Al-Husayni (a.s.) as follows:

'And if you realize the difference between the intellects and personalities of different people, you may listen to some imbeciles, who, having no means of understanding this, talk pretentiously about ma'rifat, or higher religious wisdom. It is said to them:
 
"O ye, mud, mixed with mud, and never rising above mud, and with face covered with mud, ye, whose nature is mud, who are born and living in mud, what can you understand in the world of purity? Yes, the body of dust, which in its every atom consists of dust, composed of dark and solid elements, even conceiving a very great idea, can only imagine things that are connected with the body of dust, i.e. physical self. Everything that he imagines above this, also belongs to the created world, like himself. He cannot imagine or know anything beyond this."
 
Only those people who have purified their reason, heart, and imagination, by a long struggle with their nafs, or lower self, may attain more vision for their inner eye, may make their ears capable of listening to what others do not hear, and may see, understand and hear (what ordinary people cannot). How can one say things to everybody, and how can they all listen to, see, and understand everything? Only those can do this who could witness this by the 'eye of Truth' ".
(Source: True Meaning of Religion (Risala Dar Haqiqat-i-Din translated into English by W. Ivanow), pp. 17-18.)

Part 3: Teaching of Pir Sadardin (r.a.)

Now let us read about the attributes of Noor Mowlana Hazir Imam (a.s.) and our relationship with his NOOR:

Eji Tu(n)hi gur tu(n)hi nar tu(n)hi ebi âshâ
srevâ tamâri ham kije ho sâmi ji
 
  You are the Guide, You are the Master and You are also our hope.
It is to You that we worship as our Lord.
.....1
Eji Tuj vinâ hamku(n) neend na âve
na bhâvê an na pâni ho sâmi ji
 
  We can neither sleep
nor enjoy the taste of food or drink without You.
.....2
Eji Ek andhârê ne ek didàri
ek ne mârag na sujê ho sâmi ji
 
  In this world there are two kinds of people; there are those who are blind to the spiritual life and those who enjoy the Spiritual Vision(constantly).
Those who ignore the spiritual life cannot find the way to our Lord.
.....3
Eji Asht karod bhirmâ âge tâ(n) upâyâ
tênê târo ant na jâni yo ho sâmi ji
 
  The Creator created 80 million souls in the beginning,
but none understood your limits O Lord.
.....5

The key message from the above verses of the ginan is that higher spiritual enlightenment is only possible through complete obedience, bandagi, and spiritual & intellecual submission to the Imam of the time. It is only through his grace, guidance, and mercy that the inner senses of seeing, hearing and understanding are developed and enabled. From this we can see that there is a tight connection between these verses of ginan and the teachings of Pir Nasir-i Khusraw (r.a.) and Pir Shihabu'd-Din Shah Al-Husayni (a.s.). Thus, in order to go from the world of mud to the world of NOOR, it is necessary to first internalize the concept of 'Tuhi Tu' ('Only You are You'). Another way of describing this journey is from the 'i' in soil to the 'U' in Soul! Notice how the 'i' simply disappears into the You!

Part 4: The Tuhi Tu Dhikr

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A'uzu billahi minashaitanir rajim
I seek refuge in Allah from the outcast Satan.

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Yâ Ali Madad, Mowlâ Ali Madad, Yâ Ali Madad, Mowlâ Ali Madad

Rab tu, Rahêmân tu, Rahim tu, Karim tu

Tuhi tu, Tuhi tu, Tuhi tu, Tuhi tu, Tuhi tu, Tuhi tu

[O Ali help us (Ya Ali Madad), Mowla Ali help us (Mowla Ali Madad) for only You are our Lord (Rab), You are the Most Beneficent (Raheman), You are the Most Merciful (Rahim), You are the Most Bountiful One (Karim). Only You are You (Tuhi Tu), Only You are You (Tuhi Tu), Only You are You (Tuhi Tu)]

Yâ Ali Madad, Mowlâ Ali Madad, Yâ Ali Madad, Mowlâ Ali Madad

Rab tu, Rahêmân tu, Rahim tu, Karim tu

Tuhi tu, Tuhi tu, Tuhi tu, Tuhi tu, Tuhi tu, Tuhi tu

[O Ali help us (Ya Ali Madad), Mowla Ali help us (Mowla Ali Madad) for only You are our Lord (Rab), You are the Most Beneficent (Raheman), You are the Most Merciful (Rahim), You are the Most Bountiful One (Karim). Only You are You (Tuhi Tu), Only You are You (Tuhi Tu), Only You are You (Tuhi Tu)]

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Ardent Supplications:

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 (noor-allah@salmanspiritual.com)
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Thursday, July 30, 2009


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