Reflections – 8th Moharram 1437 H ‘Inna Aatainaaka al-Kauthar…’ (Indeed we have bestowed you with al-Kauthar…)

Reflections – 8th Moharram 1437 H

‘Inna Aatainaaka al-Kauthar…’

(Indeed we have bestowed you with al-Kauthar…)

Over the last six days, al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS expounded upon the various aayaat shareefah that al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA has related to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. Today, benefiting from the zikr done by Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS of his naas, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, with a guided perspective and with renewed energy we saw these meanings personified. The conviction offered by ‘ilm was further reinforced with the conviction gained from observing. We saw Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA for the brilliant star he was, and sipped from the rivers of honey through his deedar mubarak and listening to his sweet words and counsels. The waaz mubarak of which we saw the recording today was delivered on the 8th of Moharrum al-Haraam, 1429 H in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

When Rasulullah’s SA respected son Maulana Ibrahim passed away, munaafiqeen began to comment that Rasulullah SA was now bereft of any descendents. Allah Taala revealed Surat Al-Kauthar and made it clear that Rasulullah’s descendants, the Aimmat Tahereen AS will continue till the day of Judgment in the progeny of Imam Husain AS. The persona of Amirul Mumineen, is kauthar, one of the names for a body of water found in jannat. The word kauthar is a superlative form of meaning ‘much’, indicating how expansive this water is, and that it can quench all thirsts. The four letters of kauthar: ‘kaaf’, ‘wau’, ‘tha’ and ‘ra’, allude to the four types of river in jannat. Each letter of the Arabic alphabet has a gematric (numerical) value. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA spoke of these values and how these lead to the numbers eight and fifteen, and revealed some of the meanings entailed in them. He also alluded to the four types of knowledge: zaahir (exoteric), baatin (esoteric), haqeeqat and haqeeqat al-haqeeqat. It is this final one, truth of the truth, which is the pattern upon which the tenets of the sharia are based. Each aspect of the sharia, the five namaaz for example has a deep and encompassing meaning. Syedna Jafar b. Mansoor al-Yemen has written a treatise ‘Taa’weel al-Zakaat’, (the esoteric meaning of zakaat), which details the meanings entailed in the formulas used to calculate zakaat. Syedna Abdullah Badruddin RA personally taught Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA this esteemed kitaab, and while doing so mentioned that in his final years Syedna Abdulqadir Najmuddin RA, used to increasingly refer to this kitaab.

Syedna al-Muqaddas RA mentioned that one type of river is of wine – wine that gives pleasure but does not intoxicate. He stressed that if one wishes to drink from this river then one should refrain from all forms of intoxicants in this world and all that sharia has proscribed.

Co-relating to the four letters are the four taa’at that are obligatory they being of the Nabi, Wasi, Imam and in the seclusion of the Imam, the Dai Mutlaq. Today the Dai Mutlaq is kauthar, and we are drinking from this river, by virtue of which we will reach the banks of kauthar in the hereafter.

Syedna al-Muqaddas RA then stated that Al-Ali or Aliyyan feature in 8 instances in the Quran. While relating the meanings of Ayat al-Kursi to Amirul Mumineen AS, Maula RA stated that Awliyaaullah do not sleep, at most they take light naps, and even then they are fully aware of all that is occurring around them. An instance took place in the time of Rasulullah SA, when during the middle of the night a cracking noise awoke everyone. People emerged from their houses and proceeded towards the source of the sound. As they made their way, they saw Rasulullah SA returning back after investigating and having found nothing untoward. Syedna al-Muqaddas RA firmly voiced that Awliyaaullah AS are never neglectful, making it vividly clear that Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA was never unaware of all that was going on.

Syedna RA then spoke of three qasaaid composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA in Karachi, two in the praise of Rasulullah SA and one in the glory of Ameerul Mumineen AS for gatherings with various Muslim communities. Upon hearing these qasaaid, one listener was moved to say, that Syedna RA has recalled the glories of Rasulullah SA exactly and appropriately as they are, unlike other poets. In the qaseedah in praise of Ameerul Mumineen SA, ‘Asameeya Zil Arsh al-Azeem Aleeya’, the following verse was recited:

Out of hatred for him (Ameerul Mumineen), do not worship Shaitaan. For Shaitaan is disobedient to Allah.

Upon hearing this verse, members of the audience requested that this verse be repeated a number of times. This verse was composed with such eloquence that the inference of Shaitaan is apparent to all. This verse also makes it clear that those who deny the nass upon the mansoos are nothing other than the followers of Shaitaan. Rasulullah SA did nass upon Ameerul Mumineen in front of 70,000 people, yet, still many deny it. Similarly, the miracle of Insheqaaq al-Qamar (The Splitting of the Qamar) was witnessed by an unprecedented gathering but there were those who still dismissed it as mere sorcery. Syedna al-Muqaddas RA narrated the entire event in great detail, and we all listened to it with the new perspective Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS had bestowed us with a few days ago. Towards the end, Syedna al-Muqaddas RA stated ‘These people are such that even if they witness a divine miracle they will dismiss it as an act of sorcery.’

It should also be mentioned that one qaseedah mubarakah Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA composed in Karachi in praise of Rasulullah SA was ‘Ahmed al-Mustafa al-Nabi al-Tihaami’. In Zilqada al-Haraam, 1436 H, during his address at Governor’s House, Karachi, after having accepted the Doctor of Letters degree presented to him by the University of Karachi, Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS quoted verses from this qaseedah mubarakah.

Maula RA stated that you are all very close to me, you reside in my heart. During these days ensure that in each instance you are engrossed in the remembrance of Imam Husain AS. Shed a lot of tears, do a lot of maatam. If you do so you will attain my happiness.

Syedna al-Muqaddas RA narrated the actions of the raahib who took the raas mubarak of Imam Husain for one night and spent the entire night engrossed in his bukaa’ and maatam. He then mentioned that Amirul Mumineen fought 3 wars in 4 years, Jamal, Siffeen and Nehrwaan. During these years a number of preeminent people were slain: Abu Haytham, Maalik al-Ushter, Ammar b. Yaasir and Uwais al-Qarni. Amirul Mumineen AS lamented their loss whilst seated on the minbar in Kufa.

Syedna al-Muqaddas RA detailed the Tehkeem al-Hakamain, the event that led to a permanent rift among Muslims. The ‘judgment’ was supposed to be based on the Quran but ultimately descended into argument and farce as the the two envoys of Maulana Ali and Muawiya fell out in public over their agreement to remove both from any claim to the caliphate. This was exactly what Muawiya’s man, Amr bin al-Aas, had planned for. The failure to find a conclusion led the maariqeen – the third group of dissidents to disown Maulana Ali – to come out in open rebellion. Maulana Ali quelled it and at its end foresaw his impending shahadat for he had now fulfilled the debt of Rasulallah to battle the ‘munafiqeen’. The waaz mubarak culminated with the shahadat of Amirul Mumineen AS and Imam Husain AS. The repeated call of Huzurala for us to do good to those who cause us ill was exemplified by Maulana Ali AS and his instruction to serve his captured attacker a sweet beverage.

Over the course of this Asharah Mubarakah, Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS has expounded upon the ayat shareefah which Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA related to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. In yesterday’s waaz mubarak he made it clear that seeing the persona of Maula should be the ultimate objective in the study of Dawat kutub. Likewise, one can derive the understanding that relating each ayat shareefah to Maula is a sign that he has recited it with understanding. Today, on hearing the meanings of Surat al-Kauthar, we all recalled the countless blessings of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA upon Mumineen. How he personified the notion of ‘more’ through the rivers of knowledge he let flow, his incessant travels to places where Mumineen resided, his restorations of Fatemi masaajid and construction of masjids across the world, the manifold barakat he brought about in each of our lives by guiding us towards giving more waajebaat, the manner in which he gathered more and more Mumineen for Asharah Mubarakah, the efforts he expended in having more and more Mumineen memorising al-Quran, and finally, through the multiple means and manners he showed us the glories of his mansoos al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS and his nass upon him. Today, the barakat and meanings of ‘more’ are evident in him. May Allah Taala grant our beloved Maula a long and prosperous life till the day of Qiyaamat.

Reflections – 7th Moharram 1437 H ‘Al-Misbah Fi Zujaajah. Al-Zujaajat Kannahaa Kaukab Durri’

Reflections – 7th Moharram 1437 H

‘Al-Misbah Fi Zujaajah. Al-Zujaajat Kannahaa Kaukab Durri’

(The Lantern is in A Glass, The Glass is Like a Brilliant Star)

Al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA was the transparent, clear glass through which we saw the lantern light of eternal knowledge. Awliyaullah AS, divine light personified, have guided Mumineen towards the hereafter. Al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, stated that they encourage us to contemplate the various aspects of this world and the next. A person’s outlook, understanding and predisposition is determined by the clarity in them – clarity of thought, love and purpose and this was illustrated by examples from Awliyaullah’s conduct as well as the ideals a Mumin should follow in his day to day life.

A name of Maulatona Fatema AS was al-Zahraa’, due to the radiance of her noorani face. When asked to describe the radiance of Maulatona Fatema’s mubarak face, one lady replied, ‘At night when we were in her august presence, some women were stitching. If they needed to thread a needle, they would bring it close to Maulatona Fatema AS and thread their needles by her radiance.’ Maula TUS stated that it was because of the conceptual clarity they possessed regarding the lofty position of Maulatona Fatema AS that they were able to do so. During the seclusion of the Imam AS, the Duat Mutlaqeen AS, bear the barakat of Kisaa’ al-Tatheer. The Duat Mutlaqeen AS, are such a fine and pure veil, that those whose thoughts are pure can clearly see in them the noor of the Imam AS.

Maula TUS recalled the hadeeth mubarak of Rasulullah SA ‘Contemplation is a clear mirror’, and stated that the thoughts of a person reveal his personality. He then mentioned the similarity between the Arabic word for mirror and the word for woman, and narrated five events that revealed the purity of Maulatona Umme Salamaa’s RA thoughts and principles and the impurity of one other who although privileged to be the wife of Rasulullah SA and residing in his house, did not reside in his heart.

Maulatona Umme Salama RA was asked about the Ayat al-Tatheer (Verse of Purification), the person asking the question added that another wife of Rasulullah SA had sent him to her. Maulatona Umme Salamaa RA pointed out that if she wanted to, she could have told you. She then narrated in detail how Rasulullah SA called for the Panjataan Paak and then placed a Yemeni cloak over them. Seeing this Maulatona Umme Salama RA, requested Rasulullah SA to include her, which he declined but went on to say ‘You are of virtue’. Maula TUS showed how this incident revealed the trustworthiness of Maulatona Umme Salama RA. She narrated the event as it took place, without concealing anything – even the aspect that might impact on her own prestige. On the other hand, the other woman had no intention to narrate the preeminence of Khamsat Athaar AS. Her feelings towards them were revealed both in her concealing this narrative and then in her later actions against the Awliyaullah.

Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS stated that ‘A Mumin is a Mumin’s mirror’. While we may perhaps have been conditioned to assume that a mirror should only be used to show flaws in appearance, Maulana pointed out that it should let each other know their commendations and qualities as well. Likewise, the true Mumin, Maula TUS, shows us the correctness of our faith and beliefs. It was in this manner that Maulatona Umme Salama RA conveyed events and happenings as they were. This trustworthiness meant that when Rasulallah SA was given a phial of sand from Karbala, he entrusted it to her and told her that when she sees the phial of sand has turned red, she should know that Husain has been slain.

Maula TUS emphasised that we belief in a silsilah, a chain of succession, from Anbiyaa’ Kiraam, Aimmat Tahereen and Duat Mutlaqeen AS, there is no break in this chain. In the chain of Duat Mutlaqeen comes Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, to whom Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA while delivering Asharah Mubarakah waaz mubarak in Khambat, India in 1359H narrated the meanings of Ayat al-Noor and related the ayat shareefahAl-Misbah Fi Zujaajah. Al-Zujaajat Kannahaa Kaukab Durri to al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA states that when Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA recited Quran, he shone like a brilliant star, a trait that was well known by both Mumineen and Muslimeen, especially when he recited Ayat al-Noor. He was a lamp, placed in a glass, that shone like a brilliant star. When doing his deedar, we saw Imam al-Zaman AS, but rather we witnessed Panjatan Paak AS. Until the end of his years he remained a clear and transparent glass, and if anyone were to say the contrary then it was a denial of Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA words.

Glass has two important properties. In a plane or a car or a building, glass allows those inside to look out, while also protecting them from even the most extreme external weather conditions. There are many types of glass, including bullet proof and sound proof glass. Some glass can break and some is unbreakable and then he remarked that many Mumineen are in the glass business, and in their mohabbat they are unbreakable. One’s mohabbat should be unbreakable. Even among ourselves, our friendships and affection should be of the enduring kind. Friendships should not be fragile like glass. He mentioned that we sometimes say that ‘he is a vessel of glass’ implying the ease by which his affection can be shattered.

Atop many tall buildings there is usually glass that allows the viewer to see below and across, whilst keeping him safe. Nonetheless, one still feels a bit wary and the look down can give one vertigo. However, for a Mumin who transcends this physical realm and arrives in the soaring rooms of his new abode in the Hereafter, he will be able to look down upon this world without any fear.

Maula enjoined upon Mumineen to undertake grand projects with resolve and firm will, but never forget to pay attention to the minor details – the ‘nuts and bolts’. Early in the waaz mubarak, Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS encouraged us towards inventiveness in whichever field of expertise we happen to be in. Invent things that benefit all of mankind, whether it be in medicine, architecture, computer science or whatever other field one may be in. One should ponder over knowledge that has the potential to benefit, and make contributions that result in the betterment of society at large.

From the exceptional conduct of Ratan Aaisaheba QR, the esteemed mother of Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA, we can learn how to pay attention to minute and easily neglected matters. She would call the younger students of Darse Saifee during early evening and individually ask about them. She provided the motherly love and comfort to those young students who had left their mothers and journeyed to Darse Saifee. She would even ask them if she could prepare for them a dish they liked, and with the aqeelat (wife) of Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA, she would go to the kitchen prepare the dish and with her hands make roti for them.

Maula TUS then took us back to the era of the Fatemi empire, when Imam Qaaim AS sought to build a canal to bring water from Qayrawan to Mansuriyah, over a distance of 46 kilometers. Various hindrances, particularly the uprising of Dajjal, prevented its completion. Later, Imam Moiz AS revived the project. It was a hugely ambitious and expensive project, with Imam AS going as far as stating that if need be the waterways could be built of glass. A thousand years ago such a thought may have been greeted as the stuff of fantasy, yet today all-glass structures are quite the norm. Maula mentioned, that it was Imam Moiz AS who invented the fountain pen, once again indicating the grandness of Imam’s thought and his unwavering resolve. Finally, Maula stressed that if we were to invent something or make advances in a field, it should lead to us recalling the Creator who bestowed us with the intellect to be able to do so.

Awliyaullah AS seek to bring to Mumineen channels of ‘ilm. Knowledge is regarded as light, and ‘waters of knowledge’ is also a terminology that we are familiar with. Even the zaahiri ilm of Aale Mohammed AS is such that the one who benefits from it feels that he has unlocked the realities and purpose of creation. The ultimate reality and objective in the study of knowledge is seeing the glories of Maula and understanding his lofty standing. Aimmat Tahereen AS continued to bring the canals of knowledge to their followers. Through Majaalis Moayadiyyah, Imam AS made canals of knowledge flow to the Duat Mutlaqeen AS; the nohaa ibaarat recited each day is from these texts. Imam Aamir AS sent an old handkerchief to Maulatona Hurrat al-Malekah thereby conveying to her his impending shahadat. Likewise, Duat Mutlaqeen, constructed canals which flowed with divine knowledge. Syedna Idris Imaduddin RA made it clear that Dawat will soon function from Hind, due to the angelic deeds of Maulaya Adam QR. The hudud of Duat Mutlaqeen, too, made canals of wisdom and erudition flow. Maulaya Raja, did not let jewels and pearls distract him from his namaaz, but rather he repented for his sins and sought nothing but water for his wudu.

The events of Karbala are such, that until the day of Qiyaamat, waters of divine knowledge will continue to flow from it and thousands of souls will be able to quench their thirst. The actions and beliefs of Maulana Abbas Alamdar let flow a sea of loyalty. Likewise, Maulana Aliakber, despite his burning thirst did not go and beseech anyone but Maulana Husain AS.

Towards the end of the waaz mubarak, Maula TUS stated that I have one counsel, let your tears flow for Imam Husain AS, do maatam, and when you hear each of the misfortunes that befell him, then let out a loud cry of lament: Aahin! Aahin!

In acting in accordance to the teachings of Maula, with true love in our hearts and paying heed to the exceptional conduct of Awliyaullah, we will be among those who will be picked when Maulatona Fatema’s chosen ones enter the field of mahshar and pick followers to enter jannat with them. The criteria for those followers to be chosen is as simple as to have served a sip of water for the sake of Fatema’s mohabbat.

May Allah Taala grant our beloved Maula a long and prosperous life till the day of Qiyaamat, may he continue to shine like a brilliant star and quench our thirst with the water of ‘ilm aale Mohammed.

Reflections – 6th Moharram 1437 H ‘Wa Wajadaka Daalan Fahadaa’

Reflections – 6th Moharram 1437 H

‘Wa Wajadaka Daalan Fahadaa’

Today, al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, took us on a journey on the straight path of guidance: Siraat e Mustaqeem. He showed us the road signs that ensure that we reach our intended destination, directed us to observe the laws and etiquette by which this road is traveled and the aspects one should heed so that we arrive safely.

Allah t’aala sent his Rasul, Mohammed al-Mustafa SA to deliver guidance. Rasulullah SA in turn stated that ‘Indeed Ali is the banner of guidance’. Likewise, the radiance of Maulatona Fatema’s AS shawl guided many towards Islam. Imam Hasan and Husain AS illuminated the path to Islam by virtue of their noble character. Each Imam is the leader and guide of Mumineen, and when they chose seclusion they appointed such Duat Mutlaqeen AS that they made sure that all those who followed their guidance and held steadfast to the path they showed would eventually reach their heavenly abode. Duat Mutlaqeen AS made sure that this dunyaa (the physical world) would function in accordance to deen (faith) and never vice versa. For example they directed that Asharaa majaalis would take place from the 2nd to 9th of Moharrum before zohr, while at night majaalis would take place from the eve of 3rd Moharrum. On Ashuraa’ a majlis would take place in the morning, and the maqtal of Imam Husain AS would be recited in the afternoon, culminating at maghrib.

Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS mentioned that we have traveled long and far to reach our human form, and prayed that until our last breath we remain steadfast on this path of guidance. One can adhere to this path by maintaining silat, attachment with Maula. This allegiance is through mohabbat. and then through one’s ilm, knowledge, bukaa’ and matam, this silat can be strengthened.

In today’s waaz mubarak, Maula cast light on the meanings entailed in the ayat shareefah ‘Wa Wajadaka Daalan Fahadaa’ from the surat ‘Wa- l Duhaa’. Rasulullah SA was a jewel whose value and quality was not appreciated by those around him. In that sense he was ‘lost’ to all but the knowing jeweler. His legatee Amirul Mumineen AS, Aimmat Tahereen AS and Duat Mutlaqeen AS are those who have truly fathomed who he truly was. Al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA related this ayat shareefah to his mansoos al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, and throughout his life, in his qasaaid and rasaail established his unparalleled standing. Further, by cementing this understanding through our silat with Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, doing the tasbih of his name, seeking shifaa’ from him and embracing his firmaan and directives we can remain steadfast on this path of guidance. Over the course of 50 years Mumineen held firm to him and upon his sad passing, Mumineen rushed to his janaazah mubarakah, physically and spiritually. Further, it is by the ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed AS and the marefat (understanding) of Khamsat Athaar, Aimmat Tahereen and Duat Mutlaqeen AS that we reinforce our conviction, remain steadfast on the path of guidance, rid ourselves of doubt and confusion, and attain complete and thorough guidance.

The traveler on the road of guidance must ensure that he or the vehicle he travels in is fit to drive upon it. That is why during the five compulsory and other namaaz we recite Surat al-Faatehaah, which contains the ayat ‘Ehdenaa al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem’- Guide us towards the Straight Path. Additionally, in the wudu, when we wipe our feet we implore Allah to keep out feet firmly on Siraat Mustaqeem. Firmness of footing in a car is by its tyres which need to be in good condition in order to keep the car stable. Speaking of firmness of foot Maulana gave two examples from sport in which one has to remain steadfast in order to succeed. In gymnastics, having gone through a routine, the gymnast has to end by landing on the floor mat with both feet absolutely together and straight, without buckling. Failure to do so leads to a deduction in points. The same is true in football (soccer), where if a player were to slip as he draws near to the goal he will not be able to score. In football there is the added challenge of opposing players whose aim is to cause the attacking player to stumble before reaching the goal.

Those traveling on this road are also required to fasten the seat belt of ta’at, obedience of the guide. This fascinating simile made it clear that in order to make it through to the end of the journey unscathed then obedience is a must. Navigating the nation’s roads was previously accomplished through the aid of printed road maps which has now given way to GPS navigation. However, even this highly accurate technology is only as useful as the willingness of its user to listen to it. An obstinate person who disregards the directions given by the GPS system will never find his way!

One aspect of adhering to the correct path spiritually was seen in the time of Imam Sadiq AS. A group of people set out from Madinah Munawarah for China in order to seek knowledge. Hearing of their intentions and hoping to make them realise their folly, Behlul Daana placed himself on a road outside the city, where their caravan was to pass, and began to sieve sand. When the group passed by, they questioned him as to what he was doing. Behlul replied ‘I have misplaced my needle in Madinah, and am looking for it here.’

Upon hearing this, they began to ridicule him, ‘we held you in high regard, yet your actions are to the contrary.’ Behlul replied, ‘It is you who should examine your conduct. The city of knowledge is here in Madinah, yet you are leaving him’. They realised the errors of their ways and turned back. Citing the manner in which Behlul acted to show them the error of their ways Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS counseled us that if we are ever in a situation where we have to explain something to others, then it should be done with such tact and warmth that they immediately accept your words. He further added, that it is a needle’s job to attach and stitch together, thereby, donning the clothes of mohabbat and raza, then set forth and travel across the lands. Similarly, Syedi Khanji Feer QR remained at the door of Syedna Qasim Khan Zainuddin RA in order to seek his forgiveness. This guidance to the right path was also demonstrated by Syedi Abdulqadir Hakimuddin QR, when he arrived for Dawat at Sidhpur. He presented himself with exemplary humility and addressed himself as their ‘khaadim‘. Upon returning to Jamnagar, Syedna Badruddin RA, asked him whether he had any needs? Syedi Hakimuddin QR beseeched him that he wished to hold the wedding of his son, Faizullah bhaisaheb. Syedna asked about the expense, Syedi Hakimuddin QR had calculated the expenditure and informed Syedna that it would come to 300 rupees. Syedna bestowed him the amount. The wedding took place, and a negligible amount was left unspent which he wrapped in a handkerchief and presented it to Syedna Badruddin RA. Upon seeing this, Syedna Badruddin RA replied there is no one like you, no one who is so trustworthy. After narrating this, Maula TUS counseled all khidmatguzars to adhere to the unimpeachable traits of trust and character of Syedi Hakimuddin QR, as much as possible.

An example of a deed that helps us remain on this path is sadaqah. (It was an intriguing choice of action to use as an example in this waaz about guidance and the straight path; since we are instructed to do sadaqah before embarking on any journey or travel). The call to offer sadaqah in order to ward of impending calamity and to do so especially when one falls on hard times, is worthy of reflection. Maulana Ali AS stated that, ‘When you fall upon hard times, then engage in trade with Allah through sadaqah. By his own action Maula exemplified these words. In order to acquire provision for his household, Amirul Mumineen AS sold a sheet of his for 6 dirhams. He was on his way to make his purchases when he was stopped by a pauper, who uttered the words ‘Your habit is one of beauty’. Upon hearing this Amirul Mumineen AS handed all 6 dirhams to him. He went on and came across a Bedouin who offered to sell him his camel for 100 dirhams. A trade was agreed. Almost instantly, another Bedouin appeared who offered to purchase the camel from him. Amirul Mumineen mentioned to him that he had purchased this camel for 100 dirhams, and he was free to offer what he wished. The buyer offered 160 dirhams, and an exchange was made. Amirul Mumineen handed 100 dirhams to the first Bedouin and took the 60 dirhams which he placed before Rasulullah SA and related the entire episode. Rasulullah SA smiled and said, ‘Most noble was the seller and most noble was the buyer. The seller was Jibraeel and the buyer was Mikaaeel! Allah has selected you, and if you had given more you would have received more’. Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS stressed that the pauper did not have to openly ask for alms, nor did Amirul Mumineen AS contemplate giving 1 or 2 dirhams of the 6, but gave him all that he had.

The second narrative on the importance and benefits of sadqah, was the well known incident of the Bedouin who used to climb up a tree and take pigeon eggs from its nest. The pigeons complained to Allah Taala, who promised that if he attempted to take them once more he would meet his end. On his next attempt, just as he was to climb up the tree a pauper came to his door. He immediately descended, offered him something and climbed up the tree and took the eggs. The pigeons immediately protested to Allah Taala and reminded Him of the promise He had made. Allah Taala answered that this Bedouin has carried out such an act that his life had been spared, and relocated the pigeons to Baitullah where they and their descendants have lived unharmed for hundreds of years. Maula TUS pointed out that as soon as the Bedouin saw the pauper he attended to his needs. He did not ask him to wait until he had descended from the tree.

Sadaqah comes in different forms. The act of giving alms and charity is one of them. Another is zakaat and waajebaat. Maula TUS urged us to follow Amirul Mumineen’s directive to trade with Allah Taala by giving waajebaat. He asked all of us to recollect how Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA had secured the prosperity of Mumineen by strictly enjoining upon them to refrain from all forms of interest and offer waajebaat as per his guidance. Maula TUS recalled that many naysayers, nefarious voices, countered Syedna Burhanuddin RA saying that the community will go into economic decline, gallas will become empty. ‘I am asking you today, are the gallas empty or full?’ Today, Mumineen are free of the worries of paying interest on loan repayments, unaffected by fluctuating rates and vagaries. He is free of the worry that I have allowed into my home something that has been cursed by Rasulullah SA or that I am indulging in an act that pains Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. A Mumin may have a small business but he has peace of mind and that – is priceless.

In order to travel upon Siraat e Mustaqeem, we are required to attach ourselves to the mohabbat of Maula TUS, obey his directives and follow his guidance and instructions. By doing so, we are equipped and sure of the fact that we will reach our intended destination in his wake. May Allah Taala grant our guide, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin a long and prosperous till the day of Qiyaamat that every Mumin between now and then reach the shores of jannah by his light.

Reflections – 5th Moharram 1437 H, ‘Wa-l-Naashetaate Nashta’

Reflections – 5th Moharram 1437 H

‘Wa-l-Naashetaate Nashta’

Today’s waaz mubarak was filled with divine nashaat, an energy that took the breath away, whilst leaving us with an energy to last us in both this life and the Hereafter. The energy with which Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS empowers a Mumin has its source in the bukaa’ and matam upon Imam Husain AS. This remarkable form of everlasting energy, despite being in the form of grief and lament, leads to temporal, spiritual and eternal happiness and contentment. Hence, over 50 years Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA would repeatedly pray that ‘May Allah keep Mumineen happy and prosperous, and show them no grief but that of Imam Husain AS.

It was upon witnessing the rewards of this nashaat, that those who had not attained it questioned their Lord on the day of Qiyaamat. They watched as select individuals rode above them on khail bulq – horses with irregular patches of two colours. These horses emerged from a tree in Paradise and were adorned with opulent saddlery and reins. ‘Why have you given them such honour?’ they asked. The reply was that ‘during their lifetime they had ‘fasted while you had not, they woke in the middle of the night to pray, while you slept, they spent their wealth while you showed miserliness and they sacrificed themselves for Allah’s cause while you acted with cowardice.

In order to remain energetic throughout Lailatul Qadr, Maulatona Fatema AS used to sprinkle water upon their faces, so that they were not denied of its khair (good). Likewise, during their satr, Aimmat Tahereen AS, appointed such Duat that they continued to lead Mumineen towards all forms of khair. Expanding on Rasulullah’s hadith mubarak ‘There is no choice of horse better than a dohm, while there is no partner more appropriate than one’s paternal uncle’s daughter. Dohm are horses that are black in colour, valued for their strength, they understand their rider’s temperament, comprehend their gestures and are quick to obey them. Aimmat Tahereen AS chose their Duat Mutlaqeen AS and these Duat Mutlaqeen carried Mumineen towards the best of both worlds. The actions of Duat Mutlaqeen have been in accordance with the wishes of Aimmat Tahereen and will always continue to be. Duat Mutlaqeen are the Imam’s khail bulq, and if the rider is Imam Zaman, how can one even contemplate that a Dai would err or stumble. During our childhood we are taught the nasihat of Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA ‘My Maula is the Imam, and in his hands are my reins’. This verse and its fundamental concept is ingrained in us from an early age.

Maula narrated how upon hearing the neighing of Rasulullah’s SA horse, Murtajiz -Jibraeel smiled. When asked why by Rasulullah SA, he replied ‘Why shouldn’t I smile, for the neighing of the horses of Muslimeen fill adversaries with fear and trepidation. Rasulullah’s horses was named Murtajiz because of its melodious neigh. For fifty years, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, conveyed to us the neigh of Imam Husain’s horse, by which Mumineen attained solace and contentment while adversaries shuddered.

Continuing with the zikr of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS expounded upon the ayat shareefah ‘Wa al-Naashetaat Nashta’. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA related this ayat mubarakah to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA in 1365 H, while he was Sidhpur and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA was in Dohad for Ashara Mubarakah. Tafsir writers mention that this aayat refers to groups of firishta that remove souls from bodies. Similarly, they mention that this ayat refers to horses that travel from one city to another in times of war. Amirul Mumineen SA stated that Naashetaat refers to lassos used to round up horses in order to train them. Syedna Burhanuddin used the lasso of mohabbat to draw Mumineen to him and then trained them according to the tenets of shariah. This lasso is not a restraint but is the snare of love and with this love Maulana Burhanuddin RA cast his smiling gaze and turned us into the blossoming garden of faith that Maulana Saifuddin TUS looks upon and acknowledges with his enchanting smile and eyes of heavenly sparkle.

Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS stressed that the impact and results of efforts done with energy and enthusiasm is of a completely different outcome to those done without it. He directed Mumineen to make sure that they they remain active throughout their life and in this regard proper diet and exercise is vital. In accordance with Rasulullah’s directive, Maula encouraged Mumineen to teach their children archery, swimming and riding. He added that prior to the industrial revolution, man’s daily routine provided him with the exercise he required. However, automation has changed our lifestyles, and now one must specifically take out time for exercise. He mentioned how consistent exercise has been shown to prevent illnesses and diseases even those such as cancer. These efforts are made so that when one’s death draws near he departs from this world in a state of nashaat and energy. For Amirul Mumineen counsels ‘You are he who when born was crying, while all those around him were filled with happiness and delight. Act for your soul, for on the day of your death, when all around are crying for you you are filled with happiness and delight. It is for this reason that it is essential one tends to one’s physical self and ensure that all one’s organs remain healthy.

Rasulullah SA states that ‘I despise a person who is lazy and lethargic when it comes to worldly matters, for he will be more lazy and listless when it comes to matters pertaining to the Hereafter. One way of maintaining energy is by consuming a proper breakfast. Acknowledged by nutritionists as the most important of the day, the Lisan al-Dawat word for it, nashtah also happens to be a take on the Arabic word nashaat. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA stated that an early breakfast is like a nail for the solidity of the body. A proper breakfast aids in concentration, helps one’s metabolism and improves cardiac health. Maula added that an energetic wife is one who tends to her husband’s breakfast and other meals with enthusiasm. Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS also mentioned that one should make the most of the early period of the morning. This time prior to sunrise is one in which one should stay awake. When a knowing person lies asleep the ground beneath him cries out in protest. In practical terms the work one can accomplished quickly during this time would take several hours at other times of the day.

Another form of becoming energised and energizing others is by the simple act of smiling. This cheerfulness is a prime trait of a Mumin. Maula narrated the incident between Nabi Eesa AS and Yahya Nabi AS. Nabi Eesa was always cheerful while Nabi Yahya AS was morose. Yahya Nabi asked Eesa Nabi AS ‘do you not fear Allah’s wrath?’, to which Eesaa Nabi AS countered ‘Do you not have faith in his mercy?’. Ultimately, since both were Allah’s nabi, He duly proclaimed that ‘The dearer of the two of you is the one who is cheerier.’ Similarly, when Maulana Ali, jumped from the roof of the Kaabah, he smiled after landing on the ground. Rasulullah AS saw this, and prayed ‘May Allah keep your face smiling’, alluding to the fact that his descendants Aimmat Tahereen and in their seclusion the Duat Mutlaqeen, would continue to energise Mumineen with their smile and acts. Such was the radiant and cheerful countenance of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA that even a glance of this countenance would rid Mumineen of all grief and sorrow. He would greet all who he came across with a smile. While traveling by air, after having taken his seat he would turn towards his fellow passengers and greet them all. Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS directed us to carry out all our activities with energy, be it namaaz or our trade or professions.

The Duat Mutlaqeen are the steeds of each Imam al-Zaman AS. They inform Mumineen of the shahadat of Imam Husain AS in the manner in which Husain Imam’s horse Zul Janah went to the tents of the Ahle Bait AS. His horse exhibited remarkable traits of understanding and loyalty: it knew where and when to stop on the 2nd of Moharrum, yet it was unstoppable on the day of Ashuraa’. It refused to even take a sip of water seeing that its rider was hungry and thirsty for three days. Maula repeatedly mentioned that ‘Imam Husain’s horse was no ordinary horse’, alluding to the misguidance of those who consider his Dai Mutlaq as an ordinary man. In line with this, Syedna TUS revealed one of the many reasons behind Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA repeatedly narrating the Inshiqaaq al-Qamr miracle (Splitting of the Moon) which took place at the hands of Rasulullah SA: despite seeing it with their own eyes his adversaries defiantly denied that any occurrence had taken place and maintained it was just magic on a grand scale.

When Imam Husain AS was first presented with a selection of horses to choose from, he chose Zul Janah. The horse knelt on his fore legs so that Imam Husain AS could ascend. This same horse, on the day of Aashuraa’ understood that since Imam Husain AS had sheathed his sword that he now wished to descend for which he once again lowered his fore legs. Finally, he doused himself in the mubarak blood of Imam Husain AS and neighed as he returned to Imam’s camp to inform the Ahle Bait AS of the shahadat.

The Duat Mutlaqeen are conveying the sound of that neigh today. It energises us for the maatam and lament upon Imam Husain AS which ultimately grants us the joy of najaat (salvation). Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS is Imam al-Zaman’s loyal and faithful steed who is carrying us in the direction of spiritual and material well being, culminating in us reaching the khidmat of Imam al-Zaman AS. May Allah Taala keep this radiant and smiling countenance amongst us until the day of Qiyaamat and may every Mumin forever derive eternal energy and enthusiasm from him.

Glimpses: 4th Moharram Waaz 1437 H – “Exalted is thy Name”

Glimpses- 4th Moharram 1437 H

‘Exalted is the name of thy Lord, He is of majesty and honour’

The majesty of this aayat shareefah from Surat Al-Rahman was apparent for all in today’s waaz mubarak. Its greatness and glory personified in the persona of al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, to whom al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Taher Saifuddin referenced this aayat shareefah twice, once in 1367 H and then in 1372 H.

The waaz mubarak expounded on the importance of ‘name’ and how the names of Awliyaullah: Panjatan Paak, Aimmat Tahereen and Duat Mutlaqeen AS afford honour and respect to Mumineen while filling adversaries with awe and fear. These names, as Maula explained, are derived from the names of Allah Taala, and allude to the loftiness of their bearers. The name of Amirul Mumineen, Ali al-Aala was heard from the skies during the battle of Ohod ‘La Fata Illa Ali la Saif Illa Zulfaqar’. Similarly, the name of Maulatona Fatema AS indicates that she will be free her followers from hell fire on the day of Qiyaamat. The naming of Imam Hasan and Imam Husain was narrated in wondrous detail. When Imam Hasan was born, Maulatona Fatema AS named him ‘Harb’ and took him before Rasulullah SA, who enquired as to what name she had given him. Maulatona Fatema AS answered Harb, to which Rasulullah replied ‘this is Hasan’. The same took place when Imam Husain was born, but in this instance, Rasulullah SA replied ‘this is Husain’.

The question most would be thinking, ‘why would Maulatona Fatema AS give the names without asking Rasulullah SA first?’ was answered before it was asked. Harb means ‘battle’ as well as ‘courage’ and Maulatona Fatema AS, by giving this name, was dedicating both sons in sacrifice to Rasulullah SA. However, by giving the names Hasan and Husain, Rasulullah SA indicated that their deeds would be such, that their beneficence would remain for eternity.

The names of Panjatan Paak are derived from the names of Allah and similarly Jibraael conveyed to Rasulullah SA that the name Mumin is derived from the names of Allah. No one should belittle a Mumin and treat him with disdain, for this is tantamount to setting out in battle against Him.

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS stated that some writers mention that the reason behind the revelation of Surat Al-Rahman is that mushrikeen alleged that the Quran was revealed to Nabi Mohammed SA by another human. Hence, this surat commences with the ayat ‘Al-Rahman’ indicating the Quran’s divine origins. Maula then explained the difference between the word rahmaan and raheem. Rahmaan is one whose mercy has the ability to transform a state of decay to a state of correctness. However, raheem is one who may not always be able to bring about a lasting change in state. The rehmat (mercy) of Rahman, the Dai Mutlaq, has the potential to transform the state of a Mumin, elevating him from this material world to the spiritual one. Similarly, the rains of rehmat change the state of things, just as physical rain revives the earth, and brings about growth and greenery. Imam Sadiq AS showed that through mohabbat, walaayat, acceptance and affiliation with Maula, the life and afterlife of a Mumin becomes that of his Maula. Then Maula called upon each of us to lower are heads, and carry out half a minute of introspection over where we were and how Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin has completely changed us for the better.

Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS narrated how the jalaal (majesty) of Imam Sadiq AS awed both Abu Haneefah and Abu Dawaaniq, who intended to slay him. Likewise, this name afforded honour and respect to the Mumin from Ahwaz in the south of Iran when faced with an exorbitant government tax.

Invoking the names of Awliyaullah brings each believer closer to Allah and helps him find the answer to his prayers. Thus, it is a custom to recite taqarrub after namaaz, with the meaning of taqarrub being to come near. Further, after every fajr namaz we recite the names of Duat Mutlqaeen RA, by virtue of which we are safeguarded from any calamity and misfortune that were to befall us during that day.

In both previous waaz mubarak, Maula stressed the importance of identity. Today, he stated that a Mumin expresses his identity through his allegiance, and this allegiance is evident in him writing Abde Syedna TUS before his name. He establishes himself as a follower of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. A vivid recollection of the benefits of such an association was given through an incident involving Miyasaheb Fidahusain Yamani. During the Haj he was apprehended by police and taken into custody. After a delay he was questioned by the superintendent as to who he was and replied ‘I am of the followers of Syedna Taher Saifuddin’. Upon hearing this, the officer immediately ordered ‘Let him go’.

The names of Awliyaaullah have the ability to dispel problems and show us the way to potential solutions. In this context, Maula spoke at length over the ways in which communication, medical and other technologies have advanced. Though this has brought about myriad benefits it has also led to its fair share of problems. Once, when a khidmatguzar complained to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin of a persistent headache, he immediately directed him to rid himself of his cell phone for 10 days and not make any calls.

Maula further added that the advance of technology is a silent admission of the flaws of the previous level. Every new iteration of technology, such as an Apple or Samsung Galaxy smartphone is a recognition of the limitation of the previous models. Technology cannot attain perfection. Technology will forever have its limits and at the edge of those limits it is rendered ineffective. A Mumina with a tumour was set for subsequent scans. Her picture was placed before Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA for shifaa’ and duaa’ mubarak. Maula placed his mubarak hand on the picture asking where the tumour was located. Later when she went for a scan, the doctors could no longer find the tumour.

This miracle of transformation and transformative effect of Awliyaullah is seen at its apogee when they take our deficient souls and take them to such a level that we are deemed worthy of entering the khidmat of Imam al-Zaman. This is a truly remarkable feat, a feat that no technology can ever even consider accomplishing and one that Maula called upon us to ponder. Me? I can reach the khidmat of Imam ul Zamaan, with all my sins? Yes! He told us emphatically, if we invoke the hallowed name of our Maula.

Names have an influence on their beholder, whether that be a person or an entity. Maulana Hur AS was given the name Hur by his mother. Though it means ‘the free’, his freedom was only truly found when he sacrificed himself for Imam Husain AS. Cradled by Imam Husain, the handkerchief of Maulatona Fatema placed on the wound stemming the flow of blood; Imam Husain stated ‘Your mother named you Hur; we too name you Hur, you are truly free in this world and the next’.

Invoking Allah’s name and those of his Awliyaa’ bring those change inducing influences on any matter they have been spoken on. Thus it is stated in the Quran that one should only eat meat that has been slaughtered while invoking the name of Allah. Then, and only then, can the meat be considered halal and suitable for our consumption. Failure to adhere to this key tenet has physical and spiritual consequences for a Mumin whose soul is to ascend to the divine realm. Others may consume meat with disregard to this prerequisite, but their purpose in this world differs greatly from ours.

We take Allah’s name prior to each of our undertakings, regardless of whether they life-changing or routine. By taking Allah’s name we hope to secure the successful conclusion of our ventures. However, there are those who hold that Allah’s name, the Bismillah, has been stolen by Satan and hence they do not pray it in their namaaz. For a Mumin, however, Allah’s name is everything in itself. It is the beginning, it is the end, to it we turn even when all avenues are open and it is this name we invoke when all doors seem shut.

When we call upon Awliyaullah they never fail to respond. Even as his raas mubarak was placed atop a spear it was seen to shudder as Maulatona Sakina beseeched her beloved father to come and shield her from the unspeakable atrocities being inflicted upon her. Her earring were being pulled from her lobes, while her hands were being clasped. Her prayers were answered in the form of veiled rider appearing, causing the oppressors to flee. Imam Husain’s haram though that it was Imam Husain AS but he revealed himself to be an angel. He submitted to Imam Ali Zainulabedin AS that if he were to command him he would annihilate the enemy. Imam AS replied that he still had far to go and many more brutalities to patiently endure. This caused the angel to weep so profusely that he fell unconscious. At that instant, a ‘shaabaash’ was heard from the skies, congratulating the angel on achieving the purpose for which he had been sent.

Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal’s TUS name, Mufaddal, is unique amongst Duat Mutlaqeen, while his laqab Saifuddin, is the third in a most illustrious line. He was bestowed with the honorific of ‘Aali Qadr’ and is born on the Night that is greater than a thousand months May this and every generation of Mumineen continue to invoke his name in each of their endeavours and may Allah grant him a long and prosperous life till the day of Qiyaamat.