“A chill would run down my spine if I met his gaze, as if my entire self had turned into a book which was open for him to read.” That wasn’t just my experience of a brief encounter with Mazoon-ud-Dawat Syedi Qasim Bhaisaheb Hakimuddin but an experience of many momineen worldwide. The probing penetrative look, the splendour of his presence, the vessel of knowledge that he was, left many of us awe struck and dumbfounded around him.
Born to Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Ummul mumineen Fatema aisaheba, Syedi Saheb’s birthdate was 16th of Rajab 1350H. With valour and determination he performed khidmat of 3 Dais, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS.
Syedi Saheb was incharge of Al Vazarat tus Saifiya and took great deal of interest in the training of Ummal Kiram. Later he was appointed by Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin RA as one of the rectors of Al Jamea tus Saifiya in 1407 after the sudden demise of Syedi Yusuf Bhaisaheb Najmuddin.
Eversince his contributions to Al Jamea tus Saifiya remained incessant and notable. He was deeply involved in the affairs of the university especially the academic administration. He was instrumental in bringing in modern methodology of teaching to the university adhering to the principle of “blending the established old with the useful new.”
He was a scholar par excellence with a deep knowledge of taweel and haqiqat. Mumineen flocked to his asbaaq. The momineen of Karachi were also blessed numerous times with his knowledge and wisdom showered during ashara waaz and the asbaaqs he taught. Momineen would visit Karachi from various cities of Pakistan to partake the barakat of the Ilm of Aale Mohammad, taught by the great scholar himself.
Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin elevated him to the position of mukasir in 1435, and in 1439 bestowed upon him the position of Mazoon.
Syedi Saheb left the material world for the better one on the night of 19th Rajab ul Asab 1439, the same day as his father Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA.
The loss of Syedi Saheb is an irrecoverable one, a massive void is felt today in the mechanics of Dawat e Hadya. May Allah grant our Maula forbearance to bear this loss and grant Him a life of health and prosperity ta qayamat.
Amate Syedna TUS,
(With inputs from sources)
Thy good pen
Is your best friend
Never underestimate it’s worth
Just as a sword chooses it’s owner
Lifting it from its sheath,
Just as a wand chooses a wizard,
Just as a horse selects its rider,
As he settles in his saddle’s seat.
So does a pen fit neatly
Into the curves and sinews of the fingers,
It’s body slipping gently into its bony folds.
Until the fingers and the pen become one,
In a sensual dance of ink,
Twisting and twirling,
Slithering and swaying
On the dance floor of the paper.
And when the writer is spent
The result left are words,
Born of love,
Begotten by passion,
Stemming from the unbidden nooks of the soul,
Leaving even the writer gasping in awe
At what has born fruit
All due to the courtship with a good pen.
Amate Syedna TUS
The mirror never lies…
& with an effort of a million neurons, she gets up to check,
Startled she stares at the image in the mirror and sees a stranger’s face,
Of constant toil and an ailing health,
the eyes revealed all that was unsaid,
Those bags beneath them and the spark left of the dead
The dry chapped lips were as white, like the medicines that she had to take thrice
She sighs and stares at the pink lipstick on the table,
“Nope, not for me”, looking at it, she would always say
She picks it up and starts painting herself
Of the colours so fake and the forsaken lift
The temporary pleasure, the cheated measure
Guilty and conscious…
To the pink lipstick, today she surrenders…
I saw a girl on a motorbike
Her Rida fluttering in the breeze
She looked ahead
She roared ahead unperturbed.
She looked defiant,
Like she didn’t care
Like she didn’t give a damn
Like she never despaired.
I smiled and thought
She’s one of us
She doesn’t care if the world makes a fuss
The men frowned in disapproval,
The women feigned being aghast
Even though what the men actually felt was fear
And the women stilled the envy in their hearts.
She drove ahead
Disappearing down the road
Her bike a speck in the horizon
Yet she left in her wake
A cloud of hope
And open window in a locked cell.
Amate Syedna TUS
The walls of Al Madrasa tus Saifiya tul Burhaniyah echo the blessings and bounties of Duat Mutlaqeen and their Hudood Kiram. Every festivity multiplies in the institute and each sorrow bonds us a bit more. The recent loss of Assayedu ajal Amir ul Jamea Shazada Aali Waqar Abbas Bhai Saheb Fakhruddin has not only been heart breaking for each one of us but also leaves a significant void in the mechanics of Dawat e Hadya.
Son of Aqa Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and an intellectual of the highest standard, Shahzada Saheb’s precision and perfection for detail remains unknown to none. Deservingly so he was handed over the finance department of Dawat e Hadya and ever since with his diligent and exemplary performance he has carved his name in the history of financial and accounting books of Dawat.
Shahzada Saheb held the highest prestige of being one of the rectors of Al Jamea tus Saifiya. “He would look into the intricate details of Al Jamea tus Saifiya while in Karachi. He would be the first one to be up and about and not only concern himself in academics but also the administrative details. He himself would make sure that every department of Al Jamea was in perfect working order to the extent that he would look after the details of cleanliness in washrooms as well.” Quaid Johar bhai of Burhani Guards fondly recalls memories of Shahzada Saheb during his visits to Karachi.
Come hail, come storm, Shahzada Saheb tirelessly performed his khidmat with diligence and integrity and was in no time recognized as a methodical and logical mind of the revered office of Aqa Maula.
He served three Dais Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS with utmost dedication and piety.
His melodious voice while reciting takbira in Maula’s namaz was a singular feat and stood out as one of his most recognized features.
Aqa Burhanuddin Maula RA would often remember his name during sabaqs whenever ‘hisaab’ was mentioned. This recognition and Dua of Maula RA is evident in Shahzada Saheb’s children who are themselves notable khidmat guzars of Dawat.
May Allah grant our Maula TUS forbearance to bear this colossal loss and grant Him TUS a life of health and prosperity ta qayamat.
Amate Syedna TUS,
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