(Surat ul-Baqara: 250)
O Lord – Ay Parwardigaar! Grant us Sabar and Patience and make our footing firm: Grant us Victorious Aid against those who reject the faith.
This article was written by Shehzada Dr Aziz bhaisaheb Qutbuddin in 2015.
As the Final Hearing in the Bombay High Court begins on Monday (9th Rajab/27th April) with Syedna Qutbuddin’s appearance in the Honorable Court, we pray sincerely for our Dai and Dawat, remembering the phrases of Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA nasihat “Dawat ne Allah Abaad Raakhe –”.
Amirul Mumineen SA has said that “Doa (prayer) is a mumin’s sword” (al-doa’u silaahul mumin).
This is the time for prayers. Sincere prayers. The Rasa’il Ikhwanus Safa state that sincerity in deeds (amal) and prayers (doa) is one of the conditions of our faith (imaan) and amongst the traits of mumineen. In the context of sincerity in prayer, the Rasail refer to Allah Ta’ala’s command in the Qur’an “Call upon and pray to Allah Ta’ala with sincere devotion” (fad’ul-llaha mukhliseen lahud-deen – Surat Ghafir: 14). The Rasail add that sincerity in prayer is only at a time when all hope in oneself and others is lost. The Rasail present the parable of the travelers at sea. When they board the ship, they pray to Allah Ta’ala for their safety. However, that doa is not sincere as they are dependent on the captain and sailors, and are confident in their ability to safely navigate the high seas. That confidence remains until they are in the middle of the ocean and the waves are soaring, the captain the sailors are helpless, and that is the time when the prayer is sincere.
As we face the storm in Dawat today, we pray with sincerity (doa with ikhlaas) for aid and help (nusrat) from Allah Ta’ala and his awliya’ kiraam. The Quranic ayat quoted above is in the context of the story of Nabi Dawood and his powerful enemy Jaloot. Today we recite the ayat with which the followers of Dawood prayed: “Our Lord, Parwardigaar, give us patience and sabar and make our footing firm, and help us and give us yaari and victorious aid against those who reject the faith”.
As our Hudaat kiraam have guided us, we seek refuge in prayer and that is our strength. We beseech Allah Ta’ala and His awliya’. We take the tawassul of our Nabiyy and seek succor from Allah’s waliyy Mushkil Kushaa Ali. “There is no difficult matter that is not resolved – when you call ‘ya ali ya ali’.
We sincerely beseech doa to Allah Ta’ala that by the wasila of Panjetan, A’immat and Du’aat – especially Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA – that may He give Nasre Aziz – ta’yeed, inspiration and yaari to their successor the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. Nasrun Minallahi wa Fathun Qareeb wa Bashsheril Mumineen.