(Surat Aal-Imran: 159)
If you have resolved [to do it], then rely on Allah
A few days before Syedna Qutbuddin’s RA wafaat, there was a request made for dates of the continuation of Syedna’s cross examination in the Bombay High Court. At the time Syedna was in Bakersfield, California because he had traveled to the USA for health purposes. The doctors were optimistic that Syedna would be able to travel to Mumbai and also attend court. When those present – including Syedna Fakhruddin and two other Mumineen - asked Syedna Qutbuddin for his decision regarding his travel to Mumbai and the court dates, Syedna recited this ayat: “if you have resolved [to do it], then rely on Allah (fa iza azamta fatawakkal ‘alal-laah – Surat Aal-Imran: 159). In hindsight, this utterance was prophetic.
The ayat that Syedna Qutbuddin recited was also pronounced by another Dai at the onset of a parallel and unforgettable journey. The Dai was Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, and the journey was his final journey to Matheran. When Syedna Taher Saifuddin was leaving Saify Mahal to go to the train station, Busaheba Sakina Aaisehaba came for shifa and wada’. She was nine months pregnant and distraught that Syedna Taher Saifuddin was leaving Mumbai so close to her delivery date. Syedna Taher Saifuddin bestowed exceptional shafaqat on her before leaving, and she alone did qadambosi. As they were in the car, driving towards the train station, Syedna Taher Saifuddin told Shehzada Hatim Bhaisaheb, “apnay jayye che to Sakina ne ghanu bhari hatu, magar, fa iza azamta fatwakkal ‘alal-laah” (Sakina was very distraught that we are going, but “if you have resolved [to do it], then rely on Allah).
Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s utterance of this ayat before his final journey was divine providence. Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s utterance of this ayat before his final journey was indeed the same.
As in every journey in life, Syedna Qutbuddin’s reliance was on Allah Ta’ala in his final journey. Syedna Qutbuddin manifested the virtue of Ibrahim Nabi’s tawakkul both in life and in wafaat.
May Allah Ta’ala elevate Syedna Qutbuddin’s ruh mubarak in the highest darajaat of Jannat - in the company of Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. May Allah Ta’ala grant us sabar and solace in the saya of Syedna Qutbuddin’s successor, Syedna Taher Fakhruddin TUS.