In Focus...

Al Hutaib ul Mubarak

Its dust is more precious than gold; its sweet water springs from a divine source; its thin air is always filled with the fragrance of a thousand salutations brought by the cool morning breeze rushing in from all parts of the globe; its fires burn incessantly as a beacon of hospitality for visitors. Yes! It's paradise on earth. It's unmistakably Al-Hutaib-ul-Mubarak; perched like a crown on the mighty hills of Yemen. Embedded in this crown is the precious jewel of Ale Mohammad (SA), the third Dai-l-Mutlaq, Syedna Hatim bin Syedna Ibrahim Mohiyuddin (RA).

For centuries, this place has been a refuge for the distressed seeking comfort; the destitute seeking wealth; the believers seeking fulfillment of desires. But, today it is the focus of every mumin's attention as the new qubba mubaraka is nearing completion and awaiting inauguration. When completed, it will be a unique qubba designed as a 2/3 miniature of Rauzat Tahera, the rauza of Syedna Hatim's successor. It is said that a Yemeni mumin sailed from Yemen to Mumbai to the hazrat of Syedna Taher Saifuddin (RA). On his way, he had a dream in which he saw himself approaching the hazrat of Syedna Hatim (RA).

A chronological look, according to the earliest documented history available, reveals that a qubba was built in Hutaib during the 45th Dai-l-Mutlaq Syedna Taiyeb Zainuddin's (RA) period.

In the year 1356 Hijri, the existing qubba was demolished. In the year 1391 Hijri, a new qubba was built and inaugurated. The construction of this qubba was a challenging task. At that time there was no road connecting Hutaib to Manakha, from where all the building material was to be transported. Many felt that the building of the road was a prerequisite for qubba construction and a suggestion was made accordingly. But, Maula (TUS) emphasized that the qubba be made first and predicted that once built, everything else would follow. Truly, the building of the qubba mubaraka opened up myriad avenues for the upliftment of mumineen of Yemen in their spiritual, economical and educational ventures.

The qubba was rebuilt again in 1420 Hijri, and today it stands nearly complete. Many miracles have occurred in the qubba mubaraka. One mumin collected the dust from the qubba mubaraka only to open it later and find dinars. Tear drops emerged on the inner walls of the rauza on the eve of the urs mubarak of Syedna Hatim (RA), which immediately follows Ashura. Thereafter, this miraculous phenomenon occurred 7 times repeatedly.

    

Another striking feature of the qubba is the marble used, which is so white that during the day, it captures one's attention from far away places and during the night, it mesmerizes one's eye when it glows radiantly in the moonlight.

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