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Dedication

For you, who left your sandals behind in the Mount Sinai in order to fly in the kingdom of heaven.

برای تو که صندلهایت را در طور سینا جای گذاشتی تا در ملکوت الهی پرواز کنی.

 

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به یاد روح آفرین زندگی بخش
که هر جز جهان دارد از او نقش
به یاد عهد و پیمان الستی
به بیعت با ره یکتاپرستی
به یاد جان در تربت دمیده
که تار و پود انسان را تنیده

به یاد سجده اهل السماوات

به یاد سوره یاسین و صافات

به یاد لحظه های آشنایی

به یاد راه نیک روشنایی

به یاد توبه های ناب آدم

به هابیل اولین مظلوم عالم

به کشتی نشسته بر دل کوه

به یاد نوح و کشتیبانی نوح

به ابراهیم و آتش چون شود سرد

به کاری که نبی بت شکن کرد

 

به یاد هاجر جوینده ی آب

ز مروه تا صفا نالان و بیتاب

به آن لحظه که اسماعیل خندید

چو زمزم در کنارش میخروشید

سجده خورشید و ستاره و ماه

به یاد یوسف افتاده در چاه

به یاد دیدگان خفته از غم

به یعقوبی که در سوگ است و ماتم

شدند آن خفتگان آن روز بیدار

که شد زنده دلش از شوق دیدار

 

به یاد مریم و طفلی که در مهد

سخن گفت از کرامات خداوند

به یاد کوه ثور و غار حرا

به یاد جبرئیل و وحی و ندا

به یاد جمله من کنت مولاه

به اسرار نهفته در دل چاه

به یاد دختر از جور خسته

به اشک لاله ی پهلو شکسته

به یاد چشمه های خشک و تشنه

به خون حنجر زخمی ز دشنه

به مشک پاره و اشک دو دیده

تن بیجان و دستان بریده

به ایام و به شبهای اسارت

به گنج هفتم نسل طهارت

به میراث نهان از چشم خاکی

به یاد آرمانشهر آتی

به یاد صوت عرش و حق الیقین

به شور و شوق پیروان یمین

به یاد لحظه های یادگاری

به یاد خاطرات ماندگاری

 

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By the fig*

And by the olive

And by Mount Sinai

You have certainly created me in the best of stature.

 

                           *********


Angels told you: "Don't create Human.It will cause corruption in the world".

But I had not still been born so how could they prejudge me?!

Despite the complaints, you were determined and therefore, I was born.

"Peace be upon me on the day I was born, on the day I die, and on the day I shall be raised alive!"

 

 

You put me in a very great cradle. It was extremely white and bright and Holy Spirit rocked it with his fingertip. I was filled with delight and embraced by light.

Angels all came to see me. They were amazed that I was born without parents!

But you kept silent and then I talked in the cradle. Suddenly, they uttered a loud exclamation of surprise.

And you, pleased with you work, said:

"So blessed is Allah, the best of creators".

How beautiful lovely those days were! Alas, how quickly they went by!

I had told you about my sad memories in exile; about the day when you banished me from your heavens and I was separated from you.

I had told you about my battles against my ownself. Everytime I fought myself, the pillars of Satan's palace started shaking. And I could hear its sound and Satan's wrathful shout.

Ah, what a time it was! I have many things to tell you. For narrating my memories, I need a long time, as long as the history of mankind!

Footnotes:

* Fig tree is very strong and resistant. It can grow in nutritionally poor soils and needs little water.

It has a high tolerance of bad situations. It can tolerate droughts, and grow in dry sunny areas and still remain productive.

When it recieves enough water, it cools the environment in hot places, creating a fresh and pleasant habitat for many animals that take shelter in its shade in the times of intense heat.

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In the court, I had no lawyer nor was there any witness who would testify to my innocence for angels never give any false testimony.

I said: "O God I will pay ransom, just forgive me!"

You agreed but the ransom was nothing other than proving my love and loyalty to you.

I had to remain loyal to you even in the most difficult situations. I had to love you not only in the moments of happiness and comfort but also when I was in trouble and when I was desperately upset. And this couldn't be realized in paradise.

You told me that for achieving something precious, I had to strive for it and try my best. For only in this way, would I know its real worth and try not to lose it.


You told me that if you had not accommodated me in paradise, I would have given some excuse for my disobedience and would have told that I would not commit sin if I were not in difficult conditions.

But now I didn't have any excuse.

The final decision of the court was this:

I had to be banished to a very distant place called "the earth".

I wept and begged forgiveness but you rejected me and cast me out of your heaven.

My wings were broken; one wing was broken by greed and the other by arrogance. You left me alone and terrified on the earth. Did you ask yourself how I could survive?! I was your favourite! How could you treat me like that?!

Everywhere I went, there was nothing but deep darkness. I was wandering around aimlessly and crazily until I saw the mirror of truth.

I loved mirrors! I supposed I would see an angel in it! But when I looked into the mirror, I saw Satan!

"No! No! I don't want to be Satan!" I broke the mirror and it smashed to one thousand pieces and then I saw one thousand Satans.

Oh, God! What did I do?! I broke the mirror of truth! I was guilty, certainly guilty, and had to be punished.

I put my head on the altar and waited for you; waited to feel the sharp blade of your knife on the back of my neck. But this was not the great sacrifice you wanted from me.

For many years, I wept and implored you to forgive me. Finally, I took a big decision:
I had to wake up from my slumber of egoism. I had to kill the devil within myself. That day was the Day of Stonning Satan. Death be upon Satan!

What a hard fight the battle against own's ownself was! In this fight, the winner was me; the loser was also me.

I killed myself and returned to you, exhausted from a hard battle, unable to say anything, even unable to cry. My wounds, themselves, were the sign of my loyalty to you.

O Lord! Will you accept this great sacrifice?!

It has been thousands of years that I have been away from you and my wounds will not heal until the day when I can meet you

And now, I see a light on the horizon, in the distance.

I am going there, towards the sun, towards the truth, where the Sacred Land is. I am going there barefoot*.

O Lord! Help me, lest I should deviate, lest I should go astray.

From the earth to the heavens, I proceed; I will start my journey towards infinity.

Footnotes:

* Indeed, I am your Lord, so remove your sandals. Indeed, you are in the sacred valley of Tuwa (surah Taha/ v. 12)

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به نام روح آفرین زندگی بخش
که هر جز جهان دارد از او نقش
به یاد عهد و پیمان الستی
به بیعت با ره یکتاپرستی
به یاد جان در تربت دمیده
که تار و پود انسان را تنیده

"Read in the Name of Your Lord Who Created You"

And you decided to create me. One morning, in the eternity, you began. You mixed the soil with the water, added the spirit and thereby created Human.


You, without paying attention to the complaints, chose me as your favourite and ordered everyone to prostrate himself before me. And I, filled with joy and pride, watched the huge crowd of prostrators.

You accommodated me in your paradise and how beautiful it was!

You ordered everyone to be at my service and take care of me lest any scratch, though very small, should appear on my face; lest I should feel a slight tinge of sadness.

By the way, did I know what grief was?! I lived happily in your paradise and didn't know the meaning of trouble and hardship, grief and distress. I didnt know that I had a jealous enemy who couldnt tolerate me being joyful and happy.

He- your curse be upon him- was called Satan. He knew that I was an inexprienced naive person and could easily be deceived.

So he began...and finally deceived me and then, you got angry. In paradise, you had given me everything but I was driven by greed and disobeyed you.

On that day, I was summoned to the court. In the court, you reprimanded me. And I had no excuse. I was extremely frightened. I had never seen your wrath!

...

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st.0

Left alone in the dark desert of ignorance,

With wings, one broken by greed the other by arrogance,

Do you wish for deliverance?

The gates of the heavens are always open to you,

You just need two rebuilt wings, strong enough and new.

O you lost in the complete dark,

You can be Noah the owner of the salvation Ark,

The mountains and the birds will sing praises with you*,

Just get up and build two wings for yourself, strong enough and new.

 

*surah34/v.10


ای رها شده در بیابان ظلمت و تنهایی

بالی شکسته ز شدت کبر

بالی شکسته ز فرط آزمندی

دروازه های آسمان همواره به رویت باز

برخیز و بالهایت را ز نو بساز

ای ماه بی پناه افتاده در اعماق چاه

ای کودک سپرده به امواج رود نیل

لحظه ای گمگشته در برهوت

لحظه ای گرفتار در دل حوت

خسته و بیتاب, نالان و پریشان در پی آب


کوه ها و پرندگان با تو هم آواز

برخیز و بالهایت را ز نو بساز

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In Bait-al Ma'mur, Azazil-later called Iblis-sitting on a white minbar and holding a tasbih in his hands, was preaching for a crowd of angels and other residents of empyrean. He was deeply happy and proud to see that he had such a special superior status and that the angels listened to him with great interest.

After he finished his sermon, angels started asking him theological questions and he answered with full confidence. One of the angels asked:

O God's beloved, we have worshipping God the Almighty for hundreds of years but we have not achieved a status as high as yours. Tell us, please, the secret behind your success in rising to this enormous  dignity and supereminence.

Azazil, pleased to hear such a joyful acknowledgement but unaware of that what he thought and what he uttered would put him in a difficult imminent test, smiled and replied: "My friends! Listen to me carefully: I don't deserve the status I have been granted but let me reveal the secret behind my sucess to you.

Of course, I am not going to boast but to offer help to those who desire to approach our Lord and make him pleased.

Pure intentions! Friends! Pure intentions! Your problem is that you dont worship God purely for himself but you do it for the purpose of achieving a higher status. Such insincere worship is worthless and is never of any benefit to you.
Another important point is to avoid being arrogant for it is a major obstacle to...".

Azazil was preaching when suddenly he found some of the angels talking and not listening to him.

He shouted :"What is up?! Why are you making so much noise?!"

One of the angels said :"Sorry, sir! Our minds have been occupied with the recent news!"

Azazil asked: "the recent news?!"

The angel replied: "Yes. The news about a new unique creature which God the Almighty is going to create. It is said that no other creature will be equl to it and that God has special plans for this beloved creature-to-be".


Azazil, surprised at what he had just heared, was lost in thought for a few moments and then said:

"What a good wonderful news! Indeed, every decision our Lord takes, is wise and praiseworthy. Now, it is better to go and prepare yourselves for celebrating the birth of this welcome creature".

As the angels were leaving, the purple beads of tasbih, one by one, slipped from his lap and the stairs and scattered on the ground; the tasbih that had been pressed and torn among the fingers of its angry owner who tried to show himself happy and satisfied.

 

 

Footnotes:

1. Bait-al Ma'mur( بیت المعمور) is a place in 4th or 7th heaven. It is a Ka'ba for angels.

2. Tasbih( تسبیح) is a prayer beads.

3. Minbar(منبر) is a pulpit.

4. Azazil: عزازیل

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"To be alive is a horizontal movement from the cradle to the grave but living is a vertical movement from the earth to th Heaven.

Life is the infinite continuance of present moments.

Our mission in life is not to live without problems but to live with motivations" (Dr. Mahmoud Hessabi).

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             towards the Creator, the Lord

             to the celestial divine abode

         to the indefinite end of the world

                to the eternal Jannat-al Ma'va

               to the boundless Alam-e Kobra

              an endless journey, he starts

           for a superior world, he departs

                 from an earthly alam

                         An Adam

              (Read from down to up)

 

                                به سوی خالق یکتا

                         به سوی غایت دنیا

                 به سوی جنه المأوی

              به سوی عالم کبری

          به سوی عرش افلاکی

        شود راهی

     شود عازم

  از عالم خاکی

آدمی

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Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things (surah Noor/ V. 35).

He was about to leave. But before he did, he turned his face to me and said: Angels told me that they missed Human a lot. They are still awaiting you. What about you, Human? Do you still remember them?!

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That is why He censured them when they followed those they knew for a fact it was forbidden to accept their reports or consider them truthful in what they say, or to act based on what they instruct.   وكذلك عوام امتنا إذا عرفوا من فقهائهم الفسق الظاهر ، والعصبية الشديدة والتكالب على حطام الدنيا وحرامها ، وإهلاك من يتعصبون عليه إن كان لاصلاح أمره مستحقا ، وبالترفق بالبر والاحسان على من تعصبوا له ، وإن كان للاذلال والاهانة مستحقا فمن قلّد من عوامنا مثل هؤلاء الفقهاء، فهم مثل اليهود الذين ذمّهم الله تعالى بالتقليد لفسقة فقهائهم Likewise, the laity of our community, if they recognize signs of clear-cut Fisq from their scholars, extreme partisanship, their turning towards amassing the wealth of this world and its prohibited items, destroying the affair of the one they are biased against even though extending assistance to him is what is appropriate,  showing compassion, good-will and charity to the one they are biased towards even thought humiliating and chastising them is the appropriate response - then the one among our common people who follows such Fuqaha are like the Jews and those who are censured by Allah the Elevated because of their following of corrupt scholars. فأما من كان من الفقهاء صائناً لنفسه، حافظاً لدينه، مخالفاً لهواه، مطيعاً لأمر مولاه، فللعوام أن يقلدوه. وذلك لا يكون إلاّ بعض فقهاء الشيعة، لا جميعهم فان من يركب من القبائح و الفواحش مراكب فسقة فقهاء العامّة فلا تقبلوا منهم عنا شيئاً و لا كرامة لهم. 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