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Protecting the Traditions of Dawat

29 November 2016

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

مِّنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ رِجَالٌ صَدَقُوا مَا عَاهَدُوا اللَّهَ عَلَيْهِ ۖ فَمِنْهُم مَّن قَضَىٰ نَحْبَهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّن يَنتَظِرُ ۖ وَمَا بَدَّلُوا تَبْدِيلًا

'There are those Mumineen who fulfilled the covenant (misaaq) they made to Allah Ta’ala; among them are those who have passed into the Hereafter and those who are waiting; they have not altered the faith.'

(Surat al-Ahzab: 23)

This article was written by Ra'sul Hududil Mayameen Janab Syedi Aziz Bhaisaheb Qutbuddin in 2016.

In his bayan in Udaipur, Shehzada Abdeali Bhaisaheb recited the ayat quoted above (There are those Mumineen who fulfilled the covenant (misaaq) they made to Allah Ta’ala; among them are those who have passed into the Hereafter and those who are waiting; they have not altered the faith – Surat al-Ahzab: 23). He explained that this ayat refers to unwavering stand of Amirul Mumineen Maulana Ali SA and Imam Husain SA.

He added that Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA says in one of his risalats that this ayat also speaks of the Duat Mutlaqeen, who have fulfilled their covenant and not altered or corrupted the faith.

A young Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA once met with an elderly and senior leader of India, the Diwan of Bhavnagar. He thought to counsel Syedna and said that, “the world is moving fast and you should move with it and not get hampered by old traditions of faith.” Syedna Taher Saifuddin replied, “our faith teaches us to build actively for this world on the foundations of the faith.” The Diwan, greatly impressed by the answer, said to those around him, “I had come to give counsel, but I leave having received it.”

Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin RA, and today Syedna Taher Fakhruddin TUS all have, and continue to, tread this same path, they continue to protect Dawat and its traditions from those who corrupt and alter them.

In the time of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, there were those in the administration, who opposed his Mazoon, Syedna Qutbuddin, and who tried to corrupt and alter the traditions of Dawat for their own gains. In doing so, they caused strife and division in the community, not least of which was the division of the community in Udaipur. Syedna Burhanuddin then handed the reigns in Udaipur to Syedna Qutbuddin who strove to heal the wounds and reunite the community.

It is the same people today who have usurped the infrastructure of the community and continue to divide and persecute the community even more severely, and by instituting policies and actions which have corrupted and altered the traditions of Dawat even further.

They have corrupted and altered compassion to persecution, tolerance to inquisition, social welfare to extortion, enlightened guidance to unfounded diktats, integrity to self-enrichment, fairness to nepotism and favoritism, and graciousness to crassness.

Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin, in his fight for the truth, fought for a return to compassion, fairness, spiritual and temporal guidance by knowledge, accountability in the administration, transparency in institutions, autonomy of management to jamats, and other such principles administered by Du’at especially Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, and corrupted and subverted by the usurpers of power.

Syedna Taher Fakhruddin continues in the direction set by his predecessors by reinforcing these principles again. The Jamats in the East Coast of the USA and Udaipur have already been given a charter to run according to the true principles of Dawat by Syedna Taher Fakhruddin.

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