Thursday, February 7, 2019

A ‘Luminous Moon’ over Tamil Nadu

Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam International has just published a new book entitled “Light-Giving Moon in Tamil Nadu”. Compiled and edited by Mukarram Naib Amir K. Saleem Saheb of the Tamil Nadu Jamaat, the comprehensive report provides a fascinating glimpse into a range of spiritual interactions, Jamaat programmes, and other humanitarian engagements that took place in the State during the historic visit of Imam- Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam Hadhrat Muhyi-ud-Din Al Khalifatullah Munir Ahmad Azim Saheb (atba) of Mauritius and the respected and honoured members of the holy family to India in November-December 2018.

The title of the Book “Light-Giving Moon” alludes to a glorious spiritual title vouchsafed to Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) in the early days of the Divine Manifestation. In the long, mystical tradition of Islam, ‘Qamaran Munira’ or the “Light-Giving Moon” is a profound spiritual concept, pointing to the exalted spiritual station of the Divine savants who follow, reflect and project the glorious Light of Muhammad (sa) for all humanity in their own times. In the Islamic tradition, perfect followers of the Muhammadan Light are people who aspire to cultivate a direct relationship with one’s Maker and live secluded behind the curtain of Divine intimacy. Such persons are blessed with the direct descent of Divine Knowledge, Divine Revelations, and Divine Words on their persons, and their supplications were/are almost always accepted. Such Divinely-imbued souls are the living exemplars of the Faith and as such, the true spiritual heirs of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa). Devout Muslims recognize them as the Pole Star of the Religion and the Way or as the ‘Luminous Moon’ of the Faith.

For close to two decades now, Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Saheb (atba) of Mauritius has been blessed with an abundance of Divine communications and spiritual messages, to a level and scale unheard of in the records of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya since the times of the Promised Massih Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) in the previous century. Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) proclaims that Allah (swt) has bestowed upon him several spiritual titles in this era- Khalifatullah; Mujaddid, Messiah; Muhyi-ud-Din, etc.- and that these spiritual titles point to his Divinely-inspired mission: of reclaiming and revitalizing the enduring message of Tawheed in this new century of the Islamic Era- thereby helping people appreciate the correct spiritual path; strengthening them morally and spiritually in these bewildering times. Like all men of God throughout history, Hadhrat Saheb (atba) preaches Divine Love. Sharing pure Divine messages coming from the Unseen, Hadhrat Saheb (atba) invites people to recognize the advent of his humble self in our midst as an Elect of God and consider the extraordinary possibility of acceding to the Divine countenance in this era as well by following his personal example.

Ever since the time Allah (swt) blessed them with the light of faith to recognize and accept His Messenger of the era and the formal establishment of the Sahih Al Islam community in the State, it has been an earnest wish of the Tamil disciples to meet with the Divinely-inspired and appointed Muhyi-ud-Din of this era. Alhamdulillah, it is this cherished spiritual wish of the sincere believers that has come to fruition with the visit of the Khalifatullah (atba) and the blessed family members. The journey of these blessed messengers took place despite several hurdles-including the devastating Cyclonic Storm Gaja that literally brought the State down on its knees- with the shadow of Divine help and special assistance, making every moment of the two- weeks stay in Tamil Nadu, a spiritually uplifting experience for all those who were in the circle of the Divine Manifestation during those days, Soumma Alhamdulillah. 

The mighty tasks and challenges of the Faith can only be shouldered by a blessed soul in communion with God Almighty and when people flock under him, seeking guidance and illumination on their individual and collective paths. Despite facing countless challenges and travails all through history, Islam always prevailed through the mighty help of the Divine on believing servants. The Divine Manifestation in this era offers the possibility of experiencing the shadow of Divine help and assistance for all servants of God who flock under the Elect of God and seek to further the cause of the Divine in this era. 

Through out the Tour, the Holy Founder of the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam sought to convey the essence of the sublime messages being vouchsafed to him from the Unseen through pious dreams, true visions and Divine revelations. Like all Divine servants who preceded him throughout Islamic history, Hadhrat Saheb (atba) urges people to embrace a life in awe of the Exalted Almighty, the unique and singular God through finding the beauty of equity and virtuosity in all spheres of everyday life; performing good deeds in service of fellow beings, regardless of their station and status in society. 

Hence, it is refreshing to note the diverse nature of the works of faith being performed out of spiritual conviction by the brothers of the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam in Tamil Nadu on a voluntary, personal and collective basis so as to establish Tawheed in this era and to bring about spiritual transformation in society through their sustained, internal engagement with, and propagation of, the Message of Allah in this era. Indeed, the brothers who participated in the programmes also understood that they are bearing witness to the blessed presence of a Divine Elect in this era, calling them/us to the straight and correct path of God.   

The Book is certainly an eye-opener for anyone who is interested in understanding the sprouting, and flourishing, of a spiritual community in our times; especially, one that is entirely based on claims of Divine Revelations and Divine Manifestations upon a humble and righteous soul in communion with his Lord. The sermons and special discourses given by Hadhrat Khalifatullah (atba) during the visit, usefully brought together here in one volume, would be of enormous interest to truth-seekers in the Divine Way as it offers profound insights on the spiritual life-world of an exceptionally- enlightened soul in our morally-darkened times. Most certainly, the Light of Allah emanating from this Luminous Moon will illumine the path of the Divine seekers in Tamil Nadu, India and beyond, Insha-Allah, Aameen.

To read the Book, click here