"Allah is the Protecting Guardian of those who believe. He bringeth them out of darkness into light." — Holy Qur'an 2:257
Sayings of NOOR Mowlana Murtazâ Ali (alayhi salâm) with Cross References from the Holy Qur'an
Ilm Gem No. 15 :: Monday, January 3, 2005
Timeless Gems of Noor Mowlana Murtazâ Ali (a.s.) for the Global Jamat
Gem No. 15: Attributes of Knowledge Seekers/P>
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad! Let us learn about the knowledge of God and the book of deeds in which everything is recorded from the following ayat of the Holy Qur'an:
"With Him are the keys of the unseen, the treasures that none knows but He. He knows whatever there is on the earth and in the sea. Not a leaf does fall but with His knowledge: there is not a grain in the darkness (or depths) of the earth, nor anything fresh or dry (green or withered), but is (inscribed) in a record clear (to those who can read)."
(Holy Qur'an (Yusufali) 43:85)
From the above ayat, it is clear that God has treasures of all kinds of knowledge. Therefore, it is our duty to seek these hidden treasures through the acquisition of secular and spiritual knowledge. In the following saying, NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) has defined the attributes of people who seek knowledge.
"...Knowledge is power and it can command obedience and following; a man of knowledge during his life time can make people obey and follow him and he is praised and venerated after his death; remember that knowledge is a ruler and wealth is its subject.
...Those who amass wealth though alive yet are dead to realities of life and those who gather knowledge will remain alive through their knowledge and wisdom even after their death; though their faces may disappear from the community of the living beings yet their ideas, the knowledge they had left behind them and their memory will remain in the minds of men."
(Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali (Second American edition, 1981), Sayings of Hazrat Ali 146, p. 289)
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar 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.
Haizinda — Qayampaya
(Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)
Peace, light, barakat, tayid, zaheri-noorani and batini-noorani didars,