(Mazoon ud Dawat Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin QR)
A humble servant of Syedna Noor Mohammed, I would be honored to have the dust from his feet to use as kohl for my eyes.
Mumineen are inspired by Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin QR, the eminent Mazoon and Mansoos of the 38th Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Ismail Badruddin II. The 41st Dai, Syedna Abdut-Tayyib Zakiuddin did wasiyyat that he should be buried close to Syedi Hakimuddin and that those who came for ziarat should first go to the qabar mubarak of Syedi Hakimuddin.
Especially in the context of the greatness of his own maqam and the vastness of his knowledge, Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin’s humility and reverence for the Dai of his time is remarkable. In the time of the 37th Dai Syedna Noor Mohammed Nooruddin RA, Syedi Hakimuddin wrote in a qasida, “a humble servant of Syedna Noor Mohammed, I would be honored to have the dust from his feet to use as kohl for my eyes.”
Syedi Hakimuddin’s practice was to seek raza from the Dai for his every action for barakat. Whenever a letter from the Dai’s hazrat arrived, he would stand up and kiss the Dai’s seal and signature. If a message was delayed, he would pledge a nazar for it to arrive soon.
Our Hudaat Kiraam assert that the Wasi of the Nabi is the one who most accurately and precisely recognizes the Nabi’s position and maqam. Similarly, the Hujjat-uzma of the Imam is the one who most accurately and precisely recognizes the Imam’s position and maqam. Again similarly, the Mazoon of the Dai is the one who most accurately and precisely recognizes the Dai’s position and maqam.
In the Imam’s seclusion, the Mazoon in every age has the truest recognition and ma’rifat of the Dai. Therefore the Mazoon sets the benchmark for the respect and ‘azamat by which a Mumin should approach the Dai-z-zamaan.
While we have not witnessed Syedi Hakimuddin’s humility in person, we have experienced it through Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s example, who was Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s Mazoon for fifty years. He demonstrated the same humility, respect and ‘azamat for the Dai as Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakumiddin.
In Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s time, when Syedna Burhanuddin was the Mansoos and in the rutba of Mazoon, Syedna Qutbuddin traveled with him for Umrah as part of the historic “Mansoor ul Yaman” trip. During that visit, when Syedna Burhanuddin went to the holy site of Ghadeer Khumm, he took off his slippers, stood barefoot and prayed doa. After Syedna Burhanuddin left, Syedna Qutbuddin and his brother Shehzada Mohammed-ul-Baqir Bhaisaheb Jamaluddin, collected some of the dust from where Syedna Burhanuddin was standing and kept it for barakat. A manifestation of Syedi Hakimuddin’s verse, “dust on his feet is the kohl for my eyes.”
In Syedna Burhanuddin’s time, whenever he instructed Syedna Qutbuddin to deliver Ashara waaz, Syedna Burhanuddin would send a message of doa (through telegram and fax in later years) to Syedna Qutbuddin. Syedna Qutbuddin would read the contents of the message aloud to Mumineen and then he would put the letter on his paagri and kiss it. At home, whenever Syedna’s doa message was delivered, he would stand up, receive it, put it on his forehead, and offer a sajda of shukur to Allah Ta’ala. For fifty years as his Mazoon, Syedna Qutbuddin performed this amal mubarak every single time he received a doa message from Syedna Burhauddin.
Syedi Hakimuddin and Syedna Qutbuddin exemplified the ‘azamat and humility with which a Mumin should approach the Dai-z-zamaan. This ‘azamat is a result of their recognition that the Dai is in place of the Imam in his seclusion, and that he is our guide, and therefore in him shines the Noor of Allah.
We offer praise and thanks to Allah Ta’ala that after Syedna Burhanuddin RA, we believed and followed his true successor, the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin RA. A Mazoon who showed us Mumineen, by example for fifty years, how a Mumin should revere the Dai-z-zamaan. May we follow the example he set in our reverence for our Dai-z-zamaan, Syedna Taher Fakhruddin TUS. May Allah Ta’ala grant Syedna Fakhruddin longest life and Fath-e-Mubeen by the wasila of Syedi Hakimuddin and his hamshaan, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin.