“Dazzled by the Light” – An Encounter with the Imam of the Time

When al-Mu’ayyad-din Shirazi had left Shiraz in Persia for Fatimid Egypt, he was very hopeful that he would get the opportunity to see the Imam-Caliph Mustansir-bi-Allah ….

Describing his experience on this visit, he writes:

“I was taken near the place where from I saw the bright Light of the Prophethood.

My eyes were dazzled by the Light.

I shed tears of joy and felt as if I was looking at the face of the Prophet of Allah and of the Commander of the Faithful, Hazrat Ali.

I prostrated myself before the one who is the fittest person to bow to. I wanted to say something, but I was awe-struck….

I tried to speak but my tongue refused to move. People asked me to say what I wished to say. I could say nothing. The Imam said, ‘Leave him. Let his fear and awe subside’.”

Narrative adapted from “Life and Lectures of Al Muayyad fid-din al Shirazi”, edited by late Jawad Muscati and A.M. Moulvi, Ismailia Assocciation for Pakistan, 1950.

Ismailimail category: Muslim Scholars

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