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  • Majlis 9-10

    ʿAshara Mubaraka 1442 H

    Majlis 9-10: 10th Muharram al-Haraam

    Reflections

    Al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA laid out, with immaculate clarity, from the outset of this waʿz mubarak, the eternal and enduring truths that are enshrined in the shahaadat of Imam Husain AS. His was a martyrdom foretold down the ages, divinely communicated to each of the prophets who were guided by Providence to pass through Karbala in their lifetimes. It was widely known that Imam Husain’s AS setting out for Karbala was for shahaadat and he was urged by many of those close to him not to go or at least, if he was intent on going, then not to take the pious women and dear children of his Ahle Bayt AS with him. However, instead of attempting to conceal them, Imam AS in his divine wisdom chose to keep them with him. He took not only his own shahzada and successor, Imam Ali Zain al-Abideen AS but also his grandson and imam thereafter Imam Mohammed al-Baqir AS. By taking them with him he showed the world that divine decree would prevail, regardless of the efforts of its enemies to defy and erase it. His decision to take the sayyidaat and children of his Ahle Bayt AS  was not to expose them to the dangers he knew were ahead, but to safeguard them from being terrorised where he left them were he to leave them alone. Imam AS could not countenance any harm coming to them whilst he was still alive.

    The day of ʿAashura, Maulana al-Muqaddas RA informed us, was the Eid of weeping: a day in which a single tear was enough to absolve sins even as great as the effervescence of the ocean surf. Rasul Allah SAW witnessed the shahaadat of his beloved grandson Imam Husain AS on the day of ʿAashura. With the dust of Karbala spread across his blessed forehead and beard, he appeared in a dream to Maulatona Umme Salama RA to remind her of the jar of Karbala’s soil he had left with her. The jar of soil that had turned red on the day of Imam’s AS shahaahdat.

    Maulana Burhanuddin RA described the journeys past Prophets AS made  through Karbala, where they each encountered some difficulty or bodily injury that prompted an inquiry as to why and ultimately lead to the revelation of Imam Husain’s AS shahaadat in that hallowed place and its implications for the salvation of all people from all times. Nabi Adam AS stumbled injuring his foot, Nabi Nuh AS  found his ark caught in tumultuous waves that he feared might sink it, Nabi Ibrahim  As was thrown from his horse, Nabi Musa AS was wounded until he bled while Nabi Eesa AS came upon a herd of deer whose weeping brought him to tears. When they queried what had befallen them in this place, when nothing of the like had happened anywhere else, they were told of the tragedy that was to befall Imam Husain AS in Karbala and each of them cursed his slayer.

    Al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA narrated that Imam Jaʿfar al-Sadiq AS stated that on the Day of Qiyaamat everyone will stand before Allah Taʿala for the final judgement. Aʾimmat Tahireen AS will be entrusted with the judgement of their followers and the imam of each age will oversee the judgement of their contemporaries. Imam AS then explained that there are three types of sins. The first are those between a servant and the Almighty. Imam AS added that Aʾimmat Tahireen AS will ensure that such sins are forgiven by virtue of their lofty status in the eyes of the Almighty. The second form of sins are those between an individual and the imam, borne out of shortcomings in comprehending the stature of the imam, failing to give him due veneration or not fully complying with his directives. Imam AS stated, ‘We will forgive such sins.’ The third category of sins are those that have taken place between two individuals. These sins are the most exacting and difficult to absolve for. Even if someone carries out the smallest of aggressions against someone, they will have to recompense for it. The Quran Majeed states:

    And for you in retribution there is life, O people of understanding.

    Qisaas (reparation, expiation, retribution) extends to all acts and deeds. If someone is hurt by one’s actions or even by a single hurtful word then qisaas will have to be given. The implications are far greater if it is a physical act of assault. Imam AS states that this debt of qisaas will be borne by the imams at great personal cost and difficulty. One should refrain from all acts and deeds whose burden will have to be borne by Awliya Allah AS.

    Illustrating the need to be wary of one’s every action, Syedna al-Muqaddas RA recounted the time when Imam Ali Zain al-Abideen AS was riding upon a camel which stumbled. Imam AS raised his whip to strike it, however, refrained and then exclaimed, ‘Were it not for the fear of qisaas, I would have struck you’. Qisaas extends not only to one’s conduct with animals but also, as Amirul Mumineen AS has stated, ‘To the land you reside on and use.’

    The Ahle Bayt AS and As-haab of Imam Husain AS were of exalted stature; they were the ones for whom the rank of shahaadat was divinely ordained. Imam Husain AS called Zuhair b. Qayn RA and included him amongst his ranks. Zuhair returned to his travelling companions and family and bid them farewell. Hurr AS  liberated himself from the enemy camp and attained shahaadat. It is Imam Husain’s AS forbearance and great stature that he sacrificed men of such nobility and loyalty and allowed them to venture out and seek shahaadat, knowing well that the world would be left devoid of such individuals. The Imam AS knew that in the continued presence of his son Imam Ali Zain al-Abideen AS, all the hudood of Dawat are present and that the Dawat will remain till the Day of Qiyaamat.

    Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA then related narrations revealing the preeminence of Imam Husain AS. Rasul Allah SAW states, ‘The qabr of Imam Husain AS is upon a ridge of jannat. He also stated, ‘Between my qabr and the qabr of Imam Husain AS lies a garden of jannat’ and ‘Between my qabr and my minbar lies a garden of jannat.’ Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA then asked whether there was a garden to be found? ‘All one sees are rugs.’ He then added that the one who believes in Rasul Allah SAW should seek out its meaning. He then mentioned that Imam Husain’s AS glories are like that of the minbar. Syedna RA then related the divine reward found in the ziyarat of Imam Husain AS and recollected the timeless tale of the old lady from Persia, her unceasing love for Imam Husain AS and her unflinching determination to do his ziyarat.

    Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA recounted the shahaadat of Maulana Ali Akbar AS and then put it to Mumineen, ‘At the time of your deaths if you yearn to behold the Panjatan AS and their Dai, then do the matam of Imam Husain AS today.’

    Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA described the return of Imam Ali Zain al-Abideen AS and the haram to Madina. Before entering the city he halted on the outskirts and its people thronged to him when they came to know of his arrival. He told them that the maatam of Imam Husain AS  took place in the heavens, in the waves of the oceans and even the leaves of trees cried tears of blood. As he related the events, each heart-rending shahaadat, he wiped his eyes with a kerchief that had become red from his crimson tears .

    We have heard of the instances of Imam Husain’s AS shafaʿat (intercession), among which is the instance when a man had been found of wrongdoing and Rasul Alllah SAW warranted that he be brought before him. The man kept himself hidden and escaped capture. One day, he came upon the young Imams AS walking alone in an empty alleyway. He took both upon his shoulders and came carrying them before Rasul Allah SAW, whose delight was evident in his open smile upon seeing his grandsons brought to him in such a manner. The man sought forgiveness and Rasul Allah SAW replied, ‘You are pardoned, by the grace of Hasan and Husain.’

    Imam Husain’s AS shafaʿat extends to those of this earth and those of all realms. The narration of the fallen angel Fitris is well known; how he crawled his way towards the newborn Imam AS and by gently placing his flightless wings upon him he was forgiven and the power to rise back to the heavens returned to him. Equally well-known, yet never less emotive, is how the young Imam AS, four years old at the time, gave not one, not two, not three not four not five not even six but seven children to the man whom Allah Taʿala had decreed would have none. ‘We cannot say this, Allah will be angered,’ Rasul Allah SAW told him but Imam AS replied, ‘Allah would never be angered by me!’

    Al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS narrated how, following the shahaadat of Imam Husain AS, a group of doves descended upon his pious, slain body lamenting his loss and covered themselves in his sacred blood. The doves then dispersed in all directions and one of them made its way to a garden perching itself atop a tree frequented by the young daughter of a Jewish man. The daughter was gravely disfigured, lame and blind. As she played beneath the tree, a single drop of Imam Husain’s AS dum mubarak fell on her from where the dove was perched and the young girl was immediately cured of all her ailments. So drastic was her transformation that when she returned to her father he did not recognise her and upon hearing what had transpired, he embraced Islam. The dove then flew to Madina coming to rest at the qabr mubarak of Rasul Allah SAW. Maulatona Fatema al-Sughra AS recognised the fragrance that emanated from the dove as that of her beloved father, Imam Husain AS. Upon seeing the blood soaked dove she was certain that Imam Husain AS had been slain and ran to Maulatona Umme Salama RA who drew the jar of earth given to her by Rasul Allah SAW only to find that the earth had turned into blood. Maulatona Sughra AS was grief stricken and shortly after the return of Imam Husain’s AS haram to Madina, she passed away, her heart in anguish at what had befallen Imam Husain AS.

    It is a matter of immense fortune for us that just before Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin’s TUS final narration of Imam Husain’s AS shahaadat on the day of Ashura, he beseeched Burhanuddin Maula RA to anoint the eyes of Mumineen with his duʿa mubarak lest they should ever dry up. Mufaddal Maula TUS pledged nazr al-maqaam so that every Mumin could bring forth a tear. He urged them to seek salvation and heavenly reward by shedding the smallest of tears, even if equivalent in size to the wing of a fly. Even moistened eyes , he exclaimed, could earn the vast thawaab manifest in lamenting upon Imam Husain AS. As we bid farewell to this ʿAshara Mubaraka our hearts already long for the next, when once again we shall find ourselves in the presence of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, wherever we reside in the world, partaking of the hallowed zikr of Imam Husain AS.

    May Allah Taʿala grant al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS a long life in pristine health until the Day of Qiyamat.

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  • Treasure

    Knowledge is boundless; it is a treasure chest filled with value and meaning. It exists everywhere and in every being since the beginning of all existence. Every piece of knowledge – every word – has a meaning. We receive all types of knowledge from different teachers throughout our lifetime – from our preschool teachers who teach us how to count, university professors who explore philosophy, parents who ensure our overall upbringing, to our one true and undisputable source of universal – spiritual and worldly –  knowledge: our Aqa Maula TUS. 

    Knowledge, in and of itself, is intangible. In order for knowledge to be stored, catalogued, and then disseminated, knowledge needs a vessel (inaa). The sum of all knowledge as Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Aqa RA stated today, can be found within two things: Tanzeel and Shariah Gharra’ – Al Quran al Kareem and the ahkaam of Islam. The key to these treasures are in the possession of the Ahl Bayt AS and Anbiya Kiraam AS. It is only from them that we are able to acquire knowledge, and more importantly, understand its true meaning and how to translate that meaning into action. 

    Knowledge can be a double-edged sword – it can harm and it can heal. Acquire it from the wrong source, or too many, and we become lost, confused, even skeptical. Every day, we are confronted with  questions of knowledge that range from larger and more weighty questions like who to be friends with, what to do with our careers, how to spend our time to more mundane ones like what to eat for dinner. We make decisions requiring knowledge every day, and many of these deeply impact our lives. At every turn, the Quran and our Sharia Gharra,’ conveyed to us through our Awliyaa Kiraam AS, provide us with answers.

    The first principle of our Imaan is niyyat-inner conviction or affirming with our hearts. Assertion is the second principle, and the third is action. To truly learn something and hold on to knowledge that we’ve gained, we need to practice it, revisit it, and incorporate it into our actions. Assertion on its own is not enough, for as Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA stated today, we must practice what we preach.

    As mumineen, Maula TUS has given us the key to the true source of knowledge. Maula TUS has gathered mumineen around the world in this historic Ashara Mubarak, and is giving us the invaluable treasures of three Doat Mutlaqeen’s waaz mubarak. Aali Qadr Maula TUS has turned our hearts into vessels to receive this knowledge, by cleansing and filling them with the mohabbat of Ahl Bayt AS and Awliyaa Kiraam AS. Most importantly, he has shown us how to internalize and translate this knowledge into action – through the maatam and bukaa of Imam Husain AS.

    On Tasu’a, let us pray that Allah Ta’ala grants our Maula, Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, a long and prosperous life until the Day of Qayaamat.

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  • Majlis 8

    ʿAshara Mubaraka 1442 H

    Majlis 8: 9th Muharram al-Haraam

    Reflections

    Al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA addressed us today as the devotees of the two sayyids of the youth of jannat – Imam Hasan AS and Imam Husain AS. They are the sons of Maulatona Fatima AS to whom Rasul Allah SAW bestowed Tasbeeh-e-Fatima which, when done after each namaaz, returns multifold reward. The Quran Majeed has stipulated that for every hasanat (good deed) there is at least a tenfold reward. As the hasanaat (pl. of hasanat) of Maulatona Fatima AS — their names also branching from the same root form as hasanat — Imams Hasan AS and Husain AS are an embodiment of Maulatona Fatima’s AS manifold barakaat.

    What are the quintessential hasanat and sayyiʾat (bad deed)? Hasanat is the love of Awliya Allah AS and sayyiʾat – by which one will be sent face down into the fire according to the Imam AS – is harbouring their enmity and hatred.

    Maulana RA touched upon the concept of tanzeel and taʾweel which must necessarily be commensurate with each other; you cannot have one without the other in equal measure. An Urdu speaking man of learning asked Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, if he  believed in zaahir (exoteric) and baatin (esoteric). Syedna replied, ‘Of-course –  we believe in both. There is the word – zaahir and its meaning – baatin.

    As such the narratives or qisas of the prophets in the Quran are filled with lessons for those of intelligence.

    There is, in their stories, instruction for men endued with understanding. (12:111)

    The word used in the Quran to signify instruction and learning is ʿibrat. However, by slightly altering the pronunciation of the ʿayn in the beginning and instead saying ʿabrat, the meaning then becomes ‘tear’. The qisas bring forth tears in disbelievers when they are confronted with their punishment for having denied their meanings. Both the Quran and the shariah are replete with meaning which can only be accessed by those who possess the keys provided solely by  by the Ahle Bayt of Nabi Mohammed SAW.

    Al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA explained that because of its importance, the 9th of Muharram al-Haraam is known as Taasuʿ (تاسوع) instead of the commonly used word for ninth, taaseʿ (تاسع).

    Imam Hasan AS and Imam Husain AS are the masters of the youth of jannat. Syedna al-Muqaddas RA explained that the youth of jannat are the Duat Mutlaqeen RA. Today in the majlis of Imam Hasan AS, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA proceeded to  expound upon his exalted status. He narrated two incidents which revealed the nobility of character he was renowned for. In the first narration, Syedna RA mentioned that Imam Hasan AS demanded of Muʿawiya to give him his rightful khumus, as ordained by the Quran Majeed. Due to his excessive generosity,  Imam Hasan AS felt the need for additional funds for which he came to Muʿawiya. Muʿawiya made excuses. Hearing this, Imam Hasan AS lowered his head for sometime and was deeply displeased with Muʿawiya’s response. He then picked up a pen and tablet lying there and wrote two verses on it, of which one was:

    O Muʿawiya, know you will forever be beholden to our munificence and magnanimity, even though we may come before you and ask. There is no loss of face in seeking from you what is rightfully ours.

    He wrote the verses and left. Muʿawiya reached over and read what Imam AS had written, and regretted his act. He immediately sent a servant of his with 40,000 dirhams to present to Imam Hasan AS. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA added that Muʿawiya possessed a great deal of wealth, but it was not what he had inherited from his forefathers, rather that which he had wrongfully seized from Muslimeen. The servant caught up with Imam Hasan AS just as he was leaving and presented the amount to him. Imam AS  refused to accept it and continued walking away. The servant came back and informed Muʿawiya, who thought that perhaps Imam AS considered the amount as being too little. He sent the servant to Imam’s AS presence with 80,000 dirhams, which he once again refused to accept saying, ‘Take them back, I have no need for them’. The third time, Muʿawiyya sent the servant with 80,000 dinars and informed his servant, ‘If Hasan AS accepts this amount, I will set you free.’ Syedna RA explained that there is a significant difference in value between a dirham and a dinar, with a dinar equalling half a British guinea at the time. The servant came before Imam Hasan AS and said, ‘This is 80,000 dinars!’ However, Imam Hasan AS replied, ‘I have told you twice before, take them back.’ The servant then beseeched Imam AS, ‘Do not deny me my freedom’. Out of his kindness and concern, the Imam AS immediately asked the servant what he meant by his statement. The servant explained the situation, following which Imam Hasan AS accepted the dinars. However, instead of keeping the dinars for himself, Imam Hasan AS took the entire sum and gave it to the very servant whose freedom had been contingent upon Imam’s acceptance. The servant returned to Muʿawiya and told him what had transpired. Muʿawiya exclaimed in praise of Hasan Imam AS and his lineage, ‘Great is his father!’ He then added, ‘In which household did his upbringing take place! The actions and deeds of Imam Hasan AS, his revered father and respected forefathers have always been such’. However, in a telling display of his baseness and lack of integrity, Muʿawiya told the servant that he could not see himself giving him 80,000 dinars. He gave him one tenth, and told him to be on his way. ‘Such lowliness!’, exclaimed Syedna RA.

    In the second incident, a man seeking financial assistance was directed towards Imam Hasan AS. He was not aware that Hasan AS was Imam al-Zaman. As he arrived, he saw Imam AS arguing with an individual over a transaction in which Imam AS stated that he would not leave until what was owed to him was returned, even though the amount under dispute was negligible. Upon hearing this the man became disheartened, thinking that the person whose largesse and generosity he had come to seek was arguing over such a trivial amount. ‘What would someone like him give me?’ After the other man had left, he mustered up the courage to ask Imam Hasan AS for aid. Imam AS bestowed him with far more than he sought. Syedna RA stated, ‘not double, not four times, but many times more.’ The man offered gratitude to Imam Hasan AS, ‘Your benevolence is unmatched.’ He then added that he felt discouraged upon seeing him argue over a small amount. Imam Hasan AS replied that the man sought to swindle him and deny him his rightful share under false pretenses. ‘I will not tolerate anyone deceiving me,’ Imam AS declared. He then stated that benevolence was a gift granted to him by his grandfather, Nabi Mohammed SAW and he would bestow him with far more than he sought.

    Syedna Saifuddin RA then stated:

    ‘Behold the exalted glories of the Imams! Lofty are their intentions; great are their interactions. If someone attempts to deceive them they will never tolerate it, and when someone seeks their benevolence, they will grant them more than they desired.’

    As all things are to be found in the Quran, so too, the knowledge of all things is to be found in the possession of the Imam. Those who seek this knowledge will undoubtedly find it with him. However, Awliya Allah AS shield their adherents from access to knowledge that they are not capable of understanding. A man who had violated Dawat decorum and dictates by surveying texts beyond his capacity, was entrusted to Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA in the time of Syedna Abdullah Badruddin RA. Before all else, Syedna Saifuddin RA put forward the strict condition that the man should accept whatever Syedna RA instructed him to do. The man had become quite despondent and utterly confused, having read extensively without taking approval; books and brochures including material from numerous external sources. Syedna RA was his doctor and just as doctors tell their patients to refrain from certain foods that might exacerbate their condition,  Syedna’s RA course of treatment began by instructing him to ‘sleep’ which in one sense meant to completely abstain from reading of any kind. After some days his demeanour was more balanced and Syedna RA then permitted him to study a specific text, then another one and so on.

    In this context Syedna al-Muqaddas RA spoke about those who eschew any form of learning or instruction that have to do with faith. They are ignorant of its philosophy and do not observe those acts mandated by shariah like namaaz. They abstain from attending Dawat majalis, and eventually like those who reside in remote areas and have little access to religious knowledge and institutions, alienate and distance themselves choosing to remain ignorant of their faith.  This ignorance eventually breeds enmity as Amirul Mumineen AS states, ‘Man is the enemy of that which he does not  know.’

    Shaitaan fears those who regularly observe five namaaz. However, those who are  indifferent to prayer or lose interest in them, he then preys on them and eventually instigates them towards the most heinous of sins.

    Syedna Burhanuddin RA related a journey which led Maulana Ali AS through Karbala where, upon arriving, he said to Abdullah bin Abbas that, ‘If you were to know what this place is you would weep as I do,’ and began to cry profusely until his beard was soaked with tears. He gazed upon his beloved shahzada Imam Husain AS and said, ‘Remain steadfast, as will befall me and your brother, so too will befall you!’

    Amirul Mumineen AS directed Ibn Abbas to look for deer droppings which he did without success. Amirul Mumineen AS was sure they would be found and went to find them himself. When he came upon them he related that they had been left there by Eesa Maseeh AS who had picked them up and smelled them when he passed by Karbala. He too had wept upon the tragedy that he knew would befall Amirul Mumineen’s AS shahzada and he left them there as his ‘taʿziyat’ – condolence to Maulana Ali AS. Amirul Mumineen AS prayed a namaaz of eight rakʿaat and after every salaam he picked them up and smelled them and said to Imam Husain AS, ‘Be patient and endure!’ Ibn Abbas took a handful and wrapped them in a cloth. Maulana Ali AS told him they would remain as they are but, when they turn to blood,  ‘Know that Husain AS has been martyred.’

    After receiving the barakat of Imam Husain’s shahaadat in the voice of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS reminded us that ʿAashura was upon us. Today is Taasuʿ  which corresponds with the word aansu (tear); the ninth day of Muharram exhorts us to shed innumerable tears on the day of ʿAashura. He further urged us to remember each shaheed and the manner in which they were slain. Maulana Abbas AS with his severed arms and an arrow to his blessed mouth; Maulana Ali Akbar AS with a spear to his hallowed chest; Maulana Ali Asgar AS with an arrow to his hulqum mubarak and Imam Husain AS with countless wounds inflicted upon the entirety of his jism mubarak. After severing Imam Husain’s AS raaʾs mubarak from his jism at-har, the wretched Shimr hung the raaʾs mubarak from his horse. At that moment the raaʾs mubarak spoke to Shimr saying, ‘You have severed my head from my body, May Allah part your flesh from your bones.’ Hearing this Shimr was consumed by a fit of rage and started hitting the raaʾs mubarak mercilessly with a whip.

    Syedna Saifuddin TUS then narrated the shahaadat of Imam Hasan AS. When in Mosul, Imam Hasan AS stayed at the home of a man who professed to be a Mumin but was secretly in communication with Muʿawiya and was actively conspiring to poison Imam Hasan AS. Despite placing poison in the Imam’s AS food on multiple occasions, there was no effect. The man wrote to Muʿawiya asking him to send a more potent poison, one capable of slaying the Imam since all others had been ineffective. Muʿawiya wrote back that he would send a poison so potent that even a mithqaal (4.25 grams) would bring death to the entire world. The messenger with whom he had sent the poison and the letter was killed by a lion on his journey to Mosul. His riderless camel wandered off and was eventually intercepted by a Mumin who uncovered the plot and informed Imam Hasan AS of his host’s treachery. In an unparalleled display of good character, Imam Hasan AS refrained from confronting the man as he was a guest in the man’s home.

    Imam Hasan AS left Mosul and made his way back to Madina where Maulatona Zainab AS and Maulatona Umme Kulthum AS were ever present in his khidmat and kept a diligent eye out for any attempts to cause him harm. One night when they were both overcome with fatigue, Jaʿda snuck in and mixed diamond dust into Imam Hasan’s AS water jug. At night when he awoke and asked for some water to quench his thirst, the poisoned water eviscerated his entrails and his liver was expelled from his body in 72 pieces signifying the martyrdom of 72 in Karbala. With his final breaths Imam Hasan AS asked his beloved brother, Imam Husain AS to wed Abdullah AS to Maulatona Sakina AS and then, turning to Maulatona Zainab AS and Maulatona Umme Kuthum AS, he bid them farewell and counselled them to endure the tragedies that were to unfold in Karbala. The two brothers embraced each other one final time before Imam Husain AS gently placed his hand under Imam Hasan’s AS chin and his ruh mubarak ascended towards the heavens.

    May Allah Taʿala grant al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS a long life in pristine health until the Day of Qiyamat. As the day of Ashura dawns upon us, may Allah Taʿala give us the strength and conviction to do maatam and shed countless tears.

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  • The Enduring Barakat of Al Jame Al Anwar

    Imam Moiz’s AS conquest of Misr heralded the beginning of a tolerant, benevolent, and just Fatimid Dynasty in modern-day Egypt and North Africa. This prosperous period was also marked by innovations in science, intellectual, and philosophical development, and an artistic, cultural, and architectural renaissance. The Fatimi Imams built a number of masaajid throughout Al Muizziya tul Qahera, the largest and most prominent of which is Al Jame Al Anwar. 

    After  nearly ten centuries of disrepair, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA restoration and renovation of Al Jame Al Anwar marked the beginning of a golden age in dawat. Forty-one years later, the barakat from every meticulous step in the restoration process is evident within each mumin’s home, within each mumin, especially during this Ashara Mubaraka. 

    One of the first steps was tanzeef – to rid the masjid of layers of dirt and grime. Syedna Muffaddal Saifuddin TUS cleaned the waste from the ditch behind the mehraab. It is the shaan of the Dai al Mutlaq to maintain and cleanse the dawat of Ahl Bayt AS and Aimmat Tahereen AS. Mufaddal Maula TUS continues to rid our homes and hearts of waste and cleanse our minds and souls by ensuring that the barakaat of Imam Husain’s AS zikr reaches us during these days. He has filled our homes with the fragrance of Imam Husain’s AS misk, which is a source of protection during these unprecedented times.

    The restoration process included the strengthening of Anwar’s foundations. Per Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA instructions, the original foundations were enhanced and the masjid was restored upon these. Imam Husain’s AS zikr has been the foundation of our faith since this world came into existence. Thus, Maula TUS continues to ensure that each of us cements the foundations of our own homes and builds our lives on the mohabbat of Awliyaa Kiraam AS and the noha wal aweel of Imam Husain AS.

    During the restoration process, both Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin tus meticulously ensured the excavation and preservation of the original Fatimi era inscriptions, structures, and artifacts throughout the masjid. Today, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS is gracing us with an azeem nemat, by reaching into the archives of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Aqa’s RA, and unearthing their historic waaz mubarak, some from over 50 years ago.

    The herculean task of restoring Al Jame Al Anwar was not without its hurdles. Leading up to the inauguration of Al Jame Al Anwar, many prominent officials in Egypt attempted to stop the event from taking place. They tried to prevent mumineen from traveling to Misr; they even attempted to prevent Maula RA himself from presiding over these celebrations. It was no less than a miracle of Imam Hakim AS himself that over 10,000 mumineen convened for the inauguration and came to Al Jame Al Anwar daily to listen to the waaz mubarak of Imam Hakim’s AS Dai during the Ashara Mubarak that followed.

    The enemies of dawat  have long attempted to prevent mumineen from noha and aweel by every means possible. The global pandemic this year could have potentially disrupted the observance of Ashara. But nothing could reckon with the strength of the Hussaini Dai TUS of Imam AS. Every mumin home has become a virtual masjid which resounds with the waaz of three Doat Mutlaqeen and the sounds of maatam and bukaa. May Allah Ta’ala grant our Maula TUS, the nourisher of our souls and bodies, with long life and health until the Day of Qayaamat.

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  • Majlis 7

    ʿAshara Mubaraka 1442 H

    Majlis 7: 8th Muharram al-Haraam

    Reflections

    At the beginning of today’s waʿz mubarak, al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA explained the meaning of ikhlaas. It means to firmly believe that even though the Panjatan AS came 1300 years ago, they are still with us today. In each day and age, an Imam assumes their position. And if the imam is in satr, then his Dai is present amongst the people.

    Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA stated that the names of the Panjatan AS have been derived from the names of Allah Taʿala. However, the Almighty and Amirul Mumineen AS are both ‘Ali’, and therefore their names are considered an ishtiqaaq taam (اشتقاق تام, a complete derivation). Syedi Abdeali Imaduddin QR states:

    اَسَميا كان لله العلي * انتَ بالله الولي بن الولي

    O namesake of Allah the Exalted. By Allah you are [His] beloved, the son of [His] beloved.

    The greatness of Maulana Ali AS is beyond comprehension. One can only attempt to comprehend it through the glories he revealed and the miracles he performed. Syedna RA classified the lofty glories of Maulana Ali AS into three types, corresponding to the number of letters in his name:

    1. Divine attributes. In Khutba Anaaniyya, the name of a famous sermon he delivered, Maulana Ali SA proclaims that it was he who raised the skies and laid the earth.
    2. Companionship with Rasul Allah SAW: coming to his assistance, being his brother, succeeding him, being his wasi (legatee). As the biraadar (brother) of Nabi Mohammed SAW he was baraabar (equal) to him in all aspects.
    3. Position within society. Maulana Ali AS exhibited the highest of human values and ideals in all aspects: forbearance, honour, preeminence, benevolence and equality. Syedna RA mentioned that equality is given a lot of importance today.

    Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA narrated that after his formal, apparent accession to the post of caliphate, Maulana Ali AS, accompanied by a servant of his, proceeded to the market in Kufa to acquire two garments. At the first shop he told the shopkeeper both the quantity and price in which he intended to purchase the garments. However, as the shopkeeper recognised him and was unwilling to take payment for his goods, Maulana Ali AS proceeded elsewhere. Likewise, the second shopkeeper also recognised him, so he proceeded to a third shop. There, the owner was not present and had left a young attendant in his place who did not recognise Maulana Ali AS. Maulana Ali AS purchased two garments from him. He then showed both of them to his servant and asked him to choose one for himself. When asked about his action, Maulana Ali AS reasoned, ‘I am able to purchase whichever garment I wish to, however, this servant is unable to do so. As far as humanity is concerned, he and I are both equal.’

    Al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA began today’s waʿz mubarak with the narrative that when Amirul Mumineen’s AS followers are set to traverse above it, hell’s inferno will plead for them to move quickly because it has been ordered to lessen the intensity of its flames while they pass.

    Sayyid al-Wasiyyeen, Amirul Mumineen AS has been acknowledged by every nabi and every wasi throughout time  as related by Imam Mohammed al-Baqir AS. Imam described how there are seventy thousand angels at each corner of The Throne (al-ʿarsh) in tasbeeh of Ali AS and seeking forgiveness for his devotees. That our forgiveness is sought by anbiyaa, awsiyaa and awliyaa is an unparalleled bounty.

    Ali is one of the names of Allah Taʿala and in one verse the Quran states, ‘And they will realise that Allah is the manifest Haqq,’

    In the Arabic Abjad numerical system, where every letter of the Arabic alphabet has been assigned a specific numerical value, the word haqq (what is true and right) has a value of 110 which is the same as Ali and also as the statement, ‘la ilaha illa huwa’ (there is no god but He).

    Al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Burhanuddin’s RA waʿz mubarak was from 1401 H, at the inauguration of the restored al-Jamiʿ al-Anwar in Misr. Syedna al-Muqaddas RA  spoke at length and in detail regarding the ihyaaʾ (revival) and restoration process. This discussion began by first seeking barakat from the history of the Fatimi Imams, who ruled over Misr at the time al-Anwar was built.

     Following the conquest of Misr in the month of Shaʿbaan al-Kareem (in the year 358 H/969 CE),  Maulana al-Qaid al-Jawhar RA and his companions observed the month of Ramadan in Misr and subsequently celebrated their first Eid al-Fitr there. In order to ascertain the coming of Eid, some inhabitants of Misr set out to take sight of the new crescent moon. Although al-Qaid al-Jawhar allowed the practice to take place that year, subsequently, the new moon sighting would no longer be requisite for declaring Eid in keeping with Fatimi fiqh. Although the Fatimi kingdom’s official religion was that of the Imam’s, and as such, the kingdom’s official policies towards religious praxis were derived from Dawat texts, different Muslim and non-Muslim faith communities practiced their faith according to their own beliefs. The multi-cultural, multi-ethnic milieu which prevailed in Fatimi Egypt was unprecedented in the history of the Islamic world.

    The first of the Aimmat Fatimiyeen AS to be born in Misr was Maulana al-Imam al-Hakim bi Amr Allah AS. He was born in the early hours of Thursday, the 3rd or the 4th of Rabiʿ al-Awwal, 375 H.

    Al-Jamiʿ al-Anwar is the masjid of Imam Hakim AS. Its construction was initiated by his father Maulana al-Imam al-ʿAziz AS in the year 380 H and the following Jumoa namaz took place in it. Imam Hakim AS resumed construction work in 393 H, with its inauguration taking place on the 6th of Shehre Ramadan, 403 H. The masjid was constructed at the substantial cost of 40,000 dinars after which another 5000 dinars were spent on furnishings. At the time of inauguration, Imam Hakim AS permitted a celebratory procession which made its way from al-Azhar to al-Anwar and from al-Anwar back to al-Azhar.

    The ihyaaʾ of  al-Anwar was carried out by Syedna Burhanuddin RA in accordance with the niyyat, intention and desire, first expressed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA during his one and only visit to Misr in 1356/1937. During the waʿz mubarak, Maulana Burhanuddin RA dedicated the restoration of al-Anwar to Maulatona Hurrah al-Malika RA and all of the Duat Mutlaqeen RA starting with al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Zoeb RA. Burhanuddin Maula RA explained that the restoration went through seven stages:

    1. Cleaning and excavation
    2. Recording and documentation
    3. In-depth research
    4. Survey of architectural development
    5. The procurement of construction materials
    6. Completing the edifice
    7. Ornamentation – interior

    The cleaning and clearing of the neglected site was first and foremost. In particular, a deep pit right above the mihrab which was festering with human waste. The cleaning was overseen, like nearly all aspects of the restoration, by ʿAqeeq al-Yemen Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS. He discovered this pit and personally oversaw its cleaning. During excavations on site, nearly 29,000 cubic metres of earth were removed from the site and in what Syedna RA described as miracles, two long-standing structures – a school and a tomb known as Qubba Qurqumash – were also removed and relocated.

    Another miracle was the salvaging and reconstruction of the foundational inscription of the masjid or what was called the Lawhat Tarikhiyyah. In its entirety, this stone inscription bore the masjid construction date and the name of Imam Hakim AS and finally put to rest doubts as to the masjid’s provenance. Divine assistance also ensured that the efforts of miscreants, including those of great standing and influence, to hamper restorative work, prevent the inauguration, deny Mumineen entry to the country, prevent the remembrance of Imam Husain AS and even deny the Dai entry; all came to nought. Maulana RA had intended that maatam be done in the later days of Ashara Mubaraka, in deference to local sensibilities, yet to his great pleasure it began from the very first day – which he described as being identical to the maatam that takes place in Mumbai.

    The procurement of construction materials  was another gargantuan task, yet it too was overcome. Wood arrived from Singapore and marble from Italy among other requisite materials which were successfully brought into Cairo in sufficient quantities. Syedna RA gave special mention to the notably skilled calligrapher responsible for the extensive Kufi script that adorns the masjid, adding that he was the same artisan behind the scripts adorning Raudat Tahera.

    What was especially important about this restoration was that it was not simply an archaeological venture, the rebuilding of an ancient structure. Rather it was to bring this masjid back to life and in use for the purpose of worship as was intended when it was first built. Not just to restore an old relic, but to suffuse it with the spirituality of its original purpose.

    Syedna Taher Saifuddin stated that Maulana Ali AS bestowed Imam Hasan AS with two sets of counsels. In the first he stated:

    1. The greatest of all wealth is the intellect.
    2. The most abject poverty is foolishness.
    3. The most terrifying loneliness is haughtiness.
    4. The most honourable acquisition/possession/attainment is good character.

    Syedna RA added, ‘be amicable with everyone and show good character. Wherever you go, you should be welcomed. People should remember you, enjoy your company and solicit your advice.This is how you should interact with everyone: in your home, with your friends, and with the wider community and society at large.’

    Maulana Ali AS then directed Imam Hasan AS to avoid the companionship of four individuals:

    1. A fool. Even though he seeks to benefit you, he will ultimately put you in harm’s way.
    2. A miser. The moment you are ever in need of him, he will decline to help you. ‘Even if you only require a hundred rupees, he will say he doesn’t have a single one to offer.
    3. An immoral person. Whoever sees you in his company will assume the same behaviour of you.
    4. A habitual liar. He is like a mirage. He will try to convince  you that what is near is far and what is far as being near.

    When Imam Husain’s AS haram reached Shaam after being endlessly paraded throughout their journey and subjected to one torment after another, they were imprisoned. Al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS reminded us that Imam Husain’s AS three year old daughter Maulatona Ruqaiyya AS, gently placing her head on her father’s severed raʾs mubarak, passed away mourning his absence and the haram were besides themselves with grief. When the time came for Rasul Allah’s SAW haram to travel back to Madina, Maulatona Sakina AS was nowhere to be found. The sayyidaat frantically searched for her, fearing what might become of her if they were forced to leave her alone in the midst of so many foes. When they found her their hearts were torn apart as they witnessed her clutching tightly to Maulatona Ruqaiyya’s AS qabr lamenting her loss, that she was no longer replying to her call where once she would have done so immediately. ‘If you will not heed my cry then let me lie by your side in this grave and we will weep upon Husain together.’

    Maulana Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS asked us to consider how we embrace our children to comfort them when they are troubled and how here Maulatona Sakina AS was seeking comfort from her sister, but that comfort was not forthcoming. Imam Zainul Abideen AS embraced her and told her, “Come, let us go to Madina and we will find solace at the qabr of Maa Fatema AS.”

    On this day, the 8th of Muharram, we recall the shahaadat of Maulana Ali AS. As he left home for the final time, the geese gifted to him surrounded him and took hold of his garbs in their beaks to prevent his leaving. Syedna Saifuddin TUS asked us that if the geese would not part with Amirul Mumineen AS, could it ever come to be that his followers would be parted from him? Imam Hasan AS pleaded to be allowed to go on ahead and be his sacrifice but Amirul Mumineen AS would not be swayed and directed him to return. Imam Hasan AS and Maualatona Umme Kulthum AS remained seated on the threshold of Amirul Mumineen’s AS house awaiting what was to come. Maulana Ali AS had tied a second lungi in anticipation of his shahaadat. He ascended the mizanat for the call to prayer and gave the azaan, an azaan which reverberated in every Kufan household. He then proceeded to the mihrab where he began to pray tahiyyat al-masjid. It was in his second sajda that the wretched Ibn Muljim struck, with such force that the blade went deep, as far as the forehead, and Ali AS clasped his head as he declared, “Fuzto wa Rabb al-Kaaba! — by the Lord of the Kaaba, I am victorious!”

    May Allah Taʿala grant al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS a long life in pristine health until the Day of Qiyamat; and may we all continue to partake of the barakaat of his hallowed thaal and the spiritual and physical morsels of his eternal blessings in every generation.

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  • Enlightened Learning

    Learning is an iterative, long-term process. As human beings, from the moment we are born until the moment we die, we continue to learn and develop. Real learning, takes time and doesn’t happen overnight. Real learning is something we practice, hone, and most importantly, repeat.

    While not immediately obvious, repetition is perhaps one of the most intuitive principles of learning. Through repetition, we glean new perspectives and experience the same content in different ways. And ultimately, our understanding and appreciation of what we are learning – and our teacher – grows.

    Take a landscape photographer, for example. She can travel to the same forest and photograph the same tree countless times, and yet, each photograph would be unique. The camera lens, angle, time of day or the season could change, but the essence and the core of the photograph – the tree – remains the same.

    In the same light, every year during Ashara Mubaraka, we hear Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS recount the same narratives, most of which we have heard since our childhood. These include the stories of Haarith Hamdaan, Ziyad bin Aswad, Bani Riyah’s slave and during today’s waaz, the story of Maulatena Fatema’s AS shawl (pichhori) narrated by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. We may have heard the zikr before, but today we revised and relearned it, as Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA emphasized the importance of how the noor that emanated from the shawl left the Jewish couple  incredulous and awestruck, ultimately guiding them towards Islam. Through these iterative narrations, we continue to marvel at Maula and Awliyaa Kiraam’s AS shaan and our faith is reaffirmed.

    The noor of Maulatena Fatema’s AS shawl that Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS himself radiates leaves us in awe. In his every recitation of Imam Husain’s AS shahadat, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS conveys the vivid imagery of the heart-wrenching events that occurred on the sands of Karbala. We may know these events by heart, but each narration invigorates within us a new sense of sorrow, and fills each of our homes with this eternal light.

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  • Majlis 6

    ʿAshara Mubaraka 1442 H

    Majlis 6: 7th Muharram al-Haraam

    Reflections

    Al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA waʿz mubarak began with the bishaarat (glad tidings) given to Maulatona Fatema AS by Rasul Allah SAW of the birth of a son whom she was expecting towards the end of Rasul Allah’s SAW life. He directed her to name him ‘Muhsin’. However, even though he was brutally taken from her before he was born, Maulana RA addressed Mumineen as those who acknowledge her three shahzadas: Imam Hasan AS and Imam Husain AS as well as Muhsin AS and those who pray salawaat upon them all. The descendants of Imam Husain AS, the imams, are the muhsineen — those who act with virtue.

    Maulatona Fatema’s AS marriage to Maulana Ali AS is the cause of forgiveness for their followers. By virtue of this divine marriage, each and every Mumin and Mumina has been issued a raqq (promissory note) attached to the heavenly Tree of Tooba, which guarantees the glad tidings of safety and protection from hellfire.

    Maulatona Fatema’s AS shawl was given as a security – mortgage – for a loan taken from a Jewish man. He left it in a room within his home. At night when his wife went into the room she was amazed to find it filled with radiance. She called her husband who was also at a loss as to how and why this light shone. When they investigated further they came to know that it was coming from Maulatona Fatema’s AS shawl. They called their relatives to witness this phenomenon and eighty of them embraced Islam after beholding this sight. The guidance of her radiance continues in her descendants, the Aimmat Fatimiyyeen AS.

    Al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA explained that Maulatona Fatema’s AS pre-eminence is due to her being  the daughter of Rasul Allah SAW, the consort of Maulana Ali AS and the mother of Imam Hasan AS and Imam Husain AS as well as the Aimmat Tahereen AS.

    Rasul Allah SAW stated that the fragrance of jannat emanates from Maulatona Fatema AS and that her birth took place after he had consumed an apple from jannat given to him by Jibraʾeel.

    As Maulana Ali’s AS pious consort, Maulatona Fatema AS was the beauty of his house, his companion and the chest of his secrets. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA added that every wife should safeguard her husband’s confidential matters. In continuing his description of the high stature of Maulatona Fatema AS, Syedna al-Muqaddas RA explained how Rasul Allah SAW refused the proposals of a number of potential suitors for Maulatona Fatema AS. A man renowned for his integrity approached Amirul Mumineen AS and told him that it seems that Rasul Allah SAW intends to betroth Maulatona Fatema AS to you, which is why he has refused all else. He urged Maulana Ali AS to ask Rasul Allah SAW for her hand in marriage. The first day Amirul Mumineen AS entered the presence of Rasul Allah SAW however, he left without broaching the matter. When his encourager enquired, he replied that a sense of shame prevented him from doing so. The person suggested that he make another attempt. The next day Amirul Mumineen AS went before Rasul Allah SAW where he remained for quite some time either conversing about other matters or remaining silent. Rasul Allah SAW too was keen for Amirul Mumineen’s AS union with Fatema AS. Prodding Amirul Mumineen AS into asking, he enquired ‘Is there anything else, seeing that you are still seated here?’ Maulana Ali AS continued to remain silent. Rasul Allah SAW then asked, ‘Have you come seeking Fatema’s hand in marriage?’ ‘Yes, if Rasul Allah SAW would grant such an honour; I am your companion as it is,’ he replied. Agreeing, Rasul Allah SAW informed him that Allah Taʿala had solemnised his marriage with Maulatona Fatema AS in jannat and that he would do so here on earth.

    Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA narrated the events that led Rasul Allah SAW to bestow Maulatona Fatema AS with the Tasbeeh-e-Fatema, a tasbeeh that is more valuable than the world and all that is in it. Maulatona Fatema AS carried out this tasbeeh until she breathed her last. The Aimmat Tahereen AS and their Duat Mutlaqeen RA too carry out this tasbeeh. Syedna RA asked, ‘how long does it take?’ He then mentioned that there is great divine reward in this tasbeeh which many people neglect thinking, ‘how can there be so much thawaab in this tasbeeh?’

    Syedna al-Muqaddas RA made it clear that not being aware of thawaab as well as ʿazaab is not acceptable for Mumineen. He highlighted the importance of this awareness by narrating an occasion where Rasul Allah SAW asked his companions to look for pieces of wood even though they were in open country where such wood was seemingly unavailable. Nevertheless, he directed them to undertake the effort to look, and slowly but surely they each came back with twigs, branches and offshoots until a large mound was formed before Rasul Allah SAW. He then revealed to them, ‘I asked you to undertake this exercise to show you that this is how merits and good deeds are accumulated, and likewise, so are sins.’ Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA then cautioned against belittling or neglecting a good deed and dismissing it as being insignificant.

    Gather as much as you can for its thawaab is immense and it will become a treasure for you. Likewise, do not belittle sinful acts.

    Some mislead themselves by thinking that they are already so sinful what is the harm in adding a few more. This way of thinking is wrong and dangerous. One sin after another will lead to a 1000 and then 2000. Syedna al-Muqaddas RA observed that many adopt a similar mindset when it comes to debt. They harbour the notion that they are in debt anyway, why not incur more. ‘No, reduce your debt, repay it slowly’, he said firmly. ‘One’s conscience should weigh down upon him.’

    Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA informed us that angels turned the millstone in Maulatona Fatema’s AS home while Jibraʾeel regularly swept it clean. Today, the haveli of Maulatona Fatema AS stands, and its millstone is turned by the angel-like Duat Mutlaqeen RA. No one can see who is moving it.

    Maulatona al-Hurra al-Malika RA saw in a dream that she was sweeping the palace of the Imam. Her mother-in-law, Maulatona Asma bt. Shihab RA foretold that, ‘I see that it is you who will ensure the sanctity of the Imam’s house.’ Today and throughout the ages, the Duat Mutalqeen AS have ensured that the house of the Dawat remains pristine. They protect these sacred precincts from impurities and if they manage to enter, they are immediately scoured clean. Such are their efforts.

    Imam Zainul Abideen AS, he that frees others, how can it be that he is shackled and bound? If he willed it, he could walk away from any such restraints. Indeed he illustrated this when, in the time of the wretched ʿAbd al-Malik bin Marwaan, he was once again apprehended and imprisoned in Madina. Imam AS told Zuhri that on the third day he would not be found and it transpired so. Zuhri, the narrator of this incident states that he went to ʿAbdul al-Malik in Kufa and there he was told that, ‘On the day you were all looking for him, the Imam was here before me.’ Imam AS demanded an explanation for why he was being imprisoned. In awe of the Imam’s AS presence and frightened by Imam’s AS forceful, powerful demeanour, ʿAbdul al-Malik was unable to carry out the harm he had intended. Instead he offered the Imam to be his guest but Imam Zainul Abideen AS refused.

    Whether in a period of difficulty and no temporal sovereignty, as with Imam Zainul Abideen AS, or at the height of empire and physical dominion, the awe and majesty instilled by the imams of Maulatona Fatema’s AS progeny remain supreme. This was illustrated with the detailed narration of the conquest of Misr. Imam Muʿizz AS sent his Commander-in-Chief, al-Qaid al-Jawhar QR to conquer the city that would eventually bear his name: al-Qahira al-Muʿizziyah. A number of preparations for the conquest were put in place well in advance of the army’s march and Imam Muʿizz AS spent hours with al-Qaid al-Jawhar QR personally giving instructions as to how he should approach Misr, what he should say to its inhabitants and what he should do once it was conquered. When the time came for him to set off, Imam AS decreed that in respect of al-Qaid al-Jawhar, not a single person, no matter of what rank, should remain mounted as he was bid farewell from the Imam’s prophetic presence. Only Imam AS and al-Qaid al-Jawhar QR remained mounted on their horses. Al-Qaid al-Jawhar QR dismounted to do qadambosi and was then given permission to proceed. As he made his way out into the horizon, the Imam AS continued to benevolently gaze at him in the distance, holding aloft his kerchief as a sign of his continued blessings and permission. Once more, al-Qaid al-Jawhar QR acknowledged the Imam AS by performing sajda upon his steed from a distance.

    Upon reaching the city he sent word to the inhabitants that he was not there to subjugate them but to protect them from the Byzantininan threat and the clutches of other adversaries who were intent on enslaving them. He gave them an amnesty which was rejected by a small group intent on subterfuge, who then set about looting some of the 25,000 shops and businesses established in the city at that time. Al-Qaid al-Jawhar QR dispatched a division of only 400 men who went from street to street to reassure the proprietors of their safety and to guarantee that if any establishments were still pillaged, then al-Qaid al-Jawhar QR would be responsible for any and all losses. That relatively small cohort of soldiers ensured that the city reopened and stayed open.

    Following the heart-rending account of how Maulatona Zainab AS observed the wretched Shimr on Imam Husain’s AS blessed chest hewing mercilessly at his hulqum mubarak, al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS related the shahaadat of Moulatona Fatema AS. Rasul Allah’s SAW demise had left her in a state of perpetual grief which was compounded by the usurpers’ attempts to take what rightfully belonged to Amirul Mumineen AS. With his permission she draped herself in a mantle and delivered a moving and compelling argument defending Amirul Mumineen’s AS rightful, divinely-ordained position as Rasul Allah’s SAW only heir and the Imam of the ummah after him. Her speech was so impactful that the foes feared a shift in the allegiance of Muslimeen towards Amirul Mumineen AS and so they came to his house threatening to burn it to the ground if the doors were not opened and he did not acquiesce to their demands. Maulatona Fatema AS, fearing the worst, opened the door with Amirul Mumineen’s AS permission and in a grotesque manifestation of malice, the foe kicked in the door, knowing full well that Fatema AS stood concealing herself behind it. The impact caused her to fall to the ground unconscious and she lost her beloved Muhsin AS with whom she was pregnant at the time.

    As her final moments neared, Maulatona Fatema AS wet some lotus leaves with which to wash the heads of the young Imams, Imam Hasan AS and Imam Husain AS. She kneaded enough dough to last two days and washed their garments. Seeing this Amirul Mumineen AS inquired as to why she had gone to such trouble in her frail condition. She replied that her demise was near and she did not want her beloved children to be neglected once the Ahle Bayt were preoccupied with the grief of her passing. With her final breaths, Fatema AS beseeched Allah Taʿala to forgive the followers of her consort, Amirul Mumineen AS.  When her ruh mubarak had finally risen to the heavens above, Imam Hasan AS and Imam Husain AS looked to Amirul Mumineen AS asking him with tears in their eyes, ‘Where has our beloved mother gone?’

    In Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, we see the barakaat of Maulatona Fatema’s AS tears which she collected for the emancipation of Mumineen from hellfire and we are reassured that come what may, there is a raqq with our name on it guaranteeing us a place in jannat because we adhere to the Fatimi Dai of our time. May Allah Taʿala grant al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS a long life in pristine health until the Day of Qiyamat.

     

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  • A fragrance; raihanat, khushboo

    One often senses an unusually familiar aroma wafting by, transporting us down memory lane to emotional, often cheerful times. The scent of freshly baked bread reminding us of a parent’s warm embrace, or the delightful mist of bukhur around our homes in these sacred days, reminding us of the packed masjid, resplendent in the garb of Ashara Mubaraka, awaiting that one entity, who will breathe life into its structure.

    A study of the human body explains that the olfactory sense (sense of smell) is more closely linked to emotions and memory than other senses. We as humans are selective in our choice of fragrances; some may find a scent highly appealing and heady, while others may find it nauseating and cloying. However, there are some smells that are universally repugnant, like that of rotten food and smoke, thus the sense of smell acts as a defense mechanism.

    Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, poignantly spoke today about Rasulullah’s SA last moments, and his unique action therein. Rasulullah SA used to often proclaim that, ‘Hasan Husain are my fragrance’. In those moments, while in the throes of death, between cognizance and unconsciousness, he held them both in a close embrace. The Ahle-bait would remove Imam Hasan, Husain from his arms to offer relief, but on awakening, Rasulullah SA would once again ask for them, “where are my beloved Hasan, Husain? Let them be! So that they may take my last blessings, and I may breathe in their fragrance one last time.”

    Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS explained that, sometimes the last breath, the naseem, does not easily leave the body, causing great discomfort to the dying. At such a trying time, raihaan (fragrance) is brought close to the dying, who instinctively breathe it in and then the soul is released with ease. He explained that Rasulullah’s SA action of drawing them both close was to show, that the soul garners an easy release   by Husain’s remembrance.

    Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA spoke affectionately about a Mumin’s birth, and the importance of the surahs of the Quran which are whispered into his ear at birth. “It is our child, a Mumin’s child – my child! It is necessary that this should be done.”

    We pray to Allah, after thanking him for a blessed birth, that may our entire life be spent breathing in the fragrance of Imam Husain’s AS matam until that fragrance eases our last breath.

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