(Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA)
Our beginnings were the best of beginnings by them – our Imams. And by them we pray for the best of endings.
On the 17th of Shabaan 1385 (10th December 1965), Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA took the first Misaq of Mumineen as the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq. In the Majlis in Saify Masjid, Syedna Burhanuddin RA delivered bayaan before the recitation of the Ahdul-Awliya’ ibarat. In this bayaan he publicly appointed Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin RA as his Mazoon, referring to him thrice as his “most beloved son.”
In the bayaan, Syedna Burhanuddin prayed for himself and said,
“May Allah Ta’ala grant me aid in all matters. Just as my father Syedna Taher Saifuddin – with what shaan he performed khidmat – I am his son, I beseech his wasila and pray, and I beseech Imamuz zaman’s wasila and pray, May Allah Ta’ala grant me aid in all matters and himmat and ta’yeed. It is a great khidmat – may I continue to do it according to the wishes of Imamuz zaman. And may I continue to do khidmat of Imamuz zaman till the end of my life (anay mari zindagi na tamaam lag mein Imamuz zaman ni khidmat karu) May I sacrifice my soul for Imamuz zaman.”
In the same bayaan, after appointing Syedna Qutbuddin as his Mazoon and referring to him as, “the one whose name was most loved by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA” and also as his (Syedna Burhanuddin’s) “most beloved son,” Syedna Burhanuddin said,
“So I Mumluku Aale Mohammed, advise my most beloved son (al-waladul ahabb) Khuzaima Qutbuddin: [you must] continue to serve the Dawat with ikhlas, just as Maulana Taher Saifuddin has taught you, in that manner until the end of [your] life continue to serve.” (Dawat ni khidmat ikhlaas na saath karta rehjo, jem Maulana Taher Saifuddin ye tasawwur aapi che, ye missal ikhlaas na saath zindagi na tamaam lag khidmat karta rehjo).
The similarity between the words used by Syedna Burhanuddin RA for himself and then for his Mansoos and Mazoon is remarkable. While Syedna Burhanuddin advised other hudood to do khidmat and prayed for them in this Majlis, he used the same words “zindagi na tamaam lag” only for himself and his Mansoos and Mazoon Syedna Qutbuddin.
Syedna Qutbuddin’s life was a manifestation of this doa. For nearly 53 years he served Dawat according to the tasawwur given by Syedna Taher Saifuddin and according to the advice of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, till the end of his life (zindagi na tamaam lag).
The audio of Syedna Burhanuddin’s memorable and meaningful prayer for himself and for Syedna Qutbuddin is presented on Fatemidawat.com.
On the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of Syedna Qutbuddin’s appointment, we remember and reflect upon the unparalleled khidmat of Syedna Qutbuddin with ikhlaas and sincerity to the very end of his life. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the inspiration and strength to follow his example and serve Dawat and Dai till the end of our lives. May Allah Ta’ala give longest life in full health to Syedna Qutbuddin’s successor, Syedna Taher Fakhruddin TUS.