Holy Ramadan Enlightenment Post No. 17 :: A Dā'ī Should Know the Exterior and the Interior

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

Ya Ali Madad and Ramadan Mubarak. The motivation for this 30-day project is to increase the intensity of prayers during the month of Holy Ramadan. For this purpose, 30 posts for each auspicious night of Holy Ramadan have been prepared. Each post consists of four parts:

  1. Enlightenment teachings from the Holy Qu'ran;
  2. Excerpt(s) from 'A Code of Conduct—A Treatise of the Etiquette of the Fatimid Ismaili Mission';
  3. A Dhikr tasbi; and
  4. Angelic salwat

Part 1: Enlightenment Teachings from the Holy Qu'ran

 

 

Part 2: An excerpt from 'A Code of Conduct—A Treatise of the Etiquette of the Fatimid Ismaili Mission'
In 'al-Risāla al-mūjaza al-kāfiya fī of Ahmad b.Ibrāhīm al-Naysbūrī has written the following gem:

"[§37] A dâ'î should know the exterior and the interior, legally and intellectually. God has said: 'Say: Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know; it is solely those who possess knowledge';47 and He said: 'Rather these are clear signs in the hearts of those endowed with knowledge';48 and He said: 'Is then he who guides to the truth more right to be followed; or is he who does not guide unless he is himself guided; how is it with you that you judge in this way?;49 and the Prophet said: 'There are four items which, should the mount be pressed so hard in going forward, it wears thin in exhaustion, and that would be of little account: Let the servant hope for nothing but his Lord; fear nothing except his own sins; the ignorant should not be ashamed of acquiring knowledge; and the learned person, when asked something he does not know, say, "I do not know."' Our master the Commander of Believers said: 'Half of knowledge for he who does not know is to say, "God alone knows", and if I came upon a youth belonging to our party who had not tried to acquire knowledge, I would myself see to his instruction.' It is as God says: 'If a group from each party were to remain aside to undertake studies in religion and to admonish their own people when they return to them perhaps they should become able to warn themselves.'50 If a dâ'î does not have this sort of knowledge, and someone questions him and opponents debate with him, they will defeat him and thus cause great harm, discord, disgrace and damage in the teaching."


(Source: Klemm, V. and Walker, P. E., A Code of Conduct—A Treatise of the Etiquette of the Fatimid Ismaili Mission, pp.50-51)

Footnotes

48. Qur'an, 29:49.

49. Qur'an, 10:35.

50. Qur'an, 9:122.

Part 3: Dhikr Tasbi
Let us perform the luminous dhikr of Noore Karim, Ya Rabb with utmost humility and tenderness of the heart.

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

Noore Karim, Ya Rabb
With the wasila of Noore Karim, I call upon the Lord (Rabb)

Recited by Noorallah Juma

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

 

Part 4: Angelic Salwat
Let us now start presenting a nazrana of angelic salwats to our beloved NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam for the fulfillment of our noble wishes. May our beloved Mowla continually keep us on the Right Path. Ameen.

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

Recited by Noorallah Juma

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

 

May NOOR Mowlana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazar Imam (a.s.) grant peace, prosperity, happiness, barakat, higher spiritual enlightenment, spiritual & luminous tayid (help) and empowerment to you, your family, your Jamat and the worldwide Jamat! Ameen.

Rakh Mowla je Noor te Yaqeen (Certainly, we trust in Mowla's Light only)

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

Your spiritual brother,
Noorallah Juma

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