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Syedna Qutbuddin’s sons visit to Rozat Tahera

4 July 2014

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Abdeali Bhaisaheb Qutbuddin, Husain Bhaisaheb Qutbuddin and Aziz Bhaisaheb Qutbuddin, three sons of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin, and grandsons of the 51stDai al-Mutlaq Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, went in peace in the early morning of Shehruallah 7 1435H (July 4, 2014) to Raudat Tahera, the mazaar of their holy grandfather the 51st Dai al-Mutlaq, and of their holy uncle the 52nd Dai al- Mutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, for ziarat during this auspicious period.  

Unfortunately, they were prevented from peacefully performing ziarat by certain members of the community who pushed and assaulted and insulted them. When they returned to Raudat Tahera with police protection, which they had sought, they were assaulted again. The police officers then discussed with the rowdy elements to allow access to the grandsons of the 51st Dai, and when they entered the Roza with police personnel they were yet again verbally and physically assaulted and pushed out by a large group of unruly elements from the community.   Syedna Qutbuddin’s sons have filed a complaint with the JJ Police Station.  

In correspondence between the advocates of the contesting parties in the court, the advocates for the Defendant Shehzada Mufaddal Saifuddin have clearly stated that their client has no objection to the Plaintiff Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin or his family members entering Raudat Tahera or any other Dawoodi Bohra community properties. Believing that such promises will be honoured, the sons of the Syedna Qutbuddin went in peace to do ziarat, only to be faced with this illegal reaction. Unfortunately the acts of the Burhani Guards and other unruly elements have desecrated the hurmat of the Roza mubaraka of our Molas, the most holy place for us Dawoodi Bohra mumineen in Mumbai.

A number of things should be noted: 

  1. Many years ago when Syedna Taher Saifuddin was visiting Karbala, certain radical leaders prevented him from peacefully performing ziarat because of differences in belief. They sent people to harass, shout vile language at, and ridicule Maulana al-Muqaddas as he walked to and from the Haram Shareef. Syedna Taher Saifuddin sent them a message saying ‘tamay manay kahi na maanta how, pun itnu to jaano cho ne ke may Husain Imam no zaa’ir thai ne aayo chu, anay Husain na zaa’ir ne tamnay aa misal takleef aapwu jaa’iz thaai?! (Even if you do not believe me to be anything, you know this much that I am a zaa’ir – one who has come for ziarat – of Imam Husain SA. Do you find it permissible to treat a zaa’ir of Husain in such a way?!) Syedna Qutbuddin’s sons had come in peace as zaairs of their holy grandfather Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and their holy uncle Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. How was it permissible to harass them and try to prevent them from doing ziarat, much less assault them physically while using undignified language in the sanctified Roza of our Molas?
  2. Reflecting upon the violent actions of the unruly elements in the community towards Syedna Qutbuddin’s sons in the sanctified haram of Rozat Tahera six months after the wafaat of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, imagine what they would have done had Syedna Qutbuddin come to Syedna Burhanuddin’sjanaza. Such people did not care or maintain the hurmat and dignity of Rozat Tahera this Friday and from this unfortunate incident, it is clear that they would not have cared even for the hurmat of Syedna Burhanuddin’s janaza. Husain ImamSA chose not to perform Hajj and travelled far away from Ka’batullah so that his enemies would not desecrate the hurmat of Baytullah, and his Dai Syedna Qutbuddin took the very heavy decision of not going to the janaza mubaraka of Aqamola Burhanuddin, so that such people would not desecrate the hurmat of our Mola’s janaza.
  3. Our Du’at mutlaqeen, especially Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin RA reared us to be a peace-loving community, one that can be a ‘misaal’ for other communities to follow. Does this conduct reflect the teachings and hidayat of these Awliya? To what level have such community members stooped?

In wake of this sad incident, many people have written to us expressing their sadness. We deeply appreciate your empathy. At the same time this is a time for courage. Those who believe in Syedna Qutbuddin TUS need to come out of the shadows and stand up for principle and truth. 

A mumina bairo recently did araz of her dream to Syedna Qutbuddin: she saw that Syedna Burhanuddin came in her dream and said “Bhai Qutbuddin ne kaho ke maari ziarat waaste jaldi aawe”. Khuda ye din jaldi dikhawe ke Taher Saifuddin Aqa na nur-e-nazar, Burhanuddin mola na waaris Syedna Qutbuddin amno amaan ma Rozat Tahera padhaare. Ameen