Life – An Exalted Destiny – Aga Khan III

Life - An Exalted Destiny - Aga Khan III Life is a great and noble calling; not a mean and grovelling thing to be shuffled through as best as we can, but a lofty and exalted destiny.

Layla tul Qadr – The Night of Power and Destiny | Ismaili Web Amaana

Layla tul Qadr – The Night of Power – Amaana.org

Layla tul Qadr – The Night of Power and Destiny | Ismaili Web Amaana.

On this blessed Night of Power, on Saturday July 19, 2014, Ramadan 23, 1435, let us strive to earn the Grace of our Lord and receive the Baraqah (blessings) to receive the Light and the Peace, Ameen, so we can know ourselves and know our Lord! This Maarifa – spiritual knowledge, gnosis, is the goal of every believer and we have a Living Guide to help us!

On the Night of Power, power belongs to us

So long as the form of the Beloved’s image is with us,
for us the whole of life is a joyful parade.

Where friends unite together, there in the midst of the house,
by Allah, is a spreading plain;

And where the heart’s desire comes true,
there one thorn is better than a thousand dates.

When we are sleeping at the head of the Beloved’s lane,
our pillow and blankets are the Pleiades;

When we are twisted into the tip of the Beloved’s tress
on the Night of Power*, power belongs to us.

When the reflection of His beauty shines forth,
mountain land and earth are silk and brocade.

When we ask of the breeze the scent of Him,
in the breeze is the echo of lute and reed-pipe.

When we write His name in the dust,
every particle of dust is a dark-eyed houri.

We chant a spell of Him over the fire;
thereby the raging fire becomes water-cool.

Why shall I tell a long tale? For when we mention
His name to non-being too, it increases being.

That subtlety in which Love is contained
is fuller of pith than a thousand walnuts.

That instant when Love showed its face,
all these things vanished from the midst.

Silence! For the sealing has been completed;
the totality of desire is God Most High.

* The Night of Power (see Koran 97:1) was the night (of Ramadan) on which the Koran was first revealed; see Nicholson on Math. II:2935.

Ghazal No. 364 from the Divan-e Shams-i Tabrizi,
translated by A.J. Arberry, “Mystical Poems of Rumi,” 1968.

 

 

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Quran, 13:28

ألا بِذِكْرِ اللهِ تَطمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

“Verily! In the remembrance of Allah do hearts find contentment.” - Quran, 13:28

Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad:

‘Ali is ‘as my own soul’ (ka-nafsi).

He said to ‘Ali, ‘You are from me and I am from you (anta minni wa ana minka).’

‘Truly, ‘Ali is from me and I am from him (inna ‘Ali minni wa ana minhu), and he is the wali (patron/spiritual master) of every believer after me.’

Hazrat Ali

12. When some blessings come to you, do not drive them away through thanklessness.

13. He who is deserted by friends and relatives will often find help and sympathy from strangers.

Imam Ali Sayings

Imam Jaffer Sadiq

لاَ يَكُونُ شَيْءٌ فِي اْلاَرْضِ وَلا فِي السَّمَاءِ إِلاَّ بِهذِهِ الْخِصَالِ السَّبْعِ: بِمَشيئَةٍ وَ إِرادَةٍ وَقَدَرٍ وَقَضَاءٍ وَ إِذْنٍ وَكِتابٍ وَأَجَلٍ. فَمَنْ زَعَمَ أَنَّهُ يَقْدِرُ عَلى نَقْضٍ وَاحِدَةٍ، فَقَدْ كَفَرَ.

“Nothing occurs in this earth and in the heaven except with the following seven stages: Will, intention, destiny, decree, permission, book and implementation. Then whoever thinks that he can reduce any of these stages, then indeed he has disbelieved.”

- Imam Jaffer Sadiq, Usul al Kafi, vol. 1, p. 149

Rumi on Ramadan

The month of fasting has come, the emperor’s banner has arrived; withhold your hand from food, the spirit’s table has arrived. The soul has escaped from separation and bound nature’s hands; the heart of error is defeated, the army of faith has arrived. Fasting is our sacrifice, it is the life of our soul; let us sacrifice all our body, since the soul has arrived as guest. Fortitude is as a sweet cloud, wisdom rains from it, because it was in such a month of fortitude that the Koran arrived. …Wash your hands and your mouth, neither eat nor speak; seek that speech and that morsel which has come to the silent ones.

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