Waʿaz Mubarak 7

8th Moharram al-Haraam, 1439 – Reflections

Today’s waʿaz mubarak was, as is tradition, a recording from the archive of al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, one that came with a further priceless bounty in the form of a recording of al-Dai al-Ajal Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA. Maulana Burhanuddin’s RA recording was from the Ashara Mubaraka which took place here in Karachi in 1408.

In Maulana Saifuddin’s RA bayaan mubarak, we heard about the connection between Maulana Ali AS and Surah al-Ikhlaas, ‘Qul huwa Allaho ahad.’ The praying of this surah three times is equivalent to the reading of a full Quran — albeit not a substitute. This surah is indicative of the walaayat of Maulana Ali AS which is also composed of three aspects which together make it complete: love with the heart is the first, the second to follow-up this internal love with external spoken expression and the third to act in physical support. An added benefit of the recitation of the Surah al-Ikhlaas is that, if one prays it ten times prior to sunrise after fajr namaaz, it safeguards him or her from sinfulness in that day.

Maulana Burhanuddin RA began enumerating the shaanaat of Amirul Mumineen AS by saying that Maulana Ali AS would be seen by both his adherents and enemies at the time of their death. For the former, it would be the cause of elation and for the latter, it would cause utter despondency.

When the first masjid of Islam was to be built, its area was determined by a divinely guided camel, one that rose and marked out the perimeter as soon as Maulana Ali AS placed his foot in the stirrup. The camel was aware of who Maulana Ali AS was and what he was to do.

When a cooked fowl was brought to Rasulullah SA, he prayed that he be joined to partake of it by he that was most beloved to Allah Taʿala. Maulana Ali AS eventually arrived, forcing entry after having been twice prevented from entering by Anas b. Malik who had heard the prayer and was intent on it being someone from his own people of the Ansaar.

As it was stated at the outset, each individual views and recognizes Maulana Ali AS through their own perspective. Ordinary people will comprehend him through the miracles and manifestations of his virtue. People of knowledge of haqeeqat will understand at a higher level, that being said, none but Rasulullah SAW and Aimmat SA can comprehend Maulana Ali AS absolutely — haqeeqat al-maʿaarif.

While in his mother’s paak rahem (blessed womb), Maulana Ali AS was visited by each nabi and the imams of their era. Masih AS placed his hand on the unborn and in the sixth month Rasulullah SA visited. The development period of 270 days, nine months, was complete but there was no labour pain. Maulatona Fatema binte Asad RA became anxious as to why this was so. She shared her angst with Maulana Abu Talib AS who said that they should go to Bayt Allah. Upon reaching, the doors of the Kaʿaba opened by themselves and Maulatona Fatema AS entered. Maulana Ali AS was born on the Rukhamat e Hamraa (Red Stone) and the one chosen to receive him into the world was Maulatona Maryam AS. Consequently Maulana Ali AS is also known as Masih ibne Maryam.

Maulana al-Muqaddas RA explained that Maulana Ali AS closed his doors and sheathed his sword after Rasulullah SA had passed away. It was the Nabi’s SAW instruction that he not draw his sword for, if he had done so, the nascent Muslim community would have reverted to its pre-Islamic ways and the creed would have fallen — just as its embedded enemies desired. This act of his — not to rise in claim of his right — was the defining reason that Islam remained. An Islamic way of life that was a blessing even to the antagonists who were ranged against him for he prevented them from falling back to the ignorant culture of the pre-Islamic era.

Maulana al-Muqaddas RA then spoke at length of that culture — one that pervades the life of a Mumin from the cradle to the grave. From the moment a child is born he receives the azaan, iqamah and recitation of surahs. The aqeeqah takes place with its own specific rites and regulations such as not to break the bones of the sacrificial goat. The naming of the child is especially important. Maulana RA counselled the taking of the names of Awliya Allah AS and not names that might seem fashionable at the time.

As the child grows he/she goes through misaaq and marriage becomes imminent. Marriage is an essential aspect of the faith, living similar to a married couple yet unmarried is not an acceptable alternative. Other cultures, Maulana RA told us, have their ways, but we have ours and must remain true to them. It is a culture which has been preserved till this day only by the sacrifices of our Awliya Allah AS. The preservation of our culture makes us Mumineen today and it is for this that Maulana Ali AS exclaimed in the mihrab, as he was felled by Ibne Muljim’s blade, ‘By Allah I am victorious’. His life and his martyrdom had given eternal life to his followers.

May Allah Taʿala grant the true Shia of Maulana Ali AS, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, in whom the faith is preserved for all his adherents, a long life and good health until Qiyaamat.