Towards the Inner Vision of the Truth


"Fain would they put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah disdaineth (aught) save that He shall perfect His light, however much the disbelievers are averse." — Holy Qur'an 9:32


Candle Posts :: Motivational Gems for Higher Spiritual Enlightenment

:: Candle Post #94 :: Salgirah Mubarak :: The Heart That Knows ::

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

Ya Ali Madad and Saligrah Mubarak! On the occasion of the 74th birthday of Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.), we would like to extend Salgirah Mubarak to the global jamat. May the peace, barakat and Light of our beloved Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam continually flow into each murid's personal world! Ameen.

Part 1: Festival Greetings

For this occasion, I have used the card which Late Alwaez Rai Amiraly Amlani prepared for me in 2004. Please reflect the phrase 'Light upon Light' in the verse from Surah Noor (Holy Quran 24:35) and relate it to how the bearer of the Allah's Light, i.e., our Holy Imam, is changing the world through the voluminous work of the Aga Khan Development Network. Clearly the spiritual is driving the material.



Part 2: Poem by Ra'is Hasan

Let us read and internalize the poem entitled, "THE HEART THAT KNOWS" by Hasan b. Salah Birjandi, also known as Ra'is Hasan, an eminent Persian Ismaili poet and historian of the seventh (AH) /thirteenth (CE) century. Let us also learn and understand how our beloved NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam prepares us to work in his mission.


The heart that knows the Imam's pleasure,
receives without a shadow of doubt the divine command.
He may appear a servant, but in essence and honour,
he rules the inhabitants of the spiritual world.
The Holy Spirit empowers him to reach a place where
the dust under his mount turns into a philosopher's stone.
His noble soul, ascending through grades of meaning,
rises far above the flirtations of sensory distractions.
The light of his heart, by marvels and miracles,
becomes like the sun at the zenith of its splendour.
And for those who help the faith and the mission of the Imam,
he becomes their absolute master and guide.

Source: Shimmering Light. An Anthology of Ismaili Poetry. 1996. Translated into English by Faquir Muhammad Hunzai. Introduced and Edited by Kutub Kassam. I.B. Tauris Publishers, London/New York in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. p.81.

Part 3: Serving Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam

These are days of actualizing various types of nazranas:

  1. Material Nazrana of time and knowledge;
  2. Material Nazrana of financial resources;
  3. Spiritual Nazrana in the form of a pure golden heart which is in a state of constant dhikr; and
  4. Luminous Nazrana in the form of a sound golden heart (qalb-i salim) which is in a state of constant dhikr and enlightenment. Ameen

The concepts of Spiritual and Luminous Nazranas are grounded in the belief that the willing submission of a reasoning person to a Higher Being through a personal search, leads to the development of a pure golden heart which then enters into the realm of enlightenment. The mu'mins who achieve these higher spiritual states can perform long lasting service to the mission of the Holy Imam. Therefore, each one of us has to strive to go higher and higher in dhikr and bandagi so that we can serve the Holy Imam and his institutions with courage, strength, loyalty, enthusiasm, humility and pure moral values.

May the Saligrah of the Holy Imam bring peace, light, barakat and tayid (spiritual help) to you, your family, your Jamat, the global Jamat and humanity at large. Ameen.

Links to Previous Salgirah Cards:

  1. 2001 :: A Time to Reflect on the Concept of the Present, Living Imam
  2. 2002 :: A Time to Reflect on the Holy Imam as the Holder of Keys to Paradise
  3. 2003 :: A Time to Reflect on the Presence of the Holy Imam on this Earth (II)
  4. 2004 :: A Time to Reflect the Concept of Light upon Light
  5. 2005 :: A Time to Reflect on the Presence of the Holy Imam on this Earth
  6. 2006 :: Prayers and Wish List for our Holy Imam's 70th Birthday
  7. 2007 :: Golden Noorani Didar Dhikr CD
  8. 2008 :: What is in the Spiritual Treasury of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam?
  9. 2009 :: What Gift Should We Submit to our Beloved Mowla?
  10. 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
Thursday, December 9, 2010

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