Towards the Inner Vision of the Truth


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Salgirah Mubarak :: Prayers and Wish List for Our Holy Imam's 70th Birthday

Ya Ali Madad. On the occasion of 70th birthday of our beloved NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.), let us first offer gratitude and reflect upon Mowla's favours upon us in the words of Qazi Noaman (Source: Excerpts from Majlis 8: To Thank the Imam in Weal or Woe, pp. 51-55 from Qazi Noaman's Kitab-ul-Himma fi Adabi Ataba-el-a'emma or Code of Conduct for the Followers of Imam).

"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."

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.

There are numerous activities in each of the above items. In this posting, I have used some of the fundamental concepts of our holy faith and hope that we all will benefit through prayers and reflection of the wish list.

Part 1: Gratitude
Khudavand, with great humility, we offer Salgirah Mubarak and bouquets of Shukran Lillâh Wal Hamdu Lillâh tasbi in gratitude for being our Holy Imam. O our beloved Mowla, we implore you to forgive us for any short comings, errors and omissions. Ya Ali Zaman, please accept our baiyat and keep us in your heart, thoughts and prayers. Ameen.

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

Shukhran Lillâh Wal Hamdu Lillâh:
All thanks are due to Allâh, and all praises are due to Allâh

Recited by Noorallah Juma

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

Part 2: Angelic Salwats for the Whole Noorani Family
Khudavand, we wish to present a bouquet of angelic salwats with a prayer for the well being of the whole Noorani family. On this happy day, O our beloved Mowla, strengthen our knowledge (ilm) and faith (iman), and bestow upon us sunshine in our hearts, light in our foreheads and the inner vision of the Truth in our intellects so that we can serve the whole Noorani family with love, devotion, and wisdom. Ameen.

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

Recited by Noorallah Juma

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

Follow these links to read an article or a poem on salwat, or hear the recitation of Ayatul Kursi and Salwat.

Part 3: Prayers for the Practising the Holy Faith with Conviction

  1. Ya Mowla, empower us with inspiration, courage, knowledge and wisdom to:
    • 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);
    • become staunch obedient, farmanbardari momins;
    • 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);
    • 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;
    • 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 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.
  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 (Jevi te karni-e jivdo chhute, tevi karni kije sneh).

Salgirah Mubarak,
Noorallah Juma
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006

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