The restoration of Al Jame al Anwar at the turn of the 15th century hijri marked a turning point in the history of mumineen: bringing prosperity and barakat manifold to the community. The rebuilding was propagated by the niyyat of Syedna Taher Saifuddin (RA) who during his visit to al-Qahera was dismayed by the masjid’s abandonment and neglect and voiced his niyyat to rebuild the masjid. Continue Reading
Al-Dai al-Ajal al-Muqaddas Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA relates that when Moulana Imam Hussain AS was born, Jibraeel conveyed to Rasulullah SA tahaani and ta´ziyat —felicitation and condolence. Rasulullah SA accepted the felicitations but expressed surprise at the offering of condolence. Jibraeel then revealed the fate of Imam Hussain AS on the scorching sands of Karbala. The celebration of Imam Hussain’s AS birth was interlaced with mourning for his martyrdom. Joy and sorrow are woven together in every aspect of Karbala. Continue Reading
There are still 4 months to Asharah Mubarakah 1438 AH, but the countdown has begun. Al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS is urging Mumineen, during this mubarak month of Ramadan, to prepare and plan to attend Asharah Mubarakah with regularity from the 2nd of Moharram al Haram. Continue Reading
The Academic Procession entered the Convocation Pandal escorted by the Riding Squad. Al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS walked ahead, with faculty members and students lined on both sides to catch a glimpse. Following suit were the Vice Chancellor, the University’s Executive Council and other faculty. Syedna TUS presided over the ceremony which included acceptance speeches, the presentation of degrees and the Convocation Address. Then Syedna, as Chancellor, addressed the gathering. Syedna’s speech in chaste Urdu, interwoven with verses from the Quran, and a profound interpretation of Surat al-´Alaq left the audience awed and inspired. One of the faculty commented that it seemed he were listening to a Sahaabi of Rasulullah SA. Another remarked that Syedna had given radiance to the convocation. Many of the faculty and students vied for a personal audience with Syedna.
The seal of the Aligarh Muslim University reads, “Allam al-Insaan ma Lam Y´alam” He taught man what he knew not (Quran 96:5).
During the 63rd Annual Convocation of the Aligarh Muslim University, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS expounded upon the meanings entailed in this aayat, outlining the philosophy of education, not only for Muslims, but for humanity at large. Each of the 19 verses of the nazam composed by Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS for the occasion ends with the chorus:
علم الانسان ما لم يعلم ايك اعزاز هسس
جس سسس ظاهر رفعة انسانية كا راز هسس
Surat al-´Alaq was the first surat of the Quran to descend upon Nabi Mohammed SA. Rasulullah SA often retreated to the cave of Hira. Jibraeel descended upon him and asked him to read, “iqraa’”. Rasulullah asked Jibraeel what he should read. Jibraeel replied, “iqraa’ bismi rabbik” Read by the name of your Lord. This was the inception of wahye, the inception of taleem: education.
The word ´allama in the ayat refers to the concept of taleem, that Allah taught man. Man does not know by himself: all knowledge comes from, is taught and facilitated by Allah and his Wali. The Quran is the source of all knowledge: spiritual and temporal. Worldly knowledge is only a part of what man has been taught: knowledge of the hereafter is of greater consequence. Allah’s Wali teaches man where he came from, what his purpose in life is, and to where he is to return.
Al-Insaan indicates that it is taleem that makes us human. It distinguishes us from other creatures. It develops the ‘´aql’ (intellect) that has been given only to man among all others.
Ma lam yalam alludes to the fact that when a human baby is born he knows nothing. It is striking that if a baby bird is put on the edge of a branch it will instinctively know not to fall off. A human baby in the same situation will not know any better. The purpose is that man must be taught by someone other than himself. Just as his parents and educators will teach him to survive in this world, Awliyaullah AS will teach him to prepare for the hereafter. An animal is born knowing all that it needs to know to survive in this world, as it is only created for this world. But a human being must ascend the rungs of education till he learns about this world and of the hereafter.
Wasjud waqtarib, the culmination of this surat is with the command to bow down to Allah Ta´ala in sajdah and thereby attain nearness to Him. This surat commences with the directive: read! It establishes that though Man reads, learns, discovers, innovates, and even reaches the stars, the end is not to lose sight of his purpose on this planet and become intoxicated by his achievements and intelligence, but it is to fall in sajdah for the Creator, for Allah and attain proximity to Him. For if this is not achieved then all of his intelligence and knowledge are void of all meaning, in fact they will be the cause of his ruin. In Rasaail Ikhwaan al-Safaa’, Imam Ahmed al-Mastur AS makes it clear:
“Know, my brother, that when any field of knowledge or literature does not guide its seeker towards pursuing the hereafter or aid him in reaching it, it will yield dreadful consequences for him and stand as an argument against him on the Day of Qiyaamat”.
The meaning of education elucidated through the ayat “Allam al-Insaan ma Lam Y´alam” by Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS will be cherished by the Aligarh Muslim University and by the academic world for many years to come.
The pigeons flocked at his feet, chirping and tussling for the piece of bread. The green-crested duck made a dive and secured the prize. Al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS was standing on the bank of a river. The children next to him were tossing pieces of leftover bread to the birds. It was a sight to behold, a sight to remember, a lesson in itself. Continue Reading
Editorial – Safar al-Muzaffar 1437 H
Imam Mohammed al-Baqir AS likened a mumin to a honeybee. Both mumineen and honeybees possess something that is so sweet and pure that if others knew of it, they would try to take it away. A honeybee’s worth comes from its honey; that of a mumin comes from his/her mohabbat of al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA and his mansoos al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS. Continue Reading
The zikr of Imam HusainAS is eternal. From the beginning of time, AmbiyaAS have cried for HusainAS.
When AdamAS fell from heaven to earth, he went on a search for a home. When he came by Kerbala he became ill and felt a tightening in his chest. Allah informed him that this was the land where his son Imam HusainAS would be martyred. AdamAS cried for Imam HusainAS and said lanat on his slayers. Continue Reading
“Labbaikya Dai al-Allah,” echoes on the lips of thousands of Mumineen in response to al-Dai al-AjalSyedna MufaddalSaifuddin’sTUSmandate for each and every one to attend AsharaMubarakawaaz from the very first day. The eight days before Ashuraentail preparation and training through the barakat of ´ilmAale Mohammed SA, so that on the day of Ashuraour matam and bukaa’ on Imam HusainSA is as AwliyaullahSA desire. Continue Reading
The Imtehan al-Sanawi (1436 H), annual examinations of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah will be etched in the chronicles of Fatemi history. The khutbah of Zikra which marks the beginning of imtehan took place on the urs mubarak of al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Taher SaifuddinRA in Mumbai, and the remainder of the imtehaan was conducted in Surat. Oral and written examination were centered around the zikr of al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA based on the Risalatal-Na´yeof al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS‘ Hikmat al Ghaibat al Qudsaaniyah al-Abadeeyah” (Wisdom of the DivineEternalSeclusion). The risaalat constitutes of 102 shaanaat (glories) of Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA: one hundred shaanaat plus two detailing his blessings on his revered son and mansoos and his janaazah mubarakah. The Iwaan al-Barakaat of Aljamea came alive with the zikr of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA as students recited the ibaarat shareefah and narrated historical events, while screens projected videos and photographs from the key junctures in Syedna al-Muqaddas’s long life, especially the pivotal restoration of al-Jaame´ al-Anwar. Hearts cried in remembrance of their beloved Dai as they witnessed tasawwur and tasweer come together. This was all the more so when Syedna Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS in the very image of his revered father, appeared in the window of the ghurfah and gave salaami to Mumineen.
“It seems as if we are in India. The Mumineen of the United States are like the Mumineen of Hindustan. You may be miles away from the centre of dawat, but you reside in my heart.”
These were the words of al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS upon seeing the devotion and the mohabbat of Mumineen. Not long ago the scenario in America was a different one. Mumineen who had come to America to study or work became influenced by consumerism, Western education and fashion. They came to the markaz once or twice a year, and their children, for a lack of deeni upbringing, were going astray. Continue Reading