This post honours my late dad’s love for nature, and has been inspired by a beautiful quote on nature by Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, when he visited Badakhshan in 1995.
My late dad Jehangir’s fondness for nature was instilled in him by his father, Alibhoy Muhammad, who used to take him every year to a hill station town called Matheran, near Mumbai. While my dad passed away on May 27, 2018, I continue to think of him whenever I visit parks and forests in and around Toronto as well as other parts of Canada. Unlike my dad, my own appreciation for nature began much later in life, when I spent sometime in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The beautiful presence of Wasatch Mountains around the city had moved me from the time I arrived there in November 1979. The sighting of the new moon every 4 weeks was thrilling as it marked the start of a new month in the Islamic lunar calendar. Furthermore, as an Ismaili Muslim, the sighting of the new crescent or Chandraat as we call it, became an evening to dedicate more time to special extra prayers such as the Tasbih of Hazrat Bibi Fatima (A.S.) as well as the Salawat(please click on hyperlinks provided to read respective articles).
The night of Chandraat had been accorded a very special status by the 48th Ismaili Imam, Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan (1877-1957, Imam from 1885-1957). In a special message sent to the Ismailis during his lifetime, he highlighted the significance of the night and noted that it would generate within us immense spiritual peace.
Keeping my dad’s thoughts and his love of nature uppermost in my mind, I decided to spend the earlier part of this week driving to places not too distant from Toronto, armed with a camera. For today’s Photo(s) of the Day feature, I have chosen to focus on one specific object in each photo — it may be a living thing, a photo of nature or an element of human endeavour and creativity. Please enjoy the pictures.
Mawlana Hazar Imam on Nature
The Qur’an refers very often to nature as a reflection of Allah’s power of creation, and it says, look at the mountains, the rivers, the trees, the flowers, as evidence of Allah’s love for the people whom he has created. Today, I look at the environment and I say to you, I believe Allah is smiling upon you, and may His smile always be upon you.” – Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, Rushan, Badakhshan, May 27, 1995.
Aga Khan Park, Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum
Niagara Whirlpool, Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Niagara on the Lake and Oakville’s Bronte Road Waterfront
Date posted: May 28, 2021.
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