"Allah is the Protecting Guardian of those who believe. He bringeth them out of darkness into light." — Holy Qur'an 2:257
:: Enlightenment Norm #27 :: Status and Function of Pirs - 5 ::
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad. In Pandiyat-i Jawanmardi, Imam NOOR Mowlana Shah Mustansir bi'l-laah II (a.s.) teaches us about the status and function of Pirs:
"O, dear ones, listen: you must strive to acquire knowledge in religious wisdom (ma'rifat-i ilm), seeking explanations of an expert ('alim). You must look properly into your own hearts and mind, learning the knowledge of the Merciful Lord ('ilm-i Khudawand-i karim) from a (true) teacher (mu'allim). You must act according to what he says so that you may attain perfection, acquiring the wealth of this world and of the hereafter. You must carry out the commandments which he conveys to you, carefully paying attention to what the pir has said concerning the (religious) wisdom ('ilm). This you must attain. The teacher helps you to know the pir and religion (din), guiding you to the higher knowledge (ma'rifat), making you right and steady in what the glorious Imam commands. Act according to what he has ordered and is ordering you to do, and be ready to carry out (his) orders every moment, so that you may be every moment able to share the bounty (fayd).
O, believers, if you wish to attain perfection in the knowledge of God (Khuda-shinasi), attain the degree of the ma'rifatu'l-lah, you must accept the commands of the Pir of your time, and act according to what he orders you, never disobeying him, but continuously following his command, until you reach the cognition (kashf)."
(Pir Pandiyat-i Jawanmardi, pp.25-26)
May our beloved Imam NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini (a.s.) grant you, your family, your Jamat and the worldwide Jamat luminous (noorani) and spiritual (ruhani) tayid (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually, and may He grant you the inner vision of the Truth. 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)
Monday, Jan. 26, 2004