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28) Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin: In History and in the Present

25 September 2014
Sijill Issue 28 – 26th Shawwal 1435H


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الَّذِينَ يَحْمِلُونَ الْعَرْشَ وَمَنْ حَوْلَهُ يُسَبِّحُونَ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّهِمْ وَيُؤْمِنُونَ بِهِ وَيَسْتَغْفِرُونَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا رَبَّنَا وَسِعْتَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ رَّحْمَةً وَعِلْمًا فَاغْفِرْ لِلَّذِينَ تَابُوا وَاتَّبَعُوا سَبِيلَكَ وَقِهِمْ عَذَابَ الْجَحِيمِ

(Surat Ghaafir: 40)

Those who sustain the Throne (of Allah) and those around it Sing Glory and Praise to their Lord; believe in Him; and implore Forgiveness for those who believe: “Our Lord! Thy Reach is over all things, in Mercy and Knowledge. Forgive, then, those who turn in Repentance, and follow Thy Path; and preserve them from the Penalty of the Blazing Fire!

One a’ala interpretation of the Quranic verse quoted above is that Dais hold up the throne of their Imam, and they, with their paak hudood who surround them, chant the tasbeeh of their lord’s praise, and pray for forgiveness of mumineen’s sins. Mazoon – ud – Dawat Syedi Abdul-Qadir Hakimuddin RA is one most elevated/monumental hudood in the history of Dawat. His name is synonymous with ikhlaas – piety and sincerity – in the khidmat of Dai and Dawat. His mazaar is a refuge for mumineen far and wide. And his maqaam is in the highest ranks of the hudood of Dawat-us-Satar. Such was his maqaam that the 41st Dai Syedna Abdut-Tayyeb Zakiuddin RA did wasiyyat that his qabar Mubarak should be close to Syedi Hakimuddin and that zaereen should first do the ziarat of Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin. Syedna Ismail Badruddin (Sani) RA appointed Syedi Hakimuddin RA to the elevated position of Mazoon and wrote the following in a letter to him: “Abdul-Qadir, I appoint you [directly] after me in the tarteeb as Mazoon Mutlaq, bequeathing on you this great rutba. So give praise to Allah, who is One, Singular, and Unique, and give thanks to Him, morning and night, for His favors, benefits, and generosity.”

Later Syedna Badruddin also appointed him as his Mansoos. Such was Syedi Hakimuddin’s ikhlaas that if the Dai’s letter was delayed, Syedi Hakimuddin would pledge a nazar for it to arrive soon, and when it arrived, he would stand up in reverence, and kiss the Dai’s signature and seal. Syedi Hakimuddin attributed all his worthy actions to his Dai, and he invoked, praised, and supplicated him at all times. Such is his hurmat, that whosoever takes his wasila or mannat, Allah Ta’ala alleviates his difficulties and fulfills his wishes. Du’at Mutlaqeen have also taken the mannat of ziarat of Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA built the qubba mubaraka of Syedi Hakimuddin RA and this qubba was adorned with marble by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. The 51st and 52nd Dais have visited Burhanpur on many occasions and have done ziarat doing sajda at the Qabar Mubarak of Syedi Hakimuddin. The 53rd Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin is the 14th Dai in the nasal (progeny) of Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin. Syedna Qutbuddin is Syedi Hakimuddin’s waaris in more ways than one. His ikhlaas in the khidmat of Syedna Burhanuddin RA was such that he too, following the example of Syedi Hakimuddin RA, would stand up in reverence of the Dai’s letter when he received it. He kissed it and did sajdatush-shukur. His hurmat is such that Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA said in Lailatul Qadar that “Khuzaima’s do’a is a do’a that is answered” (Khuzaima ni doa mustajaab che). And his maqaam is such that he was appointed by Syedna Burhanuddin as his Mazoon and Mansoos at the young age of 27, less than a month after Syedna Burhanuddin became Dai. He remained in this position, serving Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin with utmost ikhlaas, piety and sincerity for 50 years.

There is not a Dawoodi Bohra who does not venerate Syedi Hakimuddin. Yet there are people who have a selective memory and a selective recollection of history. Indeed, it is easy to dissociate the present from the history and yet we learn history to help us make the right choices in the present. There are those who in the time of Syedna Burhanuddin praised and offered Sajda to Mazoon-ud-Dawat Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin and yet harbored jealousy and enmity towards Syedna Burhanuddin’s Mazoon. Those same people today, in their enmity of Syedna Burhanuddin’s Mazoon and in their question his veracity, have seen fit to demean all the Mazoons and the rank of Mazoon itself. In their efforts they attempted to disconnect Syedi AbdulQadir Hakimuddin’s ikhlaas from the rutba of Mazoon, and yet, in his qasida in praise of Syedi Hakimuddin, in the very first line, Syedna Taher Saifuddin writes that he was first and foremost the Dai’s Mazoon:



Were Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin alive today would we not yearn to take the barakaat of his ‘ilm, guidance and do’a? At the least, would we not believe him and trust him?