"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. 32 :: Monday, April 11, 2005
Timeless Gems of Noor Mowlana Murtazâ Ali (a.s.) for the Global Jamat
Gem No. 32: Din and Duniya (About Worldly Activities and Heaven)
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:
"Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?"
(Holy Qur'an (Yusufali) 5:94)
"O ye Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you, in the same manner as he got your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their raiment, to expose their shame: for he and his tribe watch you from a position where ye cannot see them: We made the evil ones friends (only) to those without faith."
(Holy Qur'an (Yusufali) 7:27)
"And Satan will say when the matter is decided: "It was God Who gave you a promise of Truth: I too promised, but I failed in my promise to you. I had no authority over you except to call you but ye listened to me: then reproach not me, but reproach your own souls. I cannot listen to your cries, nor can ye listen to mine. I reject your former act in associating me with God. For wrong-doers there must be a grievous penalty.""
(Holy Qur'an (Yusufali) 14:22)
In the following excerpts of Khutba 132, NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) teaches us about worldly activities and heaven in the context of din and duniya:
"O people! you and all that you wish and desire of this world are like visitant with very limited time to stay. But your obligations (moral and religious) are like debts with a constant and pressing demand for repayment, and which you have to pay back in a very limited span of your life and with a set of actions which are to be taken account of. Some of you are such that due to ignorance you expend your lives to no purpose, while many others are over-jealous and not knowing the proper way they either overdo a thing or do it wrongly and thus cannot achieve what they want to.
You are born in an age when you are faced with more and more evil, and find good receding away and away from you. It is an age when Satan has greater desire of misleading people. His scheming maneuvers are being pursued more and more vigorously; his cunning devices to lure you are becoming very common and it is very easy for him now to gather victims from amongst you.
Look carefully around you and collect true information of the society. You will either find beggars who are suffering the tortures of poverty, or rich people who repay the bounties of God with ungratefulness and ingratitude; misers who though possessing millions yet refuse to attend to their obligations or pay their dues to God and man, or such arrogant and haughty persons who do not care to listen to good advices and suggestions (given by religion)."
(Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali (Second American edition, 1981), Khutba 132, p. 98)
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,