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ZubKhim



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:05 am    Post subject: ruhani mehmani Reply with quote

I converted to be a ismaili on marrying a ismaili. I am confused about mehmani specially after funeral mehmani

Why do we keep gold jewellery, food, clothes etc in mehmani after a person dies? I am sure the ruhanis do not require these offerings nor it reaches them instead would  be better if we prayed lots of tasbih for the souls forgiveness. And surely every food is available in Jannat! And clothes, jewellery?  
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kmaherali



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The idea behind bringing the valuables such clothes and jewelry is to break whatever residual attachments the soul had in those valuables so that the soul can be freed from them.

There is a verse of a Ginan which states:

eji jo ghar hove bhaai vast peeyaaree jee
so naam saaheb jee ko deejee ejee.............................3

O momin! whatever you have that is dear to your heart, submit it in the name of the Lord.

http://ismaili.net/heritage/node/22846

Hence bringing clothes and other valuables, we are submitting them on behalf of the deceased, so that the soul attains freedom.

When we recite salwaats and other prayers on behalf of the deceased, it has the same effect of elevating the soul of this person.
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ZubKhim



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How could soul be attached to material things ? What gains and meanings can material things hold for any soul? Where else in Islam this practice is observed?If Ismaili religion is batuni based on esoteric spirituality then these materialistic things are meaningless!
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kmaherali



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reality of life is that we live in a material world. When we live in a material we get attached to the desires of the material world. To break the desires we submit what is dearest to us to the Imam. The soul cannot attain freedom when there are residual material desires.

Hence submitting the valuables to the Imam on the behalf of the ruhani breaks the residual desires and hence frees the soul.

The items are auctioned as nandi and the money goes towards improving the world through the Imamat institutions.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kmaherali wrote:

The items are auctioned as nandi and the money goes towards improving the world through the Imamat institutions.


I would add the benefit of that improving the world goes then back to the Ruhanis.
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