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THE JOURNEY OF OBTAINING KNOWLEDGE: The Six prerequisites defined by Amirul Mumineen – speech by Shz Dr Abdeali Bhaisaheb

27 September 2014

In the function organized for the felicitation of Shz Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb’s completion of PhD, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS had invited the Governor of Maharashtra Mr. Mohammed Fazal for a luncheon at Evan-e-Husaini, Mumbai. Syedna TUS had also invited all the college going students in Mumbai so that this function and achievement would be a source of encouragement for them for their endeavors; an example of how “activities of this world can be combined with the activities of the hereafter”.
At the function Shz Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb delivered a strong speech in which he recited two verses attributed to Imam Ali SA in which he defines six prerequisites for seeking knowledge:


Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb elaborates on each of these six points in his powerful 20 minute speech, drawing from historical anecdotes and from his own experiences in seeking excellence in both deeni and dunyawi education. The full text is presented on fatemidawat.com. This is an excerpt towards the end of the speech in which, before offering gratitude to Syedna Burhanuddin RA, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS, his mother busaheba and all his mentors, Shz Abdeali bhaisaheb sums up his own journey and the strength he drew from Syedna Burhanuddin’s doa and Syedna Qutbuddin’s support:

“It took me seven years to do the PhD, 15 if you start counting from the BA, and it was only one aspect of the innumerable facets of the knowledge that is the ‘ilm of Ahlul-bait. It requires many years of commitment and perseverance to do a PhD. It was only the doa of Aqa Mola Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin that kept me going. In Burhanpur, in the Qubba Mubaraka of Hakimuddin Mola he put his muabrak hand on my shoulder and said that khuda kamyab kare. It is only the encouragement, doa and support of my father that kept me going in difficult times. There are also times when you might feel that it is too difficult, but doa is such a potent energizer that it can overcome all adversity, as it did for me. Syedi Mazoon Saheb graced my convocation ceremony in Manchester. All the professors in London and Mancerster that we met were greatly impressed by the humility, the knowledge and the presence of His Eminence.”

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