Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad! In this posting, I would like to address the topic of spiritual kingdom of mu'mins. I will start with a verse of ginan and then follow up with teachings of Noor Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) and tawils of verses from the Holy Qur'an.
Part 1: Pir Hasan Kabirdin's Supplication
||Aash tamari shri ho kayam sami|
saheb chinta kije Ya Shah
sab gatiye Shah ke khade re umayo
shah raj rikisar ghar dejo
||We cherish our hopes in You,
so keep us in your care and thoughts, O Lord!
All Jamats stand before You with enthusiasm and supplicate:
O Lord! favor the believers with the (spiritual) kingdom.
A few questions arise from the above verse: What is a spiritual kingdom and how can mu'mins achieve this? Let us begin the study these topics through the teachings of Noor Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.).
Part 2: Teachings of Noor Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.)
"Your medicine is hidden in you but (alas!)
you do not understand it,
And your sickness is from yourself but
you do not see it.
And you think that you are a small body,
while the greater universe is contained in you.
And you are that speaking book,
from whose letters reveal the hidden secrets."
(Diwan-i Hazrat Ali)
"You can cure yourself, but, for that, true knowledge is necessary. Because it is extremely necessary to know that, that sickness, in fact, is not external but internal. You have understood that you are an ordinary and small body, due to which your sense of responsibility has become limited and therefore, you have suffered a great loss.
Contrary to this, if you were sure that there is a universal kingdom hidden in you, all your potentialities would be actualized and you would not have suffered this loss. For, unless someone realizes the importance and benefit, and worth and value of a thing, he does not pay attention to it, nor does he struggle for its progress and upliftment. If you had died spiritually before the physical death, you would have become the speaking book of your deeds, which abounds in the secrets of recognition (ma'rifat)."
Source: Qur'anic Healing, p.78
From the above quotation, it is clear that a spiritual kingdom in hidden in the personal world of each and every human being. As it is not physically visible, we tend to ignore it. This is contrary to the great supplication of Pir Hasan Kabirdin (r.a.) in which the Holy Pir prays for a spiritual kingdom for each and every mu'min. Our goal should be to transform our status from a murid (a simple follower) to a mu'min (a faithful and enlightened believer).
Part 3: How is it possible for all to become Kings?
"In this world, in any country where there is monarchy, only one can be king and the rest are his subjects. It is, therefore, logical to ask: How were all the mu'mins of Hazrat Musa (a.s.) made kings (5:20)? In answer to this, I would say that the wisdom of this verse is related to the personal world (microcosm), in which through annihilation (i.e., merging into the Noor), every mu'min can become a spiritual king. This kingdom is given by God to the progeny of (Hazrat) Ibrahim (a.s.) and progeny of (Hazrat) Muhammad (s.a.s.), so that the people may annihilate themselves in the embodied light of the time (i.e., merge into the Light of the Prophet or the True Imam) and attain this kingdom of the Hereafter, because in Paradise, it is this kingdom which is called the great kingdom (76:20). Reflect well: What is the kingdom of this world and what will be the kingdom in Paradise!"
Source: Coolness of the Eye, p.36
Part 4: What do Mu'mins have to achieve in this life time?
"The gift of making kings is not confined to the time of Hazrat Musa (5:20), but the mu'mins of every Prophet (and Imam) can attain spiritual kingdom. However, in order to attain it, there are certain conditions, by fulfilling which, the mu'mins will attain ma'rifat in this life and the kingdom in the next world. For the mu'min cannot be a slave in Paradise, rather, by grace of God, he will be a king (2:247; 3:26; 76:20)"
Source: Healing Through Knowledge, pp. 149-150
It is quite clear that mu'mins have to acquire angelic characteristics in this life time. These were described in Candle Post No. 77, part 6.
Part 5: How did Hazrat Salman-i Farsi achieve a Spiritual Kingdom?
Let us study the tawil of 'Mulk' (Kingdom) and relate it to achievements of Hazrat Salman-i Farsi:
"Here it should be noted that the purpose of the glorious praise of Hazrat Ibrahim's progeny in verse (4:54) is that recognition of the holy prophet and his progeny. The verse reads: "Indeed, We have given to Ibrahim's children the Book and wisdom and We have given them a great kingdom." Try to annihilate yourselves in them like Salman-i Farsi, so that you be able to inherit the Book, the wisdom and a great kingdom, Ameen!"
Source: A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 848, p.444
Part 6: What are the rewards of a spiritual death while we still alive?
"In the Godhead of God, where there are universals, there are also particulars. Thus if Hazrat Izra'il, may peace be upon him, by the command of God, can make a perfect person or a sufi or a mu'min revive in the true sense by (spiritually) martyring him in this very life, before the physical death (57:19), then such people while living in this physical life, attain the status of martyrdom in the sight of God and they attain reward and light, not only in the Hereafter, but also in this life. And this bliss is also partially attainable by other mu'mins, too. Thus the sacrifice of life, that is, the act of Hazrat Izra'il (39:42), is in stages as well as all at once."
Source: Qur'anic Healing, p.77
Part 7: On what occasions is the soul seized?
"The work of Hazrat Izra'il is extremely miraculous and full of wisdom. He seizes the soul on five occasions:
Source: Qur'anic Healing, pp.77-78
- As a result of successful 'ibadat (bandagi) and dhikr of God in the heart of a mu'min, his soul is partially seized in the sense that some worn-out particles of soul are expelled and some fresh particles are brought in.
- The same event takes place when a mu'min sheds tears, implores and prays in the court of the Lord of Honor due to a calamity, hardship or sickness.
- It happens during the state of sleep. That is to say in this state, the exchange of soul, or seizing of soul, takes place repeatedly. Therefore, in order to attain (and retain) good soul (particles), it is necessary to wake up on time, lest these go away in this exchange (39:42).
- When a (living) darwish-like mu'min, in his spiritual progress, enters the station of the resurrecting death, he experiences a complete spiritual death (3:143).
- When the time of external and physical death comes, the soul is seized finally and completely."
Part 8: How do angels help to achieve a magnificent spiritual death?
"This rare point should be well remembered that Jibra'ili cure is done with knowledge, Mika'ili cure by wisdom, Israfili cure by giryah-u zari (supplication) and Divine love, and Izra'ili cure by effacement (removal of sins) and annihilation (in the sense of merging the soul into the Light and then reviving it with a greater strength). The last one is the effective cure. For the perfect taqwa (piety) and complete purification lies only in a magnificent (spiritual) death happens to soul in this life. And this is a very great miracle, for in it is observed, not only the scene of death, but also a glimpse of the next life."
Source: Qur'anic Healing, p.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.
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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 (email@example.com)
Thursday, April 1, 2010
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