Imamat Day 2007 :: A Time to Reflect on 50 years of Glorious Imamat of
NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazir Imam (a.s.)
1957 :: 2007
Ya Ali Madad. On the auspicious occasion of Imamat Day 2007 and the commencement of the Golden Jubilee celebrations marking 50 years of glorious Imamat of NOOR Mowlana Hazir Imam, accept our heartfelt felicitations. May the peace and baraka of NOOR Mowlana Hazir Imam be on you, your family, your Jamat and the Worldwide Jamat. May Mowla bless the global Jamat with Golden Jubilee and Golden Noorani Didars! Ameen.
Once again, Alwaez Amiraly Amlani has prepared an Imamat Day card in which depicts the rise of Imamat and Ismaili faith. This is actualization of a firman made by NOOR Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.) and the prediction of Pir Hasan Kabirdin (r.a.) in his granth, Anant Akhado. Let us link these concepts to the activities of our Holy Imam.
The light of the Holy Imam is unsparingly spent for the world of religion and the world of humanity. The external evidence of this is the extensive activities of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.AKDN.org) which are visible to all. However, in the time of this Holy Imam of the atomic age, a great spiritual revolution is also taking place in the internal personal worlds of human beings because his light is also working miraculously in the soul and intellect of each believing and obedient follower. However, as this is not visible to all, it is necessary to provide some gems of knowledge on the internal aspect.
Let us reflect upon the following tawils:
- Shuhada (Sing. shahid): Witnesses
"God addresses the pure Imams thus: "And thus We have made you a just ummat, so that you may be witnesses over mankind, and so that the Messenger may be a witness over you." A witness is the one who is present, thus the Imam is witness over people in the sense that he, by the command of God, is always present in their exterior and interior." [Source: A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 480, p. 256]
- Shuhada: Witnesses, those who are present
"It is possible to speak with the Imam in spirituality and the inner states because he is witness and the witness is present and not absent. He is the speaking Book in the sense that he speaks to the arifs (the ones who can see higher realities). He is the light of guidance, but unlike the rays of Sun, his rays are not lifeless, irrational and silent, rather full of life, rational and speaking." [Source: A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 485, p. 258]
- Sabab: Rope, means
"Internally the Qur'an and 'itrat (ahl-i bayt = Imam) are the same one light which is like a rope or ladder between the heaven and the earth, and this is also the straight path. This rope is extended from the supreme heaven to the earth, so that people may reach the Lord of the Throne through this rope or ladder of knowledge and recognition. This is the most marvellous as well as the most understandable example. Thus, when an 'arif gradually progresses upwards, at every level he sees the Qur'an and the Imam in form of one Light. He sees the upper end of this luminous rope even in the presence of God, which is both the great Qur'an and the manifest Imam." [Source: A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 418, p. 228]
- Aqib: Children, progeny
"It is said about Hazrat Ibrahim in verse (43:28): "And He made it (knowledge of tawhid) an everlasting word in his progeny also, so that people may return (to the Imam of every age.)"
Question: How is the bridge of spiritual link made between the exalted Imam and his heir and followers?
Answer: It is made through four unique things, which are: love for the Imam, Imam's special blessings, special teaching and the gift of Ism-i azam (supreme Name). These are like the four elements of spiritual construction." [Source: A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 594, p. 316]
- Tatma'innu: It/he finds peace, satisfaction
"Real satisfaction is that which the friends of God receive in the form of inner observation, Divine vision, recognition, knowledge and wisdom, as a result of the dhikr of ism-i azam (supreme Name). This is because the real dhikr in which the ultimate satisfaction is none other than the dhikr of the asma'ul-husna, the beautiful names of Allah (7:180)." [Source: A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 214, p. 116]
- La rayba: There is no doubt, i.e., there is certainty
"The wisdom of "La rayba fihi": La rayba means there is no doubt, fihi, means in him. By this is meant Mawla Ali (a.s.) or Ali of the time (a.s.), in whose spirituality (batin) there is no doubt. When an arif enters into his spirituality and luminosity, or his light rises within himself (i.e. the arif), then all doubts and suspicions disappear and there prevails absolute certainty. In short, in "la rayba fihi" doubt is condemned and certainty is praised and it also alluded that mu'mins should enter the spiritual recognition of the Imam of the time." [Source: A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 763, p. 403]
- Qabas: Flame of light
"If one of names of light is sibghatu'llah (color of Allah, 2:138), what is the color like? It is an extremely pleasant, faith-illuminating, soul-nourishing, amazing and miraculous in comparison to the most superb and attractive colors of this world. In such a case, how is not possible not to have ardent love and affection for it!" [Source: A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 682, p. 363]
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazir 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 and the Golden Jubilee Didars, and empower us to present Material, Spiritual and Luminous Nazranas. Ameen.
Peace, light, barakat, taid and a 'golden noorani didar',
July 7, 2007
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