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Spark No. 7 :: Silence of the Heart

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

Ya Ali Madad! Let us relect on the following:

"Silence of the Heart: It is related from Hazrat Imam Ja'far-as-Sadiq that the Holy Prophet said: The first stage of knowledge is silence, the second is to listen attentively, the third is to act upon it and the fourth is to spread it. The exoteric aspect of this Hadith needs no explanation because it is perfectly clear. What can be learnt about the ta'wil (esoteric aspect) of this Hadith from the way of life of the Holy Prophet? The answer is that by silence is meant the result of worship and remembrance, which is in the form of self-effacement and annihilation, an excellent example of which is found in the early life of the Prophet. In the first stage of knowledge, the Prophet performed abundant 'ibadat (bandagi) which created a state of silence in his heart that apart from the sound of the Supreme Names of God, all other sounds were silenced. The purpose of this example is to explain that if there are insinuations, imagination or other thoughts during remembrance, then even though one may be silent externally, in reality this is not so. Thus, to obtain the silence of the heart one should follow the example of the Prophet and seek help of Divine remembrance." [Source: Fruit of Paradise, pages 34-35]

When we sit silently for Dua, dhikr or bandagi, we have to remember that our heart (consciousness, mind) has to become silent. Essentially, the insinuations of the satan have to be replaced with Divine remembrance. Therefore, Mowla has taught us to make a chain of dhikr so that the disturbing thoughts do not get a chance of disrupting the dhikr. If this practice is conducted consistently, then, with Mowla's grace, the heart (consciousness, mind) becomes silent and expands spiritually. Such is the power of Divine remembrance.

Let us practise our faith with conviction and start attending Jamat Khana regularly, submitting dasond, saying three Duas on time, practising bandagi because it is a luminous prayer, reciting angelic salwats, performing abundant dhikr, performing volunteer service, balancing din and duniya, and accumulating material, spiritual and luminous nazranas in our personal worlds. Educational resources for these activities are listed under the knowledge bank link in left side menu.

Dhikr Tasbis for Each Day of the Week:
Please follow these links for dhikr tasbis for each day. These pages contain the text, meaning and mp3 sound tracks. Dhikr tasbis are a magnificient way to reach the stage of constant remembrance and prepare for a spiritual and luminious nazrana in our personal 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 Mowla make us One global Jamat with One Sound Heart (Qalb-i Salim), bless us with the Golden Noorani and the Golden Jubilee Didars, 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
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Monday, March 12, 2007

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