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SYEDNA TUS MESSAGE OF BENEDCTION: Prayer for Peace

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

_MG_8311On the most auspicious occasion of Lailatul Qadar, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS bestows doa Mubarak for all mumineen, muminaat and their children.

May Allah Ta’ala grant you all the tawfeeq and strength to perform ibaadat with utmost piety and sincerity in Lailatul Qadar and the remaining days and nights of Shehrullah-al-Mu’azzam. May Allah Ta’ala grant all your wishes by the wasila of Panjetan Paak, A’immat Tahereen and his Du’aat, and may Allah Ta’ala keep you in his hifaazat and kilaayat.

Syedna TUS also bestows doa Mubarak for the innocent Muslims suffering in the unrest in several parts of the Muslim world: May Allah Ta’ala alleviate their suffering and may peace and justice prevail.
Syedna TUS also bestows doa Mubarak for humanity at large: May the virtuous human values of compassion, kindness and respect bind us together in harmony.


 
 

Syedna Mohammed Burhannudin and Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin

Syedna Mohammed Burhannudin RA and Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS in Jame’ al-Anwar, Cairo, on Lailatul Qadar 1400H.

Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Message of Benedictions and Blessings

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

With Peaceful Greetings and Salaams

The month of Ramadan in which Muslims fast from dawn till dusk is a month of remembrance of the Almighty, a month of prayer and spirituality, and a month that inculcates the virtues of forbearance, forgiveness and friendship.

As this holy month begins, I pray for peace and well-being for all my followers, all Muslims, and humanity at large. I pray that the selfless values that Ramadan represents binds us together in spirituality and prayer.

As we continue to mourn the loss of our beloved 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, I urge mumineen to find solace in prayer in this holy month. As our community faces serious challenges, I urge mumineen to dedicate their time and energy in this holy month to prayer.

May God grant us the courage to stand fast for the sake of Truth. May He bind us together as a family. May He give us the strength to dedicate the days and hours of this month to His Remembrance.

Click to download printable PDF of Shehrullah Message of Benedictions and Blessings


Press Release 11 March 2014: Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin is 53rd Dai ul-Mutlaq and leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community

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After the sad and tragic demise of our Beloved and revered Moula, Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin Saheb RA, 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb TUS revealed that Syedna Burhanuddin Saheb RA had anointed him as his successor on the 10th of December 1965, when he also anointed him as Mazoon, the spiritual position second only to the Dai.

However, Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb (second son of Syedna Burhanuddin Saheb RA), his brothers and other family members, took advantage of a severe debilitating stroke that affected Syedna Burhanuddin Saheb RA in London. On June 4, 2011, three days after Syedna was admitted to the hospital, they unilaterally made the false claim that Syedna Burhanuddin Saheb RA in that condition called his three other sons and loudly and repeatedly proclaimed his second son as his successor. To further this false claim and to create confusion in the community they brought Syedna in this critical condition to Mumbai fourteen days later in an Air Ambulance and a ceremony was staged where thousands were present but Syedna could not clearly speak due the effects of the stroke. We know this is a false claim and have adequate materials to show that this was not medically possible. These materials will be presented in the right forum and will expose the lies that were committed on the Community.

Syedna Qutbuddin has been in solemn prayer and has maintained the dignity of the 40 day period of mourning as per our religious beliefs.

“Now that the period of mourning is over, in this time of confusion where a false claim has been made by the Shehzadas, it is time to come forward to tell the truth publicly,” added Dr. Abdeali Qutbuddin, a PhD from University of Manchester. He explained that concrete steps are being taken to ensure that the Dawoodi Bohra community and society at large understand the correct position.

The Dawoodi Bohra community has been synonymous with the liberal and pluralistic practice of Islam and has contributed immensely to the social and economic landscape of India. In last few years as Syedna Burhanuddin was unwell his sons took control and have attempted to change the very fabric of the Dawoodi Bohras. People are being told not to think, to not educate their daughters, to not send their children to university, to publicly shame people who are astray, to donate large amounts without accountability. A community that has been integrated in the secular and pluralistic fabric of India for over a millennium is today being driven towards isolationism, casteism and radicalization. Syedna Qutbuddin in the tradition of his predecessors Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin is making all efforts to safeguard the true and moderate identify of the community against the forces of extremism.

He has been prepared for this challenging time to lead the community by his predecessors the 51st Dai and the 52nd Dai. He is steadfast in his commitment to his Imam and to each and every one of his community members who are his spiritual children.

Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s vision and philosophy is inherited from the 51st and 52nd dai’s.
Moral Life
To uphold Shariat to the best of their ability
To uphold the highest standards of morality
Respect and dignity of all members of the community must be maintained
To strive to be helpful to all God’s children.
Education
Knowledge of the Qur’an and our Fatemi heritage is the source of eternal radiance and grace.
They should also strive to get the best possible secular education.
Women have and are encouraged to practice their right to education.
Financial Issues:
Religious dues should be collected strictly in line with Shariat rules.
We should always be extremely concerned for the well-being of the less advantaged.
Our community should have a dynamic business outlook in this information age.

Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb’s TUS primary and sole concern is for the spiritual and temporal well being of the Dawoodi Bohra community. His mission (Dawat) is to guide the community, as his predecessor Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb RA did, on the true path (Siratul Mustakeem) of a spiritual and moral life that leads to salvation (Najaat) in the hereafter (Aakherat).

These recent developments are obviously of paramount importance for the Dawoodi Bohra Community for generations to come but have serious implications for the sacrosanct notions of religious freedom, women’s rights and communal harmony for our great Nation.


Press Release: 7 February 2014

Gujarati / ગુજરાતી translation of this statement is also available.

Statement from the Office of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin Saheb TUS, 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohra Community

After the sad and tragic demise of our Beloved and revered Moula, Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin Saheb RA, 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb TUS revealed that Syedna Burhanuddin Saheb RA had anointed him as his successor on the 10th of December 1965, when he also anointed him as Mazoon, the spiritual position second only to the Dai.

However, Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb (second son of Syedna Burhanuddin Saheb RA), his brothers and other family members, took advantage of a severe debilitating stroke that affected Syedna Burhanuddin Saheb RA following his 100th birthday in London. They immediately and unilaterally made the untenable and false claim that Syedna Burhanuddin Saheb RA in that condition had appointed Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb as his successor.

Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb TUS, in accordance with Syedna Burhanuddin Saheb’s RA wishes, revealed that he was the chosen successor immediately after Syedna Burhanuddin’s RA sad demise. In his first day in office, Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb TUS offered to engage in a debate on the subject with Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb. The offer was ignored.

On the other hand, Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb, his brothers and families responded with abuse, intimidation and even violence. For nearly three weeks following Syedna Burhanuddin Saheb’s RA sad demise, Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb presided over daily gatherings in Saifee Masjid ostensibly in remembrance of Syedna Burhanuddin Saheb RA, which however degenerated into hate-sessions where Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb’s brothers and others were encouraged to pronounce curses (laanat) and abuse on Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb TUS, and his followers. At the same time they sought to force and coerce members of our community to swear allegiance to Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb and sign declarations including signing on blank sheets of paper.  In addition, Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb TUS’s followers were threatened and even women were assaulted by ‘Jehadi’ groups of the Burhani Guards. It is very sad and unfortunate that such measures have been adopted in our god-fearing and peace loving community. This is tearing at the very fabric of our faith and threatens to destroy the legacy of our Dai’s including Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb RA.

On the 4th of February, Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb, obviously reacting to the backlash and revulsion these actions aroused in the community, suddenly made a reconciliatory gesture towards Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb TUS. He asked his brothers and uncles to approach Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb TUS and extend a message to him. At the behest of Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb, his elder brother Shehzada Qaid Johar bhaisaheb called Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb’s TUS office for an appointment, which he later rescinded.

Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb TUS emphasises that he is at peace, and wishes the same for his community. He reiterates that the doors of forgiveness are always open for those who have resorted to defamatory practices out of fear and want to sincerely repent.

Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb TUS states that his assertion of being the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq is one based on truth (Haq) and principle. Any offers of settlement of any form or kind from Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb or his agents are outright rejected. Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb TUS demands that a public apology be issued by Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb and others involved in this exercise of the basest form of defamation and slander.

Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb’s TUS primary and sole concern is for the spiritual and temporal well being of the Dawoodi Bohra community. His mission (Dawat) is to guide the community, as his predecessor Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb RA did, on the true path (Siratul Mustakeem) of a spiritual and moral life that leads to salvation (Najaat) in the hereafter (Aakherat)

Press Release: 18 January 2014

From the Office of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin

53rd Dai of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim Community, and Successor of the 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin

After receiving the extremely sad news today of the demise of the Dawoodi Bohra community leader, the 52nd Dai, Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin, it was revealed by his brother Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin that Syedna Burhanuddin had appointed him as his successor fifty years ago on 10 December 1965, when he publicly appointed him his second-in-command or “Mazoon” (an exalted rank in the Bohra spiritual hierarchy immediately following the rank of Dai). Syedna Burhanuddin had instructed Syedna Qutbuddin not to reveal the appointment at that time. Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin is Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin’s rightful successor (“Mansoos”) and now the 53rd Dai l-Mutlaq and leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community.

Syedna Qutbuddin stated that Syedna Burhanuddin had privately appointed him as his successor, at the same time that he publicly appointed him to the rank of Mazoon. A private appointment is valid according to Bohra doctrine, and there are several historical precedents recorded in Bohra texts: for example, the 7th Dai, Syedna Ahmad bin Mubarak, appointed his successor in just such a manner. Moreover, according to the Mazoon’s exalted position in Bohra doctrine, his veracity is indisputable.

The reason Syedna Burhanuddin did not make the appointment public was to ensure the safety of his successor and to preserve harmony in his community. As Syedna Burhanuddin confided to his uncle, the late Syedi Saleh bhaisaheb Safiyuddin, he knew that the anti-Qutbuddin lobby would violently oppose his wishes.

Yet, at various occasions over the years, Syedna Burhanuddin gave clear intimation to the community of his choice of Syedna Qutbuddin for the succession. He made public statements that indicate Nass in Bohra doctrine, referring to him in the sermon in which he appointed him Mazoon, for example, as “my most beloved son” (referring to spiritual lineage of a Dai and his successor).

The previous Dai, Syedna Taher Saifuddin (father of Syedna Burhanuddin and Syedna Qutbuddin), had on many occasions also indicated his own choice of Syedna Qutbuddin as his successor’s successor. A letter he wrote to Syedna Qutbuddin in his own hand in 1960 clearly indicates this choice.

Two years ago, the current Dai, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, suffered a major stroke. Since then until the end, he was unable to communicate.

Immediately after Syedna Burhanuddin’s stroke, his son, Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb Saifuddin, announced his claim to the successorship.

Syedna Qutbuddin refutes Mufaddal bhaisaheb’s claim. He states that Syedna Burhanuddin had already appointed himself, Syedna Qutbuddin, as his successor, and according to Bohra doctrine, the appointment once made cannot be changed. He is saddened that Syedna Burhanuddin’s sons took advantage of their venerable father’s ill health to promote their own agenda, and brought him out to public events time and again risking his life and abusing his person. He is grieved that the new regime of the “Mufaddali Bohra” group is exploiting the community for worldly gain.

Syedna Qutbuddin is also saddened at this internal matter becoming a matter of public debate, realizing that his statement brings unwanted attention to the Bohra community. He waited for two years hoping that Syedna’s health would improve, so that Syedna Burhanuddin himself would put things in order. At this time, Syedna Qutbuddin feels it is his duty to Syedna Burhanuddin to make his appointment public for the greater good of the community, and to give a statement to the press in order to prevent the spread of rumor and false information.

Syedna Qutbuddin wishes his message to reach all Dawoodi Bohras, so that that they may rise up to protect the memory of their revered leader Syedna Burhanuddin, and ensure that his stated wishes are fulfilled.

Syedna Qutbuddin’s videotaped statement, several supporting documents (including the texts referred to here), and other relevant material, has been posted to the website FatemiDawat.com

PUBLIC NOTICE: 17th January 2014

Know all concerned that the 52nd Dai-al-Mutlaq and religious head of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, His Holiness Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin Saheb RA, left us for his heavenly abode (Jannat).

Following in His Holiness’s traditions, in the manner His Holiness followed his predecessors, I was personally anointed and served as the Mazoon-ud-Dawat (the second most exalted position after Dai-al-Mutlaq) for 50 years during which I had His Holiness’s full trust.

I was also personally anointed by him on 10 December 1965 as his successor, and have succeeded His Holiness as the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq, and consequently I am the sole Trustee of all the Wakfs/Trusts of the Dawoodi Bohra Community including the Dawat-e-Hadiyah Trust, PTR No. B-729 in Mumbai.

Let it be known to all not to deal with any of the Wakfs/Trusts of the Dawoodi Bohra Community in any manner whatsoever without my permission. Anyone dealing with the same shall do so at his/her own risk.

Issued by the undersigned as the 53rd Dai-al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohra Community.

Dated: 24/1/2014

His Holiness Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin (TUS)
53rd Dai al-Mutlaq and Head of the Dawoodi Bohra Community