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Deedar / Darbar

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Now I would like to go into terminology of the Deedar (which is Persian) or Mulaqaat (Arabic) which means the meeting or vision, when you see someone. Not only is the Murid (follower) anxious for the Deedar, the Murshid (Guide) is even more excited about meeting the followers. Occasionally, a Deedar becomes even more special when we are graced by the Darbar which is Persian word for the Court of a King. During Darbar, the Imam is dressed in his full regalia and all the Wazirs (courtiers) don their robes and turbans.  When the Imam declares the Mulaqaat as Darbar, this is symbolic to the Darbaar of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) when Prophet Muhammad declared Hazrat Ali as his successor at Gadhir-e Khumm and presented him with the Khilaat (his cloak/robe) and Safoh (turban) therefore transferring his authority and all the favors that were granted by God to him were now passed to Hazrat Ali who was known as Murtaza (the Favorite). The Darbaar ceremony is of great significance to Ismailis as it is the recognition of Hazrat Ali's spiritual and physical authority over the believers and has been passed on to Mowlana Hazar Imam,the 49th in line of his Ahl-e Bayt (progeny). The day symbolizes the event at Gadhir-e Khumm proclaiming the identity of the Living Imam as bearer of the Noor(Light)of Imamat, the Covenant, which will continue till the Day of Judgment.

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