(Surat Aal-Imran: 103)
And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves.
The Qur’an Majeed insists that we hold fast onto the Rope of Allah (hablullah). It is narrated that a Bedouin (a’rabi) asked Rasulullah SA about this rope mentioned in the Qur’an and how he could hold onto it. Rasulullah pointed towards Amirul Mumineen SA and the Bedouin simply went and embraced Maulana Ali.
This anecdote expresses a fundamental concept in our faith. Each Imam, from Amirul Mumineen till Imam-uz-Zaman SA, is the physical manifestation of the Rope of Allah (hablullah). By embracing the Imam of our age (Sahib-uz zaman) we embrace the Imams before him - the 21st Imam Tayyib Imam, the 21 Imams before Tayyib Imam, Amirul Mumineen and Rasulullah.
We embrace the Imam-uz-Zaman by following his example, by following his guidance and by giving Misaaq to him. By placing our hand in his hand in safaqat – physically and spiritually – we join the hablullah.
Imam-uz-Zaman is the hablullah that bonds us with all the Imams before him and ultimately with Allah Ta’ala - this is the hablullah that the Qur’an Majeed insists we hold on to.
In the seclusion of the Imam the Du’at Mutlaqeen are the hablullah that Mumineen hold on to. By embracing the Dai of the Age (Dai-z-Zaman) we embrace the 53 Dais before him and embrace our Imams through them. In his heartfelt marsiya in remembrance of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA (bawajisaheb guzri gaya), Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin RA refers to the 51st Dai’s successor, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA: “Our Maula Mohammed Burhanuddin, the clear Burhaan (proof) of Syedna Taher Saifuddin, he is the hablullah al-mateen” (Maula Mohammed Burhane-deen, Saiful Huda ni Burhan Mubeen, Yej-che hablullahil-mateen – Bawajisaheb guzri gaya).
In the coming week, on the 27th of Zil-Hijja is the Urus of the 49th Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. Referring to those who believed in the sequence of Dais (tasalsul) till the 47th Dai but not after that, the 49th Dai often said in his waaz that “we – by the grace of Allah Ta’ala – are embracing the hablullah. Those who say that it is broken, it is they who have broken away from it” (hamay behamidllah hablullah-il-mateen si mu’tasimeen chhe anay je ehne munqati’ kahay ye munqati’ che).
Following the example of the 49th Dai, we offer praise and thanks that by the grace of Allah Ta’ala – bihamdillah – we continue to holdfast onto the hablullah – the 54th Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Taher Fakhruddin TUS. Through him we are connected to the 53rd, 52nd and 51st Dais and all the Dais before them. Through him we are connected to Imam-uz-Zaman and all the Imams before him. Through them we are connected to Rasulullah and ultimately Allah Subhanahu. Alhamdolillah we are firmly embracing the hablullah.