"Their light will run before them and on their right hands; they will say: Our Lord! Perfect our light for us, and forgive us! Lo! Thou art Able to do all things." — Holy Qur'an 66:8
Idd-e-Gaddir: A Time to Reflect on the Declaration of Imamat
Idd Mubarak on the occasion of Idd-e-Gaddir, the first Imamat Day of our first beloved Holy Imam, NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.). In the following except from Khutba 8, NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) has defined the achievements of Aal-a-Muhammad:
|"We (Aal-a-Muhammad) guided you from obscurity of ignorance and infidelity towards the splendours of knowledge and religion; we raised the standards of your life and culture for you. Because of us you saw the lights of truth and wisdom and came out of the darkness of heathenism (uncivilized or unenlightened state) and depravity (moral corruption or degradation)." (Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Khutba of Hazrat Ali 8, p. 10)|
I would like to add the following excerpt from Majlis 8: To Thank the Imam in Weal or Woe from Qazi Noaman's Code of Conduct for the followers of Imam (pp. 51-55):
|"Let us make a short survey of their favours on us. We were ignorant of everything and were spiritually dead. They brought us back to life and showed us the path of wisdom. We were blind, they gave us the eyes to see for ourselves what is right and what is wrong. We were groping in the dark, they showed us the light. We had lost the track, they showed us the way to salvation. We were lacking in knowledge, they gave us knowledge. We were falling in hell-fire, they picked us up and put us in the middle of righteous. In short, they gave done us the favours which we cannot count. They have given us all that is good in this world and the world to come."|
At this point, let us pray: Mowla, please forgive us for our mistakes, sins and oversights; Mowla, we offer our gratitude to you by reciting salwat: Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (O Allah! Bestow Peace on Muhammad and his Descendants).
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad:
O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants
Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!
Mowla, bestow upon us the knowledge of Imamat and the Eternal Light of Ali and bless us with faith and humility. Mowla, make us your obedient spiritual children. Ameen.
Peace, light, barakat, tayid and didar,
Jan. 27, 2005