(Surat al-Shu’araa’: 107)
I am to you a messenger worthy of all trust (amin).
This article was written by Shehzada Dr Aziz Qutbuddin in 2016.
The 16th of Rabiul Aakhar is the Urus Mubarak of the 25th Dai Syedna Jalaal Shamsuddin RA.
Our Hudaat Kiraam guide us in matters of faith and they are exemplars of integrity. The 24th Dai Syedna Yusuf Najmuddin RA sent Syedna Jalaal, the 25th Dai, to Ahmedabad from Yemen. Syedna Jalaal traveled to Yemen to seek ‘ilm and knowledge from the 23rd and the 24th Dais. After arriving in his hometown, Ahmedabad, Syedna Jalaal bought a piece of land in Saranpur (a suburb of Ahmedabad) with his personal funds so that a structure could be built that would accommodate a gathering of all Mumineen. He collected all his savings from various businesses to cover the building expenses, but the funds were not sufficient - his personal funds only covered half the expenditure. In addition to being Mazoon-e-Dawat, he was also vaali al-hind, the one in charge of Dawat affairs in India, and had access to Dawat funds in baitul-maal (treasury). He felt that it was better to draw from it only after obtaining the blessings of Syedna Yusuf. The construction was halted for half a month until Maamji, son of Shaykh Mujaal learned of the stalled work. Maamji took it upon himself to manage and finance the project to completion. He did so to serve Syedna Jalaal and to gain the blessings and joy of this world and the Hereafter.
Syedna Jalaal’s vigor to do good for Dawat and Mumineen, and his integrity and amaanat in the handling of Dawat funds despite the nobility of the cause is noteworthy. It is also remarkable that Syedna Jalaal’s noble intention was completed by the generosity of Maamji. Allah Ta’ala suffices his Awliya’.
The integrity of Syedna Jalaal and of our Awliyaa’ Kiraam is a lesson for us in our dealings with Dawat and in our business. Such values are epitomized by our Hudaat and it is upon us to follow their example. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA often recalled an individual who was the only Mumin in the town he lived in. The integrity and trustworthiness of the Mumin was such that all the townsfolk entrusted their valuables to him for safekeeping.
The amaanat of our Du’aat Kiraam goes beyond integrity in material things. Their integrity in safeguarding the amaanat of Imamuz-zaman SA, that is to establish his Dawat and ensure its continuity is profound. Each Dai is therefore known as ‘Dai Allah al-Amin’ (the trustworthy Dai of Allah). Each Dai is ‘Amin’ of the Imam, as each Nabi and Imam is the ‘Amin’ of Allah Ta’ala: faithful to Allah Ta’ala’s message and mission at all times in any eventuality.
May Allah Ta’ala grant Afazalul-jazaa’ to Syedna Jalaal RA and may he give us the tawfeeq and strength to follow his example of integrity, generosity, and devotion in matters of deen and dunya. May Allah Ta’ala grant longest life to Dai Allah al-Amin Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, the one to whom Syedna Burhanuddin RA passed on the amaanat and entrustment of Imamuz-Zaman’s SA Dawat. May Allah Ta’ala give Afzalus Jaza to Syedna Burhanuddin, who has constructed the beautiful qubba Mubarak of Syedna Jalal in Ahmedabad based on the architectural model of Rozat Tahera.