The restoration of Al Jame Al Anwar unearthed yet another Fatemi relic: a floral shubbak (grate). Upon the 689 year old relic was inscribed 'الملك لله': the kingdom is for Allah. The same phrase is also found on one of Imam Hakim AS's old shawls, which is also decorated with a design of two pigeons facing one another.
Pigeons are unique birds; born of good substance, they drive away evil spirits and they are well-known as symbols of peace. Pigeons have a soothing effect on people through which, as Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS stated, people feel a 'peace of mind.' Similarly, when graced with the privilege of doing Maula TUS's deedar; and when Maula TUS graces them with his nazaraat, mumineen find peace, solace, and tranquility.
In one of his poems, Avicenna (Abu Ali Sina), highlights the status of pigeons, "These pigeons have come from a high place. Perched on the peak of a mountain, they sing, yearning to some day return to whence the came. Mumineen, too, in human form, desire to return to their true home in Jannat. Time and time again during Ashara Mubaraka, Maula TUS has stressed that the true path to Jannat, the path to peace and prosperity, is the remembrance and lamentation of Imam Husain AS. Syedi Abdeali Mohiyuddin QS exclaims, "O pigeons! Help me wail and lament upon Mohammed Rasulallah SAW's grandson Imam Husain AS. Help me, and you will find prosperity in deen and dunya."
Day and night, Aqa Maula TUS, the physical manifestation of Imam Husain AS's gham, calls us to engage in noha wal aweel. Day in and day out, we have and continue to grieve for Imam Husain AS, his Ahle Bayt and Ashaab, and the tragedy that befell them on Ashura. Maula TUS's clarion call helps us soar to the top of the mountain, frees us from the hardships of this world, and shows us the window to Jannat. Today, on the 7th of Moharram, Maula TUS received Tanzania's president, His Excellency John Magufuli. In his address to Maula TUS and mumineen, President Magufuli remarked, "It is as if I am in Heaven!" Each day during we reap the blessings and barakaat of Maula TUS's deedar, his nazaraat, his fruits of knowledge, and Imam Husain AS's zikr. Here, in Maula TUS's sayo, we have found peace. We are truly in Heaven.
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