Feast of Noroz in Islam
By: Zaynab Muhammad
Noroz, beginning of Persian year, is Eid Day, a day of
great happiness and pleasure. It falls on March 21 and is celebrated
throughout the Muslim world.
Holy Prophet Hazret Muhammad (S)’s sixth infallible descendant Hazret
Imam Jafer Sadiq (AS) told one of his companions Moalla bin Khonays
about Eid of Noroz:
“Certainly the day of Noroz is the day when holy Prophet
Hazret Muhammad (S) in Ghadeer-e-Khomm took oath from people for
wilayat (mastership) of Amir-ol Mo’mineen Hazret Ali ibne Abi Talib
(AS) (saying Mann Kuntu Maulahu fa haa za Aliyunn Maulahu ‘whomesoever
I am master Ali is his master’) … this is the day when Hazrat Ali
Mortaza (AS) became victor over people of Neherwan … and it is the day
when Qaim-e-Ahli Bayt (Hazret Imam Mehdi (AS)) will reappear.”
There is a tradition in Bihar-ul Anwaar:
Mansour, the second Abbassid caliph, had asked the
seventh Imam Hazret Imam Mousa bin Jafar Al-Kazem (AS) to take seat so
that people may present him Noroz greetings and gifts.
Seyed b. Taous, a great intellectual, wrote regarding Noroz that the
start of universe was done on this day.
Ibne Fahd Hilli says:
“Noroz day is a valuable day, a day of grand status.”
In Tehzeeb Al-Ahkaam (Tusi), Mann la yah-zorhu al-faqih (Sheikh Saddoq),
Al-Kafi (Sheikh Kolayni), there are a number of traditions which
highlight importance and significance of Noroz.
Haj Sheikh Abbas Qommi writes in Mafateeh-ul Jinan Aamaal of
Eid-e-Noroz which were taught to Moalla bin Khonays by Hazret Imam
Jafar Saiq (AS).
Imam said the Aamaal are:
Wear clean outfit,
Keep fast, and
A four-rak’at prayer.
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guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the
more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you
get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but
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