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Syedna Khuzaima QutbuddinTUS ’s vision for Dawat is the true vision of haqq, which continues the vision of Syedna Taher SaifuddinRA and Syedna Muhammad BurhanuddinRA. In contrast to Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb’s policies which are against the Shariat and the fundamental principles of Dawat, Syedna Qutbuddin’s vision is a continuance of the philosophy and practice of RasulullahSA, Amir-ul-MumineenSA, ImamsSA, and DuatRA.
Philosophy and Vision – Doctrine of Dawat-e-Hadiya
In every age, an Imam-uz-zamaan guides mumineen to Allah Ta’ala and the path of truth, and in the period of his satr, his Dai guides mumineen to Allah Ta’ala and the path of truth. Just as each Imam appoints his successor by Nass with Allah Ta’ala’s ta’eed, each Dai appoints his successor by Nass with Imam-uz-zaman’s ilhaam. It is only by giving misaaq and pledge of allegiance and obedience to Imam-uz-zaman and his Dai that mumineen attain jannat, and in this zamaan, najaat is achieved by giving misaaq to our Dai-z-zamaan. Syedna Muhammad Burhanuddin appointed Syedna Qutbuddin as his Mazoon and Mansoos—this is the true silsilo, or chain of authority, of Dawat-ul-haqq.
Philosophy and Vision – Practice: Shari’at and Morality
Mumineen should uphold the Shariat to the best of their ability. They should undertake the seven Da’a’im: walaayat, tahaarat, namaaz, zakaat, roza, hajj and jihaad (struggle against evil). All aspects of a mumin’s life—religious ritual, business transactions, social dealings, his entire way of life—should be governed by the laws of Allah Ta’ala.
Morality, kindness and respect:
Mumineen should uphold the highest standards of morality. Following the example of their Mawali Tahereen, they should strive to be good, honest, decent and kind human beings. Tolerance is a key aspect of our religion, and mumineen should maintain the dignity and respect of their mumin brothers and sisters at all times. The scale should be taqwa and piety, not wealth or connections. A mumin’s faith, imaan, is his or her badge of honor, and there should be no intolerance or persecution within our community. Amir-ul-mumineenSA has said, “mumin mumin na bhai chhe” (al-mumin akhu-l-mumin). And Syedna HatimRA has said that mumineen are children of the same spiritual father and mother, Dai and Mazoon, and as such, they should help one another, care for one another, and sincerely love one another as brothers and sisters.
The hurmat and sanctity of each mumin must be preserved. No one should be allowed to malign others. The color-coded system of green, yellow and red safai-chitthi instituted by certain elements within the administration is wrong; it creates dissension among mumineen. It is imperative that there be unity in the jama’at; that all jama’at members live in harmony and concord. In Dawat majalis and in all mumineen gatherings, an atmosphere of joy and tranquility should prevail. Spiritual elevation is obtained by learning and deeds, ilm and amal, and it is Allah Ta’ala who determines it. It is not for the Aamil to decide who is green and who is red.
Revealing another’s sin is itself a grave sin. Just as it is imperative that mumineen shun what God has prohibited, muharramaat, it is also imperative that they should conceal the slips of others. Amir-ul-mumineen praised the person who censures himself, not others (al-munsifo min nafsihi). Indeed, Khuda Ta’ala is merciful and forgiving, our Imam-uz-zamaan is the heir of Rasulullah, mercy for all the worlds, rehmatun li-l-aalameen, and of Amir-ul-mumineen, and our Dai sits on the Imam’s throne of mercy, rehmat-ni-gaadi. Amir-ul-mumineen also said, “If I saw a mumin in an act of indecency I would throw my own robe upon him to hide his shame” (law ra’aytu l-mumina ala fahishatin la-satartuhu bi-sawbi haza). The Mufaddali drive to humiliate mumineen and expose their human errors is wrong and against the command of Maula Ali.
Mumineen should also strive to be helpful to all God’s children. Rasulullah has said, “All humans are children of God, and God loves him who helps his children,” (al-khalqu iyal-ul-lah wa-ahabbu n-nasi ila-llahi anfa’uhu li-‘iyalihi). Mumineen should be able to live happily with their families in the privacy of their homes, and in peace and harmony with the community of mumineen, as well as with their fellow human beings everywhere. We should strive to be an open and inclusive society. We must restore the tradition of mutual respect and fellowship with other religious communities, and engage in enhancing the social welfare of fellow Indians and of our compatriots in whichever country we live in.
Philosophy and Vision – Social and Economic Issues
Education for men and women:
Knowledge of the Qur’an and our Fatemi heritage is the source of radiance and grace, noor and barakat, for this world and the next. Mumineen should make it a priority to learn ilm of Aal-e-Muhammad. They should also know that it is completely acceptable, nay, it is necessary, to ask questions in order to understand.
It is important to keep in mind that this ilm should come from a pure source and not one that abuses it to propagate worldly aims. There are certain so-called scholars in our community who cover their evil intentions with a white robe, and mumineen should be wary of them. Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb bases his wa’az on their tainted creeds, distorting and subverting the bayaans of Sayyidna Taher Saifuddin and Sayyidna Muhammad Burhanuddin. As such, he alters the true doctrines and demeans the exalted status of our mawali. Mumineen should reject these made-up, new-fangled and wrong interpretations, and cling to the time-honored pure doctrines of haqq that inculcates reverence of mawali and hudood, and teaches how to live a good and godly Shariat-minded life.
In addition to deeni taleem, mumineen should also strive to get the best possible secular education. Imam Ahmad al-MastoorAS has said, “Religion is not just prayer and fasting; rather it means striving for prosperity both in this world and the next” (laysa d-deeno sawman wa-salaatan faqat, innama d-deeno ‘imaaratu d-dunya wa-l-aakhira). We are on the path of truth in religion, and we can also be ahead in this world. Our community is proud to have among its members large numbers of highly-educated individuals and professionals.
Women must also be educated. RasulullahSA has said “Seeking knowledge is a mandatory act, a farizat, incumbent upon every Muslim man and Muslim woman” (talabu-l-‘ilmi farizatun ‘ala kulli muslimin wa-muslimatin). Their first duty is to nurture their family, but they should also strive for dynamic participation in Dawat khidmat and in society at large. Our models are Maulatuna Fatema and Maulatuna Hurrat-ul-Malika, embodiments of perfect womanhood, repositories of ilm, exemplars of piety, and illustrious propagators of Dawat-ul-haqq. Our women play a vital role in our community. Traditional skills of homemaking are important, but they are not the only things that are important, and they certainly should not be presented as a criterion for salvation, najaat . It is a ridiculous and insulting notion to state that only those women who can make roti can get married in this world or receive Maulatuna Fatema’s shafa’at in the next. Hand in hand with the primary responsibility of caring for husbands and children, and while always maintaining lihaaz, modesty, in dress and behavior, women should strive for the best possible education, become accomplished homemakers, and also doctors, teachers, engineers and business leaders, break the glass ceiling. This is the vision propagated by Sayyidna Taher Saifuddin, Sayyidna Mohammad Burhanuddin and our noble mawali; it is their wish and their command.
Syedna Qutbuddin has encouraged his own children, both daughters and sons, to strive for excellence in religious as well as secular learning; something that is achievable through hard work and conviction. He has regularly taught them sabaq in Dawat texts, zahir, tawil and haqiqat. He has also encouraged them to pursue Ph.D. degrees in Arabic and Islamic studies in renowned world universities, and to publish their research on Aal-e-Muhammad in acclaimed university presses, in order to make the eminence of our mawali known to all the world. Moreover, he has promoted their pursuit of degrees in psychology, computer science, English literature, journalism and political science.
Dawat dues and waajebaat should be collected strictly in line with Shariat rules, not randomly higher and higher on individual whim. Zakat is compulsory at the rate of 2.5 percent on savings that you’ve held on to over the past year; only the Fitro (Zakat al-Fitr) is compulsory on everyone regardless of income. The notion of taking out a loan to pay wajebaat is preposterous. The distinction between compulsory and voluntary, farizat and sunnat, must be maintained. Mumineen cannot be denied the right to pray namaaz in masjid or to submit zakat, citing other transgressions. Mumineen should be encouraged to spend generously in Dawat khidmat and charity schemes, but they should not be forced or coerced.
An atmosphere of constant soliciting for funds should not prevail in Dawat gatherings. The first duty incumbent upon a mumin is worship of God. Mumineen should regularly attend namaaz and majliso in the masjid with tranquility and decorum, without having to worry about bringing five separate envelopes. The Mufaddali group has forgotten God and God’s wali, and has given priority to gathering gold and silver. The two-faced and tense atmosphere they have fostered is not right. All your good deeds should be done with the sincere intention of pleasing Allah, li-wajh-i-llah. That is true khidmat, for which Allah will reward you.
Corruption among members of the administration is not acceptable and must be rooted out. Funds should not be collected in the name of a particular objective, only to be used for something else. Accounts must be clean and transparent, as was the case when Syedna Qutbuddin handled the Saifee Memorial Trust Foundation and the Dubai masjid debt payment many years ago.
The Dawat administration and the well-to-do should always be extremely concerned for the well-being of the less advantaged people within our community, and try hard to ensure that all have at least the basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing. We should also strive to teach these, our brothers and sisters, the means to help themselves through education and entrepreneurship schemes. The charities founded and supervised by Syedna Qutbuddin, such as Zahra Hasanaat and the Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program for Higher Education (QJSP), are examples of this sage and conscientious philosophy. They are forward-looking institutions for the benefit of all mumineen. Syedna Qutbuddin’s efforts in this regard are a true implementation of Syedna Burhanuddin’s directives to help mumineen.
Our community should have a dynamic business outlook in this information age, a cutting-edge approach that leads us to prosperity in today’s fast-moving world. Our business vitality should not be lost due to lack of funding. It should not be undercut because of restrictions and directives that have no true basis in Shariat. Our mawali have said that Shariat is ‘samhaa’ and accommodating, not harsh or rigid. While keeping within Shariat laws at all times, mumineen should be encouraged to take advantage of modern-day financial institutions. They should strive to learn new technologies and practices, and advance in business acumen and reach.
We believe mumineen should:
– Uphold the Shariat to the best of their ability,
– Uphold the highest standards of morality,
– Strive to be helpful to all God’s children.
– Knowledge of the Qur’an and our Fatemi heritage is the source of eternal radiance and grace.
– Mumineen should also strive to get the best possible secular education.
– Women have and are encouraged to practice their right to education.
– Dawat dues and waajebaat should be collected strictly in line with Shariat rules.
– Dawat 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 Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS’s vision and philosophy is inherited from the Dais before him. See the following interview with Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA by Ashok Rao in “The Foundation” monthly, June 1960: “Rare Serenity and Quiet Inner Joy: Interview with His Holiness on Eve of 75th Birthday”
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