Thursday, 22nd Rabīʿ al-Awwal 1435H
He (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA) carried and sustained the throne of his Maula, the Imam of the Pious, for fifty years. And in doing so, he illuminated the path towards [attaining] the blessings of the Period of Manifestation (Kashf) during the Period of Seclusion (Satr). He is the one who glorified the praise of his Lord while seeking forgiveness ‘for those who dwell on the Earth. Surely, Allah alone is the All-Forgiving, the Ever-Merciful’ (42:5), the All-Hearing and Omniscient. The Imam’s radiance, which shines from his (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA) countenance illuminated, the night of seclusion. The land of Dawat increased in value and became verdant, lush and full of life by virtue of the emanation of his (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA) grace and the downpour of his blessings. The land bore fruits and its birds sang and chirruped, as it was transformed into ‘a garden of palm trees and grapevines underneath which rivers flow’ (2:266).
He was the Proof of all Proofs and the essence of the luminous and auspicious Duat. His lament for Imam Husain, the Fifth of the People of Cloak (Ahl al-Kisāʾ), the Lord of all Martyrs, was unprecedented and unparalleled. The heavens and the earth, upon witnessing his mourning [for Imam Husain AS], were overcome with expressions of sincere grief and sorrow. His mourning ensured that the remembrance of Imam Husain would always echo in the ears of the faithful, that their eyes would forever weep crimson tears and that their souls would continuously strive to receive intercession at the hands of the Pure Five (Khamsat At-hār). He is the resplendent sun of the Duʿat Mutlaqeen and the Support of all Monotheists, our beloved Maula, Syedna Abu al-Qaidjohar Mohammed Burhanuddin. May Allah extend the life of his Dawat’s pious crop and his knowledge’s ever-raining proof until the Day of Qiyamat.
He left us.
His loss is a misfortune in which light itself is lost and complete darkness approaches. His loss is a tragedy in which our garbs are left rent in tatters and our hearts left shattered in pieces. His loss is an affliction which has rendered our tongues speechless, and our fingers trembling — unable to hold even a pen to write. His loss is a calamity of which there is no greater nor more painful; ‘Indeed, it is of the greatest afflictions’ (74:35). This catastrophic loss is of one who was a radiant proof, a garden of guidance and a stream of enlightenment. This loss is so great that it would shake the very heavens if it were to befall them. Were it to befall the earth’s rivers and springs, they would wither and collapse. And if the mountains were struck by this calamitous loss, they would tremble and waver, succumbing to nothingness as if nothing more than a mirage. If this loss were to befall the land, it would crumble and collapse from its weight, swallowing whole all those who dwell on its surface.
By Allah, we have been afflicted by the tragic loss of a noble king who was complete in his happiness and dignified in his joy. Aah! Aah!A thousand Aahs!I grieve the one who was Allah’s tender-hearted, supplicant dāʿī. What is this sombre tragedy and misfortune that has brought tears to countless eyes? He approached his Maula — Imam al-Zaman — until he drew near and came before him at ‘the distance of two bow lengths or even nearer’ (53:9). May Allah increase his sanctity in heaven’s eternal chambers, and may He bless us with his intercessory grace and warmth always.