Hope (Reja)

"Hope is planted seed in fertile ground that bears fruit."

Molana Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha

Hazrat Molana Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha, in the book Al Rasa’el, states1:

"Reja is knowledge and certainty in the grace of God, and His all pervading wisdom and compassion, and heart-felt hope in the bestowing of God’s blessings."

Sheikh Safieddin Ardebili has said: "The reality of hope is the joy that comes with awareness of God’s grace."

Dhul-Nun al-Misri has said: "Hope is the remedy for sorrow, and fear is the rival of action."

Hazrat Amir-al Moemenin Ali (pbuh) has said: "Hope is the heart’s closeness to the Creator’s grace and its joy is the promise of union with Him."

Hazrat Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha, "Pir Oveyssi" in the book entitled The Secret Word describes hope in the following eloquent poem:

Hope is planted seed in fertile ground that bears fruit.

In the land of our hearts the plant of despair never grows.

The cry of the silent by the flame of love ascends,

And the heavens listen to the heart-wishes of the sincere,

O Thou, Lord of the Arif’s heart,

For the bestowment of the great care of the Masters,

For the strength of heart of the youthful ones,

For the enraptured love-call of awakened heart,

For the holiness and purity of the attesters of Truth,

And for the heavenly innocence of Tulip-Growers,*

Enflame my essence with Thy flame of Love.3

1. Molana Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha, Al-Rasa’el; Al Salat (Tehran, Iran: M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi Publicatios, 1975), 34.
2. Molana Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha, The Secret Word (New York, NY: University Press of America, 1984), 21-22
* Tulip Growers – The Elect who guide the seeker of Truth.