"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 the following ayats of the Holy Qu'ran regarding 'Mubahila' (a spiritual contest invoking the curse of God upon the liar):
|Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim||In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful|
|'Inna masala 'Iisaa 'indal-laahi ka-masali 'Aadam; khalaqahuu-min-turaabin-summa qaala lahuu 'KUN' fa-yakuun (3:59)||Verily,376 similitude of Jesus with God is as of Adam; He created him out of dust then said He unto him 'BE', and he became.|
|'Al-Haqqu mir-Rabbika falaa takum-minal-mumtariin. (3:60)||The377 Truth is from thy Lord, therefore be not thou of those of doubters.|
|Faman haaajjaka fiihi mim-ba'-di maa jaaa-'aka minal-ilmi faqul ta-'aalaw nad-'u 'ab-naaa-'anaa wa 'ab-naaa-'akum wa nisaaa-'anaa wa nisaa-'akum wa 'anfusanaa wa 'anfusakum summa nabta-hil fanaj-'al-la'-natallahi 'al-la-kaazibiin (3:61)||And378 unto him who disputeth with thee after knowledge hath come unto thee, Say! (O' Our Apostle Muhammad!) (Unto them) 'Come ye, let us summon our sons, and (ye summon) your sons, and (we summon) our women, and (ye) your women, and (we summon) our selves and then let us invoke and lay the curse of God on the liars!"|
Here are the footnotes (pp.300-303) for the above ayats from S. V. Mir Ahmed Ali's translation of the Holy Qu'ran:
Vr. 59 (376) The Christians of Najran came in a deputation to the Holy Prophet and asked him as to why he abuses Jesus by calling him a man. The Holy Prophet replied "Far be it for me to abuse Jesus the Word of God communicated through the Chaste and pure Holy Lady Mary." The Christians asked the Holy Prophet "Then, what do you sayest, has thou seen any man born without a father?" The reply to the question is accommodated in this verse, i.e., Adam was created without the medium of both a father and a mother.
Vr. 60 (377) The address in the verse is to the people through the Holy Prophet. This refers to a general principle, if adhered to, one would be saved from the sceptic tendencies, i.e., God is the Absolute Truth and Reality and not in the natural or the material process known to us. This principle is laid down here as the answer to the people and not to the Holy Prophet, and to warn that doubting against the unusual event because of its seeming unusual, would lead to doubt the process of the creation as a whole.
Vr. 61 (378) This verse refers to the famous event of 'Mubahila' which took place 10 A.H. against Christians of Najran. A deputation of sixty Christians of Najran headed by Abdul Mashih, their Chief Monk priest, came and discussed with the Holy Prophet about the personality of Jesus. The Holy Prophet told them not to deify [i.e. worship] for he was only a mortal created by God, and not God Himself. Then they asked as who the father of Jesus was. By this, they thought that since Jesus was born without a father, the Holy Prophet would helplessly accept Jesus' father being God Himself. In reply to this question, was revealed the preceding verse in which the instance of Jesus has been compared to that of Adam who was created without a father and also a mother. When the Christians did not agree to any amount of reasoning, then this verse was revealed enjoining upon the Prophet to the Christians to 'Mubahila' (a spiritual contest invoking the curse of God upon the liar). To this the Christians agreed but they wanted to return to their place and would have the Mubahila the next day.
Early next morning the Holy Prophet sent Salman to the open place, fixed outside the city, for the historic event, to erect a small shelter for himself and those he intended to take along with him for the contest. A number of companions of the Holy Prophet also assembled in the Mosque for the Holy Prophet to take them along with him to the contest. On the opposite side appeared the Christians with their selected holy men, women and children. At the appointed hour the Christians witnessed the Holy Prophet entering the field with Husain in his lap, Hasan holding his finger and walking beside him, Lady Fatema following him with Ali behind her. The Holy Prophet reaching the appointed spot stationed himself with his daughter, her two sons with her husband, raising his hands to heavens said: 'Allahuma haa'oolaae Ahlul-Ahlu-Bait', i.e., Lord these are the people of my house. At the appearance of these godly souls with the hallow of the divine light radiating from their holy faces, the Chief Monk who had brought the selected group of Christians, began to gaze at the faces and exclaimed: "By God! I see the faces which, if they pray to God for mountains to move from their places, the mountains will immediately move." The Leader Monk asked as who were those whom the Holy Prophet had bought along with him. He was informed that the baby in the lap of the Holy Prophet was his youngest grandson, Husain, the child walking holding the Holy Prophet's finger in his tiny hand was his first grandson, Hasan, the Lady coming behind him was his daughter, his only surviving issue was Fatema the mother of the two children, and the one who followed the Lady was his son-in-law, the husband of Fatema. The Chief Monk, the Leader of the selected holy group of Christians turned to the huge crowd of his people who had gather at the spot and addressed them saying:—
"O' believers in Jesus of Nazareth, I will tell you the truth that should ye fail to enter into some agreement with Muhammad and if these godly souls whom Muhammad hath brought with him, curse you, you will be wiped out of existence to the last day of the life of the earth."
Every one of the crowd of the Christians had also witnessed the halo of the divine light around the holy faces of the godly ones whom the Holy Prophet had brought with him. The people readily agreed to the advice counselled by their Leader. They beseeched the Holy Prophet to give up the idea of the agreed 'Mubahila' and requested for themselves to be allowed to continue in their faith—offering to pay 'Jizya', the protection tax, the payment of which entitles the payers, full freedom in their religious practice, with full protection for themselves, their religious places and their life, property and personal integrity.
This historic event of a unique triumph of Islam took place on 23-12-10 A.H. and thus the Shia, adherents of the Islam-Original, celebrate it as religious thanksgiving festival of the triumph of the truth against falsehood, and which is the believer in Islam who will not rejoice at such a decisive triumph of his Faith?
This event has a great significance with regard to what it discloses about those who accompanied the Holy Prophet on that memorable and unique occasion of highest sanctity and great import. Many great Sunni scholars, commentators and traditionists have given the details of the event with various aspects of its significance, saying:—
Thus, it was unquestionably and firmly established and openly proven beyond all doubts, before the huge crowds of the Muslims as well as non-Muslims to bear witness that the Holy Prophet, his daughter the Lady Fatema, her sons, Hasan and Husain, and her husband, Ali ibne Abi Taleb, are the divinely purified 'Ahlul-Bait' addressed to, in Vr. 33:33 and none else, for God's command in this verse contains plurals as regards to each kind on the relations to be summoned for the event, i.e., to call sons, women, and the selves to invoke the heaven's curse on the liars, but the Holy Prophet took only two children whereas there were innumerable other children of his followers; only one lady was taken whereas there were nine other ladies in his own household who were his wives among whom were the daughter of Abu Bakr and also of Omar; and only one soul Ali, in place of his Self was taken whereas there were those who claimed to be his companions and very close companions, too. This act of godly selection on the part of the Holy Prophet, loudly declares that there were no others either among the children or the women or other adults to be compared to these godly souls in their personal purity and holiness.
Dhikr Section: New Luminous Dhikr Titled Noore Ali, Noore Karim
Since we are in the theme of enlightenment, a new luminous dhikr titled Noore Ali, Noore Karim has been created. The aspect of Noor (Light) makes the Ismaili Imamat unique, therefore, let us perform the luminous dhikr of Noore Ali, Noore Karim with utmost humility and tenderness of the heart (length 2 min 47 sec; 3.8 MB). Let this dhikr ring in our spiritual hearts and create an aspiration to actualize the Light of the Holy Ahlul-Bait and Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam so that our spiritual hearts are filled with this NOOR and nothing else. Ameen. The lyrics for the 40 beads are given below:
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Noore Ali, Noore Muhammad; (12 times)
Noore Ali, Noore Karim; (12 times)
Noore Karim, Hazar Imam (12 times)
Noore Ali, Noore Muhammad; (1 time)
Noore Ali, Noore Karim; (1 time)
Noore Karim, Hazar Imam (2 times)
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,
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
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