Nimira’s Blog: The Moon has been a timekeeper, an emblem of the divine, and an inspiration for poets

For thousands of years, people have gazed up at the mystical celestial body and tried to make sense of its rhythm and aura, giving rise to numerous myths about its effect on humans. Ancient sky-watchers speculated about its source of light, what it was made of, and whether it was inhabited.

In Persian culture, the Moon is the spiritual, poetic, and visual symbolism focused on Imam Ali. The luminous quality of Imam Ali’s face is often likened to the Moon, while Imams are described as silhouette of light. Like the Moon reflects the light of the Sun, Imam Ali’s face is seen as reflecting the rays of divine light. In the Ismaili tradition, the Moon was compared to the position of the hujja, the representative da’i of the Imam, illuminating the world by virtue of the light it received from the Sun i.e. the Imam.

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Nimira’s Blog (Nimira Dewji) comprises short articles on Ismaili history and various topics of Muslim civilisations including art, architecture, devotional and other literature, and quotes by Mawlana Hazar Imam. https://nimirasblog.wordpress.com/

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Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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