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Spark No. 17 :: Lessons from the Mi'raj of Our Holy Prophet
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad! On the occasion Mi'raj, the commemoration of the journey in which our Holy Prophet (s.a.s.) attained the status of fana fi'llah and baqa bi'llah using ism-i azam (symbolized by Burraq, the mystical horse), let us reflect on the following points:
What is the definition of Mi'raj?
"Mi'raj means a ladder or a series of steps or stairs, or the occasion of Holy Prophet's vision of the Divine light in the higher world." [Source: Fruit of Paradise, p. 80]
What is the Scope of the Spiritual Journey During Mi'raj?
In order to provide context for the above question, let us first read the following except of the firman of Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam (a.s.):
"I do not want my spiritual children to forget that life on earth is but a very short passage to eternity, and you must not believe that you are here for here for what is only one existence and that thereafter you have to account for nothing." [Source: Precious Pearls, Lahore, 25th November 1964; p. 16]
The above firman clearly indicates that we exist in this world and simultaneously in other subtle worlds. Therefore, our journey starts from this world, traverses through spiritual and luminous worlds, and ends in the world of Oneness. These worlds are technically described as follows:
"Nâsut is derived from the word nâs (people), which means this world in which people live. Mâlâkut is the world of the spirit, spirituality and angels. Jabarut is the world of the Divine power and grandeur (This is the world of Light and is adorned by the lights of 99 Divine Names). Lâhut means the Godhead of God (It is also called the world of Onenes)." [Source: What is soul? pp. 75-76]
Thus in order to experience mi'raj, one has to first enter the world of soul, then the world of Divine lights and finally the world of Oneness. This stepwise journey was completed by the Holy Prophet (s.a.s.) during mi'raj. As we are on the same journey, we recall this great event every year and rejuvenate our spirit by creating inner courage and conviction.
What is Marifat?
"Marifat (recognition, gnosis) is the supreme and extremely comprehensive term in the religion of Islam, therefore, all attributes and realities are gathered in its meaning. Marifat means the recognition of God. This is not possible without the didar (vision) of God in the manifestations of His attributes (i.e., the experiences of light in Jabarut, the world of Light of Divine Names). This supreme felicity and bliss is attained when the mumin recognizes his own soul and the place where the recognition of the soul and the Divine vision are attainable, is paradise. The path of paradise is hidden in the excellent example of the Holy Prophet, to which, only the Imam of time can successfully guide." [Source: What is Soul?, p. 61]
Why Should a Mu'min Die Spiritually Before His Physical Death?
"The success of a real mu'min lies in the spiritual death before dying the physical death, through the purification of soul. It is also true that in this spiritual death, his individual Resurrection takes place and despite the fact that it is his individual Resurrection, he can observe all the states and events related to collective Resurrection. For, with God, there is also the world of particles (alam-i dharr), in which, not only do the people of all times exist in form of particles, but also each and everything of the universe and existents. Thus the mu'min who observes the individual Resurrection passes through all the states and events of the collective Resurrection." [Source: What is Soul?, pp. 63-64]
Our Holy Prophet (s.a.s.) went through this process. Our Holy Pir Hasan Kabirdin (r.a.) also went through this process and describes his experience in verse 51 of Anant Akhado.
The gist of verse 51 is: When the Holy Imam, Sri Islam Shah, placed the turban on the head of Pir Hasan Kabirdin, he was given a spiritual vision (ruhaniyat) and an intellectual understanding (nooraniyat) of the heavens, the earth and the underground. There is mention of seeing small and large ants in the third line of this verse. In Arabic, the word 'Dharr' is the name of an extremely tiny red ant. During this great resurrection of the Holy Pir, he saw Alam-i Dharr (The world of spiritual particles), i.e., he saw the whole creation from the perspective of Soul and Light (Noor), the highest form of intellect. This vision is the hallmark of this great Pir who always supplicates for the salvation of countless millions of souls. For example, the verse 219 which begins with the verse "hinâ khinâ sarvê jiv tamârâ".
sarâg marat paiyâraj sarvê
sirba(n)dh huva sir bhâriji
kidi makodi sarvê kuch âviyâ
târê bhâr huvâ sir bhâri
The weight of the heavens, earth and the underground made the Turban heavy on the head. Even the small and large ants (i.e., Alam-i Dharr meaning the World of spiritual particles) were present (on the turban) as a result the weight became heavy on the head
Hari You are eternal;
Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.) has defined Alam-Dharr as the place of our origin and has exhorted us to return the soul to its original place in one of his Baitul Khyal firmans.
Who Will Lead Us on Our Spiritual Journey?
"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. And this will be the Mi'raj of individual mu'mins under the grace and protection of NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini (a.s.) Hazar Imam. This is also the inner meaning of the Holy Imam's hand on the shoulder of every murid at a spiritual and a luminous level. 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, August 9, 2007