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"We verily sent Moses with Our revelations, saying: Bring thy people forth from darkness unto light." — Holy Qur'an 14:5

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2017 — The Year for Higher Spiritual Enlightenment

Diamond Jubilee Spark :: Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.): An Illuminating Lamp

Enlightenment Post No. 35 :: Knowledge & Prayers for Advancement

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Ya Ali Madad! On the occasion of the commemoration of the great spiritually uplifting event of Idd-e-Milad un-Nabi, the birthday of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.), please accept our heartfelt felicitations! May all Muslims and humanity at large be bestowed with peace, prosperity, happiness, and good health! Ameen.

In this Diamond Jubilee year, may Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam grant peace, prosperity, happiness, barakat, spiritual & luminous tayid (help), higher spiritual enlightenment, and unity to the global Jamat. Ameen.

  1. The Holy Prophet's Traits
  2. Here are the footnotes (pp.1272-3) for the above ayats from S. V. Mir Ahmed Ali's translation of the Holy Qu'ran:

    Vr. 45 (1869)
    'Shahid'—a witness on the truth against falsehood, and the belief and the infidelity, and goodness and the badness of the people.
    'Mubashir'—the bearer of glad tidings of the reward to the believers in God who do good and lead a righteous life in this world.
    'Nazeer'—A warner against infidelity and the wicked life and the chastisement in store for it.

    Vr. 46 (1870)
    'Sirajan Muneer'—An ever-lighted lamp, ever-radiating its light, always illuminating the right way for anyone and everyone who seeks it. The same word 'Siraj', i.e., a lamp is used for the sun. See 71:16. The Holy Prophet is defined as the sun that will illuminate the world as a whole continuously until the end of the world. The Holy Prophet is presented as the one who calls the people to the Path of God with God's permission.

    Vr. 47 (1871) The grace promised here is the reward for the pure, righteous life in the world. When Almighty Himself terms the grace to be great, its greatness would be unimaginable for the finite ones.

  3. The Call of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.)
  4. Let us reflect on the following ayats of the Holy Qu'ran:

    Transliteration English Translation
    Qul 'innanii hadaanii Rabbiii 'ilaa Siraatim-Mustaqiim, Diinan-Qiyamam - Millata 'Ibraa-hiima haniifaa, wa maa kaana minal-mushrikiin. (6:161) Say (O Our Apostle Muhammad "Verily my Lord guided me unto the straight (right) path; the established religion, the faith of Abraham, the upright one; and he (Abraham) was not of the polytheists."
    Qul 'inna Salaati wa nusukii wa mah-yaaya wa mamaatii lil-laahi Rabbil-'aalamin: (6:162) Say:834 "Verily my prayer and my sacrifice, my life and my death, (are all, only) for God, the Lord of the worlds."
    Laa shariika lah: wa bizaa-lika 'umirtu wa 'ana 'awwa-lul-Muslimiin. (6:163) "No835 associate (is there) for Him; and this I am commanded, I am the first of the Muslims (i.e., those who submit to God)".

    Here are the footnotes (pp.564-5) for the above ayats from S. V. Mir Ahmed Ali's translation of the Holy Qu'ran:

    Vr. 162 (834) The highest goal of human life is the Law of God which alone must be the mainspring or the generative factor of every word and deed of a man or a woman in this life. Be that the love of one's self, of one's family and children, love of one's friends and relatives, the love of one's country and countrymen, the love of wealth or any other requisition in this life, if motivated and contributed for the love of God, there cannot be anything more glorious, grander and purer and divine in an individual and nothing can be nobler than this.

    The idea of complete submission to the Divine will, emanates only from such a conduct of life and Islam means nothing but a perfect submission. There could have been no better or greater manifestation of such a perfect submission to God than the life of the Holy Prophet and the Holy Ahlul-Bait, every word and deed of whose was generated only from the love of God. These godly lives on earth were enacted by the Divine will, just to serve as ideals or models for mankind to be followed as faithfully as possible.

    Vr. 163 (835) This verse clearly says that the first, i.e., the ideal or the perfect model of a true Muslim, was the Holy Prophet himself.

  5. The Journey of the Soul
  6. Let us reflect on the following ayat of the Holy Qu'ran:

    Transliteration English Translation
    Wa maaa 'ubarri-'unafsii: 'innan-nafsa la 'ammaaratum-bis-suuu-'i 'illaa maa rahima Rabbii: 'inna Rabbii Gafuu-rur-Rahim. (12:53) Say (O Our Apostle Muhammad "Nor do I1092 absolve my own self (of blame): the (human) soul is certainly prone to evil, unless my Lord do bestow His Mercy: but surely my Lord is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful."

    Here is the footnote (p.793) for the above ayat from S. V. Mir Ahmed Ali's translation of the Holy Qu'ran:

    Vr. 53 (1092) 'Ammarah'—the urge in man which commands the individual to do evil. If an individual fights this urge successfully with his faith in God and his determination to do only good, the strength of the will is increased and the individual, he or she, remains safe against the strong attractions of the Satanic forces. To help the individual, the All-Merciful has endowed in every human being the instinct of 'Lawwama', the spirit of accusing the self through another native endowment, the Conscience, against going astray from the right path. When the individual wins over 'Ammarah', he is rewarded with the bliss of the feeling of 'Mutama'innah' or the resting of soul fully satisfied—which is the destination of the march of human life on earth.

  7. The Satisfied Soul
  8. Let us reflect on the following ayats of the Holy Qu'ran:

    Transliteration English Translation
    Yaaa-'ayyatuhan Nafsul-mutma-'innah! (89:27) (It will be said unto some)3024 "O tranquilled soul at (complete) rest!"
    'Irji 'iii 'ilaa Rabbiki raaziyatam-marziyyah! (89:28) "Return3025 thou unto they Lord! Well pleased (with Him), (and) His being well-pleased with thee."
    Fadkhulji fii 'Ibaadii! (89:29) "Thus3026 enter thou amidst My Servants."
    Wadkhulii Jannatii! (89:30) "And enter thou into My Garden (of Eternal bliss)!"

    Here are the footnotes (p.1855) for the above ayats from S. V. Mir Ahmed Ali's translation of the Holy Qu'ran:

    Vr. 27 (3024) The human soul passes through states or stages. The state in which the soul seeks fulfilment of his lower desire crossing the limits prescribed by God's laws is called 'Ammura' (12:53) and the soul which reproaches against the rebellious intentions is called 'Lawwama' (75:2). And the soul which has conquered all desires and surrendered itself to the Lord is called 'Mutama'innah', the satisfied one, i.e., at rest in peace and perfect harmony with the Divine will, triumphed over every kind of passion, desire, sorrow, pain, disappointment, for the sake of any enjoyment of this life getting mindful of pleasing the Lord and none else. This is the highest stage of the spiritual progress can be achieved by the human soul in this world and is worth striving for.

    Vr. 28 (3025) God's devotee—Once, one becomes God's devotee—he gets in him divine attributes reflected and the one who reaches this stage of spiritual development, he gets mindful only of the Lord and not of anybody or anything else, and he does not aspire for any enjoyment even in heaven, except the pleasure of the Lord. This was the state of the Holy Prophet and his Ahlul-Bait.

    Vr. 29 (3026) God's heaven—is God's pleasure, i.e., the soul is admitted to God's pleasure—thereafter divinity gets reflected in it. This is in conformity with verse 51:56 wherein 'ibadat' is given as the ultimate purpose of creation.

  9. The Soul's Knowledge and Automatic Surrender
  10. Let us reflect on the following ayat of the Holy Qu'ran:

    Transliteration English Translation
    Wa maa khalaqtul Jinna wal 'insa 'illaa liya-buduun. (51:56) And2389 created not I, the Jinn and the humans, but that may worship (Me). [i.e., to live in submission of the Lord]

    Here is the footnote (pp.1567-8) for the above ayat from S. V. Mir Ahmed Ali's translation of the Holy Qu'ran:

    Vr. 56 (2389) see 38:27, 67:2, 21:16, the Holy Imam Jafar ibne Muhammad As-Sadiq said that, "God did not create men but to know, who with proper knowledge, automatically surrenders himself to Him—and without knowledge—the adoration could never, in the true sense of it, be an adoration." Besides the actual meaning of adoration, is not the performance of any rituals or only the few prescribed formal prayers recited by the mouth but the actual surrender of the ego in an individual, disciplining it, to act in consonance with the expressed will of the Lord, through abiding with His prescribed law. The whole life-activity of the individual, should be nothing but the fulfillment of the will of the Lord. It is best given in verse 6:163. "Say my prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death (all) are for the Lord of the Worlds." (6:163)

  11. Conclusion
  12. I have found a saying of Noor Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) in which the Holy Imam presents a holistic model on how we should live in this world. It is presented below:

    'Surrender and acceptance to Allah's Will are the best companions; wisdom is the noblest heritage; theoretical and practical knowledge are the best signs of distinction; deep thinking will present the clearest picture of every problem.'
    (Source: Nahj-ul-Balagha (second edition, 1981), p.273)

    By focusing on submitting our wills to the Universal Intellect, the doors of higher knowledge and wisdom will be opened for us. This empowerment would enable us to perform exceptional service to Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam, the global Jamat, the Ummah, humanity at large and to the whole creation! It is easy to do this because the power of the soul is immense!

    In this Diamond Jubilee, especially after the mulaqats with the Eastern Canadian Jamats and upcoming mulaqats in other countries, may Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam fill our spiritual hearts with his NOOR and nothing else!

    May we all be blessed with Zaheri-Noorani Didar and many, many Batini-Noorani Didars in our personal search for higher spiritual enlightenment through the Noor of Mowlana Hazar Imam. Ameen.

Angelic Salwat Nazrana:
Let us now start presenting a nazrana of at least 101 salwats or continuous salwat for 3 to 5 minutes to our beloved NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam for the fulfillment of our noble wishes. May our beloved Mowla continually keep us on the Right Path. Ameen.

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad:
O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants

Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!

May NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.) grant peace, prosperity, happiness, barakat, higher spiritual enlightenment, spiritual & luminous tayid (help) and empowerment to you, your family, your Jamat and the worldwide Jamat! Ameen.

Rakh Mowla je Noor te Yaqeen (Certainly, we trust in Mowla's Light only)

Haizinda — Qayampaya
(Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)

Your spiritual brother,
Noorallah Juma
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

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