Reason # 11: “Jamea maari zaat che”
Khuzaima Qutbuddin harbored a deep animosity for al Jamea tus Saifiyah and everything it stood for. If you look back at the last fifty years of his life, you will see there is little to no connection to Jamea whatsoever. In his bayaan uploaded to Youtube (given while Moula Burhanuddin’s RA jism mubarak still lay in Saifee Mahal) he lists his supposed ‘shaanaat’, one of which was that his mithaaq took place in the Iwaan of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah. He insists it was taken in a similar manner as Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s was in Jamea’s Iwaan. Here, Khuzaima acknowledges the importance of Jamea. He recognizes that the fact that Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA mithaaq took place in Jamea is important and by drawing paralells with his own mithaaq and wishes to gain the same legitimacy from Jamea. Generations of Talib e Ilm (students) bear witness that Khuzaima never attended the Imtehan with Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. Many testify that he would attend some Zikra waaz in Surat and then leave before the Imtehan. Further, on his website www.tahiyaat.com, along with parading his children’s worldly qualifications, he attempted to give credibility and legitimacy to them by stating that they had all received the ‘barakat of Jamea’. How many of his children attended Jamea? How often do they speak of it; contribute to it? The truth is, he and his family wanted nothing to do with Jamea.
There will be those who argue that Jamea has nothing to do with the physical institute that resides in Surat, Karachi, Nairobi and Mumbai; it is an intangible notion that is beyond space and time which Khuzema and his children are active participants of. Yet the history of the Doat Mutlaqeen RA will stand to negate this argument and demonstrate that with the intangible, the tangible is just as important. Jamea is both spirit and form. In the period of Syedna Abdulhusain Husamuddin RA, there was a group of scholars known as the Uloma al-Sou’, ‘The Scholars of Evil’ who thought it beneath themselves to come to Dars e Saifee (later al Jamea tus Saifiyah) and teach there. Their arrogance and conceit led them to believe that they in themselves were Jamea: a veritable institution of knowledge. They understood themselves to be disseminators of wisdom and those who sought enlightenment should seek them. Syedna Husamuddin RA responded by saying that if you will not abandon your homes and come to Jamea and teach in its halls, I will personally do so. And he did. Not only have the Doat taught in the institution of Jamea, they have been prepared there as well. Syedna Mohammed Ezzuddin RA and Syedna Tayyib Zainuddin RA were both students of Jamea, prepared in its sacred confines at the hands of the Doat of their time.
Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA has repeatedly stated that “Jamea maari zaat che“. That Jamea and him are one in the same. Moulana Mohammed Burhanuddin RA demonstrated this Truth not only with his words but his deeds. Every year he visited Surat for Jamea imtehaan (annual exam) and personally conducted and oversaw its administration. Hours upon hours, he would sit and listen to Abna al-Jamea shafahi imtehaanaat and respond and remark. Each imtehaan would begin with the Zikra Khutba which was an unparalleled example of discourse on Fatemi philosophy and history.
Jamea was always on Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA khiyaal mubarak. References to Jamea were made on a regular basis in his discourses, qasa’id and munaajaat. He was personally involved in even the most minute details of the academic and financial administration of the campus. His benevolence span every aspect of Jamea life. He treated the children of Jamea as his own children. On the Urs Mubarak of Syedna Ismail Badruddin, he would send special flour which he had personally blessed with his own hands for the maleeda. When he visited, he would enquire into and appreciate even the most youngest students academic endeavours and efforts. Even on secular holidays and occasions, Moula RA would think of Jamea and its students. For Utraan, the Gujarati public holiday, Moulana RA would grant a sum of money to purchase kites and string for students to participate. For Diwaali he would send fireworks. Moulana Burhanuddin RA was always concerned for the well-being of Jamea, its students and khidmatguzar. In fact, one of his biggest tashaareef on his 100th birthday was the announcement regarding the new campus of Jamea in Nairobi.
Today, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS embodies Jamea. His every action, his every statement, his every motion, his every movement, his every maatam, his every tear, his every bayaan mubarak, his every harakat and sakanat is Jamea. Even before his nass was made apparent, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS was intimately involved in the affairs that concerned Jamea and its students. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS graced both the young and the old of the institution: the newly admitted, the aged and experienced. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS is to Jamea what Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA was.
How does Khuzaima reflect any single aspect of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA and Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s TUS care, concern and dedication to Jamea? A Jamea khidmatguzar has testified that in his 40 years of service to Jamea, not once has Khuzaima sent instructions for a student to be admitted to Jamea. In fact, a couple from California has recounted an instance where Khuzaima discouraged them from admitting their child into Jamea saying that ‘his/her beliefs would be compromised’. I personally am witness to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA encouraging, in fact, instructing Mumineen to send their children to Jamea during the wada majlis in Fremont masjid in 2007 during his stay in California. How can an alleged mansoos state that the institution of his Naas (appointer: Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA) has administered and nurtured for fifty years compromises beliefs? Further, Khuzema has been heard stating that Jamea does not do anything but prepare ghundao (thugs) whereas his father Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA has said:
“Behold this Jamea Saifiyah, it has become so prosperous… May Allah Ta’ala give strength to all Talabat al-Ilm (students of Jamea) in their pursuit of knowledge, may He bless them with prosperity in both worlds. They are khidmatguzars. There are those who treat Aamils and khidmatguzar with disdain. DO NOT DISRESPECT THEM. They are my limbs (assistants), they work for me. (Asharah Mubarak, 1379H)”
Although Khuzaima seeks much of his legitimacy from claims associated to Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, he obviously did not heed his fathers’ words. Khuzaima’s most atrocious act towards Jamea is his sympathy towards the manaahis: the four individuals who Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA removed from Jamea’s pious saahat. What more is there to say about his disregard for Jamea and Burhanuddin Moula RA?
Today it is clear why Khuzaima stayed away from Jamea: He hated the tangible Jamea (al Jamea tus Saifiyah) because he despised the intangible Jamea (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA).
Of course, like everything else, Khuzaima will claim that he was kept away from Jamea, just like everything else in Dawat. The way he claims he was kept away from his own Moula’s janazah mubarakah. He will claim that there was even an attempt on his life in Jamea; a blatant lie. These are fabrications and delusions of a man who has lost all sense of reality; enough so that he has claimed the mantle of Dawat from its true maalik. If he was the true mansoos of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, there would be a love of Jamea in him so strong, so passionate, that nothing could keep him from it. This is what Jamea means to Moulana Burhanuddin RA and his mansoos Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS and this is the love they have instilled into the hearts of every student who ever benefited from this institution: the very being of the Dai.