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:: Candle Post #107 :: Loyalty, Devotion and Obedience to Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam ::

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

Ya Ali Madad. On the most auspicious and joyous occasion of the celebration of the 55th year of the ascension of Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam to the masnat of Imamat, please accept our heartfelt felicitations. May Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam grant peace, prosperity, happiness, barakat, higher spiritual enlightenment, spiritual & luminous tayid (help) and empowerment to you, your family, your Jamat and the worldwide Jamat. Ameen.

Let us first reflect upon the card which was prepared by the Late Alwaez Rai Amiraly Amlani which was first published in 2002:

On the joyous occasion of Imamat Day, let us reflect deeply on an article from the Preamble of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim Constitution and remind ourselves of the tremendous responsibilities that we have undertaken.

Part 1: The Article on Bayah

(D) The authority of the Imam in Ismaili Tariqah is testified by Bayah by the murid to the Imam which is an act of acceptance by the murid of the permanent spiritual bond between the Imam and the murid. This allegiance unites all Ismaili Muslims worldwide in their loyalty, devotion and obedience to the Imam within the Islamic concept of universal brotherhood. It is distinct from the allegiance of the individual murid to his land of abode.

The three key responsibilities are loyalty, devotion and obedience to Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam. The word "Noor" means the exalted Imam is "the bearer of the Light of God"; "Mawlana" means "Our Lord"; "Shah" means "The spiritual king"; "Karim" means "The bountiful one"; "Al-Hussaini" means "the progeny of Imam Hussain (a.s.)"; and "Hazar Imam" means "Present and Living Imam". With this knowledge, let us recite with conviction the holistic shahada and the affirmation of the continuation of Imamat which appears towards the end of the second part of the Holy Dua:

"La ilaha illallah,
Muhammadur-Rasoolullah,
Aliyyun Ameerul-mu'mineena 'Aliyyullah.
Mawlana Shah Karimul Hussaini Al-Imamul Hazirul Maujood."

"There is no deity except Allah,
Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah,
Aly — the master of believers is from Allah.
Our Lord Shah Karim al-Hussaini is our present living Imam."

In this post, I will be presently knowledge on four important duties:

  1. Absolute Obedience to Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam;
  2. Loyalty to Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam;
  3. Devotion to Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam; and
  4. Return of Amanat, i.e., Submission of Dasond.

The teachings of Da'i al-Du'at Al-Mu'ayyad fi'l-Din al-Shirazi are excerpts from his Qasidas from the book entitled 'Mount of Knowledge, Sword of Eloquence' by Mohammad Adra (ISBN 978 1 84885 913 5), published in 2011 by I. B.. Tauris in association with IIS.

Part 1: Da'i al-Du'at Al-Mu'ayyad fi'l-Din al-Shirazi's Teaching on Obedience

Here is an excerpt from Da'i Al-Mu'ayyad's Qasida number 2 (p. 60):

The Imams are endowed with authority and guidance,
and the refuge for anyone who resorts to them.
125
Obedience to them is enjoined upon all mankind,
for both the Arabs and non-Arabs alike.
126
Read (the verse 4:59) 'Obey Allah and the Messenger,
and those in divine authority associated with them.'
127
(These) three categories of obedience
became revealed in one ordered verse (of the Book).
128
He who restricts his obedience to any one of them
is being disobedient to his Lord.
129
All these categories of obedience are obligatory,
       absolutely and universally,
upon the ignorant and the learned alike.
130
The rulers of nations have no bearing on that position,
nor have the jurists any capacity to be obeyed,
131
Because they are tempted disgustingly to
issue declarations of different opinion and desires.
132
They are all exposed to (the evil of) disobedience,
as well as to misjudgements and transgressions.
133
Verily, obedience is due to the pure (Imams),
the blessed elite, the descendants of the Prophet.
134

Part 2: Da'i al-Du'at Al-Mu'ayyad fi'l-Din al-Shirazi's Teaching on Loyalty

Here is an excerpt from Da'i Al-Mu'ayyad's Qasida number 37 (pp. 170-171):
The origin of your physical body is the natural world;
there it will disintegrate and be forsaken.
13
The origin of your soul is a subtle element:
this observation is fundamental to religious knowledge.
14
Each and every atom seeks what is suitable for it,
not what is incompatible with it.
15
Your body is nourished by what the earth produces;
your soul by a light that disperses darkness.
16
When the former dies, it passes away;
when the latter avoids being corrupted by filth,
17
And becomes loyal to Allah's proof on earth,
elevated by truth among the most beloved and blessed,
18
It becomes an angel over the heavens, approaches
the abode of peace in safety and returns to it.
19
Turn your face towards religion and be loyal to him
(so as) to reach him and ascend to these ranks.
20
He is the pure al-Mustansir, by whose (grace)
a defeated one becomes victorious.
21

Part 3: Da'i al-Du'at Al-Mu'ayyad fi'l-Din al-Shirazi's Teaching on Love and Devotion

Here is an excerpt from Da'i Al-Mu'ayyad's Qasida number 23 (p. 141):
To Allah and the son of the guiding Prophet,
The Imam of the time, all affairs will go.
57
O people of Mustafa, a grateful servant
seeks to be victorious in service rendered to you!
58
And because of his love and devotion for you,
Ibn Musa will be in good company day and night.
59
This devotion is his only vocation,
a vocation that I am certain will never fail him.
60

Part 4: Return of Amanat, i.e., Submission of Dasond

There are three key resources on the Return of Amanat, i.e., the submission of Dasond on SalmanSpiritual.com. These are listed as follows:
 
06a Dasond :: Qazi Noaman in Code of Conduct for the Followers of Imam PDF
06b Dasond:: Imam Mustansir bi'l-laah II (a.s.) in (Pir) Pandiyat-i Jawanmardi PDF
06c Dasond :: Pir Hasan Kabirdin in Anant Akhado PDF

In Pir Pandiyat-i Jawanmardi, Imam NOOR Mowlana Shah Mustansir bi'l-laah II (a.s.) has explained return of amanat or submission of dasond as follows:
 

"The tithe has been established by the King of Men Murtada 'Ali. He commanded the adepts of the Truth (haqqiqatiyyan) saying that everyone who is the follower of the Truth (ahl-i haqqiqat), and has the desire of his didar, must pay the tithe from his income. By this he may secure the chance of the didar. The followers of the Shariat do not know and realize the implications (or symbolism, ramz) of this commandment. Thus everyone who has connection with the Imam of the time must always pay his (religious) duty, i.e., the tithe, which is due to the Imam of the time, delivering it, and being ready to sacrifice at his command his own life and (the whole of) his property." (Pages 55-56)

Although, this topic can be covered under the heading of obedience, I have separated it in order to emphasize its importance. In addition to this, as Islam and Ismailism is a way of life, the concept of submission can be extended to time and knowledge also.

Dasond of Lawful Income, Time and Knowledge:

The submission of dasond from a lawful income purifies the rest of the income, the submission of dasond of time for the sake of one's faith (at least three hours per day) purifies one's life, and the submission of dasond of secular and/or religious knowledge purifies one's knowledge. Therefore, submission of all forms of dasond leads to complete purification. Please note that we are talking about dasond of time and knowledge. The nazrana of time and knowledge is a special submission on top of this.

Submission of a Purified Nazrana of Material Resources, and/or Time and Knowledge:

A nazrana submitted from purified wealth, purified time and purified knowledge is worth its weight in gold. Such a nazrana reaches the Huzur Pur Noor of Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam within the twinkle of an eye because it is driven by piety!

Dasond as a Purifying Catalyst:

The final point that I would like to make on the submission of dasond is this. The submission of dasond from a lawful income is a critical requirement. Therefore, one has to look at the whole process of earning a lawful income and make a concerted effort of purifying it. Therefore, the submission of dasond is a catalyst for creating a greater awareness of being pure in all thoughts and actions during the 24-hour cycle, day in and day out. From this perspective, submission of dasond is a great blessing!

May the barakat of Imamat Day propel us to newer dimensions of our existence! Ameen.

Part 5: Luminous Dhikr of Noore Muhammad, Noore Qur'an, Noore Ali, Noore Karim and Hazar Imam

Let us perform the luminous dhikr of Noore_Karim Hazar_Imam with utmost humility and tenderness of the heart (length 4 min 41 sec; 6.5 MB).
 
Download Noore_Karim Hazar_Imam sound track in mp3 format; or
 
Download Noore_Karim Hazar_Imam sound track in wma format.

The lyrics are given below:

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Noore Muhammad, Noore Quran; (1)
[The Light of Muhammad and the Light of Qur'an (are one)]
Noore Muhammad, Noore Ali; (2)
[The Light of Muhammad and Light of Ali (are one)]
Noore Ali, Noore Karim; (3)
[The Light of Ali is the Light of Karim Shah (through the Chain of Imamat)]
Noore Karim, Hazar Imam (4)
[All the above Lights are One Light which is in Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam]
Noore Muhammad, Hazar Imam (5)
[Therefore, the Light of Muhammad is in Hazar Imam] <
Noore Qur'an, Hazar Imam (6)
[Also, the Light of the Holy Qur'an is in Hazar Imam]
Noore Ali, Hazar Imam (7)
[Also, the Light of Ali is in Hazar Imam]
Noore Karim, Hazar Imam (8)
[All the above Lights are One Light which is in Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam]
Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!

Part 6: Links:

  1. Noore Ali Mushkil Kusha, Noore Ali, Hazar Imam
  2. Balance between Din & Duniya
  3. Norms for Higher Spiritual Enlightenment
  4. Shia Imami Ismaili Doctrines & Proofs of Imam from the Holy Qur'an
  5. Spiritual and Luminous Dimensions of NOOR Mowlana Hazir Imam (a.s.)
  6. Angelic Salwat and Conditions for Harnessing its Full Potential

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
Wednesday, July 11, 2012


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