Syedna Qasimkhan Zainuddin (RA), 31st Dai

Tohfato L’alil Akhbaaril Hudaat

Wafaat: 9th Shawwal ul-Mukarram 1054H/ 1644AD, Ahmedabad, India

Reign: 12 years, 6 months, and 14 days

Al-Dail ajal Syedna Qasimkhan Zainuddin (r.a.) is a descendant of Syedi Hasan Pheer al-Shaheed (qs). Molana Zainuddin performed the khidmat of 5 Duaat Mutlaqeen from al-Dail ajal Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah (r.a.) to al-Dail ajal Syedna Ali Shamsuddin (r.a.) who conferred nas upon him.

During the subterfuge of Ali bin Ibrahim (l.a.) Molana Zainuddin expended his utmost in protection of the D`awat.


Tohfato L’alil Akhbaaril Hudaat

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When Syedna al-Shaikhadam Safiyuddin (28th Dai r.a.) passed away the janaaza namaaz was lead by his successor al-Dail ajal Syedna Abduttayyeb Zakiyuddin (r.a.) – as has always been the sunnat of the Dawat (that the successor performs the janaaza namaaz except in circumstances where the successor is not present at the place of wafaat).

At the culmination of the namaaz the first to offer taaziyah was the grandson of Syedna Al-Shaikadam – Ali bin Ibrahim. He had prayed the janaaza namaaz with Syedna and did qadambosi and conveyed salaams before returning to his home.

That was until such time as he met someone who instilled in him the desire to claim daiship for himself and he fell prey to this in the search of worldy gain. Subsequently he repented and Syedna Zakiyuddin accepted his remorse with great beneficence ordering him and all those who had prayed namaaz behind him in that period to repray their namaaz; which they did.

Ali bin Ibrahim and all those who had followed him re-entered the fray of
Dawat but it was not long before he was lead astray once again by the enemies of Dawat and he again refuted his earlier beliefs.

He and a small group of followers went to Lahore taking their case to the Emperor Jahangir. They lobbied the various wazirs and chieftains by showing themselves as believing in whatever each individual wazir did; to a Sunni they showed themselves as believing in Sunni beliefs, to a Shia they showed themselves as believing in Shia beliefs until they finally submitted to Jahangir that he look into their case.

Jahangir wrote to his waali in Ahmedabad, Saif Khan, and Syedna Zakiyuddin (RA) was taken to Lahore – with great pomp and honour. Syedna’s shaan in Lahore was like that of his father Syedna Dawood bin Qutub (who was also called to Lahore) and Molana was given great proximity by the Emperor who was greatly in awe of Molana.

Jahangir ruled in favour of Molana just as his father had ruled in Syedna Dawood’s favour. Molana was given an official ‘firmaan’ which reinforced that which was given to his father by Akbar. Molana returned to Ahmedabad victorious whilst the pretender was left despondent. (The followers of Ali bin Ibrahim are known as the Alyah sect).

Material taken and translated from the Risala Sharifah “Khazaaino Imamil Muttaqeen” 1372H – Syedna Taher Saifuddin (r.a.)

Translated by Shk Mustafa Feeroz