(Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA)
I testify that you are Allah’s light (noor) embodied in a human form.
This article was written by Shehzada Dr Aziz bhaisaheb Qutbuddin in 2016.
Light enables vision. Without light even a perfect eye cannot see. Like the eye, the mind also needs a guiding light. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA presents this metaphor in his qasida ‘al-aqlu fil insaani a’lal jawhari’. In this qasida he says, “enlighten yourself with the light of revelation.”
Images of Allah Ta’ala’s light abound in the Quran Majeed. One ayat asserts: “you have received a convincing Proof (Burhan) from your lord and we have sent you a Shining Light (Nooran Mubina)” (Surat al-Nisa’: 174). In another ayat it is explained that, “Allah Ta’ala is the guardian of those who believe. He brings them out of darkness to the Light (Noor)” (Surat al-Baqara: 257).
Our Hudaat narrate that after Eisa Nabi’s AS crucifixion, he appeared on the Mount of Olives (Jabal-e-Zaitun). In this extraordinary circumstance Eisa Nabi asked, “what do you say about me?” The gathered apostles (hawariyyeen) said many things. Eisa Nabi’s Wasi, Sham’un al-Safa (Simon Peter), assertively declared, “I attest that you are Allah’s light” (ashhadu annaka noorullah). Syedna Taher Saifuddin explained in his bayaan, “the flesh [of our Hudaat] is but a casing, a cover, that envelopes Allah’s light.”
As mentioned in Sijill 103, on the 75th Milad of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS delivered a speech to convey Mumineens’ sentiments on that auspicious occasion. Syedna Qutbuddin said that, “I wish to present three submissions (araz). The first submission is that I attest that you are Allah’s light.” Syedna Qutbuddin then recited the bayt written by Syedna Taher Saifuddin in praise of the 37th Dai Syedna Noor-Mohammed Nooruddin RA, I testify that you are Allah’s light (noor) embodied in a human form.
Our belief is that our Imam, and in his seclusion his Dai, is the light of Allah. They are the light that, “bring us from darkness to light.” The light that guides us in the darkness of this world. The light that guides us to Aakherat. The light that enlightens our souls and minds.
As it was Sham’un al-Safa, Eisa Nabi’s Wasi, who taught believers how to perceive and do ma’rifat of Eisa Nabi, it was Syedna Burhanuddin’s Mazoon and Mansoos, Syedna Qutbuddin, who taught Mumineen the true ma’rifat of Dai-z-zaman, Syedna Burhanuddin.
Today, after the wafaat of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the light and noor of Allah Ta’ala continues to shine in his successor, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. The Quran Majeed proclaims, “Their intention is to extinguish Allah's Light (by blowing) with their mouths: But Allah will complete (the revelation of) His Light, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it)” (Surat al-Saff: 8).
On the auspicious occasion of Syedna Qutbuddin’s 79th Milad Mubarak we beseech the wasila of Panjetan Paak, Aimmat Tahereen, Du’aat Mutlaqeen – especially Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, and pray that may Allah Ta’ala protect and safeguard his light, may his light shine and spread throughout this world, and may Allah Ta’ala give longest life in sehhat and aafiyat to Imam-uz-zaman’s Dai, His shining light, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. May we and our children continue to enlighten our souls, our hearts and our minds with this divine light.