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J. The Charm and Significance of Ilm - Knowledge

Religious Knowledge is very important for human beings. Anyone who understands the meaning of Religion is great. Any Person having knowledge of Religion and guides other towards the right path, is the head of the group. A person without ILM (Knowledge) leads life like an animal. One can only realize the importance of learned teachers in their absence. Just as the Captain steers a ship safely, in the same manner, Teachers guide the people. Teachers are the leaders and they are able to show a right path to all their fellow beings. Teachers have studied Religious Scriptures which are revealed by the Almighty Allah. They are the fools who do not understand the value of Rubies. If by chance Rubies are received by fools, they would not retain the rubies with them. Also they are unknowlegeable of the value of the precious Rubies. When the learned teacher leaves the material world, ILM or Knowledge, disappears from there. A person who is ILMI (knowledgeable) can only re-enlighten the ILM (Knowledge) in the life of people. It is hard for a person to gain knowledge, if he does not have a sense of understanding in his heart and mind. Teachers are capable of leading those who are backward in their life. Just as the moon shines among the stars, teachers are the leaders that shine among the people. Stars are large in number but the moon however, is highly developed, and it shines brightly in the sky. In the same manner, teachers who guide the people shine among the people. Teachers are capable of swimming across the shore themselves but they can also take many people across with them. Ignorant people are unknowlegeable. They are like stones; they ruin themselves and take many lives to risk. The associates of ignorant people sink miserably.

Amir-ul Mominin Mowla Murtaza Ali (A.S.) says in His Holy Qalam Mubarak:

O Momins, always remember the Holy Prophet Mohammed (S.A.S.). Those who convey his Holy Messages and teachings to others are, no doubt, the friends and lovers of the Prophet (S.A.S.). They are the true friends of the Prophet (S.A.S.) since they always convey his teachings i .e. THE HOLY HADITHS to the people.

O Momins, follow also the Holy Messages - Firmans of the Prophet's (S.A.S.) successors. If you do, then you shall achieve great peace and happiness in life.

Amir-ul Mominin Mowla Murtaza Ali (A.S.) says in his Holy Qalam Mubarak:

O Momins, by reading the Holy Quran, the heart is enlightened. Momins feel happy by reading Holy Scriptures. Read the Holy Quran and understand the true meaning. Read always and you shall be emancipated from the worldly temptations. Temptations give great pains and dissatisfaction in one's heart.

O Momins, always read the Holy Quran and listen to the Holy Firmans of ALLAH. If you do not get an opportunity to listen to the Holy Firmans, then remember the Almighty ALLAH and His Prophet Rasul (S.A.S.) each and every moment. Holy Qalam is the remedy of pains of the heart. Read the Holy Qalams and you shall be cherished with happiness. By reading the Holy Qalam, your heart shall be filled with the DIVINE NOOR and it shall become Noorani. Lo! A totally dark, and unhappy heart will turn NOORANI. So quickly by reading and listening to the Holy QALAM Mubarak, you will be amazed to mark the difference. There is a remedy for all diseases and remedy for the unhappy heart in reading the Holy Qalam Mubarak regularly. Therefore O Momins, always read the Holy Qalam Mubarak and remember the Holy Qalams with love in your heart.

O Momins, the love of ALLAH shall enlighten your heart.

O Momins, whatever good literature of Religion you read, it should be remembered by the heart. Anything that is written in the Book stays in the Book. One can only answer the subject matter of the Book if the heart already does it. You might even forget what was spoken by you, but you can soon remember what is treasured in the heart. Those who have faith in the heart can achieve salvation, but those who keep faith merely by tongue, shall positively go to HELL. The AA'LIM: If a teacher commits a small sin, it is considered as a major mistake, because the AA'LIM shows the path to others. Therefore, he is not supposed to commit sins. Those who are knowledgeable should be very careful in their life and should try not to commit SINS. AA'LIM -Teachers are just like MILK. Milk can be spoiled soon. Therefore teachers have to be more careful in their daily life not to commit sins as far as possible.

Amir-ul Mominin Mowla Murtaza Ali (A.S.) says in His Holy Qalam Mubarak: Teachers and Preachers are always admiring ILM (Knowledge) and they reach out to the people. However, if they boast of their ILM (Knowledge), they would in fact be abusing it. By boasting about their knowledge they apparently cannot become superior. Those who are truly knowlegeble will always say, I know very little of ILM (Knowledge)". Such a fine virtue is well honoured and dignified by the ALMIGHTY ALLAH in both the worlds. In order to glorify themselves, some people wear super dresses and big decorated turbans. Others adopt DARWISH dresses to exhibit themselves and feel proud and arrogant. To boast with arrogance of ILM Knowledge is unworthy. It would sound better if one will say “My father was great” and exhibit himself humbly in the societies.

Amir-ul Mominin Mowla Murtaza Ali (A.S.) says in His Holy Qa1am Mubarak:

O Momins, what is ILM -KNOWLEDGE. Anyone who has ILM knowledge has overcome MAHADAN. A great day -the day of Judgement is overcome by him. His soul will be freed and he shall not have to give an account because the bright light of ILM Knowledge is already enlightened in his heart.

Amir-ul Mominin Mowla Murtaza A1i (A.S.) says in His Holy Qalam Mubarak:

O Momins, remember it is the great day of all days and that is the MAHADAN, The Day of Judgement. It is on this day your father and mother, your brother and sister shall run away far from you. Even your son and your wife will not come near you. Therefore, Momins, True AA'LIM teachers remain strictly 'PARHEZGAR' devoted to the principals of Religion and as a result of this PARHEZGARI, they are graced by the AL-MIGHTY ALLAH.

O Momins, The teachers have a treasure of knowledge and people can learn the True Path from them.Therefore, teachers and preachers should not become arrogant but they should always have humility in their lives. Because they know the secret of the right path, they can see better and they should therefore go on that safe path and guide their fellow beings to follow the same right path. It means the teachers and preachers should follow the right path and direct their fellow beings to follow in the same manner.

Amir-ul Mominin Mowla Murtaza Ali (A.S.) says in His Holy Qalam Mubarak:

O Momins, where your elders meet for important discussions, such meetings and the conferences are the FORTS of the life. If you come across the information of private conferences, DO NOT TAKE ELSEWHERE ABOUT IT TO ANY BODY. Remember, this is very important teaching. These are the Holy Qalam Mubarak of "SAHEB-E-ISRAR" -The Knowledgeable of all mysteries of creation Amir-ul Mominin Mowla Murtaza Ali (A.S.). O Momins, Please say the Holy Salwat;

O Momins, if you are sensible and intelligent, do not talk about the private matters of meetings and conferences. Do not tell the secret matters to any body. ALMIGHTY ALLAH has created you as the' PERFECT MAN', therefore, remember, these most important teachings of Mowla. Also remember that all your secrets are as good as the most precious diamonds and Rubies. Do not pass them over to ignorant fools.

The HOLY word -ISM-E-AAZAM is Divine and it is the MARIFAT of the DIVINE NOOR OF ALLAH. ISM-E-AAZAM is Unique and the exceptional Holy Name of ALLAH. It is incompatable with any other good actions and/or deeds. Anyone who has taken ISM-E­ AAZAM and performed IBADAT BANDAGI well his IMAN shall always remain unshaken. The holy ISM-E-AAZAM is most graciously given to a few selected and deserving Momins and by IBADAT BANDAGI, the souls of the Momins shall positively become one with the NOOR of ALLAH - it is the origin and the final destination of the SOUL. Any person who will ignore the Holy ISM-E-AAZAM is bound to get lost in the Eternal world. The Holy ISM-E-AAZAM is the NOOR, THE DIVINE NOOR OF ALLAH and without the NOOR, the Light of ALLAH, the soul is bound to get lost.

Amir-ul Mominin Mowla Murtaza Ali (A.S.) says in His Holy Qalams: O Momins, LISTEN TO THIS HOLY QALAM MUBARAK. Remember the teachings of the Holy Qalam. These teachings are for the momins to whom MURSHID-E-QAMIL (Hazar Imam) has graciously given the Holy ISM-E-AAZAM.

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