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Gem No. 4 :: Holy Didar and the Sacred Time to Recite the Three Duas


Ya Ali Madad! This posting has six parts:
 
1. Selected verses from beautiful ginans of our Holy Pirs;
2. Knowledge Section;
3. Spiritual Enlightenment Indicator No. 4;
4. Special Dhikr;
5. Angelic Salwat Dhikr; and
6. A Short List of Online Resources
 
Part 1: Teaching of Pir Hasan Kabirdin (r.a.)
The following three verses are taken from Pir Hasan Kabirdin's Anant Akhado on the topic of sacred times to recite the Holy Dua and perform bandagi.
 
Âshâji sa(n)dhya vêlâ tamê mat koi chuko
e chhê gurni e(n)dhâniji
e vêlâ tamnê didhi
kidhi tê dinni bâri
Hari ana(n)t 252
Oh Lord Don't miss (the prayers) at the time of the command
This is the sign (seal) of the Guide (upon your soul)
That time is given to you
and it is the gateway to (window of) religion
Hari You are eternal; 252
 
Âshâji biji vêlâ ehij jâno
rât ghadi chh gai jânoji
tê to bâri daragâ tani
gurthi thâvo hushiâr
Hari ana(n)t 253
Oh Lord Know the second period as
the six ghadis (approximately 2 hours) after the sunset
It is the gateway to gathering (of knowledge)
so be intelligent with the help of the Guide
Hari You are eternal; 253
 
Âshâji triji sa(n)dhyâ pâchhli jâno
khat gadi parmânoji
e bâri saragni bhanie
lêvê gurnê hâth
Hari ana(n)t 254
Oh Lord The third time of the command is at the end of the night
It occurs six ghadis before the dawn
Understand it as the gateway to heaven
It is obtained with the help of the Guide (isme-azam)
Hari You are eternal; 254

 
Part 2: What has been written about compulsory daily prayers?
 
Let us first reflect on the following quotations:

  1. Teachings of Allah, the Holy Prophet (s.a.s.) and the Holy Imams (a.s.)
     
    Teachings of Allah and His Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.):
    "Ibn Mas'ud said: I asked the Prophet which action is dearest to God and he replied, "Prayer at its proper time." 1

    "Ibn Mas'ud said that a man kissed a woman and came and told the Prophet. Then God revealed, "And observe the prayer at the two ends of the day and the neighbouring parts of the night, for good deeds remove evil deeds." (Holy Qur'an 11:114). The man asked God's messenger whether this referred to him, and he replied, "It refers to everyone of my whole people." 2

    "Abdallah b. 'Amr. b. al-'As said that the Prophet mentioned prayer one day saying, "If anyone keeps to it, it will be light, evidence and salvation for him on the day of resurrection." 3

    Teaching of Hazrat (Noor) Mowlana (Shah) Murtaza Ali (a.s.):
    "Optional prayers cannot attain the pleasures of God for you when compulsory daily prayers are left unattended." 4

    Teaching of Noor Mowlana Shah Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.):
    "The healthy human body is the temple in which the flame of the Holy Spirit burns, and thus it deserves the respect of scrupulous cleanliness and personal hygiene. Prayer is a daily necessity, a direct communication of the spark with the universal flame" 5


     
    End Notes

    1. Robson, J., Book IV. Prayer. Chapter XVII. In: Mishkat al Masabih Vol. I (English translation with explanatory notes), 114-115.
    2. Robson, J., Book IV. Prayer. Chapter XVII. In: Mishkat al Masabih Vol. I (English translation with explanatory notes), 114.
    3. Robson, J., Book IV. Prayer. Chapter XVII. In: Mishkat al Masabih Vol. I (English translation with explanatory notes), 116.
    4. Imam Hazrat (Noor) Mowlana (Shah) Murtaza Ali (a.s.). Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali (Translated by Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari), Sayings of Hazrat Ali: 39, 277.
    5. Aga Khan III (Noor Mowlana Shah Sultan Mohammed Shah), Memoirs of Aga Khan, 176.

     
  2. The Importance of Dasond and Daily Dua
     
    "My Spiritual Children ... all should not forget that Dasond is the first of all duties and without it there is no foundation, just as without Dua ... , there is no foundation for other prayers." Message of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah, Cannes, February 5, 1948.
     
  3. Conviction to say the Dua on time:
    In the three verses of Anant Akhado presented above, Pir Hasan Kabirdin (r.a.) has identified the the times before and after sunset, i.e., in the evening are sacred times to recite the Holy Dua and attend Jamat Khana. Then he has defined that the time before sunrise is also sacred. In our Tariqah, Bandagi (meditation) is performed from 4.00 am to 5.00 am, and then the morning dua is recited. This is generally around 5.15 am. The reason for raising this issue is that the morning Dua time is also fixed. Therefore, our conviction should be to recite the three duas on time.
     
    Now let us read the following firman of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.):
     
    "You should always attend Jamatkhana at the time of prayers and offer your Dua there. In exceptional cases when Jamatkhana is far away and you are sure that you will not be able to join the congregation in time, you should say your prayer wherever you may be, whether on a road, at a shop, in a train or anywhere else. You will strengthen the foundation of your faith, if you maintain the time of prayers with keenness." [Source: Precious Pearls, Number 28 (Cutch Nagalpur 25-11-1903)]

 
Part 3: Higher Spiritual Enlightenment Indicator No. 4: Reciting the Holy Dua on time with congregation, i.e. in Jamat Khana, in the morning and the evening
 
Now it is the time to conduct a self assessment by answering the following question:
 
If the recitation of the Holy Dua at the sacred time with the congregation, i.e., in Jamat Khana, both in the morning and the evening, is given a rating of 10, and not reciting Dua at all is rated as zero, where do I stand?
 
If the answer is less than 10, that means that there is room for improvement. If one develops conviction, the score can improve over days, weeks or months! Higher Spiritual Enlightenment Indicator List
  1. Creating Staunch Faith in Noor Mowla Hazir Imam (a.s.)
  2. Sincere Repentance
  3. Submission of Dasond in Full and On Time
  4. Reciting the Holy Dua at Sacred Times
  5. Practising bandagi for higher spiritual enlightenment every morning
  6. Shedding torrential tears of love for the Holy Imam (Giryah-u zâri)
  7. Practising Dhikr in order to present spiritual and luminous nazranas
  8. Performing voluntary service for the Holy Imam, his Jamat and his institutions
  9. Being Imam conscious & ethical
  10. Recognizing the Light of the Holy Imam
Part 4: Special Dhikr
 
For today's session, let us use a bouquet of Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim tasbi to appreciate the Lord's protection and generosity upon us.

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

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Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim, Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim (1)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim, Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim (2)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim, Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim (3)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim, Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim (4)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim, Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim (5)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim, Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim (6)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim, Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim (7)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim, Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim (8)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim, Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim (9)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim, Yâ Wali, Yâ Karim (10)
(O Mowla! You are our Protecting Associate and You are the Bountiful One)

Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!
Part 5: Angelic Salwat
The recitation of angelic salwat tasbi with knowledge, understanding and ardent love leads purification of the soul, spiritual upliftment and enlightenment. It is one of the best ways to demonstrate ardent love to our beloved NOOR Mowlana Hazir Imam. Let us now present a bouquet of angelic salwats to our beloved Mowla. Real Audio and mp3 sound tracks are available for your convenience.

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Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (1)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (2)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (3)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (4)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (5)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (6)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (7)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (8)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (9)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (10)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (11)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (12)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!

 
Part 6: A Short List of Online Resources
  1. The concept of Angelic Salwat and conditions for harnessing its full potential (Download PDF);
  2. A Poem on Salwat (Download PDF)
  3. 33 salwat sound track in mp3 format
  4. Durood O Salaam by Kamal Taj in mp3 format
  5. Curriculum for Enlightenment :: Golden Noorani Didar
  6. Download Golden Noorani Didar Dhikr CD

 
Global Prayer:
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazir 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 the Golden Noorani and the Golden Jubilee Didars, and empower us to present Material, Spiritual and Luminous Nazranas. Ameen.

Peace, light, barakat, tayid and Golden Jubilee & Golden Noorani didars,
Noorallah Juma
 

Article by Dr. Noorallah Juma
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