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Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Ya Ali Madad and Salgirah Mubarak! On the occasion of the 76th birthday of Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.), we would like to extend Salgirah Mubarak to the global jamat. Let us pray for health and well being of our beloved Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam and all the members of the Noorani Family! Ameen.
Let us now reflect upon the concept of Panj Tan Pak which is captured on a beautiful card which was prepared by (Late) Alwaez Rai Amiraly Amlani in 2001. On the auspicious birthday of Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam, let us also reflect upon the Institution of Imamat and offer heartfelt gratitude for the guidance and vision of our present and living Holy Imam. May NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam and the Noorani family be blessed with excellent health, peace, prosperity and happiness! Ameen.
Here is an excerpt from Qasida number 51 (pp. 199-200) from the book 'Mount of Knowledge, Sword of Eloquence' by Mohammad Adra in which Da'i Al-Mu'ayyad describes the Imam of the time as the king of kings:
|I hold fast to the rope of Muhammad's descendants
in religion and life through (you), O the king of kings.
|The king of kings is the right hand of Muhammad's progeny,
the refuge of all people, the pillar of God's religion.
|Two good fortunes, one (the Prophet) lies behind me,
the other (the Imam) is always available to me in the world
Today we, the Ismailis, are fortunate to have a present and living Imam who guides us through his firmans and speeches for material and spiritual development. He has created an enabling environment through a wide range of activities through the Aga Khan Development Network, the Aga Khan University and the Institute of Ismaili Studies. Even more than this is the fact that Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam resides in our hearts and consciousness, and he is available to us externally and internally. This is consistent Da'i Al-Mu'ayyad's observation and conviction. Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam is also our constant companion (Jalis) and is the one who has placed his luminous (noorani) hand on the shoulder of every murid around the world. Such is the beauty, grace, stature and power of Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.)!
In order to answer the above question, let us first read article (D) in the preamble of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim constitution:
|(D)||The authority of the Imam in Ismaili Tariqah is testified by Bay'ah by the murid to the Imam which is an act of acceptance by the murid of the permanent spiritual bond between the Imam and the murid. This allegiance unites all Ismaili Muslims worldwide in their loyalty, devotion and obedience to the Imam within the Islamic concept of universal brotherhood. It is distinct from the allegiance of the individual murid to his land of abode.|
Thus, when we recite the fourth part of our Holy Dua, we should not only think of obedience but also of loyalty and devotion. The sequence in which these three requirements are presented is: (1) loyalty; (2) devotion; and (3) obedience. Let us resolve on the auspicious day to be more conscious of these requirements in order to fully actualize our Bay'ah with Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.).
Let us also become more aware that we have performed our Bay'ah with Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.) and that we are practising Ismaili Muslims. Our Bay'ah demands absolute loyalty, devotion and obedience to Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam and we should have a strong resolve to maintain this spiritual bond till our last breath! This has been done across all time periods and circumstances in our 1400 year history. Al-Hamdulillah!Click here to download a PDF document entitled "Angelic Salwat and Conditions for Harnessing its Full Potential" (14 Questions and Answers).
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
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Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (1)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (2)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (3)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (4)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (5)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (6)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (7)
Al-Hamdu Lillahi Rabbil 'Alamin
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)
Friday, December 14, 2012
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