"Allah is the Protecting Guardian of those who believe. He bringeth them out of darkness into light." — Holy Qur'an 2:257
2017 — The Year for Higher Spiritual Enlightenment
Diamond Jubilee Spark :: 'And Everything Have We Confined into a Manifesting Imam' (36:12)
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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. To keep up with the momentum, here is another post to increase our knowledge and enhance our yearning through Dhikr and Angelic Salwat.
In this Enlightenment post, I would like to address the issue of 'everything in 'manifesting Imams' which appears in an ayat which we recite in the second part of our Holy Du'a. In order to do this, I would like to first present two excerpts from the work of the Greatest Sheikh, Ibn al-'Arabi, and then follow these up with a footnote from S. V. Mir Ahmed Ali's translation of the Holy Qur'an. The first two steps provide a strong background to understand how perfect men, Prophets and Imams are created. The footnote provides great insights into the Noore Muhammad and Noore Ali. I hope this post will enable us to fully understand the spiritual and luminous authority of our present and living Imam, NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.).
Chittick writes: What is the nature of this divine book whose truths cannot be grasped through rational interpretation? As is well known, the word Koran, Arabic qur'an, derives from the root q.r.'., and is generally said to mean "recitation." But the primary significance of the root is "gathering" and "collecting together" and some of the early authorities maintained that this is the significance of the name. From this point of view, the two primary names of the holy book, al-Qur'an and al-Furqan (the latter of which means "separation" or "discrimination") together mean that the Koran gathers everything together and at the same time separates everything out in clear and distinct domains.
Ibn al-'Arabi often employs the term Koran strictly in accordance to the literal meaning, which is particularly significant to him because it is synonymous with the word 'jam', "bringing together,' "gathering," or "all-comprehensiveness." The name Al-lah is the "all comprehensive name" (al-ism al-jami') of God, since it gathers in itself all other [Divine] names. Perfect man is the "all-comprehensive engendered thing" (al-kawn al-jami'), because he gathers within himself everything in Divine Reality and everything in the cosmos. The Koran is "al-Qur'an", because it gathers together all the revealed scriptures that were sent down before it and thereby all knowledge of God.
Ibn al-'Arabi comments upon the all comprehensive nature of the Koran in many contexts, most commonly in conjunction with the perfect and all-comprehensive character of the Prophet, which made him the only possible receptacle for the Koran.
Chittick writes: God created the universe to manifest the fullness of His generosity and mercy. Through the cosmos, Being displays the infinite possibilities latent within Itself. But It only manifests Itself in Its fullness through perfect man, since he alone actualizes every divine character trait, or every quality of Being. He is the human individual who has attained to the total actualization of his theomorphism, such that the name of Allah shines forth in him in infinite splendor.
On the level of the outward, corporeal world, perfect man not appear different from other human beings, certainly not in the eyes of deniers and misbelievers. The Koran reports the words of some of Muhammad's contemporaries as, "What ails this Messenger that eats foods and goes into the markets?" (25:7). But the corporal world is but distant Sun reflected in dust. The real fullness of perfect man's existence must be sought in the inward domains, the innumerable intermediate worlds that lie between this sensory shell and his divine kernel. He is in fact the "Barzakh of barzakhs" (barzakh al-baraazikh), the interworld who encompasses all interworlds. the intermediary who fills the gap between the Absolute Being and absolute nothingness.
His cosmic function is everything, because in fact he is in effect identical with the cosmos. In perfect man the microcosm and the macrocosm have become one through inner unity. In other terms, the macrocosm is the body, perfect man the heart. In him, all things are brought together, whether divine or cosmic. Just as Allah is the "all-comprehensive name" (al-ism al-jami'), so the perfect man is the 'all-comprehensive engendered thing" (al-kawn al-jami') in which the divine names receive full manifestation on every level of the cosmos.
In perfect man can be seen the unity of dynamic and static dimensions of Ibn-'Arabi's cosmology. As an existent thing who lives at once on every level of the cosmos, the perfect man embraces in himself every hierarchy. But as a human individual who has come into existence and returned to his Creator, he has tied together the Origin and the Return. He lives fully and consciously on all the levels of the descent through which light becomes separate from Light and on all levels of the ascent through which light retraces its steps and human intelligence rejoins divine knowledge. He is the part and the Whole, the many and the One, the small and the Great, everything and All. Just as he turns round about God, so does the cosmos turn around about him. (p.30)
Let us reflect on the following ayat of the Holy Qur'an which addresses the issue of 'Imamim-Mubin (36:12):
|Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim||In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful|
|Wa kulla shay-'in ah-saynaahu fiii 'Imamim-mubin (36:12)||And1967 everything have we confined into a Manifesting Imam (Guide).|
Here is the footnote (p.1320-1321) for the above ayat from S. V. Mir Ahmed Ali's translation of the Holy Qur'an:
Vr. 12 (1967) There is the inner meaning of 'Imamim-Mubeen' used here. The Holy Imam Muhammad ibne Ali Al-Baquir says that when this verse was revealed, there were Abu-Bakr abd Umar who asked the Holy Prophet, "O' Apostle of God! Is the 'Imamim-Mubeen' the Torah, the scripture given to Moses?" The answer was "No!" Again they asked "Is it the Injeel, i.e., the Evangel given to Jesus?" Again the answer was "No!" Then they asked, "Is it the Holy Qur'an?" Again the answer was "No!" and turning towards Ali-ibne-Abi-Taleb, the Holy Prophet said "Verily this is that ('Imam', i.e., guide) in whom God has contained the knowledge of everything." Then addressing the people present there, the Holy Prophet said "O' group of men! There is no branch of knowledge which God did not bestow on me and I have conveyed that knowledge to Ali—Verily God has contained in me knowledge and I have contained it in Ali." This statement corroborates the renowned tradition of the Holy Prophet" "I am the City of Knowledge and Ali is its Gate."
Dhikr Section: New Luminous Dhikr Titled Noore Ali, Noore Karim
God Himself has established various means by which He is to be approached, as described in the following ayat: 'seek unto Him a means of recourse (wasila)' (5:35). In the firman made on December 13, 1964 in Karachi, Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam said that 'his Noor has indicated to you where and in which direction you must turn, so as to obtain spiritual and material satisfaction'. I have taken this firman to my heart and am now doing dhikrs which call on the Noor directly because in my heart, Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini (a.s.) is the pillar of Light and is represented by the words 'Noore Karim' in the dhikrs. I firmly hold on to this luminous pillar in my dhikrs, e.g., in the new luminous dhikr titled Noore Ali, Noore Karim presented below.
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 get 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,
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
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