"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. 30 :: Tuesday, April 5, 2005
Timeless Gems of Noor Mowlana Murtazâ Ali (a.s.) for the Global Jamat
Gem No. 30: Din Versus Duniya (Ethics/Piety)
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad! In light of the recent firmans of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam on Din and Duniya, let us reflect on the following ayats of the Holy Qur'an:
"But some of the desert Arabs believe in God and the Last Day, and look on their payments as pious gifts bringing them nearer to God and obtaining the prayers of the Apostle. Aye, indeed they bring them nearer (to Him): soon will God admit them to His Mercy: for God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful."
(Holy Qur'an (Yusufali) 9:99)
"Whoso desires power (should know that) all power belongs to Allah. Unto Him good words ascend, and the pious deed doth He exalt; but those who plot iniquities* theirs will be an awful doom; and the plotting of such (folk) will come to naught."
*iniquities means gross immorality or injustice; wickedness
(Holy Qur'an (Yusufali) 35:10)
In the following excerpts of a Khutba titled 'What is Piety?', NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) teaches us about the reality of din and duniya:
"I advise you, O people, to be pious, as piety is the best provision for the next world and the best protection against sin. It is a provision which will help you to the Heaven and it is a shelter which will protect you from the Wrath of God. It is an advice which is the best law giver of God, the Holy Prophet (s.a.s.) has given you and it is accepted and remembered by the best mankind. He was an advisor who has explained everything and those who accepted and followed him succeeded in attaining the Blessings of God.
O people! piety prevents good people from indulging in sins and vices, it makes them God fearing, it persuades them to spend their nights in His worship and to pass their days in doing duties towards man and God; and the exertion of prayers and labour of doing their duty gives them pleasure and satisfaction. They always keep their death before their mind's eye, they enhance the quality and quantity of their performances, and keeping their eyes on the next world they regard with indifference the pleasures and profits of this world."
(Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali (Second American edition, 1981), Khutba 117, p. 87)
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,