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Bandagi Gem No. 8 :: Saturday, March 29, 2008

Timeless Batini-Noorani Bandagi Gems for the Global Jamat

Gem No. 8: Why Should We Perform the "Ya Ali" bandagi?

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Ya Ali Madad! This post has five parts:

1. A knowledge section on bandagi;
2. A dhikr section to activate the soul;
3. 5-verses of Giryah-u zâri from Anant Nâ Nav Chhugâ presented sequentially;
4. A prayer card for the well being and health our most beloved NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam and his family, the upliftment the global Jamat, global Muslim community, and humanity at large, and the salvation of all departed souls; and
5. A prayer for the global Jamat.

1. Knowledge Section on Bandagi:

Let us reflect on the following teaching of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.)

"Âgâ Alishâh Dâtârê farmân kahyu hatu(n) kê madrâtê "Yâ Ali" ni bandagi karê têmâ jê savâb thashê tê tamâro chhê anê pâp yânê gunâh thâya tê amârâ upar chhê."" (Manjêvdi, 31-12-1893)
 
Literal translation: Imam AliShah Datar made a firman in which he said that anyone who performs the "Ya Ali" bandagi at (and after) midnight will get to keep the full benefit of it and any sins committed during the performance of this bandagi will be forgiven by the Imam.
 
(Source: Gawahrê Rahêmat, p. 32)

The first point of the above-mentioned firman is that the "Yâ Ali" bandagi is prescribed by the Holy Imam. The second point is that this bandagi is performed after midnight. The third point is the current amount allocated to performing bandagi has been reduced from two hours to one hour only. Therefore, anyone who wants to elevate his/her soul should perform the "Ya Ali" unless he is given specific instructions to perform bandagi with ism-i azam (bol).

Now let us examine the benefits of practising bandagi. In his firman to students, NOOR Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.) said:

"Ibadat (Bandagi) reveals our souls. Every student should devote half an hour to ibadat. Ibadat is the only medium through which our soul can be uplifted. It will also give us courage to endure misfortunes, troubles and illness that are bound to come in later years. Though being unaware of such difficulties with Ibadat they can be endured with great joy and without complaint unlike your elders. Moreover Ibadat will always give great confidence and bring success."
 
(Source: Firman made in London Jamatkhana, 11-6-1951)

Please note that the above firman can be found in Precious Pearls under the heading of Batuni Prayer (Zikr). There is a cross reference for this firman in Gawahrê Rahêmat on pages 30 and 31 in which the word 'Ibadat' has been used. The words 'Ibadat' and 'bandagi' are synonyms. Keeping this mind, Mowla is talking about Ibadat (bandagi) and not just any other prayer. I have presented the above firman from Precious Pearls by using the word 'ibadat (bandagi)' instead of 'prayer' so that we can get the precise message of the Holy Imam. The benefits of bandagi are holistic because they cover the physical as well as the spiritual aspects of our lives.

In his firman, NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam said:

"I remind you once again that you must understand that each one of you has a soul and this soul alone is eternal; and it is the duty and the responsibility of each one of you to remember that you have a soul. For this reason, it is necessary for every individual to attend Jamatkhana regularly and to be regular in your Bandagi and your prayers."
 
(Source: Firman made in Bombay, November 8, 1967)

Please note the clear distinction between bandagi and other prayers in the above firman. Let us pray to NOOR Mowlana Hazar to empower us to practice bandagi and other prayers with strength and enthusiasm. Ameen.

2. Dhikr Section:

On the occasion of the upcoming Darbars in USA, here is a dhikr track to invoke the different attributes of the Light of Eternal Ali which is manifest in our present and living Imam, Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.):

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Ya Ali, Ya Karim

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

1. Ya Ali, Ya Rahim O the Most High, O the Merciful
2. Ya Ali, Ya Halim O the Most High, O the Clement One
3. Ya Ali, Ya Mumin O the Most High, O the Infuser of faith
4. Ya Ali, Ya Karim O the Most High, O the Bountiful One
5. Ya Ali, Ya Karim O the Most High, O the Bountiful One
6. Ya Ali, Ya Karim O the Most High, O the Bountiful One
7. Ya Ali, Ya Karim O the Most High, O the Bountiful One
8. Ya Ali, Ya Karim O the Most High, O the Bountiful One
9. Ya Ali, Ya Karim O the Most High, O the Bountiful One
 
1. Ya Ali, Ya Mujib O the Most High, O the Responding One
2. Ya Ali, Ya Hakim O the Most High, O the Discreet One
3. Ya Ali, Ya Alim O the Most High, O the All-Knowing One
4. Ya Ali, Ya Wali O the Most High, O the Protecting Associate
5. Ya Ali, Ya Wali O the Most High, O the Protecting Associate
6. Ya Ali, Ya Wali O the Most High, O the Protecting Associate
7. Ya Ali, Ya Wali O the Most High, O the Protecting Associate
8. Ya Ali, Ya Wali O the Most High, O the Protecting Associate
9. Ya Ali, Ya Wali O the Most High, O the Protecting Associate
 
1. Ya Ali, Ya Wahhaab O the Most High, O the Supreme Bestower
2. Ya Ali, Ya Quddus O the Most High, O the Most Sacred One
3. Ya Ali, Ya Salaam O the Most High, O the Embodiment of Peace
4. Ya Ali, Ya Ghafuur O the Most High, O the Great Forgiver
5. Ya Ali, Ya Ghafuur O the Most High, O the Great Forgiver
6. Ya Ali, Ya Ghafuur O the Most High, O the Great Forgiver
7. Ya Ali, Ya Ghafuur O the Most High, O the Great Forgiver
8. Ya Ali, Ya Ghafuur O the Most High, O the Great Forgiver
9. Ya Ali, Ya Ghafuur O the Most High, O the Great Forgiver
 
1. Ya Ali, Ya Ali O the Most High, O the Most High
2. Ya Ali, Ya Ali O the Most High, O the Most High
3. Ya Ali, Ya Ali O the Most High, O the Most High
4. Ya Ali, Ya Ali O the Most High, O the Most High
5. Ya Ali, Ya Ali O the Most High, O the Most High
6. Ya Ali, Ya Ali O the Most High, O the Most High
7. Ya Ali, Ya Ali O the Most High, O the Most High
8. Ya Ali, Ya Ali O the Most High, O the Most High
9. Ya Ali, Ya Ali O the Most High, O the Most High
Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!

3. Anant Nâ Nav Chhugâ Verses (Chhugo Number 4, verses 6 to 10):

Download mp3 track in the voice of Shafiq Rawji for verses 1 to 10 of the fourth Chhugo (Chapter)

Âshâji abarâ nârini tamê lâj râkhajo
tamê chho ka(n)th sujânaji
nav chhugâni pâghadi lâvyâ
tê nâri tamâri niravân

Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord Retain the honour of this weak wife
You are the Judge of this composition
The turban of nine tussles has been brought (to You)
and it has been brought by the (devoted) wife for certain
Hari You are eternal; ........................
6
Âshâji suâgan karo morâ nâth
hu(n) chhu(n) tê tamâri nârji
sahên lâvi sâmi amanê varjo
sâmi karo amâri vâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord Maintain me in a state of having been married to you
I am Your (devoted) bride
By taking us (me) to Your abode grant us (me)
Your protection as the married wives
Oh Lord be our rescue
Hari You are eternal; ........................
7
Âshâji trandâ tamêj mokalyâ
dâvi gharni nârji
vaiku(n)thnâ tamê chho râjâ
hu(n) abara tamâri nâr
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord It is only You who sent me the three invitations
(the three times of prayer mentioned in Anant Akhaado)
and You invited the (devoted) housewife
You are the King of paradise
and I am Your weak wife
Hari You are eternal; ........................
8
Âshâji nâri tamâri hirakhsu(n) hirakhyâ
hirakhêsu(n) karê harsu(n) vâtji
vât sa(m)bharo tamê morâ nâthji
jân lâvi chhudâvo aprâdh
Hari ana(n)t ...................................
 
Oh Lord Your (devoted) wife is happy for the sake of happiness only
and she talks to the Lord with happiness
Listen to my talk Oh my Lord
having married me, free me from being sinful
Hari You are eternal; ........................
9
Âshâji Pir Hasan Kabirdin hirakhsu(n) vinvê
sâmi kidhi têni vârji
tê nârinâ pâp bhavo bhav tanâ
tê todâvyâ têni vâr

hari anant anant
hari anantijo swâmi shâh
anantêjo ant tuhê jânêjê
Hari ana(n)t ...................................

 
Oh Lord Peer Hassan Kabeerdeen pleads happily
the Lord gave protection to him
That wife's sin of many eras was
immediately pardoned (on receiving the protection)
Hari You are eternal; ........................
10

4. Prayer Card

Niyat and Wish List:
Let us first declare our noble intentions and then invoke the angelic salwat for exoteric and esoteric purposes. Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, we pray for:

  1. The well being and health of the whole NOORANI family;
  2. Protection from the elements of dross and darkness;
  3. Sunshine in hearts, Light in our foreheads and the blessing of the inner vision of the Truth;
  4. Mushkil Aasan and material, spiritual & intellectual upliftment of the global Jamat, the global Muslim community and humanity at large;
  5. Salvation of all departed souls;
  6. Empowerment of our children with the correct understanding of our holy faith; and
  7. External and internal peace for the whole humanity.
"It is mentioned in verse (33:33): "O you the people of the house (of the Prophet)! Verily Allah intends but to keep off from you (every kind of) uncleanness and purify you with a thorough purification." By the people of the house or ahl-i bayt are meant the holy Prophet himself, Hazrat Ali, Hazrat Fatimah, Hazrat Hasan and Hazrat Husayn."
[Source: Muslim, IV, 1883; Tirmidhi, V, 663)

Now let us recite angelic salwats to invoke Divine grace and mercy.

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Angelic Salwat (33 beads)

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (1)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (2)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (3)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (4)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (5)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (6)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (7)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (8)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (9)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (10)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (11)
(O Allah! Bestow Peace on and through Muhammad and his Descendants)

Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!

5. Global Prayer:

Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar 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 Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam bless us with many Holy Batuni-Noorani didars during the Diamond Jubilee year, and empower us to present Material, Spiritual and Luminous Nazranas. Ameen.

Haizinda — Qayampaya
(Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)

Peace, light, barakat, tayid and a 'golden noorani didar',
Noorallah Juma

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The lit candle represents the Light of Imamat. Let us actualize this Light into our spiritual hearts, heads, & consciences so that we may also be able to submit spiritual & luminous nazranas in the Diamond Jubilee.

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