Sadaq Allah 26

Wednesday, 12th Rabīʿ al-Ākhar

He (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA) was the greatest sign of Allah and his magnificent proof. Many times he gave life to the dead and revived the decayed. He strung the pearls of the affairs of the radiant Dawat in the necklace of obedience and inherited the legacy of knowledge and through him the veracity of the words of Amirul Mumineen Ali bin Abi Talib shone: ‘Indeed here is all knowledge.’ He established the distinction of this sacred and divine knowledge with his resolve and determination, attesting to the directive of Imam – salam upon him: ‘We do not harbour intolerance towards any sect nor are we hostile towards any knowledge.’

He shone like a resplendent sun amongst his forefathers – the duʿāt mutlaqīn; the luminous moons, and was an all-encompassing ocean amidst those seas. He revealed countless awe-inspiring miracles, their stars shining. Miracles both apparent and subtle, with the eyes of the sagacious fixated upon them. The countenance of those who comprehend them are glowing, while the faces of those who deny them out of their envy and hatred, are disfigured and benumbed.

Indeed, he was the most pre-eminent of the auspicious duʿāt and the most honourable amongst the refined and disciplined hudāt. The ones who vanquished and prevailed over the adversaries who shunned righteousness and ‘dismembered the Quran’ (accepted some parts of the Quran and ignored others.)

Numerous spectacular glories were revealed during his pure lifetime and following his demise which fulfilled the needs of Mumineen and granted the wishes of believers. So many of his signs and testaments revealed themselves delighting those who beheld and paid heed to them from steadfast Mumineen and infuriated disbelievers, hypocrites, adulterators and the deceitful. They strengthened the conviction of the believers and enlightened the discernment of people of the Right. Verily, he was an ocean of munificence, the proof of guidance, the one appointed by the Sword of Guidance (Syedna Taher Saifuddin), the luminous moon of darkness – not once but multiple times. Surely, he consolidated and reinforced the edifice of guidance by virtue of his praiseworthy endeavours, farsightedness, firmness in adhering to his pertinent viewpoints and valour in the most trying of circumstances.

The wings of thought end up clipped as they try to comprehend the loftiness of his stature and the proximity of his beneficence. By Allah! Undoubtedly his signs are awe inspiring and his standards are fluttering with mighty victory and manifest triumph in the East and the West. The intent behind his aspirations cannot be fathomed and the ultimate objective of his endeavours are beyond comprehension, his teachings and counsels are perpetual and unceasing. He was named Mohammed and was aided by his assistance to safeguard Allah’s faith. His aid protected him as he preserved Allah’s creation. His guardianship shielded him from the malintent of his adversaries and foes and His strength sufficed him in the face of their treacherous deceptions.

For which of his blessings should I express my gratitude? Which of his bounties should I recall? Each follicle of hair on this head did not grow but by the munificence of his fingertips; a munificence to which each single breath bears testimony. He is our beloved dāʿī and the master of our affairs- the solemn dāʿī, Our beloved Maula, Syedna Abu al-Qaidjohar Mohammed Burhanuddin. May Allah extend the life of his merciful grace and precious glances until the Day of qiyāmah. It was owing to him and his radiant countenance that we were blissful and delighted, blessed and happy. Our beloved Maula was like a resplendent sun, bestowing life and dispelling darkness. The affairs of Dawat were inextricably linked with him and by his presence the light of faith spread far and wide. Here we were in this state of good fortune when time pierced us with the arrows of misfortunes and drowned us in a cloudburst of catastrophes. Our generous benefactor departed from amongst us; the source of our existence, the Kaaba of our souls, the crown of our foreheads. He was the sun of eternal blessings and the mine of goodness.

Aah! Aah! O, What an affliction it is! O how woeful is this separation! O what anguish! What trepidation! What terrifying perplexity! What confusion! What regret! What pain! What hardship! What trial and tribulation! What grief! What agony! Indeed the unshakable mount has crumbled and the sky has collapsed upon me. Why is it that these mountains do not shake and tremble? Why is it that these stars have not eclipsed. Surely, he was the dāʿī whose rendering of the martyrdom of Imam Husain shook the earth to its core. The souls of Mumineen were united by the tears he shed and caused others to shed; ensuring good fortune in their hereafter. How vividly he would narrate the great grief of Maulatuna Zainab, the respected sister of Imam Husain, the one who mourned and grieved for her brother, dyeing her hair with his flowing blood and her tears were pouring down like rain, all the while devoid of any veil and covering. He (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin) eloquently voiced in his elegy, the expression of his mourning and lamentation:

‘How could Zainab have seen him (Imam Husain),

while he beheld her in his eyes,

drenched in his own blood,

and his sacred head was being severed,

I will continue to weep upon you, my Maula Husain!

My tafādī (sacrifice) for you is eternal, my Maula Husain!

My Maula! My Maula Husain!’

May Allah increase his sanctity and bless us with the warmth of his love and intercessory affection.