There is an important difference between Rigueur and Rigor. it is a difference of concept. In French the word Rigueur includes the concept of "Droiture" and "Rectitude", in English the word rigor is is a very simple concept without the shade included in the French word and the translation would certainly not do justice to the strength of the word used by Hazar Imam.
As MHI came down he met the leaders in the receiving line.
He then came towards all of us. There were around 200 from Edmonton and Calgary leadership.
I was standing in the front row with Alia and Ali, my vice convenors.
He said a few things as he stopped at different intervals
He said thank you for coming to the airport.
I look forward to seeing you all. Blessings to you and your families.
When he passed me he said “many blessings “
He asked a lady if she was from Afghanistan and she said from Kabul mowla and he said I was right.
He said further down to make sure you play dandia raas and I mean it. And I will join you!
He also said to another group you guys must be on holidays. Should I come more often?
Just heading home, while sitting in dedaar, we made sure to go thru every family member and friend and asked that mowla accept everyone’s wishes. In his firman to us he was insistent that we pass his love and prayers to all of our family. He repeated this several times and even asked us if we will do so, to which we all answered out loud in response. So please know that he too was thinking of you all.
He was extremely extremely happy today and made his jamat smile. He gave blessings for all Ruhani members and prayers that their souls are at peace and that they are at complete peace. Also wanted to share something the mowla said he gave prayers to "live happy and in enjoyment. be happy and enjoy it"
We are so very blessed and convey Mubaraki to you all.
Hazar Imam was laughing and making jokes before madhana Chanta ceremony at westwinds khane.
Then he asked our NW mukhis how is Calgary economy doing.. Mukhi said it's been difficult so Imam told him you two need to do a case study to national council on this and if council bullys you tell them Imam told us to do it.
Then he walked quickly inside and did chanta ceremonies
First day of Diamond Jubilee Mulaqat In Calgary and the best way to describe the experience would be it was out of this world! Seeing our Imam full of sense of humor and in an extremely happy mood, made today’s event extremely memorable.
Personally, I was blessed to be part of the intezar program. A small part of what created a spiritual energy inside the BMO center where some 7000 murids eagerly awaited the arrival of the Hazar Imam. Our family was blessed to do other volunteer services at this Mulaqat.
This post is not meant to elaborate on the firman though the key emphasis can be touched upon which included: seek to help other jamats, build bridges with rest of the world, use integrity to build upon best practices, be competent, focus on education etc.
Our Mowla was clearly in great mood. After the ginan, ayats, qasids, zikr were completed the jamati mehmani was followed by Imam walking to the mic where he completed the firman with lots of blessings. And prayers for Mushkil Ahsaan.
He then did not return to his seat and started to walk down the steps, down the stage as if leaving us. This surprised not only the Mukhi and Kamadia’s ( who were still seated besides His chair ) but the Jamat in attendance as well. Even Alwaez had to dash to his mic to initiate farewell salwats and then to everyone’s pleasant surprise, mowlabapa turned around, gave eye contact to Mukhi Saheb and laughed as if he was just pulling a fast one on all of us like a jolly father would with his children. A prank? Phew!
He then got up the steps, up the stage, to take his seat again. This is hard to describe here, but you can feel the Imam was having happy moments with us. He completed the remaining rituals and returned to the mic. Get this .... he says the Mukhi said that would be all now but he will not obey the Mukhi and will continue with additional firman, so he can bless us over and over. Of course he was joking again and this time with body language and we all laughed. The firman got longer.
It truly felt like we are at a family meal and he is our mehman. Every mehman departs the host’s so that is inevitable but today was a happy farewell.
There was one place in his firman where we had to reply to him with a yes or no. He said he wanted to make sure we will share and take forward his blessings to our families world wide. Then asked you will do that for me? We said yes Khudavind!!
We have returned home very content and wish similar experiences for our brothers and sisters tomorrow and on Friday ( Edmonton Mulaqat ).
Please convey Imams happiness and blessings to your families as that is His Wish.
Just heading home, while sitting in dedaar, we made sure to go thru every family member and friend and asked that mowla accept everyone’s wishes. In his firman to us he was insistent that we pass his love and prayers to all of our family. He repeated this several times and even asked us if we will do so, to which we all answered out loud in response. So please know that he too was thinking of you all. He was extremely extremely happy today and made his jamat smile. He gave blessings for all Ruhani members and prayers that their souls are at peace and that they are at complete peace. Also wanted to share something the mowla said he gave prayers to "live happy and in enjoyment. be happy and enjoy it"
We are so very blessed and convey Mubaraki to you all.
On the second day of Mulaqat with the Calgary Jamat, something unusual in my experience happened. MHI made the Farman first before any of the other ceremonies - chain ceremony, recitation of the Qur'an, Ginans, Qasidas and Zikr. Usually the Farman is at the end!
MHI also told us to convey strong blessings to the Jamats world wide using the word Majbut and raising his fists. Mubaraki!
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This is my account from Thursday's (05/10/2018) Mulaqat:
First and foremost mubarakis to all the family and friends who were thinking about us during mhi’s deedar, we kept you all in our hearts and prayers.
Mowla must have thought and mentioned you all at least 3 to 4 times to say please convey my best loving blessing to all your families and Jamats that are not present here.
So lots of mubarakis to you all . Shukhar!!
MHI entered the BMO centre at about 4:45 pm (mst) on Thursday May 10. After he was seated , he talked to the mukhi and then came on the stage.
He was so so so happy and just beaming. He looked at all the murids (over 8k) and said such a large jamat and your are so blessed to be living in one of the most developed countries in the world . And then he said
“ what if you all become teachers for the entire world “ and helped the Less fortunate jamat . It would make me so happy” He then started to smile and he said
“ please this is not a firman “ but just a “thought” from the imam, just a thought. “So parents please don’t go telling all your kids as they are growing then Hazar Imam has asked them to become teachers, and he laughed.
He said seek more and more knowledge and use that knowledge to strengthen your own conditions and help the institutions and make them stronger .
He made firmans on our ethical values of peace (he mentioned that several times ) , generosity, brotherhood, unity in family and he said that all these principles have been tested time and time again from one generation to another and they have made our jamat strong.
He then went on to sit , but before that he looked at mukhi /Kamadia to get their concurrence if it was ok for him to sit , and the mukhi nervously asked MHI , to give dua ashish for the Ruhanis.
So he turns back to the stage and this was the most amazing gesture. He shakes his head multiple times and says “these mukhis & Kamadias “ you had to be there to see how he was joking with them,
he then became serious and gave “lots and lots of Duas” for all the ruhanis . He used a gesture several times , like when you are trying to clear a path infront of you , and said “eternal peace “ for all ruhanis .
An Epic moment.
After the mks had presented the mehmanis on behalf of the jamats, MHI came on the stage and made these three points.
He mentioned that many a times murids ask him, that why do you make your children laugh. And he said to us, which father would not want to make their children happy so when the jamat smiles and laughs it makes your imam very happy.
So I pray that all your worldly problems go away and never return , so you can enjoy your life in happiness.
Second he gave lots of dua to the volunteers and he said that my grandfather used to say “work no words “ but I say to all my volunteers “works and lots of words “ smiling and repeated this a couple of times .
Lastly he gave lots of dua again to the current and the not present jamat for muskhil asan and lots of dua for both Dini and duniyawi matters .
He said I give you very very strong (and then used the word majboot) blessings .
He departed the hall about 45 minutes after , while giving lots of dua as he walked past us.
Shukhar allah hamdulilah , we all feel so blessed and we wish you all lots and lots of mubarakis .
P.s I have tried to capture as much as I could remember and may paraphrased some of MHIs words but wanted to provide the gist and the highlights of the message.
So in advance I ask for forgiveness incase of my shortcomings
Maula Bapa was very gracious yesterday in Calgary Mulaqat for Edmonton, Regina, Fort McMurray, Red Deer and Lethbridge Jama’ats. Maula blessed the worldwide Jama’at with lots of blessings of unity, peace, happiness and relief of Mushkil... and repeated this 2-3 Times.
Maula Bapa also mentioned several times “ fulfilment of All your good wishes, and emphasized “Good wishes” in various tones, making Jama’at smile. And repeated it again “ for the fulfilment of All the worldwide Jama’ats good wishes” and for us to pass this to all.
Maula also asked the Canadian Jama’at and included the worldwide Jama’ats, wherever there is capacity, to share with our brothers and sisters worldwide, our best practices and competencies. If we can, to try and go for a short period of time to assist Jama’at in economics, medicine and other areas that I cannot remember, for the betterment of our Jama’ats future.
Hazar Imam was given on behalf of the Entire Canadian Jama’at “Diwan of Nasir Khusraw” book, a very rare copy. Maula was extremely happy with choice of gift. He mentioned several times that whoever made that choice was “beautifully wise” and that it was an extremely important document of our history and knowledge.
Hazar Imam gave lots of Du’a Ashish to the volunteers.
With this, I have fulfilled Maula’s request to share His Blessings, His prayers of Mushkil Asaan and fulfilment of all your good wishes, and his request to assist and share in best practices and competencies by taking some time, if we can.
This Mulaqat being the last one in Canada, the president of the council, on behalf of the Canadian Jama’at expressed our loyalty and reafffirmed our Baiyat. He expressed on behalf of us all, our sincere appreciation of Maula’s six decades of tireless work for the worldwide Jama’ats. Maula has created various improvements in all our lives - many here came as refugees and are now strong, educated and contributing members of Canadian diaspora. He also asked for Du’a on behalf us all, for continued health and welfare of Maula’s Family and forever continued guidance of our Imam. He said that he would informally end by saying on behalf of the Entire Canadian Jama’at “We Love You”.
Ameen Khudavind for all your immense blessings upon us all, worldwide Jama’at. We are so fortunate to be allowed to be in your Light and presence. Shukran Lillah
An Afghani girl who got to speak with Hazar Imam at the airport went crying to Kamadianima. She said that Hazar Imam asked her where she was from and she said she was from Afghanistan. He asked her what part of Afghanistan and she said Kabul. And he said "No, close to Kabul".
He was right. She was from this little town with a really hard name and she figured Hazar Imam would not know the place so she said Kabul which was close to this little town or village or whatever. And he knew 😊
So I spoke with Kamadiasaheb and Kamadianima this morning about what happened. This is what Kamadianima said. While they were sitting on the ground beside Hazar Imam's chair while he was giving Firman, Kamadianima's leg started to lose circulation and was going numb. And she was thinking "one more minute in this position and I won't be able to stand up". At that moment Hazar Imam finished his firman and started to walk down the stairs. Mukhisaheb and Kamadiasaheb were shocked because he hadn't blessed the Ab-e-Safa yet.
They weren't sure what to do and decided to follow Hazar Imam. Mukhiani and Kamadiani got up quickly as well and started following. They were on the top step, Mukhisaheb and Kamadiasaheb were on the first step and Hazar Imam was at the bottom and he turned around and looked at Mukhisaheb and smiled. Mukhisaheb said "Khudavind, Ab-e-Safa?" And he said "Okay" with that sweet soft voice and a smile on his face.
Then he said to the two ladies "Mukhianima, Kamadianima, why don't you come downstairs?". They came downstairs and then he said, "Okay, now let's go up". He was getting the circulation going in her legs, hahahah. He knows everything. Then he came to the mic and said "It's a good thing your Mukhi has control of the situation. He tell me what to do and I obey".
The previous account of the DJ Calgary Mulaqat of 11-5-2018 that we sent you earlier today pretty much said it all, however we would like to add a few details more, just for you, from our experience
The venue was the BMO Centre in Calgary
The doors opened at 7.30am and closed at 10 am
In the deedar hall intezar tasbihs ginans qasidas and short waezes continued in the charge of Alw Dr Karim Damji and Alw Karim Jiwani
We saw the arrival of Mowla's motorcade at 11.10am and Him coming out of His car and He walked to us the Jamat with a spring in his step - He looked sooo happy. He walked the red carpet a bit and then came up to the stage and sat on His Throne
He was garlanded with the Chain
Then the recitations took place and they were all beautifully done
He then Accepted the Mehmanis of all the various Jamats presented by their respective Mukhi Kamadias and Mukhiani Kamadianis
After this President Talib expressed our loyalty and our Baiyat on behalf of the whole Canadian Jamat, and ended by saying
"Khudavind i beg your leave to end on an informal note with a wish deep within the hearts of all your Murids : Mowla Bapa we love you" and this made Mowla smile
Mowla then went to the mike to make Farman
He gave blessings , for us and our families and our jamats wherever they may be and for Ruhanis, and these we are now conveying to you all
He gave blessings for the fulfillment of "all your good wishes", then repeated that in His next sentence, smiling, and then went on to say "I qualify that: (and smiling and admonishing us with his two index fingers) ONLY your good wishes" and with that He had the whole Jamat laughing!
He also mentioned about sharing our knowledge, if we had the capacity, globally to improve the lives of the jamat living there and their country
He said He was not asking this unilaterally of us but that He asks this of ALL his jamats so that we can all help together
And He then gave more Blessings
The Farman He made to us was pretty short and He then turned to return to His Throne : He took 3 steps and did a quick turnaround and returned to the mike with His Hands raised, palms facing us and said "Volunteers" (like as if He had forgotten them!) and proceeded to give Blessings to all the volunteers
He then sat down, and then President Malik Talib preseted Him with the submissions of the DJ Material and T&K Nazaranas on behalf of the whole Canadian Jamat
This was followed by Vice President Saheba Karima Karmali presenting Mowla with the manuscript of a copy of the Diwan by Nasir Khusraw
It comes from India and only a handful of copies exist and is some 15,000 lines of Persian Poetry re morals, ethics, concepts of imamat, and knowledge, and wisdom
Mowla was overjoyed with this gift that He called an important part of our History, and said whoever made the decision for this gift made a "beautifully wise" decision and He gave Blessings for this gift and Wished that the happiness we gave Him would be returned a thousand fold to the whole canadian jamat and their families!
Mowla then returned to His Throne, spoke to the Mukhi and came back to the mike saying "the Mukhi says I can go! And i always obey the Mukhi! And occasionally the Kamadia!" And with that, leaving us all laughing at His crack, He stepped down from the stage and walked the red carpet again, went past the special needs murids and exited the Hall as we recited salwaats
However we could still see Him on the screen, just at the exit where He continued to have conversation with the leaders for about 5 mins
It was now 12.05pm
Then He was no longer on the screen and we were told He was still In the building in an adjacent room having a meeting with the leadership
And so our Shukhranas started and continued with tasbihs and giriyazaris
A while later Alw Jiwani said a very nervous President Talib had just called to say we were making too much noise so we should do some quiet giriyazari
He said he would share something with us - in Nairobi Mowla stayed in the building for 1hr and 5 mins talking to the leadership
And that they held " the record" for this and we, by being quiet and allowing Mowla to continue His meeting in peace, could break that record today!
So we continued in quiet giriyazari and suddenly our giriyazari stopped as we saw Mowla back on the screen , having finished His meeting, going towards His car, and our Salwaats started
Soon He had departed from the venue and we were able to make our exit too
It was now about 1.15 pm
When Alw Jiwani was asked if we had broken the record he said the result was 'a tie' and the Guiness book of records is going to look into it!!!
And on that note our Blessed Mulaqaat with our Beloved Mowla ended, but the Blessings and Love that He showered upon us will continue to abide in our hearts and souls for ever, and inshallah will guide us to stay firm on Siratal Mustaqeem, and be Mowla's humble farman bardari momins
Mowla we thank you for granting us a Mulaqat with you, and for granting us your Zaheri Deedar, and for accepting our love, our Baiyat our Mehmanis and our Nazaranas
In your way, you are correct. We are indeed very happy - ecstatic! - about Bapa's padhramnis. But this is a matter of principle. Bapa visited Calgary after 10 years. Naturally, the Jamat was full of excitement and joy. So it was not wrong at all for Jamati members to come to the hotel or stand outside BMO to catch a glimpse of their beloved Bapa, even though they may have had their mulaqat deedars already. They were not disturbing the leaders in any way and were most happy to catch a glimpse of Bapa outside the hotel or from a distance at BMO. So why should this irk the leaders? Why should volunteers be set upon them so rudely? And the cops as well? Trampling over emotions and treating them as if they were criminals or nuisances - is that the meaning of #onejamat really?
It's not fair. All of us respect our leaders and we do not begrudge their positions or the chances they get with Bapa in such close proximity. Their sevas are applaudable. But they will fully disgrace themselves with such meanspirited behaviour. Begrudging Jamati members their small chances whilst they themselves enjoy being with Mowla throughout, sitting with Him in the car, attending all His meetings and functions Etc - this is just the height of small heartedness.
How can people who do seva for the Source of Compassion and Mercy be so gloweringly rude and mean to His followers who are thirsting just for a small glimpse of Him?
The same applies to murids who came from outside Calgary and outside Canada, which I feel is a huge sacrifice on their part. What justification can there be for setting the police on them just because they want to catch a glimpse of the Imam?
Our respected leaders have tried to justify their behaviour by taking Bapa's name, saying it is He who does not wish to see murids gathering for Him. This reason cannot be acceptable. All videos and photos clearly show that Bapa is ten times happier to see His murids - He waves and smiles and gives thumbs up. Us, human beings can be two faced but not beloved Bapa. He is not a hypocrite. So when He smiles and waves He is expressing genuine happiness. Leaders should stop using His name in vain! And volunteers should realize that such instructions from council leaders are actually not Bapa's instructions. Know your Mowla! Know who He is!
Come on, let's try to be a little bit like our beloved Mowla, whom we revere but whom we need to please by becoming examples of compassion and mercy ourselves.
I know this is not a forum for discussing these issues but there is a place and time to be diplomatic and a place and time to speak without euphemism and fear.
So it was not wrong at all for Jamati members to come to the hotel or stand outside BMO to catch a glimpse of their beloved Bapa, even though they may have had their mulaqat deedars already. They were not disturbing the leaders in any way and were most happy to catch a glimpse of Bapa outside the hotel or from a distance at BMO. So why should this irk the leaders? Why should volunteers be set upon them so rudely? And the cops as well? Trampling over emotions and treating them as if they were criminals or nuisances - is that the meaning of #onejamat really?
The happenings of Calgary remind me of the perfect analogy given by Hazrat Imam Sultan Mohamed Shah in one of His Farman’s, in which He said: “Gadhera ne sona no ghanto paheraavi banavio raja ane ghetaa badhaa samajya ke saachen amaaro raja aa ghadero”
So in this analogy, “ghetaa” are our volunteers and “ghadhero”....hmmmmm
Once an Ismaii driver bringing Hazar Imam at the Nairobi airport was asked by Mowla "None of my Jamat came to the airport?"
The Ismaili driver was embarrassed to reply. There also some Ghadhero has announced in JK that no one should go to the airport.
Our Imam likes to see his Murids and does not miss any opportunity to acknowledge them.
Reminds me that we were only 2 people outside the airport in Montreal and some "Ghadheri" send the security to threaten us that they will call the police to chase us.
And in Ottawa recently we were 7 Murids outside the Pluralism center at the beginning of the visit of Hazar Imam and some "Ghadero" did the same thing, except the Canadian security told us there he could not understand why more of the Aga Khan's people did not come to see him and he being practicing Christian would certainly try to have a glimpse of the Pope whenever he could.
Lets wait for more testimonies from France and UK. Maybe Murids will have better chance there.
Amazing Chitral Incident. It is true but details are Hear Say
Very few of you may have heard about this incident which happened in Chitral during Mowlana Hazar Imam`s visit to Pakistan.
This is the gist of what happened there.
Mowlana Hazar Imam had a one day programme to visit Chitral. Arriving in the morning and leaving in the evening for the next destination. As Chitral is a mountenous area, travel is diifficult by Road so Helicopter ( Chopper ) is used. -
Mowlana Hazar Imam arrived in the morning – gave the Deeadar to the Jamat – Finished all Jamati work and was supposed to leave in the evening. It was little late in the evening and it was getting dark so Mowla said they should not travel. The Chopper pilot said not to worry – it was safe to fly.
But Mowla said not to travel and was determined to stay the night there. There was a Jamati leader with Mowla and he said – Khudavind we have not made any arrangements for night stay. So Mowla said I will sleep wherever you are going to sleep. There was an Army Barracks near by which would
be secured place so they decided to stay there.
Now here is an interesting part of the story. Remember Hazar Imam is Akle-Kul – HE knows everything and also remember that HE always says
in HIS Farmans that IMAM loves HIS murids more than they can ever love HIM.
There were many Ismailis working in the Barracks but everyone could not go for the Deedar in the morning. About 80 murids had to stay at the barracks in the morning and they missed the Deedar. And now Mowla was going to the barracks and when they heard the news they were really excited and over joyed. In the short time they had they made all the necessary arrangements and when Mowla came they even put the khilat on Mowla and they had good Deedar.
Mowla created this situation because HE did not want any Murid to be left out. Mowla is great and we are fortunate to be Ismaili
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