"Then those who believe in him, and honour him, and help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him: they are the successful." — Holy Qur'an 7:157
:: Enlightenment Norm #29 :: Recognition of the Light of the Imam - 1 ::
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad! Let us first reflect on following extract of Pir Shihabu'd-din Shah Al-Hussaini from his book 'True Meaning of Religion' on the topic of 'itrat (Close relatives) and relate it to the theme of 'Recognition of the Light of the Imam':
"Muhammad and 'Ali both were manifestations of one and the same Divine Light*, but they came in two different persons (libas,–dress) in order to uphold each other's mission amongst humans, and in order to introduce each other to the people. However, the people did not recognize them. Salman Farsi said in Persian, on the day when Abu Bakr was in appearance (zahir) elected as a caliph: 'kardid–na-kardid,' i.e., 'you have done this, and yet you have not done it.' He meant that they had appointed a lieutenant to the Prophet, and yet, in reality, nothing had been done. But this is a long story, O, God!
The holy Light which manifested in Muhammad and 'Ali continued in the world through Fatima, in her sons, Hasan and Husayn, and no power in the world can extinguish this Light. It is said (Holy Qur'an 9:32): 'they wanted to extinguish the Light of God, but God brings His light through, to the end,' i.e., to the completion of its mission.
Even if traitors and apostates dislike this, how can this Light disappear from the world? Or how should it return to its Source without accomplishing what it was destined to accomplish?
Therefore those people who are born later, what have they to do, and whom have they to follow, so as not to stray from the right path? And even if they do not recognize it, and wantonly go on a wrong path, God, nevertheless, has to manifest a Guide (hujjat), who should be with them."
(Pir Shihabu'd-din Shah Al-Hussaini, p.25)
*Please note that the unity of Allah, Ali and Muhammad occurs at the level of LIGHT (NOOR). There is only ONE Noor which has to complete its mission. In all previous postings, the word NOOR has been used with great care because these instructions are from the level of LIGHT. Hence, the name, Enlightenment Norm posts. Al-Hamdulillah!
May our beloved Imam NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini (a.s.) grant you, your family, your Jamat and the worldwide Jamat luminous (noorani) and spiritual (ruhani) tayid (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually, and may He grant you the inner vision of the Truth. Ameen.
Haizinda — Qayampaya
(Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)
Rakh Mowla je Noor te Yaqeen (Certainly, we trust in Mowla's Light only),