Towards the Inner Vision of the Truth


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:: Candle Post #106 :: Noore Karim Hazar Imam ::

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

Ya Ali Madad. On the occasion of Idd-e-Navroz please accept our heartfelt felicitations! May Mowla grant peace, prosperity, happiness, barakat, higher spiritual enlightenment, spiritual & luminous tayid (help) and empowerment to you, your family, your Jamat and the worldwide Jamat in the New Year. Ameen.

Let us first reflect upon the card which was prepared by the Late Alwaez Rai Amiraly Amlani which was first published in 2004:

The Ismaili Muslim Tariqah is an esoteric Tariqah and culminates in mystical dimensions for those who conduct a personal search under the supervision of Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.). These are difficult matters because we hope to go beyond this material world of cause and effect, and into the world of Soul and Light. The challenge is to first start reflecting deeply on mystical experiences so that we can understand the position of our True Imam. This will lay a firm foundation for our personal search for higher spiritual enlightenment. Then, we can start or continue with our personal search.

In this post, I will be presenting: (1) key concepts of mysticism (Sufism); (2) a summary of historical events regarding the luminous links between the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s) and Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.); and (3) a luminous dhikr, Noore_Karim_Hazar_Imam, which describes the position of our Holy Imam.

Download Noore_Karim Hazar_Imam sound track in mp3 format.

Lyrics for the above sound track are presented in Part 7.

Part 1: Excerpt from Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam's Interview

Through Ismaili Mail, I came across the audio and the transcript of Independent Television Interview given by Mowlana Hazar Imam on 4th June, 1985. The resources are located on the NanoWisdoms site at the following URL: In response to the question, 'One of the myths surrounding you ...', there were a couple of sentences which caught my eye:

" It is certainly true to say that the Western World doesn?t necessarily understand the theology of Shi?ism nor indeed the theology of many mystical sects whether they are Shia or Sunni or Christian. Mysticism, in its, in its essence is difficult."

The quotation leads to the question, what is mysticism? Let us explore this concept further.

Part 2: William C. Chittick's Analysis

Here are a couple of paragraphs from Professor Chittick's lecture which was presented at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, Brigham Young University, in May 2003:

"Scholars who focused on understanding the objects of faith became differentiated into several schools of thought. The dogmatic theologians (the authorities in kal?m) said that the best way to understand God is by rational interpretation of the Koran. The philosophers (fal?sifa) held that human reason is a sufficient guide to the truth of things and that divine revelation may not be indispensable for understanding that truth. The Sufis maintained that the best and most reliable path to correct understanding was by direct communion with God.

Scholars associated with Sufism developed a distinctive methodology. With good reason, their approach has often been called "mystical." Webster's second definition of mysticism tells us that it can mean "the doctrine or belief that direct knowledge of God, of spiritual truth, or ultimate reality. . . is attainable through immediate intuition, insight, or illumination and in a way differing from ordinary sense perception or ratiocination." This doctrine is certainly characteristic of the Sufi approach to understanding God and the world. However, they held that this direct knowledge ?which they typically called "unveiling" (kashf)?must be rooted in the Koran and the Sunnah of Muhammad. Many of them also had a good deal of respect for the various rational approaches to knowledge. They maintained, however, that despite the opinions of the philosophers, reason alone is not sufficient to attain knowledge of God, and despite the opinions of the theologians, a merely rational understanding of the Koran is also inadequate. "
Source: William C. Chittick. 2003. Download 'Mysticism in Islam' Lecture PDF Excerpts from pp.9-10

From the above, it is clear that there are three methods of learning: (1) rational interpretation; (2) philosophical understanding; and (3) direct communion with higher realities.

Let us put all this in context through an example. We first learned the Arabic text of our Holy Dua. Then, we learned the meaning of the words and sentences and were taught the philosophy of our Holy Dua by a large number of learned wazeins. They explained to us the relationships between Allah, the Light of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.), the Light of the Holy Qur'an, the Light of Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.), the Noor of Imamat and the Noor of Mowlana Hazar Imam. This conceptual knowledge is important, but it not comparable to the actual experience of seeing the Light during the recitation of the Holy Dua. That experience would be a Didar in itself. The didar of Light is called 'unveiling' or 'kashf'. Is this concept presented in our Tariqah? The answer is yes ... please read on!

Part 3: Teachings of Pir Shams: Ab teri mahobat laagi mere Saheb

Kholo parda, sanmukh dekho
Has has mukh dikhlaavo mere Saheb
Ab teri mahobat laagi
O my Lord! Open the curtain and look at me face to face.
Bless me with the sight of Your smiling face.
Teri suratka Pir Shams piyaasa
Darshan daan dilaavo mere Saheb
Ab teri mahobat laagi
O my Lord! Pir Shams is thirsty for (the vision of) your face.
Bless me with the grace of Your Vision, O my Lord!
Teri ramzka piya mei(n) hu(n) divaana
Ishk akal bhulaavo mere Saheb
Ab teri mahobat laagi
O my Beloved! I am in madness for the love
of Your mysteries and secrets.
Love for You has overwhelmed my intellect, O my Lord!
Mukhda dekhiya, tab man harakhiya
Pir Shams kanthi su?aaya mere Saheb
Ab teri mahobat laagi
O my Lord! Pir Shams thus says openly:
"when I was blessed with the Vision of Your holy countenance,
my heart became saturated with happiness".

In his Usul-e-Din firman made in Dar es Salaam on September 29, 1899, Noor Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.) has described Pir Shams as the one who followed the faith steadfastedly to achieve an exalted destiny. Mowla has described Pir Shams as the one who was passionately in love of the Spirit which enabled him to reach the sacred sanctuary. The Pir's path was focused on the Haqqiqat and through it, he experienced the Marifat. He was blessed with the ultimate didar i.e., the vision of the Imam's holy countenance.

Also, please study verse 9 of this ginan. In the final stages of the spiritual journey, the intellect is overwhelmed by the experiences of unveiling or kashf. This means that the reason cannot comprehend the experiences of unveiling or kashf.

Part 4: Interrelationships between the Holy Prophet (s.a.s.), the Holy Qur'an and Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.)

When our Holy Prophet (s.a.s.) was 43 years old, he had a meeting with the dignitaries of his family in which he asked who among them would support him in the divine mission and shoulder the task so that he may be his Brother, his Lieutenant, the Executor of his will and his Vicegerent and his Successor in the office after him. Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) who was only 13 years of age, was the only person who give an affirmative answer to the Holy Prophet (s.a.s).

The following excerpt is from footnote 41 which appears on page 88 of 'The Holy Qur'an' by S.V. Mir Ahmed Ali. 1995. Second edition. Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an Inc., Elmhurst, New York.

"The Holy Prophet continued to acquaint the people on all opportune and appropriate occasions with the Divine and unique status of Ali as his Vicegerent, in various ways and manners of expression (over the next 20 years), viz:

  1. Ali's occupying the place of the Holy Prophet on the night of the Hijra (the emigration to Medina)
  2. Ali being entrusted with the responsibility of returning the trusts to the respective owners on behalf of the Holy Prophet.
  3. The declaration of Ali's relationship to the Holy Prophet being the same as that of Aaron and Moses.
  4. The declaration of Ali being the next to the Holy Prophet as the witness to the truth.
  5. Allowing Ali's door to be kept open in the Holy Mosque with that of the Holy Prophet while all those of the others were ordered to be closed.
  6. Ali being the taken as the Soul of the Holy Prophet and Ali's sons (Hasan and Husain) as the sons of the Holy Prophet on the occasion of the historic 'Mubahila' with the Christian of Najran.
  7. Ali being the second referred to in verse of 'Tat-heer' and his wife (Lady Fatima) and his children being the others along with the Holy Prophet, implied in the verse.
  8. Ali being declared as having the same mastery and authority on the faithful ones as has God and His Apostle (the Holy Prophet).
  9. Ali being declared as the Gate (the entrance and exit) of the City of Knowledge (the Holy Prophet).
  10. Ali and the chosen ones of his issues being declared the heirs or inheritors of the Divine Book, the Holy Qur'an.
  11. Ali being declared to be always with the Holy Qur'an and the Holy Qur'an to be always with Ali.
  12. Ali being declared to be always with the truth and the truth to be always with Ali.
  13. Ali's deputation as the only rightful person to represent the Messenger of God (the Holy Prophet) to convey the first verses of the Chapter 'Bar'at' (which marks uncompromising demarcation between Islam and infidelity), and the Holy Prophet on this occasion saying that none has the right to convey the Divine message save myself or Ali who is mine and I am his. The same closest union of Ali and the Holy Prophet was declared saying, "I and Ali originated of the one and the same Divine Light."
  14. In the same way as Abraham and Ishmael who never bowed before any idol, were ordered by God to clean His House (the Kaa'ba) for the use of the pious...the Holy Prophet and Ali who were also Divinely purified and commissioned to the task of cleaning the same House of God of the idols for the second time."

Part 5: Titles of Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.)

The following excerpt is from footnote 41 which appears on pages 88-89 of 'The Holy Qur'an' by S.V. Mir Ahmed Ali. 1995. Second edition. Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an Inc., Elmhurst, New York.

"Ali being awarded the following epithets (or appellations) exclusively for himself as none else before or after him could ever earn any one of them:—

1. Al-Murtaza :: The Chosen One of God
2. Amirul-Momineen :: The Commander of the Faithful
3. Imamul-Muttaqeen :: The Guide of the Pious
4. Mazharul-Ajaib :: The Manifestor of wonders
5. Babe-Madinatul-Ilm :: The Gateway of the City of Knowledge
6. Imamul-Auliya :: The Guide of the saints
7. Saiyyidul Ausiaya :: The Chief of the heirs or the deputies
(of the Holy Prophet)
8. Asdullahul Ghalib :: The ever-victorious Lion of God
9. Lisanullah :: The Tongue of God
10. Yadullah :: The Hand of God
11. Wajhullah :: The Face of God
12. Ainullah :: The Eye of God
13. Valiullah :: The Friend of God
14. Nafese Rasullulah :: The Soul of the Prophet of God
15. Akhu Rasullulah :: The Brother of the Holy Prophet
16. Siddiqul Akbar :: The Greatest Truthful one
17. Farooqul Azam :: The Greatest Distinguisher
(of Truth and Falsehood)
18. Abul Aimma :: The Father of Divine Imams (Guides)
19. Abu Turab :: The Father of the earth
20. Saifullah :: The Sword of God

Part 6: The Source of Fatimid Ismaili Imamat

The following excerpt is from footnote 41 which appears on page 89 of 'The Holy Qur'an' by S.V. Mir Ahmed Ali. 1995. Second edition. Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an Inc., Elmhurst, New York.

"... The tradition says that therefrom Abdul Muttalib the Divine Light got itself bifurcated (i.e. divided) into two rays, one passed into the seed of Abdullah and the other, the seed of Abu Taleb. Here the Holy Prophet says, 'From Abdullah I was chosen to be the Last Prophet of God and from Abu-Taleb came Ali as a Second to me as the First Imam. And this bifurcation was reunited through the medium of the Holy Lady, Fatima, the daughter of the Holy Prophet and with this started the godly line of the Holy Imams to be continued to the last.'

Notice how the above is related to the teachings of Pir Shihabu'd-Din Shah Al-Husayni (a.s.) from the book entitled 'Risala Dar Haqiqat-i-Din' which was translated from Persian to English by W. Ivanow. Here are a couple of excerpts from Chapter 7 : 'Itrat, or Close Relatives':

"Muhammad and 'Ali were manifestations of the one and same Divine Light, but they came in two different persons (libas, —dress) in order to uphold each other's mission amongst humans, and in order to introduce each other to the people." (p.25)

"The sacred Light which manifested in Muhammad and 'Ali continued through Fatima, in her sons, Hasan and Husayn, and no power in the world can extinguish this Light. It is said: 'they wanted to extinguish the Light of God, but God brings His Light through, to the end', i.e., to the completion of its mission." (p.25)

Part 7: Luminous Dhikr of Noore Muhammad, Noore Qur'an, Noore Ali, Noore Karim and Hazar Imam

Let us perform the luminous dhikr of Noore_Karim Hazar_Imam with utmost humility and tenderness of the heart (length 4 min 41 sec; 6.5 MB).
Download Noore_Karim Hazar_Imam sound track in mp3 format.

The lyrics are given below:

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

Noore Muhammad, Noore Quran; (1)
[The Light of Muhammad and the Light of Qur'an (are one)]

Noore Muhammad, Noore Ali; (2)
[The Light of Muhammad and Light of Ali (are one)]

Noore Ali, Noore Karim; (3)
[The Light of Ali is the Light of Karim Shah (through the Chain of Imamat)]

Noore Karim, Hazar Imam (4)
[All the above Lights are One Light which is in Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam]

Noore Muhammad, Hazar Imam (5)
[Therefore, the Light of Muhammad is in Hazar Imam]

Noore Qur'an, Hazar Imam (6)
[Also, the Light of the Holy Qur'an is in Hazar Imam]

Noore Ali, Hazar Imam (7)
[Also, the Light of Ali is in Hazar Imam]

Noore Karim, Hazar Imam (8)
[All the above Lights are One Light which is in Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam]

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

Our Holy Imam is intensely involved in creating a better quality of life for millions of people around the world. He also has spiritual (ruhani) and luminous (noorani) dimensions. In this article, we have attempted to understand the luminous (noorani) position of our True Imam. It is important to think about this dimension in order to prepare for or continue a personal search. This is also the best time to embark on such a mission because we will be blessed with a zaheri (outward) noorani didar during his visit (whenever it takes place), and a batuni (inward) noorani didar in our prayers and bandagi. May the barakat of the auspicious occasion of Idd-e-Navroz bring us material, spiritual and luminous blessings! Ameen.

Part 8: Links:

  1. Noore Ali Mushkil Kusha, Noore Ali, Hazar Imam
  2. Navroz 2001: A Time for Rejuvenation of the Body, Mind, Soul and Intellect
  3. Navroz 2002: A Time for Rejuvenation of the Body, Mind, Soul and Intellect
  4. Navroz 2003: A Time for Deep Reflection
  5. Navroz 2004: A New Beginning for Spiritual Progress and Development
  6. Navroz 2005: Subtle Body, Satisfaction of the Soul and Enlightenment
  7. Navroz 2006: Angelic Salwat for Whole Humanity and All Departed Souls
  8. Navroz 2007: The Spirituality and Luminosity of Idd-e-Naw-ruz
  9. Navroz 2008: Giryah-u zâri, Moti Venti and Angelic Salwat Project
  10. Navroz 2009: How to Activate the Real Heart (Qalb, Dil)?
  11. Navroz 2010: The Role of Imamim Mubin in Our Spiritual Journey
  12. Navroz 2011: Meaning and Significance of Al-Rahman and Al-Rahim

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
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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