Towards the Inner Vision of the Truth


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Candle Posts :: Motivational Gems for Higher Spiritual Enlightenment

:: Candle Post #59 :: The Relationship between Knowledge, Conviction and Action ::

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

Ya Ali Madad! Ramadan Mubarak! On this fifth night of Holy Ramadan which started on Tuesday evening, August 25, 2009, let us reflect deeply on the following sayings of NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) which have been extracted from a book entitled 'Peak of Eloquence NAHJUL BALAGHA'?Sermons, Letters and Sayings of Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib, published by Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, Sixth U.S. Edition 1996. In today's posting, let us examine the following gems of wisdom on the topics of knowledge, action and conviction:

Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said:
'One who is on search of something will obtain it, at least a part of it.'
(Source: Quotation number 396, p. 660)
Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said
'The most humble knowledge is that which remains on the tongue and most honourable one is that which manifests itself through (the action of) the limbs and the organs of the body.'
(Source: Quotation number 92, p. 590)
Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said:
'Knowledge is associated with action. Therefore, he who knows should act, because knowledge calls for action; if there is a response well and good, otherwise it (i.e., knowledge) departs from him.' (Holy Qur'an, 8:33)'
(Source: Quotation number 367, p. 654)
Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said:
'Do not turn knowledge into ignorance or your conviction into doubt. When you gain knowledge act (upon it) and when you acquire conviction proceed (on its basis).'
(Source: Quotation number 168, page 606)

In this month of reflection, let us also think about the relationship between information, knowledge and wisdom. NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam (a.s.) has shed light on this topic in the following excerpt from his convocation address to the Aga Khan University in 2006:

'Priority setting will be a particularly important challenge. One of the problems of the Knowledge Society is that it produces too much information. I recall President Nixon acknowledging publicly more than 30 years ago his dismay at the sheer volume of information that the President was expected to absorb daily. In such a world we can easily lose track of the forest by seeing only the trees. As a poet lamented: "Where is the Wisdom we have lost in Knowledge. Where is the Knowledge we have lost in Information?" As we work our way back again from Information to Knowledge and from Knowledge to Wisdom, a rigorous sense of priorities will be a central requirement.'

A consistent and rigorous effort has been made at to bring higher spiritual knowledge and wisdom to a global audience in a manner that it can be acted upon. May Mowla enlighten the path of your journey towards higher spiritual enlightenment in innumerable ways! Ameen!

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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, Aug. 25, 2009

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