# 61: The Essence of al-Jamea-tus-Saifiyah
(In reply to Husain Qutbuddin’s Youtube video)
Though grudgingly acknowledging al-Jamea tus-Saifiyah’s value, Husain downplays the importance of him and his siblings not having attended Jamea. He states that because they were tutored by al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA and Khuzaima directly, it was unnecessary for them to affiliate with Jamea since they accessed Ilm Aale Mohammed SA at its source.
This is why he is wrong.
Al-Jamea-tus-Saifiyah: Ideal and Concept
Nothing encapsulates the concept and ideal of Jamea better than Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s profound statement: Jamea mari zaat che (Jamea is my entity, my being, myself). This eloquent sentence merges two separate but interrelated standpoints. Firstly, this sentence shows us that Syedna Burhanuddin’s zaat mubarakah, his entity and being is Jamea, which means “all encompassing”. Every aspect of Dawat Hadiyah, be it belief, knowledge, practice or character is represented in his thoughts, words and actions. Furthermore, his entity is such that it assimilates all Mumineen within itself, becoming a sanctuary for them all. This very ideal of encompassment and assimilation is embodied within the institution, Al-Jamea-tus-Saifiyah both in its physical structure and within the thoughts, words and actions of the Mumineen that adhere to it. Every Mumin in this regard is part of Jamea.
Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA: Mufeed Aalaa (Prime Preceptor)
Therefore, Syedna Burhanuddin’s association of his pristine and pure being with this institution is testimony that regardless of direct means of tutelage, he is in fact the mufeed aalaa (prime preceptor) of all that study in Jamea. This is the belief of every student and teacher within the institution. It is only Moula’s faiz that nourishes Jamea and no other institution is accorded this privilege. Only the ignorant would differentiate the entity from the institution. If instruction depended on the merit of individual teachers, then the vile four manaahis (dushmano in the guise of teachers) would have corrupted generations of students, but they could not. This is because Moula’s faiz was reaching students regardless of whatever poison they oozed out within the environment. Similarly, Khuzaima and his children have given many asbaaq to many Mumineen but not all who heard their babble were corrupted by them. On the other hand, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA personally tutored Shaddaad (one of the four manaahis) but this direct tutelage did him no good. Fresh spring water filled into a dirty vessel will become dirty, while the same, even if flowing through countless channels will benefit when it reaches a clean vessel. The distinction is obvious.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Even If they were direct beneficiaries of Syedna Burhanuddin RA as they claim, they certainly were not the only ones. Many of their peers despite their direct tutelage chose to, or were advised to, study at Jamea. If this were unnecessary why would they have done so? If Syedna’s Burhanuddin’s direct mustafeeds (students) could attend Jamea, then students of other personages below him should have had no objection doing so. Even if we overlook this issue and take their word at face value, that Husain and his siblings had imbibed what they claim to have imbibed from the wellsprings of Ilm Alle Mohammeed SA, why is there still no sanctity for Jamea, no linkages or affiliation to it seen in their actions. If they have indeed benefited from proximity to Syedna Burhanuddin, the embodiment of Jamea, why are their contributions to his institution next to nothing? Their privileged tutelage would have dictated that they participated within Jamea if not as students than as contributors or leaders.
Absence from the Shafahi Imtehaan
Husain’s father was one of the first to sit for the shafahi (oral examination) of Jamea. Why were the bulk of his children so conspicuous in their general absence from it? Especially, since there are many from the Qasr Aali who participate even if they are unable to undertake full time study? Being seated in front of the Dai al-Zamaan, where the voices of past Doat resound and benefitting from a privileged opportunity of presenting one’s belief, one’s ikhlaas, and one’s tasawwur to Moula is the ultimate honour. That is why all categories of Mumineen are allowed representation and participation in that sacred space. Their so called proximity, privilege and learning should have demonstrated exemplary performance there. Instead, their recurrent absence spoke volumes about their true beliefs and intentions. This is evident when Husain speaks of his father’s pride in attending his Cambridge convocation but that same father denied the bulk of his children the greater honour of participating in the shafahi imtehaan in front of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA.
Learning to Serve
Husain and his siblings, who claim distinction in deeni and secular knowledge, could have rendered service to Jamea in many other ways as well. Not that Jamea needs them, but they could have taught, delivered lectures, helped in curriculum implementation, improved pedagogy etc. They chose not to. Those who were truly close to Moula and benefitted from his teachings seized every opportunity they could to work for the development of the institution. With the level of sincerity and perceptivity that they claim they have, should they have waited to be told to affiliate themselves with Jamea or should they have come forward to serve? Is the fact that none of them were ever told by Syedna Burhanuddin to join Jamea directly in their favour or against them, while at the same time he was encouraging others in his household to do so? If they claim that ‘Jamea’ prepared and instructed them, then after such maturity how did they render ‘Jamea’ service? If they claim that such affiliation or service is unnecessary, then they have never affiliated themselves with Jamea at all, neither with the Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin nor with his institution.