Reflections: Yaum al-Mabʿath al-Sharīf

Yaum al-Mabʿath al-Sharīf 1442 H

Today’s wʿaz mubārak commenced with the bayān mubārak of al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA in which he spoke of the unique stature of Amirul Mumineen AS in the context of the miʿrāj (ascension) and mabʿath (declaration of prophethood).

In the Āya al-Kursī it is stated that Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness, He will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith their patrons are the evil ones: from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness.

In this world a patron or protector is essential. In the event that one eschews the patron of truth then he will inevitably adopt a tyrant as a patron instead. The patron of truth is but one and as such the word ‘nūr’ (light) is to be found in the Quran in the singular while the word ‘zulumāt’ (darknesses) is found in the plural. By adhering to the one, we become counted since without one there is no count and so it is said of the Awliyāʾ Allah that those who are of them are counted and those who are not are not counted.

The Aimmat Tahereen AS have resolved to carry mankind toward the pinnacle of humanity. Philosophers state that man is Allah’s sovereign in His earth. In actuality this ‘man’ is the Imam of the Age. Allah has, ‘sent his Messenger amongst the people to recite upon them His verses, to purify them and instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom even though they had evidently wandered astray.’

There are those who claim that the Prophet could not read nor write. However, the following instance makes it apparent that such notions are clearly erroneous. When a treaty was to be entered into with the polytheists there was an objection raised in naming the prophet as the ‘Messenger of Allah’ as that was something they rejected. Rasul Allah SAW instructed Maulana Ali AS to strike this out and replace it with Mohammed bin Abdullah. However, Maulana Ali AS could not bring himself to do so and thus Rasul Allah SAW took the pen and did it by his own hand.

Although the miʿrāj and mabʿath take place on the eve and day of the same date the two events took place at separate times. When Rasul Allah SAW declared his prophethood on the day of mabʿath, he first called his consort, Maulatona Khadija RA to Islam and after offering five farāʾiḍ (obligatory prayers) he called Maulana Ali AS. Initially, Maulana Ali AS sought some time to make his decision, thinking that he would take permission from Maulana Abu Talib AS. However, Rasul Allah SAW, whilst granting the request, instructed him that this matter was confidential and not to be disclosed to anyone else. Upon hearing this Maulana Ali AS immediately embraced Islam and became the first among men to do so.

Maulana Burhanuddin’s RA wʿaz mubārak was interlaced with that of al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA who called on us to appreciate the great fortune we have been blessed with; living amongst people of the world but taking from this world what is needed and ascending to the next.

In a risāla (treatise) of his, al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA writes that a verse of the Quran says, ‘And verily over you we have appointed [angels] to protect you. Kind and honourable, writing down your deeds.’ These angels, the writers, are the Duat Mutlaqeen AS. Mercury is considered as the writer to the Sun and thus stays close to it, to the extent that it is often not even seen. Proximity, however, is not always physical. Though the Duat Mutlaqeen AS may be physically distant from the imam of the age in seclusion, but in actuality there is no one closer to him.

Proximity is also mentioned in the miʿrāj where Rasul Allah SAW is said to have come to the ‘closeness of two bows, or nearer’ to Allah. Two bows when placed together form the shape of an eye, thus Rasul Allah SAW came face to face with Allah. ‘Or nearer’ is stated in an inexact manner to illustrate the immeasurable reverence of that loftiness when Allah took him into His eyes. Even at this point, however, at Sidra al-Muntahāʾ Maulana Ali AS is found, his hand is seen.

Extolling the virtues of sawm on Yaum al-Mabʿath, al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS stated that the day’s sawm was penance for 60 years of sin and transgression and that Allah dispels the entire world’s worth of hardship and debt as a result of the day’s fast. He reminded us that our elders used to urge young children to fast on this auspicious day because it brought about a profound realisation that today was the day when the religion of Islam commenced. Syedna TUS expressed great wonder and admiration that such young children diligently observe the day’s fast and do mātam despite their tender age, stating that it was due to the love and the teachings of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA that this was possible. Syedna TUS went on to state that parents go to great lengths in preparation for iftar, adorning their children with garlands and that they should likewise adorn them with garlands of love and devotion.

Recalling the counsels of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS reminded us that our days should be divided into three parts. One for ʿibāda, one for the enjoyment of life’s pleasures and one for the pursuit of livelihood. There are those who become so engrossed in earning a living that they hardly have time to take a sip of water, which should not be the case. Syedna TUS went on to state that when we eat, we should eat at a leisurely pace akin to a goods train and not an express train. While there are those who live to eat, we on the other hand eat to live.

Speaking of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, Syedna TUS remarked that it was not too long ago that people were hesitant to enrol their children in Aljamea. Today however, despite there being four campuses, the applications are so numerous that it is difficult to accommodate them all. Today, even elderly members of the community wish that they could have been a part of Aljamea. Syedna TUS assured them that they indeed were. Rasul Allah SAW states, ‘You are with those whom you love.’

Towards the end of the wʿaz mubarak, Syedna Saifuddin TUS narrated the shahāda of Panjatan Pāk AS demonstrating how each shahāda ensured our ascent upon the rungs of baʿth on Yaum al-Baʿth (the Day of Resurrection), concluding with the heart rending account of Imam Husain’s AS shahādat.

May Allah Taʿāla grant Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS a long and prosperous life as long as the moon continues to appear in the night sky, as Syedna Ali bin al-Maula Mohammed bin al-Walid RA states, so that he may continue to elevate and resurrect us from the stone-like hardships and constraints of this realm.