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Majalis-ul Muayyadiya - by Al Muayyad fid-din Shirazi
Life and Lectures of Al Muayyad fid-din Shirazi
Contents Lectures 1 through 20 of the Majlis - (Lectures Coming soon!)
Lecture 3 - The Meaning of Salam

O Momins, may God help you in listening with attention to what you hear from the Imam and in carrying out his orders. I appeal to you to fear God and be devoted to the Imams. If you are firm in your devotion to the Imams no harm will occur to you. Do not get frightened at the idea that on your death you will be shifted from your bright rooms in your palaces to the dark and dingy tombs. To entertain such fears is a sign of the weakness of your faith. Let not the thought that your beautiful bodies will one day be reduced to dust, worry you in the least. When the precious pearl is out of the shell, there is no importance left for the shell. If it is broken to pieces nobody minds it.

You must bear in mind that it is only the vicious people who will be made to suffer in the grave. It is they who should fear and not you.

Look at the troubles your parents have taken from the days of your childhood in the growth of your bodies and in the improvement of you physical life on earth. But for the interest they took in you, you would not have been what you are. Your souls are thousand times more important than your bodies. The Imams are your spiritual parents. Avail yourselves of a few days of your life which are at your disposal here and look after your spiritual elevation under the care of your spiritual parents. Once you miss this opportunity, you will repent forever. You will not be given a second chance to set the things right.

O Momins, last time I explained to you the external and the inner meaning of the verse, "He who fears the ‘Rehman' in ‘ghaib' and approaches Him with the heart bent to Him..." Those of you who were attentive to what I have said have profitted by it and have seen for themselves the way leading to salvation. Now I am going to explain to you the rest of this verse. It says, "Enter it with ‘Salam'. This is the day of perpetuity." The word ‘Salam’ needs an explanation. The commentators say that it means ‘safety'. They further say that ‘Salam' is the greeting, which the inmates of the ‘jannat' offer to one another. God says, "They will not hear in ‘jannat' useless and sinful talk. They will hear nothing but ‘Salam'. "According to another verse God Himself is ‘Salam'. The verse says, "He who is the ‘Salam' the Guardian of faith and the Preserver of the safety." The ‘jannat' itself is called ‘Dar-us-salam'. The Holy Qur'an says, "They have for them ‘Dar-us-salam' with God."

When ‘as-salam' is used as an epithet of God, it means that God is safe from, i.e., He is above description in words and is much above even the subtlest thought, which a human being can entertain of Him. All the attributes of God that can be uttered by tongue refer to the angels and the Prophet and the Imams. God is the Creator of them all. He cannot be described by the epithets, which are applicable to His creatures. He is ‘Salam' because of His safety from all this. In short, God is above human description.

The ‘jannat' is called ‘Dar-us-salam' because its inmates are free from diseases and defects and from changes from one condition to another which are the peculiar characteristics of the inmates of this world. If this definition which is the correct definition of the ‘jannat', the Qur'anic definition is accepted and it cannot but be accepted, then it logically follows that the inmates of the ‘jannat' have no bodies composed of four humors and exposed to disease and decay.

This gives the lie to those who maintain that the human being will enter hell or heaven with their bodies. May God give you the courage to follow the real faith and may He keep you away from the influence of those who twist and turn the meaning of the words of God.

Lecture 4

Contents Lectures 1 through 20 of the Majlis - (Lectures Coming soon!)
Another article on Al Muayyad by Mohamed Adra
Poetry by Al Muayyad
Al Muayyad's protege Nasir Khusraw
Poetry by Nasir Khusraw
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