(Surat al-Nisaa’: 174)
O people, a Burhan (proof) has now come to you from your Lord, and We have revealed to you a manifest light.
“The birthday of Rasulullah is a day of Eid for Muslims” wrote Syedna Taher Saifuddin. Rasulullah’s birthday signifies a day on which our savior and guide was born. It is a day to celebrate him and the noble mission and Dawat he established.
The celebration of the Milad of Imam-uz-zaman SA on the 4th of Rabiul Aakhar and the celebration of the 52nd Dai, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s Milad on the 20th of Rabiul Aakhar is also a celebration of both their noble births and the Da’wat that they personify.
In his bayaan on the Milad Imam-uz-zaman SA on the 4th of Rabiul Aakhar, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS read from Sijill-ul-Bisharat, the Epistle of Good Tidings, sent by Imam Aamir SA to Maultuna Hurratul Malika AS in which he gave her the good tidings of Tayyib Imam’s birth. In the epistle, the birth of the Imam is described as, “light brought forth from light.” Syedna Qutbuddin TUS added that the city of Cairo, al-Qahirah al-Mu’izziyya, was decorated and illuminated with lanterns to celebrate the Imam’s birth. After the 50th Dai Syedna Abdullah Badruddin RA passed away, at the end of the 40 days of mourning, all the Masjids and Da’wat buildings were illuminated with lanterns (diwa) for the occasion of Chehlum. It was divine providence (inayat) that by the nazaraat of Imam-uz-zaman, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA was born. The illumination was as it was for the birth of Imam Tayyib SA. The birth of Syedna Burhanuddin RA was also as Imam Aamir described, “light brought forth from light.
Syedna Burhanuddin, as the ayat quoted above states, was the Burhan, the proof, sent forth for our guidance, and the divine light to illuminate our path.
As we celebrate Syedna Burhanuddin’s Milad, we do not simply celebrate an individual’s birth. We celebrate the day in which a divine star was born, when light came forth from light.