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Imamat Day 2009 :: A Time to Reflect on the Spiritual Status and Role of
NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.)

Ya Ali Madad. On the auspicious occasion of Imamat Day 2009, please accept our heartfelt felicitations. May the peace and baraka of NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam be on you, your family, your Jamat and the Worldwide Jamat. May Mowla bless all of us with Golden Noorani Didars in our foreheads and Didars with different Jamats around the world! Ameen.

In this post, I would like to present great wisdoms regarding the Institution of Imam and Imamat, and our relationship with it:

  1. What is the Status of the Holy Imam?
    "It is said in verse (9:105): "And said: Work: Soon will God observe your work and His Messenger and the mu'mins." According to Imam Jafar as-Sadiq, here by mu'mins are meant the Imams (Da'aimu'l-Islam, I. p. 21)."
     
    "God says in verse (9:119): "O you who believe! Fear God and be with those who are truthful (sadiqin). Let us study this verse very carefully: On one side are all those who believe and on the other, are the truthful ones who are the Imams of the progeny of the Prophet, as Imam Jafar as-Sadiq says: "We are the truthful ones". In such cases, the Holy Qur'an commands that the people of faith should fear God and follow the truthful ones (i.e., the Holy Imams) and be with them in knowledge and good deeds." (Source: Manifestations of Wisdom, p.32)
     
  2. What is the Spiritual Role of the Holy Imam?
    "It is reported that the Holy Prophet said to Mawlana Ali: "You are the patron of this ummat and its Dhu'l-Qarnayn." (al-Majalisu'l-Mu'ayyadiyyah, I. p 335). We are aware of the fact that every verse and every sound Hadith which is about Mawlana Ali, is also related to the Imam of every age. Because the light of Ali, which is the light of God and the Prophet, continues in the holy chain of Imamat and nutures the people spiritually and intellectually. This patron (i.e., the Holy Imam), who has been appointed by God and the Prophet, is always present in this world. (Source: Manifestations of Wisdom, p.33)
     
  3. What Does It Mean to a Spiritual Child of the Holy Imam?
    "In verse (14:36), God, reporting the statement of Hazrat Ibrahim, says: "Then he who follows me is of me." That is, he is my spiritual child. The Holy Prophet has said about Salman-i Farsi: "Salman is of us, the ahl al-bayt". Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq has said about some of his friends: "You are from us, the ahl al-bayt". We should not forget that the means of such a unique and most exalted spiritual progress are obedience (of all the teachings of the Holy Imam) and (ardent) love (for the Imam of the Time)."
     
    "Mawlana Ali has said about Salman: "He is a minaret and sign of knowledge of the first and the last, and an ocean which never exhausts (due to usage)." (Kitabu'l-Majalis wa'l-Musa'irat by Qadi Numan, p.56)." (Source: Manifestations of Wisdom, p.30)

Application of the Above Knowledge:
At the Homage Ceremony, held at Aiglemont (France), on July 11, 2007, NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam said "Today I place my hand on the shoulder of every murid around the world". The bond of the oath of allegiance (baiyat) can only be nurtured through absolute obedience and ardent love for the Holy Imam. Salman-i Farsi, Pir Shams, Pir, Sadardin, Pir Hasan Kabirdin and many other great souls are bright examples of great mu'mins who walked on the path of higher spiritual enlightenment with absolute obedience to and ardent love for the Imam of the respective time.

Let us take a moment to read an article entitled 'Ismaili Ethos of Higher Spiritual Enlightenment and Service to Humanity' and then use 'Higher Spiritual Enlightenment Indicators' as a tool for self-assessment. The path is long and difficult but the reward is the achievement of the status of being a REAL spiritual child of the Holy Imam! And best of all, it is possible to do this!

Let us offer gratitude to the present and living Holy Imam and recite a bouquet of salwats to strengthen our knowledge (ilm) and faith (iman). May NOOR Mowlana increase our conviction to become true Ismaili Muslims.

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

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Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (1)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (2)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (3)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (4)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (5)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (6)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (7)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Al-Hamdu Lillahi Rabbil 'Alamin
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!

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Global Prayer:
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) ta'id (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 Didars in our foreheads and Didars with different Jamats around the world! Ameen.

Peace, light, barakat, tayid, Golden Noorani Didar and Didar with the Jamat,
Noorallah Juma
Thursday, July 9, 2009


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.

 
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