"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. 34 :: Friday, April 15, 2005
Timeless Gems of Noor Mowlana Murtazâ Ali (a.s.) for the Global Jamat
Gem No. 34: Din and Duniya (Do Your Duty and Prepare for a Quick Departure)
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:
"The Forgiver of sin, the Accepter of repentance, the Stern in punishment, the Bountiful. There is no God save Him. Unto Him is the journeying."
(Holy Qur'an (Pickthall) 40:3)
"He created the heavens and the earth with truth, and He shaped you and made good your shapes, and unto Him is the journeying."
(Holy Qur'an (Pickthall) 64:3)
"Say: Is that (doom) better or the Garden of Immortality which is promised unto those who ward off (evil)? It will be their reward and journey's end."
(Holy Qur'an (Pickthall) 25:15)
In the following excerpts of Khutba 135, NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) teaches us about doing our duty and preparing for a quick departure:
"Beware! Sights of thousands of living human beings around you may deceive you. They are all bound to go, one following the other. You had enough experience of such a person who was alive till the other day. He had amassed wealth and was afraid of poverty. He had thought himself immune for the consequences of life. He has inordinately high hopes and had considered himself to be safe from the hands of death. You have also seen how death overtook him; how it has teared him from his hearth and home; how he was lifted on the shoulders of others to his grave.
Have you not seen such people with great expectations, had build palatial houses to live in and had collected great wealth around themselves. Did not their houses turn into graves? Did not the wealth hoarded by them get destroyed or inherited by others? Anyway they had to part with it. Did not their widows marry other persons? Now (after death) they cannot either make an addition to their deeds nor can they offer any excuse for the evil lives they had led.
But the person who made up his mind to lead honest and virtuous life, has made a real use of the span of life granted to him and has succeeded in securing the reward reserved for such a life. Remember that none of you is immortal; the duration of your life here is like a passage on a bridge. Do good deeds in this life and thus provide for the next world. Do your duty and be prepared for a quick departure."
(Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali (Second American edition, 1981), Khutba 135, p. 100)
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,