Syedna Qutbuddin has stated that Syedna Burhanuddin proclaimed Nass on him in private 50 years ago right before he publicly declared his appointment as Mazoon. Syedna Burhanuddin also said at that time that it will become known in the future (jiware zahir thaase tiwaare thaase).
Nass in private from the Dai to his Mansoos without any other witnesses is valid. Syedna Taher Saifuddin explains in his risalat 1363H (p.144), on the authority of Syedi Ameenji b. Jalaal and Syedna Daud b. Qutubshah, the private Nass performed by the 7th Dai Syedna Ahmad bin Mubarak on 8th Dai Syedna Husain bin Ali. After Syedna Ahmad’s wafat, his successor the Syedna Husain himself declared that he had been appointed by his predecessor in private without any witnesses, for reasons pertaining to the welfare of Dawat. Syedna Husain also asserted that there was no one at par with him in ‘ilm and knowledge. He presented a book of haqiqat he had written (kitab al-Īḍāḥ wa l-Bayān) and challenged anyone to produce anything similar. The excerpt relating to this account with translation is in the documentary evidence section below.
Syedna Qutbuddin’s ‘ilm and knowledge of Fatimid theology is unparalleled and has been attested to by statements by Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin.
According to our doctrine, once a successor is designated, that designation can never change and will never change. In the past it has sometimes happened that Mansoos passes away, but never that Dai changes Nass while his Mansoos is alive.
Nass is done by Imam-uz-zamaan’s ilhaam, and that ilhaam can never be wrong. The Imam according to our faith is infallible, ma’sum, and his Dai is kal-ma’sum and cannot make a mistake in the appointment of his successor.
If one allows for the possibility that Nass was erroneous the first time, then what is to say that it is not erroneous the second time around? If we allow this possibility then we bring into question not only this Nass but all the preceding designations.
There is not a single instance recorded or related in the 900 year history of Dawat al-Satr in which a successor was appointed and then retracted.
As Syedna Burhanuddin appointed Syedna Qutbuddin 50 years ago, according to our doctrine and belief it is impossible that he would change this designation for whatever reason.
The rutba of Mazoon is the highest rutba in the dawat of satr after the Dai al-Mutlaq. The rutba is fully named Mazoon al-Mutlaq because of the high platform that it shares with the Dai al-Mutlaq. It is a rutba for which we give an oath of allegiance in the misaaq alongside the Dai. See further below for source texts and translations of the below bayans.
No Mazoon in 900 years of Dawat al-Satr history has ever gone against the wishes of the Dai. On the other hand, many sons have made false claims which led to schisms (for eg. the Dai claimants of the Sulaymanis and Alyas).
Following Syedna Burhanuddin, Syedna Qutbuddin possessed the highest shaan in Dawat in rank, in imaan, ilm, akhlaaq, taqwa, riyazat, bandagi, sabar, siyasat, guidance, vision, wisdom, fairness, integrity, sincerity, khidmat, compassion, caring for mumineen’s well-being. Balance. Eg. wa’azo and bayaano, dealings with complicated Dawat issues in past (eg. Udaipur), Dawat ni khidmat ma jaanfishani, right guidance of hundreds of individual mumineen, founding and supervision of clean charities such as Zahra Hasanaat and QJSP (Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program).
Syedna Qutbuddin’s supporters are with Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin, and he is with us. We are mumineen, true followers of Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin, and true adherents to the misaaq, fulfilling our qasam of walayat to Dai Mazoon Mukasir. Others hijacked the person of Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin, and also his name. But the name, in spirit, in truth, in haqq, Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin was and is with us, and we are his true followers.
Syedna Qutbuddin is revealing Syedna Burhanuddin’s Nass on him for khidmat of Dawat, not for any personal gain. It is his duty at this time to make public Syedna Burhanuddin’s Nass upon him. Syedna Qutbuddin’s motive in making this public despite danger to his person and family is Imam uz Zaman AS’ khidmat and carrying out Syedna Burhanuddin’s farmaan. His goal is najaat and salvation of Mumineen’s and the survival of Dawat al-Haqq.
They say we have not accepted Syedna’s wishes in his succession. In reality it is they who have not done so, you have to just look at the evidence of the past 50 years to see that it is they who have never been able to accept Syedna’s appointment of Mazoon e Dawat, and they have been scheming
On many occasions, Syedna Muhammad Burhanuddin RA made public statements and performed actions for Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin that in our Deen indicate Nass and Dai-ni-shaan (and which go beyond physical closeness or dunyavi nazar):
Bi ilhamillahi wa ilhami waliyyihi, izan na rutba ma ahabbul asmaa’i ila Syedna Taher Saifuddin, al-waladul ahabb, al-waladaul ahabb, al-waladul ahabb, Khuzaima bhaisaheb Qutbuddin ne qaa’im karu chu, je rutba ma mein hato ye rutba ma bhai ne qaa’im karu chu.
“With the ilhaam of Allah ta’ala, and the ilhaam of his wali, Imam-uz-zamaan, I appoint in the rutba of Mazoon-ud-da’wat, the one whose name was the most beloved of names to Syedna Taher Saifuddin, my beloved son, my beloved son, my beloved son, Khuzaima bhaisaheb Qutbuddin. I appoint him in the rutba which I myself occupied during Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s reign.”
1.Syedna Burhanuddin: “my beloved son”—Prefacing Syedna Qutbuddin’s name, Syedna Burhanuddin said three times over, “my beloved son.” The term “son” has great significance in the Dawoodi Bohra Fatimi-Tayyibi theology, for it denotes the relationship between a Dai and his successor; in the same way as a father produces and raises his son to take his place in this world, so the Dai prepares his successor to take his place in the world of religion. The kitab the second Dai Syedna Ibrahim wrote for his successor is named ‘kanzul walad’ (A son’s [walad] treasure). Why else would Syedna Burhanuddin call his brother his son, and that too three times?
2.Syedna Burhanuddin: “The name Syedna Taher Saifuddin loved best”—Syedna Burhanuddin also prefaced Syedna Qutbuddin’s name with the descriptive phrase “the name Syedna Taher Saifuddin loved best.” He thereby alluded to the fact that his appointment of Syedna Qutbuddin to the position of Mazoon and Mansoos was the articulation of the wishes of his predecessor Syedna Taher Saifuddin.
3.Syedna Burhanuddin: “I appoint him to the position (rutba) that I was in.”— What was Syedna Burhanuddin’s position? He was Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s Mazoon and Mansoos. This statement is testament to the fact that Syedna had both Mazoon and Mansoos in mind, that he wanted to allude to the succession, because otherwise, since he had already mentioned that Syedna Qutbuddin was being appointed to the rutba of Mazoon, the statement would be redundant. Syedna Burhanuddin’s appointment of Syedna Qutbuddin as Mazoon and Mansoos paralleled Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s appointment of Syedna Burhanuddin (at the young age of 19) as Mazoon and Mansoos. This was the position that Syedna Burhanuddin had held for more than 30 years during the Dai-ship of his father Syedna Taher Saifuddin,and this was the position to which he was appointing Syedna Qutbuddin.
4.Syedna’s Burhanuddin’s instruction: Qadambosi of Mazoon-e-Dawat by his side after safaqat – After the sermon and misaaq were over, Syedna took the personal oath of allegiance ‘safaqat/bay’at’ of all those present. For this he moved from his high seat, takht, at the centre of the masjid, to the mihrab at the front of the masjid.. He sat on the gaadi on one side of the mihrab and took ‘safaqat’. He instructed his newly appointed Mazoon, and also Mansoos, to sit on the other side of the qibla, and he further instructed all the people to offer qadambosi to Syedna Qutbuddin. This action indicated that the misaaq pledge they had offered to the Dai also extended to his newly appointed Mazoon and Mansoos. (Note that Syedi Mukasir Saheb—who is also named in the misaaq as one of the three Dawat rutbas—was not part of this rite, because the bay’at oath of allegiance is primarily for the Dai.)
5.Syedna Burhanuddin: “Now I will be able to sleep”– On the return to Saifee Mahal from this first misaaq majlis, Syedna Burhanuddin asked Syedna Qutbuddin to accompany him in his car. When the car turned at Teen-Batti towards Saify Mahal, Syedna Burhanuddin said to Syedna Qutbuddin, “Now I will be able to sleep soundly.” This statement is not one which would be made in reference to the rutba of Mazoon, however exalted. A Dai’s primary responsibility according to Fatimi-Tayyibi theology is to ensure his succession in the position of Dai. Having discharged this responsibility, in the face of much opposition from powerful members of his family, Syedna said, “Now I will be able to sleep soundly.”
6.Syedna Burhanuddin: “We both thank God” – At Saifee Mahal, Syedna Burhanuddin asked Syedna Qutbuddin to accompany him to his private apartments. Just Syedna Burhanuddin and Syedna Qutbuddin were present, and Syedna Qutbuddin did sajda of shukr and shukr araz to Syedna Burhanuddin. Syedna Burhanuddin responded, “ja’alanallaho min-ash-shaakireena li-aala’ihi” (May Allah taala place us among those who give thanks for his benefactions.) Syedna Burhanuddin used the collective “us”, recounting the benefaction that Allah and his Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin had bestowed on both brothers, Syedna Burhanuddin and Syedna Qutbuddin.
7.Gift of Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s Ring –Earlier in the day before the public appointment as Mazoon, Syedna Burhanuddin gifted Syedna Qutbuddin a ruby ring which he placed on his finger, saying : “Our revered father’s wore this ring, he gave it to me at the time at which he appointed me, I wore it and I give it to you Brother as I appoint you.” In our tradition, this action also indicates the succession of the rutba of Dai, from Syedna Taher Saifuddin, to Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin, to Syedna Qutbuddin. By contextualizing his gifting of the ring in the manner that he did, Syedna Burhanuddin indicated that Syedna Qutbuddin was his Mazoon and Mansoos.
8.“talvaaro chali jaate”—Muqaddas Mukasirsaheb Saleh bhaisaheb Safiyuddin yeh Syedna Burhanuddin ne araz keedi keh “kem aap yeh Syedi Mazoon Saheb ne Mazoon banaaya tej waqat Nass bhi zaahir na kari didhi?” Syedna Burhanuddin replied “talvaaro chali jaate” – this shows that certain key people knew about Syedna Burhanuddin’s Nass on Syedna Qutbuddin, and it explains why Syedna Burhanuddin did not make the Nass public.
This statement shows that Syedna thus knew exactly what impact the manner of his appointment of Syedna Qutbuddin had had on people. Even though Syedna Burhanuddin had not yet publicly declared Syedna Qutbuddin as his successor, people already believed in their hearts that the appointment was much more than the appointment of a Mazoon; it was also the appointment of a Mansoos.
Syedna Burhanuddin’s actions and words, added to what people had already seen of Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s nazarat on Syedna Qutbuddin, created a large impact on the Shehzadas, the Ulama of Dawat, senior khidmatguzaro and mumineen. Their individual and collective actions and words reveal clearly that they believed that in addition to his appointment as Mazoon, Syedna Qutbuddin was also Maulana Burhanuddin’s Mansoos. Beginning at the time of the appointment, the, shehzadas, ulama and many mumineen offered sajda to Syedna Qutbuddin when doing salam and in majlises. For three decades (until the fabricated Africa episode), Shehzada Qaid Johar Bhaisaheb and Shehzada Mufaddal Bhaisaheb also offered sajda to Syedna Qutbuddin. Many—including Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb again and Shehzada Mohammad-ul-Baqir bhaisaheb—wrote letters addressing Syedi Mazoon Saheb as “Maula,” and describing him with words used in Dawat for the Dai and the Dai-in-waiting. Several ulama—including Shaikh Ibrahim Yamani who was the senior khidmatguzar, “Diwan,” to Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin—wrote qasidas in Syedna Qutbuddin’s praise, in which they addressed him with words used in Dawat for the Dai and the Dai-in-waiting.
The majority of mumineen, and Syedna Burhanuddin’s own shehzadas, including Mufaddal Bhaisaheb and Qaid Johar Bhaisaheb, used to do sajda for Syedna Qutbuddin in the presence of Syedna Burhanuddin for three decades. This continued until the fabricated Africa incident in which when the shehzadas maligned Syedna Qutbuddin; they stopped doing sajda to him themselves, and stopped mumineen from doing so.
Syedna Burhanuddin Shukr Ziyafat by Syedna Qutbuddin video clips: