The Friday Message – Issue No: 295 - Take care of the lantern

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Darkness after sunset:

In our parts of the world one does not need to light lanterns or candles for lighting when it becomes dark. It is only in situations of emergency when electric power outage is experienced that forms of emergency lighting which include candles, torches and even flash lights in mobile phones are used. However in other parts of the world that either suffer from shortages of energy or do not have the infrastructure for lighting supply, setting up a source of light is essential a daily routine as soon as darkness sets in. Commonly a lantern is used. For those unable to afford a lantern, a wick dipped in kerosene set in scrap tins is set on light.
All items used in both settings of the world have one essential purpose, illumination; to provide light for people in the darkness to be able to see.

The invaluable commodity:

All varieties of emergency lighting will be able to function only if fuel to provide the energy for lighting is available. The supply of fuel is an essential element for the lighting piece to light up and drive away darkness by radiating luminance. Therefore one possessing an item of lighting without fuel derives no benefit from the equipment and remains in darkness.
By ensuring that the fuel such as kerosene for lanterns or electric charge in batteries for torches is at the required level, the source of emergency lighting will then be able to function effectively. Where this fuel is at a lower level or has run out then obviously the lighting equipment will not succeed in its function. Therefore it is pertinent that proper steps will always be taken to ensure that that the fuel in form of kerosene, paraffin or electric charging of battery is maintained at required top level.

A unique lantern:

In one of his narrations to describe our 3rd Imam Sayyidu Shuhada Aba ‘Abdillah Imam Husayn a.s. the Noble Prophet uses an example of the lantern stating,“Verily Husayn is the lantern for guidance…” 

Are you using this lantern?

Just as the purpose for the emergency lighting is to provide light for people in the darkness to be able to see, likewise the Noble Prophet is conveying a message on the critical role of Imam Husayn as a unique lantern. Imam Husayn is a lantern that is providing luminance of guidance in a world where ‘darkness’ has set in. This darkness has come about due to disbelief, immoral values, injustice, corruption, tyranny and oppression.
How is one driving away this ‘darkness’ in the world around us through use of this unique lantern of guidance; values upheld by Imam Husayn a.s.?

Are you taking care of this lantern?

During these solemn days of azadari Imam Husayn occupies a central position where one has total devotion towards Imam Husayn- lantern of guidance.

For one to benefit from a physical lantern, it needs to be looked after. The lantern needs to be to be regularly serviced and topped with fuel or kept charged. Just as is required for the physical lantern, are you taking good care of this ‘lantern’ provided by the Noble Prophet?
In these moments of azadari the questions to reflect upon are:

  • How do you take good care of this ‘lantern’?
  • What quality ‘fuel’ is being expected by the lantern of guidance; Imam Husayn?
  • Are you providing this fuel at top level to keep this lantern charged?
  • Are you benefitting directly from this ‘lantern’?
  • Is there any obstruction that is shading the luminance provided from this ‘lantern’?
  • What needs to be done to remove these obstructions and benefit from the luminance of the ‘lantern’?

Ones’ commitment today in upholding the values for which Imam Husayn and his noble companions achieved martyrdom on Ashura is a sign of deriving light from this lantern of guidance, InshAllah.

أَعظَمَ اللهُ أُجُورَنا و أُجُورَكُم بِمُصابِنا بِالحُسَين ع

Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah

With salaams and duas,

Fazle Abbas Datoo
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