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  LECTURES
 
 
 
 
   
 
  Allaaho Noor us Samaawaate wal Arz: Allaah Ta'aala is the Noor of the Heavens and Earth (24-35)
   
 
   
   
 
 

Sky's charisma on Land 

 

The soul is from the sky-heavens and the physical body belongs to the land-earth. When the soul returns back to from where it had come, it attains peace and spiritual progress. Similarly the body attains peace after its death only when the soul residing in it attains success and salvation. Success and salvation is attained only after going through tough efforts, trials and grievous situations. Our souls are at its peak when we accept the fact that, Rasoollullaah (saws) is the sole master of the sky and Ameer ul Mumineen Maulaana ‘Ali (as) is the sole master of the land. Sky is Zaahir-open whereas land is Baatin-closed.

Just as a prophet trains and teaches his successor, in a similar way the Sky with all its Treasures and strengths bestows teachings to the land which is lying below it. A successor follow and accompany his master-prophet in all his motives and undertakings, similarly even smallest part of the land is influenced by the sky. Due to this influence of sky the land has hidden treasures in it just as Maulaana ‘Ali’s (as) chest had the treasure of Mohammad's (saws) knowledge and wisdom.

   
 
 

Land as a grave...

 

Since millions of years the life cycle of birth and death is going on. This shall continue till the day of judgement arrives. What happens to the body after death? The body decomposes and becomes a part of the soil from where it has originated and took nourishment. That same person will be Reborn from the same land as per his faith, intentions, deeds and services. No doubt all the processes of the Land revolving round the Birth and Death are connected to the glorious Sky.

The graves which we see presently either in the graveyard or somewhere isolated are not the only ones. But since many many years people are being buried in this land which then becomes a part of the sand-soil or sometimes spread across vast distances through wind and water. It may be possible that the remains of one dead body are spread over millions of kilometers in tiny particles may be atoms in different forms and figures. As time passes these particles may then derive different forms of nature so that they may be blessed by Allaah and may be Reborn as a human in this world with the same Soul and Body.

   
 
 

Sky is achieved by the intercession of the Land!

 

Human being belongs to this land. During his worldly life he derives and decides about everything on the land where he spends his material and temporary life. After his death the soul returns back to the place from where it had come. Just as the body needs food for its sustenance similarly the soul needs true knowledge to keep itself fresh and fit for the ascension in Da’wah. Only then the soul shall reach its correct place or else it will be lost between the heavens and the earth.  It will be left cursed with no peaceful place to stay.

The soil, coal, rocks, magma etc. are formed by the decomposition of fossils/dead bodies taking place millions of years ago and this process is still going on. Thus in every part of the land be it higher or lower, covered by seas, deserts or forests, the remains of millions of dead bodies are hidden. So, it is haraam to taste any soil except the holy soil of Karbalaa (Khaak-e-Shifaa) at the shrine of Imaam Husain (as). Every part of the land is a grave, hidden or evident. In order to reach up to the sky it is necessary to go beneath the land. The journey to the skies is possible only with the partnership of the land. After death the land of Graves becomes an intercession to reach the lofty skies .Thus the soul Rises and the body Falls, the sky and the land take its own share.

   
 
 

The Sky nurtures the Land

 

Maulaana Ali Ameer ul Mumineen (as) is the master of the land. In every part of the land we can witness the radiance and charm of the sky, similarly the charisma of Rasoollullaah (saws) can be seen in Maulaana Ali (as).  The sky takes the help of the land in order to show its Zenith, glory and beauty. Only the true followers of Maulaana Ali (as) who are residing on Ali's land will be able to truly glorify the beauty of the sky i.e.  Rasool e Khudaa (saws). Every soul shall taste the bitterness of death. Land - the bosom of Ali (as) is for every person who dies on it. If his soul is pure then he will be made to a precious stone and will be guarded in palaces, or else his remains will just reduce into an ordinary stone with no value at all just like uncountable stones lying everywhere.

We are thankful to Allaah Ta’aala that, he has made us human beings who are the followers of our master Ali e ‘Aala (as). Since we are his true believers we have a strong Belief in the honor, reward and prosperity of the grave. A Grave has the capacity of preserving the bodily remains lying in it for centuries together. In a similar way, Maulaana Ali (as) has preserved every teachings of Rasoollullaah (saws) in his heart and among his true followers, Shi’ah. And these teachings along with the guidance of Maulaana Ali (as) will be carried forward among the Shi’ii-Isma’ili-Taiyebi generations till the Day of Judgement.

 
 
 

Grave-Qabr and Pulpit-Mimbar

 

Rasoolullaah (saws) has said that, "In between my grave and my pulpit, there is a mansion of heaven - garden of heaven. The concept of grave gives an allusion to Rasoolullaah (saws) and the concept of pulpit gives us an indication of his progeny-Aal; who will be the master of the Day of Judgment i.e. Maulaana Qaa'im ul Qiyaamah. All the rightly appointed Faatemi Imaams should be considered undoubtedly as the gardens of heaven in ta'weeli sense as every infallible Imaam in his spiritual capacity is a paradise himself. The person who holds a strong faith on the Faatemi-Taiyebi Imaams can be called a true mumin (believer) of the Alavi community.  Our faith on Imaam uz Zamaana itself makes us acquainted and connected with his intercession, hope, blessings and belief of grave.  The life of people other than these is such that though they are on land but are unaware of the reality of this land. Although they are living on the land of Graves but they do not love it and accept to respect it.

Just as there are very few who appreciate best things, thank for the bounties but there are many who are ignorant and disbelievers, similarly there are many many enemies of the grave and the faithful people like us who knows the importance of respecting it. These ignorant people are enemies of land - Ameer ul Mumineen Maulaana Ali (as). The land calls out, "O ignorant ! Where will you go if you ignore me? Who will accommodate you?"  Before you face death,  follow the righteous path. Or else who will accept you after your death? Here being righteous implies being respectful and affectionate towards Maulaana Ali (as). How can the fondness of grave be instilled in the hearts of those who mock at Maulaana Ali (as) being the successor and the descendant!!!  The recognition of the Darajah of Maulaana Ali (as) is directly related with the respect of Qabr-grave.

   
 
  Our Graveyard, a blessing from our Missionaries-Du'aat
 

It is because of the miraculous love of Rasoolullaah (saws) and his Aal e Athar that the Graves of a mumin (believer) take the form of palaces and gardens of the heaven. So how can the land which contains the Graves-bodily and earthly remains of our Alavi believers not be considered as the land of His light, grace and mercy! Surely that graveyard of mumineen is a glimpse of heaven on this earth.

300 years ago in 1140 AH our 33rd Da'i Saiyedna Mo'ayyaduddin Hebatullaah bin Saiyedna Ziyauddin saheb (aq) had purchased a piece of land from the then ruler of Baroda in Pratapnagar area. For four centuries nearly 12 generations that same land is a blessing for all of us today since our Alavi mumineen are buried here.  The land agreement documents on the mubaarak name of 33rd Da'i of this pious and precious place are well protected in the Da'wat treasure of His Holiness Saiyedna saheb (TUS). It is indeed a favour on us that the Du'aat-missionaries bought this land in which our mumineen are buried since years, thereby leaving a trace and legacy of they being a great and glorious progeny of Faatemi Imaams. This flourishing land not only contains the human remains but it is indeed transformed in a treasure of precious gemstones like ruby, sapphire, topaz etc.


At the time of our 33rd Da'i Saiyedna Mo'ayyaduddin Hebatullaah bin Saiyedna Ziyauddin saheb (aq), when he had purchased this land, Vadodara was not so big but a peaceful walled city surrounded by many water bodies (ponds & lakes). Mumineen at that time had to cross three lakes in order to reach Qabarastaan-graveyard and to bury their near ones. Neither Dabhoi road was there, nor the Pratapnagar railway station. As per 42nd Saiyedna saheb's  instructions before 75 years back various flower and fruit bearing trees were grown on this huge land to beautify it. The uncle of 33rd Da'i, 34th Da'i e Mutlaq Saiyedna Shehaabuddin saheb (aq) had willed to be buried at the eastward of this heavenly land. So on the intiqaal-demise of Saiyedna Shehaabuddin saheb (aq), his successor, 35th Da'i e Mutlaq Saiyedna Nuruddin saheb (aq) carried out this task very effectively and laid him to rest as per his will in this very graveyard and named it as "Jannat ul Mumineen", meaning the Paradise of the Believers. The reason behind this wish was that when mumineen would come to visit his Rawzah-shrine, they would get a complete view of the entire graveyard; they would also visit the grave of their near and dear ones;  the dead would be buried at different spots; and in this way the entire graveyard would flourish and frequented by mumineen easily all the time.

   
 
 

Assault on Grave

 

The Graves and its followers have been attacked since ages. Till today we are observing such attacks by the disbelievers of the realities in the grave; and it will increase manifold in near future worldwide in various manners and expressions. After the death of Rasoollullaah (saws), his enemies - the ones who did not obey the guardianship of Ameer ul Mumineen Maulaana Ali (as) became the supporters or perpetrators of the assault on Graves of the Imaams, missionaries-du’aat and believers-mumineen. This happened for centuries and will not subside till the Last Day.  To vent their anger against the truthfulness and nobility of Ahl ul Bayt (as), they started digging out the holy Graves whenever they found time favourable for mischief and dumped waste in it. This way the holy place of graves became a hotspot to carry out unholy tasks. The mistreating of the Graves had increased tremendously during the reign of Umayyads in Syria and then Abbasids in Baghdad.  But during the rule of our Faatemi Imaams in Cairo, those graves and shrines which were damaged or pulled down were rebuild with due respect.

Those who show enmity towards Da'i is indeed the enmity with Allaah and His Rasool, and this thing will break an oath (misaaq) and they will surely lose their faith.  Such disobedient people are always there against every Da’i of Ahl ul Bayt (as) and are present even in this age of robots and super computers.  Good faithful people could be distinguished because of such blotted lot. They are the enemies the basic principles of the Deen of Ahl ul Bayt (as).  They are the enemies of graves, intercession and doing Rusoomaat and asking blessings on the graves.  Neither they visit the holy shrine of Maulaana Imaam Husain (as) nor do they pay homage to our missionaries over here. They show a false pretence to be Alavi believers and roam around to misuse our holy Alavi mosques.  Actually they are afraid of their ignorance as they themselves don’t know where they stand.  It will be a futile attempt for a bumble bee to become a honey bee.  It can carry out only misleading acts to look like honey bee.  A true Alavi believer is the one who obeys and accept the guardianship of Maulaana Aadam Safiyullaah (as) till the present Da'i uz Zamaan (tus).

   
 
 

Helplessness of the apostate (Khaarji)

 

The apostate of our Faatemi Imaams and Du’aat stroll around in our Alavi graveyard occasionally without having any spiritual attachment with the mumineen buried there.  Just like Lost souls they enter the graveyard during the demise of a mu’min for the sake of show off and ill intention.  Their faces have become dark like the dwellers of hell or like street stones that can only hurt people. What is the need for them to enter the graveyard if they do not hold belief in them? Neither are they well wishers of the community, nor do they believe in our way of Prayer and Du’aa. They do not believe in Faatehah, Ziyaarat, Waseelah-intercession or praying for the departed soul's Mercy. Then there remains no question for them to enter our graveyard!!!  They defaulted and ditched our Alavi people principally.

The death of such Khaarjis is a hell-bound, hardship and hazard. Their soul is not accepted by the skies but meets the group of devils.  Their souls are as dried leaves detached from the tree and will never find any place of peace and acceptance.  Keeping company or association or trade with such people only leads to deceit, losses and destruction. They don’t fail to show their infidelity and vehemently disobey our various Shi’i-Taiyebi-Alavi customs such as majlis of Ahl ul Bayt (as) especially in Muharram and generally throughout the year, visit to the shrines of Faatemi Imaams-Du’aat, festival based food items-delicacies, prayer service-niyaaz-shireeni of the deceased, Eid-e-Ghadeer-e-Khumm, obligatory deeds of Ramazaan and offering Zakaat to Da’i, Ayyaam ul Beez etc.  Then why do they think of this graceful Alavi graveyard of our 33rd Da’i ul-Mutlaq Saiyedna Mo’ayyaduddin saheb (aq) when there is any demise in their family?  Why don’t they bury them in the other community’s graveyard that they had chosen after abandoning our Alavi community?  During their lifetime they go astray by going to other mosques and at death the fear of torment of Qabr gets hard in their minds and try to get back to our graveyard to find last minute salvation.  But this Satanic overturn will no way help them out.

By this it is proved that the apostate do not belong to any particular thought, faith or religion. They could neither be true followers of our Alavi community, nor of anybody else. If they have some shame left in them they should never return back to the community which they had abandoned. And if this is not the case then, maybe they don’t have true faith on themselves and they are really fooling themselves. It’s a straight forward rule that, “Either be a true Alavi follower or leave this community and  be a true follower of the religion of your choice. The freedom is yours.”  How can one who does not understand his own community, understand someone else's community setup and culture? He is searching for those treasures outside that are lying with himself in his own courtyard. Maulaana ‘Ali Ameer ul Mumineen (as) truely said that, “Either open both your eyes and be fully aware or close (shut) both of them but do not behave as if a monocle."

   
 
 

Which grave is a blissful garden and which is a cursed pit

 

The grave of a mu’min (believer) transforms to “RAUZATUM MIN RIYAAZ IL JANNAT” which means, a blissful garden of heaven. This occurs due to the true faith and love bestowed on Imaam uz  Zamaan (as).  The grave of an oppressor, disbeliever or apostate transforms to “HUFRATUM MIN HOFARIN NAAR” which means, one of the cursed pits of hell. That is due to the denial of the faith on Imaam uz Zamaan (as). The land is one and the same but the condition of the grave mainly depends upon the deeds of that person buried in it. From the day of the burial in grave till the day of Judgement the circumstances in the grave are unknown. Therefore a true mu’min will be aware of these unknown mysteries because of his devotion but an apostate being ignorant about it will spread disbelief and denial regarding that. Grave is a crucial test of faith and disbelief.

On entering a garden we experience peace and tranquillity. We get attached with the beautiful gift of Nature and the divine manifestation of Allaah Ta’aala.  In this temporary world if the final destination of human i.e. grave transforms into a garden then it is said that he has achieved biggest blessing. A pit is ultimately a pit. No one likes to be dumped into a pit. If the grave of an unfortunate one transforms into a pit then in spite of all his good deeds it turns to dust and rolls over in the air in the way of non-existence. His journey in this world becomes useless and worthless. All his wealth get converted into bitter punishment. We have embraced the holy bond of Da’i uz Zamaan Saiyedena Haatim Zakiyuddin Saheb (tus); hence we pray to you, “O Allaah Ta’aala, Bless our graves by eternal bounty of peace and allow us to visit the gardens of the Heaven.”

   
 
 
 
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