Reason #45: Enemies Bear Witness
This post adds to the arguments put forward so far against the Fatemi-Davat website regarding its claim that nass can take place without witnesses (see Reason #2 below).
Benefitting from a narration found within Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA risaalah shareefah, Tazkerat Labeeb (1369 H), we see that even past enemies of Dawat, regardless of what attacks they leveled against nass being conferred, knew that nass could never take place without witnesses. In the arguments that follow within the narration, neither Syedna Abdulqadir Najmuddin RA (47th Dai Mutlaq), nor Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (49th Dai Mutlaq), nor Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA allow any provision for nass taking place without witnesses. This post by no means seeks validation about the elements of nass from those alleging otherwise. Instead it aims to portray that witnesses to nass are such an integral element of nass, that not only did those who opposed its validity understand this and appreciate it, they based their entire case on the invalidity of certain appointments on this point.
Parts of Syedna Taher Saifuddin;s RA narration are summarised below.
Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA states:
I recount here what I have heard from my illustrious father Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA:
Syedna Burhanuddin RA narrates that his esteemed father Syedna Najmuddin RA (47th Dai Mutlaq), at the instigation of Munafeqeen was addressed a letter which said: “Every claimant must prove his claim by bringing forth witnesses to such in the form of two honest and just individuals. Would you name two witnesses that would testify to Syedna Mohammed Badruddin RA having conferred nass upon you.”
Syedna Najmuddin RA graciously replied to this letter providing the names of two such witnesses. Subsequently, and much to the chagrin of Munafeqeen, his honoured son, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA read out aloud the contents of Syedna Najmuddin’s reply in his wa’az mubarak.
The enemies of Dawat concentrated their efforts on what they felt would be the most important pivot regarding the validity of nass: WITNESSES. Contrary to what the fatemidavat.com website purports, there cannot be, nor has there ever been, a nass without the same.