Imam al-Tayyib Abul Qasim Amirul Mumineen (AS), 21st Imam

Fazaailo Misril Fatemiyyah

Molana-l-Imam al-Tayyib Abul Qasim Amirul Mumineen (a.s.) was born in Al-Qaheratul Moizziyyah on Sunday the 4th of Rabiul Aakher, 524H.

In 526H news of Imam Aamir’s (a.s.) shahadat reached Yemen where Molatena Hurratul Maleka (r.a.) propogated d`awat (call) to Imam Tayyib, took mithaaq in his mubarak name and the khutbahs (Friday sermons) in all masjids were in his name.

In Misr (Egypt) the Baabul Abwaab, Molana Ibne Madyan (r.a.) propogated d`awat towards Imam Tayyib whilst Abdul Majeed was entrusted with affairs of state. Ali bin al-Afzal expressed his enmity to Aimmat Tahereen and aimed to take over Misr. He imprisoned Abdul Majeed and began his subterfuge assisted by Al-Hasan bin Abdul Majeed. Mumineen were killed, their possessions were seized, Molana Ibne Madyan and four figureheads of D`awat, namely; Naslaan, al-Azizi, Raslaan and Qunis were slain.

The subterfuge spread everywhere and with the darkness spreading Imam Tayyib entered into ‘satr’ towards the westward lands accompanied by his Baabul Abwaab Molana Abu Ali, Huduud Fozolaa and Mumineen mukhliseen. The palace Misr became empty as did the homes of Al-Qahera as 600 Muminaat emigrated westward. Molana-l-Aamir (a.s.) had foretold of this subterfuge and prepared for its eventuality by making ready for travel.

When the transgression of Ali bin Shahenshah al-Afzal took place and his oppression became manifest the people revolted against him, killed him and freed Abdul Majeed. Abdul Majeed imprisoned his own son Hasan and 100 000 people gathered at the gates of Al-Qahera demanding that Hasan be brought out; they became so enraged that they burned down the doors of the qasr. When it became obvious to Abdul Majeed that they would kill his son he had him poisoned so that he would not fall into someone else’s hands and then showed the body to the public to calm them down.

With the way now clear, most of the mukhliseen dead, Abdul Majeed revealed his inner enmity and greed for power. Within 2 years he was declaring himself Imam and where previously he was writing to Molatena Hurratul Maleka as “Walio ehdil Muslimeen” and “son of the uncle of Amirul Mumineen” he now began to sign himself as “Amirul Mumineen”. Molatena Hurratul Maleka contested his claim and revealed his betrayal of oath to Mumineen.

In 531H, Molatena Hurratul Maleka wrote a will and sent priceless treasures, jewels and other wealth towards Imam Tayyib in the custody of Al-Sultan al-ajal Ahmed bin Abil Husain bin Ibrahim bin Mohammed al-Sulayhi (qs). Molatena Hurratul Maleka passed away in 532H at the age of 92 after which Syedna Zoeb (r.a.) acceded to the post of Al-Dail Mutlaq and propogated d`awat towards Imam Tayyib.

In Al-Qahera Abdul Majeed proclaimed himself Imam and after his death the wazirs of the state instituted his son Ismail, Al-Zafir in 544H. He was there in name only as the affairs of state were in the hands of Al-Malik al-Saleh whilst the few remaining Mumineen retired away from public view.

As the sons and relatives of Abdul Majeed succeeded him his d`awat in Yemen withered, Imam Tayyib’s D`awat prospered and he is the saheb of two eras; that of kashf (revelation) and satr (seclusion). The satr of Imam Tayyib took place for many reasons such as the discernment of the true (believers) from the false, the raising of the people of belief and knowledge and giving to them of exclusive bounties.

In his satr his D`awat is not lost, it will always remain in a continent of the earth, his Dai will always remain. The D`awat of the Imam is instituted through the Dail Mutlaq, Mazoon and Muqasir; the abwaab, hujaj and Duatul Balagh re