"Lo! those who believe and do good works, their Lord guideth them by their faith." — Holy Qur'an 10:9
The Paramount Need for Higher Spiritual Education
Spark No. 1 :: The Light of Imamat Purifies Mu'mins
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Ya Ali Madad. We practise the Alid tradition of a thinking and spiritual Islam. Our faith is esoteric and leads to the enlightenment of the soul through a personal search under the guidance of the NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam. As we are a batin tariqah, there is a paramount need for higher spiritual education across the world. Let us reflect on the following pearls of wisdom on the topic of purification of the soul at the level of light:
"The eternal light (33:46) which has been commanded by God to cleanse and purify the people of faith (9:103), has already been made the cleanser (mutahhir) and purifier (muzakki) both externally and internally. In reality, this cleansing and purification is in the form of (higher spiritual) knowledge and wisdom. Thus God has appointed the light of Imamat as the successor of the light of Prophethood so that it may continue to wash and purify people in the water of light (higher spiritual knowledge) and this chain will never cease. It is in such sublime meanings that it is said that the Divine light will continue to illuminate and that nobody can extinguish it (9:32; 61:8: 57:28).
(Source: Fruit of Paradise, p. 110)
"... the opposite of knowledge ('ilm) is ignorance (jahl). Thus, in the Wise Qu'ran just as knowledge has been mentioned so often both directly and in many examples, so also in the same way ignorance has also been mentioned. Thus if knowledge is light, then ignorance is darkness whether this comparison is conceptual or literal; if knowledge is certainty, then ignorance is doubt; if knowledge is Paradise, then ignorance is Hell; if knowledge is guidance, then ignorance is deviation; if knowledge is healing, then ignorance is sickness; if by hearing, speaking and seeing, knowledge is being alluded to then saying that "they are deaf, dumb and blind" is a condemnation of the ignorant. If the soul and intellect are cleansed and purified by (higher spiritual) knowledge, then their impurity and filth lies in ignorance."
(Source: Fruit of Paradise, pp. 110-111)
"It is well known to all that where the level of (spiritual) knowledge is higher, there the true knowledge manifests according to that standard. Another condition of this (higher spiritual) knowledge is humility and abundant dhikr and bandagi. By being inebriated with zeal of (spiritual) knowledge and listening attentively, one can create that magnetism for the manifestation of knowledge (in the form of light)."
(Source: Sublime Realities, p. 3)
Prayer Card for the Well-being and Health of the Whole Noorani Family
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:
Let us recite angelic salwats to invoke Divine grace and mercy.
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad:
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!
Ya Ali, Ya NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, 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, tayid, Golden Jubilee and Golden Noorani Didars,
August 11, 2008
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