Sadaq Allah 13

Thursday, 29th Rabīʿ al-Awwal 1435H

His (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA) amongst Mumineen was that of the soul’s within the body. In their midst, he was the proof of Imam al-Zaman, the Imam’s distinguished confidant and close friend and the caretaker of the Imam’s gardens and lush estates. The sequence of past instances of naṣṣ (appointment) had come to him from his predecessors, the eminent Duʿat, and he was the repository of their esoteric wisdom and intricacies. He was heir to their glories, traditions and insight, remaining true to their original methods and manners. He was a shelter for the faithful, protecting them against harm and shielding them from extreme thirst. He defended their sanctuary from the evil of Satan’s followers. Situated amongst Mumineen, he safeguarded the apparatuses and systems of Islam and Iman and bestowed them with countless blessings and boundless benevolence. He created their forms out of the radiance of his Imams, the rightfully-guiding sovereigns, and endowed them, i.e. Mumineen, with sight thereby distinguishing them from the blind. He empowered them with knowledge and understanding, and extracted them from out of the realm of nothingness and oblivion bringing them into the fold of existence and being. He adorned their napes with necklaces of exceptional benevolence, that which can neither be enumerated nor described.

He is the crown upon our forehead, the benefactor and source of all our blessings and the reliever of our sorrows. A magnetic personality, our souls are drawn to him. He is our guide, our proof, our light and source of our origin and the place of our return. He is the Kaʿba of our souls just as the Bayt al-Ḥarām is the Kaʿba of our bodies. He was a paragon for those of rank in Dawat, its ḥudūd, as well as members of the congregation subordinate to these ranks, the maḥdūdīn. He is a bestower of benevolence upon both instructors and disciples. Out of compassion and mercy, he lowered the wing of humility towards all his righteous children. [He is] our beloved Maula, al-Dai al-Ajal al-Fatimi Syedna Abu al-Qaidjohar Mohammed Burhanuddin — may Allah extend the life of his divine blessings and eternal good until the day of Qiyamat.

His absence is the greatest of trials, a grievous adversity, and a tragedy that has left time itself deformed and disfigured. It is a tragedy that has shocked both the material and the spiritual realms, and terrified both peoples, Arabs and non-Arabs alike. It has shaken their foundations and ignited in their hearts the fire of undying grief. Eyes, therefore, shed not tears but blood; the outpour resembling a spring in its incessant flow. How can we ever forget our beloved Maula and father who has hidden himself from our physical sight? One who was magnanimous and munificent; his generosity knew no bounds. He was distinguished in his erudition and forbearance, and in his piety unparalleled. Great is my grief! My sorrow upon his loss is immense! In his absence, old and young mourn him alike. Although he is no longer physically in our midst, he remains forever present by virtue of his everlasting blissful gaze. Therefore, whomever seeks the fulfillment of their desires should supplicate at his venerated grave, and without doubt their supplications will be heard. May Allah shower upon his place in the Hereafter in the presence of his respected father incessant clouds of quds (sanctity), faiḍ (divine grace), rawḥ (serenity), rayḥān (fragrance) and riḍwān (happiness).

Is there anyone, then, like him who has spent their soul and body in the zikr and remembrance of Imam Husain, the Martyred at Karbala? Imam Husain was Allah’s chosen one, upon whose lofty stature there are signs within all souls and the entire universe. Countless times he (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin) narrated the shahadat of Imam Husain, his tears flowing like a torrent. Many a times he recited the majālis of Syedna Muʾayyad al-Shirazi in a remarkable manner unlike any other. Countless times his recital brought tears to those afar and those near, especially whenever he said:

Weep upon this great calamity in the morning and the evening, for it is a calamity of such magnitude and agony that even the sacrifice of one’s life in its expression would be inadequate and any amount of maatam would be insufficient. A calamity that brought Rasul Allah SAW to tears and set ablaze Maulatena Fatema’s AS liver. How could it not, for [the blessed body of] Husain AS lay upon the scorching desert sands, while his sacred head is raised upon a spearhead swaying in the wind. His revered family has been enslaved and made to sit upon camels, while the veils of the women of his household are snatched from their pious heads. They were marched from place to place bound in shackles and chains.

May Allah increase his sacredness and may he shower upon us his intercessory blessings and benedictions.