Piety (Taqwa) for the Holy Imam, the Speaking Qur’an and Jamat Khana is Necessary


“You should be aware of the fact that in Islam taqwa (piety, God-fearing) is extremely important, because it is the spirit of all worship (‘ibadat). In order to attain taqwa, one has to struggle a lot. But note the compassionate nature of the Signs of God (Sha’a’ri’llah) and that by respecting and revering them, one attains the piety of the heart (22:32). The pure personality of the Imam of the time, who is the speaking Qu’ran and Jama’at-khanah, are among the Signs of God, and therefore, reverence for them results in the piety of heart and is also itself piety. For one of them is the hidden or spiritual House of God and the other is His apparent or physical House.” (Source: Fruit of Paradise, pages 126-127)
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Real Inner Sacrifices


  1. Dhibh (1): That which is sacrificed
    “It is mentioned in verse (37:107): “And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice.” That is, Hazrat Isma’il was sacrificed spiritually instead of his external and physical sacrifice, which in many senses was greater than his physical sacrifice. He was sacrificed in the dream, his soul continued to be seized for several days in a wakeful state, he attained the rank of martyrdom in spiritual jihad and he was repeatedly sacrificed at the place of intellect as well.” (A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 356, p. 193)
  2. Dhibh (2): That which is sacrificed
    “Hazrat Ismail was the Permanent Imam and the asas. His intention and worship in the above-mentioned sacrifices were for God and their spiritual benefits were for the people. This is because the Imam, on behalf of God, is always present in this world so that he may accomplish for the people of the world, those useful deeds which they themselves are not able to do. An example of this is the spiritual sacrifice, which is not possible for everyone to accomplish.” (A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 357, p9. 193-194)
  3. Dhibh (3): That which is sacrificed
    Question: “How do the people of the world benefit from the inner sacrifices of the exalted Imam? Is there any such allusion in the Qur’an?”

    Answer: “The wisdom-filled allusion of the Qur’an says the Imam of the time is not only the Imam of the righteous (Imamu’l-muttaqin, 22:74), but the Imam of the people (Imamu’n-nas, 2:214) as well. However, the great difference is that, the door of (spiritual) knowledge and wisdom opens instantly (in this world) for the righteous, whereas for the masses it is closed in this world.” (A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 358, p. 194)

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Tawils of the word ‘Salmân’


  1. Salmân (A name) :

    It is said in a Hadith: “Salmân is from us, the ahl-i bayt.” This Hadith alludes to the fact that mu’mins of the first rank, male or female, can also be included in ahl-i bayt.”
    (Tawil 448, A Thousand Wisdoms, page 241)

  2. Salmân (Salmânu’-khayr) :

    1. Salmân was an exemplary mu’min of the time of Prophethood.
    2. Salmân is proof of the verse of the sound heart (26:89).
    3. He became one of the doors of paradise.
    4. The sacred light of holy ahl-i bayt had arisen in the personal world of Salmân.
    5. In the time of every Imam, some pure mu’mins (men and women) become like Salmân-i Fârsi.

    (Tawil 450, A Thousand Wisdoms, page 242)

  3. Salmân (Salmân as an ‘âlim of given knowledge) :

    When the Commander of the faithful Mawla Ali was asked about Salmân, he said: “He is given the first knowledge and the last knowledge, and that which he has, cannot be grasped.” (Tabaqât, IV, 85). The Imam also said: “He has the knowledge of the first ones and ths last ones.” (Sirat-i Salman, p. 155)
    (Tawil 452, A Thousand Wisdoms, page 243)


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The Holy Imams and Jama’at-khanahs are Lit by the Lamp of the Divine Light


It is said in verse (24:36): “(That light is lit) in houses which God has permitted to be exalted, and His name to be remembered therein. He is hallowed therein in the morning and in the evening.” By these houses are meant the Holy Imams and also the Jama’at-khanahs, in which is lit the lamp of Divine light, whose observation and recognition is certain.” (Source: Fruit of Paradise, page 122)

“… The jama’at-khanah is the place where the magnificent soul (i.e., light) of the Imam of the time works, to which the souls of all things come, for in the Imam-i mubin (manifest and speaking Imam) all the things of the universe are encompassed (36:12). These bright proofs about the eminence and blessings of Jama’at-khanah are enough for true mu’mins.” (Source: Fruit of Paradise, pages 124-125)

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Idd-ul-Adha: The Inner Meaning of the Sacrifice of Hazrat Ismail (a.s.) & Idd-e-Gaddir: A Time to Reflect on the Greatest Gift from the Holy Imam

The The Inner Meaning Of Idd-Ul-Adha And The Sacrifice Of Hazrat Ismail (A.S.)

 

“Dhahib: One who follows the path of religion

The path of religion is the progressive ladder of the order of nature which is the example of spiritual ladder as well as the example of straight path and the rope of God. The wisdom-filled allusion of it is that as long as the world of unity is far away there are only ranks on ranks: there are ranks of knowledge of the Qur’an, there are ranks in the deeds of Islam, there are ranks in the spiritual journey and proximity of God. Thus it is true that there are four major destinations of religion, namely, shari’at, tariqat, haqqikat and ma’rifat and it is also true that Hazrat Ibrahim went to his Lord walking from one destination to another on the path of religion.” (A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 355, pp. 192-193)

“Dhibh (1): That which is sacrificed

It is mentioned in verse (37:107): “And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice.” That is, Hazrat Isma’il was sacrificed spiritually instead of his external and physical sacrifice, which in many senses was greater than his physical sacrifice. He was sacrificed in the dream, his soul continued to be seized for several days in a wakeful state, he attained the rank of martyrdom in spiritual jihad and he was repeatedly sacrificed at the place of intellect as well.” (A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 356, p. 193)

“Dhibh (2): That which is sacrificed

Hazrat Ismail was the Permanent Imam and the asas. His intention and worship in the above-mentioned sacrifices were for God and their spiritual benefits were for the people. This is because the Imam, on behalf of God, is always present in this world so that he may accomplish for the people of the world, those useful deeds which they themselves are not able to do. An example of this is the spiritual sacrifice, which is not possible for everyone to accomplish.” (A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 357, p9. 193-194)

Dhibh (3): That which is sacrificed

Question: How do the people of the world benefit from the inner sacrifices of the exalted Imam? Is there any such allusion in the Qur’an?

 

Answer: The wisdom-filled allusion of the Qur’an says the Imam of the time is not only the Imam of the righteous (Imamu’l-muttaqin, 22:74), but the Imam of the people (Imamu’n-nas, 2:214) as well. However, the great difference is that, the door of (spiritual) knowledge and wisdom opens instantly (in this world) for the righteous, whereas for the masses it is closed in this world.” (A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 358, p. 194)

 

There is a ray of golden light in understanding the concept of spiritual death from the story of Hazrat Ismail (a.s.) for people who are on the path of tariqat and haqiqat. This can be described as follows:

“The Wise Qur’an is the Book of heavenly and Divine wisdom, in which all the injunctions which are apparent are for all, the common as well as the chosen people, but the injunctions which are hidden in wisdom-filled allusions are only for the chosen, as God says; “On no soul does God place a burden greater than it can bear.” (2:286). Thus, the Holy Qur’an indicates to the people of tariqat and haqiqat that they should experience spiritual death before the physical death and become enriched with the everlasting wealth of knowledge and recognition.” (Source: Manifestations of Wisdom, page 27)

 

Therefore, in my opinion, the clearest and the greatest lesson from Hazrat Ismail’s (a.s.) sacrifice can be described as follows:

 

Each one of us has to the sacrifice nafs-i amara (the commanding soul) with the practice of dhikr and bandagi so the doors to the spiritual and luminous worlds open up. Real success lies in making the inward journey from the physical world through the spiritual and luminous worlds into the world of oneness. This path also leads to the creation of Sunshine in one’s heart and a Golden Noorani Didar in one’s forehead.

 

(B) The Role Of Holy Imam In The World

 

Definition of Wilayat

“”Wilayat,” derived from wila’, means power, authority or a right of certain kind. In Shí’a theology, “wilayat” is the authority invested in the Prophet and the Ahlul Bayt as representatives of Almighty Allah on this earth.” (Source: Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi)

 

The Three stages of Religion

“It is related that the Prophet said: “I enjoin upon those of you who have faith in God and in me and have declared me to be truthful, the walayat of the Commander of the Faithful, Ali bin Abu Talib. For, truly, the devotion to him is devotion to me, a command my Lord has given me and a covenant which he has made with me and has ordered me to convey to you from Himself.” The greatest wisdom in this luminous teaching of the Holy Prophet is that belief in God and the Prophet is the first stage of religion, that affirmation of the Prophethood and Messengership is the second stage, and that affirmation of wilayat of Mawla Ali is the third stage.” (Fruit of Paradise, page 36)

 

Hazrat Ali (a.s.) Teaching: The Right of the Holy Imam and the Right of the Believers

” O people, I have a right over you and you have a right over me. As for your right over me, that is to counsel you, to pay you your dues fully, to teach you that you may not remain ignorant and instruct you in behaviourism that you may act upon. As of my right over you, it is the fulfillment of (the obligation of) allegiance, well-wishing in presence or in absence, response to when I call you and obedience when I order you.” [Source: Excerpt from Sermon 34, Najahul Balagha, page 167, Tahrike Tarsile Qur’an, 6th edition, 1996]

 

The Mechanism and Importance of Salwat

The verse (ayat) of the Holy Qur’an [Lo! Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation. (33:56)] indicates that the major entities which are involved in the execution of this prayer are: Allah, Angels, the Holy Prophet, the Holy Imams and believers. This mechanism of salwat is presented in the following diagram:

 

 

(C) The Mechanism To Enter The Luminosity Of The Imam And The Qur’an

The Importance of Divine Remembrance

“God says: “And he who is blind to the remembrance of God, We assign him a Satan who becomes his comrade.” (43:36). The pure Imam is the living Supreme Name (ism-i azam) of God and His luminous remembrance, because it is from him that mu’mins obtain the light of Divine remembrance, which rescues them from the clutches of Satan. For the Imam of the time is in the position of Ali and is the gate to the city of knowledge and wisdom.” (Fruit of Paradise, page 29)

 

“Dhikrukum: Your remembrance

See the blessed words of the verse (21:10): “Fihi dhikrukum”.

  • “In it is the exhortation for you”;
  • “In it is the remembrance of ism-i a’zam for you”; and
  • “In it is your own remembrance provided you are successful.”

When the Imam of time grants ism-i azam to one of his murids, it is certainly from the holy Qur’an. The purpose of the miraculous bridge of special ibadat (i.e., ibadat of ism-i azam) is that he or she may enter the luminosity of the Imam and the Qur’an.” (A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 363, p. 196-197)

 

In one of his teachings, NOOR Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.) has explained that through luminous prayer at a luminous time with a luminous word (bandagi with ism-i azam, the Supreme Name of God), a person can experience the merging of soul with God (fana fillah). In another place, he has explained that during the luminous prayer a person should focus on their ism-i azam (Supreme Name) to such an extent that they should not even be aware of their physical surroundings. In a third place, he has taught that one should die during meditation, i.e., one should be totally and fully immersed in the luminous prayer with the luminous word. Thus, through the Supreme Name (the luminous word), it is possible to go through the cycles of spiritual death and resurrection for the sake of spiritual enlightenment which will be given in the form of knowledge and recognition of higher realities.

The ism-i azam is the door to luminosity, therefore it is a treasure that should be constantly remembered. Here is a humble dhikr to emphasize this point. Let us pray to NOOR Mowlana Hazir to empower us to practice the luminous prayer at a luminous time with a luminous word, i.e., perform bandagi with ism-i azam, the Supreme Name of God, with a greater effort, strength and enthusiasm.

 

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Higher Spiritual Enlightenment

What is in the Spiritual Treasury of NOOR Mowlana Hazir Imam?
Ya Ali Madad. First of all, we would like to extend Didar Mubarak, Idd-e-Adha Mubarak, Salgirah Mubarak and Idd-e-Gaddir Mubarak to the global jamat. May the peace, barakat and Light flow into our personal worlds from our beloved Noor Mowlana Hazir Imam! Ameen.

On the occasion upcoming darbar in Paris, France in this extended Golden Jubilee year of our beloved NOOR Mowlana Hazir Imam, let us reflect on the following question:

What is in the Spiritual Treasury of NOOR Mowlana Hazir Imam?

In order to answer this question, I am going to use the concept of Ruh’l-Qudus (Holy Spirit):

What is Ruh’l-Qudus (Holy Spirit) from an Ismaili Point of View?

“The Holy Spirit literally means the sacred soul. It is the mazhar (locus of manifestation) of the Divine name quddus (the Holy). Therefore, the Holy Spirit itself is pure and keeps pure from all kinds of uncleanliness all those from whom, according to the Divine command, it manifests in the form of knowledge, wisdom, rectitude and guidance. This is the purport of the verse which is revealed about the pure ahl al-bayt (the Family of the Holy Prophet): “Indeed Allah wishes to remove (all kinds of) uncleanliness from you, O ahl al-bayt, and purify you as ought to be purified.” (33:33). Thus the ahl al-bayt are called “Five Holy Persons (panj tan-i pak)” because of this Holy Spirit. The purpose of God keeping them away from all kinds of uncleanliness is to grant them the lofty ranks of heavenly revelation and Divine knowledge and make them the model of mercy and means of guidance for the people of the world.” [Source: Pir Nasir-i Khusraw and Spirituality, p. 18]

Why is the Holy Imam Distinct and Unique?

“The distinction and unique position of the Holy Imam in the world of humanity is due to the Holy Spirit given to him, by which the soul necessarily remains pure. For, the Holy Spirit has all meanings of being pure and purifying. The Holy Spirit rests on the human or rational soul and therefore its center is above the centre of the rational soul, i.e., the forehead, which is the highest place in the human personality and is the place of manifestation of spiritual miracles.” [Source: What is Soul?, p. 2]

What is Haziratu’l-Quds?

“Literally it means the holy enclosure, and technically it means the domain of the First Intellect, the abode of ‘ibda (origination), the place of the secrets of pre-eternity (azal) and post-eternity (abad), the treasure of realities and recognitions, the fountainhead of the Light of lights, Paradise of the personal world and rank of the truth of certainty.” [Source: Rubies & Pearls, p. 115]

What is Haziratu’l-Quds from a Perspective of Azal and Abad?

“The recognition of everything is in abad or the sacred Sanctuary (haziratu’l-qudus) of the personal world, because there the universe of knowledge and wisdom is gathered together and enfolded in the hand of God. Thus, wherever abad (pre-eternity) is mentioned in the Qur’an, azal (post eternity) is also mentioned at the same place.

The sacred Sanctuary, i.e., the greatest treasure of secrets is in the light of the forehead of the manifest Imam, where God has gathered together all things related to knowledge, recognition and spirituality.” [Source: A Thousand Wisdoms, p. 25]

What can a True Mu’min get from the Spiritual Treasury of the Holy Imam?

“The same sacred light also arises in the forehead of the perfect arif for the sake of recognition. Thus, azal, abad and other realities are gathered together and centered in the enclosure of light of the forehead (of the arif or the true mumin). ” [Source: A Thousand Wisdoms, p. 25]

What Kind of Didar is Available to a True Mu’min from the Spiritual Treasury of the Holy Imam?

“A very useful question which compels every mu’min to reflect more and more on the sacred Hadith concerning nawafil (closeness to Allah), is: (i) When God becomes the ear of His closest servant, what can he hear? (ii) When He becomes his inner eye what scenes can he see? Is Divine vision (Noorani Didar) possible in such a case? (iii) When He becomes his hand, what kinds of acts can he accomplish? and (iv) When He becomes his foot, to what destination does he walk by it?” [Source: A Thousand Wisdoms, p. 467]

What are Practical Ways to Nurture our Spiritual Bond with Noor Mowlana Hazir Imam?

To prepare for Golden Noorani Didars and also strengthen our bond with Noor Mowlana Hazir Imam, let us practise our faith with conviction by attending Jamat Khana regularly, submitting dasond, saying three Duas on time, practising bandagi because it is a luminous prayer, reciting angelic salwats, performing abundant dhikr, performing volunteer service, balancing din and duniya, and accumulating material, spiritual and luminous nazranas in our personal worlds.

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The House of God is Full of Blessings and Guidance


In the verse (3:96), God says: “Verily, the first house set up for mankind is at Bakkah (Makkah), blessed and a guidance for the entire people of the world.” In this blessed verse, there are many wisdom-filled allusions.

The third allusion is that one of the meanings of the suggestive recitation of “Bakkah” is giryah-u zari, weeping and shedding tears. So its ta’willic implication is that the first house of spirituality is built for people from the shining tears of love of Mawla, which for the lovers of Mowla, is full of blessings and guidance.

The fourth allusion is that the Ka’bah, the Imam and the Jama’at-khanah are the House of God on one hand, and on the other hand, they are also the religious houses of the people, because blessings and guidance which are in these houses are for the sake of people, and their attribution to God is due to their being His special possessions.” (Source: Fruit of Paradise, page 122)

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Idd-e-Gaddir: A Time to Reflect on the Declaration of Imamat 2

Idd Mubarak on the occasion of Idd-e-Gaddir, the first Imamat Day of our first beloved Holy Imam, NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.). Let us now reflect on the following items:

Definition of Wilayat
“”Wilayat,” derived from wila’, means power, authority or a right of certain kind. In Shí’a theology, “wilayat” is the authority invested in the Prophet and the Ahlul Bayt as representatives of Almighty Allah on this earth.” (Source: Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi)

The Three stages of Religion
“It is related that the Prophet said: “I enjoin upon those of you who have faith in God and in me and have declared me to be truthful, the walayat of the Commander of the Faithful, Ali bin Abu Talib. For, truly, the devotion to him is devotion to me, a command my Lord has given me and a covenant which he has made with me and has ordered me to convey to you from Himself.” The greatest wisdom in this luminous teaching of the Holy Prophet is that belief in God and the Prophet is the first stage of religion, that affirmation of the Prophethood and Messengership is the second stage, and that affirmation of wilayat of Mawla Ali is the third stage.” (Fruit of Paradise, page 36)

The Importance of Divine Remembrance
“God says: “And he who is blind to the remembrance of God, We assign him a Satan who becomes his comrade.” (43:36). The pure Imam is the living Supreme Name (ism-i azam) of God and His luminous remembrance, because it is from him that mu’mins obtain the light of Divine remembrance, which rescues them from the clutches of Satan. For the Imam of the time is in the position of Ali and is the gate to the city of knowledge and wisdom.” (Fruit of Paradise, page 29)

The Mechanism and Importance of Salwat
The verse (ayat) of the Holy Qur’an [Lo! Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation. (33:56)] indicates that the major entities which are involved in the execution of this prayer are: Allah, Angels, the Holy Prophet, the Holy Imams and believers. This mechanism of salwat is presented in the following diagram:

According to the ahadith of the Holy Prophet, whenever the name of the Holy Prophet is recited, his family, his offspring and their successors are automatically invoked. According to the Ismaili Muslim constitution, the successors of the Holy Prophet are the Imams who are his direct descendants through Hazrat Mawlana Ali Amiru-l-Mu’minin (‘Alayhi-s-salam) and his daughter Hazrat Bibi Fatimat-az-Zahra, Khatun-i-Jannat (‘Alayhi-s-salam).

The question then arises: Are the blessings for the Prophet and the Imams or are they for the believers? The answer is given in the following verse of the Holy Quran:

“He it is who confers upon you His Blessings, and likewise do the Angels, that He may bring you forth from darkness (of infidelity) into the Light (of faith): and He is to believers All Merciful” (33:43)5


Huwallazii yusallii ‘alay-kum wa malaaaa-‘ikatuhuu liyukhrijakum-minaz – Zulumaati ‘ilan-Nuur: wa kaana bil-Mu’-miniina Rahiimaa.

At this point, let us pray:

  1. Ya NOOR Mowlana Hazir Imam, please forgive us for our mistakes, sins and oversights;
  2. Ya NOOR Mowlana Hazir Imam, we offer our gratitude by reciting salwat: Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (O Allah! Bestow Peace on Muhammad and his Descendants).
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Idd-e-Gaddir: A Time to Reflect on the Declaration of Imamat

Idd Mubarak on the occasion of Idd-e-Gaddir, the first Imamat Day of our first beloved Holy Imam, NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.). In the following except from Khutba 8, NOOR Mowlana Murtaza Ali (a.s.) has defined the achievements of Aal-a-Muhammad:

“We (Aal-a-Muhammad) guided you from obscurity of ignorance and infidelity towards the splendours of knowledge and religion; we raised the standards of your life and culture for you. Because of us you saw the lights of truth and wisdom and came out of the darkness of heathenism (uncivilized or unenlightened state) and depravity (moral corruption or degradation).” (Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Khutba of Hazrat Ali 8, p. 10)

I would like to add the following excerpt from Majlis 8: To Thank the Imam in Weal or Woe from Qazi Noaman’s Code of Conduct for the followers of Imam (pp. 51-55):

“Let us make a short survey of their favours on us. We were ignorant of everything and were spiritually dead. They brought us back to life and showed us the path of wisdom. We were blind, they gave us the eyes to see for ourselves what is right and what is wrong. We were groping in the dark, they showed us the light. We had lost the track, they showed us the way to salvation. We were lacking in knowledge, they gave us knowledge. We were falling in hell-fire, they picked us up and put us in the middle of righteous. In short, they gave done us the favours which we cannot count. They have given us all that is good in this world and the world to come.”

At this point, let us pray: Mowla, please forgive us for our mistakes, sins and oversights; Mowla, we offer our gratitude to you by reciting salwat: Allâhumâ salli alâ Muhammadin wa âle Muhammad (O Allah! Bestow Peace on Muhammad and his Descendants).

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Mu’mins will enter the Luminous House of God

Mu’mins will enter the Luminous House of God

“The Divine law is that the spiritual Masjid and luminous Jama’at-khanah has continued to be forever in the pure personality of the Prophet and the Imam. Hazrat Nuh has called this luminous house “my house (bayti)” (71:28) and the mu’mins who entered it were called “the people of the house (ahl-i bayt)”, for as the Qur’an says: “O my Lord, forgive me, my parents, and those who enter my (spiritual) house as (perfect) believers, and the believing men and believing women” (71:28). In this wisdom-filled prayer of Hazrat Nuh, the mu’mins are in two categories: those who had entered his luminous house (i.e. the House of God) due to their perfect faith and those who have still not been able to enter it.” (Source: Fruit of Paradise, pages 127-128)
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