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"Allah guideth him who seeketh His good pleasure unto paths of peace. He bringeth them out of darkness unto light by His decree, and guideth them unto a straight path." — Holy Qur'an 5:16


:: Luminous Tasbi No. 28: Rabbi Zidni ilmaa ::

40 Dhikr Tasbi Project Day 28:
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Ya Ali Madad. Let us first declare our noble intentions which are listed below. You may add your own list after this. Then we will say the prayer for the day and angelic salwat.

Ya NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam, we pray for:

  1. Mushkil Asaan for the global Jamat
  2. Material, spiritual & intellectual upliftment of the global Jamat
  3. Salvation of all departed souls
  4. Peace for the whole humanity
  5. (Add your personal list here, if you wish)


Knowledge Section

Let us first read an ayat from the Holy Qur'an where Allah teaches the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) to seek an increase in knowledge:

English Translation
Fata-'aalallahul-Malikul-Haqq! Wa laa ta'-jal bil-qur'aani min-qabli 'anyyuqzaaa ilayka wahyuh: wa qur-Rabbi zidnii 'ilmaa. (20:114) Say (O' Our Apostle Muhammad!) High 1394 above all is God, the King, the (Self-Existent) Truth; And hasten not (O' Our Apostle Muhammad!) with the Qur'an ere its completion unto thee its revelation, and say thou: My Lord ! Increase me in knowledge! (20:114)

Here is an excerpt from footnote 1394 (p.988) of S. V. Mir Ahmed Ali's translation of the Holy Qu'ran, which explains the above ayat:

This verse makes is quite clear that the matter of the whole of the Holy Qur'an was already in the heart of the Holy Prophet even before it was revealed to him gradually. Here, God desires the Holy Prophet to follow the order of the revelation and to disclose it as it was revealed to him by Angel Gabriel. (p.988)

Satisfaction versus Search for True Knowledge
(Source: Ibn al-'Arabi's Metaphysics of Imagination: The Sufi Path of Knowledge by William C. Chittick, State University of New York Press, 1989)

Chittick writes: In the following passage, Ibn al-'Arabi is discussing the station (maqam) of "satisfaction" (rida), which he, like other Muslims, recognizes as an important character trait that must be developed in the path of spiritual growth. But he points out that satisfaction is not always desirable, especially in the matter of [true] knowledge. (p.104)

"For the exoterics abandoning satisfaction is a stain. For the Folk of finding God, it is a sign of having realized the Entity of their Creator, in respect of the fact that in Him they are obliterated and affirmed ...

God is much vaster than that a person should be satisfied with the little of what comes from Him. Rather, one should be satisfied with Him, but not with what comes from Him, since satisfaction with what comes from Him cuts off the Men from their aspirations (himma). God commands His Prophet with His word, "Say: 'My Lord, increase me in knowledge!' " (20:114), even though he had actualized the knowledge of the "ancient and the later folk" and had been given "the all-comprehensive words". So there is nothing too great to be sought from God, since that which is sought from Him is infinite and hence has no end where we should come to a halt. So make your seeking of increase vast, if you are among those who know God! And since the vastness of the possible things accepts no finitude [i.e., limit], what do you suppose about the Divine Vastness? (II 213.23)

That which is past never returns, since were it to return, something in existence would repeat itself, but there is no repetition, because of Divine Vastness. (II 185.27)" (pp.104-105)

In this enlightenment post, we have learned on how God casted His Light into the heart of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.). The door of Prophethood closed with the passing to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.), however the door to "God-given" knowledge, ('ilm-ladunni), is open to everyone. In order to be gifted with this knowledge, we have to develop capacity within ourselves because Light is given according to one's capacity to absorb and bear it. The Light comes through our soul, which has a capacity to extend laterally. Symbolically, the soul can expand from the size of a small pond, to a lake, to a great lake, to an ocean, to several oceans, and can encompass the whole creation as it did for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.). We have to assess our own capacity and increase it immensely in order to be truly enlightened!

The Dhikr of 'Rabbi Zidni Ilmaa'

The highest form of knowledge is light so let us recite this dhikr 'Rabbi zidni ilmaa' with utmost humility and tenderness of the heart. Let this dhikr ring in our spiritual hearts and create an aspiration to actualize the Light of the Holy Ahlul-Bait and Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam. May our spiritual hearts get filled with this NOOR and nothing else. Ameen. The lyrics for the 40 beads are given below:

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Rabbi zidni ilmaa
My Lord, increase me in knowledge!

Recited by Noorallah Juma

Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!


Anchor Tasbi

Let us now start presenting a nazrana of at least 101 salwats or continuous salwat for 3 to 5 minutes to our beloved NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam for blessings, guidance and empowerment for the fulfillment of our noble wishes.

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

33 beads recited by Noorallah Juma


101 beads recited by Noorallah Juma

Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!


Global Prayers and Three Grand Aspirations
Through the barakat of recitation of dhikr tasbis and angelic salwat by many individuals of the global Jamat, O Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam, bless the global Jamat with:

  1. Spiritual and luminous tayid (help) to advance materially, spiritually and intellectually;
  2. Sunshine in our spiritual hearts and actualization of the inner vision of the Truth;
  3. Empowerment to present a Material Nazrana of time, knowledge and financial resources;
  4. Empowerment to present a Spiritual Nazrana in the form of a pure heart which is in a state of constant dhikr; and
  5. Empowerment to present a Luminous Nazrana in the form of a sound heart (qalb-i salim) which is in a state of constant dhikr and enlightenment.


Haizinda — Qayampaya
(Our Present Imam is Living and His NOOR is Eternal)


Forty Dhikr Tasbis With Explanation