"Allah is the Protecting Guardian of those who believe. He bringeth them out of darkness into light." — Holy Qur'an 2:257
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Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad! The Diamond Jubilee of Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.) is only six months away, therefore let us participate in a 7-day project to increase our knowledge and enhance our yearning through Dhikr and Angelic Salwat.
Let us reflect on how to go from the darkness into light from the following ayats of the Holy Qu'ran:
|Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim||In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful|
|Falaaa 'uqsimu bimawaaqi-'in-Nujuum,— (56:75)||But2493 nay! I swear by the setting of stars,|
|Wa 'innahuu laqasamul-law ta'-lamuuna 'aziim,—(56:76)||And verily it is a great oath if ye only knew it.|
|'Innahuu la - Qur-'aanun-Kariim (56:77)||Verily2494 it is Qur'an honourable,|
|Fii Kitaabim-mak-nuun,— (56:78)||In2495 a Book hidden,|
|Laa yamassuhuuu 'illal-mutahharuun: (56:79)||Toucheth2496 it not save the purified ones.|
|Tanziilum-mir-Rabbil-'Aa-lamiin (56:80)||Sent down by the Lord of the worlds.|
Here are the footnotes and addition notes (pp.1617-1620) for the above ayats from S. V. Mir Ahmed Ali's translation of the Holy Qu'ran:
Vr. 75 (2493) 'Mawaqe-an-Nujoom', i.e., the time or the occasion of the setting of the stars—the time between midnight and the approach of the dawn. It is true when the pious ones or the staunch devotees of God are busy in their supplications or adoration to the Lord. Some commentators say that it refers to the revelation of the Qur'an. However, it is the time when the Mercy of the Lord unfolds itself specially for those who are busy seeking it, by their supplications. It is the best time for concentration, meditation, and thus for communion with the All-Divine. This is the time availed of, by the sincere devotees of God, to elevate their souls from limitations of the depth of the material sphere of life to the infinite sublimity of the heights of spiritual excellence.
Vr. 77 (2494) To get the full meaning, this verse has to be read along with the following two, i.e., 78 and 79 below. These three verses deserve a serious and intelligent study. Note the Holy Qur'an is called 'Kareem' which may mean Honourable as well as Charitable, Beneficent, Liberal, Kind. All the various meanings of the word 'Kareem' are equally applicable to the Holy Qur'an. Taking the meaning Gracious, Beneficent, it has the quality in perfect consonance with the fact that it is the Word of the Gracious and the Beneficent Lord of the Universe. Beneficence or grace, is always given to anyone and everyone who seeks it. Similarly, the Holy Qur'an is there, ever ready to benefit or profit whosoever approaches it duly as the guidance of God is promised to whosoever seeks it. See (29:69).
Vr. 78 (2495) It is clearly said, that it (the Holy Qur'an) is treasured in a Concealed or a Hidden Book, which means that the Holy Qur'an is an object contained in a Book which is Concealed or Hidden, i.e., duly protected—in which case the thing in our hands is only a Recital form of the Holy Qur'an and not the actual Book itself, for it is clearly said here that, it is in the 'kitabe-Maknoon' 'Hidden Book'. Supporting this is verse 43:3, which says, that this is only the Arabic version of the Holy Qur'an—and 43:4 says that the actual Holy Qur'an is in the 'Ummol Kitab', the 'Mother Book'. The Holy Qur'an was revealed through the Messenger Angel Gabriel descending on the heart of the Holy Prophet 26:193, 194. In verse 53:5, it is said that the One Strong, taught it to the Holy Prophet—In 29:49, it is clearly said that the Holy Qur'an which consists of manifest signs or verses, is treasured in the hearts of those who are gifted with knowledge, naturally of the Holy Qur'an. All these show that the Hidden Book, in heavens is the 'Lauhe-Mahfooz', the 'Secured or Guarded Tablet' which in the earth is represented by the heart of the Holy Prophet. The description of the Book given is so perfect (6:59) as that in which neither any wet nor any dry thing is omitted.
Vr. 79 (2496) The ordinary rendering of translation of this verse, is that it shall be held in all honour and purity. It shall not even be touched but by the clean at least in body with the prescribed ablution without which none shall even touch its written form. The wording also means that none but the purified one would understand it duly. Here the mental or the intellectual touch is meant. Even the Ahmadi commentator (MA) acknowledges this to be one of the meanings of this verse saying: "This also shows that the understanding of the Qur'an is granted only to those who are pure in heart." One should know as to who could be the purified ones who could have the external as well as internal purity to have the perfect touch to it. The Holy Quran affords the guidance to the divine personalities whose purity in every aspect of their life was affected by God Himself—See 33:33.
Vr. 79 (Additional Notes) ...Many commentators have said that the purified ones in the exceptional clause belong to angels. This shows that they accepted the principle that touching of Qur'an in its original state of the Hidden Book or the Guarded Tablet, is only possible for those purified ones whose conscious self is of the angelical level but their attempt to confine the application of the term only to the angels discards the Status that God has given to men whom He has chosen to represent Him as His Vicegerents on earth and has purified them, as an outstanding example of human beings purified by God with the thorough purification by Himself—Refer 33:33. Taking this verse as the minor premise and exceptional clause as the major one, the conclusion would be that the members of the Ahlul-Bait are in total touch with the Qur'an in its original state on angelical order and this has been confirmed by the most authentic and irrefutable declaration of the Holy Prophet the 'Hadee-thuth Thaqalain' that Qur'an and his Ahlul-Bait are the Two Purified entities inseparable which he left within the reach of muslims as his representatives, announcing that whoever adheres to these Two, will be safe from getting astray. (pp.1619-1620)
Dhikr Section: Luminous Dhikr of Noore Muhammad, Noore Qur'an, Noore Ali, Noore Karim Hazar Imam
The aspect of Noor (Light) makes the Ismaili Imamat unique, therefore, 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) because it integrates the fundamental concepts of the Light of the Holy Qur'an, the Light of Prophethood and the Light of Imamat succinctly. The lyrics are given below:
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Noore Muhammad, Noore Quran; (1)
Noore Muhammad, Noore Ali; (2)
Noore Ali, Noore Karim; (3)
Noore Karim, Hazar Imam (4)
Noore Muhammad, Hazar Imam (5)
Noore Qur'an, Hazar Imam (6)
Noore Ali, Hazar Imam (7)
Noore Karim, Hazar Imam (8)
Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin.
Reaffirmation of Baiyat:
Let us also reaffirm our baiyat to our Holy Imam, NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam by reciting the Shahada from the second part of our Holy Dua:
"La ilaha illallah, Muhammadur-Rasoolullah, 'Aliyyun Amirul-Mu'mineen 'Aliyullah
Mowlana Shah Karim ul Hussaini, Al-Imamul Hazarul Maujood."
"There is no deity except Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, 'Ali - the master of believers - is from Allah. Our Lord Shah Karim Al-Hussaini is our present and living Imam"
Angelic Salwat Nazrana:
Let us now start presenting a nazrana of at least 101 salwats or continuous salwat for 3 to 5 minutes to our beloved NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam for the fulfillment of our noble wishes. May our beloved Mowla continually keep us on the Right Path. Ameen.
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (1)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (2)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (3)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (4)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (5)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (6)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (7)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (8)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (9)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (10)
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (11)
Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin.
May NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.) 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.
Rakh Mowla je Noor te Yaqeen (Certainly, we trust in Mowla's Light only)
Haizinda — Qayampaya
(Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)
Your spiritual brother,
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
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