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asarfara



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:13 pm    Post subject: Picture Worship Reply with quote

Hi All,

I have some questions on some of our practices in which one of them is worshiping pictures. I have seen many people reciting salwat on the picture of imam, or talking to the picture or bowing down to the picture. Why do we do it.

In Islam its considered shirk if someone prays to a statue or a picture as they both are man made. I remember reading in a ginan I guess it was 100 good things, not to worship physical things, even in ginan Putla by sat gur noor, He says if these things are man made how can it solve your problems.

If its a bad thing to do, why doesnt Hazir Imam says anything as He is our guide.

Thanks
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Admin



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing bad. people even kiss the photo of their loved ones. So what?

Do you really think they kiss a piece of paper or is it that they kiss the one the photo reminds them of? Isn't that recognised by the whole world minus some brainwashed Mullas as a sign of affection and love?

Why indulge in cheap shariati propaganda?
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asarfara



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To show affection sure but why recite salwat or pray in front of it. Ismailism teaches us to care about spiritual aspect of noor not physical which is mortal.

Noor is considered to be everywhere and when someone goes to pray place that is already house of God then why go to a picture hanging on a wall and praying, I dont think God would be sitting just there.

Since long humans are in a habit of creating something physical to remind them of something in this case God. Moses had to come back to his people because they created a statue and started worshiping it. God got angry and told Moses to go back to his people.

I am not concerned of mullah doing something bad, this is just for me and if someone wants answers based on this thing.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is nothing wrong in human being worshiping in front of symbols of faith as far as they do not worship those symboles themselves such as Kaba, idols, dargah, cross etc..

even God needed a name such as Allah, he needed attributes in order to be known and worshiped.

A name is a physical limited word. An attribute is a limitation to Allah. Allah can not be limited by an attribute because God is supposed to be beyond attributes Yet we call him Ar Rahman, Ar Rahim, Al Khaliq and God does not have any objection on that so why would anyone have objection to people's variety of ways of approaching God?

Faith is a personal matter between God and his creation and no one can dare come in between a person and God.

Even Prophet Moses (Moosa Nabi) needed the burning bush, he who was a prophet could not see God without some kind of support and some kind of physical symbol!

And the fact that people get more benefit in praying in a place of worship though Allah is everywhere shown that physical symbols are important.
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asarfara



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am just quoting one surah from Quran:

You only worship, besides Allah , idols, and you produce a falsehood. Indeed, those you worship besides Allah do not possess for you [the power of] provision. So seek from Allah provision and worship Him and be grateful to Him. To Him you will be returned."

worshiping in front does cause them to worship that object, as they tend to ask help from that object rather than God himself.

Prophet Moses never worshiped that bush, He didn't even know that God will use this bush to show him a sign of His existence.

We use pictures, dhagas around necks etc and seek help from an object, base on that object that wearing this would help me out of danger. Why not think something like Mola is with me all the time, He will save me from all troubles.

When Prophet Muhammad was reciting Salah, He got revelation from God that all the people in front of you is actually bowing down to their statues located inside their long sleeves and got a command to make them all stand and all of those statues started to fall down from their sleeves.

I am not coming in between anyone's faith, I am looking for answers for myself.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will find your answer when you stop imaginary belief such as "worshiping in front does cause them to worship that object" and when you start accepting that when it comes to people believing in Allah, only Allah can judge.

And while you are looking for answers for yourself, take peace in knowing that what other believe is their own problem to resolve with their own Allah, not yours.
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asarfara



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not saying what others are doing is bad its what human does create something physical to keep their heart contended.

My question is more towards is it a ismailism practice is there any reference, what you are telling me is your belief not an answer you are giving me a statement that i shouldnt question further.

Do you have any reference that if someone does like that its considered a good practice in ismailism

Christian kisses cross symbol, muslims have tasbeeh that we kiss i knw all that already.

Ismailism is already a belief where our pir and imam guides us towards a uniform ismaili belief but as human we do add alot thats what my question is.
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kmaherali



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If there were photographs during the time of the Prophet, I am sure we would have had photographs of the Prophet in all Muslim homes.

Below is an excerpt of an article on the importance of the image of Muhammad.

"Regarding images: Muhammad is a powerful symbol for Muslims. The Quran calls him a “beautiful role model,” and he is considered to be the most perfect Muslim.

It is generally accepted by Muslims that images of Muhammad, or any other person, do not appear in mosques.


However, this ban does not extend outside the mosque. Various Muslim cultures show a comfort with painting and figural representation. Images of Muhammad, his family, prophets and other holy figures exist. They are on display in museums throughout the world. In some, the faces are obscured, but in many, the faces are on full display.

While more common among Shiite communities, some of the most well-known depictions of Muhammad come from Sunni Turkey. In nonliturgical spaces, images of holy figures abound, including Muhammad.

The tradition of representation is very much alive throughout the Muslim communities, and books such as Sufi Comics demonstrate a desire for learning through the image.

Still, there is a strong belief that any depiction of Muhammad is a problem. In part, this is due to a lack of religious literacy, and in part to a puritanical, nihilistic vision of Islam supported by Saudi Arabia.

The result is that Muhammad is actually turned into an idol. He is turned into the God, which Muslims do not believe can be depicted at all."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/why-the-charlie-hebdo-attack-is-not-about-images-or-free-speech-commentary/2015/01/08/3b058c10-9778-11e4-8385-866293322c2f_story.html

"Yes, many Muslims today do not approve of images depicting the Prophet, or for that matter depicting Christ or Moses (also venerated as prophets by Muslims). But this was not and is not the case for all Muslims. Muslims in South Asia, Iran, Turkey and Central Asia — places that were for centuries the centers of Muslim civilizations — had a rich tradition of miniatures that depicted all the prophets, including those depicting the Prophet Muhammad. These were not rogue images, done in secret, but rather an elite art paid for and patronized by the Muslim caliphs and sultans, produced in the courts of the Muslims."

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/9-points-to-ponder-on-the-paris-shooting-and-charlie-hebdo/7193
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are 40,000 pics of the Prophet at the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul. The Prophet's shirt is also on display at that museum.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
The Prophet's shirt is also on display at that museum.


What about the hair of Prophet Mohd!!!? In one place in Kashmir ( Indian occupied) people says that they have hair of prophet Mohd!!! icon_lol.gif no kidding but this is true, that is what they claims!!
Now question may arise here, how the hair reach over there? did Rasoolullah visited that place? these questions are still unanswered!
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kmaherali



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does Islam Really Forbid Images Of Muhammad?

Muslims the world over have strongly condemned Wednesday’s terrorist attack against the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in which 12 people were killed by masked gunmen. The paper is believed to have been targeted because of its history of publishing provocative cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. But what do the teachings of Islam actually say about creating images of the prophet?

There's no part in the Quran where Muhammad says that images of him are forbidden. But the issue is mentioned in the hadith, a secondary text that many Muslims consult for instruction on how to live a good life.

More....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/08/charlie-hebdo-muhammad-image_n_6432370.html
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zznoor



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Admin wrote:
junglikhan4 wrote:

An innocent question; does the photos hanging R/L sides of wall in JK are divine. I have seen persons praying in front of them, prostrate in front of them,
kissing the photo and frame. Are we noor parast or photo parast.
KIYA YEH KHULA TAZADD NAHI HAI!


The subject has been discussed in another thread. Please stick to the thread here.

To give you a short analogy, When I travel, whenever I miss my daughter I kiss my daughter's photo. You may think I am crazy to kiss a piece of paper but for me the photo reminds me of my daughter. I can see beyond the paper. Not everyone can. Especially those who do not have any kind of father-daughter relation with her would not understand. People whi kiss Imam's photo, in Jk or at home like some kids in my family do, can see beyond the frame....

Only God can give you the sight to see him and when he does, he becomes your eye


There is difference here
You kiss your daughters picture because you love her and miss her
Kissing photo of Imam is different. With love there is element of worship.
Who do you worship, God or Imam?
Or you are worshipping God by worshipping Imam.
In Islam there is no image of Allah.
Please do not bring in Kaaba.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zznoor, your point is taken (and ignored)

Your reasoning is completely flawed and Kaba question is the reply to your lack of reasoning.

I love my Imam as much if not more than I love my daughter and it is not to you to judge how I express love for both of them.

If you do so, you are no different than ISIS and all the terrorists that want to impose to us, the 1.2 billion Muslims, their own version of a completely screwed-up Islam which has nothing to do with the real Islam.

You have been repeating yourself and I would like you to first read the previous discussions before posting anything. Thanks you.


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kmaherali



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zznoor wrote:

Who do you worship, God or Imam?
Or you are worshipping God by worshipping Imam.
You were previously directed to the discussion on this subject. Please go through the thread below.

Allah and the Nur of Allah

http://www.ismaili.net/html/modules.php?op=modload&name=phpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=101&start=0
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kmaherali



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love and devotion to the Imam is the essence of Ismailism. Below are some pertinent Farmans.

"Without the intent and the love for Hazar Imam nothing is accepted. This is established from the
Qur'an and the Hadiths. No Ibadat - Bandagi is accepted without the love and affection for the Prophet and progeny of the Prophet, who is the successor to the Gadi (Throne)." (Bombay 8 September 1885)

"Just as you see us physically, in the same way consider us to be ever-present and remember us while sitting, standing and walking. Your love and affection is always in our hearts and (prayers)." (Zanzibar Aug 18, 1905)

"There is nothing greater than to have love and affection for your Present - Living Imam. Always be immersed in the love of the Imam." (Dar es Salaam Feb 15, 1937)

"It is obligatory for a momin to cultivate love and affection for his Imam in his heart." ( Guaadar Dec 10, 1894)

When the Ismaili Centre London was built, it had 2 beautiful artistic portraits of MHI at the front as portent symbols of love and devotion to the Living Imam.

In my opinion we should have at least 1 photograph in the front during the Tariqah practices which may be removed after the ceremonies are over. This will serve as an important doctrinal reminder that all our rites and ceremonies are predicated upon the love and devotion to the Living Imam.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Review Essays

Journal of Persianate Studies


Aliaa Remtilla, Potentially an “Art Object”: Tajik Ismailis’ Bateni and Zaheri Engagement with Their Imam’s Image

This essay explores the way Ismaili Muslims living in the Tajik district of Ishkashim engage with images of their religious leader, the Imam (Aga Khan IV). I use Gell’s theory of art and agency to think through instances in which Ishkashimis imbue photographs of their Imam with the capacity
to act. They do not treat these images as idols but abduct qualities of the Imam himself, such as his benevolent presence, from his icon. Ishkashimis do not imbue all images of their Imam with agency. Other images, such as newspaper photographs and films, provide information about the Imam as a politically engaged individual. They do not have the agency to act directly on Ishkashimis until and unless Ishkashimis reclaim their own agenda for the Imam’s image by abstracting it from contextualized information, and once more imbue it with agency. The article frames this discussion of images in the Ismaili concepts of zaher (visible, apparent, temporal, transient, exoteric) and baten (interior, hidden, spiritual, eternal, esoteric), questioning the effect of the Imam’s post-Soviet zaheri presence on Ishkashimis’ engagement with his images.

http://www.brill.com/sites/default/files/ftp/downloads/JPS_5yr_anniversary_brochure.pdf
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mazharshah wrote:

Sir, instead of physical photos of Imam in JK's, why not ITREB arrange divine image that is real photo of NOOR in front that will increase the attendance of JK. LOVE AND RESPECT IS IN HEART AND SOUL..

And what would that divine image look like?Yes if we introduce Namaz in JKs, it will overflow five times a day. Is that the purpose of our Tariqa?
mazharshah wrote:
Regarding smile Hazar Imam said," It is blessing from Allah"
In mostly JK's there are photos of Imam when he was young, now he is aging 78 years old. Do you think 50 years back Noor was young now aging.
We should have feeling of Noor every second and it has nothing to do with photos. Photo of Shah Karim is different than photo of MSMS and photo of Shah Ali Shah was different than photo of MSMS.
Photograph of the prsent Imam serves as a powerful reminder of the fundamentals of our tradition. That he is the Mazhar or Hujjat through whom Allah is worshipped and obeyed.

Yes the image of the Imam will change from Imam to Imam. The photograph of the present Imam reminds us of our collective identity which is predicated upon love and devotion to the Living Imam.

Due to busy nature of life and the saturation of our minds with material aspects, we can forget about our faith. A photograph can serve as a powerful reminder of our purpose in life and our fundamental values.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TASWEER TERI DIL MERA BAHLA NA SAKEY GI
MAI(N) BAAT KARU(N) GA WOH KHAMOSH RAHEY GI
NA SUN SAKEY GI NA JAWAB HI DEY SAKEY GI
MAI(N) HAATH LAGAU(N) TOU WOH KUCHH NA KAHEY GI
NA SHARMAI GI MUJHEY DEKH KAR NA GHU(N)GHAT GRAI GI
NOOR KI TASWEER NA PAHLEY THI NA ABB HAI NA HOGI
YAADUN KI BARAAT DIL MEY YA KHAYALU(N) MEY HOGI
NOOR KA PANA DEKHNA ZINDAGI MEY MUMKIN NAHI
ZAHIR DEKH KHUSH RAHO YEH ZINDZGI KI KAMAI HOGI
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