A Mumin’s Niyyat (Intent) is farther in reach than his Amal (actions).
This article was written by Shehzada Dr Aziz bhaisaheb Qutbuddin in 2015.
Just as the Ayat-s of the Quran Majeed have many meanings, the Hadith of Rasulullah SA also encompass many layers of meaning. On 19th Rajab, the Urus Mubarak day of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS explained one of the deeper meanings of the Hadith quoted above: “A Mumin’s Niyyat (intent) is farther in reach than his actions”(Niyyatul Mumini Ablaghu Min Amalihi).
In addition to the literal meaning, Syedna Taher Saifuddin explained seven different facets (wajeh –tawjeeh) of this Hadith. Narrating from Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s awraaq, Syedna Qutbuddin explained in detail one of these facets. He said that from one perspective, the word “Mumin”in the Hadith refers to Tayyib Imam SA. Tayyib Imam’s Amal (deed or action) is the direct (physical –face to face) flow of fayz (divine knowledge) to the Hudud and other select few in his divine presence. The Imam’s Niyyat (intent) is the flow of his ta’yeed and fayz to his Da’i, which is not physical. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA gave the example of Radio waves that travel great distances. If that is possible then why is it difficult to conceive of the inspirationand tayeed flowing from the Imam to the Dai. The Niyyat is ablagh (far reaching) as the fayz to the Dai flow’s to him directly with abundance as it is the Dai who is responsible for the establishment of the Imam’s Dawat. This fayz, Syedna Qutbuddin said, never seizes to flow. Fayz is necessary for the sustenance of Dawat just as oxygen is necessary for the sustenance of physical life.
Syedna TUS then explained another facet of this Hadith. He stated that each Imam’s successor, or during the time of Imam’s seclusion, each Dai’s successor, is his Amal Saleh (Good Deed). The Deed by which all his deeds are fruitful as appointment of a successor is the Deed by which the Dawat continues. Syedna Qutbuddin explained that from one perspective, Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s Amal, in the context of the aforementioned Hadith, was the appointment of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA as his successor. That was his Amal Saleh. His Niyyat, then, was the selection and preparation of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS to succeed Syedna Burhanuddin. That was Ablagh as it was to take place many years later and because Syedna Taher Saifuddin showered him with his abundant nazaraat. That Niyyat came to bear as Syedna Burhanuddin appointed Syedna Qutbuddin as Mazoon and Mansoos (in 28 days after becoming Dai), and after serving Syedna Burhanuddin as his Mazoon for 50 years, succeeded him as the the 53rd Dai.
At the end of the bayaan, taking wasila of Imamuz Zaman, Syedna TUS prayed that may Allah grant him the strength to serve Imam-uz-zamn SA, to continue to do khairkhuwahi of mumineen and guide them to Sirat-e-Mustaqeem. Syedna TUS also prayed that may Allah Ta’ala grant him the strength for the khidmat of Islam and the khurkhuwahi of all of humanity (Ibadullah). Syedna also beseeched doa for the wellbeing of all mumineen.
Syedna advised mumineen that in every deed they should have a higher intent and purpose (‘uluwwun-niyyat): the pleasure of the Almighty, the khidmat of Dawat, and to do good for humanity.
May Allah Ta’ala grant us the strength to live our lives according to the teachings of our Hudaat Kiraam and to have a sincere and baland niyyat in all our deeds.
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