Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad! In this post, I would like to first present knowledge on the tawil of Imamim Mubin because we recite this phrase in the second part of our Holy D'ua with the following words: Wa kulla shay-in ahsaynahu fee imamim mubeenin. I will then present concepts of guidance and enlightenment which are related to Imamim Mubin.
Part 1: Ayat from the Holy Qur'an
The Arabic text, transliteration, and S. V. Mir Ahmed Ali's translation of ayat 36:12 is as follows:
"Inna nahnu nuhyee almawta wanaktubu ma qaddamoo waatharahum
wakulla shay-in ahsaynahu fee imamim mubeenin" (Holy Qur'an 36:12)
"Verily We (and) We (alone) give life unto the dead, and We write down what they have sent before them and (even) their footprints (which they leave behind them): And everything have We confined into a Manifesting Imam (Guide)."
(Mir Ahmed Ali's translation)
Credit: Sacred-Texts.com for Arabic text and transliteration of ayat 36:12.
Part 2: Inner Meaning (Tawil) of Imamim Mubeenin
"The Fifth Holy Imam Muhammad ibne Ali Al-Baquir says that when this verse was revealed, there were Abu-Bakr and Umar who asked the Holy Prophet. "O Apostle of God! Is the 'Imamim-Mubeen' the Torah, the scripture given to Moses?" The answer was "No!" Again they asked "Is it Injeel, i.e., the Evangel given to Jesus?" Again the answer was "No!" Then they asked "Is it the Holy Qur'an?" Again "No" was the answer and then turning towards Ali-ibne-Abi-Taleb, the Holy Prophet said "Verily this is that ('Imam', i.e., guide) in whom God has contained the knowledge of everything." Then addressing the people present there, the Holy Prophet said "O group of men! There is no branch of knowledge which God did not bestow on me and I have conveyed that knowledge to Ali—Verily God has contained in me knowledge and I have contained it in Ali." This statement corroborates the renowned tradition of the Holy Prophet: "I am the City of Knowledge and Ali is its Gate."
Source: Excerpt from footnote number 1967, pp. 1320-1321, The Holy Qur'an translated by S. V. Mir Ahmed Ali, 1995, Second Edition, Published by Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, Inc., Elmhurst, New York.
Part 3: Means of Guidance
"...The Holy Prophet was the guardian and guide of the religion of God, but he, by the command of God, also kept the fountainhead of knowledge, wisdom and guidance continuing forever in this world by the means of the heavenly Book (i.e., the Holy Qur'an) and the true Imam. This means that the guidance of the Imam of the time is that of the Prophet and his (i.e., the Prophet's) guidance is that of God, as it is clear from this verse (25:31): "And your Lord is sufficient as a guide and helper." The purpose of this wisdom-filled teaching is that the system of guidance which God has ordained for mankind according to His sunnat (law) and habit acceptable to Him and praised here. And that system is that His guidance and help always continue by means of the True Guides. Thus, it is certain that the guidance of the Prophets and Imams is the guidance of God, because it is they who are commanded by and merged in God (Wasil bi'llah)."
Source: True Vision, p. 22
Part 4: The Role of the True Imam
"By the abode of the Prophets and Imams is meant spirituality and luminosity, and it is necessary for mu'mins to enter this today or tomorrow, for it is not necessary to enter their house in a physical form. This is certain, from example of Salman-i Farsi that, at the time of Prophethood there were others like him who entered the house of light of the Ahl-i bayt, which consisted of the Holy Prophet, Mawla Ali, Hazrat Bibi Fatimah, Imam Hasan and Imam Husayn, even though their names are not mentioned. For the Imam is the living path of religion for this purpose. That is, the Imam is the straight path, the guide, and the gate of the city of spirituality as well, so that he can help the mu'min reach the desired destination."
Source: Fruit of Paradise, p. 181
Part 5: Where Did Salman-i Farsi Reach?
"At the battle of the Trench, the Holy Prophet said: "Salman is from us, the Ahl-i bayt." What should we make of this saying? Are the master and slave as close as they appear to be? From this wisdom-filled Hadith can we say that Salman-i Farsi was annihilated in the light during his lifetime? He could see his own pure soul merged into the origin in both pre-eternity and post-eternity (in the state in which there is neither space nor time). All this was attained by him because the ocean of love for the Prophet and the Imam surged in his heart and he could see the luminous world within himself. Hidden in his heart were the precious treasures of knowledge and recognition of God."
Source: Fruit of Paradise, p. 145
Part 6: Where can Mu'mins go in this Day and Age?
"The Hadith related to Salman-i Farsi provides a clear example of the fact that mu'mins can link themselves with the light by hard work, high ambition, devotion, sacrifice and true love. That is, with their inner eye they are able to see how their higher "I" is eternally merged and linked to the origin. To achieve this is difficult but not impossible, and the Qur'an mentions this possibility in the verse related to Hazrat Ibrahim: "So, whoever obeys me, is surely of me." (14:36), i.e., whoever walks the path that I have walked, will truly discover the secret of how he is my spiritual and luminous child. Thus, it is a fact that like Salman-i Farsi, whoever wishes to, can join his eternal relationship with light and he can also sever the link like Kan'an (Hazrat Nuh's son) did."
Source: Fruit of Paradise, pp. 145-146
Part 7: What is the Real Heart of Man?
"The real heart of man is the exalted Imam, whom the Wise Qur'an has called qalb-i salim (26:89; 37:84) and qalb-i munib (50:33) which is in reality the higher "I". That is, the heart which is submitted to God and returned to Him. If a trial has become an obstacle between man and his heart (i.e., the Imam), then in order to overcome this and reach the heart (i.e., the Imam), he needs knowledge and good deeds."
Source: Fruit of Paradise, p. 178
Part 8: Tawil of Habl Allah (Rope of Allah, Imam of the time)
"God has sent the rope of His holy light from the higher world to the inhabitants of the lower world for the purpose that they may all together hold it fast so that they may be lifted to the higher world (Holy Qur'an 3:103). Externally the luminous rope of Allah is the holy personality of the Imam of the time and internally it is his ever-reaching light. The holy light of the Imam of the time comes to you specially through the ism-i azam (the supreme Name). Thus the Imam within (batin) you is the rope of Allah in the position of ism-i azam, to which you have to hold fast in such a way that all faculties of the heart and the mind are turned towards and centered upon it."
Source: A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 264, pp. 142-143
May Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.) grant all members of the global Jamat the inner vision of the truth through ism-i azam. Ameen.
Expansion of the Heart
The Holy Prophet's Experience of Monoreality
The Power of Ism-i Azam (Supreme Name)
The Throne of God in the Personal World
The Spirituality of the Holy Qur'an and the Holy Prophet (s.a.s.)
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, create Sunshine in our hearts, light in our foreheads, and bless us all with the inner vision of the Truth!
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, grant the global Jamat luminous (noorani) and spiritual (ruhani) tayid (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually. Ameen.
Haizinda — Qayampaya
(Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)
Rakh Mowla je Noor te Yaqeen (Certainly, we trust in Mowla's Light only),
Noorallah Juma (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thursday, March 11, 2010
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.