Thaqaafat Fatemiyah

  • Najwa

    A mumin attending any deeni majlis witnesses a host of rusoomaat that substantially and unfailingly reflect the elements of Thaqaafat Fatimiyah. Having talked about sharbat and wadhawani rasam, the focus of this article is on najwa.

    Najwa is a word almost each mumin, muminah and their children are acquainted with. Mumineen go to great lengths and make special arrangements to procure exclusive envelopes for najwa and decorating the najwa trays. Young children excitedly prepare their najwa envelopes and decorate their cards to be offered along with najwa. Continue Reading

    June 10, 2017 • Thaqaafat Fatemiyah • Views: 1260

  • Wadhawa ni Rasam

    After talking briefly on the rasam of sharbat/misri/sodannu in our last issue, let’s throw some light on a rasam so common in every mumin’s household and which is generally coupled with the rasam of sharbat offering in majaalis. That is “Wadhawa ni Rasam.” Continue Reading

    April 12, 2017 • Thaqaafat Fatemiyah • Views: 1836

  • Misri, Saakar, Sharbat, Sodannu

    Sodannu (also called Choba or Shakranu), Misri, Saakar and Sharbat are words familiar to each mumin’s household. The prime emotion associated with them is a feeling of joy and gladness.

    Come new Hijri year, come pehli raat or pehli taarikh of any Hijri month, come any occasion or moment of celebration, Misri and Sodannu are the media of sharing happiness with each other. Continue Reading

    November 16, 2016 • Thaqaafat Fatemiyah • Views: 767

  • Dawat ni Majlis

    During these days, every night Mumineen world over are gathering at the homes of their fellow brethren for the zikr of Imam Husain AS and doing maatam and bukaa’ Indeed, this led a mumin child aged four years to tell her father, “Abba! We used to go to the masjid for Imam Husain’s AS majlis. Now we do so at our own houses too. Maula TUS has turned our houses into a masjid.” Continue Reading

    September 17, 2016 • Thaqaafat Fatemiyah • Views: 771

  • Having a Pinch of Salt Before and After Every Meal

    After saying بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم taking a pinch of salt is the first certain action that every mumin, muminah and their children take before consuming a meal. A pinch of salt is also the final action that ends every meal. Continue Reading

    June 19, 2016 • Thaqaafat Fatemiyah • Views: 911

  • In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

    Some say and write as above. Others write it as,

    In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate

    While some write “786.” Be it in any form, it indeed has barakat. Continue Reading

    March 24, 2016 • Thaqaafat Fatemiyah • Views: 496

  • Washing both hands before and after every meal

    The previous article discussed the significance of sitting at a thaal during mealtimes. However, before consuming a meal one must wash both hands, and should also do the same after having had his fill.

    Rasulullah SA guides us that:

    الوَضوءُ قبلَ الطعامِ وبعدَه بركة

    Washing both hands before and after every meal is barakat.

    Awliyaullah AS have stressed upon the following factors in this regard:

    to wash both our hands; not just the right hand with which we have our meals, and
    to wash our hands twice; before and after every meal, not just once.

    It is documented that when the divine thaal descended upon Maulatona Fatema AS she washed the hands of the Khamsat Athaar AS prior to them partaking from it. Indeed, washing hands is a hygienic act which safeguards one’s health. However, in addition to this Rasulullah SA has mentioned it as barakat. This makes it evident that for others washing hands may be limited to being an act of hygiene, whereas, for Mumineen it is surely much more than that. This hadith mubarak establishes that adhering to Thaqaafat Fatemiyah is a source of barakat, and by enjoining upon their followers to adhere to this culture, it is this barakat that Awliyaullah AS seek to bestow upon them.  

    The call for washing our hands implies that one should avoid using a fork and knife when eating. A person who uses a fork and knife is not always required to wash his hands and can suffice by using a tissue or a napkin.

    One meaning of the word barakat is an increase and a growth in something. Thus, seeking barakat before partaking in a meal would ensure that one maximises the benefits derived from the meal. The nutrients and energy gained from the meal would be put to use in engaging in a halal business or trade, in the ´ibaadat of Allah Ta´ala and in the betterment of his self, his family and larger society. Similarly, another meaning of barakat is to be able to achieve your objectives with the resources and means available. In this context, even if one manages to partake only a few morsels he will be able to achieve just as much or more than one who may have consumed a more wholesome meal.   

    In order for Mumineen to derive this barakat, Awliyaullah AS have directed Mumineen to:

    Use a chilamchi and lotaa for pre and post meal hand-washing
    Respect Allah’s blessings by making sure that one’s hands are licked clean of every food particle before washing or wiping them. Washing off food particles from the hands is regarded as an act of arrogance. While, licking one’s fingers before washing or wiping them is considered as a sign of humility.
    Never use any kind of food item to wash or wipe hands, for doing so lessens Allah’s blessings.
    Wash the hands of the eldest or the most senior person present first.
    Not drain the chilamchi frequently, unless it becomes full.
    If they are the hosts, to wash their hands last out of respect for their guests.
    It is narrated that Maulana Imam Moiz AS once remembered a Dai and praised him for his honesty and truthfulness. Blessing him with his du´aa’ mubarak, Imam AS mentioned that he used to offer to pour water over the hands of the person who had poured water over his hands while he was washing them. Out of respect for the Dai’s position, that person would politely decline this honour. However, the Dai would insist saying, “If you intend to earn thawaab by pouring water over my hands, then I am more in need of thawaab. And, if you do what you do out of respect for me, then such respect is more befitting for the Imam AS.”

    Rasulullah SA has stated that washing one’s hands before and after meals is a source of barakat, however, the customs and traditions that Hudaat Kiraam AS have laid down enable us to maximise this barakat. Today, our Maula, al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS the custodian of Fatemi Thaqaafat enlightens for us the path towards gaining more and more barakat. May Allah Ta´ala grant Syedna al-Dai al-Ajal TUS a long life till the day of Qiyaamat.

    January 25, 2016 • Thaqaafat Fatemiyah • Views: 437

  •  The Thaal

    In our last issue we had talked about how addressing each other with

    يا اخانا ,  O my brother is an integral part of our Thaqaafat. The article ended on this aayat shareefah:

    ونزعنا ما في صدورهم من غلّ اخوانا على سرر متقابلين

    And we have removed from their hearts any feelings of bitterness (that they may have), (they are like) brothers facing each other on thrones.” Continue Reading

    November 26, 2015 • Thaqaafat Fatemiyah • Views: 715

  • Addressing each other with “bhai”

    In the last issue we talked about the greeting culture among Mumineen saying, “السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته”   while doing salaam. In the light of Rasulullah SAW’s hadith sharif,

    المؤمن اخو المؤمن  (A Mumin is a brother of a Mumin)

    Another element of Fatemi culture is the habit of addressing and calling each other by saying “BHAI”, like Taher bhai, Mohammed Bhai, Mufaddal bhai and so on.

    Lisan al-Dawat is a respectful language wherein we address each other saying, “tame” or “aap.” Saying “تو  (to)” to anyone, even if younger than us, is deemed disrespectful. Highlighting this aspect of respect in addressing each other with “bhai”, Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS once said,

    “Mumineen of Surat have a habit of prefixing the names with “bhai.” They say, “Bhai Hatim”, “Bhai Taher”, “Bhai Nooruddin.” Addressing one with his first name (without saying “bhai”) seems disrespectful; like saying, “Hatim”, and “Taher.” One should refrain from such a form of address and instead, say, “Taher Bhai”, “Hatim Bhai”, “Husain Bhai.” Continue Reading

    September 30, 2015 • Thaqaafat Fatemiyah • Views: 914

  • Salaam (Greeting Each Other)

    One of the asmaa’ husna, blessed names, of Allah Ta’ala is Salaam.

    Muslims greet each other by saying السلام عليكم. It is said that before Islam, Arabs used to greet each other saying, ‘An´im Sabaahan’, meaning ‘good morning’. Saying السلام عليكم entails the barakat of one of Allah’s blessed names as well as that of Islam. Salaam means safety, peace and protection. Continue Reading

    August 1, 2015 • Thaqaafat Fatemiyah • Views: 566