Sadaq Allah 12

Wednesday, 28th Rabīʿ al-Awwal 1435H

He (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA) was divinely aided, inspired and guided by the Aiʾmmat Tahereen; his heart was the spring of eternal blessings. He adorned the gatherings and assemblies of the faithful with [the beauty of] good fortune through the zikr and remembrance of the Aiʾmmat Tahereen’s angelic virtues and divine attributes. His stature in raising and unfurling the banners of Ahl al-Bayt throughout the universe is so exalted, that its true position can never be understood, let alone attained. Consequently, recollecting his (Syedna Mohammed Burhanudidn RA) legacy imbues Mumineen gatherings across the world with blessings and sanctity.

Blessed and hallowed, his countenance was distinct; his appearance and demeanor were unlike any other. Divinely favoured, he was showered with numerous blessings that strengthened his capability and increased his versatility. He was of gentle disposition, munificent character, and evident virtue. [In the weighing scale of character] the pan of his forbearance weighed heavy. The audacity of his wisdom was towering, his knowledge distinguished between truth and falsehood, and his statements were decisive. His noble father, al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Taher Saifuddin — may Allah, the Manifested Truth, exalt his sacredness — would always favour him over his other children, he would give him preference [over others] and distinguish him with honour, and vested him with the sole responsibility of bring his aspirations [for Dawat] to fruition. Ultimately, he (Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA) declared: ‘He is I’, and he is a noble vessel for the knowledge of guidance. He (Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA) ordained him to the position he himself was in, and conferred upon him the honor of nass, thereby making him the delight of the eyes of the Imam. In the wake of his father’s passing, he (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA) took on this onerous obligation, exerting all efforts in carrying out what his father had entrusted him with. Allah willed for him that all that had been distorted be rectified, and in order to achieve this, he endured a great many calamities and adversities. By ridding Dawat al-Haq of impurities and the Manāḥis, he attained the ultimate of aims. He convened the Multaqa Fatimi ʿIlmi (the Fatimi Intellectual Gathering) whereby he strengthened the ordinances of the Shari’a and facilitated for Mumineen the pathway towards attaining eternal bliss, which — by Allah — is the surest means of attaining salvation.

Aah after Aah!

His loss is a tragedy that leaves the innards in tatters, melts the heart and brings forth a flood of tears from the eyes. Hearts are broken; eyes have erupted; sorrows are unrelenting and tears are unceasing. The shining beacon of the Radiant Dawat has dimmed and its salubrious waters have run dry. In his loss is the loss of a resplendent sun, a revered sultan. He was the preeminent dāʿī, the paramount scholar, the one of a grand station: our beloved Maula, Syedna Abu al-Qaidjohar Mohammed Burhanuddin. May Allah prolong the life of the proof of his sovereignty until the day of Qiyamat.

His worship was extensive, his charity was noble and his counsel was abundant. He was the handhold of asceticism and a testament to Allah’s following words: “Those who do good will have the finest reward and [even] more” (10:26). He raised the Kalemat al-Shahadat through the remembrance of Imam Husain, the Sovereign of Martyrs, he who was Tyrannized in the land of Karbala. How great was that prayer of his, which was responsible for the dispelling of numerous worries and the relieving of untold sorrows: “May Allah always bless Mumineen with joy and prosperity; may they not see no grief apart from the grief of Maula Husain”.

His departure has brought down on Mumineen a tragedy so great, that in comparison, all other tragedies are inconsequential and all other difficulties are trivial. It is a tragedy that has left all of Creation in disarray and turmoil, assailing them with arrows of hardship and distress. It is a misfortune due to which the skies have nearly collapsed, and the brightest of stars have well-nigh fallen and shattered upon the earth. May Allah shower the revered grave where his noble body rests with pouring rains of rawḥ (serenity) and rayḥān (fragrance). May the easterly winds of Ṣabā convey our salam and the salams of all Mumineen to him, while offering prostrations and beseeching [him] for the fulfillment of [our] desires. He recited the verses of Nasīm al-Ṣabā (O, winds of Saba) in a uniquely mesmerizing manner. Why should we not then recite these verses seeking their blessings for this recitation is the surest of means of securing answers for our prayers.

O, Winds of Ṣabā! Head towards the courtyard of the Burhan of munificence, the ocean of benevolence, the fulfiller of desires and the deliverer of expectations.

Convey to him my greetings, while laying your cheeks upon the soil of that sacred space as a sign of deference and humility.

May Allah increase his sanctity, and bless us with his affectionate and benevolent intercession.