Reason # 9 – Al-Jami‘ Al-Anwar
Perhaps one of the most momentous milestones in the history of the zaman of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Aqa al-Hayy al-Muqaddas is the renovation of al-Jami‘ al-Anwar in Cairo. Not just once, but over a large period from his magnificent era, Moula al-Hayy al-Muqaddas repeatedly referred to this event and said, “From the day al-Jami’ al-Anwar was built barakaat has flourished in Da’wat.”
جه دن سي آ جامع الانور بني چهے ته دن سي دعوة ما بركات عام تهئي چهے.
Aqa Moula al-Hayy al-Muqaddas RA mentioned these words every time he inaugurated a masjid. In fact, during the iftitah of London’s Huseini Masjid he said, “Because of the inauguration of al-Jami‘ al-Anwar our masjids have flourished, our houses have flourished, our souls (نفوس) have flourished. There is no need for an argument here – just the translation of Aqa Moula al-Hayy al-Muqaddas’s RA bayan which he delivered on the eve of the ifititah of Masjid al-Juyushi in Cairo on the night of Imamuz Zaman’s Salgirah in 1416 H. (1995).
Aqa Moula RA read a zikr from Kitab al-Taharat about a man from the Ansar of Medina who sullied the qibla of Rasullullah’s masjid with his phlegm thus receiving Rasullullah’s SAW laanat. He compared this historical occurence to the restoration of al-Jami’ al-Anwar. The riwayat ends with the actions of the Ansari man’s wife who cleaned the area and applied saffron to it. Rasullullah did dua for this woman and said بارك الله فيها! – May Allah bring barakat towards her! Aqa Moula RA then said,
“Likewise, al-Jami‘ al-Anwar’s qibla had such an amount of stench coming from it due to the excessive amount of trash surrounding it. The door of the Jami‘ had been made into a dumping ground. Every type of garbage was placed there. Then the iftitah of Moulatena Zainab’s Zareeh took place. After that, Mamluk Aale Mohammed went to Kuwait from Misr. At that moment, I told my son, the consolation of my eyes, Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS to stay in Misr. I said, “Stay here and start the cleansing effort of al-Jami‘ al-Anwar.” He himself, started to clean the trash in attempt to find the source for where the stench was coming from around the mihrab. Finally, one person said, ‘come with me, I will show you where the stench is coming from.’ He took them behind the qibla and mihrab to a wakalat where people had taken up residence. They stayed there, placed their trash there, and even defecated there. Forty families lived there and all these things would collect there.
They had dug a hole behind the qibla of al-Jami‘ al-Anwar where all these unsanitary wastes and trash would collect. When they went to take a look at it, it was so horrible that it was almost impossible to stand there because of the immense stench. An effort was made the entire day to find some workers who would clean the area, however, after seeing the state of the place even they were not ready to do anything. Then, in front of the khidmat guzaaro present at the time, my son Mufaddal said, “I will go down and clean this. The mihrab is in such a state! We were unmindful for so long. It is a grave error on our part.” So when he intended to do this, in that moment other workers also came and began to clean. The hole was between two to three meters deep. They cleaned it and fragranced it with bukhur.
From that day onwards the impact of the injustices upon this Jami‘ Anwar began to fade. Now look Mumineen! How fragrant is the mihrab of Jami‘ Anwar!
This Husain al-Hakim is honoring his Da’i with the saffron of barakaat and the sa‘aadat of misk. Today, I, Mamluk Aale Mohammed, am doing dua for the khidmat guzaaro. I am also doing dua for my son Mufaddal. As Rasullullah SAW did dua for that woman (the Ansari’s wife) and said the luminous words of “barakallaho fiha” – I, Mamluk aale Mohammed am saying that – he (Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS) did the khidmat of these Jawami‘, may Allah make his effort appreciated!” (Lailat Milad Imam iz Zaman SA – Jami‘ Juyushi – Cairo 1416 H./ August 1995)
There is no need for a comparison here and it is not right on our part to compare the zaat mubaraka of Dai Zaman Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS with anyone else. However, one brief question does arise in context of Khuzaima claiming rights to the name Fatimi Dawat. What role did Khuzaima have in the construction efforts of al-Jami’ al-Anwar – a glorious event which brought about a revolution of Fatimi inspired architecture all around Bilad-i Iman and the world? By what right does he claim to be the head of the Fatimi Da’wat when Moula Burhanuddin RA never attested to any effort on his part to increase the glory of A’emat Fatimiyyeen. These recent events which have taken place are another attempt to tarnish and sully the glory of Da’wat with the trash and rubbish of ignorance and unmindfulness – very representative to the injustices done upon Jami’ al-Anwar. However, rest assured – this too will surpass and be cleaned. The fragrance of the misk and zaafran of the zamans of Aqa Moula al-Hayy al-Muqaddas RA of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS are experienced every day by us. Do not let this lurking stench sully their zikr and memory in any way.