40 Majalis

Forty Sadaq Allah Majālis

The 53rd al-Dai al-Mutlaq, al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS presided over a daily gathering for 40 consecutive days following the passing of his respected father, the 52nd al-Dai al-Mutlaq, al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA in which the congregation recited from the Holy Quran in honour and in memory of Syedna Burhanuddin RA. This daily gathering, referred to as a Khatm al-Quran Majlis, included the recital of an Arabic composition which offers prayers for the deceased. The composition is typically prayed aloud at death anniversaries and funerals after the recitation of the Holy Quran and is known as the duʿāʿ of “Sadaq Allah”.

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The prayer includes a brief section dedicated specifically to the deceased which recalls his or her virtues and legacy. For each of the 40 majālis (pl. of majlis), Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS composed a unique description of his esteemed father, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, which he incorporated into the general “Sadaq Allah” prayer, and read aloud to the audience of thousands of community members who had gathered to offer him their condolences. Syedna Saifuddin’s TUS eloquent and emotional descriptive compositions were the highlight of each Khatm al-Quran Majlis, and vividly captured Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA enduring legacy and his magnanimous and historic leadership of the Dawoodi Bohra community of 50 years. The next year, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS graciously reproduced all 40 compositions he had recited into a treatise he composed in memory of his revered father, a composition which is traditionally seen as the successor’s official announcement of his predecessor’s departure for the spiritual realm. In honour and memory of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA historic leadership, and in service and praise of his successor Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s TUS contributions to Fatimi Literature, Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah has the distinct honour of expressing these magnificent compositions into the English language so that their barakat may further spread amidst Mumineen.

Al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS introduced these commemorative compositions in his treatise with the following exordium:

We shall reproduce here compositions which list the divine virtues and honours of my father, who was indeed a father to all, al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Mohamed Burhanuddin, and which capture the harrowing grief afflicted upon us at the time of his departure for his heavenly abode. I read aloud these compositions during the ‘Sadaq Allah’ prayer in the Quranic recitation gatherings held in his honour — how exalted were those gatherings and how esteemed were those recitations. [The gatherings were held] following his sad demise for a period of 40 consecutive days during which many spectacular glories of the Fatimi Tayyibi Imam were revealed. These gatherings and the glories therein showered the fortunate (Mumineen) with the good fortune of a reinvigorated faith which protected them from the damned and wretched.


Sadaq Allah 40

Wednesday, 26th Rabīʿ ‌al-Ākhar He (Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA) rose amongst the Fatimi duʿāt mutlaqīn as a resplendent sun. His persona was immaculate and his soul

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Sadaq Allah 39

‌Tuesday,‌ ‌25th Rabīʿ ‌al-Ākhar He (Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA) was the gatherer of the exalted and exquisite virtues of the upstanding duʿāt mutlaqīn. He attained the

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Sadaq Allah 38

‌Monday,‌ ‌24th ‌Rabīʿ ‌al-Ākhar He (Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA) revived with his extensive efforts the traditions of glorification and exaltation, enlightened with his divine wisdom the

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Sadaq Allah 37

‌Sunday,‌ ‌23rd ‌‌Rabīʿ ‌al-Ākhar With his knowledge and conduct, he (Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA) enlightened the characteristics of true import and export and their ultimate objective.

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Sadaq Allah 36

Saturday,‌ ‌22nd ‌Rabīʿ ‌al-Ākhar He (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA) was chosen by Allah for the trusteeship of His beloved and was appointed by Him as

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Sadaq Allah 35

Friday,‌ ‌21st ‌Rabīʿ ‌al-Ākhar His (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA) golden era manifested the histories and marvels of his noble predecessors, while his exalted virtues encompassed

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Sadaq Allah 34

‌Thursday,‌ ‌20th‌ ‌Rabīʿ al-Ākhar On the auspicious day of al-Dāʿī al-Ajal Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin’s Milād Mubārak. May Allah increase his sanctity in His eternal heavenly

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Sadaq Allah 33

Wednesday,‌ ‌19th‌ ‌Rabīʿ al-Ākhar He (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA) was the sacred, inhabited house built by the very hands of the Imam of his age.

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