18 Shabaan 1385H (11 December 1965)

Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (RA), the 52nd Dai of Imam-uz-Zamaan, appointed Syedna Qutbuddin (TUS) in the azeem rutba of Mazoon on 17 Shabaan 1385 (10 December 1965), the day in which he took the first misaaq of mumineen.

The very next day, on 18 Shabaan (11 December), Syedna Burhanuddin sent a telegram to all Amils and Valimullahs across the world informing them of this appointment. Aqa Burhanuddin emphasised in this telegram that it is with the noble ilham (inspiration) of the Imam that he has made this appointment, and that his Mazoon is his “accomplished brother”, one who is “worthy” of such an exalted appointment.

The 41st Dai Syedna Abdut Tayyeb Zakiyyuddin has said in his Risalat that the Mazoon is the “truthful friend” of the Dai, one who is a shahid (witness) to the Iman (faith) of all mumineen. The 52nd Dai Syedna Burhanuddin appointed and kept Syedna Qutbuddin in this lofty position throughout his holy life, thereby emphasising Syedna Qutbuddin’s ‘worthiness’ and showing that it is Syedna Qutbuddin who is his “truthful friend” and the witness to the faith of all his followers.

The Qur’an-e-Majeed time and again informs us that the ayats (signs) of Allah, the pathway towards knowing that which is Truth, will be recognised only by those who use their ʿaql, their intellect and logic (for example, Surat al-Baqara, ayat 164, and Surat al-Raʿd, ayat 19). It is only logical to trust in the most exalted matter of nass, one whom Syedna Burhanuddin has considered his “truthful friend” and has trusted with the ilham of Imam to be a witness to the faith of all his followers throughout his holy life.

May Allah Ta’ala give our waliyyun-neʿmat, on whose hands we have received all divine boons, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, afdal-ul-jaza in the Highest of Heavens. May He grant the longest life till qiyamat to his Mazoon and Mansoos, the 53rd Dai Mutlaq, Syedna Qutbuddin, and keep all mumineen muminaat and children in hifazat in his heavenly shade. Ameen.