"A messenger reciting unto you the revelations of Allah made plain, that He may bring forth those who believe and do good works from darkness unto light."
— Holy Qur'an 65:11
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Spark No. 16 :: The Luminous Hands of the Holy Prophets and the Holy Imams
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad! On the occasion of the birthday commemoration of our first Holy Imam, Amir al-mu'minin, NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (alayhi salaam), let us reflect upon the concepts of the Hand of Allah (Yadu'llah), bayat of the Holy Imam and the attributes of NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) and NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam, the Ali of our time.
What is ta'wil of the White Hand of Hazrat Musa?
"The tawil of the white hand is to hold the white light in the hand and to touch the Hidden Book. Here the Noble Qur'an alludes to the fact that the spiritual and inner miracles are related only to beholders (7:108; 26:33). That is, they can be seen only with the inner eye." [Source: Coolness of the Eye, p. 82]
Do Prophets and Imams have Luminous Hands?
"God says: (O Messenger) and make mention of our servants, Ibrahim, Ishaq, and Yaqub, men of hands and eyes" (38:45). In this verse, God has mentioned the luminous hands of the Prophets and Imams, in which the pearl of intellect (the enfolding of the personal world) is demonstrated and their inner or spiritual eyes, through which this demonstration is observed. Otherwise, everybody has physical hands and eyes." [Source: Precious Treasures, p. 40]
What is the tawil of Yad Allah (Hand of Allah)?
"Let us reflect upon the verse of the oath of allegiance (bayah) and try to grasp the universal wisdom from it, which is verse (48:10): "(O Prophet) Those who give bayah to you, they give bayah to God, God's hand is above their hands." Here it is clear that the hand of representative of God is in fact the hand of God. It is not an analogy and conjecture, it is God Himself Who says this." [Source: A Thousand Wisdoms, #975, p. 508]
The principle of bayat is tied to the complete obedience to the Imam of the time. If the firmans of the Holy Imam are not obeyed then there is a concern about the validity of the bayat. It is impossible to be a perfect obedient murid of the Holy Imam, therefore the most practical way of reaffirming bayat with the Holy Imam and seeking forgiveness is by performing the Dua Karavi ceremony in Jamat Khana. The murid first must make a niyat for two purposes: (1) reaffirm the bayat with an intention of following the firmans of the Holy Imam with conviction; and (2) seek forgiveness of sins with the intention of not committing these again. If this procedure is followed sincerely, then there is a great opportunity to advance materially and spiritually.
What are other ta'wils of Yad Allah (Hand of Allah)?
"The ta'wil of the Hand of Allah is the Divine power, authority, control, diposal, i.e., to give and take, to use things for oneself and for others, to gather, provide and keep things ready, etc. The most comprehensive ta'wil of the Hand of Allah is the exalted Prophet and the pure Imam. Therefore, all the ta'wils of Hand of Allah are related to these holy personalities, since to do bayat (oath of allegiance) on their blessed hand, is to do bayat on the Hand of Allah (48:10).
The meaning of mulk (sovreignty), malakut (spirituality) and khayr (good) being in Allah's hand, is that these are in the custody of the Prophet of Islam and the true Imam, for these two Supreme Angels in human form are the Hands of Allah as well as His treasures.
The Guarded Tablet, the Manifest Imam and the Book are all the same reality. Thus all things are gathered in one place and that is the place of spirituality, which holds the status of the blessed hand of Allah. That is the holy light of Muhammad and Ali, in which there is everything, the mulk, as well as the malakut." [Source: What is soul?, pp. 76-77]
What is the Inner Meaning of Bayat?
"Bayat in Arabic means to buy and sell. It is said in verse (9:111): "Lo! Allah has bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because paradise will be theirs (as the price of this transaction)." The practical ta'wil of this transaction, which has taken place between God and the mu'min, is in the world of Intellect. The purpose of repeating it (bayat) in the external world, is that the mu'mins should not forget that God has bought their lives and their wealth. Thus, as there is a rite of bayat in the external world, so is the rite of bayat in the place of Intellect." [Source: Precious Treasures, p. 39]
How is the Holy Imam's Hand Symbolized in the External World?
The inspiration for the Aga Khan Foundation logo comes from the right hand, a universal symbol of skill, achievement and caring. The fingers symbolise the five pillars of Islam and the five senses of human kind. The symbol was designed in 1978 by Zahour Ul-Akhlaq of Pakistan.
What are the Attributes of NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) and NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam, the Ali of our Time?
"The holy Prophet said: "On the night of mi'raj, God revealed to me three titles of Ali, that he is the chief (sayyid) of the mumins, the Imam of the righteous and the leader (qa'id) of those whose face, hands and feet are white (luminous)." That is, he is leading them to paradise. (al-Mustadrak, III, 148; Arjah, pp 27-28)." [Source: A Thousand Wisdoms, #620, p. 329]
The above tawil is the greatest news because we are informed that mumins, in their luminous attire, will be led by the Holy Imam, in his luminous attire, into paradise. Al-Hamdulillah!
Let us now use the above knowledge of the luminous hand of the Holy Imam to reflect upon the meaning and immense grace of the Holy Imam's hand on the shoulder of every murid for this applies to our simultaneous existences in this world, the spiritual world, the luminous world and the world of oneness. Al-hamdulillah!
Golden Noorani and Golden Jubilee Didar Preparations:
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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',
Thursday, July 26, 2007