Reason #69: (Janazah-Post 4) – Following the Janazah
The Janazah Mubarak of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA
Post 4 – Following the Janazah
Dawat texts have indicated the importance, protocol and etiquette of following a janazah either on its way for janazah namaz or towards the graveyard for burial. In this regard, Kitaab al-Hawashi, a Dawat text that is a compilation of queries made by the Hudood Kiram RA of India to the Doat Mutlaqeen RA of Yemen and their corresponding responses, contains the following:
The question: What do you say in regards to what shari’at has prescribed regarding walking behind janazahs; does one who walks in front of a janazah err or sin in doing so?
The answer: It is mentioned in Kitab al-Akhbar (Al-Akhbaar fi al-Fiqh by Syedna al-Qadi al-Noman RA) that walking in front of a janazah is discouraged when the janazah is that of an enemy [of Dawat] because of the presence of angels of anger. As for a Mumin, there is no concern as to where you walk in relation to the janazah because the angels of mercy engulf it. Walking behind it, however, is preferred.
The thousands of Mumineen who partook in Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA janazah, even if standing hundreds of meters away were truly showered by the mercy and rehmat of Allah Ta’ala and his firishtah. Those, however, who despite being in Mumbai, failed to come, failed to even catch a single glimpse of this noorani manzar, or at Masajids/Halls where there was Live AV relay, they are indeed mehroom.
Providing more evidence of his ignorance of Dawat texts, Husain Qutbuddin attempts to further disgrace Syedna Burhanuddin’s RA janazah procession and his memory by claiming that sitting in a vehicle was against shari’at. Syedna al-Qadi al-Noman RA states in Kitab al-Muntakhabah, an important compilation of shari’at ahkaam (important aspects of Fatemi jurisprudence) uniquely composed in verse form:
And walking behind a janazah is preferred, and walking barefoot holds complete reward.
Yet, walking with shoes and riding a mount, when following a janazah, is also permissible.
Syedna al-Qadi al-Noman RA has stated that when accompanying or following a janazah it is permissible to ride upon a mount instead of walking behind it. How can Husain Qutbuddin claim that ‘basic hukm ma faraq parhi gayo’ when he himself is unaware of this basic hukm?