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Syedna Taher Fakhruddin TUS delivered an inspiring waaz, on the theme of safina and najaat, on 3rd Muharram 1440H in Darus Sakina, Mumbai. Maulana began the waaz by addressing Mumineen as those who reside in the ark (safina) of Ahle Bayt’s mohabbat. Maulana reminded Mumineen that Panjetan paakSA established theark of salvation (safina-tun-najaat), haq ni dawat. Those who remain obedient to them are those who remain on the safina, attain salvation (najaat) – otherwise, they remain losers in this world and the Hereafter.Those who maintain sincere walayat of Imam-uz-Zaman are destined for najaat.
Maulana prayed abyaat of Syedna Mo’ayyad and Mo’ayyad-e-Asghar, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, stating najaat is for those who maintain walayat of the progeny of the Nabi. Maulana quoted from one of Imam Jafar-us-Sadiq AS address to Shia: “you have maintained our walayat when others held adawat, you believed us as true when others disblieved, you did silat and maintained relations with us while others boycotted”. It is our Imam’s immense ehsaan that he addresses Shia in such a manner. Then Imam did doa, “may Allah Ta’ala make our zindagi your zindagi, our maut your maut.” Qutbuddin Moula would say that after Syedna Taher Saifuddin did this zikr, he would say “Mumineen aa zindagi anay maut khuda tamne mubarak karjo.”
Maulana recounted the zikr when Rasulullah was concerned who would repay the debts (dain kon adaa karsay). Husain Imam, a young child at the time, promised he would do so no matter what the sacrifice. Maulana stated that Husain Imam AS himself is safina-tun-najaat and he prayed abyaat from Syedna Burhanuddin’s “Fulkul Husain” marsiya, proclaiming that we are here today, remembering Husain Imam, and with our hearts, we are in Karbala.
Maulana prayed Quranic ayat “these are parables (or metaphors) that we strike for mankind” (59:21) and explained that the Quran Majeed teaches us through parables and metaphors (amsaal). The Safina means and symbolises the Dawat of Haqq, whose purpose is to return us to our best of states, return us in aakherat and jannat.
Maulana then delivered a unique zikr of an islandfrom Imam Ahmad Al Mastoor AS’s Ikhwan-us-Safa, a fable which is a metaphor for this world and the hereafter.
Since this was the majlis of Nuh Nabi AS, Maulana did bayaan of fulk,mentioned twenty one times in the Quran Majeed, and safina, mentioned four times in the Quran - both words mean “ark”. Maulana did bayaan of three chapters (fasl), based on three letters of fulk:
1st fasl – In this first fasal bayaan, Maulana TUS did zikr of Nuh Nabi ASthe 2nd natiq, after Adam Nabi AS. Maulana explained the meaning of many ayats in the Quran about Nuh Nabi’s daur. Nuh Nabi AS was commanded to build a safina and to sow khajoori. When the tree fruited, aid would come. He did so first time, and aid did not come, which resulted in a lot of people turning away. He did so again second time, and again, aid did not come, which further resulted in more people turning away. Very few remained, only 80. Nuh Nabi sowed khajoori a third time, such is the conviction (tawakkul) of waliyullah, and aid came and Nuh Nabi built the ark. Those who remained with him and boarded the ark were saved. Those who did not perished. Syedna also did zikr of Nuh Nabi’s two sons:Saam who was his wasi and Haam, who rejected Nuh’s Dawat.
2nd fasl – In the second chapter, Maulana TUS referred to Rasulullah SA statement “my Ahle Bayt, amongst you, are like Nuh’s safina. Those who remain with them garner najaat, while those who abandon them are destroyed.” Maulana drew Mumineen’s attention to the clarity of Rasullulah’s statement. Those who abandoned the Ahle Bayt would perish. Many storms and waves lashed upon the ark of Dawat, but haq ni dawat remained established through all these times. The mountainous waves eventually just faded away. Husain Imam AS kept Imam Ali Zainul Abideen AS with him throughout, a sign that haqq cannot be extinguished. Similarly, Husain Imam’s Dai, Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA did so, kept Syedna Feerkhan Shujauddin RA with him. Maulana recalled Imam Ali Zainul Abedeen’s AS khutba and hujjat against Yazid. Maulana also recalled Mehdi Imam’s AS zuhoor and the mojeza that occurred in Sijilmasa, while he was imprisoned.
3rd fasl – In this third chapter, Syedna did zikr of Du’at Mutlaqeen of Aal-e-Mohammed, who have extreme closeness (qurbat – be ayonena) and continuous flow of divine inspiration (taeed – be wahyena) from Imam-uz-Zaman. Tayyeb Imam AS, for his followers, established safina-tun-najaat and handed its reigns to Duat, made them its captain (qabtaan). Maulana Taher Saifuddin’s RA shaan that he stated “I have delivered numerous people to the shore of jannat, and I will surely deliver you.” Maulana Fakhruddin stated that “today, I am your Dai, and wallahe inshallah, we will reach the shores of Jannat”.
Maulana prayed and explained abyaat from Simt-ul-Haqaiq, in which the Du’aat Mutlaqeen are described as the ark that safeguards that safeguard those who board it in the storm of fitnat and misguidedness. An ark that saves our drowning souls.
Syedna asserted that the Dawat of Haqq is established today. Each Mumin who gives misaq should do so out of his own choice in order to obtain najaat, not to join a club or society.
Maulana TUS narrated some of the numerous fitnat that have occurred, since Syedna Hatim’s (3rd Dai) era, to the era of Dais in India, such as Syedna Dawood bin Qutubshah RA (27th Dai), Syedna Abdut-Tayyeb Zaikiyuddin RA (29th Dai), Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA (32nd Dai) and Syedna Feerkhan Shujauddin RA (33rd Dai). One of the great Hudud of Da’wat, Maulaya Raj, strived during Jafar’s fitnat for the sake of Mumineen and urged them not to leave the Dai of Imamuz Zaman SA. Maulana Burhanuddin RA would often state that if it was not for Maulaya Raj, we would not be Mumin.
Maulana recalled Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA jihad, through his court cases, and when they attempted to threaten him with bloodshed, he respodned “what are you attempting to threaten us with? Our forefathers have sacrificed their lives for Dawat.”
Maulana also recounted the fitnat in Burhanuddin Aqa RA era, the fitnat by misguided and evil scholars (‘ulamaa’us-su’) who corrupted the aqeeda by suggesting that zahir and batin are different in the Maratib of Dawat. This, despite the fact that the Misaaq urges that “zahir batin judu na hoi”. These people of fitnat would state Mazoon is one in zahir and another in batin. Once, Syedna Qutubddin RA was told about this and he responded with force “do you mean to say Burhanuddin Aqa is not speaking the truth when he takes misaq and takes the qasam for the Mazoon by his name? Whom are you accusing here?!”.
After Burhanuddin Aqa’s RA wajaat, Dawat faced a tremendous storm , and only a captain of such conviction and yaqeen, Bawajisaheb Moula, Syedna Qutbuddin RA, could safeguard Dawat. At a delicate and tumultuous time, the qabtaan instructs us on how to proceed, shows us by doing so himself. Haqq na saheb is not affected by those who curse him, rather, it is they who have to bear its consequences. Maulana Qutbuddin RA had immense patience and courage, even though he was surrounded by enemies. He did not pay heed to them, he was only occupied by establishing Dawat.
Maulana Fakhruddin recalled that when Burhanuddin Aqa RA took his misaq, Syedna Qutbuddin RA organized a ziyafat with a backdrop of safina. In a speech, with utmost sincerity, Syedna Qutbuddin RA did araz that “I am your ghulam, may I be fida on you, my farzando, my farzando’s farzando, all fida on you.”
Maulana bestowed guidance (mowizat) to Mumineen. He advised one should live life by the way of deen. It should not be a compartment, only to attend on Ashara and Laylatul Qadr. Rather, deen is a way of life, and should be incorporated it all aspects of life.
After hamd, salawat and doa, Maulana ended the waaz on shahadat, recalling Husain Imam’s safina in Karbala. Maulana prayed pur-dard shahadat of Ali Asghar AS, and ended the waaz on Imam Husain’s AS shahadat.