Reason # 36: The Illustrious Histories of Past Mazoons AQ In Da‘wat – True Paragons of True Khidmat
From an anonymous source
“…and it was later disclosed that he never took history seriously”
The 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA during the latter part of His reign used to spend hours in His late night asbaak (discourses) describing the history of Dawat to the young and old alike. His Mawaiz (sermons) and elegies of Du’at Mutlaqeen RA and their Hudood Kiraam expounded and depicted the history of the Da’wat during the Yemen and Hind period in minute detail. His biographical notes, philosophical and theological analysis of important events of the Dawat Fatemiyah as published by him in his Rasail Ramadaniyah are testimony to the emphasis placed by him on the importance of gaining “Noor” and illumination from history. The cost of ignoring history lessons in a religious context can be perilous indeed.
Let’s take for an example the account of the four sons of the 41st Dai. The eldest, Syedi Shaikh Adam Safiuddin AQ was appointed to the high office of the Mazoon and served as such with much ikhlas and humility throughout the tenure of his father. His father selected a younger son (the 42nd Dai Syedna Yusuf Najmuddin RA) as His successor and the eldest continued to serve his younger brother as expected from him. That brother selected and groomed another sibling (the 43rd Dai Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA) for the high office of the al Dai al Mutlaq. The eldest maintained his position as Mazoon and performed his duties with love and affection as before. The third brother selected another brother, his Mukasir (Syedi Abdul Qader Hakimuddin AQ) to succeed him and the Noble Mazoon never swerved in his dedication as before. Not even when that Mukasir died; and his brother proclaimed that he would find the most noble, most learned of all men to replace His mansoos and overlooking him, the Lofty Mazoon, selected two young men from a different family (the 44th Dai Syedna Mohammed Ezzuddin RA & the 45th Dai Syedna Tayyeb Zainuddin RA) and groomed them to succeed him. With a lineage as impressive as his (His father, grandfather and his forefathers were Duat Mutlaqeen RA) could he but do otherwise? With the concept of sacrifice and tafadi instilled in him since birth, could he aspire but to do his utmost to serve His Maula, the Dai of the Age in any way but that of His choice?
The Eminent Mazoon that he was, he continued to serve the two young men selected to be His Maula by his own younger brother, one after the other till His last breath. He is the only Mazoon in the history of the Dawat Fatemiyah to have the distinction of serving five Duat Mutlaqeen. His legacy of ikhlas and service continued on in the form of his illustrious son, Syedi Hebatullah Jamaluddin AQ who was appointed to the position of His father and went on to serve 3 Duat Mutlaqeen in his turn. The two Mazoons between them served seven Duat Mutlaqeen and their correspondence (recorded for posterity in the Rasail Ramadaniyah of the 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA) illustrate their beliefs and sincerity in serving the Duat Mutlaqeen RA, seeking their permission for mundane private and official matters. They never claimed to share any spiritual authority or divine inspiration (ilham) with the Du’at Mutlaqeen and always sought their forgiveness and blessings (which also demonstrates the spuriousness and hollowness of the ex-Mazoon’s present tall claims of having full and absolute raza).
Of all the 56 personalities that adorned the High station of Mazoon (that this scribe could locate) two stand out like a sore thumb; Ali bin Ibrahim & the present ex-Mazoon Khuzaima Qutbuddin. Ali bin Ibrahim’s followers (the Alawi Bohras) claim that he never served as the Mazoon of the 29th Dai Syedna Abdul Tayyeb Zakiuddin RA since he claimed that position (the rank of the 29th Dai) for himself. To justify his claim that “The Dai only appoints as Mazoon one who is a true embodiment of imaan and one who he trusts implicitly”, the present Muddai will undoubtedly have to explain the anomaly in the case of Ali bin Ibrahim by either claiming esoteric knowledge hidden from others or by championing the false belief advocated by the Alawi Bohras that Ali bin Ibrahim wasn’t appointed to the position of Mazoon (a belief refuted by all Dawoodi Bohras and attested to in our books for more than four centuries). In any case he will surely repudiate and reject historical facts in lieu of his whimsical and farfetched interpretation.
Since the so called all knowledgeable ex-Mazoon Khuzaima Qutbuddin has decided that history books are only zahir texts and not to be taken seriously and things like nasse jali too obvious and straightforward to be accepted by the intellectuals; and suddenly identified the need to debate obscure things begging for esoteric explanations like notions of the legitimacy of private nass on social and public media, our beloved Aqa Maula Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA oft repeated statement shines like a bright and radiant light. Al Akhbaaro Anwaar. Our historical reports and narrated traditions are sources of enlightenment.
When all else fails to permeate doubt, studying our history reveals the true embodiment of Imaan in the person of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS who was elevated to the highest position of all by the all discerning eye of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, who personally supervised the upbringing of His beloved son and successor and wrought unto us a perfect example of humility and ikhlas; devotion and sacrifice; an angel like no other. One who has never had to lay claim to any of the qualities or virtues that the ex-Mazoon asserts that he and only he possesses (as he unflinchingly and brazenly keeps on reminding us).
And since he shuns all things self evident and clear (as zahir and jali) as they may be… it will surely be said that he never took history seriously to the peril of his soul and all who follow him blindly.
Risala Sharifa Barakato Ashabet Tatheer (1380) Pages No. 358-389
The demise of Syedi Abdul Qader Hakimuddin’s AQ, brother, Mukasir & Mansoos of the 43rd Dai Syedna Abde Ali Saifuddin RA is narrated in detail. Excerpts from the Risala composed in “Na’ye” illustrate the high position of the deceased. Syedna Saifuddin RA composed an elegiac composition in which he promises that he would fill the void created by his Mansoos’s demise by appointing the most truthful and knowledgeable amongst all to the position vacated by his brother. He later prepared Syedna Mohammed Ezzuddin RA & Syedna Tayyeb Zainuddin RA for the position of al Dai al Mutlaq. His Mazoon, Syedi Shaikh Adam Safiuddin AQ, himself a great scholar, continued in his position to serve both Moulas selected by Syedna Saifuddin RA. The fact that he served five Duat Mutlaqeen as Mazoon and was present when others were described as being more knowledgeable and truthful, illustrates the point that albeit the position of Mazoon is the second highest rank, it is possible for others to be present who might be worthier in spiritual merit and all values and traits suitable for the incumbent of the rank of Dai. No holder of the position of Mazoon has ever claimed that they possessed the highest shaan in Dawat after the Dai in anything except the rank before now and that the authority of the position (without supporting proof) itself was evidence enough in all religious dictums.