Nabi Raza Abidi/Religious focus of Nabi Raza
- To the believers, his focus is not bogus
Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. maulana Nabi Raza Abidi) knows a lot about Aalam az-Zhar (Arabic for the World of Progeny. Arabic: عالم الذر). Indian Shia clergymen seem to be drawn to this subject matter more than their Arab and Persian counterparts. This could be at least partly attributed to the interest of Indians in general (especially the Hindu majority) in incarnation. There is no doubt that Shiites of the Indian sub-continent have been profoundly influenced by their non-Muslim neighbors and ancestors. One could see this in matters ranging from food (the love of spices) to the great importance that Indian and Pakistani Shiites attach to hereditary religious titles such as "Syed" -- something not shared as much by, say, their Amelite counterparts (Amelite as in one who is from Jabal Amel (Arabic: جبل عامل) -- not ameel, which is Arabic for agent (Arabic: عـمـيـل). It is so sad that, since Ruhollah Khomeini's so-called Islamic Revolution in Iran, Faqihi Shiites have become so paranoid to the point where they have been imagining that everyone around them, including their own shadows, might be "agents" -- CIA, FBI, Mossad, Saudi, Egyptian, Moroccan, etc. -- trying to get them. Obviously, something is wrong with the intentions of these unstable dudes, otherwise, they would not be suffering from mass paranoia and hyper-anxiety! Is it that they are after the world and thus think that the world is after them?).
Aalam az-Zhar is a very interesting subject matter that provides the faithfuls with convincing answers to their questions about destiny and free will. For instance, the number of times a Muslim performs the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, in Saudi Arabia. Arabic: الحج) in this life is directly related to the number of times he/she responded with talbiyah (acceptance. Arabic: تلبية) while in Aalam az-Zhar to Prophet Abraham's (PBUH&HF) call to humanity to visit the Exalted Kaabah (Arabic: الكعبة المشرفة) in pilgrimage. As such, one who did not respond to Prophet Abraham's call with a talbiyah back in the Soul World is destined to never do the Hajj in this life; but one who responded with talbiyah once, performs the Hajj once; one who responded with talbiyah twice, does the Hajj twice; and so on and so forth. This may explain why Nabi Raza has missed
five six priceless Hajj seasons so far: On the surface of it, the issue may seem to be a worldly immigration status problem, but in the metaphysical reality, Nabi Raza did not do too many talbiyahs back in the Soul World!! Indeed, God is the Causer of Causes, may He increase His blessing (Arabic: مسبب الأسباب، تبارك وتعالى). Hence, the U.S. government has nothing to do directly or indirectly with Nabi Raza's failure to go to the Hajj during the past five years: It was his choice.
The number of children that one is destined to have in this physical world is also a reflection of one's performance in the Soul World. Hence some Shia scholars allowed the faithfuls to use contraception: Birth control won't change what has been already predetermined -- not one child more and not one child less. Other matters predetermined in the World of Progeny is one's parents (hence the Soul World is the Progeny World); one's religion upon birth; one's social status; and much more.
To the Shiites, the primary matter about the Soul World is the muwalat (acceptance and loyalty) of Imam Ali, Peace be upon him and his family! Hence, the Shiites are born into this world with hearts filled with love for their master and commander. They recognize his holy name when they first hear it. The love of the Imam is literally coded in the cells of their blood. Beyond this love, nothing else matters that much. Hence, an Indian poet once very famously chanted: "I have darkened the scroll of my deeds and left my fate to Haidar!" To the Great Revelation it is left, here and in the hereafter.
The concept of the Soul World is part of the theological doctrines of both Jews and Christians as well. For more information, check out The Tree of Life by Israel Regardie.