Last night I was blessed. A young bhaisaheb gestured towards me as I stood in Raudat Tahera to assist with ushering the throngs of Mumineen who had spent hours queuing just so that they could do ziyarat. I walked towards the qabr mubarak and stood next to the qadam mubarak of Moulana Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. I stood there, one hand on the qabr and with the other, ushering one by one the Mumineen who passed.
Where was I? What providence had smiled upon me that I had ended up here? On what hallowed ground was I standing? Beneath the tombstone and the mound of earth, lay my Moula and the Moula of hundreds and thousands. This was that sanctified spot which my Maula had chosen for his final resting place. Herein lay that Moula who sought salvation and freedom for those imprisoned in the mortal coils of their being; the Moula who released us from our earthly existence to roam liberally in the ether above. This was where the sun, for whose shaan a billion stars shone, had set for the last time.
As all these thoughts swirled in my head, the ground seem to sway beneath me and my legs felt as if they would give way any moment. How could I – an insignificant, unworthy, undeserving mortal – remain in such a sacred place? I steadied myself by the one thing which had been my rock in my life – I clung to the qabr mubarak firmly, as I braced myself against the torrent of emotions that swept over me.
Although one would imagine that having standing for more than a few seconds near the qabr mubarak was an immense privilege, it was no easy task. Who was I to usher these devoted Mumineen, their faces awash with tears, who had travelled from far and wide to pay their final respects? It was my duty, but the words “Chalo bhai….” just remained stuck in my throat. I did not have the heart to say it, for who was I to bar these orphaned children in embracing their departed father?
As each one came, I would place my hand on their shoulders, silently urging them on. As I did, their broken sobs of anguish surfaced like tremors as my palm made contact and the shakes struck me to my very core. I could feel the deep deep despair that ebbed from every fibre of their souls and my heart just sank. Their cries were wordless, but they spoke volumes of the immutable love and mohabbat for their Aqa.
As the minute hand struck 1am, the line of Mumineen never seemed to get shorter. Young and old alike from all wakes of life, were united in the loss of their Moula. They ceased to be anything that distinguished one from another – so profound was their gham. I could see the telltale signs of a weary journey on their soiled sleeves and sunken eyes. I could pick out those who had spent their entire savings just so that they could do ziyarat of their Moula. They would say, “Saab, hamne rehwa do……hame ghana door si aaya che”, and I would have to turn away, lest they saw the tears fall from my eyes. I saw in them that same yearning, that same determination against unconquerable odds that set apart that ‘ajooza’ bairo, who sacrificed everything just so she could the ziyarat of Imam Husain. Was it surprising that centuries later, that journey would be emulated by the ghulaamo of Imam Husain’s true aashiq?
As the men passed by, every few moments a child, sometimes aged nine or ten but sometimes a much younger one would appear, one who could barely reach the qabr, yet his eyes would be glistening with tears. As they reached out with their tiny hands to take a petal or two from the top, they would fall short by a few inches. Instinctively, I would take some flowers and hand them over to them, wanting to kiss the foreheads of these children who were born from the very duas of Moula. They had been nourished and nurtured by the love of their Moula and his nazaraat. They had come tonight, knowing that this Bawasaheb, had not forsaken them, but continued to provide them sustenance. For that reason, every petal was more precious than manna from heaven.
The longer I stood there, I began to see the same faces appearing again. It reminded me of when every time Moula would pass, his Mumineen, especially the younger ones would keep returning for deedar, their thirst for a nazar insatiable and unquenchable. That thirst remained and those few moments with their foreheads on Moula’s qabr, at his feet, would never be enough. They would keep on coming till their last breath.
They came in their droves, unfettered and unhampered by whatever lay in their paths. For what? Just a brief moment at their Moula’s side. My chest heaved as I was dutifully forced to urge them on, for behind them many more were waiting. But I realised that herein lay a Moula with whom just a single moment would sustain them for their entire lives and beyond. What he wanted to give, transcended the confines of time and space and there was nothing to stop him from transforming the destiny of each mumin that came.
If ever anyone doubted what Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA meant to his flock of Mumineen, I have just one suggestion; stand near this qabr, in the saya of Raudat Tahera for just a moment. And you will see.
Written by Adnan Sh Shabbir
The Khuzaima in his ridiculous claims and allegations has tried to tarnish the lofty positions of the Shahzada sahebs dm of Syedna al-Muqaddas. Khuzaima has attempted to throw mud on the moon that ended up landing on his face. Having the honor of being in khidmat of Aqa Moula TUS I have had the opportunity to observe the Shahzada sahebs closely and thus in shukr I am sharing my feeling of awe and reverence for those illustrious sadaat kiraam.
Each and every Shahzada Saheb is not only intelligent and able but rather each one is an institution in himself, leading us Mumineen under the guidance of Aqa Moula tus and helping us achieve milestones unparalleled in the history of dawat. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA has bestowed upon each the title: seqatuddawat at taiyebiyah (the trustworthy in the dawat of imam tayyeb as). That itself speaks volumes for their righteousness and truthfulness.
Dr. Shahzada Qaidjoher bhaisaheb Ezzuddin dm
The name of the eldest Shahzada Saheb perfectly befits his princely personality. Representing Moulana al-Muqaddas RA in various humanitarian fields he has helped significantly in giving our community global recognition and respect. Like his name suggests he has been a true leader of khidmat guzars teaching them how to serve Aqa Moula selflessly. “Che ehne awamir ni bus intezari” – undoubtedly we find him day and night striving for the betterment of Mumineen. Be it the construction of Saifee hospital, or al Masjid al Azam bil Kufa or the huge SBUT project, we have seen him realizing the dreams and visions of Aqa Moula RA. Whereas Khuzaima prefers to stand far away and only watch with envy the landmarks of burhani era take shape.
Its impossible to summarize the contributions of the eminent Shahzada saheb to Dawat. In short, he is the role model for each and every khidmat guzar, and a lesson personified of tafadi and jaan nisari.
Shahzada Malikulashter bhaisaheb Shujauddin dm
The radiant personality of this Shahzada saheb has transformed many a life. He is an example of purity and piety. Mumineen seeking the blessings and dua Mubarak of Aqa Moula tus through him would be sure to receives ruhani nuskhao and words of wisdom and teachings that would help change their lives. He has lead infinite congregations of Mumineen tirelessly in performing Matam of Imam Husain AS. He has taught us how to pray for the long health of Daiz Zaman in every aspect of our lives. He has imbibed in us the noble habit of reciting the name of our Maula passionately after every namaz in the dua of tulul umr for Dail asr. Shahzada saheb has never failed to acknowledge a mumin who would run towards him with folded hands, has always rewarded khidmatguzars with pats on their back and shoulders. He is benevolence personified. I recently got the sharaf of being in Shahzada Sahebs khidmat during Hajj. The radiance on his face would attract even non-bohras. Strangers from different Islamic communities would try to get hold of his hand or a corner of his ehraam.
The muddai questions the truthfulness of this Shahzada saheb? Anyone who has only seen him will laugh on Khuzaima’s face. Shahzada Malikulashter Shujauddin is indeed the braveheart of the royal family of Huzuraala TUS who has fearlessly made us perform Matam of Aqa Husain AS in places where Khuzaima would be busy kissing foreheads of his spoilt brats.
Shahzada Idris Bhaisaheb Badruddin Saheb dm
The Attalim department of Dawat-e-Hadiyah, the innumerable madrasahs and schools around the globe running under his leadership and the thousands of children getting ready in those schools as good human beings and true followers of Daizzaman, are evident examples of Shahzada saheb’s commitment and efforts in the khidmat of Aqa Moula TUS. The muddai seems to be promoting other worldly institutions instead. Shahzada saheb is an example of humility and simplicity. Always available to mumineen and conveying their araiz in Hazrat Aliyah at all times. In this modern era Shahzada saheb has with his keen interest and expertise, helped keep the administration of Dawat-e-Hadiyah a step ahead in the usage of modern technology.
Shahzada Saheb has helped convey the akhbar nuraniya of Aqa Moula to each and every Mumin through the internet. Indeed in this age when the likes of Khuzaima spread poison through the internet, the efforts of Shahzada Saheb provide ready antidote.
Ever smiling and ever helpful, Shahzada Saheb is simplicity personified.
Shahzada Qusai Bhaisaheb Vajihuddin dm
Like his laqab suggests, Shahzada saheb’s graceful personality has an aura that generates warmth and affection. For years we have always seen him steadfast besides Syedna al-Muqaddas RA and Aqa Moula TUS doing khidmat like a humble Mumin. The various publications of Shahzada Saheb include the book of Maajiz of Syedna al-Muqaddas RA that help elevate a mumin in standards of yaqeen and ikhlaas. Khuzaima on the other hand keeps singing songs of his own praise and even before the wafaat of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA he started compiling his own so called Maajiz.
Shahzada Saheb with his sense of humor and kindness makes happy anyone who comes to meet him. Since the wafaat of Shahzada Huzaifa bhaisaheb almuqaddas, he has taken over the responsibility of Alvazarat along with Shahzada Ammar bhaisaheb dm with efficient sincerity. His sons Abduttayyeb bs and Al-aqmar bs have already taken responsible roles in the khidmat of Dawat and display amazing leadership qualities.
Shahzada Ammar bhaisaheb Jamaluddin dm
The youngest of Shahzada Sahebs has been the symbol of youngness for Mumineen for years. A man of few words, he leads with sincerity and dedication. Shahzada Saheb has helped thousands of couples get sharaf of Nikah in the grandeur of rasme saifees around the world. The systematic and organized system of matrimony that Shahzada saheb has helped take shape is one of its kind amongst the communities of the world. He has selflessly spent those years to achieve the happiness of Syedna al-Muqaddas RA and helped make thousands of homes. The muddai on the other hand has brought up his daughters to break the home and heart of the Haq na Dai TUS. His daughters have stooped so low that they use their own innocent children for their blasphemous propaganda.
After the wafaat of al-Muqaddas Shahzada Huzaifa bhaisaheb dm, shahzada sahib has taken the responsibility of Alvazarat along with Shahzada Qusai bhaisaheb with great sincerity and dedication, attending office regularly and looking into various matters of Jamaats worldwide. Khuzaima has and his children have been busy making a jamaat of their own.
Each and every Shahzada Saheb and their noble progeny reflect the virtues of unparalleled, roohani upbringing. The 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, the sun amongst the stars shines so bright that even a blind person can feel the luminosity.
We don’t know what qualities or rather vices the children of Khuzaima possess. But on their faces and in their deeds and actions we see the result of an upbringing by a child gone astray, of a son who has betrayed his own father and turned against his brothers for worldly wealth and power.
A Khidmat Guzaar and Talabat of Jamea Saifiyah
In 1998/1419 H. Aqa Moula Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin al-Hayy al-Muqaddas visited Dallas, TX for the iftitah of Saifee Masjid. My father, Dr. Sh. Hussamuddin (al-Marhoom), had had the sharaf of Aqa Moula al-Hayy al-Muqaddas’s utara mubarak when Aqa Moula RA had come to Dallas for ta’sees two years earlier in 1996/1417 H.
In preparation for the visit to Dallas for the masjid’s iftitah and with the hopes of receiving the sharaf of utara once again, both of my parents had done extensive preparation in their home for Aqa Moula’s RA arrival. However, the day before Aqa Moula RA arrived to Dallas, Dr. Moiz Bhaisaheb decided that our house was a little far from masjid and Mumineen would benefit more in the safr if Aqa Moula’s RA utara was nearer to the masjid.
At that moment and despite the logical decision, we were naturally shattered and heartbroken. We felt like our numerous prayers and vows, our pleas had all been crushed. At that time – as we always did – we took Aqa Moula Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s TUS wasila mubarak. We were told that we had the sharaf of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s TUS utara and Shehzada Aali Waqar Ammar Bhaisaheb’s utara together. My parents, however, were still saddened – and at the time were not fully aware of Aqa Moula Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s TUS maqam.
However, despite not receiving the sharaf of utaro, Moulana Burhanuddin RA gave us more than we could ever ask for. On the day of the masjid’s iftitah, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS called me and told me to find my father. When I couldn’t find him, he told me to tell my father that on the ziyafat thaal that afternoon, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin TUS had decided that he would perform Maghrib-Ishaa namaaz on the night of Imamuz Zaman’s Salgira at our house. Aqa Moula TUS, from his previous visit, remembered the size of our backyard and said that all Mumineen should attend namaz. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS then told me, “I did not do araz Moula RA to do so, Moula RA said this himself.” He repeated this to me again and told me to quickly inform my father. We felt honored that despite there being a masjid, we along with thousands of Mumineen would receive the barakat of namaz at our home.
Throughout our lifetimes we have seen that Moulana Mohammed Burhanuddin RA had the ability to uplift our spirits when we were at our lowest points – and this he could do with just one smile. However, we were yet to come to know the extents of the ihsaanaat of Aqa Moula Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA.On the night of Imamuz Zaman’s Salgira, after Aqa Moula RA performed maghrib and ishaa namaaz in front of several Mumineen our ziyafat began with the women of my immediate family privately doing qadambosi in the room with Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, Aaisaheba, Shehzada Ammar Bhaisaheb Jamaluddin, Shehzadi Ruqaiya Bhensaheba, Zahra Bhensaheba, and Shabbir Bhaisaheb.
One by one, everyone did qadambosi and then my father mother did. She began to cry as she was near to Moula RA. Moula RA placed his hand over hers, and asking my father, said “Tamne bhaari tow nathi lagu ke maru tamara yaha utaro na theiyu?” My father, gesturing towards my mother replied, “Moula, aa ne thoru bhari lagu che.” Aqa Moula Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA looked at my mother and while smiling said, “Kem Bhai Mufaddal Nu Utaro to Theiyu”.
My father, mother, and three brothers, as well as the other above mentioned sahibo were present in the room at that time and witnesses to this sentence. Considering that there was more than one Shehzada staying at our house at the time and also that Aqa Moula Syedna Burhanuddin RA had given us the azeem sharaf of Imamuz Zaman ni Salgira ni Raat ni Namaz as well as ziyafat, we all immediately knew that this sentence was an ishaara to Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s TUS aala shaan. Aqa Moula RA compared his own self to his mansoos, 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS and chose to reveal this on the night of Imamuz Zaman’s Milad in 1419 H. He entrusted our family with this ishaara and this perhaps is the biggest sharaf that we could have ever expected and ever experienced in our entire lifetime.
Fifteen years later, I am most happy to share this with everyone who might read this. Khuda Taala hamara Moula ane Aqa Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS ni Umr Shareef ne Qiyamat na din lag baqi rakhjo. Ameen.
M. Ali Asgar Sh. Dr. Hussamuddin
On January 24, 2014, within a week of the demise of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin al-Hayy al-Muqaddas, Khuzaima Qutbuddin and his children sent a message to me and others stating that he is “the sole Trustee of all the Wakfs/Trusts of the Dawoodi Bohra Community.” He went on to warn that if anyone deals with the properties of the Dawoodi Bohra Community without seeking his permission he/she does “so at his/her own risk.”
My first thought when reading this message, is “could any mumin, moreover a self-proclaimed spiritual leader be really talking about who owns what only a few days after the demise of our beloved Moulana RA?” After having that first thought, it immediately struck me, “so that is what Khuzaima Qutbuddin is after – material wealth and gains.”
Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s attempts to usurp the properties that were rightfully entrusted to Moulana al-Hayy al-Muqaddas as the 52nd Dai, has proved to me that all of his actions leading up to now have been for the ultimate goal of garnering power and property – not for guiding Mumineen down the rightful path – not to improve our understanding of Rasulallah’s SA Shariat – and certainly not to perform the khidmat of Imam uz Zaman SA. Otherwise, how could his first message of Da’wat to Mumineen be about his ownership of wealth?
In regards to Khuzaima’s claim that he should be the sole trustee of all the property of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, I would like to say a few things. First off, it is absolutely true that the the Dai ul Mutlaq, sitting in the seat of Imam uz Zaman, is the sole trustee of the properties of Dawat. This statement is understood from both a deeni and legal perspective. However, as stated in the various reasons that I have read just on this site, the only logical conclusion any person could reach based on the evidence is that Burhanuddin Moula RA did Nass on Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS. Therefore, from a legal perspective, the sole trustee of the properties of the Dawoodi Bohras is unequivocally the 53rd Dai, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS.
Moreover, from a legal perspective, Khuzaima could never fulfill the requirements imposed on a trustee. Basically, a trustee is charged with the responsibility of managing the trust assetsfor the sole benefit of the beneficiaries. When the law says “for the sole benefit of beneficiaries” it means that the trustee must be completely loyal to the beneficiaries. This includes the avoidance of any self-dealing or self-gain in connection with managing the trust property.
In my opinion, based on Khuzaima’s history of dealings (or self-dealing) there is no way that he could fulfill this requirement. Many examples exist of Khuzaima’s historical self-motivated dealings that were contrary to the wishes and teachings of Moulana al-Hayy al-Muqaddas RA exist. I would like to provide one example that might be fairly unknown to most people. The San Jose Jamaat is currently in the process of building a Masjid with the permission of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS. This permission was granted by Burhanuddin Aqa RA himself in London. At that time, Burhanuddin Aqa TUS was not able to travel to San Jose to perform the ceremonial laying of the foundation. The ceremonial laying of the foundation, known as ta’sees, is a rite solely entrusted to the Dai ul Mutlaq as the sole trustee of the properties of the Dawoodi Bohra Community. The Dai ul Mutlaq can choose to perform the ta’sees rite himself or can delegate authority to perform the rite to anyone he chooses. At the time permission was granted for construction of the San Jose Masjid in London, Burhanuddin Aqa RA chose to perform the ta’sees rite himself in London. Soon after, construction of the Masjid began with the laying of the concrete foundation. Once the foundation was laid, Khuzaima visited San Jose and even though he knew that Burhanuddin Aqa had already performed the ta’sees of the Masjid, he proceeded to have a hole dug in the existing foundation and perform his own separate ta’sees of the Masjid. Why would Khuzaima knowingly perform a rite that only the Dai ul Mutlaq is entrusted or to whom he entrusts with performing as the sole trustee, after he had performed the rite already himself? What were his reasons? Once the ta’sees was performed my Moula RA why would there ever be a reason for a second rite to be performed? His message about the properties of Da’wat above sent to us explains why.
Khuzaima has long had the intention to usurp the properties of Dawat for self-gain and steer Mumineen away from Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin al-Hayy al-Muqaddas. In committing acts like these, Khuzaima Qutbuddin and his children have showed that he could not honor the sanctity of the Dail ul Mutlaq’s rights as the sole trustee of the Dawoodi Bohra Community in his lifetime. So I pose the question, how could he ever fulfill the role as the trustee himself?
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