"We verily sent Moses with Our revelations, saying: Bring thy people forth from darkness unto light." — Holy Qur'an 14:5
Timeless Gems of from Qazi Noaman's Code of Conduct for the followers of Imam for the Global Jamat
Selection No. 2
Excerpts from Majlis 5: Fulfillment of the Terms of Bayat with the Imams [Source: pp. 34-39]*
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
"God says (in the Holy Quran), "O momins, fulfill the terms of your contracts." (Surah 5, Ayat 1). "Fulfill your promise; you will be enquired about it." (Surah 17, Ayat 34). "O Muhammed, those who enter in a covenant with God. The hand of God is upon their hands. He who breaks it does harm to himself and he who fulfills the terms of the covenant which he has made will be amply rewarded." (Surah 48, Ayat 10).
These verses make it clear to us that our pledge to the Imams is equivalent to our pledge to the Prophet which is a pledge to God. Just as the devotion to the Imams is linked to the devotion to God which under no circumstances can be given up, the fulfillment of our terms of covenant with them is also a sort of devotion from which we cannot break away to the slightest extent.
In short, fulfill your pledges to them to the fullest extent. Take particular care of the return of the 'amanat' to them. You have pledged this to God. You have taken serious vows of loyalty to them. You have taken upon yourselves the fulfillment of the terms of the pledge and the vows you have made to them. Strive hard to earn the reward of God and see that you do not become losers. Think again and again over the seriousness of the pledges and the vows that you have made to the Imams. Keep these vows always fresh in your mind and return the 'amanat' to God and the Imams. God says (in the Holy Quran), "Secure are those 'momins' who pay back the 'amanat', fulfill their vows and are particular about their prayers. They are the persons who will inherit 'Firdaus' in which they will have a permanent abode." (Surah 23, Aya 8 to 11). These verses make it crystal clear to us that the fulfillment of pledges and the return of the 'amanat' carries the 'momins' to 'jannat' and the breaking of vows and dishonesty in the payment of 'amanats' will drag them to the lowest depth of the Hell-fire.
Hence, it is necessary for you that you should remind yourselves of the covenants that you have made with the Imam and the terms of covenant that you have taken upon yourselves to fulfill. If you ignore inadvertently or forget or treat lightly any of those terms, then the moment you realize your mistake you must atone for it by repentance and do what you have omitted to do. If you have forgotten the terms or some parts of it, then renew them by reviving the terms of the covenant. Admit your guilt and repent to God and the Imam."
Full citation: Selections from Qazi Noaman's Kitab-ul-Himma fi Adabi Ataba-el-a'emma or Code of Conduct for the Followers of Imam. Translated into English by Prof. Jawad Muscati (Ustad-Fil-Uloomm-Il-Arabbiya) and Khan Bahadur Prof. A. M. Moulvi, M.A. Published by The Shia Imami Ismailia Association for Africa. 1950.
May our beloved Imam NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini (a.s.) bless you, your family, your Jamat and the worldwide Jamat luminous (noorani) and spiritual (ruhani) tayid (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually, and may He bless you the inner vision of the Truth. Ameen.
Haizinda — Qayampaya
(Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)
Peace, light, barakat, tayid, zaheri-noorani and batini-noorani didars,
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