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Updated: July 8, 2008
Imamat Day July 11, 2008! - 51 Glorious Years!
Mawlana Hazar Imam received an honorary law doctorate from National University of Ireland, Maynooth Photo: Maxwell
51st Imamat Day
Golden Jubilee Mubarak!
"He it is Who sent His Apostle with the guidance and the true religion that He may make it prevail over all the religions; and Allah is enough for a witness. Victory [48:28]"
"He has ordained for men the faith He has revealed to you and formerly enjoined on Noah and Abraham, on Moses and Jesus, saying: "Observe this Faith and be united in it" Quran 42:13 (The Faith is Islam! - Submission to the Will of God)
"O Messenger (Prophet), deliver to the people what has been revealed to you from your Lord and if you do not do so then you will not have delivered His message and Allah will protect you from the people. For God does not guide those who reject Faith." Ya 'ayyuhar Rasoolu ballig maa unzila ilayka mir-Rabbik. Wa illam taf'al famaa ballagta Risaa latah. Wallaahu ya'simuka minan naas. Innal'laaha laa yahdilqawmal kaafiriin. Quran 5:67
The foregoing verse was revealed to Prophet Muhammad in 632 A.C., before he called a halt at Ghadir Khumm, 3 months before his demise. The Prophet thence declared "'Man Kuntu Mawlahu fa haza Aliyun Mawlahu (audio)' - 'He of whomever I am the Master-Lord (Mawla), Ali is his Master-Lord (Mawla). Prophet Muhammad had been discoursing all the other revelations among the muslims regarding the tenets and practice of the faith and about material life, and what could this verse of surpassing urgency mean and why was he admonished that if he did not reveal that message then his mission would be unfulfilled! Why had he been warned so strongly by Allah to deliver the message right away.
According to Shia Muslim tradition, Prophet Muhammad had been apprehensive about declaring his own son-in-law and cousin Ali ibn Abu Talib, as his spiritual (Amirul Momineen, Commander of the believers) and secular (Caliph, King) heir, for fear that it would divide the nascent muslim community and in the above revelation God reassures him. Prophet Muhammad felt great relief upon accomplishment of his mission and thereupon received the final revelation: "This day have I perfected for you your religion and completed My favor on you and chosen for you Islam as a religion" Quran 5:3. Several verses in the Quran speak about the Light of God and Rope of Imamat which is a continuous chain (Hablillah) since Hazrat Adam, through all the Prophets including, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad and after him through the hereditary Imams. For further knowledge, refer to The Religion of My Ancestors by Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III
"Mann kunto Mowlahu fa-Aliyun Mowlahu" meaning, "He of whom I am Lord, Ali is also his Lord". He then added, "Ali is to me as Harun (Aaron) was to Musa (Moses)", and prayed, "O Allah! Be a friend of Ali's friends and a foe to his foes. Help those who help Ali and frustrate the hopes of those who betray Ali."
Audio files of Mann kunto Mowla
As Prophet Muhammad completed this message, Umar bin Khattab, (later the second Caliph of Islam) came before Hazrat Ali and said, "Congratulations to you, O the son of Abu Talib! You have become the Master of every male and female Momin." Saying this, he took the Baiyah, (Baiyat in Urdu and Gujarati) oath of allegiance, at Hazrat Ali's hand. Following Caliph Umar's example, all the Muslims, both men and women, made the Baiyah at Hazrat Ali's hand accompanied by great rejoicing.
This weighty declaration led to the revelation of the following verse that was recited by Prophet Muhammad in his last sermon: "This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favors upon you and chosen Islam as your religion." - [5:3] This event took place over 1400 years ago and Momins have great joy in their hearts as this unbroken chain of Imamat continues, Nooran Ala Noor (Light Upon Light), through prosperous and perilous periods in history.
"Surely Allah has bought of the believers their persons and their property for this, that they shall have the garden; they fight in Allah's way, so they slay and are slain; a promise which is binding on Him in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and the Quran; and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? Rejoice therefore in the pledge which you have made; and that is a mighty achievement." Quran 9.111
This year, we are celebrating the 51st anniversary of the Present Living Imam's accession to the seat of Imamat. The Glorious Golden Jubilee Year! Mashallah! He has given to his community and to humanity so much. Isn't it time we become his helpers? Then the Help of God will be even nearer!
"And those who are keepers of their trusts and their covenant,
And those who keep a guard on their prayers;
These are they who are the heirs,
Who shall inherit the Paradise; they shall abide therein." [Quran 23:8-11]
As an Ismaili, my wish for this Imamat Day is that more individuals of our time should take this pledge to heart and with faith, conviction, and righteous action, bring back to us the glory of our Fatimid times. On my Navroz page, I highlighted some of the vision of our beloved Imam regarding balancing spiritual and material life, and applying the daily principles of Islamic ethics in our life in the busy life in the West.
"O Prophet! Truly have we sent thee as a witness, a bearer of glad tidings and a warner and as one who invites to Allah's grace by His leave and as a lamp spreading light. Quran 33:45,46
As explained in my intro pages this Grace, this Lamp spreading Light is none other than the Living and Present Imam of our time, Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al Hussaini Hazar Imam. And as Ismailis, we are very fortunate indeed, to have been gifted with this unique opportunity to be called his spiritual children.
JEERE VAALAA DHANRE GHADDEE BY SAYYED MOHAMMED SHAAH jire vaalaa dhan re ghaddee jo din Sant padhaaryaa Ali mai taa din kee balee haaree re vaalaa ghar aa(n)gann maaraa pavitra keedhaa moro jeev janam sadhaaree re vaalaa dhan re ghaddee jo din Sant padhaaryaa....1 jire vaalaa - dear brothers balee haaree - offering, sacrifice sadhaaree(sudhaaree) - improve Dear brothers, happy and glorious was the momemt when the Saint(Guide) visited me. I offered sacrifices to Ali on that day. Brothers, this made my house and it's precinct holy and improved the condition of my soul (elevated it). Happy was the moment when the Saint (Guide) visited me. jire vaalaa jaan ajaan bhaye kirataar toh saadh sabhaa sukh kaaree re vaalaa paaras parshe, lohaa rang palatte to jag mag jot ujaaree re vaalaa dhan re ghaddee jo din Sant padhaaryaa....2 saadh - enlightened person sabhaa - gathering; (morning?) Dear brothers, knowingly and unknowingly, I embraced the Creator. In the company of the enlightened person I experienced peace and joy (was transformed). Brother this was in a manner of the philosopher's stone transforming the colour of iron. The twinkling and flashing of the Light uplifted (enlightened) my mind. Brother, happy was the moment when the Saint (Guide) visited me. jire vaalaa adham odhaarann Sant sadhaarann par aatmaa upakaaree re vaalaa vi(n)dit ved gaae gunn gitaa so akall purush avataaree re vaalaa dhan re ghaddee jo din Sant padhaaryaa....3 adham(adharmee) - irreligious, impious and sinful person odhaarann - to liberate akall - incomprehensible purush - male personality Dear brothers, He (the Guide) liberates the ignorant and sinful and improves the pious saints i.e., He elevates other souls. Brother, this is mentioned in the sacred literature and the Gita also sings about this virtue. This male personality (the Imaam) is indeed an incomprehensible manifestation.Brother, happy was the moment when the Saint (Guide) visited me. jire vaalaa Sant charann raj sureenar ichhe dharam raaha sardhaaree re vaalaa naav rupe jug taarann karannaa to bhav bhaye bhanjan haaree re vaalaa dhan re ghaddee jo din Sant padhaaryaa....4 charann raj - clay at the feet of dharam rahaa - the path of religion sardhaaree (sardaaree) - leadership naav rupe - in the form of a boat bhav - age, time bhay - fears, anxieties bhanjanhaar - remover of, breaker of Dear brothers, the pious momins desire even the clay at the feet of the Saint(Guide). He is indeed the leader of the Path of religion. Brother, in the form of a boat He takes us across the ocean(of material existence) and all the fears and anxieties of the age are removed under His protection. Brother, happy was the moment when the Saint(Guide) visited me. jire vaalaa or upaay nahi hay taran ko ye hay taranakee baaree re vaalaa chott na laage us Sant ku jamaddaa rahyaa jakh maareeyaa re vaalaa dhan re ghaddee jo din Sant padhaaryaa....5 or upaay - no other remedy jakh maareeyaa - to become powerless jamaddaa - agent of death Dear brothers, there is no other remedy for the salvation of your souls. This is the only means of crossing over(the ocean of material existence). The head of the saint is not burdened by the thoughts of death because the agent of death becomes powerless against the Light of the Guide which makes the person immortal. Brother, happy was the moment when the Saint (Guide) visited me. jire vaalaa hari gunn Sant sadaa sir more to jugaa jug sharann sadhaaree re vaalaa jaagyaa bhaagye gur soh dev bhettyaa to sayyed muhammed shaah karaaree re vaalaa dhan re ghaddee jo din Sant padhaaryaa....6 Dear brothers, the saintly person always bows his head (in aknowledgement) of the praises of the Lord. This self surrender to the higher will improves until immortality is achieved. Brothers, this happens when good fortune arises and you are embraced by the Light of Peer Sadardeen (the Guide). This is a (timeless) promise given by Sayyed Mohammed Shaah. Brother, happy was the moment when the Saint (Guide) visited me.
Ismaili Anthem - Nashid Al Imamah
Banai ho Aga Khan,
Mowlana Shah Karim,
Tum ho Sahebe-zaman.
Mushkil-kusha ke pyare,
Jannat-I-Khatoon ke tare,
Hasan Hussain-ke saare,
Noor-se ho khaandaan.
Panj-tan ke ho sartaaj,
Qaayam hai tera raaj ;
Joog joog jivo,
Muridon hai sab tere Gulam;
Sar jooka kar karte hai salaam.
Imamat Day is celebrated every year by Ismailis on the day that the Imamat transferred from the past Imam to the Present Living Imam. This anniversary is celebrated with great rejoicing by the followers of the Imam, for this is a unique occasion full of symbolism wherein the continuance of Allah's covenant is celebrated.
Allah has declared that His Light is everpresent and will remain a Guide until Judgement Day. In every Jomma, (period of Imamat) even though the previous Imam passes away, the believers rejoice at the appointment of the new, Living Imam as the Hablillah (Rope of Allah) continues.
"What Allah has ordained, will surely come to pass." [6:134]
This occasion is even more solemn as many events point to its importance. For example, Prophet Muhammad's birthday was also his death anniversary. For Shia Muslims, this was a further endorsement of the divinely ordained appointment of Hazrat Ali at Gadhir-e Khumm where Prophet Muhammad declared him as his successor.
"They rejoice on account of favor from Allah and (His) grace, and that Allah will not waste the reward of the believers." Quran 3.171
As Ismailis we are truly fortunate to have received this Grace over the centuries and we have been rejoicing this favor and that is why there is always a lot of Daandia Raas and dancing in our tradition!
Not only do we dance and rejoice at this occasion, we also go into deep meditation and Zikr (remembrance) of Allah for granting us this Grace. Our ultimate aim is to concentrate in Ibaadat (meditation in Allah's name), and sit in contemplation of the esoteric meaning of the Didaar, and aspire to become one with the One Who is above all else, Inshallah. Therefore, as we sit in Intezaar (awaiting) for his appearance, we invoke the Salawaat continuously, listen to the Ginans and Farmans (Orders of the Imam) to seek the path to enlightenment and directions our Spiritual Guide wants us to follow in our physical and spiritual lives. I hope that the few words I have presented on this page will move you to join in and to bring about His peace and unity on earth, Inshallah!
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