(Surat al-Hujuraat: 10)
The believers (mumineen) are indeed brothers
This article was written by Shehzada Dr Aziz bhaisaheb Qutbuddin in 2014.
Each one of us identifies himself/herself as a Mumin – a believer; one who believes in the oneness of Allah Ta’ala, the Prophethood of Rasulullah SA, the wasayaat of Amirul-Mumineen SA, the progeny (lineage) of the Imams and in their seclusion, the Du’at. Our collective belief binds us together as a family. More than that, we are all children born of the same spiritual father and mother.
Syedna Hatim RA in his kitaab, Tanbihul Ghafeleen, quotes Imam Ja’farus Sadiq SA as saying, “a mumin is another mumin’s brother – born of the same mother and father. Their father is light (noor) and their mother is mercy (rahmat).” Syedna Hatim explicates this bayaan, “By noor, he meant the Prophet SA, and by mercy, the Wasi SA. This is also borne out in the words of the Prophet SA addressing Amir-ul-Mumineen SA, “You and I, O Ali, are father and mother of mumineen. God’s curses (la’nat) upon the child who causes distress to his parents!” There is also a second meaning inherent in the Imam’s words. “Their father is noor” refers to the Dai, and “their mother is mercy” refers to the Mazoon. This is the true lineage (nasab), beyond the physical lineage of this world. Imam Ja’far-ul-Sadiq said: “By God, my spiritual lineage from Ali ibn Abi Talib SA is dearer to me than my physical lineage from him.
On this theme, a pious person composed these verses:
I swear that the worth of a human being is based on his religion
So do not forswear taqwa, and rely on your [physical] lineage.
Salman al-Farisi was elevated by his true Islam
While polytheism (shirk) demeaned the aristocratic Abu Lahab.
In light of the Qur’anic ayat quoted above and in light of the bayaan by Syedna Hatim RA, we hope to build a not simply a community of mumineen but a family of mumineen. Just as a family structure supports us in our times of difficulty, our spiritual family, and particularly our spiritual father, is our support in these times.
The essence of a family is care for one another. As Amirul-Mumineen SA has said that ‘whosoever comes to the aid of his mumin brother at a time of need, Allah Ta’ala will help him in the time of his need’ (man kaana fi haajati akheehil mumini kaana-Allahu fi haajatihi). If we do not help each other in these times of difficulty, then when?
In this spirit, we are pleased to present below the updated list/directory of centers and coordinators. These coordinators will make every effort possible for mumineen to gather for ibaadat and also to help and support mumineen in every way possible. Apart from the new (15+) centers listed on the website (www.Fatemidawat.com/contact/directory-of-masjids-and-markaz.html ) there are many other centers that are operating sub rosa. We hope that mumineen will find strength in one another and the courage to stand by their principles, morals and values. The following quote by one of the new coordinators is indeed inspiring:
“Honestly, it is now high time that people must gather enough courage, accept the truth with full heart and come out in the open. Until now, we were trying to keep low profile for the simple fact that our two daughters are not married yet and still looking for the right matches from the ‘enlightened’ families. I personally feel [that] I can’t live a hypocrite life any more by pledging my soul with one party and physical body with other...
I feel assured in my heart that no matter what consequences I shall face with this action, I am on the right path. May Allah (swt) help us all in treading the Sirat al Mustaqeen under the guidance and blessing of Syedna Khuzema Qutbuddin (tus).”
Further details on the task of the coordinators and a list of centers is presented on www.fatemidawat.com/contact/directory-of-masjids-and-markaz.html