Towards the Inner Vision of the Truth


"He it is Who blesseth you, and His angels (bless you), that He may bring you forth from darkness unto light; and He is ever Merciful to the believers." — Holy Qur'an 33:43


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

Ya Ali Madad. On the most auspicious occasion of 73rd birthday of our beloved NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.), let us first reflect on the following ayat from Surah Yasin:

"Verily We, (and) We (alone) give life unto the dead, and We write down what they have sent before them and (even) their footprints (which they leave behind them): And everything have We confirmed into a *Manifesting Imam (Guide)."
(Holy Qur'an Surah Yasin:12, S.V. Mir Ahmed Ali's translation)
*Said the Holy Prophet: "He who died while he recognized not the Imam of the Age, certainly died he the death of ignorance." (Note from Holy Qur'an, S.V. Mir Ahmed Ali's translation, p.1318)

Let us now reflect upon the concept of Panj Tan Pak which is captured on a beautiful card prepared by Maroom Alwaez Rai Amiraly Amlani (may his soul rest in eternal peace, ameen):


In view of the above knowledge, let us offer gratitude for being continually guided by Light of Imamat and reflect upon Mowla's immense favours upon us for the past 52 years, i.e., from 1957 to the present. In one of the Salgirah cards sent to me by one of my readers, a question was asked: "What birthday present can we give our Imam"? I will try to answer this question in this posting.

Part 1: What is the purpose of our existence?

Now let us read Rumi's perspective on this topic:

"Without doubt man is compounded of a body that is base, base, base; and a spirit that is noble, noble, noble. God the Exalted brought these two together through His perfect Power. A hundred thousand wisdoms are manifested from that noble spirit, and a hundred thousand darknesses from this gross body. That is why God said to the angels, "See, I am creating a mortal of clay. When I have shaped him and breathed My Spirit into him, fall you down, prostrating yourselves to him (Holy Quran 38:72-3)". He connected the body to dark clay and the spirit to the breath of His own Spirit, so that the light and divine Breath would make this dark clay its instrument for righteousness, justice, and guarding God's Trust; so that it might be a means of salavation, elevation, and high degrees. The purpose was not that the dark clay, through its greed for the light of "I have breathed My spirit into him", should make the lamp its instrument for treachery and theft. When a thief comes with a lamp, he takes the better goods.
On the contrary, the lamp and candle of Breath-Spirit should illuminate the clay of the body with light of religion and hold it back from its greed for clay, ignorance and heaviness. "So he whose intellect dominates his sensuality is higher than the angels, and he whose sensuality dominates his intellect is lower than the beasts." (Maktûbât 95: 99/189-190)"
[Source: William C, Chittick. The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi. 1983. State University of New York Press, Albany. Pages 151-152]

Part 2: What are the Three Broad Objectives of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam?

Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam has articulated three groups of Jamati activities that can give him real happiness on his birthday. These are:

  1. Unity in the Jamat;
  2. Regularity in Jamati work; and
  3. Living according the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim tradition.

Over the past 52 years, Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam has emphasized the balance between Din and Duniya, the balance between body, soul and (higher) intellect, and in the Golden Jubilee raised the bar through the following prayer: "And I pray that you may live in peace with spiritual enlightenment to guide you." In order to address the three broad objectives, we now have to weigh everything with the scale of higher spiritual enlightenment.

Part 3: What Should We Do To Meet the Three Broad Objectives of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam?

There are numerous activities that one can perform to meet the three broad objectives and some of the most important ones are captured in the following wish list.

  1. Ya Mowla, empower us with inspiration, courage, knowledge and wisdom to:
    • become staunch obedient, farmanbardari momins;
    • be staunch in the submission of dasond of resources, time and knowledge;
    • be regular in the recitation of Holy Dua on time and in congregation;
    • be regular in performing bandagi (ibadat), i.e., in performing the luminous prayer at the luminous time with the luminous word (bol, ism-i azam or any other name of Ali Zaman);
    • perform noble deeds (nek amal);
    • perform unconditional service to Khudavand, the Jamat and humanity at large;
    • strengthen our faith through the blessing of spiritual particles of faith
      (Ruh-ul iman);
    • excel in secular education and also deepen our knowledge and understanding of our holy faith;
    • keep our hearts filled with dhikr;
    • abstain from committing sins;
    • perform tauba and seek forgiveness of our sins;
    • be patient, humble, grateful and authentic; and
    • be united at the level of our families, our Jamats and the global Jamat.
  2. Ya Mowla, bestow luminous (noorani), spiritual (ruhani) and material (jismani) barakat and tayid (help) upon us;
  3. Ya Mowla, grant salvation to all departed souls;
  4. Ya Mowla, grant us a light in our hearts, a light in our souls, a light in our ears, a light in our eyes, a light in our tongues, a light in our hair, a light in our flesh, a light in our skin, a light in our nerves, a light in our blood, a light in our bones, a light above us, a light below us, a light on our right, a light on our left, a light behind us and a light in front of us;
  5. Ya Mowla, have mercy and create Sunshine in our hearts with your NOOR, and make us earthly angels so that your Light would work at its full potential in our hearts, souls and intellects; and
  6. Ya Mowla, bestow upon us the blessing of being Imam conscious at all times and give us the wisdom to only perform deeds which will lead to the salvation of our souls (Jêvi tê karni-e jivdo chhutê, têvi karni kijê sneh).

May the Salgirah of our beloved NOOR Mowlana Hazir Imam (a.s.) bring material and spiritual peace, light, barakat, tayid (help) and a golden noorani didar in our foreheads! Ameen.

2001 Salgirah Card
2002 Salgirah Card
2003 Salgirah Card
2004 Salgirah Card
2005 Salgirah Card
2006 Salgirah Card
2007 Salgirah Card
2008 Salgirah Card
Dhikr Sound Tracks

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
Sunday, December 13, 2009

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