Poem: Ghadir Khumm: The Day of Perfection

This poem has been composed with 49 verses as an expression of love, praise, and devotion, in honour of the present living Imam, Mawlana Shah Karim al-Husayni, of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims who is the 49th Imam and direct lineal descendant of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.)

Ghadir Khumm: The Day of Perfection

By Nadim Pabani

Rejoice. Arise! It’s time to open your eyes!
The Sun has risen outside, can you feel it inside!? (1)

There’s a special feeling within the air
Not just in Ghadeer Khumm but everywhere! (2)

The animals & Jinn – You know they heard it too
Mankind’s new Mawla, it’s really true! (3)

The announcement was made right between the 2 cities
It sunk deep within my heart with joy & with ease (4)

Noorun ala Noor. This means Light upon Light!
The Truth would be known by those with insight! 1 (5)

The Imam was now Chosen. He would guide us like the Sun
Now let me unfold how the story begun… (6)

The spirit of search had been there, right from the very start
The Messenger encouraged the quest of the heart. (7)


1Reference to both the Quranic verse (41:53) in which Allah says “We shall show them our Signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes manifest that this is the Truth” but also to the Shi‘i notion that the Prophets and the Imams are the mazahir (loci of manifestation and perfect reflections) of the Divine Qualities which reflect themselves in the mirror of their pure souls. In this sense, al-Haqq (the Truth/Reality) is revealed through the Batini Noorani Didar of the Imam in which perception and experience of the Imam’s Noor is identified with the Divine recognition – The fact that it is an inner experience is also reflected in the Hadith of Imam Ali (a.s.) in which he explains that it is indeed possible to have a Vision or ‘Didar’ of the Lord but that physical eyes do not perceive Him rather He is recognised by the Inner Realities of Faith (haqa’iq al-iman).



His Highness the Aga Khan, accompanied by Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon and Afghanistan’s Vice-President Hedayat Amin Arsala He had guided & enlightened our paths for so long - 8 to 14: We’d performed the Hajj seeking transformation Our souls had been deeply immersed in contemplation. (8) Click here to read more.


About Nadim Pabani.


Photo: AKDN – 60 years of commitment to improving Quality of Life for all. His Highness the Aga Khan at the Takht Nashini held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 19 October 1957. These ceremonies were held to celebrate his installation as the 49th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.

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