Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS delivered a powerful 2-hour bayaan on the occasion of Urus Mubarak of Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed Maula QR, on 27th Muharram ul haram, Sunday 8 November 2015, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (USA-East Coast). The following paragraphs describe the event and quote, paraphrase and summarize some of the salient points of the bayaan.
In the morning, Shz Dr. Abdeali Bhaisaheb recited the text of the Ahdul Awliya (Misaaq). Aqamola TUS led imamat for zohor-asar namaaz, and took safaqat of new misaaq-givers and all mumineen present.
In the afternoon, Aqamola tus arrived for Urus majlis of Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed. The majlis began with Khatmul Quran and doa of Sadaqallah.
This is a long summary—still, it is but a drop from the ocean of Syedna Qutbuddin’s flowing sea.
Syedna began his bayaan with Allah Ta’ala’s divine words to Rasulullah SA, “If you were not existent, I would not have created the heavens” (law laak lama khalaqtu l-aflak). Allah created the skies, the earth, the universe, this whole world, for Rasulullah. Similarly, the Imam of each Age holds that very same high station: All the activity of this world takes place because of the Imam, because of the Imam’s Dawat, because of the Misaaq that mumineen give to the Imam. That is the reason for existence; to give misaaq and attain the light. That is the road to Allah, to salvation.
Rasulullah SA performed Nass on Maulana Ali SA in Ghadir-e-Khumm and appointed him his successor, and in a few months he passed away. At that time, the community turned away from Maulana Ali. Why did they turn away? Had not Rasulullah performed Nass in front of thousands? Now, can anyone maintain that Rasulullah should have done things differently? Why didn’t he warn them? He did what he had to do. Allah’s Rasul knows Allah’s wisdom (hikmat) best. In this world, there is always give-and-take (len-den of qaza-qadar). Night follows day. This is Allah’s hikmat. Similarly, Allah’s hikmat directs Dawat affairs.
This is Rasulullah’s Wasi’s high station: Because of him the world continues, Dawat continues. If Rasulullah had not appointed Ali, his message would have been incomplete; his Dawat would have been incomplete. Allah revealed this verse on the day of Ghadir e Khumm: “Today I have perfected your religion, completed my favor upon you, and become pleased with Islam as the religion for you.” (Surat al-Ma’ida 5:3.)
Islam’s completion, is only through the walayat of Amirul Mumineen. Rasulullah says, “The followers of Ali are indeed triumphant” (Shi’ato Aliyyin humu l-faizun). Whosoever follows Ali, gives misaaq and bay’at to Ali, will win paradise.
Love (muhabbat) alone is not enough. Along with love, you must give misaaq. Syedna Qadi al-Numan has written that what you believe in your heart, you must also express with your words and actions. You must give misaaq to the True Imam and the True Dai, in order to gain najaat.
It is Dawat practice that when a new Imam succeeds an Imam who has passed away, he takes mumineen’s misaaq. If someone says: “I believe in the 15th Imam but not in the 16th Imam,” he does not in truth believe in the 15th Imam. The 15th Imam’s imamate is only established when he performs Nass on the 16th Imam. That is when his mission is completed, perfected. Similar is the case of the Dais. These doctrines are recorded in books of Dawat.
The Imam performs Nass on his successor, the coming Imam, when he sees in that sahib his own shaan of imaamat, when that sahib reaches a station that is like his. He could never change the Nass. Sadiq Imam says the imamate passes from an Imam whose name is recorded in the Preserved Tablet-Lawhe Mahfooz - to another whose name is also recorded in the Preserved Tablet-Lawhe Mahfooz. Once the Imam performs Nass on him, he must become Imam.
In the concealment (satar) of the Imam, the Dai holds the highest station. What he knows, only he knows. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, at the young age of 28 years at the beginning of his tenure as Dai, said in a court hearing that, “What I know, no one else knows” (maney jeh khabar chheh koi ney khabar nathi). In Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s testimony, he also similarly asserted his special knowledge, because he is the present Dai. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Muhammad Burhanuddin RA have both bestowed him with pearls of the special knowledge of Dawat.
Like the Imam, the Dai only appoints his successor when he sees in him his own shaan of Dai-ship, when Allah and Allah’s wali Imamuz zaman send ilhaam to appoint that sahib. Syedna Taher Saifuddin writes that a Dai only appoints one who is “like himself” (la yuqimu illa mithlahu). Like the Imam, the Dai is masoom in this action; he will not pass away before appointing his successor, one who is like him. Maulana Ali has recorded the names of the Dais in the Book of Knowledge (Kitaab ul Ilm). The Dai’s existence signals the Imam’s existence.
Syedna gave examples from history, where false claimants had raised false claims against Imams and against Dais. Majority does not count – Haqq counts. Haqiqatan kon chhey Dai, ehney maaney, yeh haqiqatan mumin chhey. One Imam has said that if you have to crawl on your hands and feet to go give misaaq, you must still do so. Do not hold back for worldly reasons. No one knows the number of their remaining days on this earth. Syedna gave the example of Rasulullah’s Muhajirin, and explained their sacrifice in detail. Syedna expressed happiness and pride that there are many with him today who are following their example. Syedna said the world is a place of trials and imtihan for mumineen.
Maulana Burhanuddin knew what was best for the preservation of his Dawat. He did what he had to do. No one knows more how to preserve Dawat than Syedna Burhanuddin. Syedna Burhanuddin performed Nass immediately on Syedna Qutbuddin within a month of Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s wafaat and kept it concealed for reasons of hikmat. Syedna Burhanuddin’s Dawat continues today. The silsila remains unbroken because Syedna Burhanuddin’s successor, Syedna Qutbuddin, is among us today. Syedna Qutbuddin recited Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s verse which says I have firmly resolved to offer my life (fida) for my Mawali Tahereen, the Fatemi Imams. By the Imam’s vasila, he prayed to Allah for Fathe Mubeen.
He recited Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s verse, “Your Dawat is the Ark of Salvation, it sails forth cutting through enemies’ storm waves.” Syedna asserted forcefully that storm waves might threaten, but they will pass. Those individuals who are like storm waves, their threat will pass. Dawat will remain.
Syedna exhorted mumineen to follow the seven pillars (da’aim) of Islam. He urged mumineen to work for this world and the next, and quoted the Imam’s words, “Religion is not only prayer and fasting; rather, it means to build a flourishing life in this world and the next” (laysa al dino sawman wa salatan faqat balid dino imaratu d-dunya wa-l-akhira). However, when you are faced with a choice, a bifurcation, when one road leads to dunya and another to aakhirat, choose—as per the instructions of Isa Masih—the path to akhirat.
Syedna narrated the history of Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed and his shahadat bayaan. He bestowed priceless pearls of doa for mumineen, especially those who were serving the Dawat and Dai, and most especially in the legal case. He also bestowed special doa for those mumineen who had come today. He beseeched Allah Ta’ala to grant them peace, and bliss (sa’aadat) in this world and the next. He ended the bayaan with a moving recitation of Husain Imam’s shahadat.
After Syedna’s bayaan, Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s qasida, salaams for Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed, and marsiyas for Husain imam were recited.
Janab Moiz bhaisab and mumineen who had gathered from several different cities offered khayr maqdam. Syedna led maghrib-isha imamat namaaz, and mumineen received sharaf of qadambosi and had the opportunity to do araz. The program ended with niyaaz and salawaat jaman.