This is a record of the nass conferred by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (ra) upon Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (tus) in 1388H/1969 CE.
The memo was written by Shaikh Ibrahim al-Yamani who maintained a diary of events that he had seen during his long service to Syedna Taher Saifuddin (ra) and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (ra). He was also one of the three witnesses to the event. The sections in italics are the words of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, written verbatim.
The final line in the record, and his own name were written by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (ra) himself. He also added the word “Abdulqadir” to the name of the 3rd witness. These words of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin are written in dark blue ink, and indicate that he had read what had been written and ensured its correctness.
The memo is dated 11th Zilqaddah al-Haraam 1388 at 1 am, which corresponds to Tuesday, 28th January 1969, the first hour after midnight.
English rendering of the record:
Date: 11th Tuesday eve in the month of Zilqadatil Haraam 1388H.
Maulana-l-manaan, Maulana Abul Qaidjohar Mohammed Burhanuddin (tus), at 1 am, called this humble servant Ibrahim al-Yamani, Al-Shaikh Abdulhusain al-Shaikh Ghulamali Tambawala and Abdulhusain al-Shaikh Ibrahim in his private chamber. Drawing us very close to himself, he conveyed the following highly confidential matter giving these servants a lofty honour for which we prostrated in gratitude.
I am conveying to you a secret matter:
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem (In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)
Praise be to the Allah the Lord of the worlds. May His blessings and salutations be upon Syedna Mohammed and on his pure progeny. And upon the 21st of them, Maulana Imam al-Tayyib Abil Qasim, prince of the believers. And on Imam uz-Zamaan and his descendants whom we await to the Day of Judgment. And on their Duat Mutlaqeen, particularly on the 51st of them, Syedna Taher Saifuddin, may Allah raise his sanctity and bless us with his intercession and care. And may He bestow upon us, by His grace, such benevolences that soothe our eyes and relieve our hearts.
My esteemed father, Syedna Taher Saifuddin, the 51st Dai, passed away having conferred nass1 upon me. Today, I, Mamlook-e-Aale Mohammed2, am carrying out the khidmat3 of Imam uz-Zamaan4. I always remember Syedna Taher Saifuddin and do his zikr5, (and recall) his immense favours. I have the good fortune of being granted the khidmat of Imam uz-Zamaan. I am the 52nd Dai.
I am thinking of choosing my mansoos6, by which my heart can be lightened. This night I am conferring nass upon my beloved, radiant son, apple of my eye, Mufaddal bhai Saifuddin.
May Allah t’aala give him succour in his work. May he perform the khidmat of Imam uz -Zamaan (well). I have given him the laqab7 of Syedna Taher Saifuddin, seeking (for him) its good fortune.
May he please Imam uz-Zamaan, and thereby please my heart, and the heart of my esteemed father. May Allah give him a long life, and His support.
(For this), I hold you as witnesses:
Al-Shaikh Abdulhusain Tambawala,
Abdulhusain al-Shaikh Ibrahim Abdulqadir.
This matter shall remain secret until it is revealed at its appointed time.
May we pledge ourselves to Imam uz-Zamaan whose bounties are vast. He is a Maula of inestimable greatness, how can one give gratitude? Even the sacrifice of a thousand lifetimes would not repay the debt of gratitude.
I am Mamluk-e-Aale Mohammed al-Tahereen alayhim al-salaam
- The act of designating a successor
- Aale Mohammed means the progeny of the Prophet Mohammed al-Mustafa. More specifically, it refers to the Imams who are the descendants of the Prophet. Mamlook means servant. The Dai al-Mutlaq, frequently addresses himself “Mamlook-e-Aale Mohammed”, meaning “the servant of the Imams”.
- Khidmat literally means to serve. In this case, the khidmat referred to is the running of the Mission of the Imam as the Imam’s vicegerent.
- The current Imam in seclusion.
- Speak of, in praise and love.
- The one on whom nass is conferred, that is the successor-designate.
- Laqab is an honorific title that is used as the last name. In this case, the laqab being spoken about is “Saifuddin”.