MIND MINTS THAT WILL REALLY FRESHEN UP YOUR MIND
AND ENLIGHTEN YOUR SOUL
AS FOR YOUR BODY
THERE ARE COUNTLESS LINING UP
THE WORLD IS FULL OF THEM
IF YOU JUST KEEP YOUR PURSE OPEN
Sunday, April 29, 2012
IMAN - A TRIBUTE ARTICLE
IMAN - A TRIBUTE ARTICLE TO SHZ: PROFESSOR HATIMBHAI SAHEB HAMIDUDDIN SAHEB
Today 8th Jumadil Akhar 1432 H Sunday 29th April 2012 a radiant personality of the Burhani Daur passed away at Mumbai. Khuda taala Huzurala Tus ne aap na Mansoos Tus, Sadaat Kiram, Qasre ali Sahebo ane tamam dawat na logo ne, mumineen ne Sabre jamile ataa karjo. (Ack: Zeninfosys)
On this sad day I recollect the I'lmi lecturers I was blessed to attend in the late 1980 during the kiyam sharif of late Shz: Saheb at Kolkata. The lectures were held at a Business Conference Hall at Clive Row, in the business district.
The lectures had a profound impact on me, and still to this day I recollect, walking back all the way home, reflecting on them, completely lost in thought, and feeling elated as I walked back all alone through the nearly empty business district, as the lectures were held late in the evening.
As a tribute to the glowing memory of late Shz: Saheb Professor Hatimbhai Saheb, I share with my readers, an article I had written during that period entitled IMAN based on his lectures.
IMAN is timeless and the word itself, is so full of meaning, that a single English word, can never do full justice. It is difficult to translate, well neigh impossible.
IMAN is part and parcel of a true devout mumin. In its very essence the heart and mind of Islam.
As stated earlier, as a single English word cannot do justice to the word IMAN , it is better and more appropriate to arrive at the meaning of IMAN by looking at the various aspects of the word.
IMAN when considered as a noun means 'divine faith'. It should be clarified that, it is not merely faith , or in a simpler term belief, but it is more than that, something more pure, something more spiritual, a thing a faith - that leads you, a true mumin to Eternity. IMAN makes you timeless in one sense.
From another angle, when IMAN when considered as an active noun implies that a devout mumin bears witness to the Truth ( the word Truth is more appropriate than fact) that there is no god but ALLAH and that Muhammad (SA) is his Messenger, his Rasul, that Maulana Ali (SA) is the Guardian, the undisputed custodian of Authority. A true mumin bears witness to the Truth in the Hour ( the Day of Judgement) Jannat and Jahannam are reality. The affirmations made each day in repeated recitation of 'tahiyyat'.
IMAN is also a system. It has different ranks, different groups, primarily not determined by wordl affluence, but only by quantum of divine and spiritual intelligence and piety. In the system of IMAN, there are two different ranks of mumineen.
1. Those having shortcomings - for them there is much to learn. They have to aspire for knowledge, only by which, they can make true progress in the realm of IMAN. Only clear thinking and the pursuit for the Truth will help them in reaching the higher status.
2. The higher status comprises of mumineen, who have acquired the correct knowledge by their untiring efforts and have strived to know the truth, or more precisely those that know Ta'wil - which means the origin of Truth.