Towards the Inner Vision of the Truth


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Bandagi Gem No. 7 :: Friday, March 28, 2008

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Gem No. 7: Does Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam have a Spiritual University?

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

Ya Ali Madad! This post has five parts:

1. A knowledge section on bandagi;
2. A dhikr section to activate the soul;
3. 5-verses of Giryah-u zâri from Anant Nâ Nav Chhugâ presented sequentially;
4. A prayer card for the well being and health our most beloved NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam and his family, the upliftment the global Jamat, global Muslim community, and humanity at large, and the salvation of all departed souls; and
5. A prayer for the global Jamat.

1. Knowledge Section on Bandagi:

Let us reflect on the following teaching of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.)

"Amê kahie chhie kê jê kaiee chhê tê ruhaj chhê mâtâ têni tapas karo kê tê shu(n) chhê? Tê kya(n)thi âvyu? Tê nurni nigah karvi joee-a." (Mumbai, 4-4-1908)
Literal translation: We are telling you that whatever there is, it is nothing but the soul. Therefore, search for it and discover what is it? From where did it come from? You should look for this nur (light).
(Source: Kalame Imame Mubin, p. 309)

We see the material world with our physical eyes and physical light. However, in the above mentioned teaching of Noor Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.), Mowla is emphatically saying that whatever there is, it is nothing except the soul. This teaching is applicable for all those mu'mins whose inner eye has been opened by the grace of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam. These mu'mins are experiencing the beauties and presence of soul everywhere and they are also experiencing the light of the Holy Imam in their foreheads. In this context, I would now like to present the concept of the spiritual university of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam.

In the 2006 progress report of the Aga Khan University, there is a map which shows that the university has the following facilities: (1) main campuses in Karachi and East Africa, (2) a campus in London, England; and (3) four professional development centres which are located in Karachi, Gilgit, Chitral and Dar-es-Salaam. The iconic university of Mowlana Hazar Imam is spanning across three continents and is continually expanding. It is a source of pride the Holy Imam, the Jamat, the Ummah and humanity at large. So a question arises: does Mowlana Hazar Imam have a spiritual university?

In order to answer this question, I would like to present the following ayats from Surah Alaq (96:1-5):

"Read: In the name of thy Lord Who createth, Createth man from a clot. Read: And thy Lord is the Most Bounteous, Who teacheth by the pen, Teacheth man that which he knew not."
(Source: Holy Qur'an Surah Alaq (96:1-5))

There are many commentaries on these ayats, however, it is quite clear that these ayats were revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) when he was practising ibadat (bandagi) with ism-i azam, the Supreme Name of Allah. It is also quite clear the there was not a written form of the Holy Qur'an at that time, therefore this reading or proclamation was not physical. The Holy Prophet was "reading" the Holy Qur'an which was in a luminous and a spiritual form, i.e., it was in the form of a light and a soul.

It is quite clear through 1400 years of our history that spiritual enlightenment is only possible through the practice of ibadat (bandagi). Our Holy Imams have built Jamat Khanas across the world so that the murids can, if they so choose, practice bandagi daily. In addition to the time for meditation, Jamat Khanas are places to imbibe spiritual knowledge through Holy Ginans, Qasidas and Holy firmans. In my humble opinion, each Jamat Khana is a node of the spiritual university of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam. It is in these sacred sanctuaries in which the ardent followers of the Holy Imam search for the light of NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.).

The Jamat Khanas are open for the murids of the Holy Imam and this search for enlightenment is a life-long process which is open for all those who want to discover their spirituality and luminosity. In my humble opinion, the spiritual university of NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) is always open and it is more than 1400 years old. Graduates are spread across the world and there is room for new students. Are we up to the challenge of attending this university regularly? If we are, al-hamdulillah. If not, let think deeply about the teaching of the Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.) and Mowlana Hazar Imam's wish that we carry Sunshine in our hearts (consciousness)!

2. Dhikr Section:

On the occasion of the upcoming Darbars in the USA, here is a dhikr track to invoke the power, grace, and help from the Light of Eternal Ali which is present in our present and living Imam, Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.):

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

Ya Ali, Mowla Ali;
O Light of Eternal Ali, O Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam

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

3. Anant Nâ Nav Chhugâ Verses (Chhugo Number 4, verses 1 to 5):

Download mp3 track in the voice of Shafiq Rawji for verses 1 to 10 of the fourth Chhugo (Chapter)

Âshâji têdo tamê âpaj mokalyâ
têni kênê nahi kahu(n) vâtji
havê mol mâ(n)hê tamê bolâvo
tê bolâvo tamârê pâs

hari ana(n)t ana(n)t hari anatê(n)jo sâmi shâh
anantê(n)jo a(n)t tu(n)hê jânêjê

Hari ana(n)t ...................................

Oh Lord It is only You who sent me the invitation
about this I shall not tell anyone
Now invite me to the palace
and invite me at your presence
Hari You are eternal; ........................
Âshâji mayâ âni tamê molê bolâvyâ
têni sâmijie kidhi mêhêraji
vimaras tanâ têdâ mokalya
kidhi nârini sâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
Oh Lord You bestowed Your mercy and invited her to the palace
and the Lord had mercy upon her
Through a religious communication you sent an invitation
and You performed a good deed for the wife
Hari You are eternal; ........................
Âshâji ek Allah nê biji rêhêmat
tamê chho barva(n)t râyaji
barva(n)t amârâ tribhovar dhani
tê vaiku(n)th kêro râya
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
Oh Lord The first is Allah( the Lord) and the second is His mercy
You are the perfectbound King
You are our perfectbound and the Master of the three worlds
and You are the king of the paradise
Hari You are eternal; ........................
Âshâji evo nâr amêj lâvyâ
tê karvâ gatiyu(n)ni ugârji
enê narê kalap jug odhâryâ
tê karshê amâri sâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
Oh Lord We have indeed brought such a Husband
to perform the liberation of the gat (congregation)
That Husband who was the Saviour in the era of Kalap
will also perform our ultimate good
Hari You are eternal; ........................
Âshâji vât amâri sa(m)bharo ho nâthji
e sâchi tamâri vânaji
vachanê boliya tamê chho nâthji
tamê chho pratipâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
Oh Lord Listen to our words Oh master
We are indeed Your true companion
You gave a promise that You are the Master
and You are the perfect (spouse) in fulfilling the promise
Hari You are eternal; ........................

4. Prayer Card

Niyat and Wish List:
Let us first declare our noble intentions and then invoke the angelic salwat for exoteric and esoteric purposes. Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, we pray for:

  1. The well being and health of the whole NOORANI family;
  2. Protection from the elements of dross and darkness;
  3. Sunshine in hearts, Light in our foreheads and the blessing of the inner vision of the Truth;
  4. Mushkil Aasan and material, spiritual & intellectual upliftment of the global Jamat, the global Muslim community and humanity at large;
  5. Salvation of all departed souls;
  6. Empowerment of our children with the correct understanding of our holy faith; and
  7. External and internal peace for the whole humanity.
"It is mentioned in verse (33:33): "O you the people of the house (of the Prophet)! Verily Allah intends but to keep off from you (every kind of) uncleanness and purify you with a thorough purification." By the people of the house or ahl-i bayt are meant the holy Prophet himself, Hazrat Ali, Hazrat Fatimah, Hazrat Hasan and Hazrat Husayn."
[Source: Muslim, IV, 1883; Tirmidhi, V, 663)

Now let us recite angelic salwats to invoke Divine grace and mercy.

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!

5. Global Prayer:

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.

O Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam bless us with many Holy Batuni-Noorani didars during the Diamond Jubilee year, and empower us to present Material, Spiritual and Luminous Nazranas. Ameen.

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

Peace, light, barakat, tayid and a 'golden noorani didar',
Noorallah Juma

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