A miraculous, enlightening, safe, and fruitful new beginnings – By Yasmin Pyarali Karim, Vancouver, Canada
The sparkling and dancing snow sparks ‘welcome 2022’ with the reminder of how bright and beautiful the human soul is. Everything in nature is constantly renewed with new beginnings and is self-balancing. To me it says ‘together we can sparkle with collective prayers for global unity, light of love and healing, hope, courage to face adversity, well-wishing and enlightenment for all.’
Metro Vancouver experienced the greatest snowfall on Christmas Day  since 1971 according to Environment Canada records, and during the holidays snowfall continued to pile up. Simultaneously climate change is having a global impact with real disasters around the world (United Nations Climate Change).
Just as snow crystals act like small prisms in direct sunlight so too the human soul can sparkle and glitter with Divine mercy reflecting the Divine light. [In December 2021] amidst the global pandemic Ismaili Muslims virtually celebrated a historic Light-upon-Light 85th birthday of Nur Mawlana Shah Karim al-Husayni Hazir Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan IV, the living supreme Name, Kalimah, Word of God (Sura Nur 24:35). Simultaneously Christians celebrated the spirit of Christmas; Prophet Jesus who was the living supreme Name of God in his time and healed the lepers, spiritual diseases with his luminous currents (Suras Al-Imran 3:45, Nisa 4:171). Jews celebrated Hanukkah, perhaps the real victory could be that of entering the holy land in the spirituality of Prophet Moses (Sura Ma’idah 5:21).
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On the path of spirituality we are all insignificant particles and for the sake of spiritual progress we must, with true humility, transform the frozen camel of our soul into particles so it can pass through the eye of the needle (Sura A’raf 7:40).
The word Imam is common in the Ummah. For Ismaili Muslims the word Imam is special and is used for the living, hereditary Imam in direct descent from the holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and his family, through his cousin and son-in-law, Ali, the first Imam, and his wife Fatima, the Prophet’s daughter (The.Ismaili).
Aga Khan IV, Hazir Imam Shah Karim al-Husayni. Message on the 25th anniversary of AKU, May 14, 1992
Freemantle, James Stephen, The Psalms of David, New York, 1982
Hunzai, Allamah Nasir al-Din Nasir, A Thousand Wisdoms, Karachi, 1996
ibid. Psalms of Lovers, Karachi, 1994
Ibid. The Wise Qur’an and The World of Humanity, Karachi, 2002
Ibid. Divine Science, North America, 2016
Suleman, Fahmida, Word of God, Art of Man: The Qur’an and its Creative Expressions, Oxford University Press, London, 2003