Azad Maidan, formerly known as Bombay Gymkhana Maidan, is the Mumbai equivalent of Tahrir Square in Cairo or Tianmen Square in Beijing. The name Azad means “Liberty” in Persian. Mahatma Gandhi addresses the largest ever political meeting at Azad Maidan in December 1931. The gathering of Dawoodi Bohra mumineen at Azad Maidan therefore holds immense significance and importance as a symbolic statement of resolve, that we believe Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS to be the rightful Dai ul Mutlaq and wish to boldly demonstrate our love and allegiance to the world.
The Dai al-Mutlaq is the guardian of Dawat in the era of seclusion and all the offices within it are under his auspices.
The status of Dai al-Mutlaq encompasses both the office of Mazoon and Mukasir.
Several examples of this are found in the history of Dawat of which a few are given here as taken from the Iqtebasaat Nooraniyah of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s (ra) waaz mubarak.
On the 19th of Rajabul Asab 1432H Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (ra) publicly bestowed nass upon Syedna Mufaddal bhaisaheb Saifuddin (tus) in front of thousands of mumineen at Raudat Tahera during the Urus of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA. The details of that nass are described at the following link:
On the 3rd of Rajabul Asab 1432H Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (ra) made his first open proclamation of nass (conferral of succession) upon Syedna Mufaddal bhaisaheb Saifuddin (tus) whilst in hospital in London. It was a historic and momentous event, which took place during the historic and momentous year of Burhanuddin Moula’s (ra) 100th Milaad.
This event was chronicled in a mithaal shareef released by Vazarat, entitled ‘Barakato Bayaan-e-Fadhlin Kabeer.’ This document of some 40 pages describes the significance of nass, provides examples of nass conferral throughout history, and narrates the peerless virtues of Syedna Mufaddal Mola (tus) which show him to be the rightful recipient of the nass of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (ra). This document has now been partially translated into English and can be read at the following link: