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Spark No. 18 :: Golden Jubilee Darbars and Alam-i Dharr
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad! On the occasion upcoming darbars in Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Kampala in this Golden Jubilee year of our beloved NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam, let us reflect on the concept of Alam-i Dharr (The World of Spiritual Particles) and understand how the global jamat, humanity at large and all souls will be present at these momentous occasions.
The Cycle of Subtle and Dense Forms of Human Beings
In the following paragraph I have first presented the Gujrati transliterated text of an excerpt of a firman of Noor Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.):
"Have khiyal karo ke tamaru(n) asal shu(n) chhe? Koi kahe ke maru(n) asal Aadam thi chhe; to Aadam thi tamara jism thaya chhe, pa(n) teni pahela tamaru(n) asal "aalm zare" arthat zina rajkan jeva (zara) parantu te zara tame "aalme zare" na vakhat thi thaya chho, pa(n) teni pahela shu(n) hata? zara thi pa(n) zina (la) aarthat nirakar kahevay chhe te hata. Ane tyathi tamo utarta utarta a manushay dehima bandhana." [Source: Mombasa 10-11-1905; p. 41; Transliterated by Alwaez Rai Amiraly Amlani]
The translation is:
"Now you should think about your origin, i.e., where is your original abode? Some say that my origin is from Adam; your body is created from Adam but before this your origin was in aalm-i dharr (the world of spiritual particles). In that world, you were in the form of tiny dust-like spiritual particles, but before that you were in even finer spiritual particles than dharr which can be described as being formless in the World of Oneness (nirakar). From that place you have descended in a step wise manner into this human form."
The purpose of presenting the above excerpt of the firman is to appreciate that we have mulitple existences: (1) in the world of Oneness (Lahut); (2) in the world of Light (Jabarut); (3) in the of Souls (Malakut) and (4) in the world of humanity (Nasut). The first three worlds are subtle, spiritual and luminous. In contrast this world is dense. Our presence in the world of souls and light is through our presence in alam-i dharr, the world of spiritual particles.
In reality, we have not left our place of origin but our shadow has come into this world. This can be illustrated by an example of spider which descends on a tread from its web. If it gets scared, it climbs up to the web. In essence, it always remains connected to its web. Similarly, although we have a physical form, we are always present in the world of particles as particles of soul and light. With this background, let us learn more about the world of spiritual particles.
What is the Definition of Dharr?
"The root of Dharr (noun of individuality Dharrah) is dh-r-r, which means small ants, strewing, scattering, sprinkling; tiny particles, atoms, specks, motes that are seen in a ray of the sun, progeny, pl. dharrat, dhurriyah (pl. dhurriyyat), children." [Source: Psalms of Lovers, p. 57]
What is Alam-i Dharr?
"Alam-i Dharr means the world of spiritual particles, which means the particles of the souls. It can be seen only after the eye of the heart opens, therefore, everybody cannot see it." [Source: What is Soul?, p. 64]
What is in Alam-i Dharr?
"In the world of spiritual particles (alam-i dharr), not only do the people of all times exist in form of spiritual particles, but also each and everything of the universe and existents." [Source: What is Soul?, p. 61]
How Did the Holy Prophets Experience Alam-i Dharr?
"The stories of all the Prophets are related to the world of spiritual particles. Thus the angels who prostrated themselves to Hazrat Adam, in zahir were mu'mins and in the batin, particles in the world of spiritual particles.
One ark of Hazrat Nuh was a symbol (mithal) and the other the symbolized (mamthul). The two pairs of countless things which he took into the ark were spiritual particles of all minerals, vegetables, animals and human beings and the ark itself was his own soul (11:40; 23:27).
In his time, Hazrat Ibrahim invited the people of the entire world to the pilgrimage (hajj) and he himself was the house of God. The invitation was made through the Sur-i Israfil (the soul-seizing and soul-giving melody of Divine Love which is a living, unique, unprecedented luminous flute), and therefore, in addition to human souls, the souls of stones, trees, animals, beasts and birds also came to his personal world. Thus great wisdoms are hidden in this coming to the presence of the Prophet or Imam and meeting him (22:27-28).
In the city of Madyan, Hazrat Musa took on the work of looking after sheep and goats of Hazrat Shu'ayb for eight to ten years. This story is true in zahir, but its ta'wili aspect is that countless souls entered his world of spiritual particles, and he nurtured and protected them.
By the permission of God Hazrat Isa used to make flying Paradisiacal (fit for paradise) shirts and then he breathed into them the world of spiritual particles through the Sur-i Israfil (3:49).
The Holy Prophet Muhammad was the embodied and living religion of God. When his personal Resurrection took place, according to the Divine Promise (9:33, 48:28, 61:9) all the people of the world in form of spiritual particles, entered his personal world (110:1-3). In the Surah of Nasr (Succour), the word nasr is the name of Israfil and Fath (victory) the name of Mika'il. By nas (people) are meant all people and dini'llah (religion of God) is meant the Holy Prophet himself, because everything of God is living." [Source: Psalms of Lovers, pp. 58-60]
What is the Relationship between Imam-i Mubin and the World of Spiritual Particles?
"The world of spiritual particles works throughout time by dwelling in the blessed personaility of the Holy Imam. In reality, the world of spiritual particles is the world of souls and angels, because in the example of Hazrat Adam there were souls as well as angels. Their collective name is light or the Supreme Soul or nafs-i wahidah, in which are gathered all souls. In fact all things of the universe and the existents are there for there is nothing without mercy (rahmat) and knowledge (ilm, 40:7). Allah has encompassed everything in the exalted personality of the Imam-i mubin (36:12) and therefore the world of particles cannot be excluded from this Divine law." [Source: Psalms of Lovers, p. 61]
What Has Mowlana Hazar Imam said about a Single Soul (Nafs-i Wahida)?
"Our spiritual understandings, like those of your Academy, are rooted, of course, in ancient teachings. In the case of Islam, there are two touchstones which I have long treasured and sought to apply. The first affirms the unity of the human race, as expressed in the Holy Qu'ran where God, as revealed through the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, says the following:
"O mankind! Be careful of your duty to your Lord, Who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate and from the twain hath spread abroad a multitude of men and women." (4:1)
This remarkable verse speaks both of the inherent diversity of mankind — the "multitude" — and of the unity of mankind — the "single soul created by a single Creator" — a spiritual legacy which distinguishes the human race from all other forms of life." [Source: Excerpt from the address by His Highness the Aga Khan to the Tutzing Evangelical Academy upon receiving the "Tolerance" Award, 20 May 2006: Tutzing Speech]
What are our Ancient teachings about a Single Soul (Nafs-i Wahida)?
In addition to belonging to the human race, we are in a Single Soul through the mechanism of Alam-i dharr (the World of Spiritual Particles) because the alam-i dhar dwells in the spirituality and luminosity of our Holy Imam. Therefore, in addition to the murids who will be physically present at the three Darbars in the next two weeks, the global Jamat, humanity at large and all souls will also be present at these darbars. These grand events of the Golden Jubilee will be witnessed by all people, consciously or unconsciously, and by all souls. If we nuture the spiritual bond with our beloved Imam, we will also experience the peace and rays of Light when NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam remembers us at these Darbars even though we may not be physically present at these events.
Let us pray to NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam to bestow upon us a life of external and internal peace. May Mowla also grace us with the spiritual enlightenment for continual guidance in our outer and inner dimensions. Ameen.
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)
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Friday, August 10, 2007