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:: Candle Post #49 :: How Does The Holy Imam's Light Reach His Mu'mins? ::

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

Ya Ali Madad. Tuesday, June 9, 2009, marks the 40th and final day of our project entitled "Welcoming NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam (a.s.) to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada". This posting is also the 49th candle posting for 2009 and marks an auspicious day in the life of our beloved 49th Holy Imam.

Today, our beloved Mowla will receive his Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Alberta. Let us offer shukrana, shed tears of love and joy, and demonstrate utmost humility for being blessed with the guidance of a present and living Imam! Al-Hamdulillah!

This post addresses the topics of knowledge and mercy in everything, practical application of the principle of 'Light upon Light' and enlightenment of true mu'mins. Let us study the following:

Part 1: What is the Relationship Between the Universal Intellect, Universal Soul and Universal Body?

In order to under these concepts, let us start with an ayat of the Holy Qur'an and then follow up with an explanation:

The Holy Qur'an says in verse (40:7) "Our Lord! Thou comprehends all things in mercy and knowledge."
Explanation: 'The wisdom-filled allusion of this noble verse is towards the fact that, the living mercy of God Almighty, is the spirituality of the Universal Soul and His living knowledge is the luminosity of the Universal Intellect. And in the two oceans of spirituality and luminosity are submerged all things of the universe and existents. This fact, in reality, is such that the Universal Body, which consists of the heavens, the stars, the planets and all material objects, is submerged in the spirituality of the Universal Soul. The Universal Soul in turn, along with all these things (i.e., the Universal Body) is submerged in the luminosity of the Universal Intellect. So, this is the meaning of comprehension of everything in mercy and knowledge.'
(Source: Recognition of the Imam. Part III. p. 64)

Part 2: What is the Relationship Between Everything and the Manifest Imam?

In order to answer this question, let us start with an ayat of the Holy Qur'an and then follow up with an explanation:

'The purpose of spiritual death is gnosis (marifat), in which are hidden the secrets of spiritual peace and eternal salvation. In the verse (36:12), the Lord of the world says "And We have encompassed everything in the (light of) the manifest Imam."
Explanation: 'There are several concepts on how the Imam of the age, as the absolute light of God Almighty, comprehends all things of the universe. One of them is that, there are continuous intellectual and spiritual (i.e., conscious and living) reflection of the things of both the worlds, in the inner mirror of the True Imam. In other words, the living picture and form of everything exists on the Guarded Tablet (lawh-i mahfuz) of the luminous heart of the holy Imam.'
(Source: Recognition of the Imam. Part III. p. 56)

Part 3: How do True Mu'mins Get the Light of the Holy Imam?

In order to answer this question, let us start with an ayat of the Holy Qur'an and then follow up with an explanation:

God says: "O, ye who believe! Fear God and believe in His Messenger. He will give you two-fold of His mercy and will appoint a light for you wherewith you will be able to walk, and will forgive you" (57:28)
Explanation: "The ta'wil of appointing a light for true mu'mins, by God and the Holy Prophet, is that, as a result of the mu'mins' ardent love and obedience, the light of the lamp of Imamat starts to manifest in the niche of their heart. Then, according to the principle of "light upon light", its light of knowledge and gnosis continues to increase, till it surrounds the entire universe and existents and encompasses them within itself. In this sense, it is said: "And We have encompassed everything in the manifest Imam" (36:12). This is a secret command of God Almighty that, in each and every matter, we should have recourse to the manifest Imam because it is evident that, according to the ta'wil of Supreme Similitude, the light of God, the Messenger Prophet and the True Imam, is the same."
(Source: Recognition of the Imam. Part III. pp 42-43)

Part 4: How Does the Holy Imam's Light Reach his mu'mins?

In order to answer this question, let us start with the first verse of the ginan, Brahm Prakash, written by Pir Shams (r.a.) and then follow up with an explanation:

Sat shabd hay guru hamaaraa,
taa(n)ko lekhe nayo sa(n)saaraa....1

The True Word (Bol, Ism-i Azam, Supreme Name) is my Guide.
The world at large does not have much regard for it. .....1

Explanation: The Ism-i Azam or bol cannot be written or erased from one's consciousness because is luminous (noorani). It is a pure, eternal word and a passport to the luminosity of the Holy Imam. First the mu'min sees the light of his own soul in his/her forehead. This becomes stronger and stronger as the soul gets illuminated. Then the mu'min gets to see the Holy Imam's light which remains continuously in the front and on the right side of a mu'min soul. Thus, it is the Holy Imam's light which leads the mu'min's soul to salvation! Al-Hamdulillah!

Here is a Qur'anic reference for the role of the Holy Imam's light and the eternal rewards of following the path of enlightenment (Baitul Khyal):

'On the day when thou (Muhammad) wilt see the believers, men and women, their light shining forth before them and on their right hands, (and wilt hear it said unto them): Glad news for you this day: Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein ye are immortal. That is the supreme triumph.'
(Source: Holy Quran 57:12; Pickthall's translation)

Application of the Above Knowledge

  1. Seek enlightenment by practising bandagi daily from 4.00 to 5.00 a.m.
  2. Make sure that all tariqah practices such as dua, dasond, dhikr, unconditional service, good deeds, ethics and knowledge are met.
  3. Do only those things which will lead to the salvation of your soul. Therefore, each action has to be examined by this golden rule!
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Ardent Supplications:

Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, create Sunshine in our hearts, light in our foreheads, and bless us all with the inner vision of the Truth!

Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, grant the global Jamat luminous (noorani) and spiritual (ruhani) tayid (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually. Ameen.

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

Rakh Mowla je Noor te Yaqeen (Certainly, we trust in Mowla's Light only),
Noorallah Juma
Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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