"Allah is the Protecting Guardian of those who believe. He bringeth them out of darkness into light." — Holy Qur'an 2:257
:: Enlightenment Norm #1 :: Seek Enlightenment and Set an Example ::
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad! Let us first reflect on the following excerpt from the Platinum Jubilee Message of Imam NOOR Mowlana Shah Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.):
"In these 70 years of my Imamat, man's material condition has totally changed. There has been immense increase in power over nature but, as we see, with strifes everywhere spiritual power has not increased.
It is my hope that my Spiritual Children, the Ismailis, will, by the example of their own higher enlightenment and helpful cooperative movements amongst themselves, set to the world an example of better fraternity and brotherhood which alone can free men from the fear and dangers of moral and mental discord which leads to disaster for all."
—Imam NOOR Mowlana Shah Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.)
The above message was delivered 50 years ago. In the 47 years of his Imamat, our beloved Imam NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini's voluminous activities clearly show that we have made great progress. The AKDN is now a global organization and Ismailis have created a greater awareness of their own spirituality. However, to set example, perhaps, we should also consider following advice of Pir Shihabu'd-din Shah Al-Husayni from his book, Risala Dar Haqiqat-i-Din, (True Meaning of Religion' translated by W. Ivanow), p.39 :
"Thus, with the help of God, in labour and worship, in the struggle with your own evil impulses, with the spiritual knowledge kept alive in your heart, with certainty in reason, with study and the acquisition of a religious education, with the vision of the saints of God and of their example in the heart, by the discharge of your duties, you will attain a high degree of spiritual refinement, as it has been systematically explained. If you do all this, you may attain the degree which you seek. You have to seek it, and it depends upon Him not to leave you without a chance."
—Pir Shihabu'd-din Shah Al-Husayni
May our beloved Imam NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini (a.s.) grant you, your family, your Jamat and the worldwide Jamat luminous (noorani) and spiritual (ruhani) tayid (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually, and may He grant you the inner vision of the Truth. 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, Dec. 19, 2003