Glimpses: 3rd Moharrum 1437 H – “And Rivers of Pure Honey”

In the previous waaz mubarak, al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS reminded us of our identity and our return to the pure and serene world we left. Return to such a pure state requires us to purify ourselves with the rivers of jannat. Four types of rivers flow in jannat, one of water that is ever fresh, another of milk that never spoils, one of wine that does not intoxicate and another of honey that is pure and clear.

In a waaz mubarak delivered in 1354 H, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA related the fourth type of river: ‘Rivers of Pure Honey’ to al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. Pure honey is that  whose colour, fragnance and taste is unadulterated. Everything about Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA was pure and sweet. His name, Mohammed is such that one yearns to continously hear it. His bayaan, his actions, his glances, all were so sweet and pure. His being was a sweetness personified for Mumineen. Over his 50 years he caused many a rivers of pure honey to flow: Faid al-Mawaa’id al-Burhaaniyah, Qardan Hasanaa, Jamea Saifiyah, madrasas, the construction of masjids, gathering Mumineen for Ashara Mubarakah and finally, the incessant flows of tears in remembrance of Imam Husain AS.

It is with such purity that Duat Mutlaqeen persevered that Mumineen gather for the zikr of Imam Husain AS. In 1299 H, on the 4th of Moharrum Syedna Abdulqadir Najmuddin RA wrote a letter to his respected son Hasan bhaisaheb Zakiuddin mentioning that Mumineen must be attending the Asharah majaalis and that niyaaz must be taking place. In another letter, Syedna Najmuddin RA stated that we are a trading community and when the business season draws near we leave aside all our commitments and focus on acquiring goods for us to trade, for which we require capital. The days for acquiring jannat have arrived, and capital with which we will acquire it is our tears. Likewise, Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, both stressed the importance of the days of Asharah Mubarakah, one such way was by holding the waaz mubarak during the days.

Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS spoke at length of the nature of honeybees, their reverence for the queen bee as well as the queen bee’s care for them. In the manner in which a bee consumes the nectar of various flowering plants, Maula encouraged Mumineen to advance is their respective fields, be it medicine, architecture, engineering, law, computer science etc. He counseled them to become proficient in them and ultimately benefit humankind and seek the prosperity and development of Allah’s lands. However, he pointed out that bees consume nectar only after they have made their homes in the mountains and trees. Therefore, he stressed, that one should first build his home, the home of his beliefs and faith, and with Maula’s raza mubarak and humility set out to acquire the best of what is on offer. Only then will the efforts of his labour be sweet. Otherwise, he may lose sight of his identity and purpose in seeking knowledge, and ultimately lose the mohabbat he had for Maula. Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS established the importance of this identity by recalling the khidmat of Syedi Hasan bin Nuh. He offered to spend his all his wealth and being in the khidmat of Syedna Mohammed Ezzuddin and in protecting his forts, to the extent of stating that ‘if I fail to do so I am not Hasan bin Nuh’.

Syedi Hasan made it clear that his identity is not derived from his wealth and business, but it is from Maula, his mohabbat and his khidmat.

Honey is the essence of the essence. Bees draw nectar, which is an essence, and produce honey which in turn is its essence. Maula mentioned that sidr honey from Wadi Do’an is renowned for being the purest in the world, while Scottish, Scandanavian and Greek honey, too, are known for their purity. He listed the numerous benefits of honey and directed Mumineen to consume 3, 5 or 7 black cumin seeds with honey. Honey as a word is as sweet as the substance it names. Maula commented that in Europe and here in America, more so than elsewhere, a person addresses someone who he holds dear as ‘honey’.

In contrast to the honeybee, his noble labours of love, his sublimely crafted home and his production of highly valued honey, is the wasp. He makes his home out of earth, has a deep-seated hatred for the honeybee and for all its efforts in imitating it produces nothing. It is this simile that illustrates the stark contrast between the Dai Mutlaq and all those who lay claim to this august office. Over the course of history claimants have risen and perished. Suleiman laid claim to this post ‘without any evidence’. Similarly, Ali bin Ibrahim challenged the 29th Dai Mutlaq Syedna Abdultyeb Zakiuddin RA. Though he initially pledged his allegiance to Syedna Zakiuddin RA, he subsequently proclaimed himself as dai. Soon after he repented for his sins but his enlightenment did not last long, and he returned to erroneous cause.

The waaz mubarak embodied all the hallmarks of honey, sweetness throughout, a purity of thought and love, pervasive, soothing and caring words for a Mumin’s life in this world and the next. It was a call back to the unadulterated virtues of nature, with at one point Maula speaking of the qualities of organic foods and mentioning that some Mumineen may be trading in organic produce.

The purity of honey alludes to the purity of faith, and as can be true of all medicine, its effectiveness has much to do with the person’s belief in the cure. When Imam Mohammed al-Baqir AS explained the curative properties of honey and cumin seeds, he was challenged by someone who claimed to have experimented with it but found that it did not benefit him. Imam responded, ‘this will only benefit those who have mohabbat for Rasulullah’.

The most profound moment, replete with endearment and love, came as Maula narrated Imam Husain’s shahadat. his sajdah and duaa’ mubarak was shifaa’ for mankind, and eased their ascension to the realm of safaa’ (purity). ‘Feehe Shifaun linnaas, feehe shifaaun linnaas’ – as the Quran says for honey – “in it is a cure for man, in it is a cure for man!”

While narrating the shahadat Maula remembered Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, the river of pure honey and the bearer of shifaa’ for those Mumineen who have mohabbat for him, his predecessors and for his successor Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS with absolute purity of heart.

May Allah Taala grant our Maula TUS, whose sweet words will resonate in every pure heart, a long life till the Day of Qiyaamat.

Glimpses: 2nd Moharrum al-Haraam 1437 H

As is always to be found in the Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal’s TUS waaz mubarak, there was one ‘zikr’: a narrative in particular where we were shown a nuance that encapsulated the entire waaz mubarak. It was a zikr, a central theme that shone a whole new light on it and revealed a new perspective.

A fable from the Rasaail Ikhwaan al-Safaa’ tells the story of a group of seafarers who leave their  paradise like island and set sail only to be shipwrecked on another island, one that was the opposite of their tranquil and beautiful home. Over time they forgot their home and its splendours and came to regard this island as their home. This was until someone came and reminded them, rekindling memories of their paradise lost and urged them to return to it. The nuance Mola showed us was that life on the island had caused them to forget where they had come from: this world and its temptations lead one to forget our identity and where we have come from and, more importantly, where we need to return.

Syedna al-Dal al-Ajal’s TUS call to attend waaz from the very first day is a call for us to recollect and remember. Satan seeks to make us forget where we once were and all that we need to do in order for us to return. Rasulullah SA has made it clear that Satan runs from all those who pray all five namaaz. However, once a Mumin becomes careless and belittles the importance of namaaz, prays namaaz at one time but forgoes it at another, Satan senses an opportunity to approach him and subtly plants little influences in his mind, eventually turning him away from Allah’s zikr. Likewise, a Mumin who begins to waver over the importance of Allah’s zikr, be it a namaaz or a majalis, considering it to be one and the same to pray or not, to go to majlis or not, will eventually succumb to Satan’s influence and lose the significance of it altogether.

Allah Taala states that, ‘Through the remembrance of Allah there is peace for the heart’. Allah’s zikr (remembrance) is through the zikr of his Awliyaa’ and in these days through the zikr of Imam Husain AS. If someone were to argue why after all these years should we cry in remembrance of Imam Husain, one should tell them that Rasulullah SA has stated ‘He who cries, causes others to cry, or makes a face as if crying, upon my son Husain, then he will definitely enter jannat. So reason enough, reason a plenty but the need to believe is a must. We need to shed tears in order to return to our heavenly abode in order to attain forgiveness for the transgressions that brought us to this physical world. However, as Maula stated; shedding tears in remembrance of these sins is very difficult, but shedding tears on the hardships that befell Imam Husain is but natural.

To remember ensures that we do not forget. Three things do away with forgetfulness: reciting al-Quran, brushing your teeth and rozah. In addition to this Maula stressed the importance of sleep, healthy diet, physical fitness, stress reduction and remaining active in order to ensure that the mind retains its ability to remember. These activities are greatly facilitated by spiritual means such as the duaa’ mubarak Rasulullah taught Amirul Mumineen for memorizing al-Quran. Likewise, Imam Hasan AS explained the importance of praying salawaat in helping one remember and recollect. Furthermore, associating with Awliyaullah, observing their actions and paying heed to their words ensure that one takes the right decision when faced with choices. On the eve of Ashuraa’, when Imam Husain AS directed his as’haab to leave in the darkness of the night, they recalled the words of Amirul Mumineen during the battle of Ohod, when Rasulullah AS asked him to leave, ‘Shall I turn back a kaafir after having become a Muslim’. Similarly, when seeking raza for shahadat on Yaume Ashuraa’, Joon, having accompanied Maulana Abizer, immediately beseeched Imam Husain with his waseelah and upon slaying each of the enemy dedicated the thawab to his Maula Abizer. Likewise, Maulana Abizer who gave preference to the majlis of Rasulullah and the covenant given to him over all other congregations and vows, remembered Imam Husain as his end drew near and directed Joon to go to Karbala with Imam Husain.

Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal stated that, ‘Indeed the ability to forget is as important as the ability to remember’.Remembering is also aided by the act of forgetting all that Awliyaa’ullah have enjoined upon us to forget: grudges, the faults and shortcomings of others and worries. Similarly, those who feign forgetfulness out of deceit will have to bear the consequences. Anas b. Malik feigned forgetting the nass of Rasulullah when called upon to testify to it replying that he was too old to remember. As a result he was afflicted by skin whitening ailment at a spot on his face which was not possible to conceal.

Maula continues to gather us together and remind us of our purpose in life, he is both the remembrance itself that will take us to the forgotten abode of paradise and the one who reminds us of it. He is the guide back to the world we have forgotten from the world where everything seeks to make us forget.

May Allah t’aala preserve him in everlasting health and happiness until qiyamat.

DBNet Qur’an Tilawat Hadiyah Program 1436

“O Mumineen! I have said this often; that you should always recite the Qur’an, by day and by night. Your children should also do so. Islam is the best of religions and Al-Qur’an the most excellent of all creation” –Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (TUS)

During Shehrullah, al-Dai al-Fatimi, Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS) showers every mumin with countless blessings. His dua for us all is unceasing, by day and by night. What can we do in return but do that which would please him most – pray, fast and recite Qur’an-e-Majid. Let us recite as much of the Qur’an as we can, and offer it as Shehrullah’s hadiyah to our beloved Mawla TUS. This programme will allow your recitation hadiyah reach its destination.

Each year, since 1426H / 2005 mumineen.org has organized the Qur’an Tilawat Hadiyah programme and during these past years, we have collectively completed thousands of complete recitations of the Qur’an, to be arazed as hadiyah to our beloved Moula TUS.

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Partial Solar Eclipse for Europe and North Africa on Friday, 20th March

This Friday, there will be a Partial Solar Eclipse in Europe, northern and eastern Asia and northern and western Africa. The eclipse starts at 07:41 UTC and ends at 11:50 UTC. This eclipse will not affect India or North America.

Eclipses are a time of caution and ibadat in the form of namaaz or tilwatul Quran. Pregnant ladies should be especially diligent and not handle metal objects.

Food, drink and leisure pursuits are to be avoided.

For more details please see Busaheba’s Sahifa – part 3, p21.

Use the Eclipse Calculator to see specific timings for your home city. More details on this eclipse at: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2015-march-20

Visibility of partial solar eclipse for March 20th 2015 (Friday)

Saifee Burhani Medical Association of America (SBMAA)

In Orange County, Maula (TUS) did zikr about fawaaqeh (fruits). While doing zikr about apples, Maula (tus) noted the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and farmayu, “ehm kahye ke Doctor aawey and doctor beeja nay bhi laawey.” Moula khaas khitaab kidu ane dua farmaawi for the 250 medical professionals present.

Aali Qadar Moula (tus) gave the name, Saifee Burhani Medical Association of America (SBMAA), for the organization of medical professionals of the US and Canada. Moula (tus) granted a sum of US$252k for the SBMAA to operate and achieve its mission statement. The SBMAA will operate as a subsidiary of Dawat – Hadiyah, America.

The mission of the Saifee Burhani Medical Association of America is to leverage the experience, skill, and potential of medical professionals in the Dawoodi Bohra community, to achieve three aims:

1. engage in khidmat of mumineen, by desiging and implementing jamaat-level initiatives for long-term health and preventive care, by leveraging expertise, local clinical experiences, and economies of scale;

2. encourage and support aspiring medical professionals by providing mentorship, guidance, education, and financial assistance, with particular focus on ensuring no mumineen resort to riba-based funding of their medical education;

3. provide networking, collaboration, and professional resources to current medical professionals to assist them in their ongoing careers.

The agenda of the SBMAA’s inaugural Ijtemaa on 14th March 2015 was to formally launch this organization, with Moula’s tus raza and dua mubarak. Photos from the event are also available.