(Surat Aali Imraan: 193)
This article was written by Shehzada Dr Aziz bhaisaheb Qutbuddin in 2014.
Da’wat is the eternal mission of Allah Ta’ala. Da’wat has been there from the day Creation came in to being. Da’wat literally means an invitation or call. In the context of Da’wat ul Haqq, it is the call to Allah Ta’ala, a call to the True faith. In every day and age an Imam establishes Allah’s Da’wat on earth. During the Imam’s seclusion it is the duty of the Dai to call to the True faith. It for this reason a Dai is called a Dai – Dai literally means one who calls or one who does Da’wat. As the Quranic Ayat quoted above, the believers say "O Rabbana lord, we heard the call of the one who calls to imaan of Allah Ta’ala and we heeded his call." The Dai in our day and age is calling to the Da’wat al-Haqq. Calling all, near and far. It is upto us to answer his call. It is by answering the Dai of the Imam that we can hope that the prayer that follows will be answered, "O lord, forgive us our sins, absolve Rabbana our evil deeds, and take us [in death] with those who are pious." The Dai of our age is Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, the 53rd Dai of Imam Tayyib and the successor of the 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. The Dai of the Imam calls to the True faith and gives guidance. While others call to slander, oppression and compulsion, the true Dai calls to Imaan, compassion and with wise counsel. The Quran Majeed commands Rasulullah to call to the path of God with wisdom and wise counsel.
ٱدۡعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِٱلۡحِكۡمَةِ وَٱلۡمَوۡعِظَةِ ٱلۡحَسَنَةِۖ
(Surat al-Nahl: 125)
Syedna Taher Saifuddin stated that the Dai has two roles: 1) to establish the Da’wat and 2) to do do’a for Mumineen. Syedna Qutbuddin is establishing the Imam’s Da’wat and is doing do’a for mumineen day and night. The Dai of the Imam is calling us to for Imaan the sake of Da’wat; for the sake of God’s rehmat and for the sake of our najaat and salvation. May Allah Ta’ala give us najaat jannat and to all our brothers and sisters who heed his call and accept his tawfeeq.