The World Federation is pleased to announce the launch of our new ebook “Seeking Elevation” - a verse-by-verse commentary of the Du'a 'Ya Aliyyu, Ya Adheem…’ by Shaykh Muhammad Khalfan.
Posted on Mon, 2015-08-24 15:07
No words or phrases can ever give justice to the experience felt in Iran. Each experience, each moment and each second deserves a written biography, while still leaving you in frustration for not explaining it well enough. As I left Iran with my head rested against the plane’s window, all the memories and experiences flash past my eyes. Leaving the simplest of experiences, from breathing the air of this country to walking on its roads agonizing to leave. Remembering the uncontrollable tears that fell from seeing Imam Redha (as), the awe felt in Bibi Masuma-e-Qum’s Haram and feeling the serenity and closeness in Masjid Jamkaran made leaving even harder.
This could have been an experience of just entering and leaving the shrine, however the lectures, twilight programmes and Q&A sessions brought these personalities closer to home. These personalities that once felt a distance away suddenly seemed so close. As you talked to them you could almost feel their presence listening to you. This is an experience that cannot be described, but only felt! During these three weeks I realised how versatile Islam is, that it truly is not just a religion, but a way of life. The simplest of activities like swimming had Islamic philosophy behind it as we were enlightened by Shaykh Shomali. Seeing the miracles that Prophetic medicine can do to even cancer patients or those paralysed left us in surprise and amazement. Everything is natural from the Prophet (SA) and Imams (AS) through the wisdom of Allah (SWT). Being given the opportunity to go to Hamadan, we could see the wonders of Allah’s creation in one of the rare water caves. Shaykh Nadir helped us understand how every creation of Allah (SWT) has a purpose and meaning behind it. From the architectural structure of a cave to the smallest insect on the floor - this is Allah’s creation, and this is His magnificence! It is an experience that cannot be described, but only felt.
On boarding the plane my heart was torn between the excitement of starting a change of life and leaving the holy cities of Qum and Mashhad. On arrival to our home countries, even though we could feel the physical distance from these personalities, we somewhat felt a new closeness to them like they are with us. We could talk to them whenever and wherever we want. Just hearing their blessed names or seeing their holy shrines bring tears to your eyes in yearning to be there again. Indeed, this is an experience that cannot be described, but only felt.
Written by: Shifa Fathima Mugloo from London
The World Federation is pleased to provide Marhum Mulla Asgarali’s Dua of Arafah with Gujarati translation for free download in MP3. The most important and touching dua to be recited on Arafah is Imam Husain (as)'s Dua which is recited by all Hujjaj on 9th Dhul Hijjah on the plains of Arafah.
Updated on 23/12/2013
This year, over two million people around the world will InshAllah flock to Iraq to commemorate Arbaeen. We share below reflections from one of the zawaars who will be going to Iraq this year and inshAllah undertake the walk from the Holy City of Najaf to the land of Karbala:
“In a day’s time, I’ll be leaving with a group of my family and friends, leaving behind everything familiar, to make this amazing trip to the land of my Imams (AS).
I cast my mind back remembering another time, another family who left their hometown, and everything they loved, to venture out into an unknown future. Except their fate was different. For Husayn and his family (AS), only the women and children were to return back. And this drives me on..