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Newsletter for August 2010
Z i a r a t-i-Imam
By Nasir Shamsi, Monroe, New Jersey
When I was a
small boy I once asked my father why did he, after every namaz,
point with his index finger in a direction while reciting
Salaam. His simple answer was: Son, we are what we are today
because of the supreme sacrifice of Imam Hussain, the grandson
of the Prophet. He gave away all he had in
May Allah's Blessings be on Muhammad and his Ahlul Bayt. They are models of excellence for men, women and children of Islam. The ziarat is of immense importance because through it we are reminded five times every day about our responsibility to carve our lives and build our character, in accordance with how these venerable leaders lived their lives. Ziarat is thus a continuous source of guidance and inspiration to the believer. It is truly an exercise in piety because it is a perpetual reminder of the beauty and excellence of Allah's ' Deen ', as reflected in the lives of these supreme leaders, who were models of excellence in human conduct.
When I say ' Assalamu alaika Ya Rasoolullah, asslamu alaika Ya Habibillah, asslamu alaika Ya Nabi Allah, while pointing in the direction of the ' Roza '--the grave of the Prophet, I feel as if we were standing in the presence of the Beloved of Allah (Mahboobe Khuda).
Assalamu alaika Ya Amirul Mumineen Ali ibne Abi Talib. This ziarat or salaam takes my mind to one of the holiest places, Najf-e Ashraf , that wonderful place that transmits light of ' Emaan ' to millions of believers around the world.
Assalmu alaika Ya Sayyedatunisa al- alimeen transports me in no time to the Jannatul Baqi'i. It also reminds us of the heartless atrocity of the Saudis who had desecrated the sanctity of the Baqi'i, by demolishing the shrines of the Prophet's beloved daughter as well as those of the other eminent personalities of early Islam.
These places are source of bliss and peace and spiritual enlightenment. I wish to share with the readers a personal experience that may bring comfort and re-assurance to many hearts.
Zamin Shah about 60 years of age, returned the following morning
to my office. He was holding the passport firmy and securely in
his two hands, with mixed expressions of happiness, gratitude
and impatience on his face. He told me that he was leaving
greatest surprise, the circumstances took a mysterious turn and
in less than six months only, I found myself
standing in the haram of the great Imam in Meshad, with my wife,
and our 3 years old son, Ali Imran. We had no earlier plans or
design to travel. But here we were standing at the Roza of the
Imam. Through a surprising chain of events, we were able to
embark on this most amazing journey. We left behind our twins,
our newborn sons, who were only ten months. I
still wonder how did we take this risk ! During this journey,
not only did we visit the Roza of Imam Raza at Mashad, but we
also were able to visit, by the Grace of Allah swt, the ziarats
How did it all happen ? I still wonder ! There is only one explanation. There is another dimension there; when we ask, it is heard. Allah swt is close to you, very close. " I am nearer to you than your jugular vein ", Allah says in Quran. He listens to your sincere prayers. He makes things happen in no time ( kun fa ya koon ), if you are sincere in asking. So turn to Him in total sincerity; He will grant it, in His Infinite Mercy.
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