Glimpses of Maulatena Fatema AS Shahadat Waaz Mubarak – Al-Hutaib al-Mubarak 1435AH

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS delivered the waaz mubarak of Molatena Fatema (as) shahadat day in the newly inaugurated Masjid Mansuril Yemen in Al-Hutaib al-Mubarak, Yemen.

Molana (tus) addressed the gathering as the people of faith, devotion and steadfastness; those who obey Allah and His awliya the Imams and the Duaat Mutlaqeen. The Duaat have taken the reins of Dawat during the seclusion of the Imam – they are the hours of the night of Laylatul Qadr. Their succession continued until the arrival of the 52nd ofthem – he whose name is inscribed in the hearts of Mumineen and then Molana (tus) lead the congregation in a collective tasbih of Molana-l-Muqaddas’s name – ‘Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin!’

The waaz, delivered entirely in Arabic, took reference from the aayat sharifa that come at the end of Suratul Fajr – “Ya ayyatuha-l-nafsul mutmainna. Irjiee ila rabbiki radiyatan mardiyyah, fadkhuli fee ibaadi wadkhuli jannaty.”

Molatena Fatema (as) is at peace – nafsul mutmainna. When she was betrothed to Molana Ali (as) Rasulallah (sa) told her he had found for her the supreme and most worthy partner in the face of a plethora of proposals asking for her hand.

On the night of her marriage a man came to the door asking for charity. Molatena Fatema (as) had one old ‘qamees’ (chemise) and one new one given to her by Rasulallah (sa) and she donated the new one.

Rasulallah (sa) described her as being a piece of him. Molana (tus) extrapolated on this to the ‘kabid’ – liver, a central organ of the body and a word that in Arabic is often used to describe something that is central such as the Sun in the centre of the sky.

The true Dawat is the ‘central’ dawat and Imam Mohammed al Baqir (as) states that we are the central ummah.

In Arabic ‘kabidul ardh’ (literally liver of the earth) is its stores of jewels and in the true Dawat these troves of precious jewels are the Duaat.

Molana Abdul Mutalib (as) described Rasulallah (sa) as his kabid and Molana Ali (as) was similarly the kabid of his father Molana Abu Talib (as).

Molana (tus) told the narrative describing how Molatena Fatema’s (as) necklace gave clothes and food to one man, lifted another from poverty and still found its way back its owner. He then gave the quote that asks if there is any act greater than to fill the kabid of the hungry.

Molana Saifuddin Aqa (tus) retold in vivid and emotional detail aspects of the life of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (ra) and then his recent passing. Towards the end he said that we covered with ‘turab’ (soil) the Dai of Abu Turab (Molana Ali as) and then extolled the congregation to repeat with him the lament “Aahin alayka salaam, aahin alayka salaam.”

Molana (tus) spoke of how Syedna Burhanuddin’s (ra) life began in the month of Rabiul Akhar and came to  an end in this realm in Rabiul Awwal – a complete annual cycle. His birth date coincided with that of the reappearance of the Imam al-Mehdi – 20th Rabiul Aakhar and indeed his entire life thereafter was in itself a revelation of the secluded Imam.

Here in the Yemen the problem of ‘kaat’ has been one that has been addressed with great urgency in recent years. Mola (tus) told the majority Yamani congregation that those who consume ‘kaat’ (the tree leaf with narcotic properties) would then suffer from ‘kaat’ (Lisan ul Dawat word for rust). Rust affects iron and when this happens the one way to remove it is by using fire. It was only through the abandoning of kaat that the community could prosper.

Molana (tus) repeatedly urged complete adherence to the Shariah – ‘al-amal, al-amal, al-amal’ – action, with knowledge leads to attainment. Integral to this is walayat for only with that can these actions be valid.

One of the most important initiatives has been ‘Faydhal Mawaid al-Burhaniyah’ and every single Mumin home should receive this for in this food is the barakat of the name of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin.

Molana (tus) gave bequests of over a million US dollars to Yemeni initiatives including one dedicated to uplifting the living standard of Mumineen in Yemen.

Earlier in the waaz Molana (tus) had told us of the way in which Molatena Fatema’s (as) pearl necklace that she gave away enabled one man to be fed, clothed and given a steed and yet for it to be returned to her as it was.

The Duaat Mutlaqeen are uplifting Mumineen in this same way – we might reflect on this aspect of the waaz mubarak and say that the Duaat are Molatena Fatema’s (as) necklace.

During the waaz mubarak Syedna Saifuddin (tus) allowed the entire recitation of a madeh – Madad, madad, madad. In the opening lines the reciter used Aqeequl Yemen in place of Mansurul Yemen but Molana immediately called on him to pray the original – ‘Mansural Yemen’. It was the latest in the continuing examples of Molana Saifuddin’s (tus) utter dedication, remembrance and humility to his beloved father, our beloved Mola – Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (ra). This true spirit of humility, even now as the incumbent Dai, is indeed the hallmark of every true Dai and Wali and a striking counterweight to the boasts and claims of pretenders throughout history.

Molana Saifuddin (tus) narrated the entire shahadat of Molatena Fatema (as) and the emotions rose in the congregation. As the eternal pair were in their final embrace alone, Molana Ali’s (as) tears fell upon Molatena Fatema’s (as) face and she then spread them over her face seeking barakat from them. They gave each other their final wishes and amongst the four given by Molana Ali (as) was for her to put her right foot in Paradise, and not to raise the other until he arrived for them to enter together.

The waaz mubarak ended with the shahadat of Molana Husain (as) – the remembrance of which was taught to us by Molana Burhanuddin. Molana described how remarkable was Molana’s remembrance of ImamHusain (as) – the voice and the words resonatingin the ears even now.

Truly we witnessed this day a remarkable waaz. Lucidly delivered, seamless in every aspect, as profound and nuanced as any we have heard. The language was of the highest order yet with a simplicity that allowed even those with little knowledge of its grammer and vocabulary to take home many, many of its jewels of knowledge and understanding.

Imam Husain (as), we were told, as he lay with the evil Shimr astride his breast ordered him to rise – “Qum!”

Shimr quivered at the command and got up. That is the power and the might of Allah’s true Wali.

May Allah t’aala preserve our beloved Aqa, Aali Qadr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (tus) in eternal health and beneficent power – until Qiyamat.