Aljamea’s senior most rector, al-Syed al-Ajal Syedi Maʾzūn Saheb Shahzada Qasim Bhaisaheb Hakimuddin, passed away in the early hours of the 20th of Rajab al-Asab, 5th April, 2018. Syedi Saheb was busy preparing for the first day of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah’s al-imtihān al-shafahī (viva voce examinations), which he had led for decades, expending even the very last moments of his life in the service of Aljamea.
Shahzada Abbas bhaisaheb Fakhruddin, son of the 51st al-Dāʿī al-Mutlaq Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, brother to the late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, and rector of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah for over three decades, passed away Wednesday, 14th February in Mumbai.
Alongside the examinations, the culmination of the academic year at Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah is known for the ceremony where new huffāz, individuals who have commited the entire Holy Quran to memory, are awarded their degrees after passing a series of oral and written tests. This year the award programme involved a procession where huffāz (sing. hāfiz) walked the main ceremonial avenue adjacent to Aljamea and collectively recited select verses from the Holy Quran before His Holiness and an audience of thousands of community members. A few huffāz were selected at random and asked to recite from various chapters or complete a pair or multiple similar verses in succession which are known as mutashābihāt. The programme took place on the eve of the 29th of Rajab al-Asab, Saturday April 13th in Surat. Those in other cities unable to travel participated via video-conferencing. (more…)