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:: Candle Post #100 :: Noor Mowlana Mansur's Guidance, Supplication and Prayer ::

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Ya Ali Madad and Idd Mubarak. On the occasion of Idd-ul-Fitr, may Allah grant material, spiritual and intellectual happiness to Muslims all over the world, and to all those who have submitted their wills to He Who is Above All Else. Ameen.

The following excerpts are taken from Khutba of al-Mansur delivered on the Idd al-Fitr, 336 AH (14 April 948) at al-Mahdiyya. Noor Mowlana Al-Mansur was our 13th Holy Imam and the third Fatimid Caliph. This Khutba has two parts and I have taken the following excerpts from the last portion of the second part (Source for the whole Khutba: Orations of the Fatimid Caliphs: Festival Sermons of the Ismaili Imams by Paul Walker (2009), pp. 112-119)

First of all, we need to learn the definition of word 'Kutaama' which appears in the first excerpt. Kutaama refers to the Berber tribe that were the first to support the mission in North Africa of the dai Abu Abdallah al-Shi'i and then of the Fatimid Imams.

Part 1: Special Guidance to the Supporters of the Fatimid Dynasty

"O people of our da'wa, O supporters of our dynasty, O Kutaama!
 
Praise God and thank Him for that of His favours with which He singles you out, and the vastness of His beneficence. He gives preference in that over all the humans in the west and the east. He, the Mighty and Glorious, puts you first with the greatest favour, and then He attaches to you a magnificent beneficence, and He follows those two with such an abundance of grace to you that it cannot be counted.
 
He made you see while the people were blind, and He informed you while the populace was ignorant. When servants were led astray, He guided you to His religion, to the triumph of His truth and obedience to His friend (i.e. the Imam), the way-marker of guidance, the lamp in darkness, the pole of religion, His firm rope.
 
In precedence He raised you to His help, in pursuit of obeying Him, seeking shade in the shadow of His dynasty, being illuminated in the light of His wisdom, to the point that should God decree the convulsion of the county, the servants put to the test, darkness enveloping the earth, feet trembling, calamities magnifying, distress growing stronger, hearts aggrieved, God renders you immune. And He guides your hearts, firms your feet until God removes it from you in particular and from the servants as a whole, through us and by our hands. So there is on you a favour and on the servants a proof, so that it is removed from you and God, and you appear in a favourable light, satisfying the promise of God, clinging to the rope of God, fighters on behalf of God; those of you alive are happy and your dead are martyrs 'finding their sustenance with their Lord' [3:169]. Congratulations to you; rejoice! "
 
Source: Orations of the Fatimid Caliphs: Festival Sermons of the Ismaili Imams by Paul Walker (2009), pp. 117-118

Part 2: Imam Mansur's Supplication and Humility

"O God! Truly I am Your servant. You have chosen and approved me; You have honoured me with what You have caused me to inherit to the position of Your most pure, the caliphate of Your friends. You have made me rich and the people poor in their religion and their worldly affairs in need of me. You have shown me mercy. You gave no one strength over me save Yourself; You set me up to give life to Your truth, and to be a testament to Your creatures. Most certainly I speak nothing but the truth, utter only what is correct.
 
There has reached me on the authority of my fathers from our grandfather Muhammad, the messenger of God, may God bless him and keep him, that he said: 'There is no preacher who preaches but that God stops him on the day of resurrection and questions him about every word and what he meant by it.' So by Your majesty, and Your glory, the highness of Your position and greatness, I do not stand in awe of any enemy, nor do I speak falsehood, nor thank anyone for favours other than You."
 
Source: Orations of the Fatimid Caliphs: Festival Sermons of the Ismaili Imams by Paul Walker (2009), p. 118

Part 3: Imam Mansur's Pleasure with the Kutaama, the Supporters of the Fatimid Dynasty

"O God, truly have I come to be pleased with the Kutaama because of their holding firmly to Your rope and, in devotion to us, their patience through misery and adversity for Your sake, acknowledging our precedence, carrying out that God imposed on the servants because of us in order to reach You by obedience to us."
 
Source: Orations of the Fatimid Caliphs: Festival Sermons of the Ismaili Imams by Paul Walker (2009), p. 118

Part 4: Imam Mansur's Prayers for the Kutaama, the Supporters of the Fatimid Dynasty

"O God! Approve them, multiply their goodness, erase their wickedness, gather them up among the group of Your prophet to whom they are indebted, and your Friend (i.e., the Imam) to whom they are loyal. Leave unchanged Your favour upon them, nay complete it for them. Perfect Your charity to them, and keep their posterity in power. Give their reward liberally and guide them. Purify their hearts. Truly You are the One close by and listening who hears all prayer."
 
Source: Orations of the Fatimid Caliphs: Festival Sermons of the Ismaili Imams by Paul Walker (2009), pp. 118-119

Links:

  1. Tawil of Dua-e-Qunut (Dua-e-Qunut in an integral part of Idd Namaz)
  2. Recognizing the Light of Eternal Ali
  3. Our Responsibilities Towards NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam

Ardent Supplications:
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 (noor-allah@salmanspiritual.com)
SalmanSpiritual.com
Monday, August 29, 2011


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