I was in New Delhi, the capital of India, at Christmas 2008. One of the places I visited was the Delhi Grand Mosque, which is traditionally the largest and oldest mosque in India.
Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha prayers are still held in this mosque and accommodate thousands of worshipers. At the entrance of the mosque are several large plaques on which the genealogy of the Imam of that mosque (who is also the Mufti of the Muslims of India) is written.
What could be understood from these paintings was that the position of Imamate of this mosque and the right to issue fatwas for the Muslims of India is a position of inheritance and is inherited from father to son. If it were otherwise, how was it possible for him to remain in the same family for seven generations in a row ?!
The building of the mosque, which was built hundreds of years ago (apparently during the Timurid period), was an example of skill and aesthetics, but when I went to the washroom of the mosque, which was not run by the Timurids but run by the living Muslims of Delhi, I was shocked! The amount of dirt in the toilets was so great that I could not even enter! It was as if you were entering a sewage well instead of a toilet!
I thought: Neither the Imam of the congregation who has inherited this water and bread kingdom from generation to generation, nor the millions of Indian Muslims (the population of Indian Muslims is more than the total population of Iran!) Are not able to manage a toilet properly?!
Now, after seven years, I remember the catchment area of the Delhi Grand Mosque?
A sweet friend from India has brought me a souvenir book that describes the lives and “miracles” of the five complete guides of India. In this book, called Lord Mehr, published by Mehr Avatar Publications of India in 2012, Bao Kalchuri tells the story of six great Indian gurus, three of whom are Muslim, two of whom are Hindu and one of whom is a Muslim. They were Zoroastrians. It should be noted that the author was a devoted follower of these six people and what he wrote about them was considered good from his point of view.
One of the three Muslim guides in this book is Sai Baba (1918-1838), who bears only a nominal resemblance to this second Sai Baba, who was our contemporary and until a few years ago was considered one of the tourist attractions of India.
This original Sai Baba is so popular in India that you can see his picture in most Indian motor taxis and his face photo can be seen on the doors and walls of shops and on cars.
Now on page 105 of this book I read:
(… Every apparent movement of the perfect guides, though occasionally veiled and mysterious, is internally important, because every movement they make ends up for the benefit of the world. For example, it took hours for Sai Baba to empty his stomach. After a while, with the increase in the number of his followers, this natural movement of emptying the abdomen became a kind of glorious act of worship that Sai Baba called “Landi” (lendi is an Emirati word meaning dry stool). He used to go to a nearby desert every day at a certain time, usually around noon, and groups of disciples would follow him by playing music and singing hymns, and one of them would hold an umbrella over his head. “Landy was a spiritual secret,” said Sai Baba one day.
A quote from Einstein with the theme that “genius has a limit but stupidity has no limit!” ,Reading this book, which reminded me of the catchment area of the Delhi Grand Mosque, immediately lit up Einstein’s sentences. If we become stupid, the feces of Hazrat Murshid will also be sacred to us! God bless you!
Dr. Mohammad Reza Sargolzaei – Psychiatrist
Translated By: Negar Kolkar
Photo From: rudraksha-ratna.com
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