Fatemi Culture – Our Worthy Legacy

Mulla Juzar Sh Yusuf bhai Noorani

Introduction to the basis and foundation of Fatemi culture.

1. Tawheed: If capitalism or Marxism or any other ‘ism’ is the philosophy of life for others, it is the philosophy of ‘Tawheed’ in the Kalematus Shahadat, “La Ilaha Illallah”, brought by Rasulallah (SA) in which lies the foundation of our culture. It is this Kalema expresses our belief in Allah and sets forth the path of good conducts commanded by Him.

2. Masale-A’la: Fatemi culture depends upon the existence in every age of the “Maqaam”, a person who is unique – there can be no other like him. In him is embodied the loftiest human and celestial qualities that the mind of man can imagine. He is the highest ideal for mankind of his period and an example of humanity and divine virtues to follow.

Essentials of the Fatemi culture.

1. Al-Ilm: The Fatemi culture states that Al-Ilm is from Allah alone. He is the Omniscient, the All knowing. The Ilm of the Quran is universal, all-inclusive and comprehensive, and to seek this Ilm is an injunction of Islam and a religious duty for which Rasulallah (SA) has said: “acquiring Ilm is an obligation of every Muslim man and woman.” (Da’im-ul-Islam)

Allah Subhanahu has entrusted His Rasul (SA) with the keys to the treasure chest of the Knowledge of the Quran which was handed over to his progeny “The Imams.” Rasulallah (SA) has commanded to approach his progeny for Al-Ilm of the Quran saying: “Learn Al-Ilm from the ‘Aalim’ of my Ahle Bait or from him who has learnt from the ‘Aalim’, and surely you will attain salvation.” (Da’im-ul-Islam)

In Arabic the word ‘Saqafat’ is derieved from ‘Saqafatur Rumh’. It means straightening the spear or straightening it. ‘Musaqqaf’ means one who has sharp penetratng intellect while ‘Tasqeef’ to sharpen ones intellect and personality. The Fatemi perspective of learning and teaching are both aimed towards achieving these goals developing inspiration in an individual.

Al-Amal: It is an important part of Ilm. Orienting ourselves to Allah and aiming towards the hereafter (Akherat) in all matters of life is an essential of the Fatemi culture which distinguishes it from other cultures. For Deen (Religion) is not praying and fasting, as said by Imam Ahmad bin Abdullah (SA), but it is the building of this worldly life as well as preparing for the life hereafter. Therefore all our actions are under the boundaries of Shariat which leads to both these aims. The Shariat not only comprises of Salat and Sawm, but also has the guidelines of conducts governing business, family and social matters.

3. Noble Characters and Sound Values: Another essential of Fatemi culture are Morals. To attain the morals standards of Angels, Allah has made his vicegerents Rasulallah (SA), his Vasi, their progeny the Aemmat and their Doat during the period of their seclusion the highest ideals for Mumineen to follow. Allah Subhanahu Says:
“And you have in Rasulallah, a good example to follow, for those who seek Allah and the hereafter.” (Surah 60:6)

Fatemi culture is based on eternal values. It aims towards two goals i.e. guidance towards “Siraatul Mus’taqeem” and completion of Allah’s intention in his creation. Sound Values are derived from correct measures taken under the boundaries Al-Ilm and Al-Amal.

Manifestation of Fatemi culture.

Fatemi literature, language ans architecture are also essential manifestations of our culture. A man is known by his dress and address. The Fatemi Imams and their Doat during their period of seclusion have always payed great attention to all the aspects of a Mumins life which would reflect his identity, and today the community has emerged to be distinguished from all other cultures and play its vital role in the development of a prosperous and peaceful society, under the guidance of their heir Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin (TUS).

Conclusion.

Distinction and integration: Fatemi culture guides us towards distinguishing ourselves from others as Iman Jafar-us-Sadiq (AS) has said “when people become distinguished you too distinguish yourself”. At the same time Fatemi culture also instructs us to integrate with people as Amirul Mumineen (AS) has said “Mix with people in such a way that if you live amongst them they long to meet you and when you are no more they weep in your memory”.

Aqa Moula (TUS) once said “But foresight at the same, time demands that we should preserve our distinctive cultural identity and organizational distinction. For it is our inheritance and ensures our continued existence; and is the secret of our survival and strength.

It behooves us that we should join hands but we should remain ourselves. It is evident that the beauty of a garden lies in its colourful variety. The beauty of the human body lies in the balanced and harmonious setup of various organs.

Our revered ancestors, the Fatemi Imams (AS) remained steadfast to their own beliefs and fulfilled the vast responsibility of government. Simultaneously they have shown us the way of living cordially with all. That is for us an auspicious tradition, a true path and an ideal example. And this is how we remain firm footed and can serve the Deen of Islam and fulfill the duty of service to the nation, the Millat and humanity in general; properly, purposefully and honourably.”

Finally, as all the above ideas suggest that the foundation and existence of the Fatemi culture is based on the presence of an Imam-uz-Zaman (AS), the vicegerent of Rasulallah (SA) in every age, who is the starting point of this culture and the final destination of its thoughts. All praise of Allah Subhanahu and his Salawaat be upon him after the Nabi (SA).. During the seclusion of the Imam The Daiz Zaman, Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin (TUS), is the final authority, heir and preserver of the Fatemi legacy. May Allah Subhanahu grant him a long and prosperous life in the pink of health, for he is our guide for building this world as well as the hereafter.

by Mulla Juzar Sh Yusuf bhai