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Gem No. 3 :: Holy Batuni-Noorani Didar and the Submission of Dasond (Tithe)

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

Ya Ali Madad! This post has five parts:

1. Selected verses from beautiful ginans of our Holy Pirs;
2. Knowledge Section;
3. Spiritual Enlightenment Indicator No. 3;
4. Special Dhikr; and
5. Angelic Salwat Dhikr.

Part 1: Teaching of Pir Hasan Kabirdin (r.a.)

The following verses are taken from Pir Hasan Kabirdin's Anant Akhado on the topic of Dasond (tithe). The Anant Akhado has 38 verses containing the word 'dasond'. Twenty one verses occur in a block between verses 348 to 372. In this section, three verses are presented.

In verse 365, Pir Hasan Kabirdin teaches us that dasond is the foundation of the faith. Pir uses an analogy of a tree and says that if the roots suffer from drought, the tree will not bear any fruits. Similarly, the return of amanat (trust) in the form of dasond to the Holy Imam is our first duty. After this, the spiritual and intellectual beauty of religion manifests itself.

Âshâji daso(n)d vinâ din na jâno
fal sohi na falêji
muar sukâ to fal sarvê sukâ
sukâ dârê dâr
Hari ana(n)t
365
Oh Lord Without the tithe there is no religion at all
and nobody is going to reap the fruits without it.
If the roots are dry then all the fruits will be dry
and all the branches will be dry.
Hari You are eternal
365
In verse 357, Pir says that the submission of dasond
will enable a momin to walk on the Right Path and achieve the blessing
of the Holy Noorani Didar of Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam (a.s.).
Âshâji daso(n)d dêvê nê sidakê rahêvê
ehi moman sâchâji
âdo mârag têonê nâ(n)hi
nê bhetyâ shâhnâ didâr
Hari ana(n)t
357
Oh Lord A person who submits the tithe and remains steadfast
(in religion), he is indeed a true momin.
Such a person will not stray on to the wrong path
and he is embraced by
the spiritual vision (didar) of the Lord
Hari You are eternal
357
In verse 360, Pir says that without the submission of dasond,
a momin will not rise spiritually and will not be blessed
with the spiritual and luminous didar of Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam (a.s.)
Âshâji daso(n)d na didhi nê kiriyâ kidhi
tê sati huo apârji
daso(n)d kâran u(n)cho nahi chadio
tênê avi didârni khot
Hari ana(n)t
360
Oh Lord A person who does not submit the tithe
but performs all the prescribed rituals,
such a person is regarded as a great saint (outwardly).
Without the submission of the tithe this person will not rise higher
and will indeed incur the loss of the Vision (didar).
Hari You are eternal;
360

Part 2: What has been written about 'Dasond' in our literature?

Let us first reflect on the following quotations from Pir Pandiyat-i Jawanmardi written by Imam NOOR Mowlana Shah Mustansir bi'l-laah II (a.s.):

  1. Holy Didar and Dasond:
    "The tithe has been established by the King of Men Murtada 'Ali. He commanded the adepts of the Truth (haqiqatiyyan) saying that every one who is the follower of the Truth (ahl-i haqiqat), and has the desire of his didar, must pay the tithe from his income. By this he may secure the chance of the didar. The followers of the Shariat do not know and realize the implications (or symbolism, ramz) of this commandment. Thus every one who has connection with the Imam of the time must always pay his (religious) duty, i.e., the tithe, which is due to the Imam of the time, delivering it, and being ready to sacrifice at his command his own life and (the whole of) his property."(p.55)
  2. From Darkness to Light:
    Causes of Darkness:
    "Abstain from misappropriating anything so that your hearts may not be humiliated. Those whose hearts have lost enthusiasm and become tired of uttering the dhikr, either from indifference or laziness, come to this because of their misappropriation, of what is unlawful, or by not paying their religious dues." (p.43)
     
    Remedies for Enlightenment:
    "Therefore the real believer is the one who follows the Imam of his time and waits his order. Whatever the Lord of the time, who is the Master of religion, orders him, he listens and acts accordingly. He must pay the tithe (mal-i wajibat) in full. Every night he must reflect on his duty to pay something as the tithe, or whether he has paid in full. If it comes to his mind that a portion of tithe still remains with his own property, pending settlement, he should pay it quickly. Whenever you pay your tithe, you will be thanked, and then you may rejoice as if you have received Divine help in delivering the Imam's dues to him." (p.51)
  3. Qazi Noaman's Expert Opinion:
    "Imam Jafar Sadiq, greetings be on him, says "None of the duties of God on man is more severe than the return of 'amanat' to Him from your property. Many people are ruined by the neglect of this duty. See that you put back this 'amanat' in the hands of the Imam of your time. It is not a part of your property." With all this, if one does not pay the 'amanat' and leaves it behind for his heirs, then he is the greatest loser. He loses everything. Not only does he lose his prestige but he also loses his faith. God says (in the Holy Quran), "When death approached to one of them, he said 'O God, give me back the life in order that I may do well what I have neglected to do." It is nothing but a meaningless expression." (Surah 23, Ayats 99-100). Imam Jafar Sadiq, peace be upon him, says that "the words 'what I neglected to do' in the above verse of the Quran refer to the non-payment of the dues of the Imam of the time which God has enjoined to pay. If one does not pay the 'zakat' his prayers will not be recognized.
     
    In conclusion, O momins, subdue yourselves. Do not allow yourselves to come in the way of the discharge of your duties. You must realize that you have to pay only a small portion of what God has given you and that too is God's property which He has entrusted with you. There is no way out of it."<
     

    [Source: Selections from Qazi Noaman's Kitab-ul-Himma fi Adabi Ataba-el-a'emma or Code of Conduct for the Followers of Imam, pp. 56-63)

    We should make every effort to submit dasond because it an 'amanat' of our Holy Imam and then take the chanta in the upcoming Chandraat majlis to purify ourselves to the greatest extent before we go in the presence of the Holy Imam.

    Further reading:

    Dasond :: Qazi Noaman in Code of Conduct for the Followers of Imam Download PDF
    Dasond:: Imam Mustansir bi'l-laah II (a.s.) in (Pir) Pandiyat-i Jawanmardi Download PDF
    Dasond :: Pir Hasan Kabirdin in Anant Akhado Download PDF

    Part 3: Higher Spiritual Enlightenment Indicator No. 3: Submission of Dasond

    Now it is the time to conduct a self assessment by answering the following question:

    If the submission of dasond in full and on time is given a rating of 10, and not submitting dasond at all is rated as zero, where do I stand?

    If the answer is less than 10, that means that there is room for improvement. Dasond is the foundation of our faith. This is the reason we pray continually to be staunch in this practice.

    Higher Spiritual Enlightenment Indicator List

    1. Creating Staunch Faith in Noor Mowla Hazar Imam (a.s.)
    2. Sincere Repentance
    3. Submission of Dasond in Full and On Time
    4. Reciting the Holy Dua at Sacred Times
    5. Practising bandagi for higher spiritual enlightenment every morning
    6. Shedding torrential tears of love for the Holy Imam (Giryah-u zâri)
    7. Practising Dhikr in order to present spiritual and luminous nazranas
    8. Performing voluntary service for the Holy Imam, his Jamat and his institutions
    9. Being Imam conscious & ethical
    10. Recognizing the Light of the Holy Imam

     

    Part 4: Special Dhikr for 7 weeks

    Repentance is the mechanism to return to our Creator therefore it is appropriate to use the tasbi: Astaghafirullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Ilayhi (Verily, I seek the forgiveness of Allah, who is my Lord and Sustainer, and I turn to Him in repentance)to implement this Divine command. Let us use the Astaghafirullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Ilayhi tasbi to clear the path of our return journey to our Creator.

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    Astaghafirullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Ilayhi (33 beads)

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

    Astaghafirullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Ilayhi (1)
    Verily, I seek the forgiveness of Allah, who is my Lord and Sustainer,
    and I turn to Him in repentance.

    Astaghafirullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Ilayhi (2)
    Verily, I seek the forgiveness of Allah, who is my Lord and Sustainer,
    and I turn to Him in repentance.

    Astaghafirullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Ilayhi (3)
    Verily, I seek the forgiveness of Allah, who is my Lord and Sustainer,
    and I turn to Him in repentance.

    Astaghafirullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Ilayhi (4)
    Verily, I seek the forgiveness of Allah, who is my Lord and Sustainer,
    and I turn to Him in repentance.

    Astaghafirullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Ilayhi (5)
    Verily, I seek the forgiveness of Allah, who is my Lord and Sustainer,
    and I turn to Him in repentance.

    Astaghafirullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Ilayhi (6)
    Verily, I seek the forgiveness of Allah, who is my Lord and Sustainer,
    and I turn to Him in repentance.

    Astaghafirullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Ilayhi (7)
    Verily, I seek the forgiveness of Allah, who is my Lord and Sustainer,
    and I turn to Him in repentance.

    Astaghafirullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Ilayhi (8)
    Verily, I seek the forgiveness of Allah, who is my Lord and Sustainer,
    and I turn to Him in repentance.

    Astaghafirullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Ilayhi (9)
    Verily, I seek the forgiveness of Allah, who is my Lord and Sustainer,
    and I turn to Him in repentance.

    Astaghafirullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Ilayhi (10)
    Verily, I seek the forgiveness of Allah, who is my Lord and Sustainer,
    and I turn to Him in repentance.

    Astaghafirullahi Rabbi Wa Atubu Ilayhi (11)
    Verily, I seek the forgiveness of Allah, who is my Lord and Sustainer,
    and I turn to Him in repentance.

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

    Part 5: Angelic Salwat

    The recitation of angelic salwat tasbi with knowledge, understanding and ardent love leads purification of the soul, spiritual upliftment and enlightenment. It is one of the best ways to demonstrate ardent love to our beloved NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam. Let us now present a bouquet of angelic salwats to our beloved Mowla.

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    Angelic Salwat (33 beads)

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

    Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (1)
    (O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

    Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (2)
    (O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

    Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (3)
    (O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

    Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (4)
    (O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

    Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (5)
    (O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

    Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (6)
    (O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

    Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (7)
    (O Allah! Bestow Peace on Muhammad and his Descendants)

    Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (8)
    (O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

    Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (9)
    (O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

    Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (10)
    (O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

    Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (11)
    (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!

    Global Prayer:
    Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, grant us, our families, our Jamats, the worldwide Jamat, the Muslim Ummah, and humanity at large, luminous (noorani) and spiritual (ruhani) tayid (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually.

    O Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam bless us with many Holy Batuni-Noorani didars during the Diamond Jubilee year, and empower us to present Material, Spiritual and Luminous Nazranas. Ameen.

    Haizinda — Qayampaya
    (Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)

    Peace, light, barakat, tayid and a 'golden noorani didar',
    Noorallah Juma
    SalmanSpiritual.com
    Friday, May 12, 2017

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The lit candle represents the Light of Imamat. Let us actualize this Light into our spiritual hearts, heads, & consciences so that we may also be able to submit spiritual & luminous nazranas in the Diamond Jubilee.

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