Sadaq Allah 31

Monday, 17th Rabīʿ al-Ākhar

He (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA) was a blessed and magnanimous sovereign for the People of the Right. A fitting vicegerent for the imam of his age and the trustworthy dāʿī of Allah’s beloved. One who guaranteed the salvation of all creation and was a burhān (proof) from his Lord and His radiant light. He was the one who unearthed the hidden treasures of the knowledge of the progeny of Mohammed and with the vessel of his wisdom, enlightened the lofty station of Maulana Ali: the one unsullied by idolatry, a repository of knowledge. He was a sword, unsheathed by the imam of his age for the aid of his faith and the safeguarding of its order. He showered precious pearls whenever he spoke, remained steadfast in his resolve for the sake of Allah, undeterred by censurers and replied with salaam whenever addressed by ignorants. He defended and protected the territories and possessions of Allah’s beloved, greeted the pure and sincere Mumineen frequenting him with utmost warmth and love, endeavoured relentlessly for all that would result in their benefit and betterment and counseled them with compassion. He exasperated all those who harboured enmity towards Allah’s beloved.

His morn and eve were spent in the sake of Allah and all his life he tirelessly extolled the exalted progeny of Rasul Allah in his epistles and poetry. Indeed, all realms of knowledge were in his service and at his disposal; especially the science of numbers, which emphatically proclaimed his virtues and glories. He brought to fruition many of his esteemed father’s countless intentions: the construction of masjids, the completion of epistles, the establishment of institutions and universities which kindled the intellect. Verily, he is amongst the Men of Truth, and the duʿāt of haqq- the ones whom Allah extols in his divine scripture revealed unto his nabī declaring; ‘Among the believers are men, (who stand) true to what they promised Allah. Among them is he who has fulfilled his vow (to the death) and among them is he who awaits (his opportunity). And verily they did not detract nor falter (in their commitment).’ (33:23).

He was a Maula whose glories were astounding, his virtues were as apparent as the midday sun and his attire immaculate, untainted and unblemished. There was no one like him: a proficient sage and philosopher. His preeminence was distinguished amongst the auspicious duʿāt mutlaqīn and he was accomplished and able to bear and discharge all that the imam had entrusted to him. He was the burhān (testimony) of guidance and its burnished and gleaming sword. He was the one whose words were always truthful and righteous and the purest of those who reposed in the shadow of divine inspiration. May Allah exalt his sacredness and by his virtue may He laden the scales of the faithful with various treasures of eternal merits and rewards.

We have not forgotten him and we never will. Can we ever forget a Maula who ensured our guidance in all our affairs, the one who raised the pillars of the true faith. Endlessly, we beseech him, and we still call out his name incessantly, seeking his aid and assistance. He was a solemn dāʿī, a distinguished scholar, a surging ocean of knowledge, the upkeeper of the masjid of piety and the one who raised the minarets of guidance. The one of lofty burhāni stature, whose standing was elevated above the celestial stars and his remembrance widespread throughout the divine realm. Why should he not be remembered! For it is due to him that the earth took pride over the heavens and were it not for him, then Allah would not have created all matter. Whenever he is remembered, bring together your hearts and whenever he is lamented upon, tear your garments in mourning and cry out: Aah! For him who, were it not for his departure and distance, the exclamation of āh in lament would have been one of wāh in awe and admiration. How can those struck with grief not mourn the ascetic scholar; the one ever-turning towards Allah. Alas! Weep upon him, revealing your deep grief and sorrow, make your tears leave marks on your cheek and seek divine reward. Continue in this manner day and night, nay keep increasing your lament upon him and your wails, for his tragedy is nothing but catastrophic. Oh! How we thirst in yearn for a glance of his noble countenance. Has there been any tragedy like the one with which we have been afflicted? Is there a calamity greater than the one that has befallen us?

He was a dāʿī who performed several Hajj and Umrah. He endlessly paid homage at the shrines of aʾimmat, duʿāt and hudāt and ensured their upkeep, disseminating their preeminence. He illuminated countless paths of guidance, both overtly and subtly, making them as apparent as daybreak. And by fulfilling their desires and objectives, despite the difficult pathway, Mumineen reaped the best of profits and rewards. He conferred radiant robes upon Mumineen shielding them from the vicissitudes of time. He strived but only to return each Mumin to his eternal abode safe and sound, having profited and gained, rejoicing upon receiving glad tidings and victorious in the fulfillment of their objective.

He was the resplendent sun amongst the auspicious duʿāt mutlaqīn, the vicegerent of the Progeny of Taha and Yasīn, our beloved Maula, Syedna Abu al-Qaidjohar Mohammed Burhanuddin. May Allah prolong the life of his magnificent endeavours and his eternal merits till the day of qiyāmah. Indeed, he discharged the responsibility of the remembrance of Imam Husain, the sovereign of martyrs, with utmost diligence. Not a single eye was left but he brought to it a downpour of tears and not a single content, faithful soul was left but he raised it to the gardens of heavens by the virtue of the grief of Imam Husain. In his exalted elegy, he elucidated infinite lessons in the matter of executing a will, through which he embellished in the hearts of each follower jewels of loyalty. He vividly narrated the marriage which was solemnised in the heat of battle, the one of a pure bride with a virtuous groom, where the bride was left weeping in the wake of her groom’s departure:

‘O how I grieve upon the bridegroom,

who presented the most noble letter,

and kissed his Maula’s (Imam Husain’s AS) blessed feet,

through his resolve and determination, he acquired Sakina (tranquility).

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 sacredness and may He shower upon us His intercessory blessings and benedictions.