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10 Rabi ul-Aakhar 1436H / 30 January 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: ‘ilm & Adab (Education & Good Mannerisms); NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Burhanuddin RA Awarded Padma Shri Award on Republic Day 2015; NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna TUS Republic Day Message & Flag Hoisting; NEWS & EVENTS: Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb Visit to Mumineen in Kolkata & Meeting with Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of Calcutta; FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 3 – The Birth of a Mumin’s Child; NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna TUS Milad Imam-uz-zaman Bayaan Highlights & Photos; FATEMI MADRASA ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Milad Madeh and Poetry p.5 Competition; ANNOUNCEMENT: Saturday Bethak

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17 Rabi ul-Aakhar 1436H / 6 February 2015 SIJILL ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY: 52nd Issue; SIJILL ARTICLE: Syedna Burhanuddin’s Milad – The Burhan & Light from Allah Ta’ala; ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Milad Majlis – 20th Rabiul Aakhar; BAYAAN: Excerpt from Syedna Burhanuddin RA Milad Waaz 1427H; QASIDAS IN TRANSLATION: Qasida Written by Syedna Qutbuddin TUS on Syedna Burhanuddin RA Milad 1427H; NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna TUS Milad Imam-uz-zaman Bayaan Highlights & Photos; FATEMIDAWAT.COM: New Layout; FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 3 – The Birth of a Mumin’s Child; FATEMI MADRASA ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Milad Madeh and Poetry p.9 Competition; ANNOUNCEMENT: Saturday Bethak

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24 Rabi ul-Aakhar 1436H / 13 February 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: The 53rd Issue on the Milad of the 53rd Dai; NAZARAAT: Signs that indicated the shaan of the 53rd Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin; ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS Milad Majlis – 29th Rabiul Aakhar; MADEH: Madeh in Shaan of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS; NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Milad Majlis – Photos & Highlights; NEWS & EVENTS: Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program – First Scholarships Granted on Milad of Syedna Burhanuddin RA; FATEMI MADRASA: Tuhfat Tahera; FATEMI MADRASA - ANNOUNCEMENT: p.15 Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Milad Madeh and Poetry Competition; ANNOUNCEMENT: Saturday Bethak

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2 Jamada al-Ula 1436H / 20 February 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: The Vision of a Wise Leader; NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS Meets President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan; NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS Milad Program – 29th Rabiul Aakhar – Highlights & Photos; ANNOUNCEMENT: Maulatuna Fatema SA Shahaadat Majlis; ZAHRA HASANAAT: Medical Vans January 2015 Update; FATEMI MADRASA: Tuhfat Tahera; FATEMI MADRASA - ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS p.21 Milad Madeh and Poetry Competition; ANNOUNCEMENT: Saturday Bethak

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9 Jamada al-Ula 1436H / 27 February 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: Fatemi Da’i – Fatemi Da’wat; BAYAAN: Excerpt of Syedna TUS doa in Milad Majlis Bayaan; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Maulatuna Fatema SA Shahaadat Majlis; WOMEN IN ISLAM SERIES: Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba Talk on ‘Women in Islam’ Part-2; MEDIA: Article on QJSP in the Free Press Journal; p.27 ANNOUNCEMENT: Saturday Bethak

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16 Jamada al-Ula 1436H / 6 March 2015 SYEDNA BURHANUDDIN 100TH BIRTHDAY: 6TH March 2015; SIJILL ARTICLE: “Go with your Lord and Fight, we are sitting here”; NEWS & EVENTS: Maulatuna Fatema SA Shahaadat Majlis; FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 4 – Tarbiyat & the Responsibility of a Child’s Upbringing; p.31 NEWS & EVENTS: Shz. Dr. Aziz bs meets Dr. Abdul Kalam – 11th President of India; MEDIA: Article in Ahmedabad on QJSP & Other Issues

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23 Jamada al-Ula 1436H / 13 March 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: “You are in [front of] our eyes”; NEWS & EVENTS: Maulatuna Fatema SA Shahaadat Bayan Excerpt; DOAS IN TRANSLATION: Imam Ali Zainul Abedeen’s Doa – Ya man Tuhallu; FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE p.35 MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 4 – Tarbiyat & the Responsibility of a Child’s Upbringing

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30 Jamada al-Ula 1436H / 20 March 2015 Syedna TUS Doa Message: Mumineen of Pakistan; SIJILL ARTICLE: “I hate for you to be Slanderers” The Advice of Amirul Mumineen SA; LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 18th March 2015; MEDIA: Selection of Media Articles on 18th March 2015 Hearing; ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Regular Sabaq on p.39 2nd Jumadal Ukhra 1436; ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Bethak on Sunday This Week; NEWS & EVENTS: Calcutta University Conference 17th & 18th March 2015

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SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: For people of Yemen; SIJILL ARTICLE: The Divine Promise: With Difficulty there is Relief; NAZARAAT: Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s Nazaraat on his Beloved Son – Difficulty & Ease; DOA IN TRANSLATION: Syedna Mu'ayyad Doa "al-hamdu lillahi-l lazi bana 'ala-l 'usri wa-l yusr-il umur"; LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 18th

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March 2015; ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Bethak on Saturday This Week

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SIJILL ARTICLE: Imaan, Belief & Truthfulness - Who should you believe, and why?; BOOKS and PUBLICATIONS: E-book and Hard copy of Sijill Volume One - Issues 1-53 Now Available; FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 5 – Tarbiyat & the Importance of Knowledge & Language; FATEMI p.47 MADRASA: Alif – Abun Mushfiq ‘Our Beloved Father’ – Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin

21 Jamada al-Ukhra 1436H / 10 April 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: “You will kill my body but you cannot kill my soul” ANNOUNCMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Ismail Badruddin (Bawa) RA Urus; Majlis; ANNOUNCMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA Urus Majlis and waaz; BIOGRAPHY SERIES: Syedna Qutub Khan Qutbuddin al Shaheed – Dawat ni Zaban version; HIKAAYAT SERIES: The Vizier of King Khaishuwan; BOOKS and PUBLICATIONS: E-book and Hard copy of Sijill p.51 Volume One - Issues 1-53 Now Available; FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE: Part 5 – Tarbiyat & the Importance of Knowledge & Language

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28 Jamada al-Ukhra 1436H / 17 April 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: The Two Portions of Rehmat – Imam Husain SA & Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed SA; NEWS & EVENTS: Photos & Highlights of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed Urus Majlis; COMMUNITY: Nikah and Shaadi Matrimonial Committee; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Pehli Raat of Rajab-ul-Asabb; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Noor Mohammed Nooruddin Urus Majlis; BOOKS and PUBLICATIONS: E-book and Hard copy of Sijill Volume One p.55 - Issues 1-53 Now Available

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7 Rajab al-Asab 1436H / 24 April 2015 SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE FOR PEOPLE OF NEPAL & NORTH INDIA; SIJILL ARTICLE: Our Sincere Doa for Dai and Dawat (Victory of Truth); ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Court Hearings on 27th & 28th April; DOA: Nasr wal Mahaba – Victorious Aid & Awe; QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: Qasida by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba; NEWS & EVENTS: Pehli Raat of Rajab; p.59 ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Ayyamul Beez; COMMUNITY: Nikah and Shaadi Matrimonial Committee; BOOKS and PUBLICATIONS: E-book and Hard copy of Sijill Volume One - Issues 1-53 Now Available

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13 Rajab al-Asab 1436H / 1 May 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: “Veracity Beyond Doubt”; LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 27th & 28th April 2015; MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 27th & 28th April in Leading Newspapers; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Ayyamul Barakaatil Khuldiyya -1436 – Urus of 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA; QASIDAS IN TRANSLATION: “Alamma bideenillah” Syedna Burhanuddin’s RA Qasida in Remembrance of Syedna Taher Saifuddin; p.63 ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Ayyamul Beez; AYYAMAUL BEEZ: Days of the Full Moon – Days of Supplication & Prayer (From Sijill 13) – Also in Dawat ni Zaban

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20 Rajab al-Asab 1436H / 8 May 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: A Mumin’s Niyyat & Amal (Intent & Deed); ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Me’raj Night & Mab’as Day (Rajab 27mi raat & day); ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Najmuddin Urus; NEWS & EVENTS: Ayyamul Barakaatil Khuldiyya -1436 – Urus of 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA - Waaz Highlights & Photos; NEWS & EVENTS: Ayyamul Beez p.69 Wasila Highlights & Photos; ZAHRA HASANAAT: Medical Vans April 2015 Update; LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 27th & 28th April 2015

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27 Rajab al-Asab 1436H / 15 May 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: The Pillar of Islam - Namaaz (Rasulullah’s SA Me’raj); NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Abdul-Qadir Najmuddin RA Urus; NEWS & EVENTS: Me’raj Night Wasila (Rajab 27mi raat); FAQ’s: Namaaz and Wuzu; FATEMI MADRASA: p.75 Namaaz and Wuzu Practical Pray-along Video; LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 27th & 28th April

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SIJILL ARTICLE: Closer to our Creator; NEWS & EVENTS: Mab’as Waaz Bayaan Excerpt Video & Photos; NEWS & EVENTS: Janaza Namaz led by Syedna TUS of Taher bhai Matcheswala; HIKAAYAT SERIES: The Confectioner; FAQ’s: Namaaz and Wuzu

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11 Shaban al-Karim 1436H / 29 May 2015 SYEDNA TUS MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE TO THE ALAVI BOHRA COMMUNITY; SIJILL ARTICLE: A Guide for Every People & Every Age; 17th SHABAAN 1385H – SYEDNA BURHANUDDIN RA BAYAN AUDIO EXCERPT: The Appointment of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Shabbaraat – Thum Washeq; SHABBARAAT- THUMM p.75 WASHEQ- The meaning and significance (excerpts from Sijill 17); SHABBARAAT- Doa in translation (from Sijill 17)

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SIJILL ARTICLE: Think, consider and contemplate the greatness of Allah Ta’ala’s creation; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Maulatuna Hurratul Malika RA Urus Majlis; HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: Maulatuna Hurratul Malika Arwa binte Ahmad RA; NEWS & EVENTS:

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Shabbaraat – Thum Washeq Namaz & Wasilo; FATEMI MADRASA: Bā’ – Badrut-Tamam ‘The Full Moon’ – Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin; ANNOUNCEMENT: Kaffaarat for Rozas Missed in Shehrullah 1435H

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25 Shaban al-Karim 1436H / 12 June 2015 SYEDNA QUTBUDDIN TUS SHEHRULLAH 1436H MESSAGE OF BENEDICTION AND BLESSINGS; SIJILL ARTICLE: An Honored Guest Shehrullah; ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Shehrullah 1436H Namaaz Program; ANNOUNCEMENT: Shehrullah Imamat namaz in other cities; THE MONTH OF RAMADAAN: Rasulullah SA Khutba (From Sijill 20); DOA IN TRANSLATION: Iftaar Doa, allahumma haadha shahru Ramadaan doa and Shehrullah Fajr Namaaz Doa (From Sijill 20); AMAL DETAILS FOR THE FIRST TEN DAYS: Rehmat no Dasko; NEWS & p.95 EVENTS: Maulatuna Hurratul Malika RA Urus Majlis; ANNOUNCEMENT: Kaffaarat for Rozas Missed in Shehrullah 1435H

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3 Ramadan al-Moazzam 1436H / 19 June 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: The Pillar of ‘Sawm’ (Roza/Fasting); NEWS & EVENTS: Shehrullah Pehli Tarikh Majlis & Syedna TUS Ibaadat Photos; FAQ’s: Roza; AZAAN: Its Revelation to Rasulullah SA (& Azaan Audio of Shz. Dr. Husain bhaisaheb); FATEMI DAWAT HEALTH INITIATIVE WEBINAR SERIES: 1st Webinar – “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (aka Acid Reflux): A Burning Issue”; UPCOMING NEXT WEEK: Dawat Activities & Resource Allocation Report 1435/1436H; ZAKAAT & p.101 VAJEBAAT FORM 1436H; ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Shehrullah 1436H Namaaz Program; ANNOUNCEMENT: Shehrullah Imamat namaz in other cities

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SIJILL ARTICLE: The Ten Days of Forgiveness (Maghfirat); FATEMI DAWAT ANNUAL REPORT: 1435H - 1436H PDF and ebook; DOA’S IN TRANSLATION: Doa for Forgiveness of Sins (Maghferat-uz-zunoob); AMAL DETAILS: Second Ten Days (Maghferat no Dasko); LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 24th June 2015; AUDIO: Sanaa’ – (Praise

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17 Ramadan al-Moazzam 1436H / 3 July 2015 SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: For mumineen, muslimeen, and all people on the auspicious occasion of Lailatul Qadr; SIJILL ARTICLE: Maulana Ali’s Wasiyyat –Advice and Wise Counsel – Before His Shahaadat; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 19mi Ramadaan Amirul Mumineen SA Shahaadat Waaz & Jaman Izan – Shzd Saifiyah baisaheba Marsiya; FATEMI MADRASA: Munajaat - Wakamlillah min Lutfin Khafiyyi; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 19mi & 21mi Raat of Ramadaan - Washeq ; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Lailatul Qadar & Munajaat; NAZARAAT: Syedna Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Lailatul Qadr, Badri Mahal 1431H; AMAL DETAILS: Last Ten Days (Itqun minan naar no Dasko) & Aakhir Jumoa; ZAKAAT & VAJEBAAT FORM 1436H: Vajebaat Bethak Announcement and Dawat ni Zaban - Gujarati Form; NEWS & EVENTS: 17mi Raat Wasila p.113 Highlights & Photos; DAWAT ACTIVITY REPORT: 1435H/1436H; ANNOUNCEMENT: Shehrullah Imamat Namaaz in Other Cities; FAQ’s: Roza

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24 Ramadan al-Moazzam 1436H / 10 July 2015 SYEDNA DOA MESSAGE: Children of Fatemi Madrasa; SIJILL ARTICLE: Launch of Quran Recitation Series - Audio of 30TH Sipara Tarteel by Shz Dr. Husain bhaisaheb; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 30mi Raat of Ramadaan – Eidul Fitar Night & Day; NEWS & EVENTS: Lailatul Qadar Wasila Mubarak Highlights & Photos; NEWS & EVENTS: Moulana Ali SA Shahadaat Waaz Highlights & Photos; NAZARAAT: Syedna Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Lailatul Qadr, Badri Mahal 1431 – VIDEOS UPLOADED; AMAL DETAILS: Last Ten Days (Itqun p.121 minan naar no Dasko) & Aakhir Jumoa; ANNOUNCEMENT: Shehrullah Imamat Namaaz in Other Cities; FAQ’s: Roza

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1 Shawwal al-Mukarram 1436H / 17 July 2015 MESSAGE FROM SIJILL TEAM: Eid Mubarak; SIJILL ARTICLE: The ‘Shamal’ of Eid & the Unity of Mumineen; ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin Urus 5th Shawwal; MADEH: In Shaan of Syedna TUS on Occasion of Eid-ul-Fitar by Shzd. Dr. Tahera baisaheba; NEWS & EVENTS: 30mi raat Shehrullah & Eid-ul-Fitar Highlights & Photos; HAMD & SHUKUR: Syedna TUS Munajaat, p.129 Eid Qasida & Risalat 1436H; FATEMI MADRASA: ‘Te' Taj ul Itlaaq: The crown of Itlaaq (Absolute Authority) – Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin

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8 Shawwal al-Mukarram 1436H / 24 July 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: Power of Prayer; DOA IN TRANSLATION: Syedna alMu’ayyad’s do’a in Times of Despair; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Court Hearings on 29th & 31st July and 3rd and 4th of August; QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: Qasida by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheb (From Sijill 63); ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Saturday Qadambosi Bethak 23rd Shawwal (8th August); FATEMI DAWAT HEALTH INITIATIVE WEBINAR SERIES: 2nd Webinar – p.135 “Hypertension: Recognizing and Deal with the Tension of High Blood Pressure”; NEWS & EVENTS: Syedi Abdul-Qadir Hakimuddin RA Urus Majlis

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15 Shawwal al-Mukarram 1436H / 31 July 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: Faith in Allah Ta’ala – Faith in the Truth; HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: Syedna Daud bin Qutubshah’s Testimony in Mughal Emperor Akbar’s Court; LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 29th & 31st July 2015; MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 29th & 31st of July in Leading Newspapers; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Court Hearings on 3rd & 4th August; DOA IN TRANSLATION: Syedna alMu’ayyad’s do’a in Times of Despair; QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: Qasida by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheb (From Sijill 63); ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Saturday Qadambosi Bethak 23rd Shawwal (8th August); FATEMI DAWAT HEALTH INITIATIVE WEBINAR SERIES: 2nd Webinar – “Hypertension: p.141 Recognizing and Deal with the Tension of High Blood Pressure”

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SIJILL ARTICLE: In the path of Allah - fi sabeelillah: The Example of Mansūr Imam SA; LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 29th & 31st July and 4th and 5th August 2015; MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 3rd & 4th of August in Leading Newspapers; FATEMI MADRASA: Tuhfat Tahera - ‫ ث‬-Se’ -

Simal ul-Yatama – Refuge for Orphans; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin Urus 27th Shawwal

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29 Shawwal al-Mukarram 1436H /14 August 2015 15th AUGUST – INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY: Syedna’s Message & Doa for the Nation; SIJILL ARTICLE: Love of your Nation; HISTORY SERIES: Dedication of ‘Saifee Villa’ to the Nation in 1961; NEWS & EVENTS: Pehli Tarikh Majlis Zilqada 1436H; PHOTO GALLERY: The 51st 52nd and 53rd Dais with the Leaders of p.153 the Nation (From Sijill 27); LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 29th & 31st July and 4th and 5th August 2015

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7 Zilqad al-Harram 1436H / 21 August 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: “Knowledge is Better than Wealth”; IKHWANUS SAFA ARTICLE SERIES: ‘ILM – Part 1; NEWS & EVENTS: Flag Hoisting Ceremony on Indian Independence Day 2015; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Court Hearings on 24th & 25th August; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 43rd Dai Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA Urus Majlis; HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY p.157 SERIES: 43rd Dai Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA – Excerpt from Shz Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb MA Thesis (From Sijill 30)

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SIJILL ARTICLE: Sabar is the Path to Victory; LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 24th & 25th August 2015; HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: 45th Dai Syedna Tayyeb Zainuddin RA; MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 24th & 25th of August in Leading

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21 Zilqad al-Harram 1436H / 4 September 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: Syedna Taher Saifuddin – “Betterment of Humanity”; PUBLISHED WORKS SERIES: Excerpts from a “Short Biography of His Holiness Sardar Syedna Taher Saifuddin Saheb” Shaikh Dawood Moulvi in 1940; HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: 51ST Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin (From Sijill 14); ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA Milad Majlis; LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 24th & 25th August p.169 2015; MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 24th & 25th of August in Leading Newspapers

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28 Zilqad al-Harram 1436H / 11 September 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: A Pause for Namaaz, Prayer, in our Fast Paced World; NEWS & EVENTS: Bayaan Highlights & Photos of Syedna Taher Saifuddin Milad Majlis; ANNOUNCEMENT: Pehli Tarikh “Ghurrat-ushshahr” Majlis of Zil-Hijja 1436H; FATEMI MADRASA: Multi Media Namaaz Module; FATEMI DAWAT HEALTH INITIATIVE WEBINAR SERIES: 3rd Webinar – “Practical sleep p.175 medicine”; LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 24th & 25th August 2015

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5 Zilhaj al-Harram 1436H / 18 September 2015 MESSAGE FROM THE SIJILL TEAM: Eid ul Adha Mubarak!; SIJILL ARTICLE: The ‘Twinship’ of Deen & Dunya; ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Ashara Mubaraka 1437H - Mumbai; ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H – San Jose - London & Worldwide Broadcast; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Arafa & Eid-ul-Adha; HIKAAYAT SERIES: The Marvelous City; NEWS & EVENTS: Pehli Tarikh “Ghurrat-ush-shahr” Majlis of Zil-Hijja 1436H; SIJILL ARTICLE: The Ka‘ba of Stones and the Ka‘ba of Souls –

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12 Zilhaj al-Harram 1436H / 25 September 2015 SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: For Refugees from the Middle East; SIJILL ARTICLE: The Philosophy of Shukur – Giving thanks; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Eid-e-Ghadeer-e-Khum Namaz & Majlis; AYAT, HADITH & KALAAM: Eid-e-Ghadeer-e-Khumm; NEWS & EVENTS: Arafa & Eid ul Adha 1436H Wasila Highlights & Photos; ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Ashara Mubaraka 1437H - Mumbai; ANNOUNCEMENT: San Jose Venue & Time Details- Ashara Mubaraka 1437H; ANNOUNCEMENT: London Venue & Time Details Ashara Mubaraka 1437H; ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H – Live Broadcast; QASIDAS IN TRANSLATION SERIES: Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA Eid e Ghadeer-ep.185 Khum Qasida (From Sijill 35); FATIMID HISTORY SERIES: Eid-e-GhadirKhum Celebrations in the time of the Fatemi Imams in Cairo (From Sijill 35)

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19 Zilhaj al-Harram 1436H / 2 October 2015 SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: For Victims of the Hajj Stampede; SIJILL ARTICLE: The Principle & Legacy of the Nass of Ghadeer; NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Eid-e-Ghadeer-e-Khum Waaz Highlights & Photos; NEWS & EVENTS: Zahra Hasanaat – Hizbe Khalilullah Report 1436H; IKHWANUS SAFA ARTICLE SERIES: ‘ILM – Part 2; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 48th & 49th Dai Syedna Abdul-Husain Husamuddin RA & Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Urus Majlis; ANNOUNCEMENT: Court Hearings on 27th & 29th October; ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Ashara Mubaraka 1437H - Mumbai; ANNOUNCEMENT: San Jose Venue & Time Details- Ashara Mubaraka 1437H; p.193 ANNOUNCEMENT: London Venue & Time Details Ashara Mubaraka 1437H; ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H – Live Broadcast

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4 Muharram al-Harram 1437H / 16 October 2015 SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: Aashura; SIJILL ARTICLE: Ashara - A Time for Remembrance, Reflection & Rejuvenation - Part 2; NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights & Photos of Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz 1, 2, 3; NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights of Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb Ashara Waaz 1 & 2; NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights of Shehzada Abdeali bhaisaheb Ashara Waaz 1 & 2; ANNOUNCEMENT: Aashura 1437H Mumbai, San Jose & London Program; AMAL DETAILS: Aashura Night & Aashura Day 1437H; ANNOUNCEMENT AND AMAL DETAILS: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H & Live Broadcast ; MARSIYA OF IMAM HUSAIN: PDF & Audio of Marsiya Composed by Shzd. Dr. Saifiyah baisaheba; QASIDA & DOA IN TRANSLATION: Imam Husain SA Doa in p.203 Aashura (allahumma anta siqati) & ‘Ya Sayyidash-shuhadaai’ (From Sijill 38); ANNUAL REPORT 1435H/1436H: Now Available in Hindi & Gujarati; FATEMIDAWAT.COM: New Search Tool!

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11 Muharram al-Harram 1437H/23 October 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: Syedna’s Deep & Heartfelt Doa; LEGAL UPDATE: 27th & 29th October 2015 Hearings Rescheduled; NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights & Photos of Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz 4 and 5; NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights of Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb Ashara Waaz 6 & 7 – San Jose, 1437H; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Hatim b. Ibrahim RA (3rd Dai al-Mutlaq) Urus Mubarak; BIOGRAPHY SERIES: 3rd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Hatim bin Ibrahim RA (From Sijill 39); ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H

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18 Muharram al-Harram 1437H/30 October 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (1) Zuhd; NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights & Photos of Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz 6 & 7; NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Hatim b. Ibrahim RA (3rd Dai al-Mutlaq) Urus Mubarak - Poconos; ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Still Available; 1437H p.217 HIJRI CALENDAR UPDATED; ANNUAL REPORT 1435H/ 1436H: Now Available in Hindi & Gujarati; FATEMIDAWAT.COM: New Search Tool!

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25 Muharram al-Harram 1437H/6 November 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (2) Desire/ Aspiration to seek Ilm; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed QR (Galiakot) - Poconos; HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed QR (Galiakot); QASIDA: In Shaan of Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed QR by Shzd. Arwa baisaheba; NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights & Photos of Syedna TUS Ashara p.223 Waaz 8, 9 & 10; ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Available Till Chehlum; 1437H HIJRI CALENDAR UPDATED

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2 Safar al-Muzaffar 1437H / 13 November 2015 SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: Beirut, Paris & Kenya Attacks; SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (3) Piety & Scrupulosity (wara‘); NEWS & EVENTS: Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed QR (Galiakot) - Poconos; ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara p.229 Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Available Till Chehlum; 1437H HIJRI CALENDAR UPDATED

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16 Safar al-Muzaffar 1437H / 27 November 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (5) Sincere Repentence; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Aqa Husain SA Chehlum Program; MARSIYA: Ay Karbala tu hi suna; SIJILL ARTICLE: The Ordeal After Aashura (From Sijill 43); MOST BELOVED SON: The Zarih of Rasul Husain SA (Misar); HISTORY SERIES: The Khutba of Maulatuna Zainab in the Court of Yazeed in Shaam (From Sijill 43); ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Still p.239 Available; 1437H HIJRI CALENDAR: With Namaaz Times for Mumbai, Udaipur, London, Stroudsburg USA, Colombo, Boston

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23 Safar al-Muzaffar 1437H / 4 December 2015 SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: Victims of Floods in Tamil-Nadu, India; SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (6) Night Prayers (Bihori); ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Imam Hasan SA Shahaadat Majlis; QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: Aba Mohammed-al-Hasan; SIJILL ARTICLE: Amirul Mumineen’s p.245 SA Advice to Hasan Imam SA (From Sijill 45); FATEMI MADRASA - RIWAYAT: Hasan Imam’s Haybat & Awe Inspiring Presence (From Sijill 45)

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SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (7) Put your Trust in Allah Ta’ala & His Awliyaa’; IKHWANUS SAFA ARTICLE SERIES: ‘ILM – Part 3; FATEMI MADRASA: Quran Workshop

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8 Rabi al-Awwal 1437H / 18 December 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (8) the Memorization of the Quran; HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: 50th Dai Syedna Abdullah Badruddin RA (Surat); FATEMI MADRASA: Salla ‘Ala Module; ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Miladun-Nabi SA; FATEMI MADRASA: Quran Workshop; ANNOUNCEMENT: 52nd Dai alMutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Urus – Tabarrukaatu Ayyamil-Urs; BIOGRAPHY & HISTORY SERIES: Mohammed Rasulullah SA – Chapter by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba (From Sijill 46); SIJILL p.255 ARTICLE: The Eid of Milaad - The Religion of Islam and the Shari’at of Muhammad SA (From Sijill 46)

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15 Rabi al-Awwal 1437H / 25 December 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (9) Aversion to Dunya; NAZARAAT: “Abu Mohammed, Your Father – Taher Saifuddin”; Fatemi Dawat Art and Architecture Series: Jame’ Anwar Photo E-book; NEWS & EVENTS: 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Urus – Tabarrukaatu Ayyamil-Urs; SIJILL ARTICLE: Sabar & Shukur – Remembrance of Our Beloved Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA (from Sijill 47); QASIDA ME’AWIYYAH E-BOOK: Shukur-Recounting p.261 & Giving Thanks for the Achievements, Milestones & Ihsanaat of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA (from Sijill 47); FATEMI MADRASA: Quran Workshop

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22 Rabi al-Awwal 1437H / 1 January 2016 SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (10) Generosity; SIJILL ARTICLE: Asmaa’ullahil Husna – The 99 Names of Allah Ta’ala; MEDIA ARTICLES: Highlights of the most important petitions in the Bombay High Court in 2015; Fatemi Dawat Art and Architecture Series: Jame’ Anwar Photo E-book; NEWS & EVENTS: 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Urus – Tabarrukaatu p.267 Ayyamil-Urs; NAZARAAT: “Abu Mohammed, Your Father – Taher Saifuddin”

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INTRODUCTION Milestones and Highlights from this Year We are pleased to present the second volume of Sijill: the Weekly Newsletter of FatemiDawat.com. This volume contains issues 51 - 100, and it corresponds to the second year of the 53rd Dai-l-Mutlaq, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s TUS tenure as Dai. This volume covers one lunar year, a full Misri calendar year from Imamuz-Zaman SA Milad in 1436H to Imamuz-Zaman SA Milad in 1437H, 3rd Rabiul Aakhar 1436H to 29th Rabiul Awwal 1437H a total of 50 weeks. It chronicles the major events, directives and teachings of Syedna Qutbuddin’s Fatemi Dawat. Sijill attempts to engage mumineen spiritually through understanding of our philosophy and prayers, and socially by connecting mumineen to each other and the current events of Daiz Zaman. The issues of this volume were published during a historic period in Dawat. This year saw the beginning of the final hearing of the declaratory suit filed by Syedna in the Bombay High Court and Syedna Qutbuddin’s cross examination. The year was also the year of significant outreach to mumineen as well as other dignitaries and officials, such as Syedna’s meeting with the President of India in New Delhi. However most importantly, Sijill has presented to Mumineen all over the world, with the utmost humility and respect, the bayaans and messages of Syedna Qutbuddin, especially during the mubarak months of Shehrullah al-Mu’azzam and Ashara Mubaraka. The Sijill community is ever expanding and has increased about many folds since the last year. Sijill and the Fatemi Dawat website are a manifestation of Syedna Qutbuddin’s vision for Mumineen to be actively engaged in Deen and Dunya. The Sijill Team has significantly expanded and developed the scope of the content presented such as the Fatemi Dawat Health initiative, the Fatimid Art & Architecture series etc. FatemiDawat.com was aggressively reorganized to improve accessibility and user experience, including but not limited to the Amal Details, Qasidas/Marsiyas/Salaams sections. We hope the website will continue to facilitate thousands of more and more Mumineen in bandagi and prayer. Given that our website now has over 1300 pages, perhaps most importantly, a comprehensive and robust search feature was added to help Mumineen find material efficiently.

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Reports of Eid Qurbani, Zahra Hasanaat, and Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program

Shaadi Matrimonial Forum

Nazaraat section with reports and photographs of Aqa Taher RA and Aqa Burhanuddin’s RA shafaqat and ne’mats on Syedna Qutbuddin TUS

1437H Hijri calendar with key religious dates

Quran majeed audio recordings – full 30th Sipara - by Hafizul Qur’an Shz Dr. Husain bhaisaheb

Publications and articles: Fatimid Art and Architecture series: Imam Hakim’s Jame Anwar, and its magnificent renovation by the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Burhanuddin eBook

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10 Virtues of A Mumin Series

Hikaayat (lit. stories) series: morals and fables that are presented in the books of Da’wat, many from the Rasail of Ikhwanus Safa

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Aqamaula’s prayers for mumineen, muslimeen and ibadullah

Aqamaula’s Vision and Philosophy

News of Hazrat Imamiyya, with write-ups, photographs, audios and videos, including Ashara Mubaraka wa’az and other wa’az and bayaan highlights

Announcements of Aqamola’s upcoming programs, including namaaz, wa’az, sabaq, bethak, majlis, and jaman

Instructions for ‘Amal on all holy occasions, including texts, translations, audios and videos

Aqamaula’s directives for calculating Zakaat in current financial systems, and an explanation of its importance and calculation

Editorial article (Sijill article) based on an ayat of the Qur’an, a hadith of Rasullullah SA, or a kalaam of Amirul Mumineen SA, Imams SA and Dais SA.

Qasidas and Doas, with translations in Dawat-ni-Zabaan and English, and commentaries

Publications and articles, including the series Dawat History and Biography, Ikhwanus Safa, Women in Islam, and Fatimid literature.

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Fatemi Madrasa content, including texts, translations and multimedia modules for wuzu, namaaz, and qasida, with riwayat modules

Legal updates, including news of ongoing Bombay High Court Suit

Sabaq information

Dawat events, including conference presentations by Aqamaula’s Shehzadas and Shehzadis

Media articles

This collection of the second year’s issues, and the weekly Sijill, are published with Syedna Qutbuddin’s raza and doa mubarak. May Allah Ta’ala grant our beloved Aqamola Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin longest life till Yawm-e-Qiyamat, and may He keep Mumineen Mukhleseen in security and happiness under his benign shade.

HISTORY OF SIJILL The first Sijill was published with the purpose to announce to mumineen Syedna Qutbuddin’s First Misaaq Majlis after the wafaat) of Syedna Burhanuddin. The 52nd Dai-l-Mutlaq Maulanal-Muqaddas Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin RA passed to his heavenly abode on 16th Rabiul-Awwal 1435H (17th January 2014). His true successor Syedna Qutbuddin conducted in Darus Sakina Khatmul-Qur’an majlis for Burhanuddin Aqa for forty solemn days of mourning. Then on 4th Rabi-ul-akhar 1435H, on the mubarak occasion of Imam-uz-zamaan al-Tayyib’s Milaad, Imam-uz-zamaan’s Dai conducted his First Misaaq. Recounting the story of the 21st Imam alTayyib’s birth on 4th Rabi-ul-akhar 524H, Syedna Idris Imaduddin RA transcribes in the ‘Uyun al-akhbaar that the 20th Imam Aamir RA wrote of this auspicious newborn to Maulatuna Hurratul Malika SA in Yemen, and of his Nass upon him. Aamir Imam’s “Letter of Glad Tidings” is called in Arabic “Sijill-ul-bishaarat.” Soliciting Sijill-ul-bishaarat’s bishaaraat and barakaat, the weekly newsletter published by Syedna Qutbuddin’s Fatemi Dawat has been named “Sijill”.

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‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ *ٍ‫صي ْنَاه ُ فِي ِإم َا ٍم م ُبِين‬ َ ْ‫ل شَيْءٍ أَ ح‬ َ ُ ‫وَك‬ (Surat Yaseen: 12) And all things We have encompassed in a clear Imam. SIJILL ARTICLE: The Philosophy of Celebrating Milad of Imam-uzzaman The core of our faith is that in every age there is an Imam, a representative of Allah Ta’ala on earth, who guides mumineen to the Right Path, Siraat-eMustaqeem. Recognition and ma’rifat of this Imam is necessary for salvation SA

and najaat. Rasulullah has said, “he who dies without knowing the Imam of his age, dies a death of ignorance (jahiliyyat).” The first pillar of Islam iswalaayat, which includes the recognition and obedience of the Imam-uz-zaman. The Qur’anic ayat

quoted above states that all things, all knowledge and the essence of creation, is encompassed in the Imam. Though the Imam is in seclusion, it is our firm belief that an Imam in the progeny of Mohammed and Ali is present on the face of this earth at all times. The Imam is the spiritual sun whose light shines in the night of seclusion through his Dai, the spiritual moon. As the physical moon reflects the light of the sun, the spiritual moon, the Dai, reflects the light of the spiritual sun, the Imam. The presence of the Dai is in itself a proof of the presence of the Imam. It is in Allah’s wisdom that night follows day, and no sound person claims that the sun has ceased to exist when it sets every evening. It is also Allah’s wisdom that the Imam enters the cave of seclusion during certain periods. Similarly, those with sound minds and beliefs do not doubt for a second that he is present though he is in seclusion. The celebration of the Milad of Imamuz-zaman, the Imam of our age, on the 4th of Rabiul-Akhar is a day for us to

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rejoice and remember the Imam to whom we pay allegiance and through whom we will achieve salvation and najaat. It is the day to remember and acknowledge that an Imam in flesh and blood graces the face of this earth this very day. The reason it is celebrated on the 4th of Rabiul Akhar is that it is the day of the birth of the 21st Imam, Imam Tayyib SA. The 21st Imam was born in the time of zuhoor and he then entered into seclusion. When he entered into seclusion, his father Imam Aamir, the 20th Imam, appointed a Da’i to represent him and establish his Da’wat, at the hands of Maulatuna Hurratul Malika. The Da’wat during the time of the Imams’ seclusion is known as the Da’wat of Imam Tayyib, Tayyibi Da’wat. Just as we address Imam-uz-zaman (the Imam of our age) as Tayyib al-Asr (Tayyib of our age) our hudaat made it a practice to celebrate the Milad of Imam-uz-zaman on the day of the Milad of Imam Tayyib the 21st Imam. Thus, 4thRabiul Akhar is known as the Milad of Imam Tayyib and also the Milad of Tayyib-ul-Asr, Imam-uzzaman. We offer thanks to Allah Ta’ala on this day that he has guided us to the recognition of the Imam of our through his Dai in our midst. Those with the eyes of baseerat and faith see the light of the Imam shining in him.

DAWAT HISTORY SERIES: Sijill-ulBisharat – The Announcement of Imam Tayyib’s SA Birth On 4th of Rabiul Aakhar 524H, the 21stImam, Imam Tayyib Abul Qasim SA was born. The 20th Imam, Imam Aamir sent the good tidings (bishaarat/bushra) of the birth of his noble son to his Hujjat Maultuna Hurratul Malika in Yemen in an iconic Sijill(epistle/letter) which is

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famously known as the Sijill-ulBisharat (the Epistle of Good Tidings). The 19th Dai Syedna Idris Imaduddin in his kitab Uyun ul Akhbarpresents the text of the Sijill. In the Sijill, Imam Aamir informs Maulatuna Hurratul Malika AS that he has been blessed with a son and successor whom, “Allah Ta’ala has brought forth from the essence of prophecy, light brought forth from light.” This is a powerful image of one Imam coming after another from a unified source of light. On the occasion of Milad we are pleased to present a full translation of the Sijill by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba including a preface to the Sijill in Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA Risaalat Daw’u Nooril Haqqil Mubeen 1385H (pp. 58). This is an excerpt, the full document and English translation is presented on Fatemidawat.com. God’s blessings on me cannot be counted. They have no boundary and no limit, and minds cannot encompass them. For they are like clouds—each time a cloud pours down and moves away, another richly heavy cloud takes its place. They are like the sun, blazingly bright. Continuous, connected, unending. They are like the rain-clouds, coming one after the other, morning and evening. Among the most sublime of these blessings in value, the greatest in eminence and distinction, and the loftiest in majesty and pride, is the gift which God has just given me: a pure son, righteous and pleasing, virtuous and God-fearing. (His birth) took place on the eve of Sunday, 4th of the month of Rabi ul Akhar in the (Hijri) year 524 (=March 1130 AD). The royal pulpits revel in the fragrance of his name, the hopes of

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LEGAL UPDATES Bombay High Court 19th January 2015

Bedouins and city dwellers alike stretch toward his gifts, darknesses are illumined by his brow’s glow and his forehead’s splendor, and the Fatimid empire’s pearls of virtues and eminence are strung together in him. God has brought him forth from the essence of prophecy, light brought forth from light, giving him to me as a gift that strike sparks from delight’s flint-stones. I have named him Tayyib, because of the pure fragrance, teeb, of his essence, and given him the filionymic, kunyat, Abu-l-Qasim, which is the kunyat of his grandfather, prophet of right guidance; for his substance, jawhar, has been brought forth from his substance. I offer gratitude to God Most High for this great blessing, for He has made a brilliant star rise in the skies of my empire, a glowing light in the firmament of my majesty and loftiness. I offer gratitude in the hope that it will ensure the continuity of God’s blessings and the steady rain of His gifts and kindnesses. I ask God to fulfill my dearest hopes in him, to keep the rope-chain of the Imamate’s links unceasingly connected, one link after the other, as long as days are connected with nights. I ask God to make him a refuge for guidanceseekers, proof against nay-sayers, succor for the distressed, a rain-cloud for the drought-stricken, shelter for the fearful, and bliss for people of


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perception—so that the world gains by his felicity the largest share and portion of bliss, and the Imamate smiles widely in happiness.

LEGAL UPDATES: Bombay High Court 19th January 2015 The Hon’ble Justice G. S. Patel has directed that the revised affidavits of documents and Statements of Admission and Denial of documents are to be completed and exchanged by 9th February, 2015 and the plaintiffs evidence affidavits will be filed by 4th of March, 2015. The Hon’ble Court has listed the suit for marking documents and cross-examination (trial stage) of the Plaintiff’s witnesses for three consecutive days from the 18th till the 20th of March from 12 noon onwards. NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna TUS Regular Sabaq – 27th Rabiul Awwal 1436H Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS delivered the fourth Sabaq for Mumineen at Darus Sakina on Saturday the 27th of Rabiul Awwal. In the Sabaq Syedna TUS showered pearls of wisdom on all the present and enriched their souls with spiritual sustenance. Syedna TUS began the Sabaq with an explanation of Rasulullah’s SA Hadith in which he likened different hearts to different fruits. A heart with faith (imaan) but without knowledge (‘ilm) is like a date (tamr), for it had good taste but no fragrance. Second, a heart with neither knowledge nor faith is like a colocynth (hanzal- plant of the gourd family), for it has a bad taste and a foul smell. Third, a heart with knowledge but no faith is like a myrtle (aas), it exudes a fragrance but when you taste it, it is extremely bitter. Fourth, a heart with both knowledge and faith is a like citrus fruit (utrujjat), a fruit that is both fragrant and tasty. Syedna TUS

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explained the nuances and depth of this Hadith. Syedna TUS continued bayaan he began in the earlier sabaq on the Tawil and signification of the namaz, particularly the five fareezat prayers. Towards the end of the Sabaq Syedna TUS explained a saying by the fourth Imam, Imam Mohammed-ulBaqir SA. On one occasion, Imam Mohammed-ul-Baqir addressed a gathering of his followers who had come to meet him. He told them that, “you have come here in my presence, and I urge you to convey my counsel to other mumineen when you meet them. First, I urge you to always maintain taqwa, a comprehensive term that denotes maintaining the fear of Allah, remembering that He is all knowing, and dedicating time to His ‘ibaadat. Second, those of you who are rich should take care of those who are poor and in difficulty. Third, those who are healthy should go and enquire about the health of those who are unwell. Fourth, those who are alive should attend thejanaza of those who have passed away. They should visit and aid the family they have left behind in any way possible.” Syedna added that our society, mumineen’s society, should be such that we empathize with one another and care for each other. The Imam SA concluded, “if you practice what I have advised you to then you will give life to our cause” (hamara amar ne zinda karso). Baqir Imam SA then bestowed doa, “May Allah Ta’ala shower His rehmaton those who gives life our cause.” The Imam then advised them that you always to “good deeds” (amal saleh). Syedna added that it is vital to keep this in our mind, to have a mindset geared towards good deeds: praying namaz, Qur’an, living by Shri’at, good character. Baqir Imam SA then firmly said, “you will not enjoy/receive the

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virtues and blessings of our walaayatand mohabbat without piety and hard work/endeavor.” Syedna TUS added that, “in this age where people are very time conscious, I always say that the time you spend for the recitation of Qur’an, for namaz, for going to the Masjid and for good deeds, that is the best investment of your time.” Mumineen present offered Shukur in Hazrat Imamiyya for the barakat of the ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed SA and for the energizing their hidayat and guidance. May Allah Ta’ala grant the longest life to Aqamaula TUS to continue to bestow us with this ne’mat and may He give us thetawfeeq and strength to live according to Syedna’s counsel.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Milad Imam-uz-zaman SA Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will preside over Milad Imam-uzzaman SAKhushi Majlis on Saturday, 4th Rabiul Aakhar 1436H (24th January 2015) at 4.00PM at Darus Sakina, Thane. SyednaTUS will do bayaan and zikar of Tayyib Imam SA in the Majlis. Majlis will be followed by Maghrib Isha Namaaz and Khushi Jaman. In Bakersfield Shz. Taher bhaisaheb will preside over Milad Khushi Majlis on eve of Milad Imam-uz-zaman SA, 4mi raat of Rabiul Aakhar (Friday, 23rd January 2015) at 5.45PM PST (Saturday 24th January 7.15AM IST). The Majlis will be broadcast live and will be available for replay using this link. Mas’uls (Coordinators) in each town will inform local mumineen about their respective Majlis programs. In towns where coordinators are listed, please contact them directly for further details. Mumineen in other towns and cities should take barakaat on this auspicious


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occasion. Mumineen should recite qasida composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA Milaadu Maulanal-Imamit-Tayyibi (PDF of text onwebsite) and take part in the Majlis in Bakersfield through the link provided above.

FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 2 – Introduction –The Meaning & Purpose of Shari’at Last week the second part in the series ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ was

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presented. In the 16 minute video, Shz Taher Bhaisaheb addresses the meaning and purpose of the Shari’at of Islam, Shari’at Mohammadiyya. Through the sabaq he raises and answers pertinent questions. Part 2 (16 min) of the sabaq series is now available for viewing on Fatemidawat.com. Part 3 will be available next week inshaallah.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Saturday Bethak As earlier stated in the philosophy of

Da'wat and the Guiding Principles, access to the Dai is available for all mumineen, not just a select few. Following the end of Ashara Mubaraka, bethak audience with Syedna Qutbuddin are once again scheduled every Saturday (starting Saturday 23rd Muharram/ 15th November). Bethak is at 6.30pm at Darus Sakina, Thane after Imamat Namaz. Mumineen are invited for Salawat Jaman.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week

Upcoming updates Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Women in Islam Series: The Experience of a Muslim Woman Part 2 QJSP: First Higher Education Scholarships Details Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz Highlights Shz Taher bhaisaheb monthly sabaq broadcast Matrimonial Forum and Nikah Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

SIJILL ARTICLE: The Philosophy of Celebrating Milad of Imam-uz-Zaman SA DAWAT HISTORY SERIES: Sijill-ul-Bisharat – The Announcement of Imam Tayyib’s SA Birth LEGAL UPDATES: Bombay High Court 19th January 2015 ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Milad Imam-uzzaman SA FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 2 – Introduction –The Meaning & Purpose of Shari’at ANNOUNCEMENT: Saturday Bethak

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‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬

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are the jewelry (zewar) with which a Mumin should adorn himself.

*‫ق عَظ ٍِيم‬ ٍ ُ ‫ك لَعَلَى خ ُل‬ َ َ ‫و َِإن‬

َ ‫ن ُأوتُوا ال ْعِلْم‬ َ ‫ن آم َن ُوا م ِنك ُ ْم و َال َذِي‬ َ ‫يَرْف َِع الل َه ُ ال َذِي‬ *‫َات‬ ٍ ‫دَرَج‬ (Surat al-Qalam: 4 and Surat alMujadala: 11) Your character is indeed great. Allah Ta’ala raises those who believe and those who have been given knowledge in high ranks. SIJILL ARTICLE: ‘Ilm & Adab/Khuluq - Education & Good Mannerisms Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS always emphasizes the importance of two things: 1- ‘ilm (education and knowledge) and 2- adab/khuluq – good mannerisms and character. The two Qur’anic ayats quoted above highlight the importance of these two fundamental characteristics. As Syedna Taher SaifuddinRA characterized them in his nasihat, they

Education involves, first and foremost, the attainment of the knowledge of Aale Mohammed. This includes the knowledge of our aqeeda and creed: knowledge of how to recite the Qur’an and its multiple levels of meanings, knowledge of the tenets and obligations of Shari’at and the signification and the reason behind each stipulation, knowledge of the history of our hudaat kiraam and their akhbaar, and knowledge of the valuable lessons learned from their example. The collective knowledge of zahir, tawil and haqiqat are an ocean of knowledge without a shore. Over the centuries, ourhudaat kiraam have imparted this divine knowledge to their mumineen. Indeed this is the life-giving-water for our souls. Syedna Abdeali SaifuddinRA established the Dars-e-Saify which Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA then

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reorganized, expanded and renamed the Jame’a Saifiyyah. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA further expanded the Jame’a and established a branch in Karachi. Today Syedna Qutbuddin TUS continues to impart this knowledge in his writings, his waaz and bayaans, his sabaqs and through his actions. With his raza, sabaqs are taught regularly in Darus Sakina and other towns and are also available online. Never has it been easier to seek this invaluable ‘ilm. Alongside the ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed, secular (worldly) education is extremely important. It is through education that our community has gained a reputation of being a respected, peace loving and prosperous community. An individual may leave behind material wealth for his children, but as Amirul Mumineen SA has said, the best inheritance is education. In today’s dynamic world, education gives us the tools to maintain our values and at the same time advance and engage positively with each other and the communities that surround us. Also, RasulullahSA has said, “to seek knowledge is a farizat and obligation on every Muslim man and every Muslim woman.” Rasulullah SA stated this phrase 13 centuries ago, and those today who forbid women from fulfilling this obligation, in any which way, are certainly not following Rasulullah’s philosophy. Ourhudaat kiraam have over the years established many schools, educational institutes and organizations to encourage education. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RAachieved a near 100% literacy rate for the community, especially during a time period in India when Muslims and women at large were far behind this rate. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA also established many schools and the Burhani College in

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Mumbai. Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS continues this legacy by encouraging mumineen to pursue secular education to the highest levels. He encouraged his own children, sons and daughters, to pursue the highest degrees in the most renowned universities. They did so with the raza and continued doa of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, every step of the way. Today Syedna Qutbuddin continues this effort by the establishment of the Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program (QJSP), which grants scholarships for all education and in particular Higher education. At least 30% of the scholarships are reserved for highly qualified, dedicated and motivated girls. As the saying goes, “if you educate a girl, you educate an entire family.” The other element that Syedna TUS emphasizes is good character and mannerisms (khuluq and adab). It is notable that Rasulullah SA is mentioned many times in the Quran, but he is only praised once: “your character is indeed great” (theayat is quoted above) . Good character is a cornerstone of every divine religion from the time of Adam Nabi SA to the time of our Nabi Mohammed Rasulullah SA. The virtues of honesty, kindness, sincerity and compassion are an essential part of our religion. Indeed, our hudaat kiraam have stated that “the mannerisms or adab of religion must come before religion” (adabud-deen qablad-deen). Before the zuhoor of Imam Mehdi Billah SA, he sent Dai Abi Abdillah to North Africa to spread the Imam’s Da’wat. According to our kitaabs, the large majority of people were drawn to Dai Abi Abdillah because of his akhlaaq and goodness of character. Syedi Mohammed bhaisaheb Badruddin, Syedna Abdul Qadir Najmuddin’s RA grandson, wrote a letter to Syedna Qutbuddin in which he

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said: “in the Qur’an, Allah Ta’ala has said to Rasulullah SA that ‘you character is indeed great’, and to you also Allah Ta’ala has given such good character”. The goodness of character and being a good human being, is the first step towards being a good mumin. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the strength to follow guidance and example of our Mawali Tahereen, and particularly our guide in the present time, Syedna Khuzaima QutbuddinTUS. Let his guidance and our actions and choices show that we are good and educated individuals, and that our community is defined by these noble traits. May Allah Ta’ala grant those who have gone astray the tawfeeq to see the contrast in the noble guidance of Syedna Qutbuddin, who is forming a harmonious community united by love in which individuals respect and care for each other, and the misguidance of those who are creating a community that is weakly held together by fear, suspicion, scandal, and slander. We thank Allah Ta’ala that in this day in which the whole world is seeing a decay of Morals we are led by a Dai whose guides us by his words and by example to be better human beings, to be pious muslims and Mumins and to live a full and honest life in this world and prepare for a blessed eternal life in paradise. May He give a long life to our guide Syedna Qutbuddin TUS till qiyamat and may he give us the sense and strength to follow his guidance.

NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Burhanuddin RA Awarded Padma Shri Award on Republic Day 2015 It is a matter of pride for our community that our beloved 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA was posthumously awarded the Padma Shri Award, one of the highest civilian awards conferred by the Indian government. This was awarded to


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Syedna Burhanuddin for his ‘distinguished service’ to the community, the country and humanity at large. The awards are announced on Republic Day, the 26th of January, every year. TUS

NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Republic Day Message & Flag Hoisting As India celebrates its 66th Republic Day, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS held a flag hoisting ceremony at Darus Sakina and wrote a message of felicitation and prayer to notable leaders of the Nation: “I extend sincere greetings and felicitations for the 66th Republic Day of India. Our Prophet MohammadSA has said “Love of your nation is an integral part of faith.” My predecessors the 51st Dai, His Holiness Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, and 52nd Dai, His Holiness Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin RA, have for the past 100 years guided the Dawoodi Bohra Community on this path. Today as the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq and Syedna of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, I continue in the tradition of my predecessors and guide my followers, to being good, peace loving and contributing citizens of our Nation. Thus, as we celebrate our Republic Day, we are hopeful that the spirit of our Constitution remains a uniting force for our diverse nation. We pray that we live up to its principles and strive to serve our nation with the noble goals of achieving prosperity for all, education for all and social security for all. We face challenging times, but the future is full of promise and possibilities. It is with this positive spirit that we move forward in the face of adversity, striving to uphold our principles of truth, justice, equity and social service and we are confident that we will achieve success in our

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endeavours because of them. As we continue on this path, we will achieve the promise of our Republic.” Photos of the Flag Hoisting ceremony are presented on Fatemidawat.com.

NEWS & EVENTS: Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb Visit to Mumineen in Kolkata & Meeting with Pro ViceChancellor of University of Calcutta Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb visited Kolkata this week to convey Syedna Qutbuddin’s TUS message of doa, himmat, and steadfastness to mumineen residing in the city and to communicate Syedna’s vision for a harmonious community with its foundation on love and respect. He added that SyednaTUS always stresses the importance of education, especially education of girls, and the importance of good character. He also conveyed to mumineen current social programs for mumineens’ upliftment, particularly the Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program for Higher Education. He emphasized the need for solidarity in challenging times so that all Dawoodi Bohras unite under the leadership and guidance of the Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA true successor, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. Shz. Aziz bhaisaheb also visited the historic and vibrant University of Calcutta where he was warmly received by the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of the Arabic and Persian Department. He also held a meeting with the faculty of the Arabic and Persian Department and discussed the importance of education, publications, and seminars in ensuring communal harmony and religious tolerance. He was also given a tour of the campus and the Central Library that houses books from the 16th century and is undertaking a substantial digitization program. Shz. Aziz bhaisaheb’s visit and the 7

causes that he promoted were reported by several newspapers including the Kolkata edition of the Hindustan Times and the Statesman. The articles are presented in the media section of Fatemidawat.com.

FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 3 – The Birth of a Mumin’s Child We are pleased to present the third part in the series ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’. In this 21 minute video, Shz Taher bhaisaheb begins by stressing the importance of aqal– intellect – in the understanding of Shari’at. The focus of this part is on the birth of a Mumin’s child and the hidayat of our Mawali Tahereen about the birth of a child. Shz. Taher bhaisaheb stresses the importance of offering thanks to Allah Ta’ala for the blessing of a child and the erroneous views of those who are saddened when a girl is born. He said that Rasulullah SA has said that it is indeed a blessing that one’s first child is a girl (min yumnil-mar’i an yakuna bikruha jaariyatan). Shz. Taher bhaisaheb then discusses the significance and different aspects of Naming (chatti), Male Circumcision (khitanat), Talisman (Tawiz), Aqeeqa and breast-feeding (rada’at). Part 3 (21 min) of the sabaq series is now available for viewing on Fatemidawat.com. In previous weeks, the first and second part in the series ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ were presented. In the first two parts, Shz Taher Bhaisaheb addresses the meaning and purpose of the Shari’at of Islam, Shari’at Mohammadiyya and introduces the Sabaq Series. Through the sabaq he raises and answers pertinent questions. The Sabaq videos are available onFatemidawat.com and also as a


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NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna TUS Milad Imam-uz-zaman Bayaan Highlights & Photos Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS presided over the khushi Majlis of Tayyib Imam SAMilad Mubarak Majlis on the 4th of Rabiul Aakhar at Darus Sakina. Highlights of the Bayaan Syedna TUS delivered in the Majlis alongside photos of the Majlis will be presented in next week’s Sijill inshaallah. FATEMI MADRASA ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Milad Madeh and Poetry Competition Madeh is a tradition of our Dawat.

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Syedna Mu’ayyad Shirazi, the Babul Abwaab of Mustansir Imam has said in a qasida: “any praise [poetry] other than yours is nonsense. Your praise is part of religion, it is a noble task and it is insightful”. The 29th of Rabiul Aakhar (18th February) is the Milad Mubarak of our beloved Aqamaula Syedna Khuzaima QutbuddinTUS. Mumineen, especially children of Fatemi Madrasa, are encouraged to submit Madeh in Dawat-ni-zaban or poems in English expressing their sentiments for their spiritual father and Dai. Younger children are encouraged to make decorated cards expressing milad tehniyat to our beloved moula, and submit photographs of the cards to info@fatemidawat.com. The submissions will be presented to

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Syedna Qutbuddin on the eve of his Milad Mubarak. Please email all submissions to info@fatemidawat.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Saturday Bethak As earlier stated in the philosophy of Da'wat and the Guiding Principles, access to the Dai is available for all mumineen, not just a select few. Following the end of Ashara Mubaraka, bethak audience with Syedna Qutbuddin are once again scheduled every Saturday (starting Saturday 23rd Muharram/ 15th November). Bethak is at 6.30pm at Darus Sakina, Thane after Imamat Namaz. Mumineen are invited for Salawat Jaman.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week

Upcoming updates Milad Imam-uz-zaman SA Bayan Highlights and Photos Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Women in Islam Series: The Experience of a Muslim Woman Part 2 QJSP: First Higher Education Scholarships Details Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz Highlights Shz Taher bhaisaheb monthly sabaq broadcast Matrimonial Forum and Nikah Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

SIJILL ARTICLE: ‘ilm & Adab (Education & Good Mannerisms) NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Burhanuddin RA Awarded Padma Shri Award on Republic Day 2015 NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna TUS Republic Day Message & Flag Hoisting NEWS & EVENTS: Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb Visit to Mumineen in Kolkata & Meeting with Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of Calcutta FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 3 – The Birth of a Mumin’s Child NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna TUS Milad Imam-uz-zaman Bayaan Highlights & Photos FATEMI MADRASA - ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Milad Madeh and Poetry Competition ANNOUNCEMENT: Saturday Bethak

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Sijill 52 - first anniversary on milad of 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫ن من ر َبك ُ ْم و َأَ نزَلْنَا‬ ٌ ‫اس ق َ ْد ج َاءَكُم بُر ْهَا‬ ُ َ ‫يَا أَ يُهَا الن‬ *‫ِإلَيْك ُ ْم نُور ًا م ُبينًا‬

(Surat al-Nisaa’: 174) O people, a Burhan (proof) has now come to you from your Lord, and We have revealed to you a manifest light. SIJILL ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY: The 52nd Issue By the grace of Allah Ta’ala, thenazaraat of his Waliyy Imam-uzzamanSA, and the doa Mubarak of Aqamola Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, today is the 52nd edition of Sijill. It is this weekly newsletter’s first one-year anniversary. It is a most happy coincidence 52nd issue of Sijill is released as we celebrate the Milad of the 52nd Dai, our beloved Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. As we celebrate a full year of Sijill, we

look back at the year that has passed the challenges that we have faced and the bounties that we have received in the last 52 weeks. We are thankful for both the challenges and the bounties. We are thankful for the challenges because they have strengthened our resolve and conviction. We are thankful for the bounties, because they have enriched our souls and raised our ranks in Jannat. During this critical period in our history, Sijill has served as a historical diary and recorded all events, developments and milestones since Syedna Burhanuddin’s wafaat last year. Sijill has had the singular privilege of conveying the 53rdDai al-Mutlaq’s, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, divine message of truth, guidance and love. Throughout the year, it has been the birthplace of various community building efforts and article series such as History & Biography, Nazaraat, Bayaan Highlights, Qasidas & Doas in translation, Ikhwanus-Safa, Women in Islam, Trade & Finance, Zakaat & Vajebaat, Legal Updates, News &

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Events and Amal Details. For the first time in the history of Dawat through the use of the internet, mumineen were directly guided in spiritual matters and were explained the relevance of these occasions. In these challenging times, Sijill has consciously been a positive and forward-looking force in the face of negativity and slander. The Sijill team offers shukur to Aqamola’s TUS Hazrat Imamiyya for granting us the sharaf of this khidmat. The completion of these 52 issues is solely a result of Syedna’s TUS continuous doa and nazaraat. We commend and appreciate the efforts of all those who relentlessly devoted their time and energy to this project week after week. May we continue to serve our Dai and his Dawat, the Dawat of Imam-uzzaman SA, with sincerity, integrity and conviction/devotion. We look forward to the next year!

SIJILL ARTICLE: Syedna Burhanuddin’s RA Milad – The Burhan & Light from Allah Ta’ala “The birthday of Rasulullah is a day of Eid for Muslims” wrote Syedna Taher Saifuddin. Rasulullah’s birthday signifies a day on which our savior and guide was born. It is a day to celebrate him and the noble mission and Dawat he established. The celebration of the Milad of Imamuz-zaman SA on the 4th of Rabiul Aakhar and the celebration of the 52nd Dai, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s Milad on the 20th of Rabiul Aakhar is also a celebration of both their noble births and the Da’wat that they personify. In his bayaan on the Milad Imam-uzzamanSA on the 4th of Rabiul Aakhar, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS read from Sijillul-Bisharat, the Epistle of Good Tidings,

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sent by Imam Aamir to Maultuna Hurratul Malika AS in which he gave her the good tidings of Tayyib Imam’s birth. In the epistle, the birth of the Imam is described as, “light brought forth from light.” Syedna Qutbuddin TUSadded that the city of Cairo, al-Qahirah alMu’izziyya, was decorated and illuminated with lanterns to celebrate the Imam’s birth. After the 50th Dai Syedna Abdullah Badruddin RA passed away, at the end of the 40 days of mourning, all the Masjids and Da’wat buildings were illuminated with lanterns (diwa) for the occasion of Chehlum. It was divine providence (inayat) that by the nazaraat of Imamuz-zaman, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA was born. The illumination was as it was for the birth of Imam Tayyib SA. The birth of Syedna Burhanuddin RA was also as Imam Aamir described, “light brought forth from light.” Syedna Burhanuddin, as the ayat quoted above states, was the Burhan, the proof, sent forth for our guidance, and the divine light to illuminate our path. As we celebrate Syedna Burhanuddin’s Milad, we do not simply celebrate an individual’s birth. We celebrate the day in which a divine star was born, when light came forth from light.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Milad Majlis – 20th Rabiul Aakhar Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will preside over the khushi Majlis of Maulana al-Muqaddas fi A’la Ilyyeen, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Milad Mubarak on the eve of 20th of Rabiul Aakhar (8th February, Sunday) at Darus Sakina, after Maghrib Isha namaz. Mumineen are invited for Salawaat Khushi jaman after Majlis.

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In Bakersfield Shz. Taher bhaisaheb Majlis on this occasion will be broadcast live on 20th Rabiul Aakhar (9th February, Monday) at 4.30PM PST (6.00AM IST, 10thFebruary). Mumineen who are unable to attend are urged to: Recite the Qasida Mubaraka of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, in which he describes the shanaat of Burhanuddin Moula RA Recite the Qasida Mubaraka of Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA, written on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr in 1411H. Recite the Madeh written by Syedna Qutbuddin TUS in shaan of Syedna Burhanuddin RA at the time of Syedna Burhanuddin’s Takht Nasheeni. This madeh was recited in front of Syedna Burhanuddin RA in the grand ziyafat function of Shabab-ulEid-iz-Zahabi that was held in Kamla Nehru Park, Mumbai. Hear/view excerpt of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA bayaan Mubarak on his Milad 1427H. Join Shz. Taher bhaisaheb Majlis in Bakersfield live at the time mentioned above or replay (Click this link)

BAYAAN: Excerpt from Syedna Burhanuddin RA Milad Waaz 1427H On the occasion of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Milaad Mubarak we are pleased to present and excerpt from Milad Mubarak waaz in 1427H. This was Syedna Burhanuddin’s RA 95th Milad Mubarak which was celebrated in London. Syedna Qutbuddin TUS had also traveled to London for the occasion. In the video excerpt Syedna Burhanuddin RA blesses mumineen with priceless words. He says, “mumineen


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you are in my thoughts every minute and every second. May Allah Ta’ala keep us together in this world and the Hereafter.” We offer thanks to Allah Ta’ala that we were with Syedna Burhanuddin RA in this world and also offer thanks that we are with his true successor today and that we will be with Syedna Burhanuddin RA in the Hereafter.

QASIDAS IN TRANSLATION: Qasida Written by Syedna Qutbuddin TUS on Syedna Burhanuddin RA Milad 1427H Every year on the occasion of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA Milaad, his Mazoon and Mansoos composed a Qasida in which he expressed his sentiments, prayers and devotion to his Dai. On the occasion of Syedna Burhanuddin’sRA first Urus on the 16th of Rabiul Awwal we published the 100 verse Qasida that Syedna Qutbuddin composed on the occasion of the 100th Milad with photos. On the occasion of the 104th Milad of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin we are pleased to present the Qasida composed by Syedna Qutbuddin TUS on the occasion of the 95th Milad (the same year from which the Bayaan excerpt is also presented). We are pleased to present this qasida with English translation. These are a few abyaatof the Qasida:

May Allah the Sublime grant long life to our compassionate father, and increase his glory/brightness,

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light. Among the illustrious/noble Dais, you, the 52nd dai, are without doubt as the sun. Verily you, O Muhammad, are Allah’s dai; you lead the people of the world towards Him. Verily you, O vicegerent / Naib of the Imam, are the vessel for the Fuyuz of the Imam. For the houses of God (masjids) in the East and the West, you are the builder. Syedna Taher Saifuddin said in a qasida that ‘this young man is me’, and truly we see him clearly in you. Verily the Eid of your 95th salgirah has brought all happiness. My life is, O Burhanuddin Maula, always always fida fida for you. I seek a glance of beneficence, O wise one, towards me; a glance which makes kimiya [turns metal to gold]. The full Qasida with English translation is presented on Fatemidawat.com.

NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna TUS Milad Imam-uz-zaman Bayaan Highlights & Photos Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS presided over the khushi Majlis of Tayyib Imam SAMilad Mubarak Majlis on the 4th of Rabiul Aakhar at Darus Sakina. In the bayaan Mubarak Syedna TUS recited from the Sijil ul Bisharat, the Epistle of Good Tidings, which Imam Aamir SA sent to Maulatuna Hurratul Malika in Yemen 11

informing her of the birth of Imam TayyibSA. Syedna TUS also described the celebrations in Misar and related those to the celebrations of the birth of Syedna Burhanuddin RA (See Sijill article above). Syedna TUS narrated the unique riwayat of the rock-crystal vessel (Barniyya) that a merchant in Cairo was attempting to sell but could not find any buyers. The merchant was led by one of his friends to a distant land where he entered a luminescent tent and presented the vessels to the Imam. This riwayat about Tayyib Imam SA after he went into satr is the only one that we know. Syedna TUS narrated the riwayat such that the image of the noorani khaymah was in front of us. Syedna Qutbuddin TUS concluded theriwayat by saying that, “Tayyib Imam’s successor, Imam-uzzaman, he is present on the face of this earth today, in a khayma of noor. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the honor of his deedar very soon.” Syedna TUS then beseeched Imam-uz-zamanSA, “your Dai, your servant, Khuzaima Qutbuddin, in ruhaaniyyat (in soul and spirit) offers Sajadaat and Salaam in your Prophetic presence. Our Salaams to you O AmirulMumineen. All these mumineen are with me…forever grace us with your nazaraat. Your Dai, your mark is on his forehead (aapni nishaani ehni pishaani ma che). Grant him support and succor (yaari). You gave him the name Khuzaima and laqab Qutbuddin at the hands of your Dai. You designated him as the 53rd Dai. I am sacrifice (qurbaan) for you with my family and myself. My days and nights are in your remembrance and service.” Syedna TUS bestowed doa Mubarak for mumineen in the bayaan and prayed the shahaadat of Aqa Husain SA. Photos of the Majlis are presented on Fatemidawat.com.


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FATEMIDAWAT.COM: New Layout Over the last year, we have developed the beginning of an immense multimedia library on Fatemidawat.com. In our continuous effort to make the material intuitively accessible, and in honor of the first anniversary, we have restructured and reorganized the sections ofFatemidawat.com. ABOUT: The About Section aims to give a clear and concise explanation about Dawat, its structure and its foundational principles. In this section is the Philosophy Section (includes vision and philosophy of Dawat),Hierarchy of Dawat Section (includes description of Dai, Mazoon, Mukasir), theHistorical Figures and Predecessors Section (includes biographies of previous Du’at), and an Affiliated Organizations Section (includes details about Zahra Hasanaat, QJSP etc.). RESOURCES: This Resources section has five main parts: nazaraat, bayaans, evidence of nass, frequently asked questions. The Nazaraat Section presents Aqa Taher RA and Aqa Burhanuddin RA’s shafaqat and ne’mats on Syedna Qutbuddin TUS and his family. TheBayaans Section has videos and audios of sermons and discourses by Syedna Qutbuddin as well as sermons and discourse by his shehzadas. The Evidence of Nass Section provides a detailed explanation of Syedna Burhanuddin’s nass on Syedna Qutbuddin. Frequently Asked Questions has categories of common questions and concerns regarding nass, current events, Islamic Finance etc. PUBLISHED SERIES: This Published Series section provides a collection of works published in English and other languages, which is considered authoritative by Dawat. It includes texts on pertinent and practical

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subjects such as the Principles of Fatimid-Tayyibi finance. The collection is regularly updated with new material. Most material is available for download as PDF. The categories under this section are,Academic Articles, Dawat History,Ikhwanus Safa, Sijill Articles, Trade and Finance, Wajebaat, Women in Islam, Book, Theses, etc EDUCATION: The Education Section provides information about Madrasa andSabaq. PRAYERS: The Prayers Section is a new section that attempts to consolidate information useful to mumineen in ibaadat. We are working on new layouts in order to present Amal details, and Qasidas, Marsiyas, and Salaams by month. There is also a Hafti section, and a Translation, Commentary on Do’as Section. We are working on presenting these latter sections two in list format. NEWS: The News Section houses messages from Syedna TUS, as well as announcements from Syedna’s office, recent updates, events and more. In this section, you can find Sijill (the newsletter), Announcements,Doa Messages, Events, and the MediaSection as well. CONTACT: This section has a form that you can use to submit an arzi or to contact the office of Syedna for any reason. You can also register here to indicate interest in receiving updates and information. In this section, there is also a directory of all Fatemi Dawat centers around the world. A new comprehensive search tool on the homepage will also be featured soon.

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Mumin’s Child We are pleased to present the third part in the series ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’. In this 21 minute video, Shz Taher bhaisaheb begins by stressing the importance of aqal – intellect – in the understanding of Shari’at. The focus of this part is on the birth of a Mumin’s child and the hidayat of our Mawali Tahereen about the birth of a child. In previous weeks, the first and second part in the series ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ were presented. In the first two parts, Shz Taher Bhaisaheb addresses the meaning and purpose of the Shari’at of Islam, Shari’at Mohammadiyya and introduces the Sabaq Series. Through the sabaq he raises and answers pertinent questions. The Sabaq videos are available on Fatemidawat.com and also as a Podcast through iTunes and Google Play. FATEMI MADRASA ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Milad Madeh and Poetry Competition Madeh is a tradition of our Dawat. Syedna Mu’ayyad Shirazi, the Babul Abwaab of Mustansir Imam has said in a qasida: “any praise [poetry] other than yours is nonsense. Your praise is part of religion, it is a noble task and it is insightful”. The 29th of Rabiul Aakhar (18th February) is the Milad Mubarak of our beloved Aqamaula Syedna Khuzaima QutbuddinTUS. Mumineen, especially children of Fatemi Madrasa, are encouraged to submit Madeh in Dawat-ni-zaban or poems in English expressing their sentiments for their spiritual father and Dai. The submissions will be presented to Syedna Qutbuddin TUS on the eve of his Milad Mubarak. Please email all


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Da'wat and the Guiding Principles, access to the Dai is available for all mumineen, not just a select few. Following the end of Ashara Mubaraka, bethak audience with Syedna Qutbuddin are once again scheduled

every Saturday (starting Saturday 23rd Muharram/ 15th November). Bethak is at 6.30pm at Darus Sakina, Thane after Imamat Namaz. Mumineen are invited for Salawat Jaman.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

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SIJILL ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY: 52nd Issue SIJILL ARTICLE: Syedna Burhanuddin’s Milad – The Burhan & Light from Allah Ta’ala ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RAMilad Majlis – 20th Rabiul Aakhar BAYAAN: Excerpt from Syedna Burhanuddin RA Milad Waaz 1427H QASIDAS IN TRANSLATION: Qasida Written by Syedna Qutbuddin TUS on Syedna Burhanuddin RA Milad 1427H NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna TUS Milad Imam-uz-zaman Bayaan Highlights & Photos FATEMIDAWAT.COM: New Layout FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 3 – The Birth of a Mumin’s Child FATEMI MADRASA - ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Milad Madeh and Poetry Competition ANNOUNCEMENT: Saturday Bethak

Zahra Hasanaat January 2015 Report Tuhfat Tahera Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Women in Islam Series: The Experience of a Muslim Woman - Part 2 QJSP: First Higher Education Scholarships Details Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz Highlights Shz Taher bhaisaheb monthly sabaq broadcast Matrimonial Forum and Nikah Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ *‫ن الل َه‬ َ ِ َ ‫وَم َا بِك ُم م ِن ن ِعْمَة ٍ فم‬ (Surat al-Nahl: 53) And whatever ne’mat you have, it is from Allah. SIJILL ARTICLE: The 53rd Issue on the Milad of the 53rd Dai The 52nd issue of Sijill was released on the Milad of the 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. It is a most happy coincidence that the 53rdissue is released as we celebrate the Milad of the 53rd Dai, our beloved Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. The word ne’mah is defined as blessing or bounty. The greatest ne’mat is the recognition of Imam-uz-zaman, and his Dai in his seclusion, as it is this recognition that ensures our najaat. In the Qur’anic ayat, it is this ne’mat of

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ma’rifat (recognition) that is referred to in the context of the Day of Judgment, “and then you will be questioned aboutna’eem – about the bounty of walaayat” Surat al-Takathur: 8). With this meaning of ne’mat in mind (the blessing of having recognition of Saheb-e-zaman), the significance of the ‘alaamat assigned by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA to Maulana Qutbuddin TUS is very clear. This ‘alaamat was bestowed to be used by Qutbuddin Mola TUS in all his correspondence as a signatory line to be placed at the top of the letterhead, indicating his high station. The ‘alaamatthat was assigned to Syedna Qutbuddin TUS when he was given hadiyyat and was the verse from the Qur’an quoted above Surat al-Nahl: 5 ), “wa ma bikum min ne’matin faminallah” And whatever ne’mat you have, it is from Allah.). The significance of the word ne’mat in thisayat is further emphasized by the fact that the ayat is the 53rd ayat in Surat al-Nahl.

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NAZARAAT: Signs that indicated the shaan of the 53rd Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin

Tuhfat Tahera: A book to teach our children Arabi alphabets by taking the name of Dai Zamaan and learning his esteemed qualities. Syedna Qutbuddin composed two stories for the description of the first two letters, in Syedna Taher Saifuddin's time. The rest have been completed with his raza mubarak on this auspicious occasion


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The ayat Syedna Taher Saifuddin assigned to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin for his ‘alaamat was ‘Mohammadun Rasulullah’ Surat alFath: 29), which also clearly indicated the 51st Dai’s vision for Syedna Burhanuddin as a Dai of Rasulullah’s Dawat. The significance of the ‘alaamat given to Syedna Qutbuddin by Syedna Taher Saifuddin was recognized by many. Shehzada Mohammedul Baqir bhaisaheb amaluddin, Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s youngest son, referred to its significance in writing. See Nazaraat section below. On the auspicious occasion of Syedna Qutbuddin’s TUS Milad, we praise Allah Ta’ala and offer gratitude for the ne’mah of the recognition of the Dai of our age, the naa’ib of our Imam and the noor of Allah Ta’ala, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. The word ‘alaamat means literally a sign. The ‘alaamat, the signature assigned to Syedna Qutbuddin, was and is a very clear sign from Syedna Taher Saifuddin for us today. May Allah Ta’ala keep us in the saya of His ne’mat, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. May we be forever grateful for the blessings that are bestowed upon us night and day by him, and may we have the courage and honor to serve in his khidmat throughout our lives. May Allah ta’ala grant Qutbuddin Moula glorious victories in the battles against Dawat’s enemies, and May Allah ta’ala grant Syedna Qutbuddin a long and healthy life.

NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS Meets President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan His Holiness Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin Saheb called on the President of India His Excellency Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati

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Bhavan, New Delhi on Friday 13 of February to convey the greetings of the Dawoodi Bohra Community. In the hour long meeting matters pertinent to the role of the community in the future of the nation were discussed.

reads “The Dai al-Mutlaq who is amongst you has been sent by God and his Wali the Imam)”. Referring to this most momentous 53rd ayat shareefa that was bestowed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin to Qutbuddin Mola, the 12th son of Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Shehzada Mohammad-ul-Baqir Bhaisaheb Jamaluddin QR wrote in a dedication ofKitab al-Azhar which he presented as a gift to Qutbuddin Mola on his Milad: Dedication:

Further details of the meeting and photos will be presented in Sijill next week.

NAZARAAT: Signs that indicated the shaan of the 53rd Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin Qutbuddin Mola TUS is bestowed the 53rdayat shareefa by Syedna Taher SaifuddinRA at the time of his Haddiyyat When Syedna Taher Saifuddin Aqa RAbestowed haddiyyat upon his son whose name he loved the most (as said by Burhanuddin Mola RA in his waaz on 17 Shabaan, 1385H), he bestowed him the‘alaamat of the 53rd Qur’anic ayat in Surat al-Nahl “wa ma bikum min ne’matin faminallah” “There is no neʿmat – grace – among you but it is from Allah”). This‘alaamat was bestowed to be used by Qutbuddin Mola TUS in all his correspondence as a signatory line to be placed at the top of the letterhead, indicating his high station. The higher-level significance of this ayat shareefa is explained in Dawat texts: “neʿmat” in the ayat refers to the Dai al-Mutlaq, who is the most significant of God’s graces amongst us, for he leads us to the path of najaat and salvation in the time of the seclusion of the Imam. The ayat then 16

To the greatest Mawla and grandest patrician, who shines in the firmament of religion like the full moon. The trees and plants and stars will bow down in sajda to him. For he has been given [the signature-‘alaamat by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA]: “All your blessings come from Allah” (Quran 16:53), Allah ta’ala’s words in His Book, and all His blessings are bestowed on him. The tongues of all God’s servants will say to him “Yes!” (in giving the oath of allegiance Misaq). He is Mazoon of the luminous Dawat (alDawat-al-Gharra’), Khuzaima bhaisaheb Qutbuddin TUS, my Master. My soul, my heart, my liver are all fida upon him. From the humblest ghulam of Mawlana, father of us all, TUS, Muhammad-ul-Baqir Jamaluddin- 29 Rabi’ al-Akhar 1398H [7 April, 1978] In this dedication, Shehzada Jamaluddin recognizes the maqam of Qutbuddin Mol as the Mansoos of Burhanuddin Mola, for whom all will do sajda when he becomes Dai, and for whom all will say Naʿam “ es ” in giving the Misaq to him when he becomes Dai. A scan of the original dedication is presented on Fatemidawat.com.


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Burhanuddin Mola sends a letter to Qutbuddin Mola TUS, in which a senior amil indicates that Qutbuddin Mola TUS will be 53rd Dai Many years ago, during the days of the Mubarak Milads in Rabi-ul-Aakhar of Imam-uz-Zaman

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, Syedna RA

Mohammed Burhanuddin Aqa , and his Mazoon and Mansoos Syedna TUS

Khuzaima Qutbuddin Aqa , Shaikh Mohsin bin Shaikh Hebatullah, a senior amil, wrote a letter to offer mubarakbadi to Qutbuddin Mola. In it he observed that the sum of the dates of all the three Milads – Imam-uzth

Zaman on the 4 , Syedna th

Burhanuddin on the 20 , and th

Qutbuddin Mola on the 29 – totalled 53. He first presented this letter in the Hazrat Imamiyyah of Burhanuddin Mola. Showing happiness to the sentiments expressed in the letter, particularly of Qutbuddin Mola’s rd

maqam as 53 Dai, Syedna Burhanuddin then sent the letter to Qutbuddin Mola. Translation: “I present the gift of noble bowings and felicitations, whose qualities no listing can do justice to, and sublime greetings, whose perfumed fragrance crushed musk cannot match, and from whose wafting happiness continues to prevail, to the learned and eloquent patriarch, the kind and counseling leader, who, in the Saifiyya Dawat (i.e. Dawat of Syedna Taher Saifuddin) is worthy of all praise, and who is elevated above its rank-holders (hudood), the good, eminent prince, whose title Qutbuddin plainly expresses his qualities. May he always be happy, in a life whose blossoms are fresh and fragrant. … Birth anniversary of the Imam of the Age SA, date 4 (Rabi-ul-Aakhar, 4th month of Islamic calendar) = 21st Imam SA

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Birth anniversary of the Dai of the Age SA, date 20 (Rabi-ul-Aakhar, 4th month of Islamic calendar) = 52nd Dai TUS Birth anniversary of my master the MazoonTUS, date 29 (Rabi-ul-Aakhar, 4th month of Islamic calendar) [Total of 4+20+29 =] 53 [On the envelope:] In the exalted Imam-like presence (of the Dai), May Allah continue its blessings (towards us). Congratulations for the blessed birthday. My master Mazoon Saheb, May (Allah) continue his shadow (upon us). From the lowest of the servants of our Syedna, May God prolong his life, -Mohsin Shaikh Hebatullah” A scan of the original letter is presented on Fatemidawat.com.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS Milad Majlis – 29th Rabiul Aakhar The Tarikhi naam (historic name) for Syedna's Milad this year is 'miskul miladil maymun li sayyidna khuzaima qutbudin' - (the musk of the blessed milad of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin) the numerical value of this is 1436

Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will lead Maghrib Isha Namaz on Milad raat, 29mi Rabi al-Aakhar (17th February). Followed by muminaat behno Wadhawanu program at Darus Sakina, Thane. All Mumineen are invited for Salawat and Khushi Jaman. On Milad Mubarak day Wednesday 29 Rabi al-Aakhar (18th February), Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will preside over Milad khushi Majlis and deliver

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Waaz mubarak at 4.00pm. Followed by Maghrib Isha Namaz and Jamada alUla Pehli Raat Majlis. All Mumineen are invited for Salawat and Khushi Jaman. In Bakersfield Shz. Taher bhaisaheb Majlis on this occasion will be broadcast live on milad night, 29th Rabiul Aakhar (17thFebruary, Monday) after maghrib isha namaaz at 6:15PM PST (7:45AM IST, 18thFebruary). Mumineen who are unable to attend are urged to celebrate this auspicious day: ray ‘Sahibal Asri’ Qasida mubaraka by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA Pray Madeh written on Syedna Qutbuddin Milad this year by Shz. Dr. Bazat Tahera Baisaheba Pray tawassulaat namaaz on milad night after Maghrib Isha or in the day between Zohor and Asar. (link to PDF for niyyat on website) Serve sodunnu on thaal – and gather with fellow mumineen where possible Join Shz. Taher bhaisaheb Majlis in Bakersfield live at the time mentioned above or replay.

MADEH: Madeh in Shaan of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS On occasion of Syedna Qutbuddin’s TUSMilad we present a masterpiece madeh written in shaan of Syedna TUS by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba in Moharram this year along with PDF and audio recording.

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Ajal al-Hayyul Muqaddas Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s Milad Mubarak his esteemed successor Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin presided over Milad Majlis. Shz Dr. Husain Bhaisaheb delivered a spell binding recitation of Quran Majeed and qasidas and madehs in shaan and remembrance of Syedna Mohammed Burhanudin were recited. Mumineen then received the sharafof listening to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA Kalemaat Nooraniyyafrom Milad waaz some years ago. After milad majlis, salawaat and khushi jamaan was held in the gardens of Darus Sakina. Photos of the event are presented on www.fatemidawat.com.

NEWS & EVENTS: Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program – First Scholarships Granted on Milad of Syedna Burhanuddin RA On the auspicious occasion of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s Milad Mubarak, the first three higher education scholarships were issued, and the first two primary school scholarships. The first scholarship was given to a boy from Vasai who is studying mechanical engineering. The second scholarship was given to a girl from Nalasopara who is studying to become a chartered accountant. The third scholarship was given to a boy from Jalgoan who is studying chemical engineering. All higher education scholarship recipients went through a thorough and comprehensive written application and also an interview with the QJSP executive committee. The scholarships were awarded based on academic merit, sense of service, and genuine financial need. The recipients received their scholarships from MoulanaTUS after Milad Majlis, and he bestowed doa Mubarak for success in

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their studies. The higher education scholarship recipients must complete a community service requirement and maintain a successful academic record for their scholarship to be renewed the following academic year. The two primary school scholarships were given to an eight year old boy and ten year old boy from Kurla.

FATEMI MADRASA ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Milad Madeh and Poetry Competition Madeh is a tradition of our Dawat. Syedna Mu’ayyad Shirazi, the Babul Abwaab of Mustansir Imam has said in a qasida: “any praise [poetry] other than yours is nonsense. Your praise is part of religion, it is a noble task and it is insightful”. The 29th of Rabiul Aakhar (18th February) is the Milad Mubarak of our beloved Aqamaula Syedna Khuzaima QutbuddinTUS. Mumineen, especially children of Fatemi Madrasa, are encouraged to submit Madeh in Dawat-ni-zaban or poems in English expressing their sentiments for their spiritual father and Dai. The submissions will be presented to Syedna Qutbuddin TUS on the eve of his Milad Mubarak. Please email all submissions to info@fatemidawat.com. FATEMI MADRASA: Tuhfat Tahera During Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA’s zamaan, Maulana Qutbuddin TUS had compiled a book for children (khazeenat Tohfat Tahera) on the occasion of his daughter Shz Dr. Bazat Tahera’s first birthday. In that book, Maulana had written the Arabi Alphabets and with each letter, such as Alif he had written a Sifat (praise) of the Dai. When the book was arazed to

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Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Syedna Qutbuddin had also written a short story of the first few alphabets, with the intention of completing the remaining stories later. The spirit of the book was to teach our little children the Arabi alphabets and also the language of Dawat ni zaban, and that they do so by taking the name of Dai Zaman and learning his esteemed qualities with a short bedtime story that would keep their interest. That book had not been completed then and Maulana tus had written in the introduction that it would be done later. Today, on the occasion of Milad of Aqa Mola Qutbuddin TUS, with his raza Mubarak, the full and completed version is being published so that Mumineen and their children may take barakaat and use it for learning Dawat ni zabaan. It will be available online in ebook format soon.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Saturday Bethak As earlier stated in the philosophy of Da'wat and the Guiding Principles, access to the Dai is available for all mumineen, not just a select few. Following the end of Ashara Mubaraka, bethak audience with Syedna Qutbuddin are once again scheduled every Saturday (starting Saturday 23rd Muharram/ 15th November). Bethak is at 6.30pm at Darus Sakina, Thane after Imamat Namaz. Mumineen are invited for Salawat Jaman.


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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week

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SIJILL ARTICLE: The 53rd Issue on the Milad of the 53rd Dai NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS Meets President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan NAZARAAT: Signs that indicated the shaan of the 53rd Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUSMilad Majlis – 29th Rabiul Aakhar MADEH: Madeh in Shaan of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RAMilad Majlis – Photos & Highlights NEWS & EVENTS: Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program – First Scholarships Granted on Milad of Syedna Burhanuddin RA FATEMI MADRASA: Tuhfat Tahera FATEMI MADRASA - ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Milad Madeh and Poetry Competition ANNOUNCEMENT: Saturday Bethak

Zahra Hasanaat January 2015 Report Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Women in Islam Series: The Experience of a Muslim Woman - Part 2 QJSP: First Higher Education Scholarships Details Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz Highlights Shz Taher bhaisaheb monthly sabaq broadcast Matrimonial Forum and Nikah Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Syedna TUS with President of India Hon’ble Pranab Mukherjee in Rashtrapati Bhavan

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ *َ‫وَلِل َه ِ ال ْع ِز َة ُ و َلِرَسُولِه ِ وَلِل ْمُؤْم ِنِين‬ (Surat al-Munafiqun: 8) Honour belongs to Allah Ta’ala, His Rasul and Mumineen.. SIJILL ARTICLE: The Vision of a Wise Leader On 24th Rabiul Aakhar (13th February) Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin was warmly received by the President of India His Excellency Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. In this hour-long meeting, Syedna Qutbuddin recounted the 51st and 52ndSyednas’ legacy of leading the community towards education, prosperity and being contributing citizens to our nation. Syedna Qutbuddin also emphasized the importance of good character and education as the impetus for his vision for the progress of the community and

the nation at large. Syedna also mentioned that he inculcated in his own children, sons and daughters, the values of the Dawoodi Bohra faith and simultaneously encouraged them to pursue secular education. The President profoundly appreciated the academic achievements of Syedna’s family, particularly the fact that six family members had completed their PhD’s at world renowned universities. Syedna added that, “it is the same path of pursuing both religious and secular education that I envision and endeavor for my spiritual children [mumineen].” The President appreciated Syedna’s vision and conveyed that this was indeed an example of wise leadership that will benefit the community and the nation. When Syedna stated that, “this is what I hope to achieve for my community,” the President remarked that, “you have already achieved this,” referring to the example set by Syedna in his own family. Syedna also spoke of the importance of communal harmony in the progress of our nation. He said that the Dawoodi Bohra religion teaches that

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there is some goodness in all religions. He added that this awareness creates an environment of mutual respect and harmony. Syedna quoted several verses from the Qur’an, and also sayings of Rasulullah and awliyaa’ kiraam, and highlighted the significance of human beings helping one another and the importance of social justice. Syedna also stressed that we consider that service to one’s nation is the duty of every community member. Syedna’s vision is the vision of a true spiritual leader, the vision of a wise leader. Such a vision and such a meeting is a source of honour for us all. Wa lillahil ‘izzatu wa li rasulihi wa lil mu’mineen (Honour belongs to Allah Ta’ala, His Rasul and Mumineen).

NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS Meets President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan His Holiness Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin Saheb called on the President of India His Excellency Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on Friday 13th of February to convey the greetings of the Dawoodi Bohra Community. In the hour-long meeting matters pertinent to the role of the community in the future of the nation were discussed. His Holiness said, as presented in detail above, that he continues the legacy of the recently passed-away 52nd His Holiness Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb to guide the community men and women toward education, values and character building; to live as peace loving, contributing and socially active model citizens of India, in the service of the nation. The meeting was scheduled at 1pm and Syedna TUS led Imamat Namaz in the Visitor’s Room at Rashtrapati

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Bhavan before the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting Syedna presented the President a bouquet of flowers conveying his greetings and the greetings of the Dawoodi Bohra Community. After conveying the greetings, Syedna TUS prayed for the progress of our nation, Hidnustan (India) and for the good health of the President for continued service to the nation. At the end of the meeting, Syedna gifted a traditional shawl to the President and also a copy of Treasury of Virtues, the sayings of Imam Ali compiled by alQadi al-Quda’i and translated by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba. The President appreciated the book and said that, “I will read it with great interest.” Photos of the meeting and a selection of the media coverage of the meeting is presented on Fatemidawat.com.

NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS Milad Program – 29thRabiul Aakhar – Highlights & Photos Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS lead Maghrib Isha Namaz on Milad raat, 29miRabi al-Aakhar (17th February). This was followed by muminaat behno Wadhawanu program in the beautifully illuminated grounds of Darus Sakina, Thane. Syedna’s chair was placed in a ‘tent of light’ (khaymatun-nur). The atmosphere was one of happiness and love. All muminaat received the sharaf of wadhawanu while qasidas and madehs were prayed. The wadhawanu program continued as a brass band jubilantly played. Each mumina offered wadhawanu and mubarakbadi with great tamakkun. For the first time, mumineen bhaiyo who had come for imamat namaz also received the sharaf of wadhawanu. As Syedna TUS left the grounds, fireworks lit the sky and the band 22

played the national anthem. Then, mumineen were served Milad Khushi Jaman in the Darus Sakina grounds. On Milad day, Syedna Qutbuddin arrived for Waaz Majlis in the afternoon. After sharbat wadhawanu rasam, the qasida Mubarak by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA Sahibal Asri waliyyal fathi wan-nasrin-suri was prayed, and also the Madeh written for the occasion by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba. After this, Syedna TUS began bayaan Mubarak. Syedna TUS began the bayaan Mubarak with the zikar of Panjetan, A’immat and Du’aat and the metaphor of the Tree (shajara) that Rasulullah SA had drawn. Just as a family tree, this shajara was represents our spiritual affiliation with panjetan, the Imams, their Dai’s and finally Dai-z-zaman. The leaves that are attached to the shajara are healthy and those that fall of dry and wither and are eventually burnt. In the bayaan, Syedna TUS recited the Qur’anic ayat ‘yu’tikum kiflayni min rahmatihi’ (Allah Ta’ala gives you a twofold portion of his Rahmat – Surat ul Hadid: 28). In the light of this ayat, Syedna TUS stated that there are 8 Dais whose 2 sons became Dai. The first of the 8 was the 8th Dai Syedna Husain b. Ali, whose two sons, Syedna Ali (9th Dai) and Syedna Ibrahim (11th Dai) both became Dais. Similarly, two sons of the 12th, 16th, 19th, 27th, 41st, 45thDais also became Dais. In the same parallel, the two sons of the 51st Dai, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA also became Dais. The first was the first son of the 51st Dai, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq. The second was the 11th son of the 51st Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin, the 53rd Dai alMutlaq. Syedna also did zikar of the context of his birth in Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s home, and Syedna Taher


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Saifuddin’s nazaraat on him from his childhood, beginning with the name Khuzaima that he loved. Syedna also bestowed much doa Mubarak for all mumineen before the recitation of the shahaadat of Imam Husain SA. A video excerpt of the doa will inshaallah be presented on Fatemidawat.com next week. Following waaz Syedna TUS led Maghrib Isha Namaz and then presided over Jumadal Ula Pehli Tarikh Majlis in the grounds of Darus Sakina, once again in the khaymatun-nur (lighted tent). The Majlis began with a spell binding recitation by Shz. Dr. Husain bhaisaheb of the beginning of Surat ul Fateh and the recitation of the qasida mubaraka ‘Hilalun Bada’. Then qasidas and madehs composed in shaan of Syedna Qutbuddin on the occasion of Milad Mubarak by Shz Taher Bhaisaheb, Shz Dr Bazat Saifiyah Baisaheba, Shz Fatema Baisaheba, Shz Arwa Baisaheba, Aamenah Baisaheba, Zahra Baisaheba, and Qutub Khan Bhaisaheb were prayed. Tuhfat Tahera, was completed and presented in Harat Imamiyah on this auspicious occasion. Tuhfat Tahera is a book to teach our children Arabi alphabets by taking the name of Dai Zamaan and learning his esteemed qualities. Syedna Qutbuddin composed two stories for the description of the first two letters, in Syedna Taher Saifuddin's time. The first volume of Sijill, all 52 issues from the last year was published in book form and also presented to Syedna. Syedna prayed many doas for all those involved in khidmat, and bestowed countless blessings for mumineen khidmatguzar. Many businessmen, police-men and people from the surrounding areas also came to offer bouquets and greetings and receive Syedna’s blessings. Syedna blessed all those who came and invited them all to havejaman with mumineen.

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In a short video presented on Fatemidawat.com we have attempted to capture the palpable joyousness of the occasion. It was a clear, crisp Mumbai night, with a perfect breeze that rustled through the leaves of the beautifully lit magnificent trees in the Darus Sakina Gardens. The Police Band’s tunes filled the air, and smiles, laughter, friendship, happiness and most of all our love for Syedna Khuzaima QutbuddinTUS bound us all together. Our hearts brimming with happiness and our faces gleaming with love and joy, we forever gazed at our Beloved Father, so grateful to be a part of his family. Photos of the event are also presented on Fatemidawat.com.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Maulatuna Fatema SA Shahaadat Majlis Syedna Qutbuddin TUS will preside over the shahaadat Majlis of Maulatuna Fatema SAon Saturday, 10th JumadalUla (28thFebruary) at 4PM inshaallah. Syedna TUSwill recite shahaadat bayan in the majlis. All mumieen are invited for Salawaat jaman after waaz and namaaz. ZAHRA HASANAAT: Medical Vans January 2015 Update The Zahra Hasanat Medical reports have been published for the month of November. In January 2015 we have diagnosed 3,057patients. In line with our project mission to provide primary and preventive care, we are providing blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol medicines. We have a live sugar testing machine and regulate the patient’s dosage accordingly. Our Medical team consists of 2 full time doctors and 2 assistants. The two vans currently cover 20 locations per week including: Parkside Vikhroli East, Vikhroli 2, Mumbra 1 & 2, Kurla 1 & 2, Vikhroli 1 & 2, Powai 23

Dargah, Santacruz, Jogeshwari, Malad 1 & 2, Navpada, Khardanda 1 & 2, Thane, Bharat-Nagar. The vans and doctors are accessible to mumineen and non-mumineen alike. Seven days’ prescription of medicines with consultancy is provided at a highly subsidised rate of Rs 30/-. For more information and to participate or contribute please email info@fatemidawat.com. The Zahra Hasanaat website can now accept online credit-card donations (currently India only). We urge those who are able to contribute to this worthy cause. The link is: http://www.zahrahasanaat.org/cont ribution.aspx Zahara Hasanat Trust (Regn. No. E24221M). Zahra Hasanaat Trust has been approved for 80G Tax Exempt Status.

FATEMI MADRASA: Tuhfat Tahera During Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA’s zamaan, Maulana Qutbuddin TUS had compiled a book for children (khazeenat Tohfat Tahera) on the occasion of his daughter Shz Dr. Bazat Tahera’s first birthday. In that book, Maulana had written the Arabi Alphabets and with each letter, such as Alif he had written a Sifat (praise) of the Dai. When the book was arazed to Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Syedna Qutbuddin had also written a short story of the first few alphabets, with the intention of completing the remaining stories later. The spirit of the book was to teach our little children the Arabi alphabets and also the language of Dawat ni zaban, and that they do so by taking the name of Dai Zaman and learning his esteemed qualities with a short bedtime story that would keep their interest. That book had not been completed then and Maulana TUS had written in the introduction that it would be done later.


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Today, on the occasion of Milad of Aqamaula Qutbuddin TUS, with his raza Mubarak, the full and completed version is being published so that Mumineen and their children may take barakaat and use it for learning Dawat ni zabaan. This is one of the short stories, the one for the letter ‘te’. Te - The Taj (crown) of Itlaaq (Absolute Authority) “Little Zainab loved to hear stories about princes and princesses. She would always say, “tell me the story, tell me the story!” One night, when Zainab’s mother came to put her to sleep, Zainab as always asked, “please tell me the story of the prince and princess!” So then Zainab’s mother started telling a story about a prince and princess, “Once upon a time, there was a very just and kind king. He had a very big kingdom, a very big army, and a very magnificent crown. The crown was made of gold and it was brimming with diamonds and precious stones. When the king would go to his court wearing this crown, the diamonds and precious stones would shine so brightly that no one in the court could bear to look towards it – the crown indeed was so bright. A poet then spoke, “Oh King!” Because of your crown you are beautified, but I say that you yourself are in fact the crown of this kingdom! This land is beautiful indeed because of you.” Then Zainab’s mother asked her, “Zainab, do you know who

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the king is of the kingdom of Dawat?” Instantly Zainab responded, “The king of this Dawat is our Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin!” Zainab’s mother said, “well done Zainab, well done!” Zainab was a very smart girl and she also knew a little Arabic. Excitedly she told her mother, “I have understood something important mother! Listen to this good thing I have to say: the Taj (crown) of itlaaq (absolute authority) adorns Aqamaula’s forehead. It is the taj of the niyabat (depuation) of Imam-uzzaman. But we can even say that Aqamaula himself is the taj for the forehead of Da’wat. The Da’i-l-Mutlaq himself is the taj of itlaaq. The distinction, honour and glory of Da’wat is because of Aqamaula.” The PDF of the Tuhfat Tahera is presented on Fatemimadrasa.com. After final edits, a print version will also be available.

FATEMI MADRASA ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Milad Madeh and Poetry Competition Madeh is a tradition of our Dawat. Syedna Mu’ayyad Shirazi, the Babul Abwaab of Mustansir Imam has said in a qasida: “any praise [poetry] other than yours is nonsense. Your praise is part of religion, it is a noble task and it is insightful”. The 29th of Rabiul Aakhar (18th February) was the Milad Mubarak

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of our beloved Aqamaula Syedna Khuzaima QutbuddinTUS. Children of Fatemi Madrasa, submitted Madehs in Dawat-ni-zaban, poems in English expressing their sentiments for their spiritual father and Dai, and creatively and thoughtfully decorated cards. All entries were arazed in Hazrat Imamiyah and Syedna Qutbuddin TUS bestowed doa Mubarak for the children of Fatemi Madrasa, especially the participants of this competition. We commend all the participants on their efforts and encourage them to pursue Madeh writing in the future. All entries are published on Fatemimadrasa.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Saturday Bethak As earlier stated in the philosophy of Da'wat and the Guiding Principles, access to the Dai is available for all mumineen, not just a select few. Following the end of Ashara Mubaraka, bethak audience with Syedna Qutbuddin are once again scheduled every Saturday (starting Saturday 23rd Muharram/ 15th November). Bethak is at 6.30pm at Darus Sakina, Thane after Imamat Namaz. Mumineen are invited for Salawat Jaman.


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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week

Upcoming updates Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Women in Islam Series: The Experience of a Muslim Woman - Part 2 Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz Highlights Shz Taher bhaisaheb monthly sabaq broadcast Matrimonial Forum and Nikah Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

SIJILL ARTICLE: The Vision of a Wise Leader NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUSMeets President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS Milad Program – 29th Rabiul Aakhar – Highlights & Photos ANNOUNCEMENT: Maulatuna Fatema SA Shahaadat Majlis ZAHRA HASANAAT: Medical Vans January 2015 Update FATEMI MADRASA: Tuhfat Tahera FATEMI MADRASA - ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Milad Madeh and Poetry Competition ANNOUNCEMENT: Saturday Bethak

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Al-Dai al-Fatemi – written in Arabic Calligraphy – one of the insignia of Syedna

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‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫ض‬ ِ ْ‫َات و َالْأَ ر‬ ِ ‫ا ْلحم َْد ُ لِل َه ِ فَاطِر ِ الس َم َاو‬ (Surat Fatir: 1) Praise be to Allah Ta’ala the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth.

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Maulatuna Fatema’s name comes from Allah Ta’ala’s name Fatir (Creator). In the kitaabs of Da’wat the meaning of Maulatuna Fatema’s name is explained at many levels. On one level, Fatema is from fa ta ma - which literally means to cut, or separate. In the context of Maulatuna Fatema herself, it means to separate the Shi’a from punishment. In several of his qasidas, Syedna Taher RA Saifuddin acknowledges Maulatuna as the one who safeguards mumineen from Jahannam. The bayt below is from one such qasida: Their mother is Fatema; her love will separate and safeguard her Shi’a from fire

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Maulatuna Fatema’s name to identify their Da’wat. The Imams are known as a’immat fatimiyyeen (singular al-Imam alFatemiyy), the Dai’s are known as du’aat fatimiyyeen (singular al-Da’i al-Fatemiyy), and the Da’wat is known as Da’wat fatimiyya or Fatemi Dawat. The Dawat is recognized as Fatemi Dawat because Maulatuna Fatema is the crucial link through which the noor of Mohammed and Ali is reunited in the succession of Imams. It is through FatemaSA that the Imam is the son of RasulullahSA and the son of Amirul Mumineen Imam Ali SA. In parallel, the Dai is known as al-Dai al-Fatemi because he is the Dai of the Fatemi Imam and establishes the Da’wat of Rasulullah SA and Amirul Mumineen SA. The Da’wat is also known as Fatemi

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BAYAAN VIDEO Excerpt of Syedna Qutbuddin Doa in Milad Bayaan

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Da’wat. As Syedna Taher Saifuddin states in his qasida in the shaan of Maulatuna Fatema:

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Pure Fatema This luminous Fatemi Dawat is known by her name During the zuhoor of the Imams in Egypt, there was an occasion in which the enemies of the Fatimids slandered the Imams by accusing them of conveniently tracing their lineage to Fatema, a woman, to establish their SA

connection with Rasulullah . (The norm was to trace one’s lineage through men, not women.) The Imam’s hudood swiftly replied by reciting the Qur’anic ayats in which Eissa nabi is referred to as the son of Maryam (for example ‘that is Eissa son of Maryam’ - Surat Maryam: 34). We commemorate the solemn occasion of Maulatuna Fatema’s SA shahaadat on the 10th of JumadulUla by remembering that we are children of Fatemi Dawat and followers of the true Fatemi Dai. We are believers that a Fatemi Imam, in the progeny of Mohammed, Ali and Fatema, graces the face of this earth. We offer praise and thanks to Allah Ta’ala for the ni’mat of being linked, for having a nisbat, with Maultanuna Fatema-tuz-zahra SA 1400 years after her wafaat. We pray: Fatemi Dawat – Zindabad; Fatemi Dai – Zindabad.

BAYAAN: Excerpt of Syedna TUS doa in Milad Majlis Bayaan On 29th Rabiul Akhar, the days of Syedna’s Milad, A a Maula TUS delivered waaz Mubarak in which he

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showered mumineen with the barakaat of ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed. Highlights of the Bayaan were published in Sijill 54. During the Bayaan, Syedna also beseeched doa to Allah Ta’ala for himself and for all mumineen. The video excerpt of that heartfelt doa (2 min) is presented on Fatemidawat.com. Syedna prayed: “Do tasbeeh of Imam Husain’s name 128 times, take his wasila and beseech doa, and in that doa remember your Dai also. May Allah Ta’ala give me the strength to perform Imam-uz-zaman’s khidmant, to work for the betterment (khair-khuwahi) of mumineen, and to help alleviate mumineen’s troubles. May Allah Ta’ala keep every mumin in wellness and prosperity; may they always be very happy; may their problems get resolved; may they excel in their businesses; may their children excel in their education; may their wish for marriage get fulfilled, may their wish for children get fulfilled. May Allah Ta’ala open wide the doors of their sustenance; may they continue to excel. And I tell every mumin and every mumina: always serve the Da’wat, do whatever you can, with your efforts and with your contributions. The service (khidmat) of Da’wat is a great joy.” May Allah Ta’ala grant us the strength to perform the khidmat of Da’wat and may Maulana’s TUS doas be answered for all of us. May Allah Ta’ala grant Syedna TUS longest life till qiyamat in the khidmat of Imam-uz-zaman and may He keep Syedna’s benevolent shade upon us always.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Maulatuna Fatema SAShahaadat Majlis Syedna Qutbuddin TUS will preside over the shahaadat Majlis of Maulatuna Fatema SA on Saturday, 10th JumadalUla (28th February) at 4PM inshaallah. Syedna TUS will recite shahaadat bayan 28

in the majlis. All mumieen are invited for Salawaat jaman after waaz and namaaz. In Bakersfield Shz. Taher bhaisaheb will preside over Maulatuna Fatema SA shahaadat Majlis on 10mi raat of Jumadal-Ula (Friday, 27th February) from 6.20PM till 8.00PM PST (7.50AM till 9.30AM Saturday 28th February IST). The Majlis will be broadcast live through this link. Mumineen are urged to gather on this auspicious occasion and pray Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA qasida Maulatuna Fatematuz Zahra and a salaam in Dawat ni zaban composed by Shz. Dr. Bazat Tahera Baisaheba. PDF and audio of Qasida is presented on Fatemidawat.com. The khutba that Maulatuna Fatema delivered after Rasulullah’s wafaat is also presented on this occasion with a side-by-side translation. The khutba is heart rending oration in face of Rasulullah’s wafaat and the calamitous events that followed, the least of which was the denial of her rightful inheritance. The khutba and its translation is an excerpt from an academic article on orations in the Islamic tradition by Dr. Bazat Tahera Baisaheba.

WOMEN IN ISLAM SERIES: Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba Talk on ‘Women in Islam’ Part-2 We are proud to present the second installment in our new Series “Women in Islam”. This is the second part of the introduction to this series, from a talk by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba entitled, “The xperience of eing a Muslim Woman: Spiritual, Social and Intellectual Aspects.” This talk was presented in March 2013 at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, on the place women in the context of Islam. Shz Dr. Tahera Baisaheba was invited to this talk by


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the Chair of the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages, Dr. James Toronto. The talk was very well received. In their coverage of the event, on a BYU-student-producednewssite, The Digital Universe, described Tahera baisaheba as, “the Muslim woman that no “Islamophobe” would ever want you to meet.” (http://universe.byu.edu/2013/03/22/lif e-according-to-a-muslim-woman/). Her paper addresses four keys areas: spirituality, education, veiling, and a woman’s role in the family and in public life. For each of these areas, Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba presents scriptural and legal pronouncements, historical and contemporary examples, and her own personal experience as a Muslim woman. Dr. Tahera baisaheba began the first part of this talk by contextualizing the issue of Women in Islam by highlighting the reality that Islam is not monolithic: Hailing from different parts of the world, Muslims come from disparate linguistic, socio-economic, historical, and ethnic backgrounds…. It is important to remember that the life experience of Muslim women (and Muslim men too) is not a set, monolithic one, but rather, that it differs from place to place, from time to time, and from individual to individual. We need to recognize that there are other factors, in addition to the religious one, that determine the life a Muslim leads. One of the most important of these other factors is local culture, expressed in the practices, customs, traditions, and rituals of a particular place in a particular time.” The second part of this talk published this week presents the sections on Veiling and Women’s role in the family and public life.The first part was published in Sijill 49 and is available on fatemidawat.com. In Part 2, the section on Veiling begins

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with a uotation of the Qur’anic Ayat on which veiling and the dress code prescribing modesty is based: The Quran prescribes modest dress for men and women: [Nur 24:30-31]: “Tell believing men to lower their gaze and be modest. That is purer for them. Lo! Allah is aware of what they do. And tell believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their own husbands or fathers or …”… Islamic law, based on this verse and on traditions ascribed to the Prophet Muhammad, prescribes modest dress for men and women… For women, interpretations of what constitutes modest attire are more varied. Muslim women’s attire is influenced by local culture, as well as the legal school in Islam to which they belong. Dr. Tahera baisaheba describes the three broad categories of veiling and then addresses the arguments commonly cited, particularly in the West, for the banning and discouragement of the wearing of the hijaab. On the topic of the role of women in family and public life, Dr. Tahera baisaheba states: Islamic law, the Shari’a, addresses this issue in terms of the complementary nature of the roles played by a man and a woman within a family. The husband’s primary responsibility is to provide for his family. The wife’s primary responsibility is to nurture her family. The Islamic scriptures do not restrict the husband from cooking and taking care of his children, just as they do not restrict the wife from working and earning. However, this role is considered secondary to his or her primary role, which is that of provider and nurturer respectively. Motherhood is raised to a sacred level, in the prophetic hadith “Paradise lies

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beneath your mother’s feet” (al-jannatu tahta aqdami l-ummahat). There are no comparable hadith for men, and this hadith emphasizes the nurturing role of the mother, her pivotal role in raising her children as good human beings. Moreover, the Islamic scriptures guarantee women a measure of financial independence, by giving women the right to inherit and own property independent of the control of father or husband or brother. In comparison, it was not until at least ten centuries later that women were given the right to own property in most parts of Europe. The Prophet’s first wife, Khadija, was a wealthy businesswoman. She first came into contact with her future husband when she employed him to carry her goods and trade them in Palestine. She concludes her presentation by asking Muslims to take responsibility for the issues present in Muslim societies with regard to women’s rights: It is important for Muslims to recognize that there are problems in Muslim societies with regard to women’s rights. There are similar problems in other societies too, but it is important for Muslims to take responsibility. Muslims living in the Far East, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the West, all need to look within their own communities, to address issues of deficiency, in sublime areas such as human dignity and spiritual egalitarianism, as well as mundane areas, such as education, safety and property rights. In many cases, answers can be found within their own religious and cultural traditions. But the Prophet Muhammad’s directive was to seek wisdom, “even from as far away as China,” and Muslims should not hold back from adopting beneficial progressive ideas, no matter where they come from. To read the full text of Part 1 of this


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talk (Introduction, Spirituality, Education) and Part 2 (Veiling, Women’s Roles in the Family and in Public Life and Conclusion) please visit Fatemidawat.com.

MEDIA: Article on QJSP in the Free Press Journal The Free Press Journal recently reported on the efforts of the Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program (QJSP) to promote Higher Education in the Dawoodi Bohra Community and society in general, particularly education for girls. Below is an excerpt from the article. “To encourage girls’ education in Dawoodi Bohra community, Syedna

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Khuzaima Qubuddin, the head of the community, launched a scholarship program, “Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program (QJSP)” under the banner of Zahra Hasanaat Charitable Trust. Under the program, 30% reservation has been given to female candidates, who wish to pursue higher education said Aziz K Qutbuddin, son of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin, during a press meet here on Monday.” The article is presented on the media section of Fatemidawat.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Saturday Bethak As earlier stated in the philosophy of Da'wat and the Guiding Principles, access to the Dai is available for all mumineen, not just a select few. Following the end of Ashara Mubaraka, bethak audience with Syedna Qutbuddin are once again scheduled every Saturday (starting Saturday 23rd Muharram/ 15th November). Bethak is at 6.30pm at Darus Sakina, Thane after Imamat Namaz. Mumineen are invited for Salawat Jaman.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

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SIJILL ARTICLE: Fatemi Da’i – Fatemi Da’wat BAYAAN: Excerpt of Syedna TUS doa in Milad Majlis Bayaan ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Maulatuna Fatema SA Shahaadat Majlis WOMEN IN ISLAM SERIES: Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba Talk on ‘Women in Islam’ Part-2 MEDIA: Article on QJSP in the Free Press Journal ANNOUNCEMENT: Saturday Bethak

Cradle to the Grave: Part 4 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz Highlights Matrimonial Forum and Nikah Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb Meeting with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫* قَالُوا يَا م ُوس َى ِإن َا لَن ن َ ْدخُلَه َا أَ بَد ًا م َا د َام ُوا‬ ‫ك فَق َاتِلَا ِإن َا هَاهُنَا‬ َ ُ ‫ف ِيهَا ۖ فَاذْه َْب أَ نتَ وَر َب‬ * َ‫قَاعِد ُون‬ (Surat al-Ma’idah: 21-24) They [the people of Musa’s Dawat] said, 'O Moses, we will never enter it so long as they [Musa’s enemies] are in it. So go forth, you and your Lord, and fight, we will be sitting here.’ SYEDNA BURHANUDDIN 100THBIRTHDAY: 6TH March 2015 Today is the 100th Birthday of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA according to the Gregorian Calendar. Syedna was born on 6th March 1915. We pray that may the nazaraat of Syedna Burhanuddin RA continue towards us from the highest ranks of Jannat. May Allah Ta’ala grant him Afzalul-jaza by the waseela of panjetan, Aimmat and their Du’aat. May Allah Ta’ala sanctify his ruh Mubarak in his eternal abode. May Allah Ta’ala grant

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us the strength to celebrate his memory by continuing to follow his example, and by following his true successor, Syedna Khuzaima QutbuddinTUS.

SIJILL ARTICLE: “Go with your Lord and Fight, we are sitting here” The Qur’anic Ayat quoted above is in the context of the story of Nabi Musa AS. As it is narrated in the Qur’an, Nabi Musa AS urged his people to enter the Holy Land (ard muqaddasa) and not to turn back in fear: Musa said, “O my people, enter the Holy Land which God has ordained for you, and do not turn back in flight, or you will end up as losers” They said, “O Moses, there are giants in it; we will never enter it until they depart from it; if they depart from it only then will we enter'. Then said two men who were God fearing and to whom God had been gracious, “Enter against them [the giants] by the gate! For if you enter by it, you will be victorious. Put your trust in God, if indeed you are believers.”(Surat alMaida: 21-23). The people responded, “we will never enter [the gate] as long as they [the giants] are in it. So go forth, you and your Lord, and fight, we will be sitting here.” Musa

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So separate us from these pernicious people'. Allah ta’ala responded, “Then it shall be forbidden them for forty years, they shall wander lost in the earth; so do not grieve for the pernicious people” (Surat al-Maida: 24-26). Nabi Musa AS, despite the lame response of his followers, persevered without their help, and succeeded in the Dawat’s mission. The conviction of each Nabi, each Imam and, in the Imam’s seclusion, each Dai is unshakable. This same conviction is manifest in the 53rd Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. As the date for the final hearing for the Court Case nears (the final hearing and Syedna’s testimony and cross examination is scheduled to begin on 18th March), may Allah Ta’ala grant us the strength to be like the two God fearing men who put their trust in Allah Ta’ala, and stand by Dai of Imam uz Zaman. May God spare us the fate of the people who forsook and abandoned MusaAS

NEWS & EVENTS: Maulatuna Fatema SA Shahaadat Majlis Syedna Qutbuddin TUS presided over the shahaadat Majlis of Maulatuna Fatema SAon Saturday, 10th JumadalUla (28thFebruary) at Darus Sakina. In the waaz, Syedna TUS narrated the shahaadat bayaan of Maulatuna Fatema SAand the heart-rending salaam prayed by Maulana Ali SA on her qabar after the shahaadat. Syedna TUS asserted that he is the Fatemi Dai and that Maulatuna Fatema SA ispleased, Imam-uz-zaman SA is pleased, as he is establishing their Da’wat with utmost conviction. Syedna TUS took the wasila of Maulatuna Fatema SA after the shahaadat and beseeched doa, especially for the trial that will begin in less than two weeks. The video excerpt of this sincere doa will be published next week inshallah. Photos of the Majlis are presented on Fatemidawat.com. FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ

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SERIES: Part 4 – Tarbiyat & the Responsibility of a Child’s Upbringing We are pleased to present the fourth part in the series ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’. In this 16 minute sabaq video, Shz Taher bhaisaheb focuses on the responsibility of parents in the education (tarbiyat) of their children. He states that in the Rasail of Ikhwanus Safa, a human’s life is divided into four stages, just as we have four seasons and four eids. The four stages are: childhood, young age, middle age, and old age. In the first stage, childhood, the responsibility of the parents is to raise their children with love and compassion and to inculcate good values (adab). In this sabaq, Taher bhaisaheb refers to many sayings by Rasulullah SA, Amirul Mumineen SA and Aimmat Tahereen SA. Amirul Mumineen SAidentified the responsibilities of a child towards his parents and the responsibilities of the parents to the child. The child is responsible to follow the directions of his parents in all things, except if following their directions will result in disobedience of the Creator. The parents are responsible to give their child a good name (yuhsina ismahu), to inculcate good manners (yuhsina adabahu), and to teach him to read and understand the meanings of the Quran. Taher bhaisaheb stressed that while schooling is very important, the responsibility of a child’s education and upbringing lies with the parents. That cannot be outsourced. This responsibility can only be fulfilled by spending quality time with the child, talking with him, and teaching him. He added that sometimes there is so much pressure on the child that there is no time to play, which is also necessary. Part 4 (16 min) of the sabaq series is now available for viewing on Fatemidawat.com. In previous weeks, the first, second and third part in the series ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ were presented on FatemiDawat.com. In the first two parts, Shz Taher Bhaisaheb addresses the meaning and purpose of the Shari’at of Islam, Shari’at 32

Mohammadiyya and introduces the Sabaq Series. Through the sabaq he raises and answers pertinent questions. The Sabaq videos are available on Fatemidawat.com and also as a Podcast through iTunes and Google Play.

NEWS & EVENTS: Shz. Dr. Aziz bs meets Dr. Abdul Kalam – 11thPresident of India Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb met with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam at his residence in New Delhi on 10th February 2015. During the hour long meeting, Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb conveyed to Dr. Kalam the greetings and prayers of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS and also conveyed to him Syedna’s vision for education in the community and society in general through the Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program (QJSP). Dr. Kalam was very pleased to learn about Syedna’s vision, his efforts for education, and the academic achievements of his family members. Dr. Kalam also enthusiastically engaged in discussion about QJSP and offered his insights and advice from years of experience. He communicated later through email that he would be “available for the QJSP for any advice or suggestions” and conveyed “his best wishes to Respected Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin, Head of the Dawoodi Bohra Community and all the members of the community”. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb presented him with a copy of Golden Panorama and Treasury of Virtues and a customary shawl. Dr. Kalam very graciously accepted and reciprocated with autographed copies of his works, including Beyond 2020. Photos of the meeting are presented on Fatemidawat.com. MEDIA: Article in Ahmedabad on QJSP & Other Issues The Indian Express (Ahmedabad Edition) recently reported on the efforts of the Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program (QJSP) to promote Higher Education in the Dawoodi Bohra Community and society in general,


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particularly education for girls. Below is an excerpt from the article. “…The late Syedna Burhanuddin has spoken several times about how women should be allowed to work in public spaces and pursue higher education. “I am here to convey a message of solidarity and steadfastness and a prayer for my community. Our focus is on promoting the vision of Syedna Qutbuddin (my father and promoting education among boys and girls, especially higher education” said Qutbuddin, a Mumbai-based academic, trustee of QJSP, and community member….”

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interact with media about the ongoing issue. A PhD in Arabic literature, he has been fighting for the cause of the Bohra community and his father's succesion as the rightful Syedna..."

Another Article was published in DNA (Ahmedabad), below is an excerpt from the article. "...Dr Aziz was in the city on Monday to

The article is presented on the media section of Fatemidawat.com.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

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SYEDNA BURHANUDDIN 100TH BIRTHDAY: 6TH March 2015 SIJILL ARTICLE: “Go with your Lord and Fight, we are sitting here” NEWS & EVENTS: Maulatuna Fatema SA Shahaadat Majlis FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 4 – Tarbiyat & the Responsibility of a Child’s Upbringing NEWS & EVENTS: Shz. Dr. Aziz bs meets Dr. Abdul Kalam – 11th President of India MEDIA: Article in Ahmedabad on QJSP & Other Issues

Maulatuna Fatema Shahaadat Bayaan Video Excerpt Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz Highlights Matrimonial Forum and Nikah Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Maulatuna Fatema SA Shahaadat Bayan Excerpt

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫ك‬ َ ِ ‫ك ب ِأَ عْيُن ِنَا ۖ وَسَب ِحْ ب ِحَمْدِ ر َب‬ َ َ ‫ك ف َِإن‬ َ ِ ‫و َاصْ بِرْ لِ ح ُ ْكم ِ ر َب‬ *ُ ‫حِينَ تَق ُوم‬

from him to his Dai flows divine inspiration. The gaze from Imam to Dai is not a physical gaze. It is a gaze of ruhaniyat, a non-physical but spiritual one. In a qasida, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA writes:

(Surat al-Tur: 48)

‫َلي الله ِ د َابا ً ق ُربَة‬ ِ ‫لي م ِن و‬

And await patiently the judgement of your Lord, for surely you are before Our eyes. And glorify with praise of your Lord when you rise.

ُ ‫م َ َع م َا يُبَاعِد ُ بَيننَا البَيد َاء‬

SIJILL ARTICLE: “You are in [front of] our eyes” Many times in bayaan during these last months Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS has quoted a part of the above mentioned Qur’anic ayat: you are in [front of] our eyes (innaka bi a’yunina). In the context of this ayat, Syedna beseeches Imam-uz-zaman SA, and asserts that the Imam is the successor to Rasulullah SA and Maulana Ali SA. The Imam is present today, in this moment, on the face of this earth. The Imam is in seclusion, but his Da’i, and his Da’wat, are right in front of his eyes. His heavenly gaze protects his Da’i and

“I am always close to the Imam – waliyullah – no matter how many deserts divide us”. The closeness between the Imam and his Dai is a spiritual one. We have seen Syedna Qutbuddin’s faith in Allah Ta’ala and the nazaraat of Imam-uz-zaman SA. It is Syedna’s faith and reliance upon his ta’yeed that is manifest in his steadfastness and conviction. It is with this faith that Syedna beseeched doa to Allah Ta’ala after praying the shahaadat of Maulatuna Fatema SA on the 10th of Jumadal Ula (the video excerpt of that doa is available onFatemiDawat.com). It is with this resolve that Syedna will appear in the Bombay High Court to

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establish that Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin is the Dai of Imam-uzzaman, the successor of Syedna Taher SaifuddinRA who also appeared in court to establish this and the true successor of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the resolve to stand firm in our belief with the Dai of the Imam so that we too are in [front of] the Imam’s eyes. By the wasila of Imam-uz-zaman SA, may Allah Ta’ala grant nasreaziz and fathe-mubeen to his Da’I Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. Nasrun minallahi wa fathun qareeb wa bashshiril mumineen.

NEWS & EVENTS: Maulatuna Fatema SA Shahaadat Bayan Excerpt At the end of the shahaadat Majlis of Maulatuna Fatema SA on 10th JumadalUla, after narrating the shahaadat of Maulatuna Fatema, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS beseeched Allah Ta’ala with a heartfelt doa. Syedna prayed for upcoming trial in the Bombay High Court and he also beseeched doa for all mumineen, muminaat and their children that, “for each mumin, may each of his wishes be fulfilled.” With confidence and faith in Allah Ta’ala he said that he would with the ta’yeed and inspiration of the Imam establish the Truth and Haqq. He also related this with Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s statement that, “I will return.” The 5min video excerpt is presented on FatemiDawat.com. DOAS IN TRANSLATION: Imam Ali Zainul Abedeen’s Doa – Ya man Tuhallu The collection of Imam Ali Zainul Abedeen’s SA doas, known as the Saheefa Sajjadiyya, is an unmatched resource mumineen. The grace of the language and the depth of meaning in the Saheefa Sajjadiyya is said to be on a similar level as the Zaboor (the Holy Book revealed to Nabi Dawood AS). The Imam wrote doas for many different occasions and eventualities. One of his doas is meant to be recited in the face of trials and tribulations (li

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daf’ al-muhimmaat wal-mulimmaat). We present it this week with an English translation so that people may recite it and understand its meaning, and so that they may pray it and beseech Allah Ta’ala to grant us relief from our difficulties. This is an excerpt from the doa: Adversity’s knots are loosened by you, God, and hardship’s blade blunted. We beseech you for a way out, leading to solace and deliverance. Recalcitrant problems are tamed by your power, connections are facilitated by your grace, fate acts through your authority, and all things proceed according to your will… You are the one we turn to in times of grief. You are the one we pray to in times of misfortune… … I have been struck by a calamity whose weight is breaking my back. I am hemmed in by a catastrophe whose burden I find impossible to carry. It is your power that has brought it down upon me, and your authority that has directed it toward me. No one can send away what you have brought, and no one can deflect what you have directed. No one can open what you have closed, and no one can close what you have opened… Shower salawaat on Muhammad and his progeny, Lord, and open for me— through your grace—the door of deliverance. Break from me—by your strength—anxiety’s hold... Award me your mercy and deliverance. Show me a speedy way out. Eradicate the anxieties that distract me from the duties you have mandated and the path you have prescribed. For the calamity that has descended upon me, Lord, has straitened my capacity, and the burden of the hardship that has befallen me has filled me with grief. You alone have the power to remove my affliction and repel my misfortune. I am undeserving, but I beseech you, Possessor of the Mighty Throne—grant me deliverance.” Visit FatemiDawat.com for the full translation.

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FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 4 – Tarbiyat & the Responsibility of a Child’s Upbringing The fourth part in the series ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ was published on Fatemidawat.com last week. In this 16 minute sabaq video, Shz Taher bhaisaheb focuses on the responsibility of parents in the education (tarbiyat) of their children. He states that in the Rasail of Ikhwanus Safa, a human’s life is divided into four stages, just as we have four seasons and four eids. The four stages are: childhood, young age, middle age, and old age. In the first stage, childhood, the responsibility of the parents is to raise their children with love and compassion and to inculcate good values (adab). In this sabaq, Taher bhaisaheb refers to many sayings by Rasulullah SA, Amirul Mumineen SA and Aimmat Tahereen SA. Amirul Mumineen SA identified the responsibilities of a child towards his parents and the responsibilities of the parents to the child. The child is responsible to follow the directions of his parents in all things, except if following their directions will result in disobedience of the Creator. The parents are responsible to give their child a good name (yuhsina ismahu), to inculcate good manners (yuhsina adabahu), and to teach him to read and understand the meanings of the Quran. Taher bhaisaheb stressed that while schooling is very important, the responsibility of a child’s education and upbringing lies with the parents. That cannot be outsourced. This responsibility can only be fulfilled by spending quality time with the child, talking with him, and teaching him. He added that sometimes there is so much pressure on the child that there is no time to play, which is also necessary. Part 4 (16 min) of the sabaq series is now available for viewing on Fatemidawat.com. In previous weeks, the first, second and third part in the series ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ were presented on FatemiDawat.com. In the first two


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parts, Shz Taher Bhaisaheb addresses the meaning and purpose of the Shari’at of Islam, Shari’at Mohammadiyya and introduces the

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Sabaq Series. Through the sabaq he raises and answers pertinent questions. The Sabaq videos are available on Fatemidawat.com and also as a

Podcast through iTunes and Google Play.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

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Upcoming updates Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz Highlights Shz Taher bhaisaheb monthly sabaq broadcast Matrimonial Forum and Nikah Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

SIJILL ARTICLE: “You are in [front of] our eyes” NEWS & EVENTS: Maulatuna Fatema SA Shahaadat Bayan Excerpt DOAS IN TRANSLATION: Imam Ali Zainul Abedeen’s Doa – Ya man Tuhallu FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 4 – Tarbiyat & the Responsibility of a Child’s Upbringing

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Calcutta University Conference 17th & 18th March 2015

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ َ ‫ن الل َه ِ فَيَس ُب ُوا الل َه‬ ِ ‫ن ي َ ْدع ُونَ م ِن د ُو‬ َ ‫وَل َا تَس ُب ُوا ال َذ ِي‬ َ ‫ل ُأم َة ٍ ع َمَلَه ُ ْم ث ُم‬ َ ِ ‫ع َ ْدو ًا ب ِغَيْر ِ عِلْم ٍ ۗ كَذََٰل‬ ِ ُ ‫ك ز َي َن َا لِك‬ *َ‫ِإلَى ر َبِه ِم م َ ْرجِعُه ُ ْم فَيُنَب ِئُه ُم بِمَا ك َانُوا يَعْم َلُون‬ (Surat al-An’aam: 108) And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah , lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. So, We have 'adorned for every community their deeds; then to their Lord they shall return, and He will tell them what they used to do. Syedna TUS Doa Message:Mumineen of Pakistan Aqa Moula, Syedna Khuzaima QutbuddinTUS, bestows doa mubarak for all mumineen who have been affected by the tragic events in Karachi. Syedna is deeply shocked and concerned and bestows doa for sabr for all those who have lost family members, and doa for the recovery and shifa of all those who have been injured. Syedna bestows doa for the safety and

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security of mumineen residing in Karachi and Pakistan. Syedna also prays for peace, security and harmony in Pakistan.

SIJILL ARTICLE: “I hate for you to be Slanderers” The Advice of Amirul Mumineen SA The verse quoted above clearly instructs us not to revile and slander those whom they call upon other than Allah Ta’ala, because if we do, in their ignorance, they will in return spitefully slander and speak blasphemy about Him. Our mawali Tahereen guide us to the right path and advise us as to how we should conduct ourselves. In the context of the Siffin battle between Amirul Mumineen Imam Ali SA and Mu’awiya bin Abi Sufyan, it is reported that Maulana Ali SA heard some of his followers slandering the people of Shaam, who were the supporters of Mu’awiya. Upon hearing their insults, Maulana Ali SA said to them: “I hate for you to be slanderers. But if you describe their (mis) deeds and indicate their (sorry) state of affairs that is better statement and a stronger argument against them. Instead of slandering them, it is better you say “May Allah Ta’ala safeguard our lives and their lives and may He reconcile 39

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between the two parties. May Allah Ta’ala guide them from their delusion, so that those who are ignorant may recognize the Truth (haqq), and those who have been persevering in folly / ignorance and enmity may repent.” We are grateful to Allah Ta’ala that we are today with Amirul Mumineen’s SA Da’I Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, whose advice and guidance to us has been the advice and guidance of Amirul Mumineen SA. May we continue on this path, and thank Allah Ta’ala for the guidance we receive through his Da’i to act according to the principles and values of Islam. We are confident in our belief and practice, noting the waywardness of those who have gone astray and praying that may Allah Ta’ala guide them to the Truth. Wallahu yahdi man yashaa’u ila siraatin mustaqeem (Allah guides whom He wills toSiraate-Mustaqeem - Surat alNur:46)

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Jumadal Ukhra (22 March 2015) at 4.30PM at Darus Sakina inshallah. Those who wish to attend, and have not received raza previously, must seek raza by calling +91-22-25856076 between 9am-5pm IST on Saturday 1st Jumadal Ukhra (21st March).

ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Bethak on Sunday This Week As earlier stated in the philosophy of Da'wat and the Guiding Principles, access to the Dai is available for all mumineen, not just a select few. Bethak audience with Syedna Qutbuddin is scheduled this Sunday (2ndJumadal Ukhra/ 22nd March). Bethak is at 7:30PM at Darus Sakina, Thane after Imamat Namaz. Mumineen are invited for Salawat Jaman. NEWS & EVENTS: Calcutta University Conference 17th & 18th March 2015 Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb and Shz. Dr. Bazat Tahera baisaheba at International Academic Conference on Arabic and Persian in India, sponsored in part by Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program (QJSP)

LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 18th March 2015 The Hon’ble Bombay High Court has fixed the dates of 27th and 28th April for cross examination of the Plaintiff’s witnesses, and inshaallah Syedna Qutbuddin TUS will appear in court on those days for his testimony and cross examination. Further details of the hearing and the Court Order will be published on Fatemidawatlegal.com once the Honorable Court’s order is released on Monday, March 23. MEDIA: Selection of Media Articles on 18th March 2015 Hearing A selection of articles regarding the hearing on the 18th of March in the Bombay High Court have been presented in the media section of Fatemidawat.com.

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On 17th and 18th March, 2015, Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb and Shz. Dr. Bazat Tahera baisaheba were invited to participate in two consecutive academic conferences in Kolkata: (1) “Cultural Relations between the PersoArab World and India through the Ages”, hosted by the Asiatic Society of Kolkata in collaboration with the Department of Arabic and Persian, Calcutta University; and (2) “Arabic and Persian Accounts of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad” hosted by Calcutta University in collaboration with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies and the National Library of India. The Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program (QJSP) was one of the


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sponsors for the event. The conferences were attended by scholars of Islam from major academic institutions of India with vibrant departments of Arabic and Persian, including Aligarh Muslim University, Mumbai University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Barakatullah University in Bhopal, Assam University, and the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad. Also in attendance were scholars from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and Irbid, Jordan. On 17th March in the conference on Cultural Relations between the PersoArab World and India, Shz. Dr. Bazat Tahera baisaheba spoke on, “Arabic in India: A Survey and Classification of its Uses Compared with Persian.” Presenting a side-by-side history of Arabic and Persian in India, she discussed how Persian---a language that held sway for several centuries in the subcontinent as the Mughal court’s main language of administration and culture—has in the twenty-first century lost its relevance to the general public because its administrative and cultural contexts have changed; while Arabic— because it is linked integrally with Islam and the Qur’an—continues to maintain its strong significance. Shz. Dr. Bazat Tahera baisaheba expressed pride in the fact that among the Muslim communities in India, the Fatimid-Tayyibi community, known in India as the Dawoodi Bohra, has a rich tradition of Arabic scholarship. Speaking particularly of the 51st, 52nd, and 53rd Dais, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin RA, and Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, she recounted their immense learning and the precious heritage of Islamic Arabic scholarship they had bequeathed to India. Shz. Dr. Bazat Tahera baisaheba was also invited to chair an academic panel.

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She ended the session by saying that she was happy to have the opportunity to engage with scholars of Arabic and Persian from the great institutions of India, and that she hoped the bonds of intellectual engagement and friendship in Islam forged today would continue. Shz Dr Bazat Tahera Baisaheba was also invited to speak in the Valedictory Session, where she said that, “we can take immense gratification both in the treasure of Islamic, Arabic and Persian works our forebears have left us, and also in the treasure embodied in our bright, capable, and hardworking students.” She prayed for their success, and that they may carry the bright torch of knowledge forward with truth and integrity. Shz. Dr. Bazat Tahera baisaheba’s presentation and remarks were received with much appreciation, and fellow scholars were particularly pleased to see a Muslim lady engage at the highest level in the national and international academic community. On 18th March, Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb was invited to speak in the Inaugural Session of the conference on the legacy of the great Indian freedom fighter, educationist, and ArabicPersian-Urdu scholar, Abul Kalam Azad. Professor Isharat Ali Molla, head of the Arabic and Persian department at Calcutta University introduced the Inaugural Session. The session was also presided over by Professor Syed Kafeel Ahmad Qasemi, Dean Faculty of Arts at Aligarh Muslim University. Justice Altamash Kabir, former Chief Justice of India, delivered the keynote address. Other members of the panel included Professor Mohammad Badiur Rahman, former head of the Arabic and Persian department at Calcutta University (welcome address), Professor Dhrubajyoti Chathopadhyay, pro ViceChancellor of Calcutta University (chief guest), Shri Sitaram Sharma, Chairman of the Executive Council at Maulana

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Abul Kalam Azad Institute for Asian Studies, MAKAIAS (guest of honour), and Professor Samir Das, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at California University. Professor Isharat Ali Molla introduced Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb with heartfelt affection and respect as the Director of QJSP, an institution founded by His Holiness Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin, rd

53 Syedna of the Dawoodi Bohra Community. Professor Isharat Ali recounted Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb’s high academic qualifications including his Ph.D. in Arabic literature from London University, SOAS. Professor Isharat Ali expressed gratitude for QJSP’s sponsorship of an annual scholarship for a Calcutta University student, belonging to any race, religion, caste, creed, or gender, from any department of study (not just Arabic and Persian, but those as well as Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Accounting, and all other disciplines). In his speech, Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb spoke of the importance of education in our philosophy. He began with a litany of praise (tahmeed) that lauded knowledge and the divinely inspired learning of our mawali tahereen: Praise be to God, who raised the stations of the believers through knowledge, making it the source of barakaat and bliss for spiritual and worldly life. May he shower salawaat on his Divinely Learned Messenger, his wise progeny, and his auspicious companions. ‫ وجعله‬،‫الحمد لله الذي رفع بالعلم للمؤمنين به الدرجات‬ ‫ وصلى الله على‬،‫للدين والدنيا منبع البركات والسعادات‬ ‫ وعلى‬،‫ وعلى آله الحكماء السادات‬،‫رسوله العالم الرباني‬ ‫اصحابه الغر الميامين اهل المكرمات‬

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‫العقل في الانسان اعلى الجوهر * متلالئ في نفسه كالأزهر‬

Moreover, just as the eye needs an outside source of light in order to perceive, the intellect needs—in this context—knowledge, in order for its rationality to function: ‫العقل في الانسان محتاج الى * نور ينير من المقام الانور‬ ‫كالعين ما لم يقترنها النور من * ضوء ينور ظلمة لم تبصر‬

Praising Dr. Abul Kalam Azad as a visionary who vigorously promoted education, Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb said our Dais’ also placed great emphasis on inculcating knowledge. The 51 st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and the 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin RA have left behind a rich legacy of education, and that this legacy is today being carried forward by their successor, the 53rd Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. On the 50th Anniversary and Golden Jubilee of Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin’s tenure as Dai (which also was the 50th Anniversary and Golden Jubilee of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin as his

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Mazoon), Syedna Qutbuddin had in furtherance of that vision inaugurated the QJSP. QJSP has two main goals (1) to encourage higher education for highly qualified boys and girls through financial support and academic counseling, and (2) to build communal harmony by promoting academic scholarship through support of publications and seminars. Syedna Qutbuddin’s vision, expounded time and again in his sermons, highlights the importance of education and good character. QJSP supports both these goals of education and building good character by awarding financial scholarships but also requiring awardees to fulfill a community and social service requirement. Before stepping away from the podium, Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb thanked Dr. Isharat Ali and draped the traditional shawl on his shoulders. He ended his speech by pointing out the Fatimid “Mishkaat” (lamp) on the QJSP logo, which symbolizes the light of knowledge. He prayed that, “may the light of knowledge illuminate our souls and the souls of every Indian and every human.” The distinguished audience members

expressed great appreciation for Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb’s speech. Justice Altamash Kabir, in the context of Azad’s vision and the importance of education, referenced in his own address, “the lecture by the son of the present Syedna.” Following the Session, Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb and Shz. Dr. Bazat Tahera baisaheba spoke with Justice Kabir. They presented him with a copy of the Golden Panorama and Treasury of Virtues, for which he expressed appreciation saying the best gift was a book. He was especially happy to learn that 30% of QJSP scholarships are earmarked for female students. We mumineen are immensely proud that our beloved Aqamola’s vision and efforts are inspiring mumineen, muslimeen and ibadullah. May Allah Taala keep Maulana in His hifazat, kilaya and ri’ayat, and may He grant our beloved nation of India peace, progress and prosperity. Photos of the event and a video excerpt of Shz Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb’s speech is presented on Fatemidawat.com.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

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Syedna TUS Doa Message: Mumineen of Pakistan SIJILL ARTICLE: “I hate for you to be Slanderers” The Advice of Amirul Mumineen SA LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 18th March 2015 MEDIA: Selection of Media Articles on 18th March 2015 Hearing ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Regular Sabaq on 2ndJumadal Ukhra 1436 ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Bethak on Sunday This Week NEWS & EVENTS: Calcutta University Conference 17th & 18th March 2015

Cradle to the Grave – Part 5 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz Highlights Matrimonial Forum and Nikah Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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"fa inna ma'al 'usri yusra, inna ma'al 'usri yusra"

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ *‫ف َِإنَ م َ َع ال ْعُسْر ِ يُسْر ًا‬ *‫ِإنَ م َ َع ال ْعُسْر ِ يُسْر ًا‬ (Surat alam Nashrah: 5-6) Surely, after every difficulty there is relief. Surely, after every difficulty there is relief. SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: For people of Yemen His Holiness Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, is very concerned for the safety and well-being of the people of Yemen. Syedna bestows doa mubarak that may Allah Ta’ala safeguard and protect all people of Yemen in the current volatile circumstances. Syedna also bestows doa for the protection and safety of mumineen’s families, homes, and business. Syedna prays for a speedy and peaceful resolution for this conflict.

SIJILL ARTICLE: The Divine Promise: With Difficulty there is Ease The definition of ‘usur is difficulty, a hopeless condition, grief, pain. The definition of yusur is ease, happiness and relief. Addressing Rasulullah SA, the Quran emphatically states that after every difficulty there is ease. History is, in a way, a succession of ‘usur and yusur. Allah’s awliya’, Imams and their Da’is, stand firm in their resolve during the time of ‘usur, unperturbed by the trials and tribulations, and confident that after every difficulty there is ease. Their faith in the divine promise is an inspiration for us. In face of the incomprehensible difficulties that Amirul Mumineen SA Maulana Ali faced, his fortitude and sabar were iconic. In his munajat (presented earlier with translation on Fatemidawat.com) he states:

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DOA IN TRANSLATION: Syedna Mu'ayyad Doa "al-hamdu lillahi-l lazi bana 'ala-l 'usri wa-l yusr-il umur"

‫وكم يسر أتى من بعد عسر‬ ‫ففرج كربة القلب الشجي‬ “Many a happiness (yusur) follows a hardship (‘usur).

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And God dispels the grief of the sorrowful heart.” He advises in the munajat to take the waseela of Rasulullah SA and to keep faith in Allah’s promise, and in His SA divine grace. Amirul Mumineen personified this faith. The trials and tribulations of Syedna alMu’ayyad’s life were such that no one except him could have faced them. As he reflects on these trials in his autobiography, he explains that just as Allah Ta’ala has ordained the cycle of night and day, He has also written in our destiny the oscillation of difficulty and ease. Syedna al-Mu’ayyad explains that in times of ease we offer thanks and shukur, and in times of difficulty we take refuge in patience and sabar. Syedna al-Mu’ayyad begins his autobiography (Sirat) with these phrases: َ‫ضوع َ الم ِ ْقد َارِ عَلى الجم َ ِْع بَين‬ ُ ‫ل م َو‬ َ ‫الحمد ُ لله ِ الذي جَع‬ َ‫ل والن َهَارِ ضَم ِين‬ َ ‫ص ْفوِ والاَكْد َار واخْ ت‬ َ ‫ال‬ ِ ‫ِلاف اللي‬

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، ِ ‫ن لآلائِه‬ َ ‫الايَس َارِ والا َ ْعس َار ا َحمَدُه ُ حَمد َ الش َاكِر ِي‬ ‫ بِق َولِه ِ {وسَن َجْ زِي‬، ِ ‫ل الجَزَاء‬ ُ ‫ن ه ُو َ لَه ُم كَف ِي‬ َ ‫ال َذ ِي‬ ، ِ ‫ن عَلى بَلائِه‬ َ ‫صابِر ِي‬ َ ‫) وال‬3:145(}‫الش َاكِر ِين‬ ‫ل {والله‬ َ ‫ فَق َا‬،ِ‫ل الحب ََاء‬ َ ْ ‫الاُولى حَبَاه ُم م ِن حُب ِه ِ ب ِاَف‬ ِ ‫ض‬ )3:146(}‫ن‬ َ ‫صابِر ِي‬ َ ‫يح ِبُ ال‬ ُ

Praise be to Allah Ta’ala who made the foundation of destiny such that it combinescorruption and purity, and He made the cycle of night and day such that it guarantees the oscillation of difficulty and ease. I praise Him, with the praise uttered by those who are thankful for His bounties, those for whom He is the guarantor of reward by His statement, “we will reward those who offer thanks” (3:145), and [the praise] of those who are patient/steadfast upon His trials, those whom He has awarded the best of awards, so He says “and Allah loves the steadfast” (3:146). st

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very young age. His enemies, who were financial giants, waged a legal war against Dawat. Syedna Taher Saifuddin was strong, unwavering, and was victorious. Difficulty was followed by ease. In a qasida composed in the year of his Golden Jubilee, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA states: ‫وقد كان طــــــول الدهر في كل شدة‬ ‫مع العسر لي يسر مع العسر لي يسر‬ “Indeed, for me during (my) whole life in every adversity, With difficulty there has been ease, with difficulty there has been ease.” Syedna Taher Saifuddin also foresaw this for his beloved son, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, and as the nazaraat section below describes in st

detail, the 51 Dai, very unusually, instructed Syedna Qutbuddin to repeat the bayt that he recited in this context during a waaz. He foresaw the great challenges that his beloved son would face in the in the khidmat of Dawat and foretold that he would be graced with the bountiful ne’mats of Allah and his Wali. Our Imams and their Dai’s, and the Da’i of our age--Syedna Khuzaima TUS

Qutbuddin —teach us by example how to hold firm belief in the Almighty’s promise that, “with difficulty there will be ease; surely, with difficulty there will be ease.” May Allah Ta’ala grant us the tawfeeq to keep faith in His promise of relief. May we learn from the examples of His awliya’ and take refuge in sabar and prayer (as in the do’a of Syedna al-Mu’ayyad presented with translation below). And may we stand firm with Imam uz Zaman’s SA Da’i in both times of difficulty and ease.

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NAZARAAT: Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s Nazaraat on his Beloved Son – Difficulty & Ease Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA performed his last Ashara Mubarak in 1385H in Karachi, Pakistan. At the culmination of this historic safar, at the time of wada, he delivered a waaz mubarak in which he did zikar of the many challenges he has faced for the sake of the Dawat of Imam uz Zaman during his 52 years as Dai Mutlaq. He said that these years have been blessed with uncountablene’mats even though many many enemies stood against the Dawat. He then recited the following bayt from a qasida that he had composed in shaan of A’immat Tahereen: “Indeed, for me during (my) whole life in every adversity, with difficulty there has been ease, with difficulty there has been ease.” ‫وقد كان طــــــول الدهر في كل شدة‬ ‫مع العسر لي يسر مع العسر لي يسر‬ (In this bayt, Syedna Taher Saifuddin repeats the last sentence emulating the 5thand 6th aya mubaraka of Surat Alam Nashrah: “Inna ma’al usre yusran, inna ma’al usre yusra.”) In an unprecedented action, after reciting this bayt, Syedna Taher Saifuddin pointed towards his beloved Shehzada Syedna Qutbuddin and indicated to him that he should repeat the recitation of the bayt in the waaz. Following the farmaan of the 51stDai Mutlaq, who used to say in his waaz that, “I can see much farther than you while sitting on this takht of Imam uz Zaman,” Syedna Qutbuddin recited the bayt. Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s relating of the many hardships that he experienced in his lifetime, which were eased by the ever-present ne’mats and

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blessings of Allah Taʿala and his Imam, and his extraordinary farmaan to Syedna Qutbuddin to repeat the bayt that he recited in this context, has profound significance. It was a peshingoi (prediction/forseeing) of the extraordinary life in the khidmat of Dawat, Dai and Imam uz Zaman that he foresaw for his beloved Shehzada: it will be a life with many challenges, but always graced with the bountiful ne’mats of Allah and his Wali. During the 50 illustrious years of Muqaddas Mola Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, despite the many hardships resulting from the campaigns of influential but nefarious people to defame and malign Syedna Qutbuddin, the joyful blessings and ne’mats of Mola Burhanuddin were abundantly flowing towards him. He was anointed the Mazoon-e-Dawat, the “yadd (hand) andyameen (right side)” of Aqa Burhanuddin, as well as his Mansoos, towards whom the choicest parts of the fuyuz of Aqa Burhanuddin flowed. Burhanuddin Mola used to say in his waaz that, “my nazaraat and barakaat reach all mumineen, but the highest amongst them (i.e. the Mazoon-e-Dawat), receives the greatest proportion.” Today, Syedna Qutbuddin has succeeded Syedna Burhanuddin as the Dai Mutlaq of Imam uz Zaman. He is the destination for the fuyuz of Imam uz Zaman. Despite the many hardships, the tayeed and barakaat of Imam uz Zaman, and the heavenly gazes of Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, reach Syedna Qutbuddin in abundance, by which there is everpresent yusr and ne’mat. “Wa in taʿuddu neʿmatallahe la tuhsuha” (“If you count the blessings of Allah, you will not be able to number them,” Surat al-Nahl, ayat 18). It is referring to such ne’mats that Syedna Taher

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Saifuddin bestowed the 53 verse of Surat al-Nahl to Syedna Qutbuddin upon his haddiyyat: “Wa ma bikum min ne’matin fa minallah” (“There is no blessing upon you but it is from Allah,” Surat al-Nahl, ayat 53). Indeed, those who adhere to the daaman of Syedna Qutbuddin today will receive the heavenly barakaat of Imam uz Zaman, Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. Despite the many hardships we may face in our life, the doa, ne’mats, hidayat and guidance of Dai Zaman will ensure saʿadat and happiness in both the life of this world and the hereafter. By answering the Dawat of Syedna Qutbuddin, we will journey to the zumra of Imam uz Zaman, and for eternity, will be able stay in the saya of Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. May Allah Taʿala grant Syedna Qutbuddin and the Dawat of Imam uz Zaman thene’mat uzma of fateh mubin, and may He keep the saya mubarak of Dai Zaman upon us till the day of Qiyamat. Ameen. Transcript of Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s wa’az mubarak: Tame sagla mara Mola [Imam uz Zaman] na saath chho to Khuda na saath chho. Khuda tamara saath chhe. Mamlooko Aale Mohammed, 52 waras thai chukka Dawat na Arsh par, Imam uz Zaman ni khidmat karta huwa. Ane ghani saʿadat na, dushmano ni charhai ghani. “Wa qad kana toolad dahre fi kulle shiddatin * maʿal usre lee yusrun maʿal usre lee yusru” [Syedna Taher Saifuddin at this moment pointed towards his beloved Shehzada Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin and asked him to repeat the

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bayt that he had just recited] (Syedna Qutbuddin repeats the bayt) Zaman na daraaz lag – 52 waras thaya, qasido likhwane 50 saal – har usur na saath yusur, Qur’an ma Khuda ye Rasulullah ne farmayu ke “inna maʿal usre yusran, inna maʿal usre yusra.” To em sehlayi thaati gai, koni barakat si ke Imam uz Zaman ni barakat si, Rasulullah na Shehzada ni barakat si. Translation: (Since) you are all with my Mola (Imam uz Zaman), you are with Khuda, (and) Khuda is with you. (I), the Servant of Aale Mohammed, 52 years have passed (me by) on the throne of Dawat, in doing the khidmat of Imam uz Zaman. (These years have been) of great happiness. Enemies stood up many times (against us during these years). “Indeed, for me during (my) whole life in every difficulty * There have been joyful blessings (in spite of) the hardship, There have been joyful blessings (in spite of) the hardship” Throughout (my) period – 52 years have gone, and 50 years (have passed) since I wrote the qasida (in which the above-recited verse occurs) – there have been joyful blessings with hardship. In the Qur’an Khuda has told Rasulullah: “Verily, with hardship are joyful blessings, with hardship are joyful blessings.” So in this way, (difficulties) were eased; with whose barakat?! With the barakat of Imam uz Zaman! With the barakat of the son of Rasulullah! The audio recording of this excerpt is presented on Fatemidawat.com.

DOA IN TRANSLATION: Syedna Mu'ayyad Doa "al-hamdu lillahi-l lazi bana 'ala-l 'usri wa-l yusr-il umur" Syedna al-Mu’ayyad al-Shirazi faced colossal trials and tribulations during his life. This adversity is apparent in his Page 3 of 4


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doas, which were compiled as the Ad’iya Mu’ayyadiyya (we read from these doas after zohr/asr namaz in the last ten days of Shehrullah). This week we present one such doa which begins by offering praise to Allah Ta’ala, “who ordained all matters so that they mediate between Difficulty (‘usur) and Relief (yusur).” The complete doa is presented on fatemidawat.com with English translation by Shz Dr Aziz Bhaisaheb. Presented below is a short excerpt of the translation. “Praise be to Allah Ta’ala who ordained all matters so that they mediate between Difficulty (‘usur) and Relief (yusur). And [He] oscillated the times between bitterness and sweet. For a reason that has perplexed the minds and confounded our understanding -much has been said about it and it has been the subject of much debate. Yet, people are still bound by the chains of its perplexity, and to examine it, minds cannot escape the mask of inability.

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I praise and thank Him – my lord. My praise and thanks is the praise and thanks of one whose time of difficulty (‘usur) has so extended, as he waits for the time of ease (yusur). And he knows that Allah Ta’ala will fulfill his command, and for everything He has ordained a measure…”

LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 18th March 2015 The Hon’ble Bombay High Court has asked that both parties issue a statement asking the community to maintain calm during the proceeding of the trial. Mumineen are hereby requested to maintain calm during the proceeding of the trial. The Hon’ble Court has also limited the number of people who can attend from each side to 25. A list of names of those persons who will attend the hearings must be supplied by each side to the High Court security staff at least 48 hours in advance, and those attending

must carry appropriate photo identification with them. The security staff of the High Court will make arrangements to issue the necessary passes to these visitors. The High Court has made special amplification and audio visual arrangements for the testimony and cross examination of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS that is to take place on the 27th and 28th of April in a specially assigned courtroom.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Saturday Qadambosi Bethak This Week As earlier stated in the philosophy of Da'wat and the Guiding Principles, access to the Dai is available for all mumineen, not just a select few. Bethak audience with Syedna Qutbuddin is scheduled this Saturday (8thJumadal Ukhra/ 28th March). Bethak is at 7:15PM at Darus Sakina, Thane after Imamat Namaz. Mumineen are invited for Salawat Jaman.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

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SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: For people of Yemen SIJILL ARTICLE: The Divine Promise: With Difficulty there is Relief NAZARAAT: Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s Nazaraat on his Beloved Son – Difficulty & Ease DOA IN TRANSLATION: Syedna Mu'ayyad Doa "al-hamdu lillahi-l lazi bana 'ala-l 'usri wa-l yusr-il umur" LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 18th March 2015 ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Bethak on Saturday This Week

Cradle to the Grave – Part 5 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz Highlights Matrimonial Forum and Nikah Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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The above word in beautiful calligraphy is "sidq" (truthfulness)

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ُ ‫ك هُم‬ َ ِ ‫صد َقَ بِه ِ ۙ ُأولََٰئ‬ َ َ‫ق و‬ ِ ‫و َال َذ ِي ج َاء َ ب ِالصِ ْد‬ *َ‫ال ْمُت َق ُون‬

(Surat al-zumar:33) And he who brings the Truth and he who confirms (and supports) it - such are the men who do right. SIJILL ARTICLE: Imaan, Belief & Truthfulness - Who should you believe, and why? The definition of Imaan is tasdeeq, to believe in the veracity or truthfulness of an individual. So, a mumin is one who hasimaan, one who believes in Truthfulness of Allah Ta’ala’s promise of reward in the Hereafter; and the veracity and truthfulness of Allah’s Nabi and his successors. We believe Mohammed Rasulullah’s SA statements about the unknown (ghayb) such as Heaven, Hell, the Day of Judgement. That belief is validated by the application of our rational mind to the message and philosophies brought forth by Rasulullah SA. Therefore, it follows that both belief and the

rationality of that belief are the cornerstones of our faith. During Rasulullah’s time there were many who claimed the Prophethood. Only Rasulullah was Truthful. But how do we tell who is true and who is not? The two basic criteria to assess these claims are: 1) the credibility of the individual and 2) whether the statements and messages of the individual is validated by the application of our rational mind. First, Rasulullah SA was known, even before hisMab’as (before he declared his Prophethood), as the Sadiq and Amin (the Truthful and the one worthy of entrustment). When Ja’farut-Tayyar made his representation to the King of Abyssinia when he migrated there with some of the early Muslims escaping the persecution of the Meccan Quraysh, he told the king that, “Mohammed brought to us a message of God’s Unity and we know him to be one who is Sadiq and Amin.” Second, Rasulullah’s Message was addressed to the ulil-albaab (ones with intellect and minds). The Qur’an continually addresses those with intellect (ya ulilalbaab) and asks, “do you not understand (afala ta’qilun).” For those who genuinely seek reason and answers, the tenets of Islam can withstand all philosophical and rational arguments. Islam is a rational faith and

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it is up to us to seek the answers. Similarly after Rasulullah there were others who claimed to be Rasulullah’s successor, but only Ali was Truthful. There were others who claimed to be the rightful successors to Maulana Ali but only the Fatemi Imams are truthful. In the time of the Imam’s seclusion only the Du’aat Mutlaqeen are the true representatives of the Imams. Over the years there have been numerous competing claims to veracity and Truthfulness of Allah’s Nabi, his Imam, and his Dai. Who should you believe, and why? The 5th Dai in his Kitab Tajul‘Aqa’id states that the Mazoon speaks the truth whether it be for him or against him; only such a person is raised to this rutba. The 41st Dai Syedna Abdut-Tayyib Zakiuddin also describes the Mazoon as the truthful and sincere friend of the Dai (Sadiqan Saadiqan) and a brother to him who follows (comes after) him as the one who bears witness [over his followers as to their faith] (akhan yatluhu shaahida). The 15th of this month, Jumadal Ukhra, is the Urus of the 27th Dai, Syedna Dawood bin Qutubshah. Syedna Dawood bin Qutubshah was the true successor of the 26th Dai Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah and during Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah’s lifetime was also his mazoon. In one of the kitabs of Da’wat in which the author refutes the rival and false claim of Sulayman, he states that, “the Nass of Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah on Syedna Dawood bin Qutubshah is definite and true…because Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah was the Dai alMutlaq and Syedna Dawood bin Qutubshah was the Mazoon al-Mutlaq in his time, and there was no one between them.” Syedna Dawood bin Qutubshah was his predecessor’s Mazoon and he was

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truthful. Confident in his truthfulness he confronted the false claimant in the Court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Sulayman produced a forged letter of appointment, purporting that it was written by Syedna Dawood bin Ajabsahah. Syedna Dawood Qutubshah denied the allegations of the Sulaymanis that he was going against the wishes of Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah. His statements and legacy were the continuation of his predecessors. Initially Sulayman held sway because of his ties with influential and powerful people and Syedna Dawood himself had to remain in hiding. Eventually, the false statements that Sulayman made, including the forged letter that he produced, were exposed. Sulayman claimed that this letter was written by Syedna Dawood bin Ajabsahah and had his seal. As is manifest in this historical event, the Truth always prevails. Syedna Qutbuddin TUS was the Mazoon of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin for fifty years. He speaks the truth, as the statement of the 5th Dai quoted above makes clear, whether it be for him or against him. In other words he would never state anything contrary to the wishes of his Dai, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. Syedna Qutbuddin affirmed in his Eid Qasida this year (link) that his tongue speaks the Truth. Our belief in him and his Truthfulness is cemented by the appeal of his message to our intellect. His teachings follow the legacy of the 51st and 52nd Dais. Yet there are many who disbelieved Rasulullah and accused him of lying. The nature of these accusations against veracity and truthfulness are not new - these accusations are the illlegacy of Sulayman and so many others. We are forever grateful that we are Dawoodi Bohra today because we

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believed in the Truthfulness of Rasulullah, of Amirul Mumineen, the Imams, their Du’aat, the Mazoon of the 26thDai Syedna Dawood bin Qutubshah (hence Dawoodi), and the Mazoon of the 52nd Da'i, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS.

BOOKS and PUBLICATIONS: Ebook and Hard copy of Sijill Volume One - Issues 1-53 Now Available We are pleased to present the first 53 issues of Sijill as an e-book on Fatemidawat.com. This volume contains the first 53 issues of Sijill, recording the first year of the 53rd Dai-l-Mutlaq’s tenure as Dai. Covering one solar year in 52 weeks, with an additional 53rd week, it chronicles the major events, directives and teachings of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s TUS Fatemi Dawat. The first Sijill was published with the purpose to announce to mumineen Syedna Qutbuddin’s First Misaaq Majlis after thewafat of Syedna Burhanuddin. The 52nd Dai-l-Mutlaq Maulana-lMuqaddas Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin RA passed to his heavenly abode on 16th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1435H th (17 January 2014). His true successor Syedna Qutbuddin conducted Khatmul-Qur’an majlis for Burhanuddin Aqa in Darus Sakina for forty solemn days of mourning. Then th on 4 Rabi-ul-akhar 1435H, on the mubarak occasion of Imam-uz-zamaan SA al-Tayyib’s Milaad, Imam-uzzamaan’s Dai conducted his First Misaaq. The name “Sijill” is based on the letter that announced the st th 21 Imam al-Tayyib’s birth on 4 Rabiul-akhar 524H. Syedna Idris RA Imaduddin transcribes in the ‘Uyun th

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upon him. Aamir Imam’s “Letter of Glad Tidings” is called in Arabic “Sijillul-bishaarat.” Soliciting Sijill-ulbishaarat’s bishaaraat and barakaat, the weekly newsletter published by Syedna Qutbuddin’s Fatemi Dawat was named “Sijill”. In a most auspicious correspondence, nd

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the 52 and 53 issues of Sijill coincided with the Milaad Mubarak of the 52 and 53 Dais. Sijill contains these key components: Aqamola’s TUS prayers for mumineen, muslimeen and ibadullah Aqamola’s Vision and Philosophy News of Hazrat Imamiyya, with write-ups, photographs, audios and videos, including Ashara Mubaraka wa’az and other wa’az and bayaan highlights Announcements of Aqamola’s upcoming programs, including namaaz, wa’az, sabaq, bethak, majlis, and jaman Instructions for ‘amal on all holy occasions, including texts, translations, audios and videos Aqamola’s directives for Zakaat, and an explanation of its importance and calculation Editorial article (Sijill Article) based on an ayat of the Qur’an, a hadith of Rasullullah SA, or a kalaam of Amirul Mumineen SA, Imams SA and Dais SA Qasidas and Doas, with translations in Dawat-ni-Zabaan and English, and commentary Publications and articles, including the series Dawat History and Biography, Ikhwanus Safa, Women in Islam, and Fatimid Literature Fatemi Madrasa content, including texts, translations and video units for wuzu’, namaaz, and qasida, with riwayat modules Legal updates, including news of ongoing Bombay High Court Suit Sabaq information, including From Cradle to the Grave series

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Dawat-related events, including conference presentations by Aqamola’s Shehzadas and Shehzadis Media articles May Allah Ta’ala grant our beloved Aqamola Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin longest life till Yawm-e-Qiyamat, and may He keep mumeneen mukhleseen in security and happiness under his benign shade. This volume of the first year’s issues are published with Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s TUS raza and doa mubarak. If you would like a printed copy of this volume please email info@fatemidawat.com with your mailing address and how many copies you require (the cost of digital color laser printing and binding is Rs 2100 + Shipping).

FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 5 –Tarbiyat & the Importance of Knowledge & Language The fifth part in the series ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ is published on Fatemidawat.com this week. In this 18 minute sabaq video, Shz Taher bhaisaheb focuses on the responsibility of parents in the education (tarbiyat) of their children and the importance of teaching them the ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed. For that, teaching our language, Dawat-ni-Zaban, is vital. Shz. Taher bhaisaheb begins by reciting the numerous ayats in the Qur’an which highlight the importance of knowledge. He then quotes Rasulullah SA Hadith: ‘to seek knowledge is an obligation on every Muslim man and every Muslim woman’ and the kalaam of Amirul Muminen SA: ‘knowledge is the best inheritance’. Just as we strive to give the best worldly and secular education to our children, we must not neglect

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their religious and deeni education. The former will serve them well during their life here but the latter will serve them well here and in the hereafter. Taher bhaisaheb then stresses the importance of teaching our children Lisan-ud-Da’wat (Dawat ni zaban) as it is the medium in which the ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed is imparted in waaz and insabaq. Not knowing this language renders bayaan and sabaq unintelligible and uninteresting to the student. Learning other languages is no doubt beneficial but learning Dawat ni zaban as the mother tongue is vital. This is so because our mother tongue is generally our language of thought and the cultural nuances associated with the mother tongue become innate to our being. The language is also a crucial part of our identity as Mumin. To make sure that Dawat ni zaban is learned as the mother tongue is primarily the responsibility of the parents. Shz. Taher bhaisaheb concludes this part by emphasizing the importance of prioritizing religious education and balancing it with the time and effort dedicated to secular education. Both are necessary. As Amirul Mumineen SA has said, ‘there is nothing better than when deen (religion) and dunya (worldly affairs) are integrated (pursued in tandem.’ Part 5 (18 min) of the sabaq series is available for viewing on Fatemidawat.com. In previous weeks, the first, second, third and fourth part in the series ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ were presented on FatemiDawat.com. In the first two parts, Shz Taher Bhaisaheb addresses the meaning and purpose of the Shari’at of Islam, Shari’at Mohammadiyya and introduces the Sabaq Series. In part three he covers the early stages of a child’s life – naming, aqiqa etc. In part four he

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begins the section on tarbiyat – the education of a Mumin’s child and the responsibility of the parents. The Sabaq videos are available on Fatemidawat.com and also as a Podcast through iTunes and Google Play.

FATEMI MADRASA: Alif – Abun Mushfiq ‘Our Beloved Father’ – Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin On the auspicious occasion of Syedna Qutbuddin’s Milad Mubarak Fatemi Madrasa presented ‘Tohfat Tahera’. During Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA’s zamaan, Maulana Qutbuddin TUS had started to compile this book for children (khazeenat Tohfat Tahera) on the occasion of his daughter Shz Dr. Bazat Tahera’s first birthday. In that book, Maulana had written the Arabi Alphabets and with each letter, such as Alif he had written a Sifat (praise) of the Dai. When the book was arazed to Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Syedna Qutbuddin had also written a short story of the first few alphabets, with the intention of completing the remaining stories later. The spirit of the

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book was to teach our little children the Arabi alphabets and also the language of Dawat ni zaban by taking the name of Dai Zaman and learning his esteemed qualities with a short bedtime story that would keep their interest. That book was not completed then and Maulana TUS wrote in the introduction that it would be done later. On the occasion of Milad of Aqa Mola Qutbuddin, the full and completed story version was published so that Mumineen and their children may take barakaat and use it for learning Dawat ni zabaan. We present on fatemimadrasa.com the first story in Lisanud-dawat (with audio recording) and English translation. Abun Mushfiq, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS Loving Father, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS “Aqa Mola! Father! Father!” A small daughter came happily to her father, her Maula. He took his beloved daughter in his lap, and looked into her innocent eyes with his loving

gaze. The little girl looked back at his benevolent gaze and saw the love in his eyes. She said, “You are my good father, you are my mushfiq maula.” The daughter grew up under the loving guidance of her true spiritual father and because of his love and affection her life had true meaning. She said with sweet fondness that, “This is my spiritual and true father, my Aqa mola Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. He raised me with such compassion and affection and loving guidance that I will always say, ‘This is my Abun Mushfiq, my loving father.’” In true reality, this loving father is Allah’s representative, Allah’s Dai, and his love and affection and kindness is a gift to all of Dawat’s children. Abun Mushfiq, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS Loving Father, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

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SIJILL ARTICLE: Imaan, Belief & Truthfulness - Who should you believe, and why? BOOKS and PUBLICATIONS: E-Book and Hard Copy of Sijill Volume One – Issues 1-53 Now Available FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE MONTHLY SABAQ SERIES: Part 5 – Tarbiyat & the Importance of Knowledge & Language FATEMI MADRASA: Alif – Abun Mushfiq ‘Our Beloved Father’ – Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin

Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 th Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4 Installment TUS Syedna Ashara Waaz Highlights Matrimonial Forum and Nikah Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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The Qubba Mubaraka of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA at Dawn Ahmedabad

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫ل‬ ْ َ ‫ل الل َه ِ أَ مْوَات ًا ۚ ب‬ َ ‫تحْس َبَنَ ال َذِي‬ َ ‫وَل َا‬ ِ ‫ن قُت ِلُوا فِي سَب ِي‬ *َ‫أَ حْ يَاء ٌ عِند َ ر َبِه ِ ْم يُرْز َقُون‬ (Surat Aale-Imraan:169) Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord. SIJILL ARTICLE: “You will kill my body but you cannot kill my soul” In the Rasail of Ikhwanus Safa (the Epistles of the Brethren of Purity), the 44th epistle explains the belief (aqeeda) of the Brethren. It states that our belief is that the soul (nafs) survives even after it leaves the body (jism). Therefore, the body is only a temporary vessel through which the soul can prepare and achieve salvation. This is the core of our belief system. The Rasail then present numerous examples including the example of the shuhadaa’ of Karbala who faced thirst, hunger and slaughter in the face of injustice and tyranny. The Rasa’il

state that these shuhadaa’ would not have sacrificed so much had they not been certain that their souls would ascend to the highest heavens, after bearing such severe physical violence to their bodies by swords and spears. The 27th of Jumadal Ukhra is the Urus of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA: the Dai who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of Da’wat because it was his duty towards the Imam and mumineen. On 21st Jumadal-Ukhra, Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed was summoned to appear in front of Aurangzeb, the Mughal prince who was then the governor of Ahmedabad. Abdul-Qawi (known in our kitaabs as AbdulGhawi)—a high ranking official in the court – said to Syedna Qutbuddin, “Admit that you are Rafzi (blasphemous), repent of your past sins, and the Prince will let you go.” Syedna Qutbuddin roared like a lion and responded, “I am not a Rafzi, my forefathers were not Rafzis. We are the true Sunnis because we are the faithful followers of Rasulullah’s sunnat. I declare that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet. I read the Quran, I pray namaaz, give zakaat, fast in Ramadan, and perform hajj to the Baytullah. I am a Muslim. How is my blood legal for you to shed?!” When

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Abdul Ghawi heard Syedna Qutbuddin’s fiery and utterly logical response, he threatened Syedna Qutbuddin saying, “Admit you are a Rafzi, otherwise the Prince will have you executed!” Syedna Qutbuddin replied spontaneously—and only a true wali of Allah could give such a reply—he said, “If you kill me, you will kill my body. You cannot kill my soul.” Abdul Ghawi, afraid that Aurangzeb would be persuaded by Syedna Qutbuddin’s magnificent answers, hastily instructed his soldiers to return Syedna Qutbuddin to prison. Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA is the ultimate example of the strength of belief of our Du’aat Kiraam. At the time of independence, certain fundamentalist elements threatened Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA with bloodshed if he remained in India. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA replied that, “do not threaten us with bloodshed, our forefathers have sacrificed their lives for the sake of this Da’wat.” Some years ago, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA repeated these words. Today, Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed’s namesake, the 53rd Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, holds the same beliefs and is a manifestation of that same conviction. Let us mumineen be conscious of our Dai’s strength of belief in every waking moment, and let us strengthen our convictions in their remembrance, and let the enemies of Dawat beware.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Ismail Badruddin (Bawa) RA Urus Majlis On Urus Mubarak of Syedna Ismail Badruddin on 23rd of Jumadal Ukhra (Sunday 12th Apr) Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will preside over urus majlis at 5pm at Darus Sakina followed by Maghrib Isha Namaz and qadambosi bethak. All Mumineen are

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invited for Salawaat Jaman after Namaz. Shzd. Taher bhaisaheb will preside over the Urus majlis on 23rd raat of Jumadal Ukhra (Saturday 11th April) from Bakersfield CA. Majlis/broadcast will start at 7:45 pm PT (8:15 am India Standard Time on 12th April 2015). You can participate using the YouTube link. Mumineen who are unable to attend urus majlis in person are urged to Pray Khatmul Quran on the Niyyat of the Syedna Ismail Badruddin RA Pray Qasida Mubaraka “Allahu Yansuru Da’watan lit-Tayyibi” Mumineen should also recite Dawat ni zaban salaam written by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba in shaan of Syedna Ismail Badruddin RA.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Qutbuddin ShaheedRA Urus Majlis and waaz Syedna Qutbuddin will preside over Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA urus majlis and waaz on 27th Jumadal Ukhra (Thursday 16th April) at 04:30pm at Darus Sakina, Thane, inshaallah, followed by Maghrib Isha Namaz. All Mumineen are invited for Salawaat Jaman after Namaz. Shzd. Taher bhaisaheb will preside over the Urus majlis on 27th of Jumadal Ukhra (Thursday 16th April) from Bakersfield CA. Majlis/broadcast will start at 4:30pm PT (5:00am India Standard Time on 17th April 2015). You can participate using the YouTube link. On the auspicious occasion of Urus of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA, Mumineen muminaat and their children are advised to do the following amal: 1. Do tilawat of Qur’an-e-Majeed. 2. Recite Qasida Mubaraka “Alayka Salaam-ul-laahe ya Qutub-al-Huda” (composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin) and offered with English

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translation on FatemiDawat.com 3. Recite Marsiya Mubaraka “Ya Qutba dinillahi” (composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin). 4. Recite the Salam written by Shz Dr. Bazat Tahera Bensaheba, in shaan of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA. 5. View and listen to Shz. Taher bhaisaheb waaz through this YouTube link. (For mumineen in Eastern timezones a waaz recording will be uploaded shortly).

BIOGRAPHY SERIES: Syedna Qutub Khan Qutbuddin al Shaheed – Dawat ni Zaban version Last year we presented this brief biographical article by Shz Dr Bazat Tahera Baisaheba about the 32nd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Qutub-Khan Qutbuddin al-Shaheed ibn Syedna Daud ibn Qutub-Shah RA, highlighting his paak sirat and his shahadat(martyrdom). This year we are publishing the Dawat ni Zaban version of this biography. Below is an excerpt from the biographical article in English. Mumineen—men, women and children— all know Syedna Qutbuddin, and they know him as Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed. He was shaheed ud duaat (martyr of the Duaat), waheed ul hudaat (unique among the Divine Guides). As Syedna Taher Saifuddin declared, Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed’s shahadat was written in the Preserved Tablet, the Lawh e mahfuz. Rasulullah SA had first given this bisharat, that “in a thousand years, my Dai will be martyred in India.” Syedna Qasim-Khan, at the time of his nass on Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed with the rutba of Itlaq, also gave him the bisharat of the rutba of shahadat. Earlier, Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed’s father, Syedna Daud ibn Qutub-Shah had given the same bisharat: During Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed’s childhood, he became gravely ill. Expecting the end, his mother began to prepare a namaazi kafan. When Syedna Daud ibn QutubShah saw this, he disclosed to her that the child would not die but grow into a Page 2 of 4


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Dai of great shaan, for whom Allah Taala had decreed the rutba of shahadat. Read the full article on FatemiDawat.com

HIKAAYAT SERIES: The Vizier of King Khaishuwan Hikaayat (lit. stories) refers to the morals and fables that are presented in the books of Da’wat. Many of these Hikaayat are presented in the Rasail of Ikhwanus Safa. The morals presented in these stories often highlight the transience of this world and the importance of the goodness of character. We are pleased to present a selection of these Hikaayats on FatemiDawat.com. The Sijill article in this issue refers to the belief of Ikhwanus Safa that the soul (nafs) survives after it leaves the body (jism). The body is a vessel through which the soul prepares for its salvation. In demonstrating that this belief is held by many noble people, and that this belief is the source of selfless kindness and sincere friendship, the Rasail of Ikhwanus Safa present the story of the vizier of king Khaishuwan. The vizier sacrifices himself to save the king and the people of the kingdom because of his belief that his body is a transient vessel, and because of his willingness to sacrifice himself for others. Introducing this Hikaayat, the Ikhwan start by stating: “Know my brother, that he who does not believe that he will be rewarded for his friendship and kindness to you after he leaves his body, he is surely not a true friend and not a sincere advisor. Do not be lured by one who helps you only for material gain – to protect his body or to provide benefit for it; those who seek an

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advantage in which there is a fear of one suffering and the other being saved, each one hopes that he will gain that advantage, so that he is the fortunate one and the other is aggrieved. That is certainly not the belief of the Brethren in helping one another; quite the contrary. The Brethren’s goodness and nobility of character is manifest in what is narrated about the vizier of king Khaishuwan.” The Hikaayat is presented in English on FatemiDawat.com.

BOOKS and PUBLICATIONS: Ebook and Hard copy of Sijill Volume One - Issues 1-53 Now Available We are pleased to present the first 53 issues of Sijill as an e-book on FatemiDawat.com. This volume contains the first 53 issues of Sijill, recording the first year of the 53rdDai-l-Mutlaq’s tenure as Dai. Covering one solar year in 52 weeks, with an additional 53rd week, it chronicles the major events, directives and teachings of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s TUS Fatemi Dawat. The first Sijill was published with the purpose to announce to mumineen Syedna Qutbuddin’s First Misaaq Majlis after the wafat of Syedna Burhanuddin. In a most auspicious correspondence, the 52nd and 53rd issues of Sijill coincided with the Milaad Mubarak of the 52nd and 53rd Dais. This collection of the first year’s issues are published with Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s TUS raza and doa mubarak. If you would like a printed copy of this volume please email info@fatemidawat.com with your mailing address and how many copies you require (the cost of digital color laser printing and binding is Rs. 2100 + Postage).

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FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE: Part 5 – Tarbiyat & the Importance of Knowledge & Language The fifth part in the series ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ is published on FatemiDawat.com this week. In this 18 minute sabaq video, Shz Taher bhaisaheb focuses on the responsibility of parents in the education (tarbiyat) of their children and the importance of teaching them the ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed. For that, teaching our language, Dawat-ni-Zaban, is vital. Shz. Taher bhaisaheb concludes this part by emphasizing the importance of prioritizing religious education and balancing it with the time and effort dedicated to secular education. Both are necessary. As Amirul Mumineen SA has said, ‘there is nothing better than when deen (religion) and dunya (worldly affairs) are integrated (pursued in tandem.)’ Part 5 (18 min) of the sabaq series is available for viewing on FatemiDawat.com. In previous weeks, the first, second, third and fourth part in the series ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ were presented on FatemiDawat.com. In the first two parts, Shz Taher Bhaisaheb addresses the meaning and purpose of the Shari’at of Islam, Shari’at Mohammadiyya and introduces the Sabaq Series. In part three he covers the early stages of a child’s life – naming, aqiqa etc. In part four he begins the section on tarbiyat – the education of a Mumin’s child and the responsibility of the parents. The Sabaq videos are available on FatemiDawat.com and also as a Podcast through iTunes and Google Play.

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week

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SIJILL ARTICLE: “You will kill my body but you cannot kill my soul” ANNOUNCMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Ismail Badruddin (Bawa) RA Urus Majlis ANNOUNCMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA Urus Majlis and waaz BIOGRAPHY SERIES: Syedna Qutub Khan Qutbuddin al Shaheed – Dawat ni Zaban version HIKAAYAT SERIES: The Vizier of King Khaishuwan BOOKS and PUBLICATIONS: E-book and Hard copy of Sijill Volume One - Issues 1-53 Now Available FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE: Part 5 – Tarbiyat & the Importance of Knowledge & Language

From the Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz Highlights Matrimonial Forum and Nikah Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Above is the word ‘rehmat’ written in beautiful calligraphy

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ِ ‫ن آم َن ُوا ات َق ُوا الل َه َ و َآم ِن ُوا ب ِرَسُولِه‬ َ ‫يَا أَ يُهَا ال َذِي‬ *ِ ‫كفْلَيْنِ م ِن ر َحْمَتِه‬ ِ ‫يُؤ ْتِك ُ ْم‬ (Surat al-Hadid: 28) O you who believe, fear God and believe in His Messenger, and He will give you a twofold portion of His mercy; SIJILL ARTICLE: The Two Portions of Rehmat – Imam Husain SA & Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed SA Each ayat of the Qur’an Majeed has many meanings. As Amirul Mumineen SA said, the Qur’an’s text (zahir) is elegant (aneeq) and its meanings (batin) are very deep (ameeq). Literally the above ayat states that those who believe in Allah Ta’ala and His Messenger will receive two portions of Allah Ta’ala’s rehmat. In his bayan on the solemn occasion of Qutbuddin Shaheed RA Urus Mubarak, his successor and namesake, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS recited

this ayat and explained one aspect (wajeh) of its many meanings. Syedna TUS stated that we are fortunate that we are among those who truly believe in Allah Ta’ala and His Messenger as we believe in Rasulullah’s SA successor and the succession of Imams in their progeny and the succession of their Da’is in the Imam’s seclusion. As believers, we receive the plentiful rehmat from the remembrance of the shahaadat of Imam Husain SA. Rasulullah SA has said that he who sheds a tear in the remembrance of Imam Husain will receive Jannat. Indeed that is bountiful rehmat. That is one portion of Allah’s rehmat. The shahaadat of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed a thousand years later is like the shahaadat of Imam Husain. As Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA states: “Maulana Qutbuddin is a martyr, shaheed Like Imam Husain, martyred on the soil of Karbala”.

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NEWS & EVENTS: Photos & Highlights of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed Urus Majlis

COMMUNITY: Nikah and Shaadi Matrimonial Committee

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The remembrance of the sacrifice and shahaadat of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA is the second portion of rehmat. That these shahaadats are harbingers of Allah’s rehmat is established by the fact that it was because of Imam Husain’s SA shahaadat that the kalimat-ush-shahaadat(la ilaaha illa allah) endures and Imam’s Da’wat continues to exist. And Da’wat is the gateway to Allah Ta’ala’s rehmat. Similarly, it is because of the sacrifice and shahaadat of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed that during this time of the Imam’s seclusion, the kalimat-ushshahaadatendures and the Da’wat of the Imam continues to exist. And indeed, it will continue to exist either until the Imam’szuhoor or till Qiyamat. Today this Da’wat continues despite the vicissitudes of time. The Da’i of the Imam continues to establish his Da’wat which is gateway to Allah Ta’ala’s rehmat. Today, those who take the barakat of the recitation of the Shahaadat of Imam Husain and his Dai Qutbuddin from his successor Syedna Qutbuddin are those who receive these two portions of rehmat (marhoomeen). And those who have gone astray are the one’s who are deprived (mahroomeen). Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed was the fourth of the 5th saatra (group of seven) of Du’aat and Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin is the fourth of the 8th saatra of Du’aat. He is the Dai who Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA gave the laqab Qutbuddin stating that he does so to honour him (takreeman lahu) with the virtues of the noble laqab of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed. We praise and thank Allah Ta’ala that we have the clarity of thought, belief and courage to be with the successor of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed, our Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. We praise and thank Allah Ta’ala for the rehmat and ne’mat we continue to receive from him night and day.

NEWS & EVENTS: Photos & Highlights of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed Urus Majlis Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS

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presided over the Urus Majlis of the 32nd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed in Darus Sakina. Khatmul Qur’an was followed by tilawat of Qasida Mubaraka “Ya Qutba Deenillah” and “Alayka Salaamul-laahe ya Qutubal Huda” and the tilawat of the Salaam in Dawat ni zaban by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisahaba. Syedna Qutbuddin then delivered bayaan Mubarak in which he enlightened mumineen with the ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed SA, fortified their aqeeda, and strengthened their resolve.

and Fath-e-Mubeen. Photos of the Majlis are presented on Fatemidawat.com.

COMMUNITY: Nikah and Shaadi Matrimonial Committee This Nikaah and Matrimonial Committee has been set up with Aqamola’s TUS raza and doa mubarak. Rasulullah SA has said that marriage completes one’s faith and that “Whosoever wishes to follow my religion should follow my Shariat (literally: sunnat)—and marriage is part of my Shariat.” َ‫م َن اَحَبَ ا َن يَكُونَ عَلى ف ِطرَتِي فَلي َستَنَ بِس ُن َتِي فَاِن‬ ‫م ِن سُن َتِي الن ِك َاح‬ The following are some key points to keep in mind in the context of Nikah:

Syedna TUS recited the shahaadat of Imam Husain SA and Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed in the context of the Qur’anic ayat ‘Allah Ta’ala gives mumineen two portions of rehmat’ (yu’tikum kiflayni min rahmatihi - Surat al-Hadid: 28). Syedna TUS explained that in one respect, these two portions of rehmat are the blessings of the remembrance of Imam Husain and his Dai Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed (see Sijill 62 article “The Two Portions of Rehmat” for more details). Taking the waseela of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS beseeched doa for the wellbeing of mumineen, muminaat and their children and also beseeched Allah Ta’ala and his waliyy for Nasr-e-Aziz

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Family units are the building blocks of a cohesive society. Rasulullah’s Shariat encourages mumineen to build such family units through marriage. Marriage provides companionship and solace between spouses, and brings forth a new generation of mumineen, thereby playing a crucial role in God’s plan of salvation for his creatures. One should seek a spouse who is a compatible match (Arabic: kufw), and the most important things to look for are faith, character and intelligence. Moreover, men and women who have gone through a divorce or whose spouses have passed away should not be discriminated against. Mumineen should try to marry at an appropriate age and not delay. Not only does marriage provide a halaal relationship, it also garner’s Allah’s pleasure and reward. Marriage is a responsibility and requires commitment and work. It is a husband’s primary duty to provide for his family and safeguard them. It is a wife’s primary duty to nurture her family

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and care for them. The fabric that binds together husband and wife is affection, mutual respect and caring for the other’s wellbeing. If you would like us to facilitate your matrimonial introductions, please complete the Nikaah and Matrimonial PDF form and email it to shaadi@fatemidawat. com. Within two weeks, a member of the committee will call you to verify your application. After your application is verified, the committee will transfer your application to the Fatemi Dawat Shaadi database, all information will be kept strictly confidential. After the verification process, if the committee would like to suggest a match they will discuss the match with the boy and the girl. After their approval, they will forward the girl's profile to the boy and the boy's profile to the girl. Also, please contact us at shaadi@fatemid awat.com if you have any questions about matrimonial issues, or regarding wedding rites and celebrations (rasam). Aqamola Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUSprays for the well-being of all his Dawat children, and bestows doa that may Allah ta’ala facilitate the marriages of our sons and daughters, may He keep the married couples in joy and harmony, and may He grant them pious, mumin progeny.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Pehli Raat of Rajab-ulAsabb Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will lead Maghrib Isha & Washeq Namaaz on the Pehli raat of Rajab (Saturday 18th April 2015) at Darus Sakina inshaallah. Mumineen are invited for salawat jaman after namaz. Mumineen muminaat and their children advised to do the following amal:

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1. Pray Maghrib Isha Namaz with Sunnat and Naafelat. 2. Pray 24 Rak’at Washeq Namaz (Charhti Surat) and pray Sajada Wajhi Doa (recording of wasila starts with the doa). Niyyat of Washeq and doa is available on Fatemidawat.com 3. Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUShas graciously given raza for his wasila mubaraka recording to be played on this mubarak occasion. Mumineen muminaat and children listening to the wasila mubaraka should observe the appropriate adab (etiquette) of attending in person even when listening to recording. 4. Recite the Qasida Mubaraka written by Syedna al-Mu’ayyad alShirazi on the occasion of the auspicious month of Rajab, presented on Fatemidawat.com. Mas’ools (coordinators) will inform local Mumineen of program for pehli raat namaz in their respective towns.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Noor Mohammed Nooruddin Urus Majlis

On Urus Mubarak of 37th Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Noor Mohammed Nooruddin (Mandvi) on the 4th raat of Rajab (Tuesday 21st April) Urus majlis will be convened at Darus Sakina after Maghrib Isha Namaz. All Mumineen are invited for Salawaat Jaman after Majlis. Shzd. Taher bhaisaheb will preside over the Urus majlis on 4th of Rajab (Wednesday 22ndApril) from Bakersfield CA. Majlis/broadcast will

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start at 630pm PT (7 am India Standard Time on 23rd April 2015). You can participate using this YouTube link. Mumineen who are unable to attend urus majlis in person are urged to Pray Khatmul Quran on the Niyyat of the Syedna Noor Mohammed Nooruddin RA Pray Qasida Mubaraka composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA “ya noora dinil huda” (presented on Fatemidawat.com with English translation and audio) Mumineen should also recite Dawat ni zaban salaam written by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba in shaan of Syedna Noor Mohammed Nooruddin RA.

BOOKS and PUBLICATIONS: Ebook and Hard copy of Sijill Volume One - Issues 1-53 Now Available We are pleased to present the first 53 issues of Sijill as an e-book on Fatemidawat.com. This volume contains the first 53 issues of Sijill, recording the first year of the 53rdDai-l-Mutlaq’s tenure as Dai. Covering one solar year in 52 weeks, with an additional 53rd week, it chronicles the major events, directives and teachings of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s TUS Fatemi Dawat. The first Sijill was published with the purpose to announce to mumineen Syedna Qutbuddin’s First Misaaq Majlis after the wafat of Syedna Burhanuddin. In a most auspicious correspondence, the 52nd and 53rd issues of Sijill coincided with the Milaad Mubarak of the 52nd and 53rd Dais. This collection of the first year’s issues are published with Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s TUS raza and doa mubarak. If you would like a printed copy of this volume please email info@fatemidawat.com with your mailing address and how many copies you require (the cost of digital color laser printing and binding is Rs. 2100 + Postage). Page 3 of 4


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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week

Upcoming updates

SIJILL ARTICLE: The Two Portions of Rehmat – Imam HusainSA & Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed SA NEWS & EVENTS: Photos & Highlights of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed Urus Majlis COMMUNITY: Nikah and Shaadi Matrimonial Committee ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Pehli Raat of Rajab-ul-Asabb ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Noor Mohammed Nooruddin Urus Majlis BOOKS and PUBLICATIONS: E-book and Hard copy of Sijill Volume One - Issues 1-53 Now Available

From the Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz Highlights Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Bombay High Court

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫ت أَ قْد َام َنَا و َانصُرْنَا عَلَى‬ ْ ِ ‫صبْر ًا و َثَب‬ َ ‫ر َب َنَا أَ فْرِ ْغ عَلَي ْنَا‬ *‫ن‬ َ ‫الْقَو ْ ِم الْك َافِرِي‬ (Surat ul-Baqara: 250) O Lord – Ay Parwardigaar! Grant us Sabar and Patience and make our footing firm: Grant us Victorious Aid against those who reject the faith. SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE FOR PEOPLE OF NEPAL & NORTH INDIA Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS prays for the people of Nepal and North India affected by the devastating earthquake on Saturday. Syedna prays for all those who have lost loved ones for solace in their time of grief and for all those who are conducting the rescue and relief efforts. Syedna also prays for the rebuilding of lives and livelihoods and encourages those who are able to offer help and support to do so.

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SIJILL ARTICLE: Our Sincere Doa for Dai and Dawat (Victory of Truth) As the Final Hearing in the Bombay High Court begins on Monday (9th Rajab/27thApril) with Syedna Qutbuddin’s appearance in the Honorable Court, we pray sincerely for our Dai and Dawat, remembering the phrases of Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA nasihat “Dawat ne Allah Abaad Raakhe –”. Amirul Mumineen SA has said that “Doa (prayer) is a mumin’s sword” (al-doa’u silaahul mumin). This is the time for prayers. Sincere prayers. The Rasa’il Ikhwanus Safa state that sincerity in deeds (amal) and prayers (doa) is one of the conditions of our faith (imaan) and amongst the traits of mumineen. In the context of sincerity in prayer, the Rasail refer to Allah Ta’ala’s command in the Qur’an “Call upon and pray to Allah Ta’ala with sincere devotion” (fad’ul-llaha mukhliseen lahud-deen – Surat Ghafir: 14). The Rasail add that sincerity in prayer is only at a time when all hope in oneself and others is lost. The Rasail present the parable of the

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DOA: Nasr wal Mahaba – Victorious Aid & Awe

NEWS & EVENTS:

Pehli Raat of Rajab

QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba

"Heaven's Armies are Enlisted to Your Aid"

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travelers at sea. When they board the ship, they pray to Allah Ta’ala for their safety. However, that doa is not sincere as they are dependent on the captain and sailors, and are confident in their ability to safely navigate the high seas. That confidence remains until they are in the middle of the ocean and the waves are soaring, the captain the sailors are helpless, and that is the time when the prayer is sincere. As we face the storm in Dawat today, we pray with sincerity (doa with ikhlaas) for aid and help (nusrat) from Allah Ta’ala and his awliya’ kiraam. The Quranic ayat quoted above is in the context of the story of Nabi Dawood and his powerful enemy Jaloot. Today we recite the ayat with which the followers of Dawood prayed: “Our Lord, Parwardigaar, give us patience and sabar and make our footing firm, and help us and give us yaari and victorious aid against those who reject the faith”. As our Hudaat kiraam have guided us, we seek refuge in prayer and that is our strength. We beseech Allah Ta’ala and Hisawliya’. We take the tawassul of our Nabiyyand seek succor from Allah’s waliyy Mushkil Kushaa Ali. “There is no difficult matter that is not resolved – when you call ‘ya ali ya ali’”.

‫أي امر ٍ م ُشكِل لا ينجلي‬ ‫حين يدعى يا علي يا علي‬ We sincerely beseech doa to Allah Ta’ala that by the wasila of Panjetan, A’immat and Du’aat – especially Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA – that may He give Nasre Aziz – ta’yeed, inspiration and yaari to their successor the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. Nasrun Minallahi wa Fathun Qareeb wa Bashsheril Mumineen. ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL

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DETAILS: Court Hearings on 27 & 28th April Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, the Plaintiff in the Declaratory Suit filed in the Bombay High Court, will appear in the Honorable High Court for his testimony on the 27th and 28th of April inshaallah. Mumineen are advised to in these days beseech prayers, doa and do tasbeeh. Mumineen should recite doa Nasr wal Mahaba (PDF on website) and tasbeehs of 1) hasbunallah wa ni’mal wakeel, 2) salawaat, 3) panjetan paak naam SA (especially tasbeeh of Ya Ali 2000 times daily), 4) Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA, 5) Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and 6) Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. As stated earlier in Sijill 59, the Hon’ble Bombay High Court has asked that both parties issue a statement asking the community to maintain calm during the proceeding of the trial. Mumineen are hereby requested to maintain calm during the proceeding of the trial. DOA: Nasr wal Mahaba – Victorious Aid & Awe Doa Nasri wal Mahaba is attributed to Amirul Mumineen Maulana Ali SA. It is said he authored it for himself and kept it always with his sword and shield. Amirul Mumineen extracted this doa from the Quran and prayed with its wasila. Whoever enters conflict praying this surely is victorious. The doa begins with Surat ul Hamd and the last three Surahs of the Quran and enjoins the wasila of the greatest name of Allah Ta’ala (Ismullahil-A’zam), the highest angels in heaven, the Prophets, the Revealed Books and all the Imams. This is an excerpt from the doa: “Allahumma – O Allah by the virtue of the wasilas I have enjoined to reach you and beseech doa to you, grant me triumphant aid, for I am your servant 60

and the son of your servants, praying and supplicating to you. Bismillahirrahmanir-rahim ‘We have given you a triumphant victory, so that Allah Ta’ala may forgive your sins – present and past, and so that He may fulfill His blessings and ne’mat upon you and guide you to the straight path (siraate Mustaqeem), and so that He may give you victorious aid (inna fatahna laka fathan mubina, li yaghfira lakal-lahu ma taqaddama min zanbika wa ma ta’akhar, wa yutimma ni’matahu ‘alayka wa yahdiyaka siratan mustaqima – Surat ul Fateh:1-3). Allahumma – O Allah, support me with your armies, delight me with your good fortune, assist me and aid me by Jibrail, Mikail and Israfil and five thousand of your angels (reference to Surat ul Anfal: 8) and keep them in my aid as you kept humans, jinns and birds in the charge of Nabi Sulayman (reference to Surat alNaml: 17). Soften the hearts of men for me as you softened iron for Nabi Dawood without fire (reference to Surat Saba: 10). The doa is a great sword in the hands of every Mumin. It is a catalyst for our prayers to be answered. The PDF of the doa is presented on Fatemidawat.com. A full translation will be presented in the near future inshaallah.

QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba - "Heaven's Armies are Enlisted to Your Aid" Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba has presented a Qasida to Syedna Qutbuddin in which she beseeches Allah Ta’ala to grant tayeed, nasar and fateh to His Dai.

These are several verses from the Qasida:

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(1) Heaven’s armies are enlisted to your aid O Dai of the Pure Progeny (2) Tayyib Imam’s inspiration (ilhaam) is a staff in your hands That will vanquish your enemies (3) Your case is the case of haqq Its proof will dazzle their eyes (4) Your words shine bright With the light of truth (5) Your deeds, well guided Are based in the fortress of conviction (6) Your testimony, grounded in authentic sources Is fragrant with the perfume of knowledge (7) Your answers, decisive Have the roaring might of God’s lion, Haidar

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The full qasida is presented on Fatemidawat.com with English Translation.

NEWS & EVENTS: Pehli Raat of Rajab On the pehli raat of Shehre Rajab, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS led Maghrib Isha namaz and washeq namaz in Darus Sakina. After washeq Syedna TUS beseeched doa to Allah Ta’ala in heartfelt wasila. Syedna stated in the wasila that Rasulullah SA said, “my brother Ali, Rajab is your month, Shaban is my month and Ramadan is the month of Allah.” Syedna added that these three months beginning with Rajab, comprise the season of worship (ibadat ni mawsim). Enjoining the wasila of Panjetan Paak, Aimmat Tahereen and their Du’aat Mutlaqeen – especially the wasila of the 51st and the 52nd Dai – Syedna Qutbuddin prayed:

(8) Your helpers are Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Their swords sharp and cutting … (14) You are a Surat of God’s Qur’an God will destroy those who curse and abuse you … (20) May God’s all-powerful force Grant you victorious aid and triumphant victory —nasre-azeez and fathe-mubeen

(21) May Allah’s salawaat set its sights on the Mawali Whose affectionate eyes gaze unceasingly at their Qutub

O’ Parwardigaar - By these wasilas, hear the doa of every Mumin, forgive the sins of every sinner…delight our hearts with the fulfillment of our wishes, increase our barakaat and alleviate our kurubaat. Resolve our difficulties – this is the month of Ali Mushkil Kusha – by his

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wasila resolve all kinds of difficulties. “There is no difficult matter that is not resolved when you call ya Ali ya Ali”. Resolve the difficulties of every Mumin and Mumina. The True Dawat, the Dawat of the Maula Ali, the Dawat of Imam uz Zaman is sieged by difficulties – by the wasila of Mushkil Kusha Ali resolve them. By the wasila of his zulfiqar vanquish the enemies of Dawat. Maintain high the Word of Imam uz zaman’s Dawat. “Allah’s Word is indeed the Highest” (inna kalimatallahi hiyal ‘ulya). Degrade and take down the word of those who reject the faith (kafirin) and demolish their conspiracies. Protect this Dawat from their slander and false accusations. O Parwardigar - …by the wasila of Imam uz zaman give me the strength to serve his Dawat, to guide and help mumineen (khayr khuwahi), and give me the strength to face the enemies of Dawat and in every confrontation grant me your victorious aid and triumphant victory (nasre aziz anay fathe mubeen). Photos of Rajab Pehli Raat Namaz are presented on Fatemidawat.com.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Ayyamul Beez On 13th of Rajab, the day of Amirul Mumineen SA wiladat, Mumineen should recite ‘Asamiyyazil’ Qasida composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA. Text and translation of Qasida has been uploaded on Fatemidawat.com. Syedna Qutbuddin TUS will observe rozas on the 13th, 14th and 15th of Rajab as per the Irshaad of Imam Ja’farusSadiq SA. Mumineen are encouraged to do roza on these auspicious days and pray namaz and Das Surat on the 15th of Rajab. On Sunday, 15th Rajab (3rd May) Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will lead Salatuz-Zawaal and Zohr Asar Namaz in Darus Sakina, Thane, followed by Page 3 of 4


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Das-Surat Tilawat and wasila. Those who are unable to attend should do amal as per the instructions in the Sahifa (PDF on fatemidawat.com). Audio recording of Das Surat Tilawat has been uploaded on the website to enable mumineen to listen and read along in their Quran Majeed. Recording of Sadaqalla doa and Wasila by Maulana Qutbuddin TUS has also been uploaded.

COMMUNITY: Nikah and Shaadi Matrimonial Committee This Nikaah and Matrimonial Committee has been set up with Aqamola’s TUS raza and doa mubarak. Rasulullah SA has said that marriage completes one’s faith and that “Whosoever wishes to follow my religion should follow my Shariat (literally: sunnat)—and marriage is part of my Shariat.” َ‫م َن اَحَبَ ا َن يَكُونَ عَلى ف ِطرَتِي فَلي َستَنَ بِس ُن َتِي فَاِن‬ ‫م ِن سُن َتِي الن ِك َاح‬ If you would like us to facilitate your matrimonial introductions, please complete the Nikaah and Matrimonial PDF form and email it

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to shaadi@fatemidawat.com. Within two weeks, a member of the committee will call you to verify your application. After your application is verified, the committee will transfer your application to the Fatemi Dawat Shaadi database, all information will be kept strictly confidential. After the verification process, if the committee would like to suggest a match they will discuss the match with the boy and the girl. After their approval, they will forward the girl's profile to the boy and the boy's profile to the girl. Also, please contact us at shaadi @fatemidawat.com if you have any questions about matrimonial issues, or regarding wedding rites and celebrations (rasam). Aqamola Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS prays for the well-being of all his Dawat children, and bestows doa that may Allah ta’ala facilitate the marriages of our sons and daughters, may He keep the married couples in joy and harmony, and may He grant them pious, mumin progeny.

BOOKS and PUBLICATIONS: Ebook and Hard copy of Sijill Volume One - Issues 1-53 Now Available

We are pleased to present the first 53 issues of Sijill as an e-book on Fatemidawat.com. This volume contains the first 53 issues of Sijill, recording the first year of the 53rdDai-l-Mutlaq’s tenure as Dai. Covering one solar year in 52 weeks, with an additional 53rd week, it chronicles the major events, directives and teachings of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s TUS Fatemi Dawat. The first Sijill was published with the purpose to announce to mumineen Syedna Qutbuddin’s First Misaaq Majlis after the wafat of Syedna Burhanuddin. In a most auspicious correspondence, the 52nd and 53rd issues of Sijill coincided with the Milaad Mubarak of the 52nd and 53rd Dais. This collection of the first year’s issues are published with Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s TUS raza and doa mubarak. If you would like a printed copy of this volume please email info@fatemidawat.com with your mailing address and how many copies you require (the cost of digital color laser printing and binding is Rs. 2100 + Postage).

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week

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SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE FOR PEOPLE OF NEPAL & NORTH INDIA SIJILL ARTICLE: Our Sincere Doa for Dai and Dawat (Victory of Truth) ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Court Hearings on 27th & 28th April DOA: Nasr wal Mahaba – Victorious Aid & Awe QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: Qasida by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba NEWS & EVENTS: Pehli Raat of Rajab ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Ayyamul Beez COMMUNITY: Nikah and Shaadi Matrimonial Committee BOOKS and PUBLICATIONS: E-book and Hard copy of Sijill Volume One - Issues 1-53 Now Available

From the Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz Highlights Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Syedna Qutbuddin performs talaqi of Syedna Burhanuddin during ziarat of Syedna Taher Saifuddin

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ *ُ‫ق أَ قُول‬ َ َ ‫ق و َالْح‬ ُ َ ‫ل فَالْح‬ َ ‫قَا‬ (Surat Saad: 84) And He said. Such is the Truth (Haqq). And the (Haqq) Truth I shall always speak. SIJILL ARTICLE: “Veracity Beyond Doubt” Throughout the ages, our awliya’ kiramhave battled for the Truth: Musa Nabi’shujjat in front of Pharaoh; Rasulullah’shujjat in front of the mushrikeen of Quraysh; Maulatuna Fatema’s hujjat in front of Awwal; Imam Husain’s SAhujjat against the army of Yazeed; Syedna Dawood bin Qutubshah’s RAhujjat against Sulayman in the Court of Akbar; Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed’s RA hujjat in front of Aurangzeb; Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA hujjat against the enemies of Dawat in the Court of Law. Though the times

were different and the contexts were different, the Sahib-uz-zaman established the hujjat of Truth, regardless of the situation, regardless of the consequences. These are just a few of the many instances. While in Africa, Syedna Taher SaifuddinRA stated when referring to Syedna Qutbuddin’s visit to Mombasa after he himself visited a few days earlier “may kahyu thu ne ke may pacho aawis” (did I not tell you that I will return). Today we are seeing a glimpse of that as Syedna Qutbuddin TUS attended the Bombay High Court to establish the hujjat, just as Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA did so nearly 100 years ago. The same confidence. The same tawakkul. The same Truth. In the qasida Syedna Qutbuddin TUS composed in Eid-ul-Fitar 1435H he began with the words “O honest tongue, speak Truth. And offer salaams on the divine vessels of Truth”. In bayt 19, describing himself, Syenda TUS adds, “a man of integrity, my tongue speaks true, my lips are habituated to nothing but pure Truth.”

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Featured updates:

LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 27th & 28thApril 2015

MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 27th & 28th April in Leading Newspapers

QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: “Alamma bideenillah” Syedna Burhanuddin’s RAQasida in Remembrance of Syedna Taher Saifuddin

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According to our doctrine, the Mazoon’s words always ring with Truth. When asked in court by the senior advocate appearing for Shz Mufaddal Saifuddin, “is it correct that the Mazoon’s veracity, according to you, is beyond doubt?”, Syedna Qutbuddin answered “Yes” (refer also to Sijill article 60 and the quoted text within it in which the 41st Dai Syedna AbdutTayyib Zakiuddin RA describes the Mazoon as a ‘true and sincere friend” – sadiqan saadiqan). By the wasila of Panjetan, A’immat and their Du’aat – especially the wasila of Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA – we pray: may the word of truth prevail. May Allah Ta’ala grant Nasre Aziz and Fathe Mubeen to Imam-uz-zaman’s Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. Throughout the ages our awliya’ have spoken the Truth. Throughout the ages, mumineen have believed and confirmed it (tasdeeq). Throughout the ages, misguided people have rejected and denied it (takzeeb). We offer hamd and shukur to Allah Ta’ala that we are among those who accept the truth when they hear it.

LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 27th & 28th April 2015 The cross-examination of the Plaintiff (Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS) in the Suit filed by him in the Hon’ble Bombay High Court began on the 27th of April 2015 at 3 PM in the historic Courtroom No. 46, presided by Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel. The Plaintiff took the oath and before his crossexamination commenced he prayed

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Bismillah. The Plaintiff was cross-examined by Defendant’s (Shehzada Mufaddal Saifuddin) Senior Counsel Mr. Iqbal Chagla. Over three sessions and 5 and ½ hours of cross-examination the Plaintiff was asked several questions. Some of them were:

possible violence that may follow from disgruntled older brothers of the Plaintiff). The Plaintiff responded that the persons he was referring to included Busab Amatullah Aaisaheba

Mr Chagla asked: Why was the Nass conferred on 10th December 1965 secret and unwitnessed. The Plaintiff replied that it was the decision of Syedna (Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA) to keep it secret and that he, the Plaintiff, was the witness.

successor of the 52 Dai, referring to paragragh 31 sub-paragraph (a) of the evidence affidavit dated 13th March 2015. The Plaintiff replied that he thought so.

Further Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff why he was asked to keep the Nass in confidence and not disclose it. He answered that it was not for him to guess why Syedna asked this of him. Syedna instructed him to keep it confidential, and he obeyed him. Mr. Chagla asked on what basis did the Plaintiff form the conjecture that there was danger to his life if the Nass was publicly announced, as he had stated in the Plaint para 29. The Plaintiff responded that Syedna (52nd Dai) had told his uncle (Mukasir Saheb Saleh Bhaisaheb Saifiyuddin) when asked why the nass was not made public, that if he (the 52nd Dai) would have done so then “talwaro chali jati” Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff that other than Mukasir Saheb, who were the other people the Plaintiff was referring to in paragraph 28(i-1) of the plaint last sentence (This shows that certain key people, including the then Mukasir Syedi Saleh bhaisaheb knew about the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq’s nass on the Plaintiff and it explains why His Holiness did not declare the nass in an open manner, realising the intrigue and

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(wife of 52

nd

Dai) and others.

Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff whether he believed that even the Defendant knew that the Plaintiff was to be the nd

Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff whether according to the Plaintiff it was correct that there was no secret about the alleged nass conferred on him. The Plaintiff replied that it was possible because of the favours showered on the Plaintiff by the 52

nd

Dai.

Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff when he felt that Yusuf bhaisab Najmuddin felt “slighted and jealous” by the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff replied it was approximately the year 1381 or 1382 A.H. (1961 or 1962). He then asked the Plaintiff when he felt Yusuf bhaisab, the Defendant and his brothers had started allegedly scheming against the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff replied that Yusuf Bhaisaheb Najmuddin personally told him that he was “very jealous” of him in 1381 A.H. (1961 – 1962) because the Plaintiff had attained such a high position at so young an age. The Plaintiff further said that therefore, according to him, Yusuf Bhaisaheb’s scheming against the Plaintiff was from that time. He added that during nd

the time of the 52 Dai after a few years of his reign Yusuf Bhaisab had nd

influenced the family of the 52 Dai also including the Defendant and his brothers, and that the Defendant was the son-in-law of the Plaintiff.

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Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff to name the brothers and supporters of the Defendant who were party to the scheming. The Plaintiff replied that apart from the Defendant, his elder brother Qaid Johar, Malik-ul Ashtar and Idris and the sons and daughters of Yusuf Bhaisaheb. Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff to name the sons and daughters of Yusuf Bhaisaheb who according to the Plaintiff were involved in the scheming. The Plaintiff replied that the sons were Badrul Jamali, Qausar Ali, Saeedul Khair and the daughters were Jauharatush Sharaf and Maria. Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff to name the brothers of Yusuf Bhaisab Najmuddin who according to him were part of this alleged scheme. The Plaintiff replied that they were Ali Asghar Bhaisaheb Kalimuddin and Qasim Bhaisaheb Hakimuddin. Mr Chagla then asked what was the purpose or object of this scheme against the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff replied that it was to malign him. Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff what were the functions and duties of a Mazoon. The Plaintiff replied that there were several functions and duties of a Mazoon. In rank, he is next in line to the Dai al-Mutlaq. One of the main duties is the practice of the religion. He (the Mazoon) is the first one required to follow the guidance provided by the Dai al-Mutlaq. The Plaintiff said that in the doctrine, it is said that the Dai and the Mazoon together guide the community. It is also said that Dai and Mazoon are the fountains of spiritual knowledge for the community. The ranks of the Dai and Mazoon are called “Rutba”. These are the only two who are referred to in this manner. Both of

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them are the ones who spread spiritual knowledge. They are the ones who have the right to decide what spiritual knowledge is to be disseminated and from what text. They are the two persons who give knowledge to Muallimeen and Mutallimeen, (teachers and students). In the same manner, the Dai and Mazoon are in position to give knowledge to Mufideen (Professors and Teachers), as also to the Mustafideen (students) who are seeking higher religious and spiritual knowledge. Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff if it was correct according to the Plaintiff that the veracity of the Mazoon was beyond doubt. The Plaintiff replied “yes”. The Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel has kept the matter for directions on June 15, 2015 and then the further schedule for further cross-examination will be decided. As updated on Fatemidawatlegal.com.

MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 27th & 28th April in Leading Newspapers

the Media section on Fatemidawat.com.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Ayyamul Barakaatil Khuldiyya -1436 – Urus of 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA The 17th, 18th and 19th of Rajab are theAyyamul Barakaatil Khuldiyya (the days of heavenly barakaat), the days marking the Urus of the 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA. (A short biography of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA was published on Fatemidawat.com last year). Syedna Qutbuddin TUS will lead Maghrib Isha namaz and preside over Khatmul Quran and Urus Majlis of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA on eve of 17th, 18th and 19thRajab (4th, 5th and 6th May) at Darus Sakina after Maghrib Isha namaz Inshaallah. On Urus mubarak day – Thursday 19thRajab (7th May) – Syedna Qutbuddin TUS will deliver waaz Mubarak at 5pm followed by Maghrib Isha namaz and Salawat jaman. All attending are invited for Salawaat Niyaz Jaman after Majlis. Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb will preside over Urus Majlis in Bakersfield, California, which will be broadcast live on youtube and will be available for replay.

Various newspapers covered the beginning of the final hearing on the 27th and 28th of April 2015 in the Bombay High Court in the declaratory suit filed by the Plaintiff Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. These include the Times of India, Indian Express, DNA, Mumbai Mirror, Hindustan Times, Asian Age, and Rediff.com News. A selection of articles are presented in

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On Rajab 17mi raat (4th May) Majlis will begin at 8.05PM PST (5th May 7.35AM IST). Click here to attend. On Rajab 18mi raat (5th May) Majlis will begin at 8.05PM PST (6th May 7.35AM IST). Click here to attend. On Rajab 19mi raat (6th May) Majlis and bayaan will begin at 8.15PM PST (7th May 7.45AM IST). Click here to

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translation. These are the first few abyaat in English translation (by Shzd. Dr. Tahera baisaheba). The greatest calamity has struck God’s religion With the passing of a Dai who attained the highest station

Mas’uls and coordinators are urged to gather mumineen for urus majlis and salawaat jaman on this auspicious occasion, especially 19mi raat and take barakaat. Amal details are posted on Fatemidawat.com. We pray that by the Nazaraat of the 51stand the 52nd Dai May Allah Ta’ala give Nasre Aziz and Fathe Mubeen to their successor the 53rd Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. The flow of these barakaat is apparent in every majlis and every bayaan. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the opportunity of ziarat in Rozat Tahera on the occasion of Urus Mubarak with Syedna Qutbuddin TUS, Inshaallah.

Syedna Taher Saifuddin—his loftiest virtue, this: He was a sun among all the Dais of Taha’s progeny

QASIDAS IN TRANSLATION:“Alamma bideenillah” Syedna Burhanuddin’s RA Qasida in Remembrance of Syedna Taher Saifuddin After the wafaat of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, his successor the 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burahnuddin RA composed a qasida in his remembrance. The title of theqasida “Alamma bideenillah uzmalmasa’ibi”has echoes from the qasida that Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA wrote in remembrance of the 50th Dai Syedna Abdullah Badruddin RA “Alamma bideenillahi afja’u haadisi”. On the auspicious occasion of the 51st Urus Mubarak of Syedna Taher Saifuddin we present this qasida with Dawat ni zaban fehwa and English

Rainclouds poured down when they saw his face I swear by this and it is true; I have seen it myself

He was a sheltering cave for believers, refuge for followers Truly, in all kinds of catastrophes He was the House of Allah—whosoever invoked salawaat on him, Knowing his high rank, truly performed salaat (prayer) toward Baitullah He was a sword (saif) in the hand of the Wasi’s son Drawn, sharpened, to slay rancorous enemies

What a luminous face, face of Imam uz zamaan Its light dispelling the blackest darkness … I grieve him, now hidden in a grave Like a setting sun that hides in the West Let us recite a verse from his qasida A qasida whose lines are gleaming stars “Our beginnings have been the best of beginnings due to our Mawali And by their wasila, we pray for the best end” …

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I saw—and I say this with utter conviction—that his grave Was a flowerbed (rauzat) of paradise, surrounded on all sides by light … But I must endure—and I follow the example Of the essence of creation, pure sons of the Wasi I will continue to be grateful to him, abundantly, unceasingly I will continue to seek his flowing faiz He appointed me as his successor by the Imam’s inspiration (ilhaam) And through me—even though he has gone—he is still present …

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Ayyamul Beez On 13th of Rajab Mumineen, the day of Amirul Mumineen SA wiladat, Mumineen should recite ‘Asamiyyazil’ Qasida composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA. Text and translation of Qasida has been uploaded on Fatemidawat.com. Syedna Qutbuddin TUS will observe rozas on the 13th, 14th and 15th of Rajab as per the Irshaad of Imam Ja’farusSadiq SA. Mumineen are encouraged to do roza on these auspicious days and pray namaz and Das Surat on the 15th of Rajab. On Sunday, 15th Rajab (3rd May) Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will lead Salatuz-Zawaal and Zohr Asar Namaz in Darus Sakina, Thane, followed by Das-Surat Tilawat and wasila. Those who are unable to attend should do amal as per the instructions in the Sahifa (PDF on fatemidawat.com). Audio recording of Das Surat Tilawat has been uploaded on the website to enable mumineen to listen and read along in their Quran Majeed. Recording Page 4 of 5


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of Sadaqalla doa and Wasila by Maulana Qutbuddin TUS has also been uploaded.

AYYAMAUL BEEZ: Days of the Full Moon – Days of Supplication & Prayer (From Sijill 13) – Also in Dawat ni Zaban The 13th, 14th and 15th of Rajab-ulAsabb are known as the ‘Ayyamul Beez’ (‫يض‬ ْ ِ ‫‘ )أيام ُ الب‬the days of the white nights’

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as these are the days in which the full moon is visible throughout the night. ‘Beez’ literally refers to ‘white’ in Arabic (from abyad) and by extension light, and so the connotation is that these are days in which the moonlight is so bright and continuous that night turns to day. These three days are particularly significant in the month of Rajab which is the month of Maulana Ali SA - just as Shaban is the month of Rasulullah SA,

and Ramadan the month of Allah Ta’ala. The 19th Dai Syedna Idris Imaduddin RAcomposed an entire Risalat “Risalat al-Bayan li ma wajab fi Ma’rifati Shahre Rajab” in which he did bayaan on the deeper meanings of the month of Rajab and the significance of these three days in particular. View the full article on fatemidawat.com. The article is now also available in Dawat ni Zaban and Gujarati.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: “Veracity Beyond Doubt” LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 27th & 28th April 2015 MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 27th & 28thApril in Leading Newspapers ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Ayyamul Barakaatil Khuldiyya -1436 – Urus of 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA QASIDAS IN TRANSLATION: “Alamma bideenillah” Syedna Burhanuddin’s RA Qasida in Remembrance of Syedna Taher Saifuddin ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Ayyamul Beez AYYAMAUL BEEZ: Days of the Full Moon – Days of Supplication & Prayer (From Sijill 13) – Also in Dawat ni Zaban

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Performs Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA Urus Waaz

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ِ ‫ن اَبْل َ ُغ م ِنْ ع َمَلِه‬ ِ ِ ‫نيِ َة ُ المُؤْم‬ (Rasulullah SA) A Mumin’s Niyyat (Intent) is farther in reach than his Amal (actions). SIJILL ARTICLE: A Mumin’s Niyyat & Amal (Intent & Deed) Just as the Ayat-s of the Quran Majeed have many meanings, the Hadith of Rasulullah SA also encompass many layers of meaning. On 19th Rajab, the Urus Mubarak day of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS explained one of the deeper meanings of the Hadith quoted above: “A Mumin’s Niyyat (intent) is farther in reach than his actions” (Niyyatul Mumini Ablaghu Min Amalihi). In addition to the literal meaning, Syedna Taher Saifuddin explained seven different facets (wajeh – tawjeeh) of this Hadith. Narrating from Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s awraaq, Syedna Qutbuddin explained in detail one of

these facets. He said that from one perspective, the word “Mumin” in the Hadith refers to Tayyib Imam SA. Tayyib Imam’s Amal (deed or action) is the direct (physical – face to face) flow of fayz (divine knowledge) to the Hudud and other select few in his divine presence. The Imam’s Niyyat (intent) is the flow of his ta’yeed and fayz to his Da’i, which is not physical. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA gave the example of Radio waves that travel great distances. If that is possible then why is it difficult to conceive of the inspiration and tayeed flowing from the Imam to the Dai. The Niyyat is ablagh (far reaching) as the fayz to the Dai flow’s to him directly with abundance as it is the Dai who is responsible for the establishment of the Imam’s Dawat. This fayz, Syedna Qutbuddin said, never seizes to flow. Fayz is necessary for the sustenance of Dawat just as oxygen is necessary for the sustenance of physical life. Syedna TUS then explained another facet of this Hadith. He stated that each Imam’s successor, or during the time of Imam’s seclusion, each Dai’s

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successor, is his Amal Saleh (Good Deed). The Deed by which all his deeds are fruitful as appointment of a successor is the Deed by which the Dawat continues. Syedna Qutbuddin explained that from one perspective, Syedna Taher Saifuddin’sAmal, in the context of the aforementioned Hadith, was the appointment of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA as his successor. That was his Amal Saleh. HisNiyyat, then, was the selection and preparation of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS to succeed Syedna Burhanuddin. That wasAblagh as it was to take place many years later and because Syedna Taher Saifuddin showered him with his abundant nazaraat. That Niyyat came to bear as Syedna Burhanuddin appointed Syedna Qutbuddin as Mazoon and Mansoos (in 28 days after becoming Dai), and after serving Syedna Burhanuddin as his Mazoon for 50 years, succeeded him as the 53rd Dai. At the end of the bayaan, taking wasila of Imamuz Zaman, Syedna TUS prayed that may Allah grant him the strength to serve Imam-uz-zamn SA, to continue to dokhairkhuwahi of mumineen and guide them to Sirat-e-Mustaqeem. Syedna TUS also prayed that may Allah Ta’ala grant him the strength for the khidmat of Islam and the khurkhuwahi of all of humanity (Ibadullah). Syedna also beseeched doa for the wellbeing of all mumineen. Syedna advised mumineen that in every deed they should have a higher intent and purpose (‘uluwwun-niyyat): the pleasure of the Almighty, the khidmat of Dawat, and to do good for humanity. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the strength to live our lives according to the teachings of our Hudaat Kiraam and to have a sincere and baland niyyat in all our deeds.

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ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Me’raj Night & Mab’as Day (Rajab 27mi raat & day) 786 ‫جدِ الْحَرَا ِم‬ ِ ‫س‬ ْ َ ‫ن ال ْم‬ َ ِ ‫سُب ْح َانَ ال َذ ِي أَ س ْر َى ب ِع َبْدِه ِ لَي ْلًا م‬ ْ‫حو ْلَه ُ لِنُر ِيَه ُ م ِن‬ َ َ‫جدِ الْأَ ق ْص َى ال َذ ِي ب َارَكْنا‬ ِ ‫س‬ ْ َ ‫ِإلَى ال ْم‬ ‫آي َاتنِ َا‬ (Surat ul Isra’ - 1) Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from Masjid-e-Haram to Masjid-e-Aqsa, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs Rajab 27mi raat is Lailatul Isra’ wal Me’raj, the night in which Rasululllah SA travelled from Masjid Haram in Makka to Masjid Aqsa in Jerusalem (isra’) and from there ascended the seven heavens (me’raj). The day of Rajab 27th is Mab’as day, the birthdate of Islam, the day (some years before Me’raj) Rasulullah was designated and sent by Allah Ta’ala as a Nabiyy (Prophet & Messenger) to establish the religion of Islam. In Sijill 15 we published an article on the significance and history of Me’raj & Mab’as of Rasulullah, “MOHAMMED” article by Shz Dr. Bazat Tahera Baisaheba on Rasulullah SA published in Islam: A Short Guide to the Faith, “Tahan Nabiyul Mustafa” Qasida Mubaraka composed by Syedna Taher with English translation, and “Minal Mumineen” Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s leading role in the historic renovation of Masjid-eAqsa. To read about the significance and importance of this night and day read and explore the aforementioned articles (also available in Dawat ni Zaban and Gujarati).

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Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Me’raj and Mab’as Program in Darus Sakina On Lailatul Me’raj, Rajab 27mi raat (14thMay, Thursday) Syedna Qutbuddin TUS will lead Maghrib Isha Namaaz and Washeq in Darus Sakina inshaallah. Mumineen are invited for salawaat jaman after namaz. On 27th Rajab (Friday 15th May) Syedna Qutbuddin TUS will preside over Mab’as day Majlis and will deliver bayaan at 05:00PM in Darus Sakina. After Maghrib Isha Namaaz Mumineen are invited for Iftar Jaman. Bakersfield Me’raj and Mab’as Program & Youtube Link In Bakersfield, Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb will preside of Mab’as day Majlis (15th May) at 3pm PST (Saturday 16th May 2.30AM IST). The majlis will be broadcast live and available for replay on this link. Roza on Mab’as Day ‘Mo’tius-su’alaat’ On the auspicious day of Mab’as we perform roza to celebrate the beginning of Islam and the many ehsaans and blessings of our Nabiyy Mustafa. According to our Ahlul Bayt AS if a Mumin does roza on Mab’as day and does iftaar by praying ‘allahumma ya mu’tiyassu’alaat’ doa it is kaffarat (atonement) for 60 years and the sins anddayn (debts) of Dunya will be eased. It is a tradition that on this day we encourage and teach even young

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children to do roza, as much as they are able, depending on their age. This is to impress upon children the importance of this day, the ehsaan of Rasulullah, and our identity as Muslims. It is also to begin establishing the habit of roza which, eventually as adults following Rasulullah’s Shari’at, they will do for 30 consecutive days in Shehrullah. (We encourage young children to do roza – as much as they are able to – on Mab’as day and the day of Lailatul Qadar).

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the 51 , 52 and 53 Dais were recited. On 19mi raat SyednaTUS recited Sadaqalla doa after Khatmul Quran.

Amal details for Me’raaj night (washeq niyyat and audio recording of wasila mubaraka) and Mab’as day (qasida mubarak with translation and audio of bayaan mubarak) have been uploaded onFatemiDawat.com

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Najmuddin Urus Syedna Qutbuddin will preside over Syedna Abdul Qadir Najmuddin RA urus majlis on 26th Rajab (Thursday 14th May) at 5PM at Darus Sakina, followed by Lailatul Me’raj Maghrib Isha and Washeq namaz inshallah. Mumineen are invited for salawaat jaman after namaz. In Bakersfield Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb will preside over Urus Majlis on Thursday 14th May at 6.45PM PST (Friday 15th May 6.15AM IST). Majlis will be broadcast live and available for replay on this link. NEWS & EVENTS: Ayyamul Barakaatil Khuldiyya -1436 – Urus of 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA - Waaz Highlights & Photos On the eve of 17th, 18th and 19th of Rajab,Ayyamul Barakaatil Khuldiyya (the days of heavenly barakaat), Syedna Qutbuddin TUSpresided over Khatmul Quran Majlis on the Niyyat of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA. Qasidas written by

On the 19th of Rajab Syedna TUS delivered waaz Mubarak at 5PM Darus Sakina in which enlightened mumineen with the knowledge of the ilm of Aale Mohammed SA and their ma’rifat (recognition) of themaqam of our Mawali Tahereen, particularly the 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin. Syedna TUS did zikar of Rasulullah SA Hadith “Niyyatul mumine ablaghu min amalihi” (See Sijill Article for further details). Syedna also beseeched Imam-uz-zaman SA for his nazaraat and for Nasre Aziz and Fathe Mubeen. Syedna also prayed for the 51st and 52nd Dai that may Allah Ta’ala raise there status in Jannatun-Na’eem and may we continue to receive their nazaraat and barakaat. While the Majlis and waaz was physically far from Rozat Tahera, our salaam reached Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA as we were with his son and successor the 53rd Dai. Each mumin felt the barakaat khuldiyya(heavenly barakaat) of these auspicious days.

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May Allah Ta’ala grant us the opportunity to do ziarat of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA in Rozat Tahera with our maula Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. Photos of the event are presented on Fatemidawat.com.

NEWS & EVENTS: Ayyamul Beez Wasila Highlights & Photos According to the irshaad of Imam Ja’far-us-Sadiq SA, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS performed the roza of Ayyamul Beez, 13th, 14th and 15th of Rajab. On 15th Rajab Syedna TUS prayed Salatuz-zawal and Das Surat (recited in Syedna TUS hazrat by Shz. Dr. Abeali bhaisaheb, Hafizul Quran Shz. Dr. Husain bhaisaheb, Hafizul Quran Shz. Dr. Aziz bhaisaheb and Hafizul QuranQutub-Khan bhaisaheb son of Shzd Tayyeba baisaheba – Syedna recited from wal-Asr to the end) and recited Sadaqallah Doa. Following Sadaqalla doa Syedna Qutbuddin TUS beseeched doa with thewaseela of all the mala’ikat, the hamalatul ‘arsh, the7 Natiqs, their awsiya’, all the anbiya’, their kutub, a’immat and a’immat of whom we took wasila in the Sadaqalla doa taught by Imam Ja’far-us-Sadiq SA. Syedna TUS narrated the zikar of Umm Dawood (mother of Dawood), whose son had been imprisoned by the Abbasid caliph. When Umm Dawood went in the Hazrat of Imam Ja’far-usSadiq SA, he advised her to do amal we do on the auspicious days of Ayyamul Beez. Very soon after, Umm Dawood saw Rasulullah SA in her dream with all the anbiya’ andmalai’kat whose wasila she had taken in the Sadaqalla doa. They told her that she had called upon them and they had come to give her aid, to ask forgiveness for her sins, to become her wasila to Allah Ta’ala and to give her the good tidings of her son’s Page 3 of 5


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Dawood’s return. A short while after that, Dawood returned to his mother. The following are excerpts from the wasila: Our wasila is never in vain. Our voice reaches them. They intercede (shafaa’at) on our behalf Allah’s presence. That is why Allah Ta’ala says “O those who believe, fear Allah (keep taqwa) and beseech wasila to him” - the condition is that we keep Allah’s taqwa and take his wasila. The hurmat of these wasilas is great, because of them our doa is heard”… This is the Dawat of Satar, Imam-uzzaman is in seclusion. It is a time of difficulty. But the Imam’s Dai is present on behalf of the Imam. Just as Rasullah said (to Umm Dawood) in the dream, the Imam conveys this message through his Dai: mumineen, remain steadfast in the Dawat, answer the call of the Imam’s Dawat, remain attached to the Imam’s Dai, and you will attain salvation and escape from this world….

In this auspicious hour, we are praying, remembering our mawali… we pray for you to seize those who are perpetrating a fitnat in Dawat…”Innallaha ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer” (Allah Ta’ala has power over all things), let not anyone think that how will this happen. Bawajisaheb Syedna Taher Saifuddin once called his Ghulam Khuzaima Qutbuddin and while bestowing him with a ne’mat prayed this ayat “Innallaha ala kulli shay’in qadeer”. Whatever Allah Ta’ala wills He will do,

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Allah Ta’ala’s way will prevail “wallahu ghalibun ala amrihi wa lakinna aksarannaase la ya’lamun”. This ayat also Syedna Taher Saifuddin recited to me. Most people do not know, or do not understand, or are in doubt...Those who Allah Ta’ala has giventawfeeq and guidance, those whom he has given the wealth of imaan…those who have given Misaq to Imam’s Dai Khuzaima Qutbuddin, today in this auspicious day, keeping Allah Ta’ala as my witness, I say you will achieve salvation, fawze-azeem is for you, Jannat is for you, this is the Truth. Imam-uz-zaman’s aid is everflowing. The case has also begun in court…I feel the nazaraat of my maula the Imam...I answered in court. I spoke the Truth. May Allah Ta’ala sacrifice my soul for my moula Imam-uz-zaman. His nazaraat are flowing and because that our hearts and minds are at peace, our life is peaceful, our houses are full of ne’mat, our business and livelihoods are full of barakat. I pray mumineen, may Allah Ta’ala grant you abundant barakat. Barakat in your life here in dunya and in aakherat. And those who were on the path of Imaan but have been confused or misguided by this fitnat, I pray for them, you were with us – Amirul Mumineen prayed and instructed those who were with him in the time of war, pray that those who are not with us also return to Ali’s Dawat – I advise you to also pray that may Allah Ta’ala grant tawfeeq to give misaq to Imam-uz-zaman’s rightful Dai, so that they may achieve happiness here and in the hereafter…may Allah Ta’ala by the wasila of Syedna Dawood bin Qutub (by whose name we are known as Dawoodi Borhas)… by the wasila Umm Dawood (Maulatuna Hurratul Malika in once sense), the Dawoodi Dais, the Tayyibi Dais, the Fatemi Dais…may Allah Ta’ala maintain the unity and oneness of the Dawoodi Bohra Community. For those who remain adamant in fitnat, I beseech

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the prayer of Nuh nabi SA “rabbi la tazar alal-ardi minal kaffireen dayyara”. I beseech the wasila of Mawali Tahereen and especially the 51st and the 52nd Dai…both the 51st and 52nd Dai are our “waliyyun ne’mat” (we have received ne’mat at their hands). We beseech in Imam’s hazrat that both these Dais have showered us with many ihsaans and favors, may both these Dai’s receive “afzalul jaza’” (the best of rewards). Syedna TUS ended the wasila by narrating the shahaadat of Imam Husain and beseeching doa for the fulfillment of mumineen’s wishes. May Allah Ta’ala hear Syedna’s TUS prayers for Dawat and for mumineen and may Allah Ta’ala grant him longest life to continue to guide us and beseech doa for us. Photos of the event are presented on Fatemidawat.com

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LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 27th & 28th April 2015 The cross-examination of the Plaintiff (Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS) in the Suit filed by him in the Hon’ble Bombay High Court began on the

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27 of April 2015 at 3 PM in the historic Courtroom No. 46, presided by Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel. The Plaintiff took the oath and before his crossexamination commenced he prayed Bismillah. The Plaintiff was cross-examined by Defendant’s (Shehzada Mufaddal Saifuddin) Senior Counsel Mr. Iqbal Chagla. Over three sessions and 5 and ½ hours of cross-examination the Plaintiff was asked several questions.

The Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel has kept the matter for directions on June 15, 2015 and then the further schedule for further cross-examination will be decided. Visit Fatemidawatlegal.com to read further (some of the questions asked are presented on the site). Visit Fatemidawat.com media section for some of the newspaper coverage of the hearings.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: A Mumin’s Niyyat & Amal (Intent & Deed) ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Me’raj Night & Mab’as Day (Rajab 27mi raat & day) ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Najmuddin Urus NEWS & EVENTS: Ayyamul Barakaatil Khuldiyya 1436 – Urus of 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA Waaz Highlights & Photos NEWS & EVENTS: Ayyamul Beez Wasila Highlights & Photos ZAHRA HASANAAT: Medical Vans April 2015 Update LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 27th & 28th April 2015

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Syedna Qutbuddin TUS leads imamat namaz in Saifee Masjid, Mumbai

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ِ ‫ن الْف َحْ ش َاء‬ َ ‫صلَاة َ ۖ ِإنَ ال‬ َ ‫و َأَ ق ِ ِم ال‬ ِ َ ‫صلَاة َ تَنْهَ ى ع‬ ُ ‫و َال ْمُنكَر ِ ۗ وَلَذِك ْر ُ الل َه ِ أَ كْ ب َر‬ (Surat al-Ankabut: 45) And pray Namaaz: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. SIJILL ARTICLE: The Pillar of Islam Namaaz (Rasulullah’s SA Me’raj) Namaaz (prayer, salaat) is the “face of our religion” and one of the 7 Pillars of Islam (Da’aimul-Islam). It is an obligation (farizat) on each one of us to perform the 5 faraz at the designated times. It is said that on the Day of Judgment Allah Ta’ala will look first at whether we have prayed Namaaz and then He will look at our other good deeds. Namaaz – at the designated times – is an obligation that demands time and attention amidst our hectic daily schedules, in the middle of our neverending worldly stresses. Namaaz

demands that we pause for a few minutes and stand before our Creator, facing the Ka’ba, and remember Allah Ta’ala. The Qur’an states “establish Namaaz in my remembrance” (aqimissalaata li zikri – Surat Taha: 14). The observance of Namaaz inculcates discipline and introspection. It forces us to think, at least five times a day, that there is a Creator to whom we pray and it reminds us that there is a higher purpose in our life. It gives a broader perspective to our lives, when often that perspective is lost in the grind of day-to-day life. The deeper meaning of each of the tenets of Namaaz is explained at great length in the books of Da’wat, especially in the Tawilud-Da’aim by Syedna al-Qadi al-Nu’man RA. In many bayans, Syedna Qutbuddin TUSemphasizes that in a world in which people are increasingly conscious of their time and what they spend it doing, the time spent in prayer is the best possible investment of our time. The returns of that investment are felt not only here in our lifetime but also, and even more so, in the Hereafter. It is narrated in the Da’aimul Islam on the authority of Imam Ja’farus Sadiq SA that obligatory Namaaz

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prayers were, originally, 50 (yes, FIFTY), until Allah Ta’ala in His benevolence reduced them to 5. The reason for that was that on the night of Me’raj, when Rasulullah SA was returning, Musa Nabi SA asked him about the commands that he was given by Allah Ta’ala. Rasulullah SA stated that he was commanded to prescribe 50 daily obligatory Namaaz prayers. Musa Nabi told Rasulullah that in his experience, no one would pray Namaaz so many times in a day. He urged Rasulullah to seek a concession from Allah Ta’ala. Rasulullah SA sought the concession. When he was returning, once again Musa Nabi enquired about the command Rasullullah was given. Rasulullah said that the burden was reduced by 5 to 45 prayers. Once again Musa Nabi repeated what he had said before (that no one would pray Namaaz so many times) and again Rasullulah returned to Allah Ta’ala. Each time Rasulullah sought concession, the burden of Namaaz was reduced by 5 until only 5 prayers remained. But still Musa Nabi said that no one would pray Namaaz 5 times. Rasulullah at that point said that, “I am embarrassed to ask for further concession” and thus the five farizat Namaaz remained. Imam Ja’farus Sadiq, at the end of this narration, states that, “May Allah Ta’ala reward Musa Nabi on behalf of the Muslim Ummah.” We are among those who are fortunate and confident that our prayers are accepted by Allah Ta’ala because we perform them with the walaayat of the Nabi who prescribed them, the walaayat of his successors, our Imams and their Du’aat in times of seclusion and walaayat of the Dai of our age Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. Therefore, we must be foremost amongst Muslims to fulfill our obligation to Allah Ta’ala and we

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should do so with discipline, and try to be fully engaged and absorbed in our prayer. We are, as all good humans should be, conscious of fulfilling our commitments. The commitment of the 5 prayers is one of the main commitments we give in our Misaaq to Allah Ta’ala. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the tawfeeq and conviction to fulfill our commitments towards Him. On the occasion of Rasulullah’s SA Me’raj (when 50 came down to 5) we are pleased to present the beginning of the Namaaz module on Fatemimadrasa.com. This is in furtherance of our constant efforts to enable mumineen to observe Namaaz as it should be and also to facilitate the teaching of Namaaz to our children. This week we have also started a FAQ section on the questions regarding Namaaz and qasar Namaaz, Wuzu, etc. This section will be periodically updated.

NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna AbdulQadir Najmuddin RA Urus

Syedna Qutbuddin presided over the urus majlis of the 47th Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna Abdul Qadir Najmuddin RA on 26th Rajab (Thursday 14th May) at Darus Sakina. Qasida Mubaraka composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA (Saqa Naw’un minat-taqdeese ramsa) and Salaam in Dawat ni Zaban composed by Shzd. Dr. Tahera baisaheba were recited. Urus Majlis was followed by Me’raj night Namaaz, washeq and waseela.

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Photos of the Majlis are posted on Fatemidawat.com.

NEWS & EVENTS: Me’raj Night Wasila (Rajab 27mi raat) On Lailatul Me’raj, Rajab 27mi raat (14thMay, Thursday) Syedna Qutbuddin TUS led Maghrib Isha Namaaz and Washeq in Darus Sakina. Following Washeq, Syedna TUS beseeched the wasila of Panjetan Paak, A’immat Tahereen and their Du’aat Mutlaqeen. Syedna TUS particularly beseeched the wasila of our Nabi Mohammed Rasulullah SA who on this night travelled in Ruhaniyyat from Masjid-e-Haram in Makka to Masjid-eAqsa in Baitul-Muqaddas (Jerusalem) and their led 1,24,000 Anbiya’ and Prophets in Imamat Namaz. Mohammed, Syedna said, was Sayyidul-Mursaleen and Imam-ul-Mursaleen. After Isra’ from Makka to Baitul Muqaddas, Rasulullah SA ascended the Seven Heavens and was honored with such closeness with Allah Ta’ala that no other Prophet had attained before. The Imams who succeeded Rasulullah SA inherit his shaan of Me’raj. They are the awliya’ of Mumineen in this world and ascend to the Highest Heavens taking Mumineen with them. In the time of the Imam’s seclusion the Dai is the wasila for Mumineen towards the Imam. Syedna TUS said that Allah Ta’ala had given us a good beginning (aaghaaz behtar kidu) on the walaayat of our Mawali Tahereen – that is, He created us in the human form with the ne’mat and blessings of walaayat. In this state, every single heartbeat elevates us in the path of ascension to the Heavens (ma’arijus-su’ud). Because of this ne’mat and walaayat our life is a pure life (hayat tayyeba) that is full of blessings and barakat. Taking the wasila of Panjetan Paak, A’immat Tahereen and their Du’aat Page 2 of 4


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Mutlaqeen – especially the wasila of the 51st and 52nd Dai – Syedna beseeched doa for mumineen for barakat in their livelihoods and business, for the easing of their difficulties, for fulfillment of their wishes and for their safety and wellbeing.

Remembering the final sajda of Imam Husain SA Syedna TUS said: We are fortunate that we have received the doa of Imam Husain’s sajda and the doa of his Dai Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed in his last sajda. We have received both doa-s. With this doa we receive ne’mat in both worlds, dunya and aakherat.

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mubeen. In that are good tidings (bisharat) for mumineen. These are glimpses of Syedna’s TUSheartfelt and sincere doa for mumineen on the auspicious night of Isra’ and Me’raj. May Allah Ta’ala give longest life to Aqamola TUS to continue to beseech doa for us and guide us to Siraate-Mustaqeem.

FAQ’s: Namaaz and Wuzu We pray Namaaz today in the manner that it was prescribed by Rasulullah SA. The questions that arose for various circumstances or issues that the one offering prayer faced were answered by Rasulullah SA and by his successors the Imams and their Dai-s in time of seclusion. Just as it was no one other than Rasulullah who could prescribe the basic tenets of Namaaz, no one other than the true successors of Rasulullah can clarify what can and cannot be done especially in the context of Namaaz. The FAQ’s for Namaaz and Wuzu have been divided into five primary categories: wuzu (ablution), sehew (unforced errors), Qasar Namaaz (during travel), illness and Imamat Namaaz. These are some of the sample questions, the FAQ can be viewed in entirety on Fatemidawat.com. If you would like to submit further questions please email info@fatemidawat.com.

4. If an individual enters the masjid and it is close that his zohr namaaz will be counted as kazaa if he prays tahiyyatul masjid, what should he do? 5. If an individual is not certain whether he has given the ruku’ or not, what should he do? 6. What is the niyyat for kazaa namaaz? 7. What is the prescribed way in which an individual who is ill pray namaaz? FAQ’s for roza and zakaat will also be published in the near future inshaalalh.

FATEMI MADRASA: Namaaz and Wuzu Practical Pray-along Video In the Quran, Allah Subhanahu says “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me” (Surat al Dhariyat: 56 - wa ma khalqtul jinna wal insa illa li ya’budun). One of the best ways to worship Allah is through Namaaz (salaat), and in that spirit we present this Namaaz module to help mumineen and their children to pray Namaaz with a deeper understanding and in the correct manner.

Syedna also prayed: May Allah Ta’ala safeguard the sanctity of the Haram of Dawat. And mumineen with mohabbat in their hearts also do doa for their Dai, the successor to the 52 Duaat, the 53rd Dai, Imamuz-zaman’s servant and Dai, May Allah Ta’ala give him the strength to perform Imam’s khidmat, to face the enemies of Dawat and grant him nasre aziz and fathe

1. What are the reasons due to which wuzu is invalidated? 2. IF an individual joins Imamat Namaz and the Imam leading the namaz is already in the second Rak’at – what should he do? 3. If a traveler meets his relative who is “ghair baaligh” (minor), should he pray the entire namaaz or should he pray qasar namaaz?

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Parents can start by encouraging their child to pray a single faraz, for example maghrib, and then build on each Namaaz slowly so that by the time the child gives misaq, all aspects of Namaaz are perfected. Fatemi Madrasa is pleased to present a pray along audio/video for maghrib wuzu and maghrib faraz Namaaz. It is encouraged that for children who do not know how to pray Namaaz or haven’t memorized their Namaaz duas that they pray along with this audio and video during Namaaz time, preferably on a daily basis. In the coming weeks, we will also present an English and Dawat ni Zaban translation of all Namaaz doas to facilitate

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understanding and memorization of Namaaz.

LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 27th & 28th April 2015 The cross-examination of the Plaintiff (Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS) in the Suit filed by him in the Hon’ble Bombay High Court began on the 27th of April 2015 at 3 PM in the historic Courtroom No. 46, presided by Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel. The Plaintiff took the oath and before his crossexamination commenced he prayed Bismillah. The Plaintiff was cross-examined by Defendant’s (Shehzada Mufaddal

Saifuddin) Senior Counsel Mr. Iqbal Chagla. Over three sessions and 5 and ½ hours of cross-examination the Plaintiff was asked several questions. The Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel has kept the matter for directions on June 15, 2015 and then the further schedule for further cross-examination will be decided. Visit Fatemidawatlegal.com to read further (some of the questions asked are presented on the site). Visit Fatemidawat.com media section for some of the newspaper coverage of the hearings.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: The Pillar of Islam - Namaaz (Rasulullah’sSA Me’raj) NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Abdul-Qadir Najmuddin RA Urus NEWS & EVENTS: Me’raj Night Wasila (Rajab 27mi raat) FAQ’s: Namaaz and Wuzu FATEMI MADRASA: Namaaz and Wuzu Practical Pray-along Video LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 27th & 28th April 2015

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Mab'as Waaz Mubarak Video Excerpt

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ َ‫ فَك َانَ قَاب‬،‫ ث ُم َ د َنَا فَتَد َل َى‬،‫ق الْأَ ع ْلَى‬ ِ ُ ‫و َه ُو َ ب ِا ْل ُأف‬ ‫قَوْسَيْنِ أَ ْو أَ دْنَى‬ (Surat al-Najm: 7-10) When he was on the uppermost horizon. Then he drew near and drew closer still, until he was within the length of two bows away or [even] nearer... SIJILL ARTICLE: Closer to our Creator In Me’raj, Rasulullah SA ascended the seven heavens and he, as the Quran describes it, “drew near and drew closer still, until he was within the length of two bows away or [even] nearer.” Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA expressed this closeness in Dawat-ni-Zaban,“khuda ye aankho ma wasaawi dida.” Rasulullah SA, although a human being, was so elevated in ruhaaniyyat and spirituality that he was as near as possible to Allah Ta’ala.

No other Prophet or Messenger attained this nearness. Our awliyaa’ are near to Allah Ta’ala, and because we are near to them, and because of our imaan and amal (beliefs and deeds), we attain closeness to Allah Ta’ala. After every Farizat Namaz we pray “Taqarrub” doa in which we seek closeness and nearness to Allah Ta’ala through his awliya’ – Panjetan and the Imams in their progeny. In the time of the Imam’s seclusion, though the Dai is far away physically, inruhaniyyat he is ever so close. When Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA prayed the Sadaqalla doa in Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s Urus Mubarak, he often quoted from the Ayat above to describe Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s closeness to the Imam. Syedna Qutbuddin TUS used similar phrases to describe Syedna Burhanuddin RA in Sadaqalla doa. Our closeness to our Imam and to Allah Ta’ala, in this time of satr (seclusion), is through our closeness to our Dai. In this world that is full of impurities, emulating the example of our awliya’ – believing in the Almighty and

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His awliya’, dedicating time to his worship, seeking knowledge, serving Dawat, being good human beings, helping our brothers in humanity – that is what elevates our souls and brings us closer to our mawali tahereen and, through them, closer to Allah Ta’ala. Our purity and sincerity in all this truly brings us closer to Him. Me’raj refers to Rasulullah’s ascension to the Heavens. It is our walaayat, and the deeds that accompany it, that ensure our ascension to higher plains of purity and spirituality in this world and the ascension to the Heavens in the Hereafter (Ma’arij al-su’ud). We offer praise to Allah Ta’ala and thanks that we are close to Him and close to Hisawliya’ through closeness to His Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the tawfeeq and guidance to emulate Syedna’s example so that we may become ever closer to Him.

NEWS & EVENTS: Mab’as Waaz Bayaan Excerpt Video & Photos Syedna Qutbuddin TUS presided the Mab’as waaz in Darus Sakina at 5pm. Mumineen gathered received the barakaat of the ‘ilm and knowledge of Aale Mohammed. We are pleased to present an 11 minute video excerpt from the bayaan.

This is a written glimpse of Syedna’s waaz Mubarak: Syedna TUS explained the depth of meaning in Rasulullah’s SA name,

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“Mohammed”. Literally, the name means, “one who is always praised.” Rasulullah’sSA virtues were such that he was always praised. In the Qur’an Majeed Allah Ta’ala praises Rasulullah SA as, “one who has a great character” (innaka la’ala khuluqin azeem – Surat al-Qalam:4). When Rasulullah SA established Islam, he drew people close to him by his good nature and character (the bayaan video excerpt presented includes this section). Syedna then explained the meaning and reference of each of the letters of Rasulullah’s SA name. The name Mohammed contains the secrets of the entirety of Rasulullah’s SA era. Syedna Qutbuddin TUS then narrated some of the details of Rasulullah’s SA Mab’as (deployment as Prophet) and one of the reason’s that this took place on the 27th of Rajab. He also narrated the events of Isra’ (the night journey from Makka to Baitul Muqaddas in Ruhaniyyat) and Me’raj (ascension through the seven Heavens). Syedna TUS also explained the esoteric meaning (tawil) of Isra’. He also narrated the zikar of Imam Ali’s SA shaan on the night of Me’raj, the zikar of an angel (farishta) who demonstrated the Azaan to Rasulullah SAand the zikar of the two palaces (haweli) that Rasulullah SA saw and which Jibraeel explained as the palace of Imam Hasan and Imam Husain SA. Towards the end of the bayaan, Syedna prayed a bayt from “Ya Sayyidash-shuhadaai” and taking the wasila of Panjetan, Aimmat and Du’aat beseeched doa for mumineen, muminaat and their children. Syedna beseeched doa for the fulfillment of mumineen’s wishes, for their livelihood (rozi) in this world and the Hereafter and for the Hifazat of Imam-uzzaman’s SA Dawat (the bayaan video excerpt presented includes this section

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also). Syedna concluded the bayaan with a recitation of the Shahaadat of Imam Husain SA. May Allah Ta’ala grant longest life to Aqamaula TUS to continue to bestow Mumineen with the barakaat of ‘Ilm of Aale Mohammed and his priceless doa. We also pray on the occasion of Mab’as for the health and wellbeing of Busaheba Sakina Aaisaheba who, as has been her practice for many years, completed the entire Qur’an Majeed Khatam on Mab’as day. She does so because Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA had once done this. Photos of the Waaz Majlis are posted on Fatemidawat.com.

NEWS & EVENTS: Janaza Namaz led by Syedna TUS of Taher bhai Matcheswala

Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS led janaza namaaz of Taher bhai Matcheswala at Darus Sakina on 1st Shabaan. SyednaTUS also bestowed doa Mubarak for the marhoom for Rehmat, Shafaa’at of Panjetan, A’immat and Do’aat and for his family for Sabar. Taher bhai was buried in the Dawoodi Bohra Qabrastaan in Kausa (Near Mumbra).

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in the books of Da’wat. Many of these Hikaayat are presented in the Rasail of Ikhwanus Safa. The morals presented in these stories often highlight the transience of this world and the importance of the goodness of character. We are pleased to present a selection of these Hikaayats on Fatemidawat.com. The Hikaayat about The Confectioner is presented in English on Fatemidawat.com, below is an excerpt. “There was a wise man who had young sons. Some were intelligent and some were stupid and ignorant. One day the brothers looked in some of their father’s cabinets, and found one full of candy of various tastes, colors, smells, and shapes. They contemplated the candy and thought about it, and it fell into their minds to say: “I wonder who made these marvels and formed these shapes and created these colors?” Those who were smart and understanding knew that it was the creation of a wise creator, and those who were dumb found this obscure. Then those who knew it was the work of the wise man thought, “I wonder what he made them from and with what he shaped them Those who were even smarter knew that they were made with something else. This was not evident to those who were of less understanding and intelligence. Then those who knew what he made it with thought, “I wonder how he made it and why he formed it thus?” Those who were more intelligent and more understanding comprehended this and imagined it; were convinced and had no need to ask why and how.

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This was not evident to him who was less than them in rank, he was not able to understand, and he stopped to think about that. Then they asked some of their adult brothers about this candy, and the older brothers responded that a confectioner made them. They said, “Who is a confectioner?” They responded, “A wise craftsman.” Some of them understood and believed them, and to some this was obscure because of their stupidity, so they denied this because they had not seen the confectioner before, and had not heard of him. Then the young brothers asked their older, adult brothers: “I wonder what the confectioner made these marvels from.” They responded that he made them from sugar, fat, and starch.

Some of them believed the older brothers because they were successful, calm, supported and guided. Some of them denied it because they had never seen these things and could not know them rationally. They said, “Show us some of them.” They said, “None of it remains. The maker used it all up.” Some of them were successful and believed them, and some denied and were not guided. Then they asked the older brothers, “How did the

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confectioner make these?” They said, “He built a stove, lit a fire, set up the pot, poured in the oil, threw in the sugar, stirred it, and mixed in the starch.” He who was more intelligent imagined the confectioner with his superior intelligence and excellent mind, the ingenious gift of his heart, the purity of the substance of his soul, and the light of his intellect. And some of them were blinded to the news, for they did not have intelligence, and their hearts were not pure, and their intellects had no light. Then the brothers disagreed among themselves, and were divided into factions arguing over this matter, and the fires of discord and hatred were ignited between them. Their compassionate father felt sorry for them and had mercy on them when he saw their ordeal and distress. He commanded some of their sensible and insightful brothers to serve as judges between them, and to execute their verdict as gently as they could. He said to them, “If your brothers asked you and came to you to serve as judges over their dispute, guide them.” In response, these judging brothers, if they were asked about the making of the candies, told their brothers that their father made them. The souls of the young brothers calmed down, because their knowledge of their father is closer to their understanding than their understanding of the confectioner. If they asked them, “What were they made of?” They said, “Nothing you know.” Their souls calmed down more than they would to the response that they were made of sugar, fat, and starch, because the boys understood that there were many things they had not seen or known yet. If they asked them, “How did he make

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it and how did he shape it?” They said, “As he wished and how he wished.” And these answers were more calming for their souls than long speeches.” This translation is by Shatha Almutawa

FAQ’s: Namaaz and Wuzu We pray Namaaz today in the manner that it was prescribed by Rasulullah SA. The questions that arose for various circumstances or issues that the one offering prayer faced were answered by Rasulullah SA and by his successors the Imams and their Dai-s in time of seclusion. Just as it was no one other than Rasulullah who could prescribe the basic tenets of Namaaz, no one other than the true successors of Rasulullah can clarify what can and

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cannot be done especially in the context of Namaaz. The FAQ’s for Namaaz have been divided into five primary categories: wuzu (ablution), sehew (unforced errors), Qasar Namaaz (during travel), illness and Imamat Namaaz. These are some of the sample questions, the FAQ can be viewed in entirety on Fatemidawat.com. If you would like to submit further questions please email info@fatemidawat.com. 1. What are the reasons due to which wuzu is invalidated? 2. If an individual joins Imamat Namaz and the Imam leading the namaz is already in the second Rak’at – what should he do?

3. If a traveler meets his relative who is “ghair baaligh” (minor), should he pray the entire namaaz or should he pray qasar namaaz? 4. If an individual enters the masjid and it is close that his zohr namaaz will be counted as kazaa if he prays tahiyyatul masjid, what should he do? 5. If an individual is not certain whether he has given the ruku’ or not, what should he do? 6. What is the niyyat for kazaa namaaz? 7. What is the prescribed way in which an individual who is ill pray namaaz? FAQ’s for roza and zakaat will also be published in the near future inshaallah.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: Closer to our Creator NEWS & EVENTS: Mab’as Waaz Bayaan Excerpt Video & Photos NEWS & EVENTS: Janaza Namaz led by Syedna TUS of Taher bhai Matcheswala HIKAAYAT SERIES: The Confectioner FAQ’s: Namaaz and Wuzu

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

If you have any suggestions for updates and content please email info@fatemidawat.com If you wish to unsubscribe to this newsletter please email to above address with subject line ‘unsubscribe’

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17 Shabaan Syedna Burhanuddin Waaz Excerpt

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ٍ‫ل قَو ْ ٍم هَاد‬ ِ ُ ‫ِإن َمَا أَ نتَ م ُنذِر ٌ ۖ وَلِك‬ (Surat al-Ra’d: 7) You are truly one who forewarns, and for every people there is a guide SYEDNA TUS MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE TO THE ALAVI BOHRA COMMUNITY Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS offers ta’ziyat and condolences to the high dignitaries and members of the Alavi Bohra Community on the sad demise of the Alavi Dai al-Sayyid al-Anbal alAkram Taiyeb Ziyauddin Saheb. SIJILL ARTICLE: A Guide for Every People & Every Age Our belief is that in every day and age a living Imam must be present to guide mumineen to Siraat-e-Mustaqeem. In the time of seclusion, his Dai must be known and present to guide mumineen to the Imam and the Straight Path.

This belief is anchored in the Quran-eMajeed. Addressing Rasulullah SA, the ayat quoted above states, “you are truly one who forewarns, and for every people there is a guide” (Surat al-Ra’d: 7). In Da’aimul-Islam (Part-1), Syedna Qadi al-Nu’maan narrates a statement by the 5th Imam, Imam Mohammedul Baqir SA, commenting on the ayat above. The Imam states that, “the one who forewarns (munzir) is Rasulullah SA, and in every age there is an Imam who guides people to the message that Rasulullah SA brought forth. The first of these guides is Maulana Ali b. Abi Talib SA, then his successors, one after the other.” Just as Rasulullah SA was Allah Ta’ala’s messenger and guided those who were present in his time, it is Allah Ta’ala’s wisdom and justice that in every day and age, a successor to Rasulullah SA be present. Syedna al-Mu’ayyad RA argues that there have been more pious and more noble people in the years after Rasulullah

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those who are perhaps more deserving in later ages do not. Just as SA

Rasulullah would answer the questions posed to him, his successors would be present to answer the questions that arise with the changing SA

times. Just as Rasulullah would intercede, bear witness, and pray for forgiveness for those in his time, his successors would do so until the day of the Judgment. Syedna Hamiduddin al-Kirmani Babul Abwaab of Imam Hakim

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Biamrillah , composed a kitaab to establish the necessity of the Imamate in every day and age. The kitaab is entitled ‘al-Masabeeh fi ithbaat alImamah’. Syedna Hamiduddin RA begins by setting forth the proofs (barahin) for the existence of our Creator and then goes on to establishing the necessity of Prophets, before coming to the necessity of an Imam in every age. Establishing the necessity of the Prophets, this is one of the arguments that Syedna Hamiduddin of the text):

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knowledge that it has the potential to acquire. It would be unwise that a Wise Creator who has created humans with such potential would leave them unenlightened. It is then necessary, as part of the Creator’s wisdom and justice, that the human soul that is most prepared to receive knowledge is enlightened by the unseen Creator. That human soul in turn is then in the place of the Creator who has enlightened him with respect to teaching and guidance of other humans. The enlightening by the Creator is the sending of Messengers, the one enlightened is the Prophet, and therefore Prophethood is necessary.

The philosophy of having a living guide amongst us is a cornerstone of our belief system. If it was sufficient to nd

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believe in the 52 Dai after his wafaat, then it would logically be sufficient to believe in Rasulullah

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and not in Maulana Ali

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For if the acceptance of Rasulullah was sufficient without the acceptance SA

When Allah Ta’ala created the universe, He created humans differently, specifically in their acquiring of knowledge. The birds and animals instinctively know the skill required for their survival. A duck knows how to swim, chicks know how to pierce the wood or peck with their beaks, a certain bird (Khuttaf) knows to collect yarqaan stones (black and red stones that have a curing effect) if they see their chicks are yellow and jaundiced. Unlike these birds and animals, humans must be taught. If a human baby was not taught by his parents and teachers he would not know anything and would be no better than the animals. His soul would be idle and useless without the

of Maulana Ali , then the acceptance of Allah Ta’ala would be sufficient without the acceptance of his Prophet SA

Mohammed Rasulullah . The declaration of Rasulullah’s Prophethood is inextricably connected with the declaration of the Oneness of Allah Ta’ala. We offer thanks to Allah Ta’ala that we believe in the Prophethood of the munzir Rasulullah SA and every guide (haad - Imam) in his progeny and every Dai in the Imam’s seclusion. We offer thanks to Allah Ta’ala that we believe and receive guidance from the nd

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17 SHABAAN 1385H – SYEDNA BURHANUDDIN RA BAYAN AUDIO EXCERPT: The Appointment of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS 50 years ago on the 17th of Shabaan 1385H (10 December 1965), Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA took the first Misaaq as Dai-l-Mutlaq in Saifee Masjid, Mumbai. In thebayaan before the Misaaq, Syedna Burhanuddin appointed his brother, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin, as his Mazoon. Earlier Syedna Burhanuddin appointed Syedna Qutbuddin as his Mansoos in private and gave him the ruby ring that Syedna Taher Saifuddin had given him when he appointed him…. …Earlier in the day, Syedna gifted Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin a ruby ring which he placed on Syedna Qutbuddin’s finger, saying : “Syedna Taher Saifuddin used to wear this ring and he gifted it to me when he appointed me, and I used to wear it and now I gift it to you as I appoint you.” As Syedna Taher Saifuddin has stated in his risalat recounting the Nass by the 35th Dai on his successor the 36th Dai, the gifting of the Dai’s ring in such a manner is a clear indication that he is assigning the rutba of Dai al-Mutlaq (read the compete narration of the day’s events as published last year,WHAT DID SYEDNA BURHANUDDIN WANT? 17 SHABAAN 1385H – First Misaaq Bayaan by the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA).

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Today, 51 years after he was appointed Mansoos and Mazoon by Syedna Mohammed Burhnauddin RA, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin continues to serve the Dawat of Imam-uz-zaman SA, as per the advice of his predecessor, in the most difficult of times. We are pleased to present (once again) the audio of Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA publicly appointing Syedna QutbuddinTUS as his Mazoon, and indicating to men of learning that he was also his Mansoos, on 17th of Shabaan 1385. This three minute audio excerpt from Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin's RA bayaan on 17 Shabaan 1385H (December 1965) appears to have been edited before it has been entered into evidence by Shehzada Mufaddal bhaisaheb Saifuddin. The photo slideshow has been created by FatemiDawat.com. Presented below is a translated transcript of the bayaan excerpt. We offer tehniyat in Hazrat Aaliya Imamiyya on the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of his appointment by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin and pray that Allah Ta’ala grant our Aqamaula TUS longest life till qiyamat in the khidmat of Imam-uz-zamanSA.

“It is also the tradition – how many rutbas are there in Dawat in the time of the seclusion – the [acceptance] of that condition is always taken in the Oath. Three rutbas, the Dai al-Mutlaq and under his hand the Mazoon and the Mukasir – [acceptance of] this condition is taken in every oath. The Dai al-Mutlaq, he has absolute authority (itlaaq), under his hand are the Mazoon and Mukasir. So the Servant of the Progeny of Mohammed [i.e. the 52nd Dai], I am

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assisted by the inspiration received from the Imam (mu’ayyad), the Imam’s inspiration and aid (ta’yeed) is [flowing] towards me, [the Imam’s] blessings are flowing.

(laqab) Qutbuddin. [Disturbance and break in audio recording] So I the servant of the Progeny of Mohammed, advise my most beloved son (al-waladul ahabb) Khuzaima Qutbuddin: [you must] continue to serve the Dawat with sincerity, just as Maulana Taher Saifuddin has taught you, in that manner until the end of [your] life continue to serve. Similarly, I also advise all the dignitaries (hudood) and all the community members, that they should continue to serve the Dawat with sincerity.

So, in the rutba of Mazoon – with the divine inspiration of Allah and the divine inspiration of the Imam – [I appoint my] radiant and noble brother, and my most beloved son (al-waladul ahabb) –[stressed by tone of voice in the audio], the one with manifest virtue [or excellence], the one with sound advice [or opinion or judgment], and one who is sincere in his obedience for the Dai of his age [these words of praise are said in Arabic]. The radiant and noble brother, who is my most beloved son (al-waladul ahabb) [stressed by tone of voice in the audio], the one with manifest virtue, the one with sound advice [or judgment or opinion], the one who practices sincerity in the obedience of the Dai of his age, the one whom ‘he’ loved very much, who? Maulana Taher Saifuddin loved this child (farzand) very much, so the name of this child (farzand), the name that was the most beloved to him that name he [Maulana Taher Saifuddin] gave him, he named him Khuzaima, and gave him the title

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Now in the rutba of Mukasir, in the rutba of Mukasir, Maulana Taher Saifuddin appointed my august uncle, the one who has attained virtues, the one sincere in his belief in his pure masters (walayat), the pride of all Mukasirs, Saleh bhaisaheb Safiuddin. In that same manner, I the Servant of the Progeny of Mohammed maintain his appointment. Similarly, all the dignitaries of Dawat Maulana Taher Saifuddin had appointed, I, the Servant of the Progeny of Mohammed, by the divine inspiration of Allah and the divine inspiration of his Imam maintain.”

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Shabbaraat – Thum Washeq Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will lead Maghrib Isha and Thum Washeq Namaaz on 15mi raat of Shabaan (Monday evening, 1st June) at Darus Sakina. Mumineen are invited for Salawaat Jaman after namaaz. On the eve of the 15th of Shaban – (1stJune, Monday), Mumineen should pray thewasheq namaz as described in the Saheefa after Maghrib Isha Page 3 of 5


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Namaaz (A PDF of the instructions is posted on fatemidawat.com). After washeq namaaz and praying the doa (PDF with translation on fatemidawat.com) Mumineen should listen to wasila recording of Syedna Qutbuddin 1406H in which he lead namaaz on this auspicious night in Masjid-e-Kufa, Najaf-e-Ashraf, Iraq.

SHABBARAAT- THUMM WASHEQThe meaning and significance (excerpts from Sijill 17)

‫جدِ الْحَرَا ِم‬ ِ ‫س‬ ْ َ ‫شطْر َ ال ْم‬ َ ‫ك‬ َ َ ‫ل و َجْ ه‬ ِ َ ‫ف َو‬ (Surat al-Baqara: 149) Turn your face in the direction of Masjide-Haram It is indeed an effort and a task to pray the 15th raat washeq. To stand straight and focus on ‘ibaadat for so long. The washeq is a manifestation of the effort required to stand firm in the walaayat and taa’at of Awliyaa’ullah and their Hudood. Distractions in this world are many; but what is most important is that we face the Masjid-e-Haraam, the Ka’ba with our bodies and the Imam with our soul – and stand firm in our commitment and belief of the Imam’s Dai. He is our path to the Imam. He is our path to salvation... The praying of the thum

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washeq without recognizing, believing and trusting the Hudood that its 14 rak’ats signify is indeed pointless. (read the full Sijill Article “SHABBARAAT- THUMM WASHEQTo stand firm as a pillar (thumm) in our commitment to this Dawat”). In the month of Shaban, the month of Rasulullah SA, the eve of the 15th of Shaban – Shabbarat, is the night in which RasulullahSA was divinely instructed to face the Ka’ba, Masjid-eHaraam, while praying namaz. (Earlier the namaz was prayed facing Masjid-eAqsa)…. This night, the mid point of the month of Rasulullah - signifies the marker between the two parts of Rasulullah’s Dawat: 1) Tanzeel – the revelation received by Rasulullah and presented in the Quran and Shariat and 2) Ta’weel – the meanings embedded in the revelation, the elucidation of which was delegated by Rasulullah SA to Maulana Ali SA…. The 14 rak’ats of this washeq and the 14 times that we repeat the Surahs in them signify our acknowledgment and acceptance of the Hudood of the Imam: the Baab, 12 Hujjats – the last of which is the Dai, and finally the Mazoon. It is through the guidance and intercession of these hudood that we reach the Imam. In this age of seclusion, we recognize these Hudood and receive the illumination of their knowledge and guidance through the Dai. We offer praise and thanks that among the billions of people in this world, we are fortunate to be with the True Dai of the Imam, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. These Hudood guide us to Tahmeed Praise and gratitude of Allah Ta’ala (Surat al-Hamd 14 times), they guide us to Tawheed- to the Oneness of Allah Ta’ala (Surat Qul huwa-allahu Ahad 14 times), and they then teach us isti’aazat – to seek refuge in Allah from those with jealousy and ill-intent (Surat Qul-a’uzu birabbil falaq 14 times and

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Surat Qul a’uzu bi rabbin-naas 14 times). Finally these Hudood guide us to the singular and unparalleled ilaahimaqaam of Maulana Ali and it is for this reason we pray Ayatul-Kursi once. By praying this namaaz and recognizing the Hudood we are among the people whom Allah Ta’ala has guided from darkness to light. “Allahu Waliyyullazeena aamanu yukhrijuhum minazzuumaati ilan-nur” (read the full article about the significance and meaning of Shabbarat).

SHABBARAAT- Doa in translation (from Sijill 17) This is a translation of the doa that is prayed after the 15mi raat washeq (translation by Dr. Bazat Tahera baisaheba):

Allah, bestower of favors (no one bestows favors on you!), full of majesty and splendor, resplendent with kindness and generosity! There is no God but you. O support for seekers of sanctuary! O haven for seekers of refuge! O protector of those who scream for help! O He answerer of the prayer of the helpless! O helper of the oppressed! O shelter for seekers of asylum! O most merciful of the merciful! Allah, if you have written me down in the Mother of the Book that is with you as a wretch and destitute, erase from me the label of destitution and wretchedness. And write me down instead as blissful and wealthy. Allah, if you have written me down in the Mother of the Book that is with you as deprived,

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one whose sustenance is slashed, erase my deprivation and the slashing of my sustenance. For you have said in your Noble Book, that you revealed to your Prophet Muhammad, Allah’s blessings on him

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and his progeny—“Allah erases what he wills, and writes down what he wills, for the Mother of the Book is with him” (Surat al-Raʿd: 39).

encompasses all things’ (modified from Quran, Aʿraf:156). Encompass me with your mercy, O most merciful of the merciful!

You have also said—and you are the most truthful of speakers—‘My mercy

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SYEDNA TUS MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE TO THE ALAVI BOHRA COMMUNITY SIJILL ARTICLE: A Guide for Every People & Every Age 17th SHABAAN 1385H – SYEDNA BURHANUDDIN RABAYAN AUDIO EXCERPT: The Appointment of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Shabbaraat – Thum Washeq SHABBARAAT- THUMM WASHEQ- The meaning and significance (excerpts from Sijill 17) SHABBARAAT- Doa in translation (from Sijill 17)

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Zi Jibla - Yemen - The Masjid and Mazaar of Maulatuna Hurratul Malika RA

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ َ ‫ل ف ِيهَا رَو َاسِي‬ َ َ ‫جع‬ َ َ ‫ْض و‬ َ ‫و َه ُو َ ال َذ ِي مَد َ الْأَ ر‬ ِ‫ل ف ِيهَا ز َ ْوج َيْن‬ َ َ ‫جع‬ َ ‫ات‬ ِ َ ‫ل الثم ََر‬ ِ ُ ‫و َأَ نْهَار ًا ۖ وَم ِن ك‬ ‫ات‬ ٍ َ ‫ك ل َآي‬ َ ِ ‫ل الن َهَار َ ۚ ِإنَ فِي ذََٰل‬ َ ْ ‫اثْنَيْنِ ۖ يُغْش ِي الل َي‬ َ‫ل ِقَو ْ ٍم يَتَف َك َر ُون‬ (Surat al-Ra’d: 3) And He it is Who spread out the earth and set therein firm mountains and rivers, and of every fruit He has made in it two kinds. He covers the night with the day. Surely in that are signs for a people who think, consider and contemplate. SIJILL ARTICLE: Think, consider and contemplate the greatness of Allah Ta’ala’s creation Our bodies tire and need rest. Rest is essential for work. The Quran Majeed states that Allah Ta’ala made the day for earning our livelihood just as he made the night for rest (Surat al-Naba’: 9-11).

As we approach the days of Shehrullah in which we earn our livelihood for Aakherat, many of us take rest before it. For our bodies’ rest, we seek places of natural beauty and tranquility. In Kitabul-Majalis wal-Musa’iraat, Syedna Qadi al-Nu’man RA narrates an anecdote in about the spring season, when the trees and flowers blossom, and people take outings and trips. Some people indulged in drinking during these outings, which has been forbidden by Allah Ta’ala. Imam SA exclaimed, ”Subhaan-Allah, is it not better (than engaging in haram actions) that they look upon Allah’s great power. That they stop and think how the trees came back to life after becoming dry. How, by Allah Ta’ala’s qudrat, they become lush after being dry, how they are adorned with fruits, alive after being dead, awakened after sleep, growing with soil and water, enriched with the heat of the sun and the pure air…we find in them our nourishment but our minds are astounded as to how it happens, how the Creator creates them, grows them from their fruits and

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Featured updates:

NEWS & EVENTS: Shabbaraat – Thum Washeq Namaz & Wasilo

ANNOUNCEMENT: Kaffaarat for Rozas Missed in Shehrullah 1435H

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seeds. All these trees with their variety of color, species and taste are “watered with the same water, but some are better than others to eat” (Surat alRa’d: 4). In these there are signs, proofs and ibrat for those who think, consider and contemplate their creation, the qudrat and power of their One Creator. The Imam recited the ayat quoted above, “in these things there are signs for those who think, consider and contemplate.”

mother of Du’aat Mutlaqeen - will be observed in Darus Sakina on 22nd raat of Shabaan-ul-Kareem (8th June) after Maghrib Isha Namaz. Mumineen are invited for salawat jaman after Urus Majlis. Mumineen should recite the qasida mubaraka written by Mazoon-udDawat Syedna al-Khattab RA ‘Alayki Salaamul-laahi was salawaatu’. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA added several abyaat, which are appended to the qasida. Mumineen should also recite salaam in Dawat ni zaban composed by Shzd Dr. Tahera baisaheba. The PDF of the qasida and salaam are presented on Fatemidawat.com.

In this is a lesson for us. Even when taking rest or enjoying our outings we must always think, consider and contemplate the greatness of Allah Ta’ala’s creation. Just as our bodies need rest and rejuvenation, our minds need rejuvenation. As Amirul Mumineen SA has said: “Just as bodies tire, minds tire, so seek pearls of wisdom for them.” We pray to Allah Ta’ala that we may rejuvenate our minds by contemplating the greatness of His creation, by learning the meaning of the symbols in creation, and in the Qur’an, from his awliya’ kiraam. We also pray that may our bodies be rested and rejuvenated to take full ghanimat to earn the livelihood of Aakherat in the fast approaching month of fasting, Shehrullah, Shehre-Ramadan-alMu’azzam.

HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES:Maulatuna Hurratul Malika Arwa binte Ahmad RA The 22nd of Shabaan is the Urus of Maulatuna Hurratul Malika Arwa binte Ahmad RA, the Hujjat of the Imam and the spiritual mother of the Du’aat Mutlaqeen. Maulatuna Hurratul Malika was also the Sulayhid Queen who ruled a large part of present day Yemen. As the Hujjat of the Imam she established the Dawat of the Fatimid Imam in Yemen. As the seclusion of the Imam neared, Aamir Imam instructed Maulatuna Hurratul Malika to appoint the first Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Zoeb b. Musa. On the occasion of Urus we are pleased to present this biographical article on Maulatuna Hurratul Malika. The article is written by Shz. Dr. Saifiyah baisaheba who researched and wrote her PhD thesis at Oxford University on the history of the Du’aat Mutlaqeen in Yemen. This is an excerpt from the article:

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Maulatuna Hurratul Malika RA Urus Majlis Urus Majlis of Maulatuna Hurratul Malika Arwa binte Ahmad RA – the Hujjat of the Imam and the spiritual

“The Lady Queen Maulatuna al-Hurrat al-Malika Arwa bt. Ahmad was the third and last Sulayhid ruler of Yemen. She

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was an extraordinarily strong, intelligent and accomplished woman – a fact remarkable in itself in a culture where women were not known for education or independence – and her political acumen and command earned her the name of ‘al-Bilqis al-Sughra’ (the younger Bilqis; Bilqis was the legendary (Biblical) queen of Sheba). Maulatuna al-Hurrat al-Malika was nominated to the rutba of hujjat (the only known woman to have occupied this rank besides Maulatuna Fatema) and made overall head of the Dawat in Yemen by Imam al-Mustansir Billah. After the shahadat of Imam al-Amir biAhkamillah, and at his command, it was Maulatuna Hurrat al-Malika who instituted the silsila of Duat Mutlaqeen of the Dawat us-Satr; she is therefore known as the honorary ‘mother’ of the Duat Mutlaqeen.

Maulatuna al-Hurrat al-Malika was born in the year 440H. She was of the Sulayhid family. Her father Ahmad b. Mohammad b. Qasim al-Sulayhi, who had once visited the Imam in Cairo as an ambassador of Sayyedna Ali b. Muhammad al-Sulayhi (Fatimid Dai and founder of the Sulayhid kingdom in Yemen), died when Maulatuna al-Hurrat al-Malika was a child. Her mother Radah bt. al-Faari’ b. Musa al-Sulayhi remarried; Maulatuna al-Hurrat alMalika was then brought up by Sayyedna Ali b. Muhammad's wife Asma bt. Shihab, a wise and cultured woman who assisted her husband even in matters of state. It is reported that Sayyidna Ali b. Muhammad used to tell

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his wife to take good care of her and honour her, for she was the future “the custodian of our children, and the guardian of our ‘this matter’ (the Sulayhid kingdom and the Dawat) ..” Maulatuna al-Hurrat al-Malika is said to have had a dream as a child, that she was sweeping the palace of the Imam; Asma bt. Shihab told her that the dream signified that she would one day be of great service to the Imam.

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and irshaad of Rasulullah SA. The 14 rak’ats and the 14surats we recite in each one of them represent the maratib of the Dawat of Mohammed SA and Ali SA. It is with this knowledge and ma’rifat, Syedna continued, that we beseech the wasila of Mohammed and Ali SA in this auspicious night.

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NEWS & EVENTS: Shabbaraat – Thum Washeq Namaz & Wasilo Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, led Maghrib Isha namaz on the eve of the 15thnight of Shabaan in Darus Sakina. The pillar of forbearance and virtue, AqamaulaTUS prayed Thum washeq with utmost khdu’ and khushu’. After the washeq, Syedna TUS beseeched the wasila of Panjetan, A’immat and Du’aat Mutlaqeen, especially Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. In the wasila Syedna TUS also enlightened mumineen with the significance of this night, including the ayat of the Quran instructing Rasulullah SA, “delegate to your wajeh (face) one half of the Masjid-e-Haram (fawalli wajhaka shatral masjidil haram).” Syedna TUS explained that Rasulullah’s SA wajeh was Amirul Mumineen SA and Masjide-Haram represents Rasulullah’s SA Dawat. Just as Rasulullah SA established the overt (zahir – Quran & Shari’at) of his Dawat, he is instructed by Allah Ta’ala to delegate the establishment of the covert (batin – tawil meaning) of his Dawat to Amirul Mumineen SA and appoint him as hiswasiyy and successor. Syedna TUS added that in this night we prayed washeq according to the instruction

Syedna TUS said that we pray tonight while offering thanks that Allah Ta’ala enlightened us with the knowledge so that we perform his ‘ibaadat in zahir (the Thum washeq) and batin (the meaning of thewasheq). We pray offering thanks that by the virtue of following our mawali tahireen, our Imams and their du’at, we ascend the levels of knowledge and ma’rifat, proclaim the Unity (tawhid) of Allah Subhanahu and the high rank of Allah’s awliya’. Through this means, we attain the happiness of this world and the Hereafter. Syedna TUS prayed for the wellbeing of mumineen, muminaat and their children and for the fulfillment of their wishes. Syedna TUS also prayed that we takeghanimat of the coming month of Shehrullah according to the advice andirshaad of our awliya’ kiraam.

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These are but glimpses of the wasila in which Syedna’s TUS beseeched doa for every aspect of a mumin’s life – both deenand dunya. Towards the end of the wasila Syedna TUS recited the Shahaadat of Imam Husain SA and took the wasila of his Sajda and doa. I beseech doa by the wasila of Imam Husain’s doa in his sajda, taking its barakaat. May the mo’jiza of this sajda manifest in this age also. May Allah Ta’ala grant the Dai of Imam Husain and the Dai of his successor Imam-uz-zaman SA – Khuzaima Qutbuddin – nasre-aziz and fathe-mubin. May this Dawat of Haqq last forever and may the mumineen residing in the city of Dawat remain well and prosperous. May Allah Ta’ala grant Syedna TUS longest life till qiyamat to continue to raise us in the levels of ma’rifat and knowledge and to enrich our lives with his priceless doas. Photos of namaz and washeq are presented on Fatemidawat.com.

FATEMI MADRASA: Bā’ – BadrutTamam ‘The Full Moon’ – Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin On the auspicious occasion of Syedna Qutbuddin’s Milad Mubarak Fatemi Madrasa presented ‘Tohfat Tahera’. During Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA’s zamaan, Maulana Qutbuddin TUS had started to compile this book for children (khazeenat Tohfat Tahera) on the occasion of his daughter Shz Dr. Bazat Tahera’s first birthday. In that book, Maulana had written the Arabi Alphabets and with each letter, such as Alif he had written a Sifat (praise) of the Dai. When the book was arazed to Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Syedna Qutbuddin had also written a short story of the first few alphabets, with the intention of completing the remaining stories later. The spirit of the book was to teach our little children Page 3 of 5


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the Arabi alphabets and also the language of Dawat ni zaban by taking the name of Dai Zaman and learning his esteemed qualities with a short bedtime story that would keep their interest. That book was not completed then and Maulana TUS wrote in the introduction that it would be done later. On the occasion of Milad of Aqa Mola Qutbuddin, the full and completed story version was published so that Mumineen and their children may take barakaat and use it for learning Dawat ni zabaan. We present on fatemimadrasa.com the second story in Lisanud-dawat (with audio recording) and English translation.

. ‫ بدر التمام‬. Badrut Tamaam - The Full Moon Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin The night came and with it came the beautiful moon that brightened the night sky. The next day the teacher asked Rehana, “In the day the sun shines, but what shines in the night?” Rehana began to think about the answer, but she could not figure it out. Her teacher said softly to her, “Don’t be scared (if you don’t know the answer). Tonight, when you go home go to the balcony and look up to the sky. Then, tomorrow tell me the answer.” Rehana went home quickly, because she wanted to find out the answer to this question. When she and her family were having dinner, Rehana told them about the question her teacher asked her. Her mother said, “Sweet daughter, tonight is the fifteenth night in the month - you should definitely go and seek your answer.” When it was 9pm, Rehana’s brother

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Shabbir held her hand and took her out to the balcony. There Rehana looked up at the sky in wonder and pondered her teacher’s question - What shines in the night as the sun shines in the day? Rehana quickly understood the answer, “The moon looks so beautiful tonight! Just as the sun shines in the day, the moon shines in the night.” Shabbir responded, “Tonight is the night of the full moon, it makes the darkest of nights become filled with light.” Watching the full moon from her bedroom window, Rehana fell asleep.

Khuzaima Qutbuddin.” When Rehana said Moula’s name, the teacher was very happy and said, “Our Moula’s shaan is great. In the night of seclusion he shines like a full moon, in Arabic a full moon is called, Badrut-Tamaam. Therefore we call this Moula - Badrud Tamam Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS.” Moula’s sweet daughter, little Rehana remembered this with great enthusiasm: Badrud Tamaam - Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin The Full Moon - Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin.

The next morning on her way to school, Rehana met her teacher. When she told her teacher the answer he told her, “Well done! You have given the right answer - In the day as the sun shines, in the night the moons shines.” Rehana was very happy, and the teacher told her, “Rehana, you must remember another thing.” Rehana asked, “What?” The teacher explained, “Just as the sun and moon exist in this world, in our spiritual world we also have a sun and a moon: Imam-uz Zaman is our sun and his Dai is our moon. When the Imam is in seclusion meaning people cannot see him, then the night comes - we call this the night of seclusion. Rehana, do you know who is our moon in the night of seclusion?” Rehana responded immediately, “Dai.” Her teacher said, “Well done, well done. In the night of seclusion our Dai reflects the light of the Imam-uz-Zaman like the moon reflects the light of the sun. The Dai reflects this light for us mumineen so that we may be guided by it. “Rehana, who is the Dai today?” Rehana answered quickly, “Moulana Syedna

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Kaffaarat for Rozas Missed in Shehrullah 1435H For those who have missed rozas in Shehrullah due to illness or other unavoidable circumstances kaffaarat should be given. Kaffaarat is calculated as per Shari’at norms: ½ Kg of Wheat (to a miskeen) per roza missed. Those wishing to submit their kaffaarat, should calculate the cost of ½ Kg of wheat where they reside. Please contact info@fatemidawat.com to coordinate how to transfer this amount, which will be used to buy wheat that will be given to masakeen. Please note that the kaffaarat for last year’s missed rozas should be given with enough days in Shehrullah to give the wheat tomasakeen on a daily basis (i.e. if 5 rozas were missed in Shehrullah, kaffaarat should be given latest by 25th Shehrullah so that the kaffaarat can be given every day for the last five days of Shehrullah). (Sila fitra and other Zakaat information will be published shortly)

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Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: Think, consider and contemplate the greatness of Allah Ta’ala’s creation ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Maulatuna Hurratul Malika RA Urus Majlis HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: Maulatuna Hurratul Malika Arwa binte Ahmad RA NEWS & EVENTS: Shabbaraat – Thum Washeq Namaz & Wasilo FATEMI MADRASA: Bā’ – Badrut-Tamam ‘The Full Moon’ – Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin ANNOUNCEMENT: Kaffaarat for Rozas Missed in Shehrullah 1435H

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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"Shehre Ramadan - The Month of Ramadan in which the Quran was revealed" - Surat al Baqara Ayat 185

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫س‬ ِ ‫ل ف ِيه ِ الْقُر ْآنُ هُد ًى ل ِلن َا‬ َ ِ ‫شَهْر ُ رَمَضَانَ ال َذ ِي ُأنز‬ ُ ‫ن ۚ فَم َن شَهِد َ م ِنكُم‬ ِ ‫ن ال ْهُد َى و َالْفُر ْقَا‬ َ ِ ‫ات م‬ ٍ َ ‫و َبَي ِن‬ ٍ‫سفَر‬ َ ‫صمْه ُ ۖ وَم َن ك َانَ مَر ِيضًا أَ ْو عَلَى‬ ُ َ ‫الش َهْر َ فَل ْي‬ ُ ‫ف َعِد َة ٌ م ِنْ أَ ي َا ٍم ُأخَر َ ۗ يُر ِيد ُ الل َه ُ بِكُم ُ الْيُسْر َ وَل َا يُر ِيد‬ ‫بِكُم ُ ال ْعُسْر َ و َلِت ُكْ مِلُوا ال ْعِد َة َ و َلِتُكَب ِر ُوا الل َه َ عَلَى م َا‬ َ‫هَد َاك ُ ْم و َلَعَل َك ُ ْم تَشْك ُر ُون‬ (Surat al-Baqara: 185) Ramadan is the month in which the Qur'an was sent down as a guide to mankind, as a set of clear signs for guidance and demarcation. Whosoever witnesses it should fast. One who is ill or on a journey should make up the prescribed number later. Allah wishes to make things easy for you, not difficult. Complete the prescribed number, glorify Him for His guidance, and be grateful.

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SYEDNA QUTBUDDIN TUS SHEHRULLAH 1436H MESSAGE OF BENEDICTION AND BLESSINGS 786 The holy month of Ramadan is also known as Shehrullah, the month of Allah. Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, the Dai of Allah, prays that may Allah Ta’ala grant mumineen the strength and steadfastness to fast during this holy month. May mumineen clothe themselves in piety, especially in this month, by praying namaaz, submitting zakaat and vajebaat, reciting the Quran-e-Majeed, offering iftaar, performing good deeds, helping their fellow mumineen and all humanity, staying steadfast to their principles and the truth, and by standing strong against falsehood. This is a month when the wealth of a mumin is increased, when his or hers sins are forgiven, when relatives and friends grow closer together, and when the bonds and the community of mumineen grow stronger. Syedna TUS bestows doa that may Allah Ta’ala keep mumineen in His safekeeping, and increase their prosperity manifold

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in this world and in the Hereafter. May Allah Ta’ala protect mumineen and His Dawat from all harm, and may He keep mumineen in health, good fortune and happiness always. May Allah Ta’ala grant mumineen abundant barakaat.

SIJILL ARTICLE: An Honored Guest Shehrullah The ninth month of the Hijri calendar, the month of Allah Ta’ala, ‘Shehrullah’, is just a few days away. In their Rasa’il Ramadaniyya our Du’aat Kiraam encouraged mumineen to take full advantage and ghanimat of this season of worship. In his third Risalat entitled Zahrur-Riyadil-Azaliyya (1338H), Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA likens Shehrullah to a guest who has come to give us the greatest gains for this world and the Hereafter. This is an excerpt from the Risalat: “Honor this month, the month of Ramadan, to the utmost by fulfilling its dues of fasting and prayer. This month is indeed an honored guest that has come to give you the best gains of this world and the Hereafter. Honor and celebrate it in the manner of those who do good deeds (‘amileen) and those who know the meaning of their deeds (‘alimeen). It is an honored month, one which Allah Ta’ala has chosen to associate with Himself aside from all other months, selecting it from all the different times. And Allah Ta’ala has chosen this month and preferred it for the revelation of the Qur’an and the Light (Noor).

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It is a month, by whose approach, the faces of those who are good, honest and praiseworthy are shining. It is a month, the first part of which is Rahmah (mercy), the middle part is Maghfirat (forgiveness) and the ending is ‘itqun minan-naar (freedom from hellfire). So seek Allah Ta’ala’s mercy, seek His forgiveness – He is Ghafurun Raheem - and beseech Him to free you from the hellfire. It is the month that has Lailatul Qadar, the night that is greater than a thousand months. The night in which Maulatuna Fatema AS did not let anyone of her children sleep. She sprinkled water on the faces of those who slept. In readiness for it during the day she would prepare them with little food. She would say: ‘one who receives forgiveness in this night is marhoom (one who receives Allah’s rehmat)’ and ‘one who does not receive this night’s goodness (khayr) is mahroom (bereft).’ So take full advantage and ghanimat of its hours by praying namaaz, beseeching doa, and supplicating to Allah Ta’ala with humility and sincerity. Do this and Allah Ta’ala will forgive your sins, eliminate your misdeeds and multiply the reward for your good deeds. And beseech Allah Ta’ala with the wasila of the hallowed name, the one concealed between the kaaf and the noon, as you offer thanks to Him for the awareness of this night and the recognition of its mamthul (the one whose maqam and high status this night represents) – beseech Allah Ta’ala to resurrect you in His company. It is a month with, which Allah Ta’ala has preferred you, the Ummah of Mohammed, aside from other peoples. A month in which, by multiplying your good deeds and bestowing you with barakaat, Allah Ta’ala has showered you with his graces and ne’mats.

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So exert yourselves in Allah Ta’ala’s worship and ‘ibaadat. Bow your heads to Him. Wear the clothes of His taqwa. Find solace in His remembrance. Offer iftaar to those who are fasting. Meet your relatives with beneficence and presents. Greet your neighbors with grace and kindness. Console and help your brothers with the favors that Allah Ta’ala has given you. Submit your zakaat, especially zakaatul-Fitr to whom Allah Ta’ala has ordained you to submit to, and Allah Ta’ala will purify your wealth, He will accept your deeds, fulfill your wishes, diminish your misdeeds, better your condition and enjoin happiness in your return.” As this month approaches us, we are fortunate that we receive the guidance of the Dai of Imam-uz-zaman SA, with whom we begin our rozas, with whom we pray namaaz, to whom we submit our zakaat, and whose doa in this holy month is a great source of barakat for mumineen. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the strength to honor this guest and garner barakaat in this holy month.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Shehrullah 1436H Namaaz Program Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will lead Fajr, Zohor Asar and Maghrib Isha Namaaz in Darus Sakina every day in Shehrullah al-Mo’zzam inshaallah. Mumineen, Muminaat and their children are invited for salawat and iftar jaman after Maghrib Isha Namaaz. Dates of Qadambosi and Vajebaat bethak will be announced next week. ANNOUNCEMENT: Shehrullah Imamat namaz in other cities It is vital according to our faith that Imamat namaz is with the raza of the Imam’s Dai. If Imamat is not with raza then namaaz is not valid. Haqq na Dai Syedna Khuzaima Page 2 of 5


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Qutbuddin TUS has granted raza for Imamat namaz in Shehrullah alMo’azzam in various cities where mumineen reside, including:

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Toronto - Juzer Bhaigora: +1647 346 3543 For more information, or if you cannot get through to the listed number, please email info@fatemidawat.com. Further locations will be updated as raza is sought and given. If you wish to have Imamat namaz in your hometown and have someone who you feel is capable of leading namaz, you may request for Syedna Qutbuddin’s raza through info@fatemidawat.com.

THE MONTH OF RAMADAAN:Rasulullah SA Khutba (From Sijill 20) On the last Friday of Sha’baan, Rasulullah SA delivered a khutba in which he extolled the merits of the upcoming holy month of Ramadaan and encouraged all Muslims to occupy themselves in ‘ibaadat. This is the text of the khutba as translated by Shz. Dr Bazat Tahera baisaheba (which was published in the context of her article on the art of oratory in classical Arabic literature): “O people! An exalted month has come close to you; a month that contains one night in which good deeds performed count for more than good deeds performed over a thousand months. Whosoever performs in it an optional act in order to achieve closeness to God is like one who performs a mandatory act at other times. Whosoever performs in it a mandatory act is like one who performs seventy mandatory acts at other times. It is a month of forbearance, and the reward of forbearance is Paradise. It is a month of charity. It is a month in which the believer’s decreed sustenance is increased. Whosoever feeds a fasting person at the time of breaking fast will gain forgiveness for his sins and the freeing of his neck from Hellfire; he will

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have the like of the fasting person’s reward, without any decrease in that person’s own reward.” … Rasulullah SA also said in the khutba that there are four things that we must do abundantly in Ramadan – two which will please Allah Ta’ala and two which you have no choice but to ask for. The two that please Allah Ta’ala are testifying that there is no God but Allah and seeking His forgiveness. The two that you have no choice but to ask Him for are praying for jannat and seeking refuge from Hellfire.

It is in light of this hidaayat of Rasulullah SA that our hudaat kiraam have made it a custom to recite “allahumma haadha shahru Ramadan” after each farizat namaz, ending with the prayer “la ilaha illa allah, astaghfirullah, allahumma inni as’alukal jannah, wa a’uzu bika min an-naar” (see translation in this Sijill). To read the full article visit FatemiDawat.com

DOA IN TRANSLATION: Iftaar Doa, allahumma haadha shahru Ramadaan doa and Shehrullah Fajr Namaaz Doa (From Sijill 20) There are many qasidas and doas in Arabic that are recited by mumineen very regularly, some even daily. These qasidas and doas are priceless treasures that our hudaat, our guides, have given us. It is our endeavor to make the substance and matter of Page 3 of 5


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these doas more accessible to mumineen by presenting them with translation and commentary. Our hope is that a better understanding of the meaning of the doas and qasidas would make the experience of reciting them all the more engaging and rewarding. In that vein, in the beginning of Ramadaan, we are pleased to present the translation of three doas recited every day in Shehrullah: Allahumma haadha Shahru Ramadaan– recited after every farizat namaaz. Iftaar doa – Allahumma ya mu’tiy as su’aalaat – recited after maghrib namaaz, before iftaar. Fajr namaz doa – Alhamdu lillahil-ladhi hadaana li hamdihi – doa by Imam Ali Zainul Aabideen SA recited every morning after Fajr namaz. The audio of this doa recited by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA is also posted online on fatemidawat.com

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other months and praying sunnat in Shehrullah is equivalent in sawaab to praying farizat in other months. (Fajr: Sunnat 1 salam before faraz; Zohor: Sunnat 3 salam before faraz and Nafilat 2 salams after faraz; Asar: Sunna 2 salam before faraz; Maghrib: Sunnat 3 salam after faraz and 1 salam for ‘daf’il aafaat’; Isha: Sunnat 2 salambefore faraz and Nafilat 2 salams after faraz). 2. DOA: Pray allahumma haadha shahru Ramadan after each faraz (text and translation available on website). Praydoa of Imam Ali Zainul Aabideen SA after Fajr namaz (text, translation and audio of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA reciting this doa available on website). Pray doa of Imam Ali Zainul Aabideen after Zohor nafilat (text available on website).Allahumma ya mu’tiy as su’aalaatafter maghrib namaaz, before iftaar (text available on website).

(http://www.mp3quran.net/ eng/husr_english.html). For those who cannot read the Arabic script at all, there are transliterated Quran (the Arabic Quran written in English script), which you can use until you are able to master the Arabic script. 4. BIHORI: Pray Bihori as much as possible. Details of Bihori with accompanying translation and audios of some doas have been published on FatemiDawat.com

NEWS & EVENTS: Maulatuna Hurratul Malika RA Urus Majlis Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS presided over Urus Majlis of Maulatuna Hurratul Malika Arwa binte Ahmad RA – the Hujjat of the Imam and the spiritual mother of Du’aat Mutlaqeen in Darus Sakina on 22nd raat of Shabaanul-Kareem (8th June) after Maghrib Isha Namaz.

All these doas are presented with English and Dawat-ni-zaban translations. They are also presented in a printer friendly format to enable printing for daily use.

AMAL DETAILS FOR THE FIRST TEN DAYS: Rehmat no Dasko The first ten days of Shehrullah are known as the ten days of Rehmat based on the khutba of Rasulullah SA quoted above. In these ten days, as in Shehrullah as a whole, mumineen are encouraged to do the following: 1. NAMAAZ: Pray all five farizat namazon time with their respective Sunnatand Naafilat. As Rasulullah SA has said, in Shehrullah the sawaab for praying one farizat is the equivalent of praying 70 farizat in

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3. QURAN: Pray at least one sipara of Quran Majeed a day so that you can complete one full Quran in the month. Some dedicated banda-s of Allah complete one full Quran recitation every single day in Ramadan. For those who are not fluent, there are many websites which have full audio of Qurane-Majeed so you can recite alongside the recitation

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Shehrullah, kaffaarat should be given latest by 25th Shehrullah so that the kaffaarat can be given every day for the last five days of Shehrullah).

(Sila fitra and other Zakaat information will be published next week)

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SYEDNA QUTBUDDIN TUS SHEHRULLAH 1436H MESSAGE OF BENEDICTION AND BLESSINGS SIJILL ARTICLE: An Honored Guest - Shehrullah ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Shehrullah 1436H Namaaz Program ANNOUNCEMENT: Shehrullah Imamat namaz in other cities THE MONTH OF RAMADAAN: Rasulullah SA Khutba (From Sijill 20) DOA IN TRANSLATION: Iftaar Doa, allahumma haadha shahru Ramadaan doa and Shehrullah Fajr Namaaz Doa (From Sijill 20) AMAL DETAILS FOR THE FIRST TEN DAYS: Rehmat no Dasko NEWS & EVENTS: Maulatuna Hurratul Malika RA Urus Majlis ANNOUNCEMENT: Kaffaarat for Rozas Missed in Shehrullah 1435H

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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"O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you," Surat al Baqara: 183

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ َ‫ن آم َن ُوا كُت ِبَ عَلَيْكُم ُ الصِ يَام ُ كَمَا كُت ِب‬ َ ‫يَا أَ يُهَا ال َذِي‬ ‫ أَ ي َام ًا‬،َ‫ن م ِن قَبْل ِك ُ ْم لَعَل َك ُ ْم تَت َق ُون‬ َ ‫عَلَى ال َذِي‬ ٍ‫سفَر‬ َ ‫َات ۚ فَم َن ك َانَ م ِنك ُم م َر ِيضًا أَ ْو عَلَى‬ ٍ ‫م َعْد ُود‬ ٌ ‫ن يُط ِيق ُونَه ُ فِدْيَة‬ َ ‫ف َعِد َة ٌ م ِنْ أَ ي َا ٍم ُأخَر َ ۚ و َعَلَى ال َذِي‬ ‫سكِينٍ ۖ فَم َن تَط َو َع َ خَيْر ًا ف َه ُو َ خَيْر ٌ ل َه ُ ۚ و َأَ ن‬ ْ ِ ‫طع َام ُ م‬ َ َ‫تَصُوم ُوا خَيْر ٌ ل َك ُ ْم ۖ ِإن كُنتُم ْ تَعْلَم ُون‬ (Surat al-Baqara: 183 - 184) O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint. (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it, is a kaffaarat, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him. And it is better for you that you fast, if you only knew –

SIJILL ARTICLE: The Pillar of ‘Sawm’ (Roza/Fasting) The Quranic Ayat quoted above is the one with which Syedna Qadi alNu’man begins his chapter on the 5th of the Pillars of Islam (Da’aimul Islam), “Sawm” (Roza/fasting). In Islam the farizat Rozas are once every year for 30 days during the month of Allah, Shehre Ramadan. In this chapter, Syedna Qadi al-Nu’man narrates that Imam Ja’farus Sadiq said that fasting in Shehrullah is a compulsory obligation and farizat in every year. The bare minimum by which this obligation is fulfilled is when a mumin does rozu with heartfelt conviction and sincere intention, and also refrains from food, drink and intercourse throughout the time of rozu (daytime). To fulfill this farizat, one must also “fast” with all his/her limbs and organs - or in other words safeguard them from that which Allah Ta’ala has made Haraam (e.g. slandering, back-biting, stealing, hitting, lying etc) and thereby he/she becomes closer to Allah Ta’ala with his/her good actions. 101

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Syedna Qadi al-Nu’man then quotes Maulatuna Fatema AS, “what good is ones roza if he does not safeguard his tongue, ears, eyes and limbs [from all that is Haraam].” Syedna Qadi al-Nu’man also quotes another statement by Imam Ja’farus Sadiq in which, among other things, the Imam says that, “there is no [valid] roza for one who disobeys the Imam.” We praise Allah Ta’ala and fulfill this obligation by obeying the Imam of our age through obedience and Ta’at of his Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. We pray to Allah Ta’ala to grant us the strength to perform rozas in this holiest of months, not just by refraining from food and drink, but also by safeguarding our tongue, ears, limbs from all that is Haraam, in obedience to our Dai and our Imam.

NEWS & EVENTS: Shehrullah Pehli Tarikh Majlis & Syedna TUSIbaadat Photos Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS presided over Pehli Tarikh Majlis of Shehrullah in Darus Sakina. Mumineen got sharaf of qadambosi and began the Mubarak month with the deedar of Syedna TUS, who in the time of seclusion of the Imam is the one referred to in Rasulullah’s SA Hadith, “do roza by seeing (and following) him and do iftaar by seeing (and following) him” (sumu li ru’yatihi wa aftiru li ru’yatihi). The pronoun in this Hadith referred to Amirul Mumineen Maulana Ali SA when Rasulullah said it. Our Hudaat Kiraam have contended that in each day an age a successor to Rasulullah SA and Amirul Mumineen SA must exist whom mumineen can follow and begin the rozas of Shehrullah and complete the 30 rozas (the iddah) with. We are fortunate that during the Imam’s seclusion, in this day and age, we began our rozas by seeing and following the lead of the Imam’s

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Dai, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the strength to complete the 30 days roza and celebrating Eid, once again seeing and following the Imam’s Dai.

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FAQ’s: Roza We do roza today in the manner that was prescribed by Rasulullah SA. The various questions that arose were answered by Rasulullah SA and by his successors the Imams and their Dai-s in time of seclusion. Just as it was no one other than Rasulullah who could prescribe the basic tenets of Roza), no one other than the true successors of Rasulullah can clarify what can and cannot be done. The FAQ’s for Roza have been divided into four primary categories: Roza General Rules & circumstances that break Roza, Roza in case of travel, Roza in case of illness & missed Rozas and Kaffaarat. These are some of the sample questions, the FAQ can be viewed in entirety on Fatemidawat.com. If you would like to submit further questions please email info@fatemidawat.com. 1. If an individual has missed the roza of Shehre Ramadan, can he do the roza of Eid-eGhadire Khumm? 2. If an individual has missed a roza in Shehrullah due to

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illness or unavoidable travel, what should he do? If one is ill and unable to physically cope with the stress of roza (in a high fever for example) or if doing roza would compromise his health (if one is diabetic and needs to take sugar for example), then what is the course of action? If an individual travels in Shehrullah and leaves his home before Sihori time and reaches the train station or bus station or airport and waits there, knowing that his train/bus/plane will depart after Sihori time has ended (Fajr time has begun), is his roza valid? If one eats or drinks something by mistake during a roza (i.e. he forgets that he is doing roza), is his roza valid? If an individual is cooking and needs to taste the food then what is the course of action? Can one put take a medical injection in roza?

(There are a total of 25 Roza Q&A published on FatemiDawat.com) FAQ’s for zakaat will also be published in the near future inshaallah. FAQ for Namaaz has been published on Fatemidawat.com earlier this year.

AZAAN: Its Revelation to RasulullahSA (& Azaan Audio of Shz. Dr. Husain bhaisaheb) The Azaan is the Islamic call to prayer. Each day before farizat Namaaz we declare in the Azaan that, “there is no God but Allah Ta’ala, Mohammed is His Messenger and Maulana Ali SA is Allah’s waliyy.” The Azaan was revealed to Rasulullah SA during his Me’raj (spiritual ascension to the seven heavens on the eve of the 27th of Rajab). In one narration, Rasulullah SA was with Jibra’eel and another firishta appeared. This firishta appeared in the heavens for the first and last time in Page 2 of 5


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this instance. That firishta told Jibra’eel and Jibra’eel told Rasulullah SA, that the firishta says to recite the Azaan in such away. The firishta revealed this to Rasulullah according to Allah Ta’ala’s farmaan. This is the Azaan that Rasulullah SA continued to recite always. Rasulullah SA also recited the Azaan and Iqaamat in the right and left year of Hasan Imam and Husain Imam SA when they were born, and so today we also recite the azaan in the ears of our newborns. The spiritual effect and impact of Azaan is immense – it strengthens our faith, it causes the enemies to shudder, and the devil to flee. We are pleased to present this week during the Mubarak month of Shehrullah an Azaan recitation in the Misri lehen by Shz. Dr. Husain bhaisaheb.

FATEMI DAWAT HEALTH INITIATIVE WEBINAR SERIES: 1stWebinar – “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (aka Acid Reflux): A Burning Issue” Under the auspices of Zahra Hasanaat, with the raza and doa of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, Fatemi Dawat Health Initiative aims to promote good health in our community. The mission of the Fatemi Dawat Health Initiative is to educate, engage, and empower mumineen to improve their health.

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Rasulullah SA has said “fast and you shall be healthy” (sumu tasihhu). With that spirit, in the month of Ramadan, we are launching a webinar series intended to educate mumineen about common medical conditions such as heartburn, high blood pressure and diabetes. Future webinars will discuss nutrition and exercise. The first 30 minute live webinar entitled “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Burning Issue” will be delivered by Dr. Fehmida Chipty on 12mi raat of Ramadaan (Saturday, 27th June) at 9.30PM IST (12:00PM EST – noon). Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions to Dr. Chipty towards the end of the talk. Those who wish to attend must register by emailing info@fatemidawat.com. In the email please indicate your name and location and that you are interested in registering for the webinar. Dr. Chipty is a board certified Gastroenterologist practicing in the greater Boston Area since 1997. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and subspecialty training in Gastroenterology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Chipty believes in the central role of the physician as an educator. She practices with the goal of helping patients understand their medical conditions in order empower them to participate in their health improvement. This is the abstract of the first webinar: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is common condition, especially among people over the age of 40 years. There are are many different ways that GERD can present. Heartburn is one common typical presentation of GERD.

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There can be many other symptoms as well. In some countries, 20% to 30% of patients between the ages of 40 and 64 complain of symptoms of GERD to their doctors. This prevalence is likely to be an underestimate as many people do not consult a physician. GERD affects many aspects of everyday life including work, sleep, and enjoyment of food. There a many lifestyle factors that can cause and worsen symptoms of GERD. There can also be serious consequences, if GERD is not addressed or treated. A clear understanding of basic anatomy and function of the gastrointestinal tract is important for the prevention and management of reflux disease.

UPCOMING NEXT WEEK: Dawat Activities & Resource Allocation Report 1435/1436H Friday, 10 Ramadan (26 June), the 1435H/1436H Annual Report of Dawate-Hadiyah, the Fatemi Dawat administration of the 53rd Dai alMutlaq Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, head of the worldwide Dawoodi Bohra community will be published. Last year in Ramadan 1435H, we published detailed guidelines for calculating Zakaat and other wajebaat dues. Syedna Qutbuddin has instructed a report of Dawat activities and resource allocation to be published this Ramadan. Inshallah we will present this report in Sijill Issue 72. ZAKAAT & VAJEBAAT FORM 1436H Zakaat & Vajebaat form for 1436H with Page 3 of 5


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updated Silah-Fitra amount for this year and instructions for submission of zakaat and vajebaat has been uploaded on Fatemidawat.com. Zakaat is the 4th Pillar of Islam, a farizat and obligation on every Mumin. A detailed explanation of the principles of the Shari’at concerning Zakaat was presented on fatemidawat.com with the raza Mubarak of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS last year. These are the fundamental principles for the calculating zakaat: Zakaat is compulsory every year @ 2.5% (1/40th) of your ‘zakatable income’ minus basic living expenses: this is your “zakaat-wajib” If your income and liquid assets are at or below “nisaab” or subsistence level (i.e. they do not, or just, cover basic food, shelter and clothing), you do not owe any zakaat. But you should still araz a nominal amount for barakat. Rasulullah SA said: “If you are hit by poverty, transact [for your rizq] with Allah by giving Him zakaat.” Mumineen cannot be denied the right to araz zakaat, citing other wrongdoings. For a more detailed explanation with examples and references and descriptions of other vajebaat (khumus, fitra, haq-un-nafs, kaffaraat-uz-zunoob, kaffaraat of missed rozas, mannat, nazrul maqam, najwa and silat-ulimam), please visit fatemidawat.com. Given the current circumstances in Dawat, we have made temporary arrangements for mumineen to submit zakat to the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. Details of these arrangements are on fatemidawat.com and on the ‘Zakaat & Vajebaat Form”.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Shehrullah 1436H Namaaz Program Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will lead Fajr, Zohor Asar and Maghrib Isha

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Namaaz in Darus Sakina every day in Shehrullah al-Mo’zzam inshaallah. Mumineen, Muminaat and their children are invited for salawat and iftar jaman after Maghrib Isha Namaaz. Dates of Qadambosi and Vajebaat bethak will be announced next week inshaallah.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Shehrullah Imamat namaz in other cities It is vital according to our faith that Imamat namaz is with the raza of the Imam’s Dai. If Imamat is not with raza then namaaz is not valid. Haqq na Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS has granted raza for Imamat namaz in Shehrullah alMo’azzam in various cities where mumineen reside, including:

Paris - Abdullah bhai Imani imani.abdallah53@gmail.com Poconos - Dr Moiz Bhaisaheb Mohyuddin: +1 570 426 1091 moizmohyuddin@gmail.com Pune - Mulla Shabbir Haidermota: +91 9371067358 or +91 (020) 26820051 s.h@financialadvisoronline.com San Jose - Shk Muslim Tyebjee: +1408-569-5803 eejbeyt50@pacbell.net Singapore - Zafar bhai Shaikh: +659860-7951 sgcontact.zafar@gmail.com Toronto - Juzer bhai Bhaigora: +1647 346 3543

Bakersfield - Shz Taher Bhaisaheb bin Syedna Qutbuddin: +1 661-221-5753 Boston - Dr Fehmida Chipty : +1 508397-9701 fehmidac@yahoo.com Chicago - Abduz Zahir Bhaisaheb Mohyuddin: +1 630-880-8142 Detroit - Mulla Dr Quresh Khairullah: +1 313-8864943 qkhairullah@outlook.com Houston - Juzer bhai Haji: +1-832-3155152 jahaji@gmail.com Hyderabad/Secunderabad - Mufaddal bhai Desawala: +91 99490-41029 bjameenji98@gmail.com London- Hatim bhai Ibrahim: +44 782 5246861

For more information, or if you cannot get through to the listed number, please email info@fatemidawat.com. Further locations will be updated as raza is sought and given. If you wish to have Imamat namaz in your hometown and have someone who you feel is capable of leading namaz, you may request for Syedna Qutbuddin’s raza through info@fatemidawat.com

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Mississagua - Mukarram bhai Patrawala: +1-289- 627-9822 fatemidawattoronto@gmail.com New Jersey - Munira Ben Hamza: +1 732-353-6856 Munira.hamza@gmail.com

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: The Pillar of ‘Sawm’ (Roza/Fasting) NEWS & EVENTS: Shehrullah Pehli Tarikh Majlis & Syedna TUS Ibaadat Photos FAQ’s: Roza AZAAN: Its Revelation to Rasulullah SA (& Azaan Audio of Shz. Dr. Husain bhaisaheb) FATEMI DAWAT HEALTH INITIATIVE WEBINAR SERIES:1st Webinar – “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (aka Acid Reflux): A Burning Issue” UPCOMING NEXT WEEK: Dawat Activities & Resource Allocation Report 1435/1436H ZAKAAT & VAJEBAAT FORM 1436H ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Shehrullah 1436H Namaaz Program ANNOUNCEMENT: Shehrullah Imamat namaz in other cities

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

If you have any suggestions for updates and content please email info@fatemidawat.com If you wish to unsubscribe to this newsletter please email to above address with subject line ‘unsubscribe’

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‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ْ ‫ن الل َه ِ ۚ و َلَو‬ ِ ‫ل ِإل َا لِيُط َاع َ ب ِِإ ْذ‬ ٍ ‫وَم َا أَ ْرسَل ْنَا م ِن ر َسُو‬ َ ‫ظلَم ُوا أَ نف ُسَه ُ ْم ج َاءُوك َ فَاسْ تَغْف َر ُوا الل َه‬ َ ‫أَ نَه ُ ْم ِإذ‬

‫ل لَوَجَد ُوا الل َه َ تَو َاب ًا ر َحِيم ًا‬ ُ ‫و َاسْ تَغْف َر َ لَهُم ُ الر َسُو‬ (Surat al-Nisaa’: 60)

We never sent any Messenger, but that he should be obeyed by the leave of God. If, when they had wronged themselves, they had come to you, and asked forgiveness from God, and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found God Forgiving, Merciful. SIJILL ARTICLE: The Ten Days of Forgiveness (Maghfirat) Rasulullah’s SA Khutba states that the middle ten days of Shehrullah are the days of forgiveness (Maghfirat), just as the first ten days are days of Rehmat and the last ten days are days of freedom from hellfire. In Shehrullah, as per the guidance of our hudaat kiraam, we recite “Allahumma Shahru Ramadaan” doa

after each farizat namaaz. In that doa after “lailaha illa Allah” we say “astaghfirullah” (I seek forgiveness from Allah). Our hudaat kiraam’s guidance is full of wisdom and fulfills Allah’s command to seek His forgiveness, with the promise that Allah Ta’ala is most forgiving and merciful (ghafurun raheem). Our Hudaat Kiraam have divided sins into three categories: 1) transgressions between an individual and Allah Ta’ala, 2) transgressions between an individual and Allah’s waliyy (sahibuz-zamaan) and, 3) transgressions between one individual and another individual. The first type of sin, Allah Ta’ala will forgive as long as the individual seeks forgiveness while committing to not repeat the transgression. The second type of sin, Allah’s awliyaa’ will forgive because they are the embodiment of Allah Ta’ala’s rehmat. With regards to the third type, an individual must seek forgiveness from the one on who he has transgressed with, and only then will Allah Ta’ala forgive his sins. Individually, we must seek forgiveness for our sins, but the wasila and intercession of our awliyaa’ is what

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Featured updates:

LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit Further dates for the trial and the cross-examination announced

AUDIO: Sanaa’ – (Praise of Allah Ta’ala)

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ensures Allah’s forgiveness. As the ayat above states, “if they come to you and seek Allah’s forgiveness, and if Rasulullah seeks forgiveness for them, then they will find that Allah Ta’ala most forgiving and merciful.” Just as Rasulullah sought forgiveness for those who came to him 1400 years ago, in every age an Imam, and in his seclusion his Dai, seeks forgiveness for mumineen. Today, in every wasila and doa, Rasulullah’s Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS seeks forgiveness for mumineen. We are fortunate that we are among those who have faith in him and receive Allah Ta’ala’s mercy.

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‫ل ذ َاك َا‬ ُ ْ‫ك أَ ه‬ َ َ ‫و َإ ْن تَغْفِر ْ فَإن‬ ‫و َإ ْن تَطْر ُ ْد فَم َنْ يَرْجُو سِو َاكا‬ If you forgive, it is because you are worthy of forgiving But if you reject, to whom can he turn?

‫جف َاك َا‬ َ ‫ْف ق َ ْد‬ ٍ ‫تَجَاو َ ْز ع َنْ ضَعِي‬ ‫ن ق َ ْد رَج َاك َا‬ ُ ِ‫فَعَبْدُك َ ي َا مُهَيْم‬ Pardon this weakling who has transgressed upon you For he is your servant, O Powerful One, and he beseeches you

‫وَج َاءَك َ ت َائِبا ً يَرْجُو رِضَاك َا‬ ‫و َل َ ْم يَسْج ُ ْد لم َِعْب ُودٍ سِوَاك َا‬ He has come asking your pardon, hoping for your acceptance And he bows to no god but you

It is our belief (as narrated in the following verse) that our love for Panjetan, A’immat and their Do’aat is the reason for the acceptance of our good deeds and the cause for the forgiveness of our sins.

‫ل ا ِ ْن قُبِل َْت‬ ُ ‫ل الاَعْمَا‬ ُ َ ‫ِبحُب ِك ُ ْم تُقْب‬

‫و َيُغْف َر ُ الذ َن ْبُ لِل ْع َاصِيْنَ ا ِ ْن غ ُف ِرَا‬ While praying bihori namaaz, we pray two Rak’ats for the forgiveness of our sins. After the namaaz we recite this heartfelt Munajaat (supplication) attributed to Imam Ali Zainul Abedeen SA:

‫ي أتاَكا‬ ْ ِ ‫إله ِيْ عَبْدُك َ الْع َاص‬ َ ‫وب و َق َ ْد د َعَاك‬ ِ ُ ‫مُق ِر ًا ب ِالذ ُن‬ God, your disobedient servant has come to you Confessing his sins and supplicating you

The doa for forgiveness of sins is also presented this week in the Doas in translation section below. May Allah Ta’ala forgive our sins in this Mubarak month, in these Mubarak days.

FATEMI DAWAT ANNUAL REPORT:1435h - 1436H PDF and ebook The following is the Executive Summary of the Fatemi Dawat Annual Report published this week on Fatemidawat.com: This is the 1436H Annual Report of Dawat-e-Hadiyah, the Fatemi Dawat administration of the 53rd Dai alMutlaq Syedna Khuzaima QutbuddinTUS, head of the worldwide Dawoodi Bohra community. Last year in Shehre Ramadan 1435H, detailed guidelines for calculating Zakaat and other wajebaat dues were published. This Shehre Ramadan, 1436H, Syedna Qutbuddin has instructed the publication of a report of Dawat activities. The aim of the report is two-fold:

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1. To demonstrate and promote an efficient, professional, compassionate, sustainable organization that will grow dynamically and multifold in the years to come, inshaallah 2. To inform mumineen who are submitting Zakaat to the Dai al-Mutlaq about Dawat activities and upliftment programs in which Zakaat resources are allocated. Learning these details, each mumin will insha’allah be encouraged to get personally involved in Dawat activities by doing khidmat and contributing their skills and offering their counsel. All departments of Dawat have administered many positive projects and worked efficiently to achieve their mission of serving the 53rd Dai al Mutlaq and helping mumineen. This report explains where Dawat resources are being allocated, describes this year’s accomplishments, and explains future projects, under the following rubrics: 1. Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS Program. To establish Dawat and guide mumineen Syedna TUS has directed and presided over hundreds of hours of programs in Darus Sakina and all over the world during the course of the last year. 2. Vazarat Saifiyyah: Dawat Administration, Infrastructure and Finance. Syedna’s vision is that the Dawat administration, through efficient management of resources and long term financial planning, ultimately becomes a self-sustaining and stronger organization, which harnesses and realizes the full potential of the community. 3. Dissemination of Dawat Knowledge (Ilme Aale Mohammad): Sabaq,

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Madrasa and Online Materials. It is Syedna’s direction that all mumineen should have access to Dawat knowledge, if they are willing to make the effort to pursue it. Hundreds of hours of sabaq have been conducted in the last year. 4. Legal - Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit and Gujarat High Court Writ Petitions. To establish the truth about Nass, Dawat has been involved on the legal front in multiple jurisdictions and countries. With Allah’s bounty, a favorable outcome will safeguard the future of Dawat and help many to the True Path. 5. Social Welfare I – Education (QJSP). The Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program (QJSP) actively promotes higher education and character development especially through community service. Additionally, QJSP supports educational projects, conferences, etc. that positively develop the academic scene in India and abroad 6. Social Welfare II - Zahra Hasanaat (Upliftment, Medical Aid, Business Support & Muwasaat). Syedna Qutbuddin is concerned for the spiritual and material wellbeing of his spiritual children, all mumineen. His Dawat administration aims to ensure that all mumineen have at least the basic necessities of food, shelter, clothing, education, and occupation. 7. Ansaar-e-Fatemi Dawat Community Activities. Ansaar members, mumimeen are undertaking various initiatives to reach out to their fellow community members, families and friends, through organized visits to towns, calling, etc.

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8. Outreach and Building Bridges.Many efforts were undertaken to implement Syedna’s vision to build ties of friendship and cooperation with people of all religions and ethnicities, including particularly our fellow Muslim communities, and participate actively in the progress of the nation and of humanity at large. 9. Publications. Syedna TUS directed that Dawat related materials be published in print and online such that mumineen may benefit from Ilm of Aal-e Mohammad. This year nearly a thousand articles were published along with numerous print publications (books, etc.). To view the full report please visit Fatemidawat.com.

DOA’S IN TRANSLATION: Doa for Forgiveness of Sins (Maghferat-uzzunoob) Our Mawali Tahereen have guided us to recite this doa after the two Rak’ats for Forgiveness of Sins (Maghferat-uzzunoob) in Bihori namaaz. We present it with a full English translation so that mumineen may pray it in Arabic and understand the literal meaning of the doa while reciting. This is an excerpt from the translation of the doa:

O light, O holy, O first to be before all things, O eternally lasting after all things, O Allah, O merciful one. Bestow salawaat on Muhammad and Aal-e Muhammad, and — Forgive those of my sins that alter your favors. Forgive those of my sins that

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bring down your wrath. Forgive those of my sins that cut off hope. Forgive those of my sins that give enemies the upper hand. Forgive those of my sins that cause my prayer to be rejected. Forgive those of my sins that make me deserving of being struck by calamities. Forgive those of my sins that cause the sky’s rains to hold back. Forgive those of my sins that cause my shame to be exposed. Forgive those of my sins that hasten death. Forgive those of my sins that darken the firmament. Forgive those of my sins that would leave a legacy of regret. Forgive those of my sins that tear up protective veils. Forgive those of my sins that eliminate oaths. The full doa is available on Fatemidawat.com.

AMAL DETAILS: Second Ten Days (Maghferat no Dasko)

The middle ten days of Shehrullah are known as the ten days of Maghferat (forgiveness) based on the khutba of Rasulullah SA in the last days of Shabaan. In these ten days, as in Shehrullah as a whole, mumineen are encouraged to do the following: 1. ROZA: Continue Shehrullah Roza. 2. NAMAAZ: Pray all five farizat namazon time with their respective Sunnat and Naafilat. As Rasulullah SA has said, in Shehrullah the sawaab for praying one farizat is the equivalent of praying 70 farizat in other months and praying sunnat in Shehrullah is equivalent in sawaab to praying farizat in other months. (Fajr: Sunnat 1 salam before faraz; Zohor: Sunnat 3

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salam before faraz and Nafilat 2 salams after faraz; Asar: Sunnat 2 salam before faraz; Maghrib: Sunna 3 salam after faraz and 1 salam for ‘daf’il aafaat’; Isha: Sunnat 2 salam before faraz and Nafilat 2 sala ms after faraz). 3. DUA: Pray allahumma haadha shahru Ramadan after each faraz (text and translation available on website). Pray doa of Imam Ali Zainul Aabideen SA after Fajr namaz (text, translation and audio of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA reciting this doa available on website). Pray doa of Imam Ali Zainul Aabideen after Zohor nafilat (text & audio available on website). Allahumma ya mu’tiy as su’aalaat after maghrib namaaz, before iftaar (text available on website). 4. QURAN: Pray at least one sipara of Quran Majeed a day so that you can complete one full Quran in the month. Some dedicated banda-s of Allah complete one full Quran recitation every single day in Ramadan. For those who are not fluent, there are many websites which have full audio of Quran-e-Majeed so you can recite alongside the recitation (http://www.mp3quran.net/en g/husr_english.html). For those who cannot read the Arabic script at all, there are transliterated Quran (the Arabic Quran written in English script), which you can use until you are able to master the Arabic script. 5. BIHORI: Pray Bihori as much as possible, especially namaaz and doa for Maghferat-uzzunoob (forgiveness of sins). Details of Bihori with accompanying translation and audios of some doas have been published on FatemiDawat.com

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LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 24th June 2015 The Hon'ble Bombay High Court has set further dates for the continuation of the trial and the cross-examination of the Plaintiff’s witnesses (including the Plaintiff – Syedna Qutbuddin) on 29th July 2015, 31st July 2015, 3rd August 2015, 4th August 2015, 25th August 2015 and 26th August 2015. AUDIO: Sanaa’ – (Praise of Allah Ta’ala) Every morning before Fajr namaaz, especially in Shehrullah, Sanaa’ is recited in our Masjids. Sanaa’ literally means “praise”, and in this case, it means praise of Allah Ta’ala. The tradition of recitingSanaa’ traces its origins to Imam Mohammed ul Baqir’s SA statement that, in the last part of every night, and the entirety of Friday eve (Jumo’a ni raat), afirishta announces that he is prepared to forgive sins and grant wishes. Sanaa’ is composed of various praises of Allah Ta’ala from ayats of the Qur’an Majeed, verses of munajaat (supplication to Allah Ta’ala) and qasidas in praise of A’immat (Aalu Taha). An audio of Sanaa’ is presented this week on Fatemidawat.com, recited by Husain bhai Arsiwala. ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 17mi & 19mi Raat of Ramadaan - Washeq Syedna Qutbuddin will lead Maghreb Isha and Washeq Namaz on 17mi, 19mi and 21mi Raat at Darus Sakina, Thane, inshaallah. On 19mi raat Mumineen are invited for Iftaar and Salawaat jaman by Dai of Amirul Mumineen SA, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. By the raza mubarak of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Imamat namaz will also be held in Pune, Secunderabad, 110

London, Leicester, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Bakersfield, Poconos, New Jersey, San Francisco, Houston and other cities. On the auspicious occasion of these layali fazela, Mumineen muminaat and their children who are not able to attend are advised to do the following amal: 1. Pray Maghrib Isha Namaz with Sunnat and Naafelat. 2. Pray 24 Rak’at Washeq Namaz (Charhti Surat). PDF of washeq Niyyat and Doa on Fatemidawat.com. 3. Sajada Wajhi Doa (recording of wasila starts with this doa). 4. Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin Aqa (TUS) has graciously given raza for his wasila mubaraka recording to be played on this mubarak occasion. Mumineen muminaat and children listening to the wasila mubaraka should observe the appropriate adab (etiquette) of attending in person even when listening to recording.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 19mi Ramadaan Amirul Mumineen SA Shahaadat Waaz

Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will deliver waaz Mubarak and pray shahaadat of Amirul Mumineen

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Maulana Ali bin Abi Talib SA on 19 of Shehre Ramadaan (Sunday, 5th July) at 11AM at Darus Sakina, followed by Zohor Asar Namaaz. Mumineen outside Mumbai can participate in Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb Waaz Majlis in Bakersfield live at eve of 19th raat of Shehrullah (9.30PM Saturday, 4th July PST- 10AM Sunday 5th July IST) through this link or using the same link for replay thereafter.

ZAKAAT & VAJEBAAT FORM 1436H

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Zakaat is the 4 Pillar of Islam, a farizat and obligation on every Mumin. A detailed explanation of the principles of the Shari’at concerning Zakaat was presented on fatemidawat.com with the raza Mubarak of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS last year. These are the fundamental principles for the calculating zakaat: Zakaat is compulsory every year @ 2.5% (1/40th) of your ‘zakatable income’ minus basic living expenses. For further details about calculating zakaat and how to araz it visit http://www.fatemidawat.com

ANNOUNCEMENT: Shehrullah Imamat namaz in other cities It is vital according to our faith that Imamat namaz is with the raza of the Imam’s Dai. If Imamat is not with raza then namaaz is not valid. Haqq na Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS has granted raza for Imamat namaz in Shehrullah alMo’azzam in various cities where mumineen reside, including Bakersfield, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Hyderabad/Secunderabad, London, Leicester, Mississauga, New Jersey, Paris, Poconos, San Jose, Singapore, Toronto. Please visit Fatemidawat.com for contact

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FAQ’s: Roza We do roza today in the manner that was prescribed by Rasulullah SA. The questions that arose for various questions that arose were answered by Rasulullah SA and by his successors the Imams and their Dai-s in time of seclusion. Just as it was no one other than Rasulullah who could prescribe the basic tenets of Roza), no one other than the true successors of Rasulullah can clarify what can and cannot be done. The FAQ’s for Roza have been divided into four primary categories: Roza General Rules & circumstances that break Roza, Roza in case of travel, Roza in case of illness & missed Rozas and Kaffaarat. The FAQ’s can be viewed on Fatemidawat.com. FAQ’s for zakaat will also be published in the near future inshaalalh. FAQ for Namaaz has been published onFatemidawat.com earlier this year. If you would like to submit further questions please email info@fatemidawat.com.

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: The Ten Days of Forgiveness (Maghfirat) FATEMI DAWAT ANNUAL REPORT: 1435H - 1436H PDF and ebook DOA’S IN TRANSLATION: Doa for Forgiveness of Sins (Maghferat-uz-zunoob) AMAL DETAILS: Second Ten Days (Maghferat no Dasko) LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 24thJune 2015 AUDIO: Sanaa’ – (Praise of Allah Ta’ala) ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 17mi & 19mi Raat of Ramadaan - Washeq ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 19mi Ramadaan Amirul Mumineen SA Shahaadat Waaz ZAKAAT & VAJEBAAT FORM 1436H ANNOUNCEMENT: Shehrullah Imamat namaz in other cities FAQ’s: Roza

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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“The Shi’a of Ali are the true winners” - Rasulullah SA (Sijill Article 73)

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫فزت ورب ال كعبة‬ ‫شيعة علي هم الفائزون‬ “I swear by the Lord of the Ka’aba that I have won” - Maulana Ali SA “The Shi’a of Ali are the true winners” Rasulullah SA SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: For mumineen, muslimeen, and all people on the auspicious occasion of Lailatul Qadr On 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 mumineen, strength and tawfeeq to perform ibadat, namaz, doa, with humility and sincerity. May Allah Ta’ala accept your ibadat and give you abundant barakaat and thawaab. May He fulfill all your wishes; ease all your difficulties; keep you and your families safe from the calamities of this world;

open the doors of prosperity for you; and give you strength and tawfeeq to stay steadfast on the straight path of sirat-emustaqeem." Syedna TUS also bestows doa Mubarak for all Muslimeen, especially those living under the clouds of oppression, injustice and violence, “May Allah Ta’ala alleviate their suffering and may peace and justice prevail.” Syedna TUS also bestows doa Mubarak for all humankind, “May the virtuous human values of compassion, kindness and respect bind us together in harmony; and may Allah Ta’ala give us the strength and compassion to work together towards the betterment of all people of this world.”

SIJILL ARTICLE: Maulana Ali’s Wasiyyat –Advice and Wise Counsel – Before His Shahaadat During his last Shehrullah Amirul Mumineen SA lived in Kufa, Iraq. On the morning of the 19th of Shehrullah, Ibn Muljim -- one of the Kharijites escaped from the battle with the Khawaarij (those who abandoned and denounced Amirul Mumineen SA after the battle of Siffeen) -- struck a deadly 113

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blow to Maulana Ali SA with his sword while he was praying Tahiyyatul Masjid in Jame’ Kufa. Amirul Mumineen was then brought to his home. During the next two days, before his Ruh Mubarak (blessed soul) departed this world for the highest heavens on the 21st of Shehrullah, Amirul Mumineen SA spent his last hours giving advice and wise counsel to his family and the close companions gathered around him. Amirul Mumineen SA said: Praise God, who fixed the span of lives, destined the sustenance his servants receive, ordained a destiny for all things, and omitted nothing from the book. He said: “Wherever you may be, death will find you, even if you take shelter in fortified towers.” He also said: “Say: Even if you had been sheltering in your homes, those who were destined to be slain would have gone forth to the places where they were to lie down in death.” And he said to his prophet: “Command good, forbid evil, and bear patiently the troubles that assail you. Truly, this is part of resoluteness in tackling affairs.” The beloved of God, God’s chosen from among his creatures, the epitome of truthfulness whose veracity we all accept, informed [me] about this day. He entrusted me with a testament regarding it, saying: “Ali, I wonder how it will be with you when you remain alone among the dregs of humanity. You will call out and none will answer. You will defend the faith and none will come to your aid. Your companions will incline toward another, your advisors will become your adversaries, those with you causing you more harm than your enemy. If you urge them to fight, they will block your attempts and avert their faces. If you

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exhort them to battle, they will turn their backs and hasten away. Secretly they will wish you gone, all because you undertake God’s command and deter them from worldliness. Among them will be one whose ambition you have forestalled, who suppresses his rage and bides his time. And another whose family you have slain in battle, who awaits his vengeance and hopes that fate’s vicissitudes and calamities’ onslaughts will dispatch you on his behalf. Each will hold malice in his breast, inflamed by wrath. You will remain with them in this state, until, in the end, they will crush you with evil and slay you through deceit. They will call you the names they used on me: soothsayer, magician, fraud, liar. Bear all this patiently, for you have a model to follow in the person of God’s messenger. This is what God commanded when he said: “In the person of God’s messenger you have a worthy model to follow.” God has commanded me to bring you close, ʿAlī, and not keep you distant, to teach you and not disregard you, to keep you near and not be harsh with you.” This was the prophet’s counsel to me and the testament he entrusted to me. Now I offer my counsel to you, O you who have undertaken God’s command, fought to defend the faith, and worked assiduously to secure the rights of the widowed and the needy. I counsel you to maintain your piety after I am gone. I warn you against the world and her adornments and splendors, for they are the cargo of deception. Shun the path of those who relied on the world, whose hearts were blinded by heedlessness that they lost all mindfulness of the hereafter; God sent them something they had not reckoned with, and seized them suddenly in their blithe oblivion.

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There have been people before you who remained true to their prophets and followed in their footsteps. If you embrace their guidance and pursue their practice you will not go astray. Indeed, God’s prophet has given you God’s book and his own family to lead you after him. They have knowledge concerning what you should or should not do. They are the clear path, the shining light, the supports of the earth, and its just rulers. It is their light from which illumination is sought, and it is their guidance that is to be followed. They come from a tree whose origin is noble, whose roots are firm, whose branches are lofty, and whose fruit is sweet—grown in the solid earth of the holy sanctuary, irrigated by the water of nobility, cleansed of pollution and filth, and selected from the purest of families. Do not turn aside from them or you will be flung asunder. Do not move away from them or you will be torn to pieces. Cleave to them and you will gain guidance and direction. Adhere to the wishes of God’s messenger regarding them. For he informed you that, “the two will not separate until they come to me at the celestial pool”—I mean God’s book and the prophet’s progeny. I entrust you to God, who never abuses trust. May God give you what you hope for, and protect you from what you fear. Convey my greetings of peace to those who bear love for me, to their children, and to their children’s children. May God safeguard you, and may He safeguard your prophet in you. Go in peace. Amirul Mumineen’s words resonate even today, and his guidance to embrace Ahlul-Bayt is as important

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today as it was then. Rasulullah’s SA description of Maulana Ali’s time after him bears many resemblances to the situation in Dawat today. Today, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS is the Dai of Ahle-Bayt, the Dai of the successor of Amirul Mumineen, and he continues to defend the faith and call to the Straight Path. In this month of Ramadaan, as we fast and pray, let us reflect on the weighty words of Amirul Mumineen SA and let us reflect whether our actions do indeed follow the wasiyaat of Moulana Ali. We mumineen – followers of Syedna Qutbuddin – are the Ummat of Mohammed SA, the Shi’a of Ali, for whom Rasulullah SA declared, “Shi’atu Aliyyin humul faa’izun”(Ali’s Shi’a are indeed victorious). We are Ali’s Shi’a, we are believers in the Imam in Mohammed and Ali’s progeny, we are believers in their Dai, amongst us during the Imam’s seclusion. May Allah Ta’ala grant us a fragment of the fortitude and Sabar of Imam Ali, a fragment of the firmness in belief and Yaqeen of Imam Ali, and may Allah Ta’ala keep us amongst the Shi’a of Imam Ali SA. The above translation was written by Shz Dr Bazat Tahera Baisaheba and published in Treasury of Virtues.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 19mi Ramadaan Amirul Mumineen SA Shahaadat Waaz & Jaman Izan – Shzd Saifiyah baisaheba Marsiya

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deliver waaz Mubarak and pray shahaadat of Amirul Mumineen Maulana Ali bin Abi Talib SA on 19mi raat of Shehre Ramadaan (Saturday, 4th July) immediately after washeq namaaz in Darus Sakina. Mumineen Muminaat are invited for Salawaat and Iftaar jaman on behalf of Aqamaula TUS on this Mubarak night. Mumineen outside Mumbai can participate in Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb Waaz Majlis in Bakersfield live on eve of 19th raat of Shehrullah (9.30PM Saturday, 4th July PST- 10AM Sunday 5th July IST) through this linkor using the same link for replay thereafter. Shzd Dr. Saifiyah baisaheba has composed a marsiya in Dawat-nizaban this year that narrates the musibat of Amirul Mumineen’s shahaadat. The PDF of the marsiya is presented on Fatemidawat.com with audio recording.

FATEMI MADRASA: Munajaat Wakamlillah min Lutfin Khafiyyi “Wa kam lillahe min lutfin khafiyyi” is a munajaat sharifa by Ameerul Mumeneen Maulana Ali ibne abi Talib AS “Munajaat” literally means, “to converse with The Almighty” and it is a great fortune for a Mumin to be able to pray to Allah Ta’ala as shown by Amiral Mumineen. Mumineen should recite this munajaat especially during the month of Ramadaan, which is the month of Allah, the month of ibaadat and dua. In this munajat, Maulana Ali guides us to trust in Allah Subhanahu and not despair or lose hope, even when faced with immense difficulties and overwhelming circumstances. Maulana Ali guides us to seek intercession (vasila) of the Nabi and pray to Allah when faced with difficulties, so that our prayers will be answered. In the last bayt of the munajaat, Maulana Ali 115

gives us hope and says, “Do not be alarmed when a tragedy strikes you, for Allah’s workings include many a subtle grace. Allah’s endless graces and kindnesses are hidden even from the most intelligent minds.”

Fatemi Madrasa is pleased to present this beautiful munajaat with a Dawat ni Zabaan khulaso audio-video, full audio, Dawat ni zaban translation, English translation, and a key Arabic word vocabulary list.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 19mi & 21mi Raat of Ramadaan - Washeq Syedna Qutbuddin will lead Maghreb Isha and Washeq Namaz on 19mi and 21mi Raat at Darus Sakina, Thane, inshaallah. On 19mi raat Mumineen are invited for Iftaar and Salawaat jaman by Dai of Amirul Mumineen SA, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. By the raza mubarak of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Imamat namaz will also be held in Pune, Secunderabad, London, Leicester, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Bakersfield, Poconos, New Jersey, San Francisco, Houston and other cities. On the auspicious occasion of these layali fazela, Mumineen muminaat and their children who are not able to attend are advised to do the following amal: 1. Pray Maghrib Isha Namaz with Sunnat and Naafelat. 2. Pray 24 Rak’at Washeq Namaz (Charhti Surat). PDF of washeq Niyyat and Doa on Fatemidawat.com. 3. Sajada Wajhi Doa.

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4. Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin Aqa TUS has graciously given raza for his wasila mubaraka recording to be played on this mubarak occasion. Mumineen muminaat and children listening to the wasila mubaraka should observe the appropriate adab (etiquette) of attending in person even when listening to recording.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Lailatul Qadar & Munajaat

‫بسم هللا الرحمن الرحيم‬ ،‫ وما ادراك ما ليلة القدر‬،‫إنا انزلناه في ليلة القدر‬

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SYEDNA TUS MUNAJAAT In the tradition of the 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and the 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, their successor the 53rd Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS has written a Munajaat prayer for Lailatul Qadar this year. The Munajaat, presented alongside Dawat ni Zaban fehwa, English translation and audio recording will be published on Fatemidawat.com prior to Lailatul Qadar inshaallah. This is the first bayt of the Munajaat supplication:

‫ليلة القدر خير من الف شهر‬ (Surat al-Qadr: 1-3) We never sent any Messenger, but that he should be obeyed by the leave of God. If, when they had wronged themselves, they had come to you, and asked forgiveness from God, and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found God Forgiving, Merciful.

SYEDNA TUS PROGRAM Syedna Qutbuddin will lead Maghreb Isha and Washeq Namaz in Lailatul Qadar at Darus Sakina inshaallah on 23mi raat Ramadaan (Wednesday 8 July, 2015).

AMAL DETAILS A comprehensive Amal Details page for observing Lailatul Qadar has been prepared and published on fatemidawat.com in both Dawat-niZaban and English. This page has audios of many specific Lailatul Qadr doas, and lists the respective pages of the print doa in Part 2 of the Bihori hafti (presented in PDF form online also). This section is complemented by the Bihori section that was published with comprehensive audios two weeks ago on FatemiDawat.com. A PDF of the Munajaat written this year by Syedna Qutbuddin TUS with Dawat ni Zaban fehwa and English translation will be uploaded with accompanying audio recording. Selected munajaats of the 51st and 52nd Dais will also be presented with audio recording.

NAZARAAT: Syedna Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Lailatul Qadr, Badri Mahal 1431H 1431H Shehrullah, Maghrib Isha namaz in Saifee Masjid, Mumbai For 50 years, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA deputed his Mazoon and Mansoos Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS to lead namaz during 116

Shehrullah al-Mu’azzam in GhurratulMasajid Saifee Masjid, Mumbai, whenever Syedna Burhanuddin himself would not be leading there. This amal was in parallel to the amal of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA who used to depute his Mazoon and Mansoos Syedna Burhanuddin to lead namaz during Shehrullah in Ghurratul-Masajid Saifee Masjid, Mumbai, whenever Taher Saifuddin Mola himself would not be leading there. Syedna Burhanuddin said in his waaz on 7 Moharram, 1422H (31 March, 2001), in Houston, USA: “the Dai and Mazoon are the names of Moulatuna Fatema; the Mazoon establishes Fatemi Dawat, the Dawat of Imam-uzZaman, in partnership with the Dai”. Truly, we saw the realization of this mubarak and deeply meaningful statement most clearly during the holy month of Shehrullah, when Burhanuddin Aqa’s Mazoon used to arrive with shaan-o-shawkat to Saifee Masjid to lead namaz and ibadat.

May Allah Ta’ala grant longest life till qiyamat to Burhanuddin Aqa’s waaris Syedna Qutbuddin, and may we see him, the Dai of Imam-uz-Zaman, lead namaz in Saifee Masjid, the Masjid which his beloved father built, again very soon. This is the masjid which Syedna Qutbuddin’s father built and in which Syedna Burhanuddin took Qutbuddin Mola’s name hundreds of times in the sacred Misaq and in his waazes. Could someone have imagined that in this holy place, there will come a people who will pronounce curses upon him, and thereby desecrate the sanctity of this Masjid and the hurmat of Taher Saifuddin Mola and Burhanuddin Aqa? Indeed, in these times, we remember that in Dawat this has happened many times – Banu

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Umayya for a 1000 months ascended the very minbars (pulpits) on which Rasulullah SAW had stood hundreds of times, and while pretending to be the leaders of the Muslims, they declared that Amirul Mumineen was in fact the enemy of Rasulullah, and pronounced curses upon him and his followers. May Allah protect Syedna Qutbuddin and his followers from the evil actions and intentions of such people. 1431H Laylatul Qadr – Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS – Rozat Taher and Badri Mahal Syedna Burhanuddin RA’s proclamation “the Dai and Mazoon are the names of Moulatuna Fatema; the Mazoon establishes Fatemi Dawat, the Dawat of Imam-uz-Zaman, in partnership with the Dai” stands true and manifest for all whose minds are not marred with the poison of lies and false propaganda. One highlight was during the Night of Moulatuna Fatema, Lailatul Qadr, during the last Shehrullah before our beloved Mola Syedna Burhanuddin suffered the grievous stroke. In Lailatul Qadr, 1431H, Burhanuddin Mola graced Badri Mahal masjid for Isha namaz. After namaz, Syedna Burhanuddin left the masjid while deputing his Mazoon and Mansoos Syedna Qutbuddin TUS to lead namaz of Laylatul Qadr in his stead. Syedna Qutbuddin lead the namaz of Washsheq, Istiftah and Nisful-Layl, and prayed ‘hazehis-salaat’, after which Syedna Burhanuddin again graced the masjid for Vasila mubaraka. Syedna Burhanuddin again sent his Mazoon and Mansoos for leading fajer namaz, thereby completing the ne’mats of Lailatul Qadr which are ever flowing until fajer upon all mumineen.

AMAL DETAILS: Last Ten Days (Itqun minan naar no Dasko) & Aakhir Jumoa The last ten days of Shehrullah are known as the ten days of ‘itqun-minannaar (freedom from hellfire) based on the khutba of Rasulullah SA in the last days of Shabaan. In these ten days, as

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in Shehrullah as a whole, mumineen are encouraged to do the following:

1. ROZA: Continue Shehrullah Roza. 2. NAMAAZ: Pray all five farizat namaz on time with their respective Sunnat and Naafilat. Click here to read further details. 3. DUA: Pray allahumma haadha shahru Ramadan after each faraz(text and translation available onwebsite). Pray doa of Imam Ali Zainul Aabideen SA after Fajrnamaz (text, translation and audio of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA reciting this doa available on website). Pray doa of Imam Ali Zainul Aabideen after Zohor nafilat(text & audio available on website). Allahumma ya mu’tiy as su’aalaat after maghrib namaaz, before iftaar (text & audio available on website). 4. QURAN: Pray at least one sipara of Quran Majeed a day so that you can complete one full Quran in the month. Click here to read further details. 5. BIHORI: Pray Bihori as much as possible, especially namaaz and doa for ‘itqunminan-naar (freedom from hellfire). Details of Bihori with accompanying translation and audios of some doas have been published on FatemiDawat.com 6. AAKHIR JUMO’A & NABI NA NAAM: Starting with the last Jumo’a raat (Friday eve) in Shehrullah (24mi raat – 117

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9 July), do tasbeeh of Salawaat on Anbiyaa’ SA (Nabi na naam) and pray two Rak’ats for “ibtighaa’ al-Fadl was sawaab” after nabi na naam every night until and including 30 mi raat. On Friday (24th Shehrullah) pray Nabi na naam before Zohor Namaaz additionally (Text & audio published on FatemiDawat.com). ZAKAAT & VAJEBAAT FORM 1436H: Vajebaat Bethak Announcement and Dawat ni Zaban - Gujarati Form Syedna TUS bethak for araz of Zakaat & Vajebaat will be held on 26th of Ramadaan (Sunday, 12th July) at 4PM at Darus Sakina inshaallah. The Zakaat & Vajebaat form for 1436H with updated Silah-Fitra amount for this year and instructions for submission of zakaat and vajebaat is published on Fatemidawat.com. A detailed explanation of the principles of the Shari’at concerning Zakaat was presented on fatemidawat.com with the raza Mubarak of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS last year. Zakaat, the 4th Pillar of Islam, is compulsory every year @ 2.5% (1/40th) of your ‘zakatable income’ minus basic living expenses. For further details about calculating zakaat and how to araz it visit http://www.fatemidawat.com/resource s/ vajebaat/

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NEWS & EVENTS: 17mi Raat Wasila Highlights & Photos

Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS led Maghrib Isha and Washeq Namaaz on the eve of the 17th of Shehrullah in Darus Sakina. Following Washeq, Aqamaula TUS beseeched doa to Allah Ta’ala in a heartfeltwasila in which he did doa for all mumineen, muminaat and their children. Syedna TUS explained the significance of the 17th of Ramadaan and the hurmat of the great Mawlaat whose great position and shaan this night signifies: Maulatuna Aamena binte Wahab, the one honored to be the mother of Sayyidul Mursaleen Mohammed Rasulullah SA. Taking thewasila of Panjetan, A’immat and Du’aat Mutlaqeen – particularly Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, Syedna TUS prayed many doas for Dawat and the happiness and prosperity of mumineen.

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Report published this week on Fatemidawat.com: This is the 1436H Annual Report of Dawat-e-Hadiyah, the Fatemi Dawat administration of the 53rd Dai alMutlaq Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, head of the worldwide Dawoodi Bohra community. Last year in Shehre Ramadan 1435H, detailed guidelines for calculating Zakaat and other wajebaat dues were published. This Shehre Ramadan, 1436H, Syedna Qutbuddin has instructed the publication of a report of Dawat activities. The aim of the report is two-fold: 1. To demonstrate and promote an efficient, professional, compassionate, sustainable organization that will grow dynamically and multifold in the years to come, inshaallah 2. To inform mumineen who are submitting Zakaat to the Dai al-Mutlaq about Dawat activities and upliftment programs in which Zakaat resources are allocated. Learning these details, each mumin will insha’allah be encouraged to get personally involved in Dawat activities by doing khidmat and contributing their skills and offering their counsel. All departments of Dawat have administered many positive projects and worked efficiently to achieve their mission of serving the 53rd Dai al Mutlaq and helping mumineen. This report explains where Dawat resources are being allocated, describes this year’s accomplishments, and explains future projects, under the following rubrics: 1. Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS Program. To establish Dawat and guide mumineen Syedna TUS has directed and presided over hundreds of hours of programs in Darus Sakina and all over the world

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during the course of the last year. Vazarat Saifiyyah: Dawat Administration, Infrastructure and Finance. Syedna’s vision is that the Dawat administration, through efficient management of resources and long term financial planning, ultimately becomes a self-sustaining and stronger organization, which harnesses and realizes the full potential of the community. Dissemination of Dawat Knowledge (Ilme Aale Mohammad): Sabaq, Madrasa and Online Materials. It is Syedna’s direction that all mumineen should have access to Dawat knowledge, if they are willing to make the effort to pursue it. Hundreds of hours of sabaq have been conducted in the last year. Legal - Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit and Gujarat High Court Writ Petitions. To establish the truth about Nass, Dawat has been involved on the legal front in multiple jurisdictions and countries. With Allah’s bounty, a favorable outcome will safeguard the future of Dawat and help many to the True Path. Social Welfare I – Education (QJSP).The Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program (QJSP) actively promotes higher education and character development especially through community service. Additionally, QJSP supports educational projects, conferences, etc. that positively develop the academic scene in India and abroad Social Welfare II - Zahra Hasanaat (Upliftment, Medical Aid, Business Support & Muwasaat). Syedna Qutbuddin is concerned for

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the spiritual and material wellbeing of his spiritual children, all mumineen. His Dawat administration aims to ensure that all mumineen have at least the basic necessities of food, shelter, clothing, education, and occupation. Ansaar-e-Fatemi Dawat Community Activities. Ansaar members, mumimeen are undertaking various initiatives to reach out to their fellow community members, families and friends, through organized visits to towns, calling, etc.

8. Outreach and Building Bridges.Many efforts were undertaken to implement Syedna’s vision to build ties of friendship and cooperation with people of all religions and ethnicities, including particularly our fellow Muslim communities, and participate actively in the progress of the nation and of humanity at large. 9. Publications. Syedna TUS directed that Dawat related materials be published in print and online such that mumineen may benefit from

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Ilm of Aal-e Mohammad. This year nearly a thousand articles were published along with numerous print publications (books, etc.). To view the full report please visit Fatemidawat.com

ANNOUNCEMENT: Shehrullah Imamat namaz in other cities It is vital according to our faith that Imamat namaz is with the raza of the Imam’s Dai. If Imamat is not with raza then namaaz is not valid. Haqq na Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS has granted raza for Imamat namaz in Shehrullah alMo’azzam in various cities where mumineen reside, including Bakersfield, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Hyderabad/Secunderabad, London, Leicester, Mississauga, New Jersey, Paris, Poconos, San Jose, Singapore, Toronto.

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was prescribed by Rasulullah SA. The questions that arose for various questions that arose were answered by Rasulullah SA and by his successors the Imams and their Dai-s in time of seclusion. Just as it was no one other than Rasulullah who could prescribe the basic tenets of Roza), no one other than the true successors of Rasulullah can clarify what can and cannot be done.

The FAQ’s for Roza have been divided into four primary categories: Roza General Rules & circumstances that break Roza, Roza in case of travel, Roza in case of illness & missed Rozas and Kaffaarat. The FAQ’s can be viewed on Fatemidawat.com. FAQ’s for zakaat will also be published in the near future inshaalalh. FAQ for Namaaz has been published on Fatemidawat.com earlier this year. If you would like to submit further questions please email info@fatemidawat.com.

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: For mumineen, muslimeen, and all people on the auspicious occasion of Lailatul Qadr SIJILL ARTICLE: Maulana Ali’s Wasiyyat –Advice and Wise Counsel – Before His Shahaadat ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 19mi Ramadaan Amirul Mumineen SA Shahaadat Waaz & Jaman Izan – Shzd Saifiyah baisaheba Marsiya FATEMI MADRASA: Munajaat - Wakamlillah min Lutfin Khafiyyi ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 19mi & 21mi Raat of Ramadaan - Washeq ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Lailatul Qadar & Munajaat NAZARAAT: Syedna Burhanuddin RA and Syedna QutbuddinTUS Lailatul Qadr, Badri Mahal 1431H AMAL DETAILS: Last Ten Days (Itqun minan naar no Dasko) & Aakhir Jumoa ZAKAAT & VAJEBAAT FORM 1436H: Vajebaat Bethak Announcement and Dawat ni Zaban - Gujarati Form NEWS & EVENTS: 17mi Raat Wasila Highlights & Photos DAWAT ACTIVITY REPORT: 1435H/1436H ANNOUNCEMENT: Shehrullah Imamat Namaaz in Other Cities FAQ’s: Roza

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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And recite the Qur’an in ‘Tarteel’ (slow & rhythmic recitation) Surat al Muzzammil: 4

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬

‫ل الْقُر ْآنَ تَرْتِيل ًا‬ ِ ِ ‫وَر َت‬ (Surat al-Muzzammil: 4) And recite the Qur’an in ‘Tarteel’ (slow & rhythmic recitation) SYEDNA DOA MESSAGE: Children of Fatemi Madrasa In the Mubarak month of Shehre Ramadan, students of Fatemi Madrasa did araz of total seventeen Quran-eMajeed to Syedna Qutbuddin TUS (including Quran-e-Majeeds in niyyat of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Quran-e-Majeeds in niyyat of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA). Aqamoula TUS bestows doa Mubarak for all farzando and is very pleased. Syedna TUS advises them to continue to pray Quran-e-Majeed throughout the year. Syedna TUS also bestowed doa Mubarak for all the teachers.

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Names of all the children of Fatemi Madrasa who participated and the amount of Quran they prayed was arazed to Syedna TUS.

SIJILL ARTICLE: Launch of Quran Recitation Series - Audio of 30THSipara Tarteel by Shz Dr. Husain bhaisaheb The Quran Majeed was revealed in the month of Shehrullah al-Mo’azzam. Shehre Ramadan is described in the Qur’an first and foremost as the month in which the Qur’an was revealed: “Shehre Ramadān is the month in which the Qur’ān was revealed, a guidance for the people, and as clear proofs of the Guidance and the Criterion” (Shahru Ramadan allazi unzila fihil Qur’an hudan linnasi wa bayyinaatin minal huda wal furqaan – Surat al-Baqara: 185). Amirul Mumineen SA said, “the Quran is greater than all else, except Allah Ta’ala” (al-Qur’anu afdalu min kulli shay’in dun-Allah). Amirul Mumineen SA also said, “the Qur’an – its’ words are eloquent, and its’ meaning is deep” (al-Qur’anu zahiruhu aneeq wa 121

NAZARAAT: Syedna Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Lailatul Qadr, Badri Mahal 1431 – VIDEOS UPLOADED

NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights & Photos Lailatul Qadar Wasila Mubarak & Moulana Ali SAShahadaat Waaz

SIJILL ARTICLE: Launch of Quran Recitation Series - Audio of 30TH Sipara Tarteel by Shz Dr. Husain bhaisaheb

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baatinuhu ameeq). Syedna al-Qadi al-Nu‘man asserts that the zahir of the Qur’an is a mu‘jiza (miracle) of the Prophet, whilst its’ batin, revealing its meanings, is the mu’jiza of the Imams. Just as no one other than the Prophet can bring the zahir, no one other than the Imams, who have been taught by the Prophet, can know and reveal the batin. Just as Rasulullah SA was the sole authority on what constituted the revealed text of the Qur’an, he was also the sole authority on the intended meaning of that text. The duty of his successors was to safeguard the literal text and reveal to mumineen in every age, facets of the endless depths of meaning in the Qur’an, relevant to their time. In the time of seclusion, that responsibility is fulfilled by the Da’i alMutlaq, who expounds the meanings of the Qur’an on the authority of Imam-uz-zaman SA. Reciting the Qur’an and listening to its recitation is strongly encouraged, especially as Rasullulah always advised Moulana Ali to recite the Quran. Our Imam SA also said that when reciting the Qur’an our prayers are answered, and illnesses and forgetfulness are driven away. Allah Ta’ala promises to build a house in heaven for the one who sits in a masjid and recites the Qur’an. And our Imam also states, “one who recites the Qur’an shines for the people of the heavens just as the bright star shines for the people of the Earth.” The beauty of the text is most appreciated when the Qur’an is recited out-loud and when every word and each letter is clearly enunciated according to the guidelines of tarteel. In the Qur’an itself, Allah Ta’ala instructs, “recite the Qur’an in tarteel” (see the ayat quoted above). Reciting with Tarteel is an art that takes years of training and practice to master. Tarteel is the Arabic word for reciting in slow, measured rhythmic tones— and entails reciting the Quran "in proper order"

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and "with no haste." Reciting with understanding is of also of prime importance in tarteel. Moulana Ali has said that, “the Qur’an should be recited clearly, without disturbances, but not hastily; one should appreciate its marvels, and endeavor to move one’s heart by it; no one should feel anxious to reach the end of the surah.” The Quran states that the listener should keep quiet and pay attention when the Qur’an is recited (Surat al-A’raaf:204).

It gives us great pleasure to present on this last Friday of Shehrullah the entire 30th Sipara recited in tarteel by Shehzada Dr. Husain bhaisaheb. Shehzada Husain bhaisaheb is Haafizul Qur’an and with raza and doa of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA spent many years in Cairo, Egypt, where he learned tarteel from some of the most stalwart and well-known reciters. He had occasion to recite in the presence of Syedna Burhanuddin RA and also frequently in the presence of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS. Once after reciting in a grand majlis in front of Syedna Burhanuddin RA, he did qadambosi and Syedna Burhanuddin RA graciously said: “Ghanu achhu parhu.” He has also been invited to

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recite Qur’an at eminent conferences and functions by various universities and communities around the world, including the prestigious Qur’an Conference at the University of London. When in high school, with doa mubarak of Syedna Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Qutbuddin TUS, he stood first in a citywide inter-school recitation competition in Cairo. He has received sabaq from Syedna Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Qutbuddin TUS about the meanings of the Qur’an. With their raza and doa, he has also received a doctorate degree (PhD) in 2009 from the University of Cambridge, UK, in the Qur’an and its interpretation according to the Fatimid Imams. Shz Husain bhaisaheb’s Qur’anic recitation is presented surah by surah on FatemiDawat.com. It is available for MP3 download, as well as viewing with each surah’s respective Arabic text through YouTube videos. Inshaallah more siparas and further updated videos with more material will be published soon. We offer praise and thanks to Allah Ta’ala that we mumineen adhere to both the “word” (zahir) of the Qur’an and the “deep meanings” (batin), and that we adhere to theQur’an saamit (lit. silent Qur’an – referring to the text of the Qur’an) and the Qur’an Natiq(lit. the speaking Qur’an). Syedna al-Qadi al-Nu‘man also states that the one who is most knowledgeable of the zahir and ba’tin of the Qur’an is the most eligible to be elevated to the rank of da‘i for his people. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA asserted Syedna Qutbuddin TUS’ ‘ilm and knowledge on many occasions. It is for this reason that Syedna Burhanuddin RA appointed Syedna Qutbuddin TUS as his mazoon and successor less than one month after the wafaat of Syedna Taher

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Saifuddin RA. In every waaz, sabaq and wasila Syedna Qutbuddin TUS does bayaan of the deep meanings of the Qur’an. We are fortunate to receive these barakaat. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the good fortune of seeking and receiving the ilm of Aale Mohammed from the true successor of Syedna Burhanuddin RA, and may we continue to pray Quran-e-Majeed with his guidance and doa.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 30mi Raat of Ramadaan – Eidul Fitar Night & Day Syedna Qutbuddin TUS will lead Maghrib Isha and Washeq Namaaz on 30mi Raat and Eidul Fitar raat at Darus Sakina, Thane, inshaallah. Syedna TUS will also lead ihyaa’ul layl (Bihori Namaaz) on 30mi raat inshaallah. On Eid day, Syedna TUS will lead Fajr Namaaz and Eid Khutba followed by Iftaar breakfast and Eidul Fitar Khushi Majlis. Mumineen will receive sharaf of qadambosi of Aqamaula TUS inshaallah. All mumineen are invited for salawaat jaman on 30mi raat, Eidul Fitar raat and Eid day. By the raza mubarak of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Imamat namaz will also be held in Pune, Secunderabad, London, Leicester, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Bakersfield, Poconos, New Jersey, San Francisco, Houston and other cities. On the auspicious occasion of these layali fazela, Mumineen muminaat and their children who are not able to attend one of these centers are advised to do the following amal: 30mi raat For amal details see Bihori Hafti Part 1, pg 129 (Nabi na naam and 10 Rak’at Tatawwu’ Namaaz). Mumineen are also encouraged to pray Bihori on 30 mi raat as per the detailed Bihori section on FatemiDawat.com and listen to

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Wasila Mubaraka of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA after Nisful Layl Namaaz and Doa. Mumineen should also pray Syedna Hatim RA doa also on 30mi raat before Shaf’a. (PDF is available on FatemiDawat.com. Mumineen should also pray the Salaam written by Syedna Qutbuddin TUS for rehmat, maghfirat, and itqun minan naar. (PDF is available on FatemiDawat.com) Eidul Fitar Night (Bihori Hafti, Part 1, pg. 142 – 144) Mumineen should pray Maghrib Isha Namaz – with Sunnat and Naafilat – and pray TAKBEERA after each Faraz. Then muminen should pray Washeq 24 Rak’at (Niyyat in Bihori Hafti, Part 1, pg. 143) and 10 Rak’at Tatawwu’ Namaz (as per instructions in Bihori Hafti, Part 1, pg. 143). Mumineen should pray Tasbeeh of Doa prayed after Ruku Sujud in Tatawwu’ Namaz – 100 times, andAstaghferullah Tasbeeh – 1000 times. Then they should pray Sajada Wajhi Doa/ Rabbana followed by the recording of Syedna Qutbuddin’s TUS wasila mubaraka.

Eid-ul-Fitar Day Mumineen should pray Fajr sunnat, faraz and ta’qeeb doa – and pray TAKBEERA after each Faraz. (Also pray Takbeera after Zohor/Asar). After sunrise, mumineen should pray “allahuma inna natubo” (Bihori Hafti, Part 1, pg. 145). Then pray “allahuma ya mo’tias-sualat” iftaar doa, and do

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iftaar. On Eid-ul-Fitar Day mumineen should take out Silatul-Imam AS. Mumineen should pray Eid Namaaz 2 Rak’ats – with Imamat where there is raza (Bihori Hafti, Part 1, pg. 147) View video presentation on the Eid Khutba Namaz. For those who do not remember wash-shams and hal-ataaka surats, they may pray inna anzalnaahu and wad-duha surats instead, or if that is also difficult then they may pray inna anzalnaahu and wat-teen ni surats. Mumineen should be sure to review qunut doa in hafti before starting namaz (Bihori Hafti, Part 1, pg. 148) Then mumineen should pray ‘EwazilKhutbatayn’ – two Raka’ats – and NOT Imamat – (Niyyat in Bihori Hafti, Part 1, pg. 148). Then they should pray Doa of Imam Ali Zaynul Abedeen SA, while standing towards the Qibla. (Bihori Part 1, Pg. 149 – 154). Then mumineen should pray Sajada Wajhi Doa/Rabbana, followed by recording of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS wasila mubaraka.

NEWS & EVENTS: Lailatul Qadar Wasila Mubarak Highlights & Photos On Laylat ul Qadr, 23rd Shehre Ramadan 1436H, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS led maghrib-isha namaaz in Darus Sakina and performed shaandaar ihya ul layl. Following washsheq namaaz, Syedna TUS prayed to Allah Ta’ala taking heartfelt vasila of Panjetan Paak, Aimmat Tahereen, Duaat Mutlaqeen, and Hudood Kiraam, and seeking their shafa’at and intercession. Syedna TUS particularly took vasila of Maulatuna Fatema tuz Zahra AS, and did impassioned zikar of Laylat ul Qadr, Ma Fatema’s night. He stated that Laylat ul Qadr is “nobler than a thousand months” and it is a most auspicious gift from Fatema to her father Nabi Muhammad’s ummat khaassa. “Angels come down in this Page 3 of 7


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night” (tanazzalul malaa’ikatu war-ruhu fiha Surat al-Qadr:4) and in the night of satr, one Dai after another descends from the Imam’s firmament to do shafa’at for mumineen. Because we take their vasila, we have full conviction that we will receive Maulatuna Fatema’s shafa’at -- nay, we have already received her shafa’at, for it is a pledge she has made, just as Rasulullah SA said “dakhala l-jannah” – “he has already entered paradise” –(for one who proclaims “la ilaha illa –llah” with sincerity and ikhlaas). Her pledge is such, their pledge is such, that “tamaro bero paar thai gayo”.

“Laylat ul Qadr” is mentioned three times in the Quran, denoting three virtues of Maulatuna Fatema: She is Rasulullah’s beloved daughter, for whom he declared his life was ransom, and whom he proclaimed sovereign of all the women in the world (sayyidat o nisaa il aalamiin). She is Maulana Ali’s SA consort; it is narrated that Fatema expressed much gratitude to her father for marrying her to Ali. She is mother of Imam Hasan SA and Imam Husain SA, mother of all the Imams, and mother of Qa’im, sahib ul qiyamat. In

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this bayaan, Syedna did pur-dard zikr of Maulatuna Fatema’s shahadat, and of her wasiyyat to Maulana Ali to place the vial of her tears in her grave, so she could extinguish any fire that had been lit for her husband’s shi’a because of their sins. Mumineen wept for Ma Fatema’s mazlumiyyat, and for all Ahl ul bayt after Rasulullah’s wafaat, especially Imam Husain. Taking these azeem ush shaan vasilas, Syedna TUS prayed to Allah Ta’ala to forgive our sins, and grant our petitions, including supplications for health, rozi, farzand, shaadi, barakat and nemat in all aspects of life. He beseeched Allah for acceptance of our worship, qabuliyyat of bandagi, easing of hardships, and a blissful end, khatimat bil khayr. Especially with Imam Husain’s vasila, Syedna prayed for our children and our children’s children for continuing generations to be mumin. Syedna beseeched Allah to protect Dawat, which is Allah’s own Dawat, and to foil the plots of Dawat’s enemies. He said “safinah par mawj aawi rahya chhe. Yeh shukur karyey chhe ke hamein toh safinah ma chhe… qudus naa kaanthey pohonchnaar chhe”. He ended the vasila praying that we get the opportunity to worship Allah Ta’ala in the best possible manner in Laylatul Qadr year after year, inshaallah o Ta’ala. May Allah Ta’ala grant Aqamaula Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin longest life in sehhat and aafiyat, to lead us in bandagi, and to bestow his priceless duas for mumineen’s wellbeing and for the safeguarding of Dawat.

NEWS & EVENTS: Moulana Ali SAShahadaat Waaz Highlights & Photos Syedna Qutbuddin TUS presided over Moulana Ali SA shahadaat wa’az in Darus Sakina after Maghrib-Isha and Washsheq namaaz on the eve of 19th Shehre Ramadan. Mumineen received

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the barakaat of the ‘ilm and knowledge of Aale Mohammed SA.

Syedna TUS expounded that Rasullulah is the natiq and nabi who brought Islam. Rasulullah’s wasi is Amirul Mumineen Ali, who is the asaas, Islam’s foundation and pillar. Rasullullah has said, “Shiat o Ali-yin hum ul fa’izoon” (Ali’s Shi’a are the true winners). We mumineen should always be thankful that Allah Ta’ala gave us the tawfiq to believe in Moulana Ali, the one whom Rasullullah declared his true successor among 70,000 muslimeen in Ghadir-e-Khumm. Rasulullah made Maulana Ali the qibla of haqq. Ali said “Were I to be the only person on haqq, I am still on haqq--for I am haqq.” After the day comes the night; for everything God has a reason (khuda ni hikmat chhe). The Imams went into seclusion, and they appointed Dai-s among mumineen to propagate their Dawat. Just as obedience is mandatory for the Imam, it is mandatory in his concealment for the Dai. And just as each Imam appointed his successor by Nass, each Dai appoints his successor by Nass. Sometimes for reasons of hikmat, the announcement of succession is kept secret: Qaim Imam performed Nass on Mansoor Imam before he buried his father Mahdi Imam, and he instructed Mansoor to keep the appointment secret from all. Similarly, the 7th Dai Syedna Ahmad performed Nass on the 8th Dai Syedna Husain in private, with no one else present. (Syedna narrated these

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historical reports in detail). Syedna affirmed that the silsila –chain of succession- of Du’at Mutlaqeen is alive today. The 51st Dai, Syedna Taher Saifuddin appointed Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the 52nd Dai, who then appointed him, Syedna Qutbuddin as his successor, the 53rd Dai-l-Mutlaq. Syedna narrated the events of Syedna Burhanuddin’s first misaaq majlis on 17 Shabaan 1385H in which he was publicly appointed as Mazoon-e-Dawat and, before the majlis, privately as Syedna Burhanuddin’s successor. Throughout the wa’az, Syedna elaborated on Moulana Ali’s fazilat. He narrated a zikr in which it was expressed that God did not place any farishta, any nabi, any rasul, in their high station, until they had first pledged allegiance to Amirul Mumineen. Syedna also narrated that Rasulullah and Amirul Mumineen were both born from the same heavenly light – one part became Rasulullah and the other part Amir ul Mumineen. Syedna also expounded the fazilat of Shehre Ramadan. With great detail and lutf, he narrated the khutba that Rasulullah delivered on the eve of Ramadan: Shehrullah is the month of Allah Ta’ala. It is the month of prayer in which barakaat in this word and the hereafter may be obtained multifold. It is the month of Laylatul Qadr, the night of Maulatana Fatema, who is Moulana Ali’s consort and hujjat. Shehrullah is the night in which each sunnat namaaz is counted as a farizat namaaz, and each farizat namaaz is counted as 70 farizat namaz prayed in any other month. Shehrullah is the month of sabr. It is the month in which we adopt the habits of farishta and abandon food and drink. The reward for sabr is heaven. Shehrullah is the month for helping others. Syedna urged mumineen, especially in the

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month of Shehrullah, to help each other as brothers and sisters. Shehrullah is the month in which we should be especially conscious of doing good deeds. Next, Syedna tus recited the opening ‘tahmeed’ of his new Risalat Sharifah, Faiz ud Du’aat il Abraar (1436H), which begins: “Praise God, who guided us to his praise and thanks, and gave us tawfeeq—during the hours of the night and the day—for his tasbeeh and remembrance (al-hamdu lillahhil-lazi hadaana li-hamdihi wa shukrih, wa waffaqana aanaa’al-layli wan-nahaari li-tasbeehehi wa zikrih).” He also recited verses from his Munajaat which begins, like his Risalat, with praise and thanks to Allah: “I call to you in munajaat, lord, offering you praise and gratitude—I pray to you, bowing down in your remembrance (unajeeka rabbi haamidan laka shaakira * wa ad’uka rabbi saajidan laka zaakira).” He also prayed with Imam uz zamaan’s vasila for nasr-e-azeez and fath-e-mubeen. Syedna concluded the waaz with purdard Shahaadat of Maulana Ali SA. Jaman on 19mi raat was from Aqamaula TUS. May Allah Ta’ala grant longest life to Aqamaula TUS to continue to bestow Mumineen with the barakaat of ‘Ilm of Aale Mohammed and his priceless doa. Photos of the Waaz Majlis are posted on Fatemidawat.com.

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Two video clips (8min & 5min) have been uploaded on Fatemidawat.com from Shehrullah 1431H highlighting Syedna Qutbuddin’s namaaz in Saify Masjid, as per Syedna Burhanuddin’s raza and instructions, every night of Shehrullah (video 1) and Syedna Qutbuddin’s ibaadat with Syedna Burhanuddin in Lailatul Qadar in Badri Mahal Masjid (video 2). 1431 Shehrullah, Maghrib Isha namaz in Saifee Masjid, Mumbai For 50 years, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA deputed his Mazoon and Mansoos Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS to lead namaz during Shehrullah al-Mu’azzam in GhurratulMasajid Saifee Masjid, Mumbai, whenever Syedna Burhanuddin himself would not be leading there. This amal was in parallel to the amal of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA who used to depute his Mazoon and Mansoos Syedna Burhanuddin to lead namaz during Shehrullah in Ghurratul-Masajid Saifee Masjid, Mumbai, whenever Taher Saifuddin Mola himself would not be leading there. Syedna Burhanuddin said in his waaz on 7 Moharram, 1422H (31 March, 2001), in Houston, USA: “the Dai and Mazoon are the names of Moulatuna Fatema; the Mazoon establishes Fatemi Dawat, the Dawat of Imam-uzZaman, in partnership with the Dai”. Truly, we saw the realization of this mubarak and deeply meaningful statement most clearly during the holy month of Shehrullah, when Burhanuddin Aqa’s Mazoon used to arrive with shaan-o-shawkat to Saifee Masjid to lead namaz and ibadat. May Allah Ta’ala grant longest life till qiyamat to Burhanuddin Aqa’s waaris Syedna Qutbuddin, and may we see him, the Dai of Imam-uz-Zaman, lead namaz in Saifee Masjid, the Masjid which his beloved father built, again

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very soon. This is the masjid which Syedna Qutbuddin’s father built and in which Syedna Burhanuddin took Qutbuddin Mola’s name hundreds of times in the sacred Misaq and in his waazes. Could someone have imagined that in this holy place, there will come a people who will pronounce curses upon him, and thereby desecrate the sanctity of this Masjid and the hurmat of Taher Saifuddin Mola and Burhanuddin Aqa? Indeed, in these times, we remember that in Dawat this has happened many times – Banu Umayya for a 1000 months ascended the very minbars (pulpits) on which Rasulullah SAW had stood hundreds of times, and while pretending to be the leaders of the Muslims, they declared that Amirul Mumineen was in fact the enemy of Rasulullah, and pronounced curses upon him and his followers. May Allah protect Syedna Qutbuddin and his followers from the evil actions and intentions of such people. 1431 Laylatul Qadr – Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS – Rozat Taher and Badri Mahal Syedna Burhanuddin RA’s proclamation “the Dai and Mazoon are the names of Moulatuna Fatema; the Mazoon establishes Fatemi Dawat, the Dawat of Imam-uz-Zaman, in partnership with the Dai” stands true and manifest for all whose minds are not marred with the poison of lies and false propaganda. One highlight was during the Night of Moulatuna Fatema, Lailatul Qadr, during the last Shehrullah before our beloved Mola Syedna Burhanuddin suffered the grievous stroke. In Lailatul Qadr, 1431H, Burhanuddin Mola graced Badri Mahal masjid for Isha namaz. After namaz, Syedna Burhanuddin left the masjid while deputing his Mazoon and Mansoos Syedna Qutbuddin TUS to

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lead namaz of Laylatul Qadr in his stead. Syedna Qutbuddin led the namaz of Washeq, Istiftah and Nisf-ulLayl, and prayed ‘hazehis-salaat’, after which Syedna Burhanuddin again graced the masjid for Vasila mubaraka. Syedna Burhanuddin again sent his Mazoon and Mansoos for leading fajer namaz, thereby completing the ne’mats of Lailatul Qadr which are ever flowing until fajer upon all mumineen.

AMAL DETAILS: Last Ten Days (Itqun minan naar no Dasko) & Aakhir Jumoa

The last ten days of Shehrullah are known as the ten days of ‘itqun-minannaar (freedom from hellfire) based on the khutba of Rasulullah SA in the last days of Shabaan. In these ten days, as in Shehrullah as a whole, mumineen are encouraged to do the following: 1. ROZA: Continue Shehrullah Roza. 2. NAMAAZ: Pray all five farizat namazon time with their respective Sunnatand Naafilat. Click here to read further details. 3. DUA: Pray allahumma haadha shahru Ramadan after each faraz (text and translation available on website). Pray doa of Imam Ali Zainul Aabideen SA after Fajr namaz (text, translation and audio of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA reciting this doa available on website). Pray doa of Imam Ali Zainul Aabideen after Zohornafilat (text & audio available on

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website). Allahumma ya mu’tiy as su’aalaat after maghrib namaaz, before iftaar (text & audio available on website). 4. QURAN: Pray at least one sipara of Quran Majeed a day so that you can complete one full Quran in the month. Click here to read further details. 5. BIHORI: Pray Bihori as much as possible, especially namaaz and doa for ‘itqun-minan-naar (freedom from hellfire). Details of Bihori with accompanying translation and audios of some doas have been published on FatemiDawat.com 6. AAKHIR JUMO’A & NABI NA NAAM: Do tasbeeh of Salawaat on Anbiyaa’ SA (Nabi na naam) and pray two Rak’ats for “ibtighaa’ al-Fadl was sawaab” after nabi na naam every night until and including 30 mi raat starting with the last Jumo’a raat (Friday eve) in Shehrullah (24mi raat – 9th July). On Friday (24th Shehrullah) pray Nabi na naam before Zohor Namaaz as well (Text & audio published on FatemiDawat.com).

ANNOUNCEMENT: Shehrullah Imamat namaz in other cities

It is vital according to our faith that Imamat namaz is with the raza of the Imam’s Dai. If Imamat is not with raza then namaaz is not valid. Haqq na Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS has granted raza for Imamat namaz in Shehrullah alMo’azzam in various cities where mumineen reside, including Bakersfield,

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Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Hyderabad/Secunderabad, London, Leicester, Mississauga, New Jersey, Paris, Poconos, San Jose, Singapore, Toronto. Please visit Fatemidawat.com for contact information.

FAQ’s: Roza We do roza today in the manner that was prescribed by Rasulullah SA. The questions that arose for various

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questions that arose were answered by Rasulullah SA and by his successors the Imams and their Dai-s in time of seclusion. Just as it was no one other than Rasulullah who could prescribe the basic tenets of Roza), no one other than the true successors of Rasulullah can clarify what can and cannot be done. The FAQ’s for Roza have been divided into four primary categories: Roza General Rules & circumstances that

break Roza, Roza in case of travel, Roza in case of illness & missed Rozas and Kaffaarat. The FAQ’s can be viewed on Fatemidawat.com. FAQ’s for zakaat will also be published in the near future inshaalalh. FAQ for Namaaz has been published on Fatemidawat.com earlier this year. If you would like to submit further questions please email info@fatemidawat.com.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SYEDNA DOA MESSAGE: Children of Fatemi Madrasa SIJILL ARTICLE: Launch of Quran Recitation Series Audio of 30TH Sipara Tarteel by Shz Dr. Husain bhaisaheb ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 30mi Raat of Ramadaan – Eidul Fitar Night & Day NEWS & EVENTS: Lailatul Qadar Wasila Mubarak Highlights & Photos NEWS & EVENTS: Moulana Ali SA Shahadaat Waaz Highlights & Photos NAZARAAT: Syedna Burhanuddin RA and Syedna QutbuddinTUS Lailatul Qadr, Badri Mahal 1431 – VIDEOS UPLOADED AMAL DETAILS: Last Ten Days (Itqun minan naar no Dasko) & Aakhir Jumoa ANNOUNCEMENT: Shehrullah Imamat Namaaz in Other Cities FAQ’s: Roza

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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The ‘Shamal’ of Eid & the Unity of Mumineen

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ً ‫ل عَلَي ْنَا م َائِدَة‬ ْ ِ ‫ن م َْر ي َم َ الل َهُم َ ر َب َنَا أَ نز‬ ُ ْ ‫ل ع ِيس َى اب‬ َ ‫قَا‬ ً ‫خر ِنَا و َآيَة‬ ِ ‫ن الس َم َاء ِ تَكُونُ لَنَا عِيد ًا ل ِأَ و َلِنَا و َآ‬ َ ِ‫م‬ َ‫ك ۖ و َارْز ُق ْنَا و َأَ نتَ خَي ْر ُ الر َازِقِين‬ َ ‫م ِن‬

(Surat al-Ma’idat: 114) O Allah our Lord! Send us from heaven a thaal set (with viands), that there may be for us - for the first and the last of us - a solemn festival and a sign from thee; and provide for our sustenance, for thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs) MESSAGE FROM SIJILL TEAM: Eid Mubarak As we publish our 75th issue on the auspicious and joyous occasion of Eidul-Fitar, we would like to wish you all a heartfelt Eid Mubarak. May Eid bring joy to you and your loved ones. May the spirit of Eid bring us happiness and may it strengthen our hope in the reward that follows forbearance. By the Grace of Allah Ta’ala and Syedna’s TUS doa, may we have the strength to

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continue spreading the message of Truth and Haqq. May Allah Ta’ala give a long life to Maulana TUS to guide us and shower us with his priceless doas in Ramadan 1437H.

SIJILL ARTICLE: The ‘Shamal’ of Eid & the Unity of Mumineen Ramadaan al-Mo’azzam ends with the Day of Eid-ul-Fitar, a day of joy and happiness. A day in which we celebrate the conclusion of the thirty days of fasting. The day in which we say ‘Allahu Akbar’ in the takbeera, as per the Qur’anic prescription, rejoicing in the guidance by which we recognized the holy month and completed the fasts. Imam Ali Zainul Aabedin’s doa which we recite after sunrise on Eid day begins with these phrases: Allah, we seek forgiveness from you on the day of Fitar, the day which is a day of joy and Eid for Mumineen, and a day of assembly and gathering for people of our millat (Muslimeen).

NEWS & EVENTS: 30mi raat Shehrullah & Eid-ul-Fitar Highlights & Photos

ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin Urus 5thShawwal

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his wasila beseeched this prayer: Allah, I beseech doa in this day, the day of Eid, which Zainul Aabdedin Imam says is the day in which Muslimeen and Mumineen gather, that is the importance of this day. I take the wasila of Imam Zainul Aabedin and the blessings of the Ma’idat of Eid and pray, ay parwardigar, keep our unity intact, our solidarity unbroken, keep us with Imamuz-zaman, keep us with his Dai, safe in the safe sanctuary of Dawat, keep our unity intact - hamara shamal ne jame’ raakhje. For the family of the Dai, I pray, keep our unity intact, for every Mumin, I pray for his family. May Allah keep our unity intact. Parents who have answered the call of the True Dai and accepted him, may their children also accept the true Dai and follow Siraat-e-Mustaqeem. I pray for all, as we recite daily in Surat alHamd, “ihdinas-siratal-mustaqeem”, if once receives this guidance then his entire life is Eid, his life is truly Eid... May Allah keep our unity intact with the barakat of Imamuz-zaman SA. I also pray in this day, that those who have been at the forefront of luring people who were Mumineen, by making them doubt through lies and deceits, may Allah grant them tawfeeq and guidance that they answer the true 53rd Dai Khuzaima Qutbuddin and join the assembly of Imaan. Keep the assembly/congregation of mumineen intact. Syedna added that, “some say that the community is divided. I say that the Dawoodi Bohra Community is my community and may Allah Ta’ala keep them all together with me, the 53rd Dai of Imam uz Zaman.” Syedna’s prayer is a manifestation of his care and compassion for all those who belonged to our community.

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Despite all that has transpired since the time of Syedna Burhanuddin’s wafaat, Syedna Qutbuddin continues to pray for guidance for those who have been led astray, even for those who have been at the forefront of leading people astray. May Allah Ta’ala grant tawfeeq to those who have gone astray or are in doubt to follow the true successor of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin Urus 5th Shawwal Syedna Qutbuddin will preside over Urus majils of Mazoon-e-Dawat Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin RA on Tuesday 5th Shawwal (21st July) at 6.00PM at Darus Sakina, followed by Maghrib Isha Namaaz and Salawat jaman. Last year we published a brief biography of Syedi Hakimuddin RA. This is an excerpt from the full article which is available on Fatemidawat.com:

Syedi Abdul-Qadir Hakimuddin was born in Islampura (also known as Rampura, in the present-day Indian state of Madhya Pradesh) on 14 Jumada-l-Ula 1077 H / 1667 AD in the era of the 34th Dai Syedna Ismail Badruddin Bawa of Jamnagar. His father, Bawa-Mulla-Khan Saheb QR, was a virtuous Mawla who served the Dais with devotion, and was celebrated for his piety, diyanat and charity. Syedi Hakimuddin memorized the Quran at an early age.

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When Syedi Abdul-Qadir Hakimuddin was five years old, Bawa-Mulla-Khan Saheb brought him to Ahmedabad to the hazrat of Syedna Abdut-Tayyeb Zakiyuddin RA (who would become the 35th Dai upon the demise of Syedna Ismail Badruddin Bawa in 1085 H / 1674 AD). Upon Syedna Zakiyuddin’s request, Bawa-Mulla-Khan offered Syedi Hakimuddin to him in khumus. Syedi Hakimuddin served the Dais of Aale-Mohammad from early childhood until the end of his life on earth. He lived through the reigns of five Badri Dais of Jamnagar, the 34th to the 38th: Syedna Ismail Badruddin Bawa RA, Syedna Abdut-Tayyeb Zakiyuddin RA, Syedna Abdo-Moosa Kalimuddin RA, Syedna Nur-Mohammad Nuruddin RA, and Syedna Ismail Badruddin Sani RA. Syedna Zakiyuddin gave charge of the mubarak child to his own son, Syedi Shaikh-Adam Safiyuddin QR. Syedi Shaikh-Adam was a pillar of ikhlaas and ilm. He was then in the rutba of Mukasir and would rise to the rutba of Mazoon. His son Syedna Ismail Badruddin Sani would become the 38th Dai, and Syedi Hakimuddin would become Syedna Badruddin’s Mazoon.

MADEH: In Shaan of Syedna TUS on Occasion of Eid-ul-Fitar by Shzd. Dr. Tahera baisaheba On the occasion of Eidul Fitar, many qasidas and madehs were presented to Syedna Qutbuddin TUS, including this beautiful and meaningful madeh in Dawat-ni-zaban presented by Shzd. Dr. Tahera baisaheba.

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An audio recording of the Madeh is also presented on Fatemidawat.com. The madeh was recited in Eidul-Fitar Majlis in Aqamaula TUS Hazrat.

NEWS & EVENTS: 30mi raat Shehrullah & Eid-ul-Fitar Highlights & Photos Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS led bandagi in Shehrullah al-Mo’azzam with great shaan, particularly in Layali Fadela, Lailatul Qadar and 30mi raat. On each occasion Syedna TUS took heartfelt wasila and beseeched doa Mubarak for mumineen. Highlights of wasila on Laylatul Qadar were published in Sijill 74. On 30mi raat Syedna TUS led Maghrib Isha Namaaz, Nabi na naam and 10 Rak’at tatawwu’ Namaaz. Syedna also led Bihori Namaaz and beseeched wasila after Nisful-Layl in which he explained the meaning of and beseeched doa with Imam Ali Zainul Aabideen’s doa Mubarak that we recite on 30mi raat. Syedna also explained the meaning of and beseeched doa with Syedna Hatim RA doa for 30mi raat. Syedna continued Namaaz and doa till Sihori time. Mumineen Muhibbeen saw a glimpse of Imam Ali Zainul Aabideen’s ibadat. On Eid night, Syedna TUS beseeched wasila of panjetan, A’immat and du’aat, particularly Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA and prayed particularly for forgiveness and for the acceptance of our ibaadat, our rozas and our Namaaz. Syedna also prayed for the barakat for mumineen who has submitted their zakaat to Daiz-zamaan. On Eid morning, after Fajr Namaaz and Khutba, Syedna TUS beseeched wasila mubaraka and explained one of the facets of the word ‘mai’dat’ (lit. a full thaal) referred to in the Qur’an with reference to Eid. Syedna bestowed doa for mumineen, muminaat and their

and ibaadat in the Mubarak month and took full ghaneemat of its barakaat with Syedna TUS here in Darus Sakina. And in all the locations around the world where Mumineen prayed with the raza Mubarak of Daiz-zamaan Syedna Qutbuddin TUS, we celebrate Eid with a sense of gratitude that we are among those whose roza, namaaz and ibaadat Allah Ta’ala graces with His acceptance.

children. Syedna also bestowed doa for the guidance of those who have gone astray and for the unity of the community (see Sjill article ‘The Shamal of Eid and the Unity of Mumineen’). After Eid Namaaz, Mumineen were invited to Iftaar Nashta breakfast following which Syedna TUS arrived for Eid-ul-Fitar Majlis. Majlis began with tilawat of Qur’an-e-Majeed followed by recitation of qasidas by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA and the new qasida composed by Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS on the occasion of Eid. Shehzada Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb did pur khuloos shukur araz on behalf of all mumineen for the barakaat bestowed by Aqamaula TUS in this Mubarak month. Mumineen, muminaat and their children received sharaf of qadambosi on the Mubarak occasion of Eid-ul-Fitar. Qasidas and Madehs presented to Aqamaula TUS were also recited. Following Majlis Syedna TUS led Zohor Asar Namaaz. It is with a sense of sadness that we bid farewell to Shehrullah. Simultaneously, we were filled with a sense of satisfaction that we performed rozas

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HAMD & SHUKUR: Syedna TUS Munajaat, Eid Qasida & Risalat 1436H In the tradition of the 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and the 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, their successor the 53rd Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS started the composition of his new Risalat Sharifah, Faiz ud Du’aat il Abraar (1436H) in Shehrullah alMo’azzam. The Risalat begins with this Tahmid: “Praise God, who guided us to his praise and thanks, and gave us tawfeeq—during the hours of the night and the day—for his tasbeeh and remembrance (al-hamdu lillahhil-lazi hadaana li-hamdihi wa shukrih, wa waffaqana aanaa’al-layli wan-nahaari li-tasbeehehi wa zikrih).” Syedna TUS also wrote a Munajaat prayer for Lailatul Qadar this year which begins, like his Risalat, with praise and thanks to Allah: “I call to you in munajaat, lord, offering you praise and gratitude—I pray to you, bowing down in your remembrance (unajeeka rabbi haamidan laka shaakira * wa ad’uka rabbi saajidan laka zaakira).” Thirdly, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS composed a qasida mubaraka on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr 1436H in the praise of Aimmat Tahereen beginning, like his Risalat and Munajaat this year, with the praise and thanks to Allah: “We offer Almighty Allah Praise and Gratitude * Page 3 of 5


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We worship him – Exalted be His name – and remember him (nahmaduhu subhanahu nashkuruhu * na’buduhu jallasmuhu nazkuruhu)”.

The Risalat, Munajaat and Qasida are a manifestation of the ta’yeed, fayz and inspiration ever-flowing from the Imam to his Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. These compositions are a repository for the celestial knowledge that Syedna TUS has inherited from the 51st and 52nd Syedna. The literary beauty and harmony of the words complement the deep meanings within each verse and each line. These compositions teach us to recognize the high position of our mawali tahereen and demonstrate the sincere and noble values and sentiments of our Aqamaula TUS. We offer gratitude in Hazrat Imamiyya for the barakaat of these compositions and tasneefat that show us a path to praise and pray to Allah Ta’ala and recognize the high position of his awliya’ kiraam. The Munajaat and Qasida are presented ebook format with Dawat ni zaban fehwa and English translation as well as audio recording on Fatemidawat.com.

FATEMI MADRASA: ‘Te' Taj ul Itlaaq: The crown of Itlaaq (Absolute Authority) – Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin

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On the auspicious occasion of Syedna Qutbuddin’s Milad Mubarak Fatemi Madrasa presented ‘Tohfat Tahera’. During Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA’s zamaan, Maulana Qutbuddin TUS had started to compile this book for children (khazeenat Tohfat Tahera) on the occasion of his daughter Shz Dr. Bazat Tahera’s first birthday. In that book, Maulana had written the Arabi Alphabets and with each letter, such as Alif he had written a Sifat (praise) of the Dai. When the book was arazed to Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Syedna Qutbuddin had also written a short story of the first few alphabets, with the intention of completing the remaining stories later. The spirit of the book was to teach our little children the Arabi alphabets and also the language of Dawat ni zaban by taking the name of Dai Zaman and learning his esteemed qualities with a short bedtime story that would keep their interest. That book was not completed then and Maulana TUS wrote in the introduction that it would be done later. On the occasion of Milad of Aqa Mola Qutbuddin, the full and completed story version was published so that Mumineen and their children may take barakaat and use it for learning Dawat ni zabaan. We present on fatemimadrasa.com the third story in Lisanud-dawat (with audio recording) and English translation.

Te' Taj ul Itlaaq - The crown of Itlaaq (Absolute Authority)

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Little Zainab loved to hear stories about kings and queens. She would always tell her mother, “tell me the story, tell me the story of kings and queens!” One night, when Zainab’s mother came to put her to sleep, Zainab asked as usual, “please tell me the story of kings and queens!” So then Zainab’s mother started telling her a story about an ancient king and queen, “Once upon a time, there was a very just and kind king. He had a very big kingdom, a very big army, and a very magnificent crown. The crown was made of gold and it was brimming with diamonds and precious stones. When the king would go to his court wearing this crown, the diamonds and precious stones would shine so brightly that no one in the court could bear to look towards it – the crown indeed was so bright. A poet then spoke, “Oh King! Because of your crown you are beautified, but I say that you yourself are in fact the crown of this kingdom! This land is beautiful indeed because of you.” Then Zainab’s mother asked her, “Zainab, do you know who the king is of the kingdom of Dawat?” Instantly Zainab responded, “The king of this Dawat is our Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin!” Zainab’s mother said, “well done Zainab, well done!” Zainab was a very intelligent girl and she also knew a little Arabic. Excitedly she told her mother, “I have understood something important mother! Listen to this good thing I have to say: the Taj (crown) of itlaaq (absolute authority) adorns Aqa moula’s forehead. It is the taj of the niyabat (depuation) of Imam-uz-zaman. But we can even say that Aqa moula himself is the taj for the head of Da’wat. The Da’i-l-Mutlaq himself is the taj of itlaaq. The distinction, honour and glory of Da’wat is because of Aqa moula.” I will tell all of my friends this: Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin is the taj (crown) of itlaaq (absolute authority).

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week MESSAGE FROM SIJILL TEAM: Eid Mubarak SIJILL ARTICLE: The ‘Shamal’ of Eid & the Unity of Mumineen ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin Urus 5thShawwal MADEH: In Shaan of Syedna TUS on Occasion of Eid-ulFitar by Shzd. Dr. Tahera baisaheba NEWS & EVENTS: 30mi raat Shehrullah & Eid-ul-Fitar Highlights & Photos HAMD & SHUKUR: Syedna TUS Munajaat, Eid Qasida & Risalat 1436H FATEMI MADRASA: ‘Te' Taj ul Itlaaq: The crown of Itlaaq (Absolute Authority) – Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Court Hearings on 29th & 31st July and 3rd and 4th of August

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫ِب ل َك ُ ْم‬ ْ ‫ل ر َب ُكُم ُ ا ْدع ُونِي أَ سْ تَج‬ َ ‫و َقَا‬

(Surat Ghaafir: 40) And your Lord says: “Call on Me; I will answer your (Prayer)” SIJILL ARTICLE: Power of Prayer Do’a – prayer to Allah Ta’ala – is an essential part of ibaadat and worship. Allah Ta’ala has commanded us in the Qur’an Majeed to beseech do’a: “call me in do’a and I will answer your prayer, those who are too arrogant to worship me will surely enter jahannam” (ud’uni astajib lakum innallazina yastakbiruna an ibaadati sayadkhuluna jahannama daakhireen – Surat Ghaafir:60). Ja’farus Sadiq Imam SA said, “do’a is the best form of worship.” The Imam SA was also asked about two individuals who entered the Masjid at the same time, prayed namaaz at the same time, following which one recited Qur’an and the other engaged in do’a – which one of the two is better? Imam

SA replied that they are both good and beneficial. The questioner persisted, but which one is better? The Imam SA answered, “do’a is best, have you not heard the ayat (quoted above) ‘and your Lord says, call on me and I will answer your prayer’.” Our Hudaat Kiraam have always guided us to beseech Allah Ta’ala in prayer. After every namaaz we are directed to recite the ta’qeeb doa. Every morning we are encouraged to recite the do’as in the (roz parwani) hafti. In Shehrullah we are encouraged to pray bihori namaaz and do’a. In every Urus majlis we recite Sadaqallah do’a. In every wasila, we beseech the intercession of panjetan, a’immat and do’aat and pray to Allah Ta’ala. The do’as and Munajaats composed by our mawali tahereen enable us to pray in the best way. In times of happiness and joy and in times of difficulty and grief we naturally channel our energy into prayer. In his wasila on the last Friday of Shehrullah al-Mo’azzam, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS took the wasila of our mawali tahereen and beseeched do’a to Allah Ta’ala. He said

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DOA IN TRANSLATION: This image is of the do’a hafti transcribed by Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. The first page was transcribed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA himself. Syedna al-Mu’ayyad’s do’a in Times of Despair is presented this week with translation.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Saturday Qadambosi Bethak 23rdShawwal (8th August)

FATEMI DAWAT HEALTH INITIATIVE WEBINAR SERIES: 2nd Webinar – “Hypertension: Recognizing and Dealing with the Tension of High Blood Pressure”

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that Rasulullah SA has instructed us that, “if you desire and pray for something from Allah Ta’ala then ask for a lot” (iza tamannayta fa akthir). Syedna also referred to Amirul Mumineen’s SA instruction to keep praying and beseeching do’a time and again, lest there be a time most conducive to our prayer being heard. In the wasila, Syedna also said that a mumin’s sincere prayer is never unanswered. It may be in Allah’s wisdom to answer the prayer immediately or imminently, or it may be in His wisdom that the answer is delayed but it is given in the seeker’s lifetime, or it may be in His wisdom that the answer is given in Jannat. In this last scenario, the seeker is granted all that he desired and asked for and so much more that he wishes at that time that all his wishes were answered in the Hereafter. Syedna Qutbuddin beseeched do’a, particularly in Shehre Ramadan in every wasila, in his munajaat and in every sajda. Syedna especially prayed for the safeguarding of Dawat, for aid and victory from Imamuz-zaman, and for the well-being of mumineen. A Da’i’s do’a is always answered. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA uttered these deeply meaningful words in Lailatul Qadar many years ago, “Khuzaima ni do’a mustajaab che.” In these challenging times, as Syedna Qutbuddin appears in the Bombay High Court (see Announcement section below) we seek the wasila of our mawali tahereen and beseech do’a for the hifaazat of Dawat, for our Da’i and for the safety and success of all mumineen. We recite these abyaat by Syedna al-Mo’ayyad al-Shirazi and Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA in prayer: Ay parwardigar, our Lord, safeguard Dawatul-Haqq. Safeguarding its frontiers in all lands.

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‫ق ح َاف ِظا‬ ِ َ ‫أي َا ر َب َنَا ٱحْ ف َْظ دَعْوَة َ الْح‬ ‫َات ال ْمَنَاكِب‬ ِ ‫ضذ‬ ِ ‫كبِهَا فِي الأَ ْر‬ ِ ْ ‫لم َِن‬ Amirul Mumineen grant us victory and fathe mubeen.

‫ال ْمُؤْم ِنِي ْنَا‬ ‫ال ْمُبِي ْنَا‬

َ ‫أم ِير‬ ‫ح‬ َ ْ ‫الْفَت‬

‫ي َا‬

‫اِف ْت َِح‬

We sincerely beseech do’a to Allah Ta’ala that by the wasila of Panjetan, A’immat and Du’aat – especially Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA – may He give Nasre Aziz, ta’yeed, inspiration and yaari to the 53rd Dai alMutlaq Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. Nasrun Minallahi wa Fathun Qareeb wa Bashsheril Mumineen.

DOA IN TRANSLATION: Syedna al-Mu’ayyad’s do’a in Times of Despair Syedna al-Mu’ayyad al-Shirazi was the Babul-Abwaab, the highest of the spiritual ranks (hudood), of the 18th Imam al-Mustansir Billah SA. He is one of the most preeminent scholars of the knowledge and ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed SA. It was through him that this ‘ilm was transferred to the Du’aat Mutlaqeen in Yemen. Syedna al-Mu’ayyad’s life was filled with trials and tribulations, yet he remained steadfast in his belief in the Imam and in his conviction to serve him. He composed many munajaats and do’as supplicating to Allah Ta’ala and beseeching his succor. The do’as are compiled together in a hafti from which we pray particularly in the last ten days of Shehrullah al-Mo’azzam. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA prayed from a hafti of Syedna al-Mu’ayyad’s

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do’as which was transcribed by hand by Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin (Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA wrote the Bismillah and first page of the first do’a). Syedna Burhanuddin RA also used this particular hafti for many years. In one of the do’as in this collection, there are abyaat of munajaat which Syedna Taher Saifuddin recited every year in Lailatul Qadar along with the short do’a passage that followed the verses. Syedna Burhanuddin RA also recited this do’a many times. Following their tradition Syedna Qutbuddin also recited this do’a in Ramadan alMo’azzam this year. The abyaat and the last part of the do’a are presented on Fatemidawat.com with English translation. An image of the do’a hafti transcribed by Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS is presented on the front page of Sijill. This is an excerpt from the do’a (ilahi ahata l-ya’su min kulli janibi): Allah, despair has surrounded us from every side All roads have closed in Fate oppresses—we are a morsel for all to devour Harm smites—we are a draft for all to swallow The Dawat of the virtuous Imams from Fatema’s progeny Noble, revered suns of guidance Has been thrown into anarchy by a vile aggressor’s attack And hit by an earthquake from a foul enemy’s plotting Has been thrown into anarchy by a vile aggressor’s attack And hit by an earthquake from a foul enemy’s plotting

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Is it acceptable to you, lord, that the true faith Has become a ball these miscreants toss around? Will you leave the followers of truth unheeded and alone? Will you let their lions be assaulted by these jackal whelps? Umayyah’s children have rejoiced enough at the sorrows they brought to Taha’s progeny They have caused them enough grief Raining burning thunderbolts Striking with slender blades A fraction of what they have undergone, lord, suffices Such sufferings are not a required necessity Guard their people, lord, and pour down

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religion from his intercessors, (we seek strength from) our intercessors in straightening what he has warped, (our intercessors) are your noble prophets, wasi-s, and imams, the pen and the letter N, and your treasured, concealed name. Will you accept their mediation for us, lord? Is there not virtue for us in clinging to their robes? Or in seeking their strength in amending these affairs? And crushing a devil? And repelling a sultan? And before everything and after everything, this—nothing will strike us that Allah has not decreed for us. He is our Maula. Believers place their trust in him. Abyaat and do’a with Arabic text and English translation PDF presented on Fatemidawat.com.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Court Hearings on 29th & 31st July and 3rd and 4th of August

On their nay-sayers heavy calamities ... Unsheathe your might’s sword upon him Strike him with utter disgrace in this world and the next Protect Dawat ul Haqq, lord, and protect her shoulders In this wide shouldered world Allah, while the treacherous enemy splits the parts of your religion that you have commanded should be united, we unite them. While he is determined to disconnect himself from it, we are determined to cling to its rope. While the oppressor seeks aid from his brother oppressor in perpetrating rebellion, we seek aid from you, O merciful one, in amending what he has damaged. While he seeks strength in warping your

Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, the Plaintiff in the Declaratory Suit filed in the Bombay High Court, will appear in the Honorable High Court for his testimony on the 29th and 31st of July 2015 and 3rd and 4th of August 2015 inshaallah. Mumineen are advised to in these days to beseech prayers, doa and do tasbeeh. Mumineen should recite doa Nasr wal Mahab and tasbeehs of hasbunallah wa ni’mal wakeel, salawaat, panjetan paak naam SA, Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed

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RA, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. As stated earlier in Sijill 59, the Hon’ble Bombay High Court has asked that both parties issue a statement asking the community to maintain calm during the proceeding of the trial. Mumineen are hereby requested to maintain calm during the proceeding of the trial.

QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: Qasida by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheb (From Sijill 63) Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba has presented a Qasida to Syedna Qutbuddin in which she beseeches Allah Ta’ala to grant tayeed, nasar and fateh to His Dai.

These are several verses from the Qasida: 1. Heaven’s armies are enlisted to your aid O Dai of the Pure Progeny 2. Tayyib Imam’s inspiration (ilhaam) is a staff in your hands That will vanquish your enemies 3. Your case is the case of haqq Its proof will dazzle their eyes 4. Your words shine bright With the light of truth 5. Your deeds, well guided Are based in the fortress of conviction 6. Your testimony, grounded in authentic sources Is fragrant with the perfume of knowledge 7. Your answers, decisive Have the roaring might of God’s lion, Haidar 8. Your helpers are Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Their swords sharp and cutting ...

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14. You are a Surat of God’s Qur’an God will destroy those who curse and abuse you ... 20. May God’s all-powerful force Grant you victorious aid and triumphant victory —nasre-azeez and fathe-mubeen

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The webinar series was successfully launched in Shehrullah al-Mo’azzam 1436H. The first webinar delivered by Dr. Fehmida Chipty on Gastroesophageal Reflux (acid reflux or heartburn) received a terrific response (in case you missed it, please send an email to info@fatemidawat.com to receive link to view a replay of Dr. Chipty’s presentation).

21. May Allah’s salawaat set its sights on the Mawali Whose affectionate eyes gaze unceasingly at their Qutub The full qasida is presented on Fatemidawat.com with English Translation.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUSSatur day Qadambosi Bethak 23rdShawwal (8th August) As earlier stated in the philosophy of Da'wat and the Guiding Principles, access to the Dai is available for all mumineen, not just a select few. The next bethak is scheduled on Saturday the 23rd of Shawwal (8th August) at 5.00PM at Darus Sakina inshaallah. Mumineen are invited for Salawat Jaman after bethak and Maghrib Isha Imamat Namaz. FATEMI DAWAT HEALTH INITIATIVE WEBINAR SERIES: 2nd Webinar – “Hypertension: Recognizing and Dealing with the Tension of High Blood Pressure” Under the auspices of Zahra Hasanaat, with the raza and doa of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, Fatemi Dawat Health Initiative aims to promote good health in our community. The mission of the Fatemi Dawat Health Initiative is to Educate,Engage, and Empower mumineen to improve their health.

The second 30 minute live webinar entitled “Hypertension: Recognizing and Dealing with the Tensions of High Blood Pressure” will be delivered by Dr. Quresh Khairullah on pehli raat of Zilqada (Saturday, 8th August) at 9.30PM IST (12:00PM EST – noon). Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions to Dr. Khairullah towards the end of the talk. Those who wish to attend must register by emailing info@fatemidawat.com. In the email please indicate your name and location and that you are interested in registering for the webinar. Dr. Khairullah is a board certified Nephrologist currently practicing in Detroit, Michigan. He received his medical degree in India and his fellowship training at the University of Iowa. He is currently the section chief of Nephrology at Beaumont Hospital, in Gross Pointe Michigan and Director of Acute Dialysis. He is clinical assistant professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Dr. Khairullah is a member of a number of medical societies. He has co-authored several research

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publications and abstracts. This is the abstract of the second webinar: What is high blood pressure or hypertension? High blood pressure is a very common serious condition in which the force of the blood against artery walls (blood vessel walls) is high. This elevation in pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and other medical problems. Elevated blood pressure can be silent. The goals of this webinar are to define high blood pressure, discuss its primary and secondary forms, and complications. The discussion will include current recommendations for the treatment of hypertension including the importance of lifestyle modifications.

NEWS & EVENTS: Syedi AbdulQadir Hakimuddin RA Urus Majlis

Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS presided over the Urus majlis of Mazoon-ud-Dawat, Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin RA (Burhanpur) at Darus Sakina on 5th Shawwaal (21st July). After Khatmul Quran and Sadaqallah doa, qasida mubaraka composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA in shaan of Syedi Hakimuddin was recited as well as Dawat-ni-zaban salaam composed by Shehzadi Dr. Tahera baisaheba. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the opportunity of Syedi Abdul-Qadir Hakimuddin’s ziarat and fulfill our wishes by his wasila. Photos of the majlis are presented on Fatemidawat.com.

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: Power of Prayer DOA IN TRANSLATION: Syedna al-Mu’ayyad’s do’a in Times of Despair ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Court Hearings on 29th & 31st July and 3rd and 4th of August QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: Qasida by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheb (From Sijill 63) ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Saturday Qadambosi Bethak 23rd Shawwal (8th August) FATEMI DAWAT HEALTH INITIATIVE WEBINAR SERIES:2nd Webinar – “Hypertension: Recognizing and Deal with the Tension of High Blood Pressure” NEWS & EVENTS: Syedi Abdul-Qadir Hakimuddin RA Urus Majlis

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Tawakkul and faith in Allah Ta'ala

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ُ‫يح ِب‬ ُ َ ‫ف َِإذ َا ع ََزمْتَ فَت َوَك َلْ عَلَى الل َه ِ ۚ ِإنَ الل َه‬ *َ‫ال ْمُت َوَك ِلِين‬

‫يخْذ ُل ْ ك ُ ْم‬ َ ‫ِإن يَنصُرْكُم ُ الل َه ُ فَلَا غَال ِبَ ل َك ُ ْم ۖ و َِإن‬ ِ ‫فَم َن ذ َا ال َذ ِي يَنص ُر ُكُم م ِن بَعْدِه ِ ۗ و َعَلَى الل َه‬ *َ‫ل ال ْمُؤْم ِن ُون‬ ِ َ ‫فَل ْيَت َوَك‬

(Surat al-Imran: 159-160) When thou hast taken a decision put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him). If Allah helps you, none can overcome you: If He forsakes you, who is there, after that, that can help you? In Allah, then, let believers put their trust SIJILL ARTICLE: Faith in Allah Ta’ala – Faith in the Truth Throughout Shehrullah al-Mo’azzam, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS occupied his time in bandagee, prayer, and do’a. He particularly beseeched do’a for the safeguarding and hifazat of Da’wat and for aid and yaari from Imamuz-zaman SA.

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The 13th Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna Ali bin Syedna Ibrahim RA in Yemen had established his control over the fortress named Kawkabaan. Soon after, one of the enemies of Da’wat gathered a large army and men converged on Kawkabaan from far and wide. While this army surrounded Kawkabaan, a man from the tribe of Hamdaan entered in Syedna Ali’shazrat after Fajr namaaz. The man found Syedna Ali in the Mehraab reciting Qur’an. The man offensively said, “you are reciting the Qur’an while these armies march and converge on Kawkabaan?”. Syedna Ali simply responded “’awnullah” (Allah’s aid and yaari). The man from Hamdaan walked out ridiculing Syedna, repeating the words “’awnullah”. As it happened, soon after that, information came that a disagreement and clash had arisen between the enemy and his accomplices. The enemy became concerned about clashes in San’a and hurriedly returned to it. The army that had gathered had now dispersed. Syedna Ali bin Syedna Ibrahim traveled to Hamdaan soon after. When he arrived there, he said “where is the

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HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: Syedna Daud bin Qutubshah’s Testimony in Mughal Emperor Akbar’s Court

MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 29th & 31st of July in Leading Newspapers

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man who ridiculed my statement ‘awnullah (Allah’s aid and yaari)? Did he not see that Allah Ta’ala’s aid and yaari came through?” Syedna al-Mu’ayyad beseeches Allah Ta’ala in one of his do’as which we recite in the last ten days of Shehrullah al-Mo’azzam: Allah, I ask you by their elevated station, and by their lofty names and nobility: “Whosoever unsheathes a sharp sword to strike me with, strike him by the very sword that he has unsheathed. Whosoever levels a long spear to pierce me with, pierce him with the very spear that he has levelled. Whosoever stokes the fire of conspiracy to burn me with, burn him with the very fire that he has stoked.” Syedna Qutbuddin’s TUS reliance andtawakkul in the challenges faced by Da’wat today is on Allah Ta’ala and the aid, yaariand ta’yeed of Allah’s waliyy. May Allah Ta’ala grant nasreaziz and fathe-mubeen to Imamuzzaman’s Da’i and safeguard his Da’wat.

HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES:Syedna Daud bin Qutubshah’s Testimony in Mughal Emperor Akbar’s Court In the beginning of the 10th century, the 27th Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna Daud, traveled to the Mughal Court in Lahore, and later to Kashmir, to testify following the false claim of Sulayman to the Daiship. We call ourselves Daudi Bohra because we accept Syedna Daud as the rightful Dai, and because we reject the false claim of Sulayman. We are pleased to present a brief historical account of the Syedna Daud’s appearance in the court of the great Mughal emperor Akbar and the circumstances that led to it. The article is based on the account of events presented in Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA Risalat Sharifa of 1371HNi’am-usSibghat-il-Ilahiyyah (pp. 424-455).

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This is an excerpt from the article: When Syedna Daud bin Ajab Shah passed away in 997H/1589 AD, Syedna Daud bin Qutub Shah succeeded him. All mumineen in India gave misaaq to him, as did all mumineen in Yemen. Syedna Daud propagated Imam-uz-zamaan’s Dawat with great shaan like the Dais before him, establishing the Shariat and disseminating Dawat knowledge. Among the Yemenis who gave misaaq to Syedna Daud bin Qutub Shah as the new Dai was Sulayman bin Hasan. Sulayman initially wrote several letters in his own hand to Syedna Daud bin Qutub Shah in which he pledged allegiance and servitude. Three years later, he broke the misaaq he had given to Syedna Daud, and proclaimed himself Dai. The fitnat was contrived by Syedna Yusuf’s and Syedna Daud bin Ajab’s family members, and involved attempts to seize Dawat funds. The plot was first hatched in Ahmedabad by Syedna Daud bin Ajab Shah’s two concubines, with the help of his personal scribe, the Kaatib Mohammed. The two ladies held Dawat property in their possession, which Syedna Daud bin Qutub asked them to return. In order to avoid doing so, they thought up this plan. They chose as their candidate Sulayman, a grandson of Syedna Yusuf, and a resident of Yemen, because they believed he was a person who was easily tempted by the promise of money and prominence. The Kaatib Mohammed wrote a fraudulent letter,

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with the late Syedna Daud bin Ajab Shah’s seal, in which Syedna Daud bin Ajab Shah allegedly conferred nass on Sulayman. One of the ladies also convinced her two young sons Ibrahim and Ahmed, who were sons of Syedna Daud bin Ajab Shah, to bear false witness to the alleged nass on Sulayman. Another prominent family member who joined the fitnat was Zahra Aaisaheb, wife of Syedna Daud bin Ajab Shah and sister of Syedna Yusuf (thus Sulayman’s paternal aunt). Sulayman drove the fitnat initially in Yemen with the help of a shrewd man named Mohammad alMakrami, while these members of the late Syedna’s family fuelled the fitnat in Ahmedabad. Sulayman and his coterie came to Ahmedabad and bribed and cajoled local rulers to harass Syedna Daud bin Qutub Shah and his followers. Mumineen mukhliseen lived in great fear from this time until Allah gave his Dai fateh mubeen at Akbar Badshaah’s hand some years later. During this time, large numbers of erstwhile mumineen defected to Sulayman, although they knew him to be false. Soon after Sulayman arrived in Ahmedabad, he and his group took the issue to the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar in Lahore. Among Akbar Badshaah’s aides was Nawaab KhaanKhaanaan who harbored strong prejudice against the Shia, and in addition to monetary bribes, Sulayman promised him that he would turn the Bohra community Sunni if he won. Nawaab Khaan-Khaanaan sent a military officer with them to Ahmedabad to summon Syedna Daud bin Qutub Shah to Lahore. At this time, Syedna Daud went into complete hiding; only a few select hudood knew of his whereabouts. His son (and later successor) Syedna Shaikh-Adam

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Safiyuddin took the lead in defending his father. The Mughal emperor’s officer arrested Syedna Shaikh-Adam, Mawla Ali-Muhammad bin Firoz and several prominent hudood, and carried them in chains, torturing and beating them along the way. When they arrived in Lahore and Akbar Badshaah learned of their condition, he severely reprimanded the officer and terminated his appointment. The full historical article is published on FatemiDawat.com

LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 29th & 31stJuly 2015 The cross-examination of the Plaintiff (Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS) in the Suit filed by him in the Hon’ble Bombay High Court resumed on the 29th of July 2015 at 12 PM and continued on the 31st of July 2015 in the historic Courtroom No. 46, presided by Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel. The Plaintiff was cross-examined by Defendant’s (Shehzada Mufaddal Saifuddin) Senior Counsel Mr. Iqbal Chagla. Over four sessions and 7 and ½ hours of cross-examination the Plaintiff was asked over 100 questions. More details will be posted next week inshaallah. The cross-examination will continue on the 3rd and 4th of August. The above information is published from FatemiDawatLegal.com. MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 29th & 31st of July in Leading Newspapers Various newspapers covered the beginning of the final hearing on the 29th and 31st of July 2015 in the Bombay High Court in the declaratory suit filed by the Plaintiff Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. These include the Times of

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India, and Nai Dunya.

A selection of articles are presented in the Media section on Fatemidawat.com.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Court Hearings on 3rd & 4th August Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, the Plaintiff in the Declaratory Suit filed in the Bombay High Court, will appear in the Honorable High Court for his testimony on the 3rd and 4th of August 2015 inshaallah. Mumineen are advised to in these days to beseech prayers, do’a and do tasbeeh. Mumineen should recite doa Nasr wal Mahab and tasbeehs of hasbunallah wa ni’mal wakeel, salawaat, panjetan paak naam SA, Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. As stated earlier in Sijill 59, the Hon’ble Bombay High Court has asked that both parties issue a statement asking the community to maintain calm during the proceeding of the trial. Mumineen are hereby requested to maintain calm during the proceeding of the trial. DOA IN TRANSLATION: Syedna alMu’ayyad’s do’a in Times of Despair Syedna al-Mu’ayyad al-Shirazi was the Babul-Abwaab, the highest of the spiritual ranks (hudood), of the 18th Imam al-Mustansir Billah SA. He is one of the most preeminent scholars of the 143

knowledge and ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed SA. It was through him that this ‘ilm was transferred to the Du’aat Mutlaqeen in Yemen. Syedna al-Mu’ayyad’s life was filled with trials and tribulations. Yet he remained steadfast in his belief in the Imam and in his conviction to serve him. He composed many munajaats and doas supplicating to Allah Ta’ala and beseeching his succor. In one of the do’as in this collection, there are abyaat of munajaat which Syedna Taher Saifuddin recited every year in Lailatul Qadar along with the short do’a passage that followed the verses. Syedna Burhanuddin RA also recited this do’a many times. Following their tradition, Syedna Qutbuddin also recited this do’a in Ramadan alMo’azzam this year. The abyaat and the last part of the do’a are presented on Fatemidawat.com with English translation. An image of the do’a hafti transcribed by Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS has also been uploaded. This is an excerpt from the do’a (ilahi ahata l-ya’su min kulli janibi):

Allah, while the treacherous enemy splits the parts of your religion that you have commanded should be united, we unite them. While he is determined to disconnect himself from it, we are determined to cling to its rope. While the oppressor seeks aid from his brother oppressor in perpetrating rebellion, we seek aid from you, O’ merciful one, in amending what he has damaged. While he seeks strength in warping your

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religion from his intercessors, our intercessors in straightening what he has warped are your noble prophets, wasi-s, and imams, the pen and the letter N, and your treasured, concealed name. Will you accept their mediation for us, lord? Is there not virtue for us in clinging to their robes? Or in seeking their strength in amending these affairs? And crushing a devil? And repelling a sultan? And before everything and after everything, this—nothing will strike us that Allah has not decreed for us. He is our Maula. Believers place their trust in him.

QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: Qasida by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheb (From Sijill 63) Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba has presented a Qasida to Syedna Qutbuddin in which she beseeches Allah Ta’ala to grant tayeed, nasar and fateh to His Dai.

The full qasida is presented on Fatemidawat.com with English Translation and audio recording.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Saturday Qadambosi Bethak 23rd Shawwal (8th August) As earlier stated in the philosophy of Da'wat and the Guiding Principles, access to the Dai is available for all mumineen, not just a select few.

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The next bethak is scheduled on Saturday the 23rd of Shawwal (8th August) at 5.00PM at Darus Sakina inshaallah. Mumineen are invited for Salawat Jaman after bethak and Maghrib Isha Imamat Namaz.

FATEMI DAWAT HEALTH INITIATIVE WEBINAR SERIES: 2nd Webinar – “Hypertension: Recognizing and Dealing with the Tension of High Blood Pressure” Under the auspices of Zahra Hasanaat, with the raza and doa of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, Fatemi Dawat Health Initiative aims to promote good health in our community. The mission of the Fatemi Dawat Health Initiative is to Educate,Engage, and Empower mumineen to improve their health. The webinar series was successfully launched in Shehrullah al-Mo’azzam 1436H. The first webinar delivered by Dr. Fehmida Chipty on Gastroesophageal Reflux (acid reflux or heartburn) received a terrific response (in case you missed it, please send an email toinfo@fatemidawat.com to receive link to view a replay of Dr. Chipty’s presentation). The second 30 minute live webinar entitled “Hypertension: Recognizing and Dealing with the Tensions of High Blood Pressure” will be delivered by Dr. Quresh Khairullah on pehli raat of Zilqada (Saturday, 8th August) at 9.30PM IST (12:00PM EST – noon). Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions to Dr. Khairullah towards the end of the talk. Those who wish to attend must register by emailing info@fatemidawat.com. In the email please indicate your name and location and that you are interested in registering for the webinar.

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Dr. Khairullah is a board certified Nephrologist currently practicing in Detroit, Michigan. He received his medical degree in India and his fellowship training at the University of Iowa. He is currently the section chief of Nephrology and Director of Acute Dialysis at Beaumont Hospital, in Gross Pointe Michigan. He is clinical assistant professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Dr. Khairullah is a member of a number of medical societies. He has co-authored several research publications and abstracts in dialysis literature.

This is the abstract of the second webinar: What is high blood pressure or hypertension? High blood pressure is a very common serious condition in which the force of the blood against artery walls (blood vessel walls) is high. This elevation in pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and other medical problems. Elevated blood pressure can be silent. The goals of this webinar are to define high blood pressure, discuss its primary and secondary forms, and complications. The discussion will include current recommendations for the treatment of hypertension including the importance of lifestyle modifications.

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: Faith in Allah Ta’ala – Faith in the Truth HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: Syedna Daud bin Qutubshah’s Testimony in Mughal Emperor Akbar’s Court LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 29th & 31st July 2015 MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 29th & 31stof July in Leading Newspapers ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Court Hearings on 3rd& 4th August DOA IN TRANSLATION: Syedna al-Mu’ayyad’s do’a in Times of Despair QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: Qasida by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheb (From Sijill 63) ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna TUS Saturday Qadambosi Bethak 23rd Shawwal (8th August) FATEMI DAWAT HEALTH INITIATIVE WEBINAR SERIES:2nd Webinar – “Hypertension: Recognizing and Deal with the Tension of High Blood Pressure”

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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‫ليث الحروب وكاشف ال كروب‬ ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫اجوب القفار واطوي الرمال * واحمل نفسي على كل هول‬ ‫اريد بذاك رضاء الله * واعزاز دولة آل الرسول‬ ‫فواغربتاه وواحشتاه * وفي الله هذا قليل قليل‬ ‫فلله حمد على ما قضى * وحسبي ربي ونعم الوكيل‬

Mansūr Imam SA I traverse the wilderness and cross the wide sands I push myself to confront every danger In all this, I seek only God’s pleasure And to buttress the dominion of the messenger’s progeny …But the journey has emaciated my body— The saddle has worn out, and the guide has lost his way …Exile and loneliness! But for Allah, this is very little SIJILL ARTICLE: In the path of Allah - fi sabeelillah: The Example of Mansūr Imam SA The conviction, fortitude and sabar of our Awliya’ kiraam in the path of Allah Ta’ala – fi sabeelillah – is unparalleled. An icon of this conviction and fortitude is the 13th Imam, Maulana Ismail al-

Mansūr Billah SA. In the time of the 11th Imam, Maulana al-Mehdi billah SA, the conspiracy and fitnat of the enemy known as Dajjaal began (his real name was Mukhlad bin Qezar). Dajjal’s launched his campaign under the guise of “protecting the religion of Islam.” In reality wherever they went, he and his armies brought terror and fear. During the time of the 12th Imam, Maulana al-Qa’im biamrillah SA, the enmity and hostility intensified. Then the 12th Imam sent his son and successor, Mansur Imam, in pursuit of Dajjaal. For a decade, Mansur Imam pursued Dajjal. During this time the 12th Imam, Maulana al-Qa’im biamrillah, passed away. From the battlefield, Mansur Imam wrote a letter in the form of a qasida to his son and successor, the 14th Imam, Maulana al-Mu’izz lidinallah SA. In that qasida-letter, Mansur Imam said:

LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 29th & 31stJuly and 4th and 5th August 2015

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I send this letter to you from the farthest west And my longing for you is intense and deep

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I traverse the wilderness and cross the wide sands I push myself to confront every danger In all this, I seek only God’s pleasure And to buttress the dominion of the messenger’s progeny But the journey has emaciated my body— The saddle has worn out, and the guide has lost his way Exile and loneliness! But for Allah, this is very little My breast is not constricted, no indeed I ride forth with a heart full of fortitude and grit The lord of the throne has bestowed in his generosity A clear victory and a glorious triumph Each day, I obtain from God A new gift and a beautiful favor I offer praise and thanks to God for what he has decreed My lord is my refuge and he is the best trustee Syedna Qutbuddin TUS narrated the shaan of Mansur Imam SA in Ashara 1435H and recited these abyaat from his qasida. Today, the Dai of Mansur Imam, the Dai of his successor Imamuz-zaman SA, is facing the conspiracy and the fitnat of the enemies of Dawat. In the path of Allah Ta’ala, fi sabilillah, in the khidmat and service of Imamuz-zaman SA, and in his compassion and care for mumineen, Syedna Qutbuddin faces all attacks despite the odds. His conviction and fortitude reminds us of the great Imam Mansur SA, “the lion of battles, the solver of calamities” (laysul hurub wa kaashiful kurub). His conviction and fortitude is an inspiration for all those who follow him.

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May our faith and aqeeda in God, his Imam, and his Dai never waver. May we stand strong with the truth and the truthful and stand courageously against falsehood, fitnat and conspiracy. As history shows, the conspirators, no matter how large they seem at the time, always crumble and fall; they eventually suffer total defeat in this world and the hereafter. After many years of the pursuit, the Imam’s army captured the injured Dajjal but he escaped. In despair a messenger brought the news to Mansur Imam, but Mansur Imam said with forceful conviction that Dajjal’s time of fitnat has come to an end, and even if he is in the sky he will be captured. Surely, Mansur Imam’s army re-captured Dajjal shortly after, and the ten year fitnat of Dajjal finally came to an end. May Allah Ta’ala grant the lion of today’s Dawat, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin – the true Dai of Imam Mansur’s progeny -- fathe mubin and nasre aziz. Inshallah o ta’ala.

LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 29th & 31st July and 4th and 5th August 2015 The cross-examination of the Plaintiff (Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS) in the Suit filed by him in the Hon’ble Bombay High Court continued for four days, commencing on the 29th of July 2015 at 12:00pm in the historic Courtroom No. 46, presided by Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel. The cross examination continued on 31st July, 3rd August and 4th August. The Plaintiff was cross-examined by the Defendant’s (Shehzada Mufaddal Saifuddin) Senior Counsel Mr. Iqbal Chagla. Over eight sessions and 12 hours of cross-examination, the Plaintiff was asked about two hundred and fifty questions. These included the 148

following: Mr. Chagla asked, in the Plaintiff’s opinion, what was the significance of the 52nd Dai, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, referring to him as his beloved son (Al Walad-ul-Ahab), in the sermon while he appointed him as Mazoon. The Plaintiff replied that the 52nd Dai meant that the Plaintiff was to be his successor. Mr. Chagla asked, Is it correct that in the sermon of which you spoke earlier, the 52nd Dai used precisely this expression Al-Walad-Al-Ahabb? The Plaintiff replied in the affirmative and further said “I was his brother and also his beloved son.” The Plaintiff further said that when “The 42nd Dai appointed the 43rd Dai, who was his brother as his successor. He said that the 43rd Dai was his brother but was also spiritually his beloved son.” Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff whether the raza of the Dai is required to discharge or perform Dawat functions. The Plaintiff said yes. Mr. Chagla asked whether the raza of the Mazoon would ever be required, the Plaintiff responded yes, in case if Syedna is traveling. Mr. Chagla then asked if the Mazoon is able to issue a raza only if the Dai has already issued him (i.e. the Mazoon) a raza in the matter. The Plaintiff responded that while the Dai is whole and sole, the Mazoon-ul-Mutlaq holds a special raza granted at the time of appointment. However, the Plaintiff added that in his 50 year tenure as Mazoon of the 52nd Dai, it was his practice to always ask Syedna beforehand. Mr. Chagla asked what is the Raudat Tahera, the Plaintiff responded it is the mausoleum of his revered father, 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, and

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the 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. Mr. Chagla asked if the Plaintiff was involved in the construction, the Plaintiff responded “very much so.” Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff how often he visited, the Plaintiff responded “almost every day.” The Plaintiff volunteered that he is now prohibited to visit by the Defendant and on his instructions, and the Plaintiff is very much hurt about it. Mr. Chagla asked whether there was a single instance where the Plaintiff was prevented from visiting, the Plaintiff responded that his sons visited a few months ago and were beaten and pushed, along with some bleeding. The Plaintiff said that his security has advised him not to visit, since the people on the other side were in that state of mind. Mr. Chagla put it to the Plaintiff that his statement that he was prevented from visiting the Raudat Tahera is incorrect. The Plaintiff did not agree and stood by his statement. Mr. Chagla asked whether the appointment of the Plaintiff as Mazoon was done in a public sermon. The Plaintiff said yes. Mr. Chagla asked what is the significance of the word “Maula”. The Plaintiff responded that, this [word] has a very deep significance and historical context. When the Prophet appointed Ali as his successor in Ghadir-E-Khum, he said in his sermon “whosoever the Prophet is the maula of, Ali is the maula after me.” Then Mr. Chagla asked if the term “Maula is only used for Dai in the community, the Plaintiff responded that “As the Prophet said, “maula” is used for the Imam and for the Dai.” Mr. Chagla asked whether the Plaintiff was appointed as a Mazoon in private or public, the Plaintiff responded that he was appointed in the sermon in

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public. Prior to that, Syedna called him to his room and informed him that he would appoint him in the misaq majlis. Mr. Chagla asked what was the significance of the Plaintiff being referred to as “Moula” by members of the community. The Plaintiff replied that the reason he was addressed as a maula was because the Syedna had appointed him as the mazoon. He also pronounced nass on the Plaintiff. He gave the Plaintiff his ring, which the Plaintiff wears to this day. He said that Syedna Taher Saifuddin used to wear this very ring. It was because he named the Plaintiff as his successor that the Plaintiff was referred to as maula. When he appointed the Plaintiff as mazoon he conveyed in his words and blessings that the Plaintiff was to be his successor. Mr. Chagla asked why the Plaintiff was referred to as “Moula" before 1965, and the Plaintiff said yes, because the 51st Dai viewed him as a successor. The above information is published from FatemiDawatLegal.com.

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Various newspapers covered the beginning of the final hearing on the 3rd and 4th August 2015 in the Bombay High Court in the declaratory suit filed by the Plaintiff Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. These include the Times of India, Afternoon Despatch and Courier and Siyasat (Urdu). A selection of articles are presented in the Media section on Fatemidawat.com.

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for Orphans During Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA’s zamaan, Maulana Qutbuddin TUS had compiled a book for children (khazeenat Tohfat Tahera) on the occasion of his daughter Shz Dr. Bazat Tahera baisaheba’s first birthday. In that book, Maulana had written the Arabi Alphabets and with each letter, such as Alif he had written a Sifat (descriptive phrase) of the Dai. When the book was arazed to Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Syedna Qutbuddin had also written a short story of the first few alphabets, with the intention of completing the remaining stories later. The spirit of the book was to teach our little children the Arabi alphabets and also the language of Dawat ni zaban, and that they do so by taking the name of Dai Zaman and learning his esteemed qualities with a short bedtime story that would keep their interest. That book had not been completed then and Maulana TUS had written in the introduction that it would be done later. On the occasion of Milad of Aqamaula Qutbuddin TUS, with his raza Mubarak, the full and completed version was published so that Mumineen and their children may take barakaat and use it for learning Dawat ni zabaan. This week the video read along version of one of the short stories is presented Page 3 of 5


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on FatemiMadrasa.com ‫ ث‬-Se’ -Simal ul-Yatama – Refuge for Orphans Little Taher and Rashida were eating on the thaal with their mother and father. Their father asked “Taher, Rashida, what bayan did Aqamoula TUS do in the waaz today?" Rashida answered, “Aqamoula said a lot of things!” Their father asked, “Can you two tell me one zikr from what Aqamoula said?” “I want to start," Taher said. “Okay son,” their father agreed, “you go first.” Taher began, “Today Aqamoula did the zikr of Imam Ali Zain-ul-Aabedin AS. Imam Ali Zain-ul-Aabedin’s grandfather Rasulallah SA used to take care of orphans and give shelter to widows. In the same respect, Imam Ali Zain-ulAabedin used to take food and feed 100 houses in Medina during the night. He would carry the food in a mashki on his shoulder and go to the houses of the poor to feed them. He would do so in secret so that no one would know.” Rashida added, “Yes! And Aqamoula also mentioned that sometimes if the Imam was late, all the children would be waiting, standing at their doors, saying, "when will the one who brings the food come?"” "Well done!” Their father exclaimed, “You listened well in the waaz today.” “I really want to see Zain-ul-Aabedin Imam” Taher stated. “He was so virtuous and caring. How lucky those people were that lived in his time! Imam Ali Zain-ul-Aabedin took such good care of them.” Their mother replied, “Yes son, you are right. Shall I tell you something that will make you very happy? We are also that lucky, because Imam Ali Zain-ulAabedin’s Dai is present amongst us. Aqamoula Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin

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shows us the love of Imam Ali Zain-ulAabedin. He takes such good care of us. He helps the helpless. Today Aqamoula Syedna Khuzaima is the refuge for orphans and gives shelter to widows.” Their father added, “Yes son. That is right. God’s grace is in the saya mubarak of Aqamoula. Aqamoula takes such good care of us.” Simal (Refuge) ul-Yatama (for orphans)Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin Urus 27th Shawwal Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb will preside over Urus majils of Mazoon-e-Dawat Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin QR on Wednesday 27th Shawwal (12th August) at 7.00PM PST (7.30AM IST 13th August) in Bakersfield. Mumineen may join the majlis using the link which will be posted shortly on FatemiDawat.com.

Mumineen should pray Khatmul Qur’an on the niyyat of Syedi Hakimuddin QR and recite qasida written by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA “ahakima deenillahi abdal qaadiri”. Mumineen should also recite salaam written in Dawat-nizaban by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba in shaan of Syedi Hakimuddin. Last year we published a brief biography of Syedi Hakimuddin QR. This is an excerpt from the full article which is available on Fatemidawat.com:

the present-day Indian state of Madhya Pradesh) on 14 Jumada-l-Ula 1077 H / 1667 AD in the era of the 34th Dai Syedna Ismail Badruddin Bawa of Jamnagar. His father, Bawa-Mulla-Khan Saheb QR, was a virtuous Mawla who served the Dais with devotion, and was celebrated for his piety, diyanat and charity. Syedi Hakimuddin memorized the Quran at an early age. When Syedi Abdul-Qadir Hakimuddin was five years old, Bawa-Mulla-Khan Saheb brought him to Ahmedabad to the hazrat of Syedna Abdut-Tayyeb Zakiyuddin RA (who would become the 35th Dai upon the demise of Syedna Ismail Badruddin Bawa in 1085 H / 1674 AD). Upon Syedna Zakiyuddin’s request, Bawa-Mulla-Khan offered Syedi Hakimuddin to him in khumus. Syedi Hakimuddin served the Dais of Aale-Mohammad from early childhood until the end of his life on earth. He lived through the reigns of five Badri Dais of Jamnagar, the 34th to the 38th: Syedna Ismail Badruddin Bawa RA, Syedna Abdut-Tayyeb Zakiyuddin RA, Syedna Abdo-Moosa Kalimuddin RA, Syedna Nur-Mohammad Nuruddin RA, and Syedna Ismail Badruddin Sani RA. Syedna Zakiyuddin gave charge of the mubarak child to his own son, Syedi Shaikh-Adam Safiyuddin QR. Syedi Shaikh-Adam was a pillar of ikhlaas and ilm. He was then in the rutba of Mukasir and would rise to the rutba of Mazoon. His son Syedna Ismail Badruddin Sani would become the 38th Dai, and Syedi Hakimuddin would become Syedna Badruddin’s Mazoon

. Syedi Abdul-Qadir Hakimuddin was born in Islampura (also known as Rampura, in

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: In the path of Allah - fi sabeelillah: The Example of Mansūr Imam SA LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 29th & 31st July and 4th and 5th August 2015 MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 3rd & 4th of August in Leading Newspapers FATEMI MADRASA: Tuhfat Tahera - ‫ ث‬-Se’ -Simal ulYatama – Refuge for Orphans ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin Urus 27th Shawwal

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Saifee Villa - Dandi - Dedicated to the Nation by Syedna Taher Saifuddin

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫ن‬ ِ ‫ن الايمَا‬ َ ِ‫ن م‬ َ َ ‫حُبُ الو‬ ِ ‫ط‬ Rasulullah SA Love of your Nation is an integral part of Faith 15th AUGUST – INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY: Syedna’s Message & Doa for the Nation As India celebrates its 69th Independence Day, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS prays for the nation: “I extend sincere greetings and felicitations on this 69th Independence Day of India. Our Prophet Mohammad SA has said “Love of your nation is an integral part of faith.” My predecessors the 51st Dai, His Holiness Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, and the 52nd Dai, His Holiness Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin RA, have for the past century guided the Dawoodi Bohra Community on this path. Today as the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq and Syedna of the Dawoodi Bohra Community I continue in their tradition and guide my followers, to being good, peace loving, and contributing citizens of our Nation.

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Thus, as we celebrate our Independence Day, I am hopeful that in the message of communal harmony, friendship, entrepreneurship and service to the nation, lies the deeper independence of all of India’s citizens; freedom from poverty, hunger, and illiteracy and toward a future of prosperity, social security, and education. Our Prophet SAW has said, “All of creation are the children of God, and the most beloved to God of those children is the one who benefits his children the most.” This has been and remains my guiding ethos. We face challenging times, but the future is full of promise and possibilities. It is with this positive spirit that we move forward in the face of adversity, striving to uphold our principles of truth, justice, equity and social service and we are confident that we will achieve success in our endeavours because of them.

HISTORY SERIES: Dedication of ‘Saifee Villa’ to the Nation in 1961

I pray for peace, happiness and prosperity for all my fellow Indians on the 69th anniversary of our Independence. I pray that in addition to our political freedom we strive towards freedom and independence from hunger,

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poverty, hatred, violence and fear. I urge all my fellow Indians to reflect and reaffirm their commitment to the ideals of freedom and free their hearts and actions from hatred and discord. Only when each and every one of us will be at peace and harmony with ourselves and with our neighbours and communities will our Nation be truly Free. Peace is the foundation of prosperity and development. I pray that as we stay together in peace with each other that India and our neighbours in the world also find lasting peace and security.”

SIJILL ARTICLE: Love of your Nation Commitment and love for one’s nation is strongly encouraged by religion. Specifically, our hudaat kiraam have guided us to uphold the highest moral values and actively participate in and contribute to the societies and communities in which we live. Love for the nation is not only expressed through patriotism on Independence Day or when our national team is facing another. The core manifestation of our commitment to the nation is through our pursuit of knowledge and education, through our conduct and character, and through our contribution to the growth and advancement of our nation. Our awliya’ tahereen have encouraged us to enable both boys and girls to pursue both knowledge of religion and to pursue secular and scientific knowledge. They have guided us and set an example for the highest moral values of honesty, integrity and sincerity. They have guided us to respect our fellow human beings, respect different cultures and religions, and to engage proactively with them. By creating this strong foundation of

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respect, they have enabled us to contribute to the growth of our state in the truest sense. When Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA visited East Africa in the 1960’s, Sir Malcom Mcdonald was Governor General of Kenya at the time. In a speech, he said that the Bohra Community was a model community that peacefully integrated, worked with and contributed to the development of the nation. Whether it is in India, Pakistan, East Africa, South East Asia, the Gulf States, Europe, Canada, Australia or the USA, our community is one that is highly respected. The guidance of our hudaat and efforts of community members at large have established the identity of our community as an educated, peace-loving, and forwardlooking community throughout the world. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA became widely known across the globe as the Ambassador of Peace. Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS continues to guide Mumineen towards these high ideals. In the challenging times that our community faces today, our identity is at stake – an identity that is deeply rooted in philosophical heritage, centuries of guidance, and the efforts and sacrifices of generations. As we celebrate the 69th Independence Day of India, we pray for peace and prosperity for the Indian Nation. We also pray, that under the guidance of Daiz-zaman Syedna Qutbuddin TUS, may Allah Ta’ala safeguard the unity and identity of our community from being hijacked by regressive and materialistic forces

HISTORY SERIES: Dedication of ‘Saifee Villa’ to the Nation in 1961 In 1961 Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA dedicated Saifee Villa in Dandi to the 154

Indian Government in the presence of PM Nehru. This was the historic villa where Gandhiji stayed in Dandi at the end of the Salt March in 1930. This is an excerpt from 'The Foundation' a monthly publication of the Saifee Foundation from its 1961 April issue, in which reports on the dedication of Saifee Villa in Dandi in 1960. His Holiness Dedicates 'Saifee Villa' To Nation Through Prime Minister Nehru The quiet, wind swept hamlet of Dandi, off Navsari on the coast, which had made history three decades ago and become a household word in India, dear to freedom lovers, was the focus of attention again on April 6,'61. On that very day, way back in 1930, Gandhiji had picked up a few grains of salt on the village beach having reached there on foot from Ahmedabad in what has come to be celebrated as the Dandi March. This simple act of picking up salt in symbolic defiance of alien authority had stirred the imagination of the whole country and of the whole world, releasing powerful currents of thought and action which ultimately led to Independence in 1947. The significance of the event, perhaps not fully grasped at that time, and in retrospect it stands out as one of the turning-points of the Indian struggle for freedom. In grateful remembrance of that occasion, Prime Minister Nehru, heir to Gandhiji's great mission, journeyed to Dandi on April 6 to pay homage to the memory of the illustrious architect of our freedom, one who had awakened the self-respect of a whole sub-continent, and do honour to all those who had played their part in the movement for liberation. Panditji visited all the places hallowed by Gandhiji's association, unveiled a memorial to martyrs, at Matwad and the Dandi March Memorial on the beach

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and addressed the huge assemblage witnessing the event. And he received from his holiness Dr. Syedna Taher Saifuddin Saheb the gift of his bungalow, 'Saifee Villa', where Gandhiji had stayed at the end of the historic Dandi March and which his holiness dedicated to the nation through the Prime Minister

Dandi, a small village of scattered settlements with one of the most attractive beaches of white sand on the west coast, had been astir for days in advance, preparing for the occasion. Roads had been improvised on the sand, and fences put up to direct and control the large crowds expected. Hundreds, who had trekked overnight from far-off villages, lined the road from Navsari to Dandi in the early hours of April 6. Flags, festoons and flowers breathed hearty welcome everywhere. And the quiet village, which had known no animation for long, was suddenly alive with the bustle and murmur of a vast congregation of spectators, some of whom had been present on a similar day of stir and expectation thirty years ago when Gandhiji walked into Dandi and made it the centre of worldwide attention and the hub of freedom's hope. At that time, the sea was only a little distance away from Saifee Villa where Gandhiji had sojourned with his followers. In fact, at high tide, waves used to lash the steps leading up to the high ground where the building stands. Since then the sea has receded far, leaving an extensive stretch of sand. A one-storied, roomy, airy bungalow,

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Saifee Villa has two big-sized rooms on each floor with numerous windows, stretching right across the walls to let in refreshing gusts of sea breeze. The building faces the west, and Gandhiji stayed in the room on the first floor on the southward side while his associates were accommodated on the ground floor. Close to Saifee Villa are a mosque and two tombs held in high veneration by Dawoodi Bohras and members of other communities as well who come there in large numbers from far and near. Surrounding them are rows of squat buildings, with numerous rooms for the accommodation of the devout, and also a common kitchen where free meals are served. … His Holiness welcomed Pandit Nehru at the entrance of Saifee Villa and led him and the other distinguished visitors inside the house, where an inscription in white on a black background, dedicating the place to the nation, was unveiled, by the Prime Minister. His Holiness handed over to Panditji the title-deed of the bungalow, wrapped in an exquisite piece of gold brocade. Then the Prime Minister rested for a while, talking to His Holiness and His Eminence Mazoon Saheb while other members of His Holiness's family, dignitaries of the Dawoodi Bohra community and other prominent invitees gathered round to pay their respects. Before leaving Saifee Villa, the Prime Minister went upstairs to see the room where Gandhiji had stayed. His Holiness, in a letter to the Prime Minister, stated that the bungalow which he was dedicating to the nation had been purchased by him and later on handed over to the Dawat, the administrative agency of the Dawoodi Bohra community. He had been feeling for some time that the place, which had been hallowed by the glorious association of a great personality like Gandhiji and of an epoch-making event

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in the history of modern India, ought properly to belong to the whole nation rather than to a community. His Holiness considered himself fortunate in being able to make the dedication 'through the hands of a leader who has himself made a shining contribution to the struggle for freedom and who is so ably fulfilling, in letter and spirit, the great ideological mission of Gandhiji'. His Holiness added, "I pray to God and earnestly hope that this house, with the proposed library, will radiate the light and inspiration of Gandhiji's teaching and ever stand as a symbol of those noble ideals of love, brotherhood and communal harmony, for which he lived and died and which alone can help exalt man and preserve human civilisation." … The full article is published on FatemiDawat.com

NEWS & EVENTS: Pehli Tarikh Majlis Zilqada 1436H

Syedna Qutbuddin TUS presided over the pehli Tarik majlis on the eve of Zilqada 1, 1436H. Khushi ni majlis was followed by qadam bosi and jaman. Photos of the event have been published on FatemiDawat.com.

PHOTO GALLERY: The 51st 52nd and 53rd Dais with the Leaders of the Nation (From Sijill 27) On the occasion of the 68th Indian Independence Day we have presented a photo gallery of the 51st, 52nd and 53rd Syedna’s meetings with dignitaries of the Indian Republic. The Page 3 of 4


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very first Prime Minister of India, PJ Nehru visited Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA in Surat in the Jamea Saifiyyah and in a warm hearted gesture donned the Bohra Topi. Syedna Taher Saifuddin also dedicated Saifee Villa in Dandi to the Indian Government in the presence of PM Nehru. This was the historic villa where Gandhiji stayed in Dandi at the end of the Salt March in 1930.

Syedna Burhanuddin RA continued to maintain good relations with the leaders of the Nation. The President of Indian Shri. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed attended the inauguration of Rozat Tahera in 1975. In 2003 President Kalam paid a visit to Saify Mahal to meet Syedna Burhanuddin RA. The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh attended the inauguration of the iconic Saifee Hospital with Syedna

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Burhanuddin RA in 2005. Syedna Qutbuddin TUS has also maintained cordial relations with many Indian leaders, especially the late Chief Minister of Kashmir Dr. Abdullah and the former Governor of Maharashtra H.E. Mohammed Fazal. When Syedna Qutbuddin TUS celebrated the PhD of his son Shz. Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb in a function Mr. Fazal accepted Syedna’s invitation to the function to honour Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb in Ivan-e-Husaini in Mumbai. The leaders of the Nation have always recognized the guidance and example set by the 51st, 52nd and 53rd Syednas and have always held them in high esteem.

The Plaintiff was cross-examined by Defendant’s (Shehzada Mufaddal Saifuddin) Senior Counsel Mr. Iqbal Chagla. Over eight sessions and approximately 15 hours of cross-examination the Plaintiff was asked over 200 questions. Some of the questions and answers that were asked are published on FatemiDawatLegal.com. A selection of media articles that were published in leading newspapers has been published on FatemiDawat.com also. The cross-examination will continue on the 24th and 25th of August. The above information is published from FatemiDawatLegal.com.

LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 29th & 31stJuly and 4th and 5th August 2015 The cross-examination of the Plaintiff (Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS) in the Suit filed by him in the Hon’ble Bombay High Court resumed on the 29th of July 2015 at 12 PM and continued on the 31st of July 2015, 3rd and 4th of August in the historic Courtroom No. 46, presided by Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

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15th AUGUST – INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY: Syedna’s Message & Doa for the Nation SIJILL ARTICLE: Love of your Nation HISTORY SERIES: Dedication of ‘Saifee Villa’ to the Nation in 1961 NEWS & EVENTS: Pehli Tarikh Majlis Zilqada 1436H PHOTO GALLERY: The 51st 52nd and 53rd Dais with the Leaders of the Nation (From Sijill 27) LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 29th & 31st July and 4th and 5th August 2015

Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 th Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4 Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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'Ilm - in beautiful Kufic Calligraphy ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫ب زِ ْدنِي ع ِلْمًا‬ ِ َ ‫و َقُل ر‬

(Surat Taha: 114) And say my lord increase my Knowledge SIJILL ARTICLE: “Knowledge is Better than Wealth” Amirul Mumineen Maulana Ali SA spoke the words “knowledge is better than wealth” to his trusted companion, Kumayl bin Ziyaad, to assert the importance of knowledge in a world that is obsessed with materialism. The statement and its explanation are simple, yet profound and timeless. The words from Amirul Mumineen SA are especially relevant in the context of the ‘ilm and knowledge of Aale Mohammed SA but these words also apply to all types and categories of knowledge. Amirul Mumineen SA said, “knowledge is better than wealth” (al-ilmu khayrun minal-maal). He added that, “knowledge protects you and you must protect your wealth” (al-ilmu yahrusuka wa anta tahrusul maal). He further added, “spending wealth decreases it, and knowledge increases when

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imparting it” (al-maalu tanqusuhunnafaqah, wal-ilmu yazku alal-infaaq). These statements are timeless. The pursuit of knowledge, whether of deen ordunya, is the noblest venture. The knowledge of Aale Mohammed encompasses all knowledge as explained in great detail in the Rasa’il Ikhwanus Safa. This week we begin the publication of the ‘ilm sub-series of the Ikhwanus Safa Articles, that will especially discuss the importance of ‘ilm in fulfilling our purpose of being on this Earth (see section on Ikhwanus Safa below). The True Dawat, Dawat-ul-Haqq, has been through times of both great prosperity and extreme difficulty: from the peak of the Fatimid Empire to the time where Tayyib Imam AS went into seclusion; from extreme persecution in the time of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA to the peak of Dawat in the time of Syedna Ismail Badruddin Bawa RA. Oscillations are a part of life, just as there is night after day and day after night. Although each shift or oscillation may come with a cost, the mission of Dawat is never extinguished. Dawat survives because of the true knowledge of Aale Mohammed which lives within each Imam, and each Dai in his seclusion, who safeguards this ‘ilm and passes it on to his

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HISTORY SERIES & AMAL DETAILS: 43rd Dai Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA

NEWS & EVENTS: Flag Hoisting Ceremony on Indian Independence Day 2015

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successor. It is with this knowledge that the Sahibuz-zaman offers spiritual nourishment to mumineen and guidance in the context of their times. It is this knowledge that has sustained Dawat for centuries, and it is this knowledge that will sustain Dawat till the end of time. The heritage of this knowledge is with the successor of the 51st and 52nd Dais, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA stated in his waaz that Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA had prepared many souls. Syedna Burhanuddin then referred specifically to himself and to his Mazoon and Mansoos, Syedna Qutbuddin as being prepared by Syedna Taher Saifuddin. The preparation of the soul is through the nourishment of knowledge.

Fortunate are those who follow Syedna Qutbuddin and nourish their souls with his knowledge. As the Qur’anic ayat quoted above says, we pray to Allah Ta’ala “O Lord increase our knowledge”.

IKHWANUS SAFA ARTICLE SERIES:‘ILM – Part 1 We are pleased to present the article entitled: ’Ilm The Purpose of the Human Soul: Takmeel (Purification and Completion) and Reunification with its Divine Origin, in the series of articles on the Rasail Ikhwan al-Safa, which were composed by the ninth Imam, Imam Ahmad ul Mastur SA, at a time when religion was pitched against, or in contradiction to, the advances of science and the enlightenment of philosophy.

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The third article in the series was entitledThe Philosophy of Life in the Rasail and discussed the profound question: “what is the purpose of our lives on this earth?” The Ikhwan explain that the supreme purpose of this life is for the individual soul to rejoin its Divine Origin and that the process of unification and purification of the soul begins by Ma’refat and Walayat/Muhabbat (recognition and love) for the representative of the Divine in this world, the Imam uz Zamaan (see article on‘ishq and mohabbat). The purpose of life is one of the most profound questions that many have tried to answer over the centuries. The Ikhwanus Safa not only answer this essential question in their Rasail, but they also present a compact and practical program through which man can achieve this ultimate purpose of life. After Ma’refat and Muhabbat (recognition and love) of the Imam and his Dai, for the further purification of the soul the following virtues are required: 1. Acquisition of knowledge – ‘ilm 2. Good actions in accordance with this knowledge – ‘amal 3. Good character traits and virtues –akhlaaq. In the sequence of articles that will be published every month, each of the three virtues required are explored, beginning with the acquisition of knowledge. This week’s article, entitled Ilm The Purpose of the Human Soul: Takmeel (Purification and Completion) and Reunification with its Divine Origin, is the first in a 10 part sequence of articles on ‘ilm. It discusses the necessity of knowledge for the completion and purification of the Human Soul and focuses on the Godgiven ‘in-built’ characteristics that

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facilitate the realisation of the Potential of the human soul. These characteristics are: 1) Motivation and drive towards longevity, 2) the five senses, 3) the Intellect (defining the two kinds of intellect, the instinctive and the acquired, and the five powers of the intellect: namely the power of imagination, power to think, power to memorize, power of speech and power of action and creation) and 4) Divine inspiration and the reception of spiritual communication from God. This is the list of articles that will follow on the subject of ‘Ilm in the Ikhwanus Safa (one article will published each month): 1. ’Ilm -1 The Purpose of the Human Soul: Takmeel (Purification and Completion) and Reunification with its Divine Origin (Published this week) 2. ‘Ilm – 2 The Pursuit of Knowledge 3. ‘Ilm – 3 The Classification of Knowledge – 1 4. ‘Ilm – 4 The Classification of Knowledge – 2 5. ‘Ilm – 5 The Value of Knowledge 6. ‘Ilm – 6 The Ladder of Knowledge 7. ‘Ilm – 7 The Journey of Knowledge 8. ‘Ilm – 8 Mufeed: The Teacher 9. ‘Ilm – 9 Mustafeed: The Student 10. ‘Ilm – 10 ‘ilm and Imaan This is an excerpt from this week’s article “’Ilm -1 – The Purpose of the Human Soul:Takmeel (Purification and Completion) and Reunification with its Divine Origin”: Allah Subhanahu created man on this Earth with the sole purpose of going to Jannat and reuniting with his Divine origin. This can be achieved only by purification and completion of his nafs juz’iyya, his individual human soul. The reuniting of the individual human soul

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with its Divine origin, the process of purification, and the completion and unification with the whole, begins by the ma’refat (recognition and knowledge) and walayat (love and allegiance) of the Imam uz Zamaan, the Representative of Allah in this world, (and in the Imam’s satr his representative the Dai al Mutlaq), manifested in the act of giving misaaq (oath of allegiance) to him. For the Ikhwan us Safa the soul of the human is his identity; his body is just the vehicle which has been attached temporarily to the soul for the use of the soul in attaining its perfection. Only by coming to this world inside this human form with its human mind can the soul attain the virtues, fada’il, required for its completion/ perfection, just as it is not possible for a human being to be born into this world except by remaining for a period of time in the womb of its mother. … After its birth in the human body, the soul has the opportunity to strive towards completion and purification, to initially acquire knowledge in preparation for giving the misaq, and after misaq, to be transferred from one stage to another, lower to higher and better and better until he purifies and completes/perfects his soul. With proper health of body and mind, and with proper nutrition of the soul – which consists of the correct true aqeeda (belief) and ilm (knowledge) – the soul will manifest its potential in suitable actions, thereby completing its fada’il, virtues, and fulfilling its potential. If upon death the soul is purified and completed then it will reach and unite with its Beloved, Allah, who will reward it with eternal life. If the soul does not achieve completion, it will suffer in the aakherat, the hereafter: just like the baby who is born not fully developed or

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with an abnormality will therefore be handicapped in this worldly life, the incomplete soul will not get the full benefit of life in the hereafter. However, even if takmeel has not been achieved, with the shafa’at, intercession of the Imam it will be made an angel, and will enter into jannat, but it is the stage of completion/ purification of the soul which will determine its daraja, rank.

held a flag hoisting ceremony in the presence of local dignitaries. The National Anthem was recited and Syedna TUS prayed for peace and prosperity in the Indian Republic.

After the initial step of walayat, there are three things required for the soul to reach perfection: ilm (true knowledge), amal (right action) and akhlaq (good character). All of these three essentials are encompassed in the Ikhwaan us Safa’s philosophy: “to follow and imitate the ‘perfect’ human being, the Imam and his Dai, in all of these things, to the best of one’s ability”. See the full article on FatemiDawat.com to understand these concepts in greater detail. This series is authored by Shz. Bazat Tayyeba Baisaheba Qutbuddin who has attained the barakat of knowledge of Aale Mohammed for years from Syedna Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Qutbuddin TUS. The articles in this series present a glimpse into the richness of our heritage that is preserved not only in books, but in the souls of Dais who safeguard it, transmit it and enrich it. The articles are surely a source of enrichment but are not a substitute to traditional sabaq. In our system of knowledge, the book or words are like the body, and the teacher and his teachings are like the soul.

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ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Court Hearings on 24th & 25th August Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, the Plaintiff in the Declaratory Suit filed in the Bombay High Court, will appear in the Honorable High Court for his testimony on the 24th and 25th of August 2015 inshaallah. Mumineen are advised to in these days to beseech prayers, do’a and do tasbeeh. Mumineen should recite doa Nasr wal Mahaba (PDF on website) and tasbeehs ofhasbunallah wa ni’mal wakeel, salawaat, panjetan paak naam SA, Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed RA, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. As stated earlier in Sijill 59, the Hon’ble Bombay High Court has asked that both parties issue a statement asking the community to maintain calm during the proceeding of the trial. Page 3 of 5


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Mumineen are hereby requested to maintain calm during the proceeding of the trial.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 43rd Dai Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA Urus Majlis On the auspicious occasion of the Urus of Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will preside over Urus Majlis at Darus Sakina, Thane, at 6pm on Wednesday 12th Zil Qada (26th August), followed by Namaaz and Salawaat Jaman, Inshaallah. Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb will preside over Urus Majlis in Bakersfield on Wednesday 12th Zil Qada (26th August) at 6.30PM PST (Thursday 27th August 6.00AM IST). The Majlis will be available to view live and for replay. Those who are unable to attend should gather and pray Khatmul Qur’an on the niyyat of Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA and then pray the Qasida Mubaraka “Saiful huda saiful imam-ishshaheer” composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA in the shaan of Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA. Mumineen should also recite Salaam written in Dawat-ni-Zaban by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba in which she has done zikar of Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin’s shanaat and the historic events in his reign. The PDF of the Qasida and Salaam are available on fatemidawat.com. HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY

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SERIES:43 Dai Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA– Excerpt from Shz Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb MA Thesis (From Sijill 30) The history or akhbaar of Dawat provides invaluable lessons for the present. Our challenge is to learn from these lessons. History defines the present. Al-akhbaar-u-anwaar: history illuminates. It is our pleasure to present a biographical article about the 43rd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Abdeali SaifuddinRA. The article is an excerpt from the MA Thesis written by Shz. Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb on the “Meaning of Love in the Poetry of Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin”. The excerpt currently being featured presents a brief biographical sketch of the life of Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin and an introduction to his Diwaan (collection of Qasidas). Here is an excerpt from the full article: “Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin was born in 1188AH/1774AD into a distinguished family. His father, Syedna Abduttayyib Zakiuddin, was the forty-first dā‘ī muṭlaq of the Ṭayyibī Fāṭīmid-Ismā‘īlī Da‘wat now with its centre in India. He was only twelve when his father died. He was then brought up by his elevenyears elder brother and forty-second Dā‘ī, Syedna Yusuf Najmuddin in Surat. Syedna Najmuddin himself was a great scholar. He trained and educated Syedna Saifuddin in the tradition and learning that was the treasured inheritance of the Fatimid-Ismaili community. He also appointed tutors for his younger brother. In this way Syedna Saifuddin gained, at a very early age, a deep understanding of the FatimidIsmaili tradition of knowledge which was, even in India, learnt in Arabic. This gave him a firm grasp of the Arabic language and its literature, to which he combined the study of the great masters of poetry

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like Imra ul-Qays, al-Mutanabbī and Ibn Hānī… …During his brother’s time as Dā‘ī, Syedna Saifuddin was deeply involved in the running of Da‘wat affairs and now, on his death, became Dā‘ī muṭlaq himself. He was faced with huge challenges during his time as Dā‘ī…With his successor, Syedna Muḥammad Ezzuddin, he trained a devout student of his, Syedi Abdeali Imaduddin. It was Syedi Imaduddin who later compiled the poems of his benefactor. Syedna Saifuddin established an Academy of learning at Surat and called it ‘DarseSaify.’ Students came to it from all over India and also the Yaman. When Syedna died in 1232/1817, he had been Dā‘ī for nineteen years, and during that time had trained hundreds of students now well versed in the tradition of learning and literature of the Fatimid-Ismailis. He had reorganised with great vision, strength, precision and care, the running of the Da‘wat community, and had established, reinforced and revitalised the tradition of learning in the FatimidIsmaili community. He was only fortythree when he died. The full article is available on FatemiDawat.com

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: “Knowledge is Better than Wealth” IKHWANUS SAFA ARTICLE SERIES: ‘ILM – Part 1 NEWS & EVENTS: Flag Hoisting Ceremony on Indian Independence Day 2015 ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Court Hearings on 24th & 25th August ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 43rd Dai Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA Urus Majlis HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: 43rd Dai Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA – Excerpt from Shz Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb MA Thesis (From Sijill 30)

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 th Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4 Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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"But [as for myself,] patience in adversity is most fitting" - Surat Yusuf: 18

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ۖ‫ل‬ ٌ ‫صبْر ٌ جَم ِي‬ َ َ‫ف‬ َ‫و َالل َه ُ ال ْمُسْتَع َانُ عَلَى م َا تَصِ ف ُون‬

(Surat Yusuf: 18) But [as for myself,] patience in adversity is most fitting; and it is to God [alone] that I pray to give me strength to bear the misfortune which you have described to me. SIJILL ARTICLE: Sabar is the Path to Victory Sabar. Fortitude (mental and emotional courage in the face of adversity) is one of the most extoled virtues by the Quran Majeed and our Mawali Tahereen. The Quran Majeed states that Allah Ta’ala loves those with fortitude and sabar (wallahu yuhibbus-sabereen - Surat aaleImran:146). Amirul Mumineen Maulana Ali SA asserts that there are two types of sabar: one type is to endure what troubles you with fortitude; the other type is to wait for what you wish with

patience and sabar. The words of Amirul Mumineen are profound and contain life lessons for every human being. Maulana Ali SA has also poetically said that, “sabar is a horse that carries [one] to victory” (al-sabru matiyyatuz-zafar). Throughout history, the sabar and fortitude of our mawali tahereen is an example for us all, should we choose to learn from them. In the ayat quoted at the beginning of this Sijill, in the context of learning about Yusuf Nabi’s alleged death from his brothers, Ya’qub Nabi exclaims: “patience and sabar in adversity is most fitting; and it is to God that I pray to give me strength to bear the misfortune which you describe” (Surat Yusuf: 18). Sabar in the face of adversity and faith in prayer to God is the practice of our awliya’ kiraam. There is no man in this world that does not suffer or endure hardship. What distinguishes those who follow the guidance of their awliya’ is how they react and respond to hardship – specifically whether one succumbs or remains resolute with fortitude and

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Featured updates:

LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 24th & 25thAugust 2015

HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: 45th Dai Syedna Tayyeb Zainuddin RA

NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA Urus Majlis Photos

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emerges stronger at the other end. Our Maula and guide, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, is sabar personified. Respecting the 52nd Dai Syedna Burhanuddin’s RA wishes to keep his appointment as Mansoos private, he endured the hardship of those who begrudged and resented his success since he was appointed Mazoon and Mansoos. Today he endures, with resolve and fortitude, the battle to assert his rightful succession for the sake of Dawat and the community. As Syedna Qutbuddin’s crossexamination continues in the Bombay High Court (see section on Legal Update below), Syedna’s resolve is grounded in prayer and strengthened by the inspiration of the Imam. His shield as he endures this ordeal is fortitude and sabar. In Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA last years, Syedna Qutbuddin accompanied him in the car, to and from the masjid. Most often, Syedna Taher Saifuddin recited the Qur’an in the car. In one of those journeys, as the car approached Chowpatty Beach on the way to Saify Mahal, Syedna Taher Saifuddin turned towards Syedna Qutbuddin and recited this Quranic ayat, “enjoin one another to [establish] the truth (Haqq), and enjoin one another to patience and Sabar” (wa tawasaw bil haqqi wa tawasaw bis-sabr” – Surat al-‘Asr: 3). The 43rd Dai, Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA begins one of his beautiful qasidas with this deeply meaningful verse: “I forgot the sorrows and affliction of the night as the sun rose. And the fortitude and sabar that I endured as I received the reward”. It is Allah Ta’ala’s promise that, “those who persevere with patience and sabar shall receive a reward without measure or limit” (innama yuwaffas-sabiruna ajrahum bighayri hisaab – Surat alZumar: 10).

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May Allah Ta’ala grant us the strength and courage for sabar. May Allah Ta’ala grant his promised victory and reward to his Dai, the Dai of Imamuz-zaman, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS.

LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 24th & 25th August 2015

The cross-examination of the Plaintiff (Syedna Khuzaima QutbuddinTUS) in the Suit filed by him in the Hon’ble Bombay High Court continued for two days on the 24th and 25th of August 2015 at 12:00pm in the historic courtroom No. 46, presided by Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel. The Plaintiff was cross-examined by the Defendant’s (Shehzada Mufaddal Saifuddin) Senior Counsel Mr. Iqbal Chagla. Plaintiff was asked several questions. These included the following: Mr. Chagla asked whether it was correct that Sajda, as a mark of respect, can be offered to persons other than the Dai or the Mansoos. The Plaintiff replied emphatically that Sajda can only be “offered to the Dai or the Mansoos or to a person who is known as one who will succeed the Dai.” Mr. Chagla asked if all persons of higher spiritual learning knew that the Plaintiff was made the Mansoos, to which the Plaintiff replied that many persons of higher spiritual learning did know. On being asked if the Plaintiff was suggesting that those persons of

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higher spiritual learning who knew that the Plaintiff had been made the Mansoos offered Sajda to him, the Plaintiff said that many of them did. The Plaintiff added that he was offered Sajda even during the time of the 51st Dai by persons of higher spiritual learning, including Miyasaheb Fidahussain Yamani, who was a learned scholar and was placed first in the tarteeb (hierarchy), used to offer him Sajda. He would also bring his family members to Plaintiff and get them to offer sajda. Mr. Chagla then asked how many of the Plaintiff’s brother’s offered Sajda to him, to which the Plaintiff replied that they would use the word “Sajda” in their written communications to him. He added that all the sons of the 52nd Dai offered Sajda to him. Mr. Chagla then asked if the Defendant and his brothers were the Plaintiff’s pupils in matters of spiritual guidance and learning, to which the Plaintiff replied that they were, but not regularly. When asked further how often the Defendant and his brothers were his pupils, the Plaintiff replied that they were regular during one period but not thereafter, for about 10 years after the 52nd Dai assumed office. The Plaintiff said that it was the 52nd Dai who sent his sons to the Plaintiff. When asked for how long the 52nd Dai sent his sons to the Plaintiff for spiritual instruction, the Plaintiff replied that he did not remember the exact periods. The Plaintiff added that the Defendant and his elder brother used to come to him as pupils from the time of the 51st Dai. Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff as stated in his Affidavit of Evidence, in what

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way did he enjoy the 52nd Dai’s full confidence till his passing away. The Plaintiff replied that the 52nd Dai made him the Mazoon and the Mansoos and the Plaintiff was his Mazoon and Mansoos for 50 years till he passed away. The Plaintiff said that in itself was enough to establish the confidence that the 52nd Dai had in him. Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff if the 52nd Dai was in full control of his faculties till he passed away. The Plaintiff replied that the health of the 52nd Dai was not good for the last two and half years of his life. Mr. Chagla then repeated his question by asking if the 52nd Dai was in full control of his mental and physical faculties till he passed away. The Plaintiff responded that he felt and believed that the health of the 52nd Dai had deteriorated greatly during the last two and half years of his life. Mr. Chagla further asked if the Plaintiff was referring to only the physical health or mental health of the 52nd Dai as well. The Plaintiff replied that the 52nd Dai was not able to function and carry out his activities as before. Mr. Chagla asked if according to the Plaintiff the 52nd Dai was of sound mind till his passing. The Plaintiff responded that he observed that the 52nd Dai was not either physically or mentally active as he once was. Then Mr. Chagla asked if the Plaintiff agreed that the 52nd Dai was of sound mind till his passing away. The Plaintiff asked Mr. Chagla to clarify what he meant by “of sound mind”. To that Mr. Chagla asked if the 52nd Dai was insane. The Plaintiff emphatically said “No. I would not say that.” Mr. Chagla asked the Plaintiff if the 52nd Dai was capable of taking decisions on his own till his passing away. The Plaintiff said

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that he was not sure. On being further asked what his reasons were for doubting the 52nd Dai’s capacity to take independent decisions, the Plaintiff said that whenever he went to the Syedna in the last two and half years of his life he noticed a significant difference in him. On being asked how frequently he visited the 52nd Dai in those last two and a half years, the Plaintiff said that during this period he would visit him often whenever the 52nd Dai was in Mumbai. Mr. Chagla showed the Plaintiff his Affidavit of Evidence in which the Plaintiff has said that the Defendant and his brothers “started to implement a devious scheme to try and malign the Plaintiff. Mr. Chagla asked in what way they did this. The Plaintiff said that they told people to stop paying respects to him and stop addressing the Plaintiff as “Maula” and not offer him “Sajda”. When asked whether people actually stopped paying respects to him as before as a result of this, the Plaintiff answered that some people did while some defied the Defendant and continued addressing him as “Maula” and would offer “Sajda”. The Plaintiff also said that the Defendant and his brothers told people that if they addressed the Plaintiff as “Maula” they would not be allowed to go to the Syedna (52nd Dai). On being questioned as to when all this started, the Plaintiff replied that it was sometime after 1987. Mr. Chagla asked whether the Plaintiff would agree that the 52nd Dai was in complete possession of his physical and mental faculties for the period before the last two and half years of his life? The Plaintiff replied that he showed the usual signs of slowing

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down that come with age. When asked whether this impaired his mental faculties, the Plaintiff responded that he did not have the same mental alertness as before. When asked whether the Defendant and his brothers held any position in Daawat (the community), the Plaintiff replied that the Defendant and his elder brother were among the Ameer ul-Jamea (the rectors of Jamea Saifiyah academy in Surat). When asked about the Defendant’s other brothers, the Plaintiff replied that they all were given some Daawat responsibility. The Plaintiff was shown his Affdavit of Evidence in which he has said that the 52nd Dai “actually admonished some of his sons who were not showing the respect they ought to have shown” to the Plaintiff. Mr. Chagla asked which sons was he referring to specifically? The Plaintiff replied that he was referring to the 52nd Dai’s eldest son, Qaid Johar Izzuddin and his younger son Ammar Jamaluddin. When Mr. Chagla further asked whether they changed their attitude to the Plaintiff because of what the 52nd Dai said to them, the Plaintiff replied saying he did not think so. The cross-examination will continue on the 6th and 7th of October. The above information is published from FatemiDawatLegal.com.

HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES:45th Dai Syedna Tayyeb ZainuddinRA The 15th of Zilqada is the Urus of great 45th Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna Tayyeb Zainuddin – Surat. After Syedi AbdulQadir Hakimuddin, the brother and Mansoos of the 43rd Dai Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin, passed away in his lifetime, detractors and Page 3 of 6


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enemies of Dawat scoffed “who will he (the 43rd Dai) appoint now?”. Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin, replied in one of his poems “I will do what my maula Imamuz-zaman inspires me to do”. Soon after, he called the two sons of Syedi Jivanjee from Burhanpur and personally began their tarbiyat and education. The two sons, Syedna Mohammed Izzuddin (the younger brother) and Syedna Tayyeb Zainudin (the elder brother), became the 44th and 45th Dai. A testament to the fact that the chain of Du’at will continue and that the light of Allah will never be extinguished.

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for his kindness and his generosity. Study of religious sciences and particularly the Shari’a proliferated. Outstanding scholars and jurists such as Shaykh Abdul-Ali b. Sh. Abdul-Qadir, Shaykh Isa-bhai Dohadi, and Shaykh Wali-bhai b. Shaykh Habibullah Rampuri came on the scene. The increasing fame and influence of the Dai, the growing prosperity, well-being and good fortune of the Dawat and the mumineen, evoked the jealousy of the Dawat’s enemies; incidents and clashes occurred in which decisive victories were obtained by mumineen. The friendly relations Sayyidna Abdeali Saifuddin had established with the British – now in place as overlords in many parts of India – firmly established as allies of the Dai.

MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 24th & 25th of August in Leading Newspapers Various newspapers covered the proceedings of the hearings on the 24th and 25th of August 2015 in the Bombay High Court in the declaratory suit filed by the Plaintiff Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. These include the Times of India, DNA and the New Indian Express.

On the occasion of Urus we are pleased to present this biographical article on Syedna Tayyeb Zainuddin RA. The article is written by Shz. Dr. Saifiyah baisaheba who researched and wrote her PhD thesis at Oxford University on the history of the Du’aat Mutlaqeen in Yemen and has extensively studied the history of Du’aat Mutlaqeen in India. This is an excerpt from the article: Sayyidna Tayyeb Zainuddin’s reign is known as one of felicity. Indeed, it is described as containing intimations of a time when the Imam reigned among the people. The Dai himself was renowned

A selection of articles are presented in the Media section on Fatemidawat.com.

NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA Urus Majlis Photos Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS presided over the Urus Mubarak of

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Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA on 12th Zilqada at Darus Sakina. After Khatmul Quran and Sadaqalla doa, the qasida mubaraka “saiful huda saiful imamishshaheer” was recited followed by Salaam in Dawat-ni-zaban. Syedna TUS then led Maghrib Isha namaz and mumineen were invited for salawat jaman.

Photos of the event have been presented on FatemiDawat.com.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 45th Dai Syedna Tayyeb Zainuddin RA Urus Majlis On the auspicious occasion of the Urus of the 45th Dai Syedna Tayyeb Zainuddin RA, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will preside over Urus Majlis at Darus Sakina, Thane, at 6pm on Saturday 15th Zil Qada (29th August), followed by Namaaz and Salawaat Jaman, Inshaallah. Those who are unable to attend should gather and pray Khatmul Qur’an on the niyyat of Syedna Tayyeb Zainuddin RA and then pray the Qasida Mubaraka “Ya Tayyeban Ya Zaina Dawat Tayyebi” composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA in the shaan of Syedna Tayyeb Page 4 of 6


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Zainuddin RA. Mumineen should also recite Salaam written in Dawat-niZaban by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba in which she has done zikar of Syedna Tayyeb Zainuddin’s shanaat and the historic events in his reign. The PDF of the Qasida and Salaam are available on fatemidawat.com.

his Dai, for the further purification of the soul the following virtues are required:

IKHWANUS SAFA ARTICLE SERIES:‘ILM – Part 1 We are pleased to present the article entitled: ’Ilm The Purpose of the Human Soul: Takmeel (Purification and Completion) and Reunification with its Divine Origin, in the series of articles on the Rasail Ikhwan al-Safa, which were composed by the ninth Imam, Imam Ahmad ul Mastur SA, at a time when religion was pitched against, or in contradiction to, the advances of science and the enlightenment of philosophy. The third article in the series was entitled The Philosophy of Life in the Rasail and discussed the profound question: “what is the purpose of our lives on this earth?” The Ikhwan explain that the supreme purpose of this life is for the individual soul to rejoin its Divine Origin and that the process of unification and purification of the soul begins by Ma’refat and Walayat/Muhabbat (recognition and love) for the representative of the Divine in this world, the Imam uz Zamaan (see article on‘ishq and mohabbat). The purpose of life is one of the most profound questions that many have tried to answer over the centuries. The Ikhwanus Safa not only answer this essential question in their Rasail, but they also present a compact and practical program through which man can achieve this ultimate purpose of life. After Ma’refat and Muhabbat (recognition and love) of the Imam and

In the sequence of articles that will be published every month, each of the three virtues required are explored, beginning with the acquisition of knowledge. This week’s article, entitled Ilm The Purpose of the Human Soul: Takmeel (Purification and Completion) and Reunification with its Divine Origin, is the first in a 10 part sequence of articles on ‘ilm. It discusses the necessity of knowledge for the completion and purification of the Human Soul and focuses on the Godgiven ‘in-built’ characteristics that facilitate the realisation of the Potential of the human soul. These characteristics are: 1) Motivation and drive towards longevity, 2) the five senses, 3) the Intellect (defining the two kinds of intellect, the instinctive and the acquired, and the five powers of the intellect: namely the power of imagination, power to think, power to memorize, power of speech and power of action and creation) and 4) Divine inspiration and the reception of spiritual communication from God.

1. Acquisition of knowledge – ‘ilm 2. Good actions in accordance with this knowledge – ‘amal 3. Good character traits and virtues –akhlaaq.

Safa (one article will published each month): 1. ’Ilm -1 The Purpose of the Human Soul: Takmeel (Purification and Completion) and Reunification with its Divine Origin (Published this week) 2. ‘Ilm – 2 The Pursuit of Knowledge 3. ‘Ilm – 3 The Classification of Knowledge – 1 4. ‘Ilm – 4 The Classification of Knowledge – 2 5. ‘Ilm – 5 The Value of Knowledge 6. ‘Ilm – 6 The Ladder of Knowledge 7. ‘Ilm – 7 The Journey of Knowledge 8. ‘Ilm – 8 Mufeed: The Teacher 9. ‘Ilm – 9 Mustafeed: The Student 10. ‘Ilm – 10 ‘ilm and Imaan See the full first article, The Purpose of the Human Soul: Takmeel (Purification and Completion) and Reunification with its Divine Origin on FatemiDawat.com This series is authored by Shz. Bazat Tayyeba Baisaheba Qutbuddin who has attained the barakat of knowledge of Aale Mohammed for years from Syedna Burhanuddin and Syedna Qutbuddin. The articles in these series present a glimpse into the richness of our heritage that is preserved not only in books, but in the souls of Dais who safeguard it, transmit it and enrich it. The articles are surely a source of enrichment but are not a substitute to the traditional sabaq. In our system of knowledge, the book or words are like the body, and the teacher and his teachings are like the soul.

This is the list of articles that will follow on the subject of ‘Ilm in the Ikhwanus

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: Sabar is the Path to Victory LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 24th & 25th August 2015 HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: 45th Dai Syedna Tayyeb Zainuddin RA MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 24th & 25th of August in Leading Newspapers NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA Urus Majlis Photos ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 45th Dai Syedna Tayyeb Zainuddin RA Urus Majlis IKHWANUS SAFA ARTICLE SERIES: ‘ILM – Part 1

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA greet mumineen as they descend from a plane ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫ضل ْنَا بَعْضَه ُ ْم عَلَى بَعْض‬ َ َ‫ل ف‬ ُ ‫س‬ ُ ُ ‫ك الر‬ َ ْ ‫تِل‬

(Surat al-Baqara: 253) Of those messengers, some of whom We have caused to excel others… SIJILL ARTICLE: Syedna Taher Saifuddin – “Betterment of Humanity” During the course of his 53 years as Dai, the impact Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA had on our community is immeasurable. His contribution in the sphere of ‘ilm was unparalleled; he authored over 40 risalats, over tenthousand verses of poetry in the Arabic language, thousands of sabaqs, sermons (waaz) and bayaans. He built hundreds of schools, not only forreligious education but also for secular schooling. His dedication to mumineen’swellbeing and welfare was incomparable; he regularly held bethaks and gave personal attention to each mumin, often sitting with them late into the night. Hisorganization of

the administration of Dawat and expansion of its infrastructurewas remarkable; he established and organized departments and built masjids, mazaars, madrasas and zarihs. His efforts in the defense of Dawat were extraordinary; he fought and defended 28 court cases (reminiscent of the 28 battles Rasulullah SA fought). His dedication to prayer and ‘ibaadat was exemplary; he fasted every Ramadan without missing a single roza his entire life, he led Imaamat namaaz in the Masjid every morning and every night (his first year as Dai he prayed all five faraz in the Masjid), and prayed two rak’ats in the middle of every night for mumineen. His efforts in travelling to places where mumineen resided were tireless; he travelled all across India and all across the globe, even using bullock-carts where necessary, and spent many months in faraway towns. All of these efforts were for the community, for mumineen, and for Dawat. Throughout all of these efforts for Dawat, Syedna Taher Saifuddin also positively impacted the wider

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Updated Photo Gallery Photos of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA that aim to highlight some of the extraordinary facets of his life

PUBLISHED WORKS SERIES: Excerpts from a “Short Biography of His Holiness Sardar Syedna Taher Saifuddin Saheb” Shaikh Dawood Moulvi in 1940

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Muslim community and humanity at large. We are pleased to feature an updated photo gallery of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA on FatemiDawat.com that highlights some of these extraordinary facets of his life. At the beginning of Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s reign, a Muslim leader in Delhi declared the Bohra faith and their leader as “un-Islamic.” Syedna Taher Saifuddin wrote to the leader and began a dialogue with him clarifying the misunderstandings that he had about the Bohra community and its teachings. Eventually, this Muslim leader invited Syedna Taher Saifuddin to Delhi and received him at the train station with over 10,000 Muslims.

When Syedna Taher Saifuddin was conferred the Chancellorship of Aligarh Muslim University, the ViceChancellor, Dr. Zakir Husain introduced him to the audience at the start of the day’s program. Dr. Zakir Husain said in his speech that, “until now, all those who had held the Chancellorship had their own seal or coin (sikka).” [He was referring to all the Nawabs and local rulers who had coins stamped in their name in their emirate or kingdom]. Dr. Zakir Husain went on to say that, “Syedna Taher Saifuddin has no such seal” (inka koi sikka nahi hein). As the hall was rendered silent, Dr. Zakir Husain concluded, “his seal is on the hearts of all Muslims” (inka sikka musalmaano ke dil pein hein). Soon

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after, Dr. Zakir Husain became the Vice-President and then President of India. In the last years of his life, Syedna Taher Saifuddin travelled to the FarEast. In Singapore, he met with Sir Malcom Macdonald, the British High Commissioner in Singapore. Soon after, Sir Malcom became the Governor-General of Kenya. During this time, devoted mumineen from East Africa invited Syedna Taher Saifuddin to visit. A group that harbored jealousy and animosity towards Syedna Taher Saifuddin attempted to derail the visit. Their efforts were thwarted as Sir Malcom himself wrote to Syedna Taher Saifuddin inviting him and informing him that he would personally receive Syedna in Nairobi. This incident was a manifestation of the impact of Syedna’s single meeting with him in Singapore. Sir Malcom also held a function on 6 January 1964 to bid farewell to Syedna Taher Saifuddin after a four-month visit to East Africa. The following is an excerpt from his speech: “His Holiness is back from a constant strenuous safari of four months from one place to another to meet his followers. It is amazing that at the age of eighty he seems as fresh as I saw him on his arrival in Kenya for the first time. India must be proud that this Man of God is born on her motherland. He has devoted his whole life to guide his community as well as mankind for the betterment of humanity. I think no other saint of his caliber is known in this century or will be born for some time to come.” In his 53 years as Dai, Syedna Taher Saifuddin built a legacy that will have an impact for centuries to come. His most lasting legacy is that he prepared his great successor, the 52nd Dai

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Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, but also his successor’s successor, the 53rd Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. May Allah Ta’ala help us ensure that our identity as a community, as well as our own self-identities, always be grounded in the fact that we are fortunate and proud to be the followers of such noble leaders.

PUBLISHED WORKS SERIES:Excerpts from a “Short Biography of His Holiness Sardar Syedna Taher Saifuddin Saheb” Shaikh Dawood Moulvi in 1940 Shaikh Dawood Moulvi was a devout follower of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA who built his career in the service of the Nizam of Hyderabad. After his retirement he devoted himself entirely to the educational upliftment of the community. Published in 1940, on the occasion of Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s Silver Jubilee as Dai al-Mutlaq, the short biography written by Shaikh Dawood begins with this introduction: It is not given to many outside the Muslim world intimately to know the noted celebrity in the person of His Holiness Sardar Saiyedna Taher Saifuddin Saheb, the Dai-l-Mutlaq, or the Mullaji Saheb as he is familiarly known, of the Dawoodi Bohra community. While it is impossible to do full justice, in a short biography like this, to the rich and useful life of His Holiness, it is hoped that the details given in the following pages will convey a penpicture of His Holiness sufficient for the reader to appreciate the greatness of his divine personality. ... The embodiment of unalloyed piety and sanctity, His Holiness has a heart

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endowed with the kindest sentiments and tenderest feelings for his followers over whose destinies he presides. As spiritual and temporal head of the community, his love for his people and his solicitude for their welfare are akin to his love for his own children. ... Every Islamic Institution, Madrasah or Orphanage in India or abroad, that has besought His Holiness’ help, has invariably benefited by his cheerful and generous response. It is difficult in a brief sketch like this to enumerate all his bounties, so only a few of them are mentioned here.

His Holiness contributed a large sum towards the construction of the holy Masjid-e-Aqsa at Jerusalem and gave munificently to the Smyrna Relief and the Mopla Funds. The Muslim University at Aligarh, the Shia College at Lucknow, the Madrasatul Islam at Karachi, the Anjuman-e-Islam School and Orphanage at Madras, the Anjuman-eIslam High School at Nagpur, the Islamic College and Orphanage at Calcutta, the Arabic and Oriental College, the Tibbi and Vedic College and several minor institutions at Delhi and elsewhere throughout the country have received and continue to receive his generous financial assistance either in the shape of scholarships or annual donations. He

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has contributed liberally to, and in some cases borne the entire cost of, many a conference, educational and otherwise, which has been held in Islamic interests. The Tabligh-e-Islam Movement, the Moslem Federation, the Muslim League and other Muslim political institutions have always received his hearty cooperation and goodwill. The generosity and sympathy of His Holiness are not confined to his people or Islam alone. Non-Islamic Institutions have also had their full share of his bounty. His handsome donations to the Sarvajanic Education Society of Surat, the Vanita Vishram Girls’ School of Ahmedabad, the Government High School at Surat and Sir J. C. Bose’s Research Institute at Calcutta are a few striking examples. In 1926 His Holiness contributed Rs. 51,000 towards the Bombay Hospital Fund, with the stipulation that, in spending it, Islamic susceptibilities should be fully respected. The Viceroy’s Quetta Relief Fund, the Gujerat Flood Relief Fund, the Silver Jubilee Fund and diverse other Public Funds of varying importance have all received his hearty response from time to time.

leading personalities of Delhi, and was taken round in procession in a decorated car through the principal streets and bazaars of the city. The eager public came to see him in the thousands and gave him a thunderous ovation. The Jungi Lath Saheb’s Hothi, (the former residence of H.E. the Commander-inChief) where he stayed, was, day and night, the scene of innumerable visits from leaders and public men. His programme of engagements during his short stay in Delhi was crammed with various public functions, such as Tea and Garden Parties and visits to educational and industrial institutions.

... On his way back from Simla on 2nd August, 1930, His Holiness was given a great public welcome at the Imperial City of Delhi. There was not an Anjuman or Association, Organisation or Committee of an Islamic body, that was not represented in the grand reception. The platform of Delhi Central Station was one mass of surging humanity and those who could not get standing space climbed on to the roofs of carriages of the special train conveying the honoured guest to have a glimpse of his divine person. He was received by the Muslim leaders, Government officials and other

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Mutlaq Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA with an overview of his personality and achievements during his era.

Here is a brief excerpt from the full article (the full article is on fatemidawat.com). “… The virtues of all previous Du’aat were encompassed in Syedna Taher Saifuddin. His era was defined by a transformation from an earlier prevalence of doubt and tumult to full certainty in belief and devotion, by a renaissance of the knowledge of Aal-eMuhammad and by acknowledgment of the Dawoodi Bohra Community worldwide as an educated, peaceful and enterprising community. In a telling anecdote, the representatives of the community in Ahmedabad once paid a visited to the Governor to inform him of Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s upcoming visit and requesting his cooperation in organizing a State welcome befitting Syedna. The Governor, Mehdi Nawaz Jung, curtly told the representatives, ‘Who is Syedna?’ The representatives were perplexed and did not know how to respond. The Governor then said, ‘You do not have to tell me who Syedna is. Dawoodi Bohras are only a small minority, and yet it is Syedna Taher Saifuddin who has placed you as a community on the world map!’”

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ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA Milad Majlis On the auspicious occasion of the Milad of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will preside over Waaz Majlis and deliver bayaan at Darus Sakina, Thane, at 5 pm on Thursday 27th Zil Qada (10th Septmber). Syedna TUS will lead Maghrib Isha Namaaz which will be followed by Salawaat Jaman, Inshaallah. Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb will preside over Milad Majlis in Bakersfield on Wednesday 27mi raat Zil Qada (9th September) at 7:35 PM PST (Thursday 10th September 8.05 AM IST). The Majlis will be available to view live and for replay through this link. Those who are unable to attend should gather and pray the Qasida mubaraka “ya ayyuhat-Tayyibu wat-Taheru” written by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA in the Shaan of Imamuz-zaman, pray the Qasida “nooru muhayyaka ya sayfal huda laami’u” written by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA in shaan of Syedna Taher Saifuddin on his Milad in 1352H, pray the salaam written by Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS “ay saifedin sarwar hazaaro salaam” and do tasbeeh of the name of Syedna Taher Saifuddin (RA). The PDF and audio of the Qasidas and Salaam are available on FatemiDawat.com. LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 24th & 25th August 2015 The cross-examination of the Plaintiff (Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS) in the Suit filed by him in the Hon’ble Bombay High Court continued for two days on the 24th and 25th of August 2015 at 12:00pm in the historic courtroom No. 46, presided by Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel. 172

The Plaintiff was cross-examined by the Defendant’s (Shehzada Mufaddal Saifuddin) Senior Counsel Mr. Iqbal Chagla.

For a summary of the questions and answers presented in court during these days click here. The cross-examination will continue on the 6th and 7th of October. The above information is published from FatemiDawatLegal.com.

MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 24th & 25th of August in Leading Newspapers Various newspapers covered the proceedings of the hearings on the 24th and 25th of August 2015 in the Bombay High Court in the declaratory suit filed by the Plaintiff Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. These include the Times of India, DNA and the New Indian Express. A selection of articles are presented in the Media section on Fatemidawat.com.

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: Syedna Taher Saifuddin – “Betterment of Humanity” PUBLISHED WORKS SERIES: Excerpts from a “Short Biography of His Holiness Sardar Syedna Taher Saifuddin Saheb” Shaikh Dawood Moulvi in 1940 HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: 51ST Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin (From Sijill 14) ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA Milad Majlis LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 24th & 25th August 2015 MEDIA ARTICLES: Covering the Hearing of the 24th & 25th of August in Leading Newspapers

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Bayaan Highlights & Photos of Syedna Taher Saifuddin Milad Majlis ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ِ ‫ن الْف َحْ ش َاء‬ َ ‫صلَاة َ ۖ ِإنَ ال‬ َ ‫و َأَ ق ِ ِم ال‬ ِ َ ‫صلَاة َ تَنْهَ ى ع‬ ُ ‫و َال ْمُنكَر ِ ۗ وَلَذِك ْر ُ الل َه ِ أَ كْ ب َر‬

(Surat al-Ankabut: 45) Establish regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. SIJILL ARTICLE: A Pause for Namaaz, Prayer, in our Fast Paced World Namaaz is one of the seven central pillars of our faith. Namaaz was prescribed to us by our Nabi Mohammed Rasulullah SA, and he taught us that it should be performed five times every day. Namaaz is a compulsory obligation (farizat) that each one of us commits to when we give our Misaaq to Allah Ta’ala and his waliyy. Centuries have passed since Rasullulah’s era, and the pace of life has quickened exponentially. The

feeling that “there is no time” is becoming more and more commonplace in today’s world. The obligations of work, school, and friends and family seem to be unrelenting. However, as important as these commitments may be, this fast paced, over-committed life style often leaves us very little time to pause and reflect. The five farizat Namaaz times are designed to make us pause, step aside from our worldly engagements, stand in front of the Almighty, and reflect. It provides occasions, five times a day, when we put in perspective our day-today worries and re-evaluate our priorities by remembering Allah Ta’ala. As the ayat quoted above states, “the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala is the greatest thing without doubt.” When we remember Allah, we become conscious of our purpose in life. When we remember Allah, we remember Aakherat and Allah Ta’ala’s promise. When we remember Allah, we are conscious of His gaze that “restrains from shameful and unjust deeds.” When we remember Allah, no matter how difficult the troubles we are facing seem, we find solace and himmat

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(courage) in his aid and succor. Prayer is a time to reset our priority list five times a day. It is a time to reflect five times a day. It is a time to remember Allah Ta’ala – at least – five times a day. Rasulullah SA with great wisdom prescribed these five farizat prayers every day (which was originally fifty, see Sijill Article about Rasullulah’s conversation with Musa Nabi). Our Du’aat kiraam have guided us to pray these five farizat namaaz at three distinct times (the Da’aimul Islam – the most authoritative text of jurisprudence and Fiqh - clearly states that Zohor and Asar time both begin at midday and Maghrib and Isha time begins at sunset). One of the reasons this allowance was given was to make it easier for mumineen to observe the five prayers punctually, within the prescriptions of Shari’at. Our Mawali guide us to perform the farizat prayers, and they also encourage us to learn its meaning, significance and ta’wil. We are fortunate that because of our walaayat of our Awliyaa Kiraam, Imamuz Zaman, and Daiz zaman our prayers are accepted by Allah Ta’ala. The Da’aimul Islam explains in great detail the importance of walaayat for the acceptance of our ‘ibaadat. Because we recognize Saheb-e-Zaman the ‘ilm and deeper meaning of these prayers is available to us, and it is all the more incumbent upon us to diligently observe the farizat prayers, and for us to seek this knowledge about the meaning of namaaz. The namaaz module presented this week on FatemiMadrasa.com focuses on the tenets of namaaz and the literal meaning of the doas we recite in it. It enables us to pray in the manner prescribed by our Awliyaa Kiraam, the manner in which Rasulullah SA prayed. It gives a foundation for us to seek and

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acquire the deeper meanings in the tenets and actions of the farizat prayers. Our Mawali Tahereen have instructed us to worship Allah Ta’ala “as if you see Him in front of you; even if you do not see Him, remember that He sees you.”

NEWS & EVENTS: Bayaan Highlights & Photos of Syedna Taher Saifuddin Milad Majlis Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS presided over the Milad Mubarak Majlis of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA on 27th Zilqada at Darus Sakina. After Sharbat and wadhwanu, selected abyaat from qasidas by the 51st, 52nd and 53rd Dais were recited.

In the majlis, Syedna TUS enriched mumineen with bayaan of the ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed, the ma’rifat and recognition of our awliyaa’ kiraam, and with his benedictions and do’a. Syedna Qutbuddin TUS recited the Quranic ayat: “of these Messengers some we have caused to excel others” (tilkar-rusulu faddalna ba’dahum ‘ala ba’d – Surat al-Baqara: 253), explaining that while the standing and maqaam of each Messenger is great and

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distinguished, Allah Ta’ala has especially honored our Nabi Mohammed Rasulullah SA. Though he was the last of the Prophets, he was their seal, khatamul anbiyaa’, and their leader, sayyidul anbiya’. In the Du’aat Mutlaqeen, Syedna said, the standing and maqaam of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA is distinguished: the Sun among the Du’aat, “shamsuddu’aat al-mutlaqeen”. Syedna added that Syedna Taher Saifuddin said that the 43rd Dai Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA received exceptional inspiration, fayz and ta’yeed from the Imam, but that he, the 51st Dai, received even more. When the 51st Dai composed one of his many Risalats, he once said to Syedna Qutbuddin that, “the pen cannot keep up with the inspiration, ta’yeed and fayz that is received.” Syedna recited a bayt from Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s Munajaat in which he offers thanks to Allah Ta’ala for this bounty. Syedna Qutbuddin then recited a passage from a waaz by the 51st Dai in which he prays for his Mansoos and Mazoon Syedna Mohmmed Burhanuddin RA, who was doing waaz in Mumbai at the time. The 51st Dai said that his Mansoos and Mazoon was doing waaz and bayaan with the inspiration and ta’yeed. Syedna Qutbuddin asserted that this statement was exclusively used by Syedna Taher Saifuddin for his Mansoos, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. While the 51st Dai may have praised his other sons on various occasions, the reference to ta’yeed was only used for his Mansoos. Other than Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, Syedna Qutbuddin asserted, the only person for whom this statement was used for by the 51st Dai was for his 11th son, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. Syedna Qutbuddin narrated in detail how he

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received the handwrittenmisaal (letter) penned by the 51st Dai. Syedna Qutbuddin was in Udaipur and he had performed Ashara Mubaraka waaz for the first time at the ripe age of 21. He received a message from Busaheba Aamenah Aaisaheba that an important letter was sent by registered post and that he should look out for it. The letter arrived when Syedna Qutbuddin was in a bethak surrounded by mumineen. Upon opening the letter and seeing the handwriting of the 51st Dai, his heart yearned for him (dil bharaay aayu). Among the deep and meaningful words penned by the 51st Dai in the misaal were these: “we offered thanks… that you delivered with Allah’s aid and the flow of the ta’yeed of his waliyy (Imamuz-zaman) alayhis salaam, and that too in the prime of your youth, the waaz in Ashara Mubraka.” The 51st Dai indicated clearly by this statement what he foresaw for his 11th son. Referring to Syedna Qadi alNu’man’s Asaas-ut-Taweel, Syedna added that Nabi Ya’qub foresaw that his 11th son, Nabi Yusuf, would succeed him when he saw the signs that he was receiving ta’yeed.

Syedna Qutbuddin ended the bayaan with guidance and maw’izat to mumineen to follow the true and righteous path, he beseeched doa for them and recited the shahadat of Imam Husain SA. We offer praise and thanks to Allah Ta’ala for showing us the right path to follow is the true successor of the 51st and 52nd Dais, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. May Allah Ta’ala grant a long life to our Maula and may we soon hear the good tidings of Nasre Aziz and Fathe Mubeen. Photos of the Majlis are presented on

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Pehli Tarikh “Ghurrat-ush-shahr” Majlis of ZilHijja 1436H On the eve of 1st Zil Hijja, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will lead Maghrib Isha Namaaz at Darus Sakina (13th September) followed by Pehli Tarikh Khushi Majlis, in which mumineen, muminaat and their children will receive sharaf of qadambosi, inshaallah. All mumineen are invited for Salawaat Jaman. FATEMI MADRASA: Multi Media Namaaz Module

This week we are pleased to present the Fatemi Madrasa Namaaz Multi Media eModule. The module is a comprehensive learning platform especially aimed towards children and young adults who want to learn and/or revise their namaaz. The module includes the entire Namaaz in Arabic, with audios and photos, Dawat ni Zaban and English translations, English transliteration, and a brief write up about the significance of namaaz.

This is eModule is presented in line of the philosophy of Fatemi Madrasa to enable parents to be part of the deeni tarbiyat and ta'leem of our children in a way that is engaging and understandable to them.

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FATEMI DAWAT HEALTH INITIATIVE WEBINAR SERIES: 3rdWebinar – “Practical sleep medicine” Under the auspices of Zahra Hasanaat, with the raza and doa of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, Fatemi Dawat Health Initiative aims to promote good health in our community. The mission of the Fatemi Dawat Health Initiative is to Educate, Engage, and Empower mumineen to improve their health. The webinar series was successfully launched in Shehrullah al-Mo’azzam 1436H. The first webinar delivered by Dr. Fehmida Chipty on Gastroesophageal Reflux (acid reflux or heartburn) and the second webinar delivered by Dr. Quresh Khairullah was on “Hypertension: Recognizing and Dealing with the Tensions of High Blood Pressure.” Both received a terrific response (in case you missed it, please send an email to info@fatemidawat.com to receive link to view a replay of Dr. Chipty’s and Dr. Khairullah’s presentation). The third 30 minute live webinar entitled “Practical sleep medicine” will be delivered by Dr. Najmuddin S. Patwa, M.D on 8 raat of Zil Hijja (Sunday, 20th September) at 8.30PM IST (10:30AM EST ). Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions to Dr. Najmuddin S. Patwa towards the end of the talk. Those who wish to attend must register by emailing info@fatemidawat.com. In the email please indicate your name, location, and that you are interested in registering for the webinar. Dr. Najmuddin S. Patwa, M.D. is a board certified physician in the fields of Internal medicine, Pulmonary medicine, and Sleep medicine, with additional training and certification in Critical Care medicine. Currently he is the Medical director of Page 3 of 4


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Stoneham Medical Group, medical director of the Winchester Hospital sleep disorder Center, and pulmonary service chief. He is also involved in additional administrative activities in his hospital community. Following his education in Columbia University in New York and Hahnemann University in Philadelphia he had training in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx New York. Pulmonary and critical care fellowships were also in the Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of medicine system where he was chief pulmonary fellow and chief critical care fellow. He developed interest in researching the lung effects of sickle cell anemia with publications. Previously he was employed with New York medical College as an assistant professor of medicine in pulmonary and critical care department at Metropolitan Hospital in New York. Specifically managing a specialty clinic for patients with severe asthma. He is self-educated in sleep medicine and attained board certification from the American Board of sleep medicine and subsequently the American Board

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two significant sleep issues relating to insufficient sleep quality, insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea. We will also touch upon the basics of normal sleep and the benefits of sleep. Hopefully with some suggestions on how to get a good night sleep.

This is the abstract of the third webinar:Practical sleep medicine In our current Society there is a significant strain put on people to obtain an adequate amount of sleep in order to be able to function well in their daily activities. In the United States it is estimated that more than 40 million people have chronic sleep problems and up to 60% of the population will have problems of insomnia during the course of any year. Insufficient sleep may result in automobile crashes, mood disorders, workplace accidents and errors. Also, sleep disorders may have negative effects on general health or may be signs of underlying health problems. In this discussion we will try to focus on

LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 24th & 25thAugust 2015 The cross-examination of the Plaintiff (Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS) in the Suit filed by him in the Hon’ble Bombay High Court continued for two days on the 24th and 25th of August 2015 at 12:00pm in the historic courtroom No. 46, presided by Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel. The Plaintiff was cross-examined by the Defendant’s (Shehzada Mufaddal Saifuddin) Senior Counsel Mr. Iqbal Chagla. For a summary of the questions and answers presented in court during these days click here. The cross-examination will continue on the 6th and 7th of October. The above information is published from FatemiDawatLegal.com.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week

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SIJILL ARTICLE: A Pause for Namaaz, Prayer, in our Fast Paced World NEWS & EVENTS: Bayaan Highlights & Photos of Syedna Taher Saifuddin Milad Majlis ANNOUNCEMENT: Pehli Tarikh “Ghurrat-ush-shahr” Majlis of ZilHijja 1436H FATEMI MADRASA: Multi Media Namaaz Module FATEMI DAWAT HEALTH INITIATIVE WEBINAR SERIES:3rd Webinar – “Practical sleep medicine” LEGAL UPDATE: Bombay High Court Declaratory Suit 24th & 25th August 2015

Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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The ‘Twinship’ of Deen & Dunya ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫حس َن َة ً و َق ِنَا‬ َ ِ ‫خرَة‬ ِ ‫حس َن َة ً و َفِي ٱلآ‬ َ ‫ر َب َن َآ آتنَِا فِي ٱلدنْيَا‬ ِ‫عَذ َابَ ٱلن َار‬

(Surat al-Baqara: 201) O Lord! Grant us the blessings and benefits of this world as well as the hereafter. MESSAGE FROM THE SIJILL TEAM: Eid ul Adha Mubarak! On the auspicious and joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, we would like to wish you all a heartfelt Eid Mubarak. May Eid bring us together as one. May the spirit of the Eid-of-Sacrifice strengthen us for the sacrifices we bear for Haqq. May Eid bring us and our loved ones joy and happiness. By the Grace of Allah Ta’ala and Syedna’s TUS doa, may we have the strength to continue spreading the message of Truth and Haqq. May Allah Ta’ala grant a long life to Maulana TUS to guide us and to pray for us.

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SIJILL ARTICLE: The ‘Twinship’ of Deen & Dunya The Imams and Dais of the Dawoodi Bohra Community have always guided community members to persevere and attain success and prosperity in both Deen (religion) and Duniya (world). Following the Holy Qur’an’s direction: “[Pray] O Lord! Grant us the blessings and benefits of this world as well as the hereafter,” they have counselled community members to work toward a balance in their lives that enables mumineen to achieve success in bothdeeni and dunyavi aspects of their lives. To maintain a healthy balance is key so that we may sustain ourselves in this world as well as prepare for the next. In the qasida al-‘aqlu fil insaane a’lal jawhari, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA encapsulates some of the essential tenets of Fatimid philosophy. In this qasida he captures the importance of balance between Deen and Dunya by describing them as “twins.” In the next verses, he counsels mumineen that their worldly affairs should be conducted in accordance with their

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Mumbai

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Arafa & Eid-ul-Adha

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religion, and that religion should in fact be the moral compass that directs their worldly affairs. This is the secret to a fulfilling and comfortable life. This balance helps us stay focused on the road that ensures our salvation, and also this balance encourages a full and happy life in this world.

While the principles of Deen (our religion) are constant, Dunya (this world) is constantly changing. Change is in its very nature. The challenge we face is striking a balance between the two in the evershifting contexts of this world. The guidance and direction of Sahibuzzaman, our guide in this day and age, is vital to help us navigate this challenge. Each Dai directs, guides, and counsels mumineen to enable and encourage this balance in their time. Syedna Qutbuddin TUS guides us as to how we can achieve this balance by his words and examples. Whether it is guidance about farizat namaaz (see Sijill article 83), zakaat (See Sijill article 21), attending Ashara waaz (See Ashara announcement below), Syedna’s guidance is true to the principles of faith and at the same time enable mumineen to achieve the balance in today’s world. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the , wisdom and strength to seek, appreciate, and follow the guidance of Syedna. May He enable us to strike a balance between our Deen and Dunya to have a fulfilling and comfortable life in this world while preparing for our eternal life in the

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Ashara Mubaraka 1437H - Mumbai It is the unique and auspicious tradition of our hudaat that we begin each year withzikar and noha of Imam Husain SA. And by the virtue of Imam Husain’s remembrance we receive the barakaat of ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed SA in the ten days of Ashara Mubaraka. It is indeed a great ne’mat to receive these barakaat from the Dai of Imamuz-zamaan. It strengthens and rejuvenates our spirits for the upcoming year and increases our darajaat in Aakherat. Adjusting for school and work during the morning hours, Syedna Qutbuddin has directed that “wa’az” sermons be held in the afternoon. Syedna urges community members to attend the sermons in person. For those who cannot, he has directed that Shz. Taher bhaisaheb’s sermons be broadcast live on YouTube, and also be made available for access 24/7 online. In 1437H, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will deliver Ashara Mubaraka waazin Mumbai at Darus Sakina inshaallah.

From the 2nd to the 9th of Moharram (14th October to 22nd October), waaz Majilis will begin at 3.30PM, followed by Maghrib Isha namaaz and Niyaz Jaman inshaallah. The timings for Aashura Day (22nd October) will be announced later. Mumineen are encouraged to take

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thebarakaat of Ashara Mubaraka with Syedna TUS. The announcement of the venue and timings for Ashara Mubaraka has been made more than a month in advance to give mumineen sufficient time to plan for the occasion. We will help facilitate accommodation arrangements for those traveling to Mumbai for the occasion in hotels and other accommodation close to Darus Sakina. Please inform us of your plans by emailing info@fatemidawat.com. Informing us in advance will also help us to better plan for the occasion.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H – San Jose London & Worldwide Broadcast

In San Jose, California, USA – Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb will deliver Ashara Mumbaraka waaz with the raza and Doa of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS. Mumineen in North America are urged to partake the barakaat of ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed and the remembrance and Noha of Imam Husain SA. Timings and further venue information will be published shortly. In London, United Kingdom – Shehzada Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb will delivesr Ashara Mumbaraka waaz with the raza and Doa of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS. Mumineen in the UK are urged to partake the barakaat of ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed and the remembrance and Noha of Imam Husain SA. Shehzada Dr.

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Abdeali Bhaisaheb will lead Maghrib isha namaz, after which majlis and marsiya will start at 6.45pm and then Waaz will be from 7pm - 8.30pm, followed by Aqa Husain AS niyaz jaman. First waaz will be on Tuesday 13 October 2015. Ashura waaz will be on Ashura day (Thursday 22 October 2015), in the morning from 11:00am1:00pm, followed by namaz and doa. Maqtal Bayan will be on Ashura day from 3:30pm-5:30pm followed by Maghrib-Isha Namaz and iftaar/niyaz jaman.

All mumineen are invited to attend, no conditions apply. For those who are unable to attend Ashara mubaraka in Darus Sakina, Thane with Syedna TUS or in San Jose, California or in London, UK we have made the following arrangement: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS has granted raza Mubarak for Shz Taher bhaisaheb waaz to be broadcasted live from San Jose. The live broadcast timings and further information will be published shortly. The link to watch the waaz replay will be made available shortly after the live broadcast is complete.The link will be available 24/7. Please check Fatemidawat.com throughout Ashara Mubaraka for updates and for excerpts from Syedna’s waaz Mubarak this year.

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The YouTube link for Shz Taher bhaisaheb LIVE waaz relays will be listed on fatemidawat.com

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Arafa & Eid-ul-Adha

Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will lead Zohor Asar Namaz on the Mubarak Day of Arafa (Tuesday 9th Zil HIjja, 22nd October) at Darus Sakina. Mumineen are invited for Salawaat jaman. Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will also lead Maghrib Isha namaz and washeq in Darus Sakina on Eid Night (Eve of 10th Zil Hijja, 22nd October) and also Fajr Namaz and Eid Khutba on Eid Day (Wednesday 10th Zil Hijja, 23rd October). Syedna TUS will preside over Eid-ul-Adha khushi Majlis immediately after Khutba namaz and Zabihat. Mumineen attending namaz are invited for Eid Nashta.

and Day Namaz along with Doas and recording of Syedna TUS wasila have been uploaded to fatemidawat.com. A short video showing the sequence of the Eid Khutba Namaz is also available on the website. To view the full Amal Details, please visit Fatemidawat.com.

HIKAAYAT SERIES: The Marvelous City Hikaayat (lit. stories) refers to the morals and fables that are presented in the books of Da’wat. Many of these Hikaayat are presented in the Rasail of Ikhwanus Safa. The morals presented in these stories often highlight the transience of this world and the importance of the goodness of character. We are pleased to present a selection of these Hikaayat on Fatemidawat.com.

The Hikaayat The Marvelous City from the Epistle on Geography, vol. 1, p. 167 translated by Professor Shatha Almutawa is presented in English on Fatemidawat.com.

Mas’uls, coordinators, will lead Eid namaaz in the cities listed on the directory page of FatemiDawat.com. Please contact your local mas’ul for venue information and further details (their email address and phone numbers are listed on this page). Amal Details for Arafa Day, Eid Night

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A group of people entered the city of a great, wise, just, and merciful king, who built it with his wisdom, and he prepared in it unique crafts that should be seen because they cannot be described. He placed in it a dining table with food for those who visit it, and food for those leaving it. He invited some of his slaves to his presence in order to bestow on them of his magnanimity. He told them to descend into that city on their way, to take a look at it and to see what’s in it, and to contemplate his marvelous

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creations and to learn from his strange formations, in order to tame their souls, so they become by seeing it wise, good, and noble. They would then arrive at this presence, and they would deserve his generosity. The group of people visited the city. They spent their entire night busy eating, drinking, playing, and having a good time. Then they left it at the break of dawn without knowing which gate they had entered through, or which gate they left from, and they did not see the signs of his wisdom or the strange creations, and they did not benefit from anything in it more than their pleasure that night while eating and drinking only. Such is the case of the sons of the dunya who come to it ignorant. They remain in it confused and forced, denying the matter of the last abode. They leave it as God says, glorified is His praise: “He who is blind in it will be blind in the afterlife and even more lost.”

NEWS & EVENTS: Pehli Tarikh “Ghurrat-ush-shahr” Majlis of ZilHijja 1436H

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SIJILL ARTICLE: The Ka‘ba of Stones and the Ka‘ba of Souls – From Sijill 34 As stated in the verse above, Allah Ta’ala established the Ka‘ba as a place of worship and as a sanctuary. It is focal point of all Muslim prayer. It is the center of the Muslim world. It is a sanctuary from bloodshed – hence the name Masjid-e-Haraam, where bloodshed is haraam and forbidden. Those who have had the good fortune to travel to Makkah Mukarrama for Hajj or Umrah understand that the majesty of Baitullah is something difficult to describe in words. In this world, it is the closest one can get to the feeling of standing in front of the Almighty. May Allah Ta‘ala grant us the sharaf and opportunity for Umrah and Hajj in the near future. May He also grant us the opportunity of the ziarat of Rasulullah SA in Madina Munawwara. In an inspiring qasida, Syedna alMu’ayyad al-Shirazi, the Bab-ulAbwaab of Imam Mustansir billah SA declares: ‫أبيت من الأحجار أعظم حرمة‬

‫أم المصطفى الهادي الذي نصب البيت‬

Is the Ka‘ba, which is made of stones, greater in hurmat and sanctity, or our guide Mohammed ul Mustafa, who himself appointed and established the Ka‘ba? On the eve of 1st Zil Hijja, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS lead Maghrib Isha Namaaz at Darus Sakina (13th September) followed by Pehli Tarikh Khushi Majlis, in which mumineen, muminaat and their children received sharaf of qadambosi. Photos of the Majlis are presented on FatemiDawat.com

To read the full Sijill Article click here.

PHOTO E-BOOK: The Arkaan of Hajj – From Sijill 34 On the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, the season of Hajj, we are pleased to present a photo e-book that summarizes the primary arkaanand tenets of Hajj. The text – written by 182

Shz. Dr. Bazat Saifiyah baisaheba, is presented with unique photos of Makka and the important sites of Hajj. The photo book also presents several unique photos of the Hajj of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA in 1969 and Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS in 1968.

This is an excerpt from the e-book: Once a year, thousands of Muslims come together in piety and worship of Allah in Makkah Muazzama, the center of the Muslim world.… There are three types of Hajj : 1) the Hajj immediately preceded by an Umrah. This is the tamattu’ hajj which is considered the bestand which is the common form nowadays. 2) Another is the Hajj muqaran/qiran, “ also Preceded by the Umrah but with the different that the hady (the beasts for sacrifice) are taken along (now difficult for obvious reasons!). 3) The Third Option is hajj mufrad just hajj without umrah. The Pilgrimage starts with the ihram the donning of the special simple white pilgrimage clothes, accompanied by purification and formal declaration of intent. There are five different “miqaats”, places where one can don the ihram, for the people coming to Makkah from different directions... The full text of the article is available through the e-book on Fatemidawat.com.

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The 6th of Zil Hijja is the urus of Syedi Khawj bin Malak whose qabar Mubarak is in Kapadwanj. We are pleased to present a short biography of Syedi Khawj bin Malak written by Shehzada Dr. Abdeali bhiasaheb. This is an excerpt from the article: “Khawj bin Malak - a historian, scholar and senior dignitary in late 16thcentury Mughal Gujarat, author of the well-known Sett Rasa’il. One of Khawj b. Malak's most notable achievements is that of chronicling a perceptive, eyewitness account of his

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time centering around the 26th and 27th Tayyibi Dais, Syedna Da’ud bin Ajabshah (d.997/1589) and Syedna Daud bin Qutub Shah (d.1021/1612). He was a trusted and close confidant of both Dais, who often summoned him to Ahmadabad from his hometown Kapadwanj, where he and his brothers were prosperous traders. He received extensive tutelage from both Dais. His learning, loyalty, and forceful personality stood him in good stead when he was called upon to debate with dissenters from the community. In his writing he shows a deep

understanding of the politics, personalities, and social dynamics of his time. He throws new light on the relations and tensions between the 16th-century rulers of Gujarat and their subjects on a micro-level, highlighting the chaos of the early years of Mughal rule there. He views the liberal religious policies of the Mughal emperor Akbar (d.1014/1605) as having brought to the Tayyibi community much-needed respite from years of persecution, allowing it finally to practice its faith openly.” Full article on fatemidawat.com.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week MESSAGE FROM THE SIJILL TEAM: Eid ul Adha Mubarak! SIJILL ARTICLE: The ‘Twinship’ of Deen & Dunya ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Ashara Mubaraka 1437H - Mumbai ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H – San Jose - London & Worldwide Broadcast ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Arafa & Eid-ulAdha HIKAAYAT SERIES: The Marvelous City NEWS & EVENTS: Pehli Tarikh “Ghurrat-ush-shahr” Majlis of Zil-Hijja 1436H SIJILL ARTICLE: The Ka‘ba of Stones and the Ka‘ba of Souls – From Sijill 34 PHOTO E-BOOK: The Arkaan of Hajj – From Sijill 34 HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: Syedi Khawj bin Malak QS– Kapadwanj – From Sijill 33

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

If you have any suggestions for updates and content please email info@fatemidawat.com If you wish to unsubscribe to this newsletter please email to above address with subject line ‘unsubscribe’

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The Philosophy of Shukur – "la'in shakartum la-azidannakum" ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫لئَِن شَكَرْتُم ْ ل َ َأزِيد َن َك ُ ْم‬

(Surat Ibrahim: 7) If you offer shukur and thanks, I will give you more. SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: For Refugees from the Middle East Political strife and war in the Middle East has led to hundreds of thousands of lost lives, and the displacement of millions of people from their homelands and homes. This has resulted in a refugee crisis of epic proportions in the Middle East and Europe. Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS prays that may Allah Ta’ala give forbearance to those who have lost family and friends, and give strength and succor to those who have been displaced from their homes and homelands. May Allah Ta’ala reward those who give refuge to them and work towards relieving their extreme plight in any way. And may He give breadth of vision, wisdom and courage

to those who are in a position to work towards solutions for peace, so that they may quickly and effectively create a long-term peaceful and humane solution to this crisis. Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS has participated in the emergency relief fundraising efforts of the following organizations and encourages others to do so also. CARE CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE is working in Yemen: ongoing violence in Yemen has resulted in 20 million people - 80% of the population - in need of humanitarian assistance. CARE is also working to help Syrian refugees – the Syrian refugee crisis is considered the worst humanitarian crisis since the second World War. Click here to donate http://www.care.org/donate. Doctors Without Borders Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) delivers emergency medical aid to people

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Featured updates:

EID-E-GHADEER-E-KHUM Namaz & Majlis, Amal Details, and Ayat Hadith Kalaam

NEWS & EVENTS: Arafa & Eid ul Adha 1436H Wasila Highlights & Photos

ASHARA ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE: Syedna TUS Program Details, Shz Taher Bhaisaheb (San Jose), Shz Dr Abdeali Bhaisaheb (London), and Live Broadcast Program Details

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affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusionfrom health care. MSF works around the world to provide refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) with everything they need from psychological care to lifesaving nutrition. They are setting up hospitals in refugee camps, helping women give birth safely, vaccinating children to prevent epidemics, and providing access to safe drinking water. Click here to donate https://donate.doctorswithoutborders. org/onetime.cfm Save the Children In 2014, Save the Children worked in 120 countries, including the United States, and helped more than 166 million children — including more than 55 million children directly. Children and families are on the move at unprecedented numbers, creating the highest level of refugee children since World War II. Help Save the Children deliver lifesaving and lifechanging aid to refugee children and help protect their lives and their futures. Click here to donate http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c. 8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9311669/k.5E04/Refu gee_Children_Crisis.htm.

SIJILL ARTICLE: The Philosophy of Shukur – Giving thanks Shukur and giving thanks is one of the virtues praised in the Quran Majeed. In several ayats Allah Ta’ala instructs: “Be one of those who offer thanks” (Surat al-Zumar: 66). In another ayat Allah Ta’ala promises to reward those who offer thanks (Surat aal-‘Imran: 145). In another ayat, quoted above, Allah Ta’ala promises to increase his beneficence and favours if we offer thanks and shukur (Surat Ibrahim: 7). In his wasila on the eve of Eid ul Adha, Syedna TUS said, “In every doa that I pray for myself, my family and I pray

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for mumineen, I am their father, I am the Dai, it is my duty.” Syedna added that he recites the Quranic ayat, “all your bounties are from Allah” (wa ma bikum min ni’matin fa minallah – Surat al-Nahl: 53), and prays for Allah’s bounties and ne’mat. This is theayat that was ascribed as an Alaamat to Syedna Qutbuddin by Syedna Taher Saifuddin (See Sijill Article 53). Syedna recited another ayat, “If you are grateful and offer thanks I will increase my favours to you” (Surat Ibrahim: 7). Syedna Qutbuddin recounted a time when after receiving a great ne’mat from Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Syedna Qutbuddin requested the then Mansoon and Mazoon, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, to offer shukur to Syedna Taher Saifuddin on his behalf. When Syedna Burahnuddin offered shukur on behalf of Syedna Qutbuddin to Syedna Taher Saifuddin, the 51st Dai replied by reciting this ayat, “la in shakartum la-azidannakum” (Surat Ibrahim: 7). Syedna Qutbuddin concluded that thene’mat and offering thanks for the ne’mat, both became inextricably linked with the one at whose hands the ne’mat was received (waliyyun-ne’mat). For this reason, Syedna always recites these two ayats together and prays for continued ne’matfor mumineen and that they may have thetawfeeq and good sense to always offer thanks. Our Imams have said that one must always offer shukur and thanks to Allah Ta’ala. They add that shukur and thanks is also due and waajib for the one at whose handsne’mat was received. In the qasida that Syedna Qutbuddin composed on the occasion of Eid ul Fitar this year, after remembering Syedna Taher Saifuddin, he states that “his successor Syedna Burhanuddin is my benefactor, I am grateful for

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the ne’mat he has bestowed.”

Offering thanks is the secret to acquiring contentment. It is the key to realizing how blessed we are despite the inevitable troubles of this world. It is for this reason that the custom of our hudaat is to respond with the phrase alhamdolillah when asked how we are. We offer thanks for the bounties and ne’mats of Allah Ta’ala, especially the ne’mat of imaan and guidance to the right path. We offer thanks to Syedna for always inculcating in us the Quranic virtue of gratitude. We offer thanks for his prayers and doa’s. Syedna Taher Saifuddin states in a qasidas he composed in the praise of A’immat Tahereen: “I offer you thanks, and it is you who has taught me to offer thanks. Thanks is then due for this lesson of offering thanks.”

‫واشكركم والشكر منكم علمته‬ ‫فكيف به والشكر للشكر لازم‬ ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Eide-Ghadeer-e-Khum Namaz & Majlis On the most auspicious occasion of Eid-e-Ghadeer-e-Khumm (Thursday, 1st October), Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will lead Zohar and Asar Namaaz and pray Ghadeer Do’a at (Zawaal) Awwal Waqat at Darus Sakina. Syedna TUS will preside over Waaz and Misaaq majlis of mumineen on this Mubarak day at 4pm at Darus Sakina, Thane. After safaqat, Syedna TUS will lead Maghrib and Isha Namaaz. Mumineen are invited for iftaar jaman after Namaaz. Mas’uls, coordinators, will lead Eid namaaz in the cities listed on the directory page of the website. Page 2 of 7


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Please contact your local mas’ul for venue information and further details (their email address and phone numbers are listed on this page). Last year's Sijill Article (Sijill 35) was about the significance and meaning of this Eid-e-Ghadeer. For those who are unable to attend, comprehensive Amal Details have been published on Fatemidawat.com.

AYAT, HADITH & KALAAM: Eid-eGhadeer-e-Khumm On the 18th of Zilhijja at Ghadeer-eKhumm, Rasullulah S.A.W. made compulsory (farizat) the walayat of Ameer-ul-Mumineen Ali ibn Abi Talib A.S., which he announced to the more than 70,000 muslimeen gathered there, “Walayat is the most important pillar of Islam, the spiritual ‘soul’ in the corporeal ‘body’ of religious practice.” Fatemi Madrasa is pleased to present the Quran ayats and their translations which were revealed on the day of Ghadeer-e-Khumm, and a few of the hadiths and their translations from Mohammed Rasulullah S.A.W.’s mubarak khutba 1. On the day of 18th Zilhajja, at the place called Ghadeer-eKhumm, Jibraeel brought the following Ayat: ‫ك م ِن‬ َ ‫ل اِلَي‬ َ ِ ‫ل بلَ ِغ م َا اُنز‬ ُ ‫ي َا اَيُهَا الر َسُو‬

َ ِ ‫ر َب‬ ُ ‫ك فَا ِن لَم تَفع َل فَمَا بلَ َغتَ رِسَالَت َه ُ و َ الله‬ ‫ن الن َاس‬ َ ِ‫ك م‬ َ ُ ‫يَعصِ م‬ “O Messenger, convey what has been sent down to you from your Lord. If you do not, then you shall not have conveyed any of His messages. Allah shall protect you from the people.” 2. Then, Rasullullah S.A.W. ascended on the pulpit taking Moulana Ali A.S. with him, and declared to the seventy thousand muslimeen gathered there:

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‫ل فَم َن كُنتُ م َولا َ ه ُ ف َ ْهذ َا‬ َ ‫ قَا‬.‫ل الله‬ َ ‫رَسُو‬

ِ‫ل م َن و َالاَه ُ و َعَاد‬ ِ ‫ اَلل َهُم َ و َا‬،ُ ‫عَلِي ُ‘ م َولاَه‬

‫م َن عَاد َاه ُ و َانص ُر م َن نَصَر َه و َ اخذ ُل م َن‬ ".َ ‫ق م َع َه حَيثُ د َار‬ َ َ ‫خَذَلَه و َ َادِرِالح‬

“Am I not your Maula?” They all replied, “Yes truly you are our Maula, O Rasullullah!” Rasullullah S.A.W. continued, “For whomsoever I am Maula, Ali is now his Maula. O Allah! Love those who love Ali, and be the enemy of those who are enemies of Ali, help those who help Ali, and forsake those who forsake Ali. Keep the Truth with Ali wherever he goes.” 3. Rasullullah S.A.W. also said: ٍ ُ ‫كس َف ِينَة ِ ن‬ ‫وح م َن‬ َ ‫ل“ بَيتِي ف ِيك ُم‬ ُ َ ‫"م َث‬ ِ ‫ل ا َه‬ ". َ‫ف ع َنهَا غ َرَق‬ َ َ ‫كبَهَا نَج ْى و َ م َن تَخَل‬ ِ َ‫ر‬

“My Ahle bayt are like Noah’s Ark, whosoever climbs aboard will be saved, whosoever stays back will drown.” 4. Rasullullah S.A.W. also said: َ ‫"اِن ِي ت َارِك ُ‘ ف ِيكُم ُ الث َق َلَينِ ك ِتَابَ الله ِ و‬ َ ‫ و‬،‫ع ِترَتِي م َا اِن تَمَس َكتُم بِهِم َا لَن تَضِ ل ُوا‬ ‫َض‬ َ ‫اِنَهُم َا لَن يَفتَر ِقَا حَتى يَرِد َا عَلَي َ الحَو‬

"ِ‫كه َاتَين‬ َ

“I leave among you two valuable things: the Book of Allah and my Ahle Bayt. If you hold on to them firmly, you will not go astray. They will not be separated from each other until they meet me together at the Fountain of Quasar.” 5. And then Jibraeel brought the following Ayat: ‫"اَلي َوم َ اَكمَلتُ ل َك ُم د ِينَك ُم و َ اَتمَمتُ عَلَيك ُم‬ "‫ن ِعمَتِي و َ رَضِيتُ ل َكُم ُ الا ِسلاَم َ دِينَا‬

‫سك ُم؟ قَالُوا بل َ ْى ي َا‬ ِ ُ ‫"الََستُ ا َول ْى بِك ُم م ِن اَنف‬

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“Today, I have perfected your religion for you, completed my blessings upon you, and have chosen Islam as a religion for you.”

NEWS & EVENTS: Arafa & Eid ul Adha 1436H Wasila Highlights & Photos

Syedna Qutbuddin TUS lead Zohar and Asar Namaaz on the Arafa day, Eid ulAdha Night and Day at Darus Sakina. On Arafa day, Syedna TUS led Zohar/Asar Namaaz in Darus Sakina. After Zohar Faraz, the qasida mubaraka composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA during his Hajj safar “ya imamal ‘asri ya man ‘arafah” was recited followed by the doas of Syedna al-Mu’ayyad and Imam Ali Zainul Aabedin SA. On the eve of Eid ul-Adha Syedna TUS led Maghrib/Isha and Washeq Namaaz and beseeched doa in a heartfelt wasila. Syedna began that this is the night of the day in which pilgrims of Hajj stand on Jabalur Rahmat on the plains of Arafa in the heat of the sun. Syedna TUS then said that though we are far from those plains physically, we stand on the Arafa ofma’rifat and acknowledgment of Allah’s waliyy. It is with that ma’refat that we seek forgiveness and beseech doa on this Mubarak night. Syedna added that in the time of the Imam’s seclusion the Dai represents Jabalur-rahmat on the plains of Arafah as it is the Dai through whom mumineen achieve the ma’rifat of the Imam. Taking the wasila of Panjetan paak, A’immat Tahereen and Du’aat

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Mutlaqeen and those whom these auspicious miqaat represents, Syedna TUS beseeched much doa for all mumineen. Syedna prayed in particular for the safeguarding of the Dawat of Imam uz-Zamaan SA and for mumineen to receive and be thankful for Allah’s ne’mat and bounties (See Sijill Article above). On Eid ul-Adha day, Syedna TUS led Fajr and Eid Khutba Namaaz in Darus Sakina. After reciting the doa of Imam Ali Zainul Aabedin in the Mihrab, Syedna beseeched doa in a heartfelt wasila in which he enlightened mumineen as to the significance and meaning of Eid ul Adha and qurbani. Syedna began the wasila by explaining that we observe this Eid with the ma’rifat and knowledge of the living, animate and speaking Eids (a’yaad hayya naatiqa) that these days represent. After enlightening mumineen with the elevated position and maqaam of those these days represent, Syedna took their wasila and the wasila of Panjetan paak, A’immat Tahereen, Du’aat Mutlaqeen and their Hudood Mayameen and beseeched doa for mumineen. Syedna prayed: “Ay parwardigaar - o lord, safeguard the sincere mumineen who have answered the Da’wat of Imam uzZamaan and grace them with good fortune and prosperity (abaadshaad), grant them multifold barakat in their families, their wealth and their business. May they remain happy in their homes. May every mumin, mumina and their children remain in happiness and bountiful ne’mat. May they remain in Allah’s protection and hifazat. May they live in tranquility and sukoon. May they live a life of joy. May husbands and wives live

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together with love for each other, caring for each other, raising their children with affection and shafaqat. The greatest joy is that mumin’s child is a mumin like him. Ay parwardigaar – o lord, drape our bodies always with the clothes of health and sehhat, heal and grant shifa to those amongst us who are unwell, and grant rehmat to those from us who have passed away. Fulfill a mumin and mumina’s wish of marriage, may they see that eid. And by the wasila of Imam Husain SA fulfill a mumin and mumina’s wish for a child. Grant us and our children the wealth of imaan and keep our feet steadfast on the straight path, on siraat-emustaqeem.” By the wasila of Eid and the hallowed Imam it represents, Syedna TUS particularly prayed for aid in the current court battle and for Nasre-Aziz and Fathe-Mubin. These are only but a few highlights from Syedna’s heartfelt wasilas and doas. May Allah Ta’ala answer those prayers for us and may He grant Syedna longest life in full health. Syedna also did qurbaani after Eid Namaaz and graced Eid Khushi Majlis in which Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA qasidas “ya imamaz zamaani ya man adha” was recited. As per tradition, mumineen were also served qurbaani gosh in the Majlis and received the sharaf of qadambosi of Syedna TUS. As per Syedna’s guidance and irshaad and under the auspices of Zahra Hasanaat, meat from the qurbaani on Eid day and the day following Eid was distributed by the members of Hizbe-Khalilullah in over 3000 homes of mumineen and muslimeen. A detailed report of this effort will be published next week

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Ashara Mubaraka 1437H - Mumbai It is the unique and auspicious tradition of our hudaat that we begin each year with zikar and noha of Imam Husain SA. And by the virtue of Imam Husain’s remembrance we receive the barakaat of ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed SA in the ten days of Ashara Mubaraka. It is indeed a great ne’mat to receive these barakaat from the Dai of Imamuz-zamaan. It strengthens and rejuvenates our spirits for the upcoming year and increases our darajaat in Aakherat. Adjusting for school and work during the morning hours, Syedna Qutbuddin has directed that “wa’az” sermons be held in the afternoon. Syedna urges community members to attend the sermons in person. For those who cannot, he has directed that Shz. Taher bhaisaheb’s sermons be broadcast live on YouTube, and also be Page 4 of 7


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made available for 24/7 online access. In 1437H, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will deliver Ashara Mubaraka waaz in Mumbai at Darus Sakina inshaallah. From the 2nd to the 9th of Moharram (14th October to 22nd October), waaz Majilis will begin at 3.30PM, followed by Maghrib Isha namaaz and Niyaz Jaman inshaallah. The timings for Aashura Day (22nd October) will be announced later. Mumineen are encouraged to take thebarakaat of Ashara Mubaraka with Syedna TUS. The announcement of the venue and timings for Ashara Mubaraka has been made more than a month in advance to give mumineen sufficient time to plan for the occasion. We will help facilitate accommodation arrangements for those traveling to Mumbai for the occasion in hotels and other accommodation close to Darus Sakina. Please inform us of your plans by emailing info@fatemidawat.com. Informing us in advance will also help us to better plan for the occasion.

ANNOUNCEMENT: San Jose Venue & Time Details- Ashara Mubaraka 1437H In San Jose, California, USA – Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb will deliver Ashara Mumbaraka waaz with the raza and Doa of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS. Mumineen in North America are urged to partake the barakaat of ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed and the remembrance and Noha of Imam Husain SA. First waaz will be on Tuesday evening, 13 October 2015. Waaz will begin immediately after imamat MaghribIsha Namaz and end by 8:30pm the first four days and then by 9:00pm during the days of Panjetan shahadat. All Mumeneen are invited for niyaz jaman after waaz.

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San Jose Ashara Venues: Tuesday-Sunday Oct 13-18th Los Altos Youth Center (LAYC), 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022 Monday Oct 19th Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022 Tuesday & Wednesday Oct 2021st Los Altos Youth Center (LAYC), 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022 Thursday Oct 22nd Details of Ashura day times will be announced later. After Maqtal and Magrib/Isha namaz, iftaar/niyaz jaman will be served. Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022 To help us plan, please inform us of your plans to attend waaz majlis during Ashara Mubaraka 1437H by contacting Shk. Muslim bhai Tyebji at 1-408-5695803 or Abizer bhai Khairullah at 1-408786-8786. If you would like more information, please use the aforementioned contact details as well.

ANNOUNCEMENT: London Venue & Time Details Ashara Mubaraka 1437H In London, United Kingdom – Shehzada Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb will deliver Ashara Mubaraka waaz with the raza and Doa of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS. Mumineen in the UK are urged to partake the barakaat of ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed and the remembrance and Noha of Imam Husain SA. First Waaz will be on Tuesday evening, 13 October 2015. There will be Maghrib Isha Namaz lead by Shehzada Dr. Abdeali Bhaisaheb after which majlis and marsiya will start at 6.45pm, then Waaz from 7pm - 8.30pm, followed by Aqa Husain AS niyaz jaman. All Mumineen are invited for niyaz 189

jaman. After jaman mumineen will be able to ask Shz Dr Abdeali Bhaisaheb any questions they have. Ashura Waaz times (22 Oct): Morning Waaz 11.00-1.00; Namaz and doa 1.00-1.45; Afternoon Waaz 3.00-5.30. Pick up from the tube station will be at 10.30. Please contact us for details. All Mumineen are invited to iftaar and niyaz jaman after Waaz. London Ashara Venues: Tues Oct 13, Wed 14, Thurs 15, Fri 16, Sun 18, Mon 19, Tues 20, Wed 21 and Thurs 22. Mill Hill Country Club, Burtonhole Lane, Mill Hill, London, England, NW7 1AS. The nearest Tube is Mill Hill East and we will help with a lift to the hall; please call or text us on the number below. One pick up will be at 5.45 for Namaz and one pick up at 6.30 for Waaz. There is ample parking available at the hall. Sat Oct 17 Larches Community Hall, Larches House, 1 Rectory Lane, Edgware, HA8 7LF. The nearest Tube is Edgware and 5 minutes walk from the Larches hall. Parking available on streets nearby. Contact: Registration is not required but to help us plan effectively, please inform us of your plans to attend Waaz majlis during Ashara Mubaraka by contacting us: phone (or text): 07980100584, or email fatemidawatuk@gmail.com; and leave your name and contact details. For more information, or for accommodation recommendations please contact us.

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California or in London, UK we have made the following arrangement: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS has granted raza Mubarak for Shz Taher bhaisaheb waaz to be broadcasted live from San Jose. The live broadcast will begin at 6.30PM Pacific Standard Time (7.00AM Indian Standard Time). The link to watch the waaz replay will be made available shortly after the live broadcast is complete. The link will be available 24/7. Please check Fatemidawat.com throughout Ashara Mubaraka for updates and for excerpts from Syedna’s waaz Mubarak this year. The YouTube link for Shz Taher bhaisaheb LIVE waaz relays will be listed onfatemidawat.com.

QASIDAS IN TRANSLATION SERIES:Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA Eid e Ghadeer-e-Khum Qasida (From Sijill 35) We are pleased to present on the occasion of Eid e Ghadeer-e-Khum, a qasida written by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA in which there iszikar of the appointment of Amirul Mumineen SA. The qasida, ‘al-yawma eidughadeer-e-khummi’, is translated by Shz Dr. Bazat Tahera baisaheba.

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The PDF of the full qasida with translation is presented on fatemidawat.com

FATIMID HISTORY SERIES: Eid-eGhadir-Khum Celebrations in the time of the Fatemi Imams in Cairo (From Sijill 35) This is an excerpt from a captivating historical account of Fatimid celebrations and customs written by Shehzadi Dr. Bazat Saifiyah Baisaheba. The article first offers a brief historical setting of Fatimid Cairo and then continues to describe in great detail the nature and significance of processions and banquets. The article also contextualizes the social, political, economic, cultural implications of such traditions. The article then focuses on specific occasions and their festivities. In this week’s update we are excited to feature the Eid-e-Ghadir-Khumm section of this article on fatemidawat.com. “The Fatimids were Shi’as, as opposed to the Sunni majority of Egypt. The festivals and auspicious days particular to their faith were celebrated in a more restricted scale, generally within alQahira itself, in order not to antagonize

The ‘Id Ghadir-i Khumm on the 18th of Dhu al-Hijja is one of the most important and auspicious feast days of the Shi’a. It commemorates the nass of the Prophet Muhammad on ‘Ali b. Abi Talib, i.e. the formal designation of ‘Ali as the wasiyy and successor to the Prophet. This took place on the return trip from Mecca to Madina after the Prophet’s Hijjat alWada’, in a place known as ‘Ghadir-i Khumm’. Great importance was attached to this day by the Fatimids. The night was spent in prayer and worship. The wazir was called to formally ‘invite’ or ‘fetch’ the Imam, who then proceeded in procession to the Iwan al-kabir, surrounded by his guards and followed by the amirs and military regiments, by the wazir and his retinue, and officials of the palace…”

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

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Updates this week SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: For Refugees from the Middle East SIJILL ARTICLE: The Philosophy of Shukur – Giving thanks ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna QutbuddinTUS Eid-e-Ghadeer-e-Khum Namaz & Majlis AYAT, HADITH & KALAAM: Eid-e-Ghadeer-e-Khumm NEWS & EVENTS: Arafa & Eid ul Adha 1436H Wasila Highlights & Photos ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Ashara Mubaraka 1437H - Mumbai ANNOUNCEMENT: San Jose Venue & Time DetailsAshara Mubaraka 1437H ANNOUNCEMENT: London Venue & Time Details Ashara Mubaraka 1437H ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H – Live Broadcast QASIDAS IN TRANSLATION SERIES: Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA Eid e Ghadeer-e-Khum Qasida (From Sijill 35) FATIMID HISTORY SERIES: Eid-e-Ghadir-Khum Celebrations in the time of the Fatemi Imams in Cairo (From Sijill 35)

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Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Madrasa Namaz Module – Part 2 Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫من كنت مولاه فهذا علي مولاه‬ (Rasulullah SA – Ghadeer-e-Khum) Whomsoever I am the maula of, Ali is his maula.

SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: For Victims of the Hajj Stampede Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin is deeply saddened by the tragedy that befell hundreds of Hujjaj in Mecca on Hajj this year. Syedna prays may Allah ta’ala grant forbearance to those who have lost their family and friends, and may he give strength and speedy recovery to those injured. Hajj is a fundamental pillar of our faith, where Muslims flock in their millions every year and will keep coming in greater numbers; may Allah ta’ala be the guardian and protector of all those who embark on this momentous and blessed journey for all time to come.

SIJILL ARTICLE: The Principle & Legacy of the Nass of Ghadeer This past week we celebrated the most auspicious Eid of Ghadeer-e-Khum, the day of Misaq (yawm al-‘ahd al-Ma’hud) and the day in which Rasulullah SA appointed Amirul-Mumineen SA as hiswasiyy and successor with the timeless phrase, man kuntu maulahu fa haza ‘Aliyyun maulahu (Whomsoever I am the maula of, Ali is his maula). The significance and application of this phrase is timeless. In his waaz on Ghadeer-e-Khum, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS explained that Rasulullah declared Nass in Ghadeer-e-Khum in such a manner and with such wisdom that he established and instituted the succession of the Imams till the Day of Judgment. Rasulullah explicitly appointed Hasan Imam SA and Husain Imam SA and also did zikar of A’immat Tahereen and Qa’im Imam, the master of the Day of Judgment. Because of the manner in which Rasulullah appointed Amirul Mumineen, he established the principle that in every day and age a maula, a

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NEWS & EVENTS: Zahra Hasanaat – Hizbe Khalilullah Report 1436H

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guide, a leader is necessary for the continuity of Dawat and the guidance, salvation and najaat of mumineen. In every age this maula, who is the representative of Allah Ta’ala, who is our link to Him, must walk this earth in flesh and blood. It is based on this principle that we give Misaaq and oath to the Dai, knowing that he is the representative or vicegerent of the Imam, who is Allah’s representative, and at the Dai’s hands we are giving our oath to the Imam and therefore also to Allah Ta’ala. Observing Ghadeer without recognizing this principle, which this day stands for, is gravely inadequate. Rasulullah also established the principle that every predecessor appoints a successor, someone who is like him, one maula after another maula. This is true for each Imam who is our maula and each Dai who is our maula in the time of the Imam’s seclusion. If one believes in Rasulullah but not in Maulana Ali, his link to Rasulullah and Allah Ta’ala is broken. If one believes in the first 7 Imams but not the next 14 (and the Imams in the 21st Imam’s progeny) his link to Amirul Mumineen is broken. In the time of seclusion, if one believes in the 52nd Dai but not the 53rd, his link to the 52nd Dai and all his predecessors is broken. This is the essence of Ghadeer. In the Bombay High Court, Syedna was asked, “what, according to you, is the significance of the word “maula”?” Syedna replied: “this [word] has a very deep significance and historical context. When the prophet appointed Ali as his successor in Ghadir-E-Khum, he used this expression in his sermon to mean “whosoever the prophet is the maula of, Ali is the maula after me.”” May Allah Ta’ala grant our maula longest life till qiyamat. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the tawfeeq to

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recognize that today Syedna Qutbuddin, as the representative of the Imam in seclusion, is the successor to the Nass of Ghadeer. May Allah Ta’ala grant those who believed in the 52nd Dai the tawfeeq to recognize his true wishes and his true successor. May Allah Ta’ala grant those who are disillusioned the ability to see the truth, may He help them understand that believing in Maula Ali but not believing the Dai of today is not enough; Maulana Ali himself underscores the principle that in every age there must be a maula. Whosesoever’s maula Syedna Burhanuddin was, Syedna Qutbuddin is his maula after him. Despite many efforts to wipe the event from history books, thousands today still acknowledge the Nass of Amirul Mumineen and remember Rasulullah’s timeless words “man kuntu maulahu fahaza ‘Aliyyun maulahu”. Despite many similar efforts we will pronounce, and so will our generations to come, this phrase: Whosesoever’s maula Syedna Burhanuddin was, Syedna Qutbuddin is his maula after him. Despite many efforts to wipe the event from history books, thousands today still acknowledge the Nass of Amirul Mumineen and remember Rasulullah’s timeless words “man kuntu maulahu fahaza ‘Aliyyun maulahu”. Despite many similar efforts we will pronounce, and so will our generations to come, this phrase: Whosesoever’s maula Syedna Burhanuddin was, Syedna Qutbuddin is his maula after him.

NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna QutbuddinTUS Eid-e-Ghadeer-eKhum Waaz Highlights & Photos Following the tradition of Fatemi Dawat, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS led afternoon namaaz in Darus Sakina on Eid-e-Ghadeer-e-Khum (Thursday, 18th Zilhijja 1436H), performed wa’az mubarak, and took 194

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In his eloquent and deeply meaningful wa’az sermon, Syedna Qutbuddin did bayaan of the excellent virtues of Rasulullah SA and Maulana Ali SA particularly focusing on Rasulullah’s nass-appointment of Maulana Ali at Ghadeer-e-Khum, the importance of the day of Eid-e-Ghadeer, and the great sawaab for roza and namaaz of Ghadeer. ... Syedna Qutbuddin narrated a personal incident from Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA’s era, when he had traveled to Ahmedabad with Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA—then Mazoon and Mansoos—for the urus of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed. Seeing Syedna Burhanuddin’s azeem shaanaat in waaz, bayaan, and ziyarat, Syedna Qutbuddin did araz to him—reciting Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s verse—that ‘This Maula (Syedna Burhanuddin) is exactly like that Maula (Syedna Taher Saifuddin)’ (maulan li maulan yudaahi). ... Syedna Qutbuddin offered shukur to Imamuz-zaman for the great honor of serving as his Dai, and to his two waliun-nemat predecessors, Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who prepared him for the role and did nass on him. He urged mumineen to always offer shukur for the opportunity to do Dawat khidmat. He prayed with vasila of Maula Ali for nasre azeez and fathe mubeen. Syedna recited pur-dard shahadat of

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Imam Husain and ended with heartfelt dua for all mumineen and their children. Reading Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s words from a Ghadeer waaz many, many years ago, Syedna prayed: “May Allah ta’ala fulfill mumineen’s wishes. May He grant long life to their children. May He safeguard their children’s imaan, as long as their line continues on earth. And may He keep this barakat flowing till the Last Day.” We add this heartfelt prayer: With the wasila of Ali Maula, may Allah Ta’ala grant our beloved Maula Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin longest life, and keep him always in perfect health and safety in His grace, favor, and protection. May He grant him Fathe Mubeen. Ameen. To read the complete highlights visit FatemiDawat.com

NEWS & EVENTS: Zahra Hasanaat – Hizbe Khalilullah Report 1436H For the first time, with the raza of Syedna TUS, Hizb-e-Khalilullah, prepared and published a detailed report of key facts and financial figures of its Eid-ul-Adha activities including the cost of sheep, expenses for maintaining, cutting and cleaning, expenses for distribution of the meat, details of meat output and places where meat was distributed and volunteer hours spent in planning and executing the program. The report has been prepared and shared with participants in keeping with Syedna’s vision that organisations functioning under the umbrella of Dawat should be run professionally with clear transparency. As per the irshaad Mubarak of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS and under the auspices of Zahra Hasanaat, Hizbe Khalilullah aims to facilitate qurbani in Eid ul Adha with the following mandate: 1. Qurbani sheep should be compliant with the stipulations

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of Shari’at. We use sheep (which according to Shari’at are better for zabihat than goats) and make sure they are mature and without any defect. Members personally purchase individual sheep to ensure this. 2. Qurbani meat should be personally delivered to individual homes of mumineen and muslimeen, especially in less affluent areas, with dignity and respect. This activity follows the tradition of A’immat Tahereen in Fatimid Misar and embodies the spirit of Eid ul Adha. A great deal of planning goes into organizing the cutting, cleaning, packing and delivery of the meat on the same day. 3. The Qurbani and Taqseem program aims to create an atmosphere of mohabbat, cooperation and social service in community members. The program is organized to enable maximum community members to practice the sunnat of Qurbani and also to encourage and facilitate maximum participation in this community activity and social service. Over the last decade, this effort has grown because of Syedna’s guidance and efforts from volunteers.

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IKHWANUS SAFA ARTICLE SERIES:‘ILM – Part 2

We are pleased to present the article entitled: “’Ilm 2 – The Pursuit of Knowledge: The Ikhwan’s Vibrant Approach”, in the series of articles on the Rasail Ikhwan al-Safa, composed by the ninth Imam, Imam Ahmad ul Mastur SA, at a time when religion was pitched against or in contradiction to the advances of science and the ‘enlightenment’ of philosophy. The third article in the series was entitled ‘The Philosophy of Life in the Rasail’ and discussed the profound question, “what is the purpose of our lives on this earth?” The Ikhwan explain that the supreme purpose of this life is for the individual soul to rejoin its Divine Origin and that the process of unification and purification of the soul begins by Ma’refat and Walayat/Muhabbat (recognition and love) for the representative of the Divine in this world, the Imam uz

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Zamaan. After Ma’refat and Muhabbat (recognition and love) of the Imam and his Dai, for the further purification of the soul the following virtues are required: 1. Acquisition of knowledge – ‘ilm 2. Good actions in accordance with this knowledge – ‘amal 3. Good character traits and virtues –akhlaaq In the sequence of articles that will be published every month, the first of virtues required is explored. This week’s article is the second in a 10 part sequence of articles on‘ilm. This week’s article in the series is entitled “’Ilm 2 – The Pursuit of Knowledge: The Ikhwan’s Vibrant Approach”. The article explains the Ikhwan’s encouragement of the pursuit of all types of knowledge (religious or secular – e.g. maths, music, geography etc.) as it enables a better understanding of the word we live in and develops the intellect to its utmost potential. The mature intellect is able to perceive the physical and material world in depth, explore the wondrous creations of God, contemplate their finite and changing nature and go beyond. The fundamental aim of knowledge is to gain recognition of the spirituality of one’s soul and its Divine Creator. The simple criteria for the value of knowledge is whether it leads one towards self-knowledge and towards God. The paper also presents examples of the Ikhwan’s illustration of how secular spheres of knowledge lead to the Divine. This is an excerpt from this week’s article “’Ilm -2 – The Pursuit of Knowledge: The Ikhwan’s Vibrant Approach”: On the one hand, every field of knowledge and every subject if studied with relevance to one’s own self makes it

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meaningful and useful. For example, mathematics becomes useful when applied to one’s daily life, in managing one’s finances. On the other hand, that connection can also lead one to the higher philosophical level. To take the same example of mathematics, at the philosophical level it can be demonstrated through mathematics that God is one, all begins from Him and will return to Him, just as all numbers start from the number one and return to it. Music, which is an integral part of most people’s lives, teaches one harmony, signifying the harmony of all creation. Geography, by exploring the wonders of the world, makes one wonder at the greatness of their Creator. The study of history makes one aware of the recurring cycles of the human experience, and through that to the grand pattern of Divine Providence. In fact, the Ikhwaan us Safa demonstrate in their Rasa’il the Oneness of God to people from various professions and fields of knowledge through their own craft or subject, so that it is easier for them to comprehend that all of creation is interconnected by God’s hikmat, itqaan and izn, His wisdom, precision and will.

October, Friday) inshaallah. Mumineen are invited for Salawaat Jaman after Majlis. Those who are unable to attend should gather and pray Khatmul Qur’an on the niyyat of Syedna Husamuddin and Syedna Burhanuddin and then pray the Qasida Mubaraka “Salaamun ‘ala Da’iyay zil jalaali”composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin in the shaan of the 48th and 49th Dai. Mumineen should also recite Salaam written in Dawat-niZaban by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba in which she has done zikar of the two Dais’shanaat and the historic events in their reign. The PDF of the Qasida and Salaam are available on fatemidawat.com.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Court Hearings on 27th & 29th October Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, the Plaintiff in the Declaratory Suit filed in the Bombay High Court, will appear in the Honorable High Court for his testimony on the 27th and 29th of October 2015 inshaallah.

See the full article on fatemidawat.com to understand these concepts in greater detail.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 48th & 49th Dai Syedna Abdul-Husain Husamuddin RA & Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RAUrus Majlis On the auspicious occasion of the Urus of Syedna Abdul-Husain Husamuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanudin RA, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will lead Maghrib Isha Namaaz and preside over Urus Majlis at Darus Sakina, Thane, on eve of Urus Mubarak, 27mi raat of Zil-Hijja (9th 196

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In 1437H, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will deliver Ashara Mubaraka waaz in Mumbai at Darus Sakina inshaallah. From the 2nd to the 9th of Moharram (14th October to 22nd October), waaz Majilis will begin at 3.30PM, followed by Maghrib Isha namaaz and Niyaz Jaman inshaallah. The timings for Aashura Day (22nd October) will be announced later.

ANNOUNCEMENT: San Jose Venue & Time Details- Ashara Mubaraka 1437H In San Jose, California, USA – Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb will deliver Ashara Mumbaraka waaz with the raza and Doa of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS. First waaz will be on Tuesday evening, 13 October 2015. Waaz will begin immediately after imamat Maghrib-Isha Namaz and end by 8:30pm the first four days and then by 9:00pm during the days of Panjetan shahadat. All Mumeneen are invited for niyaz jaman after waaz. Click here for San Jose Ashara Venues details. Please contact Shk. Muslim bhai Tyebji at 1-408-569-5803 or Abizer bhai Khairullah at 1-408-786-8786 if you would like more information.

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10.30. Please contact us by phone (or text): 07980100584, or email fatemidawatuk@gmail.com for details. All Mumineen are invited to iftaar and niyaz jaman after Waaz. Click here for London, UK venue details.

ANNOUNCEMENT: London Venue & Time Details Ashara Mubaraka 1437H In London, United Kingdom – Shehzada Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb will deliver Ashara Mubaraka waaz with the raza and Doa of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS. First Waaz will be on Tuesday evening, 13 October 2015. There will be Maghrib Isha Namaz lead by Shehzada Dr. Abdeali Bhaisaheb after which majlis and marsiya will start at 6.45pm, then Waaz from 7pm - 8.30pm, followed by Aqa Husain AS niyaz jaman.All Mumineen are invited for niyaz jaman. After jaman mumineen will be able to ask Shz Dr Abdeali Bhaisaheb any questions they have. Ashura Waaz times (22 Oct): Morning Waaz 11.00-1.00; Namaz and doa 1.001.45; Afternoon Waaz 3.00-5.30. Pick up from the tube station will be at

ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H – Live Broadcast For those who are unable to attend Ashara mubaraka in Darus Sakina, Thane with Syedna TUS or in San Jose, California or in London, UK we have made the following arrangement: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS has granted raza Mubarak for Shz Taher bhaisaheb waaz to be broadcasted live from San Jose. The live broadcast will begin at about 6.30PM Pacific Standard Time (7.00AM Indian Standard Time). The link to watch the waaz replay will be made available shortly after the live broadcast is complete. The link will be available 24/7. Please check Fatemidawat.com throughout Ashara Mubaraka for updates and for excerpts from Syedna’s waaz Mubarak this year. The YouTube link for Shz Taher bhaisaheb LIVE waaz relays will be listed on fatemidawat.com

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

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Updates this week SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: For Victims of the Hajj Stampede SIJILL ARTICLE: The Principle & Legacy of the Nass of Ghadeer NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Eid-eGhadeer-e-Khum Waaz Highlights & Photos NEWS & EVENTS: Zahra Hasanaat – Hizbe Khalilullah Report 1436H IKHWANUS SAFA ARTICLE SERIES: ‘ILM – Part 2 ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: 48th & 49th Dai Syedna Abdul-Husain Husamuddin RA & Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Urus Majlis ANNOUNCEMENT: Court Hearings on 27th & 29th October ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Ashara Mubaraka 1437H - Mumbai ANNOUNCEMENT: San Jose Venue & Time DetailsAshara Mubaraka 1437H ANNOUNCEMENT: London Venue & Time Details Ashara Mubaraka 1437H ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H – Live Broadcast

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Ashara Mubaraka 1437H

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫من بكى او ابكى او تباكى على ولدي الحسين‬ ‫وجبت له الجنة‬ (Rasulullah SA – Hadith) Whosoever weeps for my grandson Husayn, or moves another to weep, or endeavors to weep, is assured paradise. SIJILL ARTICLE: Ashara - A Time for Remembrance, Reflection & Rejuvenation The first ten days of Muharram (Ashara Mubaraka) commemorate the unparalleled sacrifice and commitment that Imam Husain A.S., the grandson of the prophet Mohammad, and his family and close companions (numbering 72), demonstrated on the plains of Karbala, Iraq. They died fighting against the oppression, the injustice, the fear, and the persecution perpetrated by the rulers of the time. In the year 61 Hijri (680 AD), they reached Karbala on the 2nd Day of Muharram, held out for ten days and

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then were brutally massacred on the tenth day of Muharram known as Aashura. The first ten days of Muharram are among the most auspicious and spiritually uplifting periods for all Shia Muslims around the world. In our community, the occasion is observed by holding gatherings in mosques and centres around the world. From the 2nd of Muharram vaaz sermons are delivered, which include lessons from history, philosophy, tradition and literature of the community, culminating with the remembrance and mourning of the tragedy which befell the family of the Prophet and their close companions. These sermons and community gatherings culminate on the tenth day, Ashura, where sermons and prayers start in the morning and continue till the end of the day. Since the last 900 years, the Fatimid Imams in Egypt observed Muharram and so did the Dais in both Yemen and India. The 51st and 52nd Dai’s especially encouraged their followers to participate as much as possible in

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this occasion to renew their spiritual energies and enhance their depth and understanding of the faith at what is the beginning of the Islamic calendar year. Remembrance & Reflection – The purpose of Muharram Part 1 of 2 The remembrance of Imam Husain SA is rewarded with Jannat, as Rasululullah’s Hadith quoted above asserts. Remembering Imam Husain SA and his unequalled suffering and ultimate sacrifice, causes us to pause and reflect. It forces us to reflect on the reasons for which Imam Husain SA chose to sacrifice his companions, his family and his life. Imam Husain did so to for the sake of Truth and as a result of his unwavering belief in Allah Ta’ala’s promise. It is narrated that on the way to Karbala, Imam Husain SA related to his son Ali Zainul Abedeen SA that in his dream the previous night, a speaker said, “you are walking, and death is walking with you to Jannat.” Upon hearing this dream, Ali Zainul Abedeen asked Imam Husain SA, “are we not on the path of Truth” (awalasna ‘alal-haqq), to which Imam Husain replied, “we are on haqq indeed.” Ali Zainul Abedeen then said, “then we do not care about death” (izan la nubaali bil-mawt). Through our Hudaat Kiraam’s tradition of narrating the events of Karbala, we relive those fateful days in which Imam Husain SA was martyred, and in our limited capacity, relate to that ultimate sacrifice for the sake of Truth. Rejuvenation – The purpose of Muharram Part 2 of 2 (will be published in next week’s Sijill article inshallah).

NEWS & EVENTS: Princeton University Talk on Amirul MumineenSA by Shehzadi Tahera baisaheba Titled “Sayings, Sermons & Teachings

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of Imam Ali: Islamic Wisdom and Universal Values,” Shehzadi Dr. BazatTahera baisaheba’s talk featured three aspects of Amirul Mumineen’s teachings: (1) personal ethics with a call for virtues such as honesty and courage, and warnings against vices such as oppression and deceit, (2) government and society, with an advocacy of harmonious co-existence among communities and fairness and compassion in ruling all of God’s creatures, and (3) constant mindfulness of the hereafter, coupled with a happy, engaged, and godly life on earth. Shzd. Dr. Tahera baisaheba read out translations of a selection of Amirul Mumineen’s sayings, sermons, epistles, and verse, and discussed their contexts and implications.

The audience of the talk numbered over a hundred, and they were from the Princeton University’s teaching and student community, as well as from the larger New Jersey area, including Shia and Sunni Muslims, as well as individuals from other faiths. Shzd. Dr. Tahera baisaheba spoke for about 35 minutes, and this was followed by a half hour lively question-and-answer session. The audience members asked some excellent questions, and they also expressed deep appreciation for Shzd. Dr. Tahera baisaheba’s words. One audience member said that, “tonight we heard Imam Ali speaking to us.” This nemat of having the opportunity to speak to people of Imam Ali’s wisdom derives from the barakat of Syedna Qutbuddin’s ilm, tarbiyyat, and doa.

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Over the last two years FatemiDawat.com has developed into a vast resource and library for mumineen worldwide. This issue marks the one year anniversary of our new website which now has over 1000 pages. Our website team has worked tirelessly to improve the organization of the website to enable mumineen to find and locate relevant information. For example the Amal Details are now organized by month, the qasidas marsiyas etc. are organized by category etc. in addition to many minor improvements. This Hijri New Year, 1437H, we are pleased to present a robust Google powered search tool for FatemiDawat.com. The tool is at the top right hand corner of the homepage and provides search results across the FatemiDawat.com, FatemiDawatLegal.com, FatemiMadrasa.com, QJSP.org, and ZahraHasanaat.org websites. We endeavor and hope that throughout the next year we can better our efforts to connect and communicate with our mumineen brothers and sisters worldwide.

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remember and mourn the sacrifice of Imam Husain SA and his ehle bayt and ashaab. ... There are many people who have in their hearts the mohabaat of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS, but because of worldly considerations or family issues, they fear revealing their feelings. In these days that we remember Imam Husain SA, how is it right not to openly stand with Imam Husain’s SA Dai? It is time to keep faith in Allah Ta’ala and take a stand. And let us pray that our brothers and sisters who have been lead astray are given tawfeeq by Allah Ta’ala to return to the right path. If not now, then when? If we were alive in Imam Husain’s time, would we not stand with him? Today you are in the age of Imam Husain’s Dai, will you not stand with him? If not in these days of Ashara, then when? Click here to read the full Sijill article from last year

Syedna TUS Ashara Timing Statement Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin emphasizes the importance of Moharram and the first ten days of renewal of faith and remembrance of Imam Husain. He encourages his followers to fully partake of the blessings of this auspicious occasion. Syedna Qutbuddin understands the need for community members to balance their work and education and therefore has instructed those performing sermons to keep the timing so as to allow community members to take maximum benefit and blessing from this occasion and to minimally impact their work and educational needs. For example in San Jose, Syedna Qutbuddin’s son Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb has kept the timings from 7pm to 9pm In London Syedna’s son Shehzada Dr Abdeali bhaisaheb has

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kept the timing from 6.45pm to 8.30pm.

Following this statement released (clickhere to view) by Syedna’s office, several newspapers reported on instructions given by Syedna for the timing of Ashara Mubaraka waaz. A selection of the articles are presented in the media section of FatemiDawat.com

ANNOUNCEMENT: Syedna Qutbuddin TUS Ashara Mubaraka 1437H - Mumbai It is the unique and auspicious tradition of our hudaat that we begin each year withzikar and noha of Imam Husain SA. And by the virtue of Imam Husain’s remembrance we receive the barakaat of ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed SA in the ten days of Ashara Mubaraka. It is indeed a great ne’mat to receive these barakaat from the Dai of Imamuz-zamaan. It strengthens and rejuvenates our spirits for the upcoming year and increases our darajaat in Aakherat. Adjusting for school and work during the morning hours, Syedna Qutbuddin has directed that “wa’az” sermons be held in the afternoon. Syedna urges community members to attend the sermons in person. For those who cannot, he has directed that

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Shz. Taher bhaisaheb’s sermons be broadcast live on YouTube, and also be made available for 24/7 online access. In 1437H, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS will deliver Ashara Mubaraka waaz in Mumbai at Darus Sakina inshaallah. From the 2nd to the 9th of Moharram (14th October to 22nd October), waaz Majilis will begin at 3.30PM, followed by Maghrib Isha namaaz and Niyaz Jaman inshaallah. The timings for Aashura Day (22nd October) will be announced later. Mumineen are encouraged to take the barakaat of Ashara Mubaraka with Syedna TUS. We will help facilitate accommodation arrangements for those traveling to Mumbai for the occasion in hotels and other accommodation close to Darus Sakina. Please inform us of your plans by emailing info@fatemidawat.com or by calling +91 22-25856076. Informing us in advance will also help us to better plan for the occasion.

ANNOUNCEMENT: San Jose Venue & Time Details- Ashara Mubaraka 1437H In San Jose, California, USA – Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb will deliver Ashara Mumbaraka waaz with the raza and Doa of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS. Mumineen in North America are urged to partake the barakaat of ilm of Aale Mohammed and the remembrance and Noha of Imam Husain SA. First waaz will be on Tuesday evening, 13 October 2015. Waaz will begin immediately after imamat MaghribIsha Namaz and end by 8:30pm the first four days and then by 9:00pm during the days of Panjetan shahadat. All Mumeneen are invited for niyaz jaman after waaz. San Jose Ashara Venues:

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Tues-Sun Oct 13-18th Los Altos Youth Center (LAYC), 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022 Monday Oct 19th Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022 Tuesday Oct 20-21st Los Altos Youth Center (LAYC), 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022 Thursday Oct 22nd Details of Ashura day times will be announced later. After Maqtal and Magrib/Isha namaz, iftaar/niyaz jaman will be served. Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022 To help us plan, please inform us of your plans to attend waaz majlis during Ashara Mubaraka 1437H by contacting Shk. Muslim bhai Tyebji at 1-408-5695803 or Abizer bhai Khairullah at 1-408786-8786. If you would like more information, please use the aforementioned contact details as well.

ANNOUNCEMENT: London Venue & Time Details Ashara Mubaraka 1437H In London, United Kingdom – Shehzada Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb will

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deliver Ashara Mubaraka waaz with the raza and Doa of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS. Mumineen in the UK are urged to partake the barakaat of ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed and the remembrance and Noha of Imam Husain SA. After all waaz’s all Mumineen are invited for niyaz jaman. Also after jaman mumineen will be able to ask Shz Dr Abdeali Bhaisaheb any questions they have. Waaz 1, 2, 3, 4 (Tuesday October 13 – Friday October 16): Time: Maghrib Isha Namaz at 6.15pm followed by majlis and marsiya at 6.45pm. Waaz will start at 7pm and end at 8.30pm, followed by Aqa Husain AS niyaz jaman. Venue: Mill Hill Country Club, Burtonhole Lane, Mill Hill, London, England, NW7 1AS. Waaz 5 (Saturday October 17): Time: Maghrib Isha Namaz at 6.15pm followed by majlis and marsiya at 6.45pm. Waaz will start at 7pm and end at 8.30pm, followed by Aqa Husain AS niyaz jaman. Venue: Larches Community Hall, Larches House, 1 Rectory Lane, Edgware, HA8 7LF. Waaz 6, 7, 8, 9 (Sunday 18 October –

Wednesday 21 October): Time: Maghrib Isha Namaz at 6.15pm followed by majlis and marsiya at 6.45pm. Waaz will start at 7pm and end at 8.30pm, followed by Aqa Husain AS niyaz jaman. Venue: Mill Hill Country Club, Burtonhole Lane, Mill Hill, London, England, NW7 1AS. Waaz 10 Ashura Day (Thursday 22 October): Time: Morning Waaz 11.00-1.00; Namaz and doa 1.00-1.45; Afternoon Waaz 3.00-5.30. Pick up from the tube station will be at 10.30. Please contact us for details. All Mumineen are invited to iftaar and niyaz jaman after Waaz. Venue: Mill Hill Country Club, Burtonhole Lane, Mill Hill, London, England, NW7 1AS. Contact: Registration is not required but to help us plan effectively, please inform us of your plans to attend Waaz majlis during Ashara Mubaraka by contacting us: phone (or text): 07980100584, or email fatemidawatuk@gmail.com; and leave your name and contact details. For more information, or for accommodation recommendations please contact us.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

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SIJILL ARTICLE: Ashara - A Time for Remembrance, Reflection & Rejuvenation

Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series

NEWS & EVENTS: Princeton University Talk on Amirul Mumineen SA by Shehzadi Tahera baisaheba

Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs

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Article Series: Women in Islam

SIJILL ARTICLE: The example of Shuhadaa’i Karbala (From Sijill 37)

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Syedna TUS Ashara Timing Statement

Fatimid Literature Article Series

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Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

ANNOUNCEMENT: San Jose Venue & Time Details- Ashara Mubaraka 1437H ANNOUNCEMENT: London Venue & Time Details Ashara Mubaraka 1437H If you have any suggestions for updates and content please email info@fatemidawat.com If you wish to unsubscribe to this newsletter please email to above address with subject line ‘unsubscribe’

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‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫اب‬ ٍ َ ‫ل و َأَ عْن‬ َ ‫أَ يَوَد ُ أَ حَد ُك ُ ْم أَ ن تَكُونَ لَه ُ جَن َة ٌ م ِن‬ ٍ ‫نخ ِي‬ ‫ات‬ ِ َ ‫ل الثم ََر‬ َ ‫تجْرِي م ِن‬ َ ِ ُ ‫تح ْتِهَا الْأَ نْهَار ُ لَه ُ ف ِيهَا م ِن ك‬ ٌ ‫ضعَف َاء ُ فَأَ صَابَهَا ِإ ْعصَار‬ ُ ٌ ‫و َأَ صَابَه ُ ال ْ كِب َر ُ وَلَه ُ ذُرِ ي َة‬

‫ات‬ ِ َ ‫ك يُب َي ِنُ الل َه ُ ل َكُم ُ الْآي‬ َ ِ ‫ف ِيه ِ نَار ٌ فَاحْتَر َق َْت ۗ كَذََٰل‬ * َ‫لَعَل َك ُ ْم تَتَف َك َر ُون‬ (Surat al-Baqara: 266) Does any of you wish that he should have a garden with date-palms and vines and streams flowing underneath, and all kinds of fruit, while he is stricken with old age, and his children are not strong (enough to look after themselves)- that it should be caught in a whirlwind, with fire therein, and be burnt up? Thus doth Allah make clear to you (His) Signs; that ye may consider.

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SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE:Aashura On the solemn occasion of Aashura, Huzurala Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS bestows Doa Mubarak for all mumineen. May Allah Ta’ala grant mumineen the strength to remember themusibat of Imam Husain and his Ahle Bait and Ashaab and follow in their example. May Allah Ta’ala by the wasila of Imam Husain, safe guard mumineen from all calamities -- Husain na gham siwa koi gham na dikhave. May Allah Ta’ala by the wasila of Panjatan, Aimat, and Duat, fulfil mumineen’s wishes in this coming year and shower them with barakaat and blessings. SIJILL ARTICLE: Ashara - A Time for Remembrance, Reflection & Rejuvenation - Part 2

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The ayat of the Quran, quoted above, describes the tragedy of Imam Husain in Karbala and asks: would you not want that such tragedy never befell you and your loved ones (See article in Sijill 38 on this ayat). The first ten days of Muharram (Ashara Mubaraka) commemorate the unparalleled sacrifice and commitment that Imam Husain SA, the grandson of the prophet Mohammad SA, and his family and close companions numbering 72, demonstrated on the plains of Karbala. They died fighting against the oppression, the injustice, the fear, and the persecution perpetrated by the rulers of the time. They reached Karbala on the 2nd Day of Muharram, held out for ten days and were finally brutally massacred on the tenth day of Muharram – known as Ashura in the year 61 Hijri (680 AD). Through our Hudaat Kiraam’s tradition of narrating the events of Karbala, we relive those fateful days in which Imam Husain was martyred, and in our limited capacity, relate to that ultimate sacrifice for the sake of Truth. (Click here to read the first part of the article, Remembrance & Reflection – The purpose of Muharram Part 1 of 2) Rejuvenation – The purpose of Muharram Part 2 of 2 Our Hudaat Kiraam saw the beginning of the new year as an opportunity to remember Imam Husain SA and impart the knowledge, guidance and wise counsel of Aale Muhammad, thereby rejuvenating us spiritually for the year that is to come. The sermons give mumineen an enhanced sense of purpose and direction to work toward both spiritual and temporal betterment. This guidance also encourages us to be good human beings and to uphold the universal values of good character. It also encourages us to get the best possible education for our children and apply ourselves fully to our careers,

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indeed to strive for success in all our endeavors so that we may contribute fully to our community, society at large and to the nation. Sharing such deep sentiments of sacrifice, spirituality and faith on such a significant and auspicious occasion brings the community closer together. The remembrance of Imam Husain SA in the light of the teachings of our Hudaat Kiraam enables us to reflect and to reassess our priorities. It gives us the courage to face life’s challenges and the strength to persevere. As the successor of the 52nd Dai and inheritor of his legacy and the legacy of all the Dais before him, the 53rd Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS similarly encourages his followers to garner the barakaat and blessings of Ashara. Syedna’s bayaan and waaz is a continuation of this legacy of remembrance, reflection and rejuvenation. Even in these difficult times, mumineen are able to partake these barakaat no matter where they are (link to live broadcast). May Allah Ta’ala grant Syedna Qutbuddin the longest life to continue to guide us and may He give us the tawfeeq and inspiration to partake the barakaat of Ashara Mubaraka with Him. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the strength to follow the example of the 72 shuhadaa’ of Karbala and stand firm with the Syedna Qutbuddin TUS, the Dai of Imam Husain SA. That is the true remembrance of Imam Husain SA.

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Allah, and our leaders in faith, the Panjetan Paak, Imams, and Dais. In each waaz, Molana gives guidance for this world and the next, raising high the stations of all mumineen who have the high fortune to behold his radiant visage and hear his luminous sermons. At the heart of every waaz is Syedna’s heartrending narration of the martyrdom of Imam HusainSA. Also in every waaz, Syedna bestows pearls of dua for mumineen gathered here as well as mumineen everywhere in the world. Waaz is held in the afternoon, followed by maghrib-isha namaaz. After namaaz, while Syedna is in the qibla, poignant marsiyas are recited and mumineen perform purjosh maatam. Each day’s program ends with Imam Husain niyaaz jaman.

In the first waaz, Maulana Qutbuddin TUS recited the opening praise-of-God formula ofhamd from the Majalis of Syedna Muayyad Shirazi RA, and expounded upon our Awliya-ullah’s strong faith and mumineen mukhliseen’s fortitude and service. Keep faith with your principles, Syedna said, and your purpose in life will become crystal clear. Syedna Qutbuddin recited the following report of glad tidings: Maula Ali SA said to his Shia: “Rasulullah SA passed away pleased with you, for you have pledged allegiance to his Wasi.” Explaining a deep chapter of prayer, he recited Rasulullah’s hadith that those who await the prayer are already in prayer: when one Imam passes away, another


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takes his place, and just as mumineen had given misaaq to the previous Imam, they directly give bay’at to the new Imam. Those who pledge allegiance first, obtain first precedence in paradise. The same is true for Dais. When the 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA passed away, mumineen mukhliseen immediately gave misaaq to his successor the 53rd Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. Syedna explicated the meaning of sajda: The Quran says the angels offered sajda to Adam nabi. Iblis refused and Allah banished him from heaven. The spiritual counterpart of sajda is the Imam. Husain’ssajda signified that there would be an Imam in his line, son after father, till the last day, who would guide the people on the path of truth. Husain’s supplication (dua) signified that in the Imam’s concealment, his Dai would establish his Dawat and guide mumineen. With Ta’eed-e Imami, Syedna explicated that the numerical value of the Arabic word sajda is 72. Husain, in his sajda, prayed for the 72 martyrs who gave their lives for him. Molana recited touching shahadat of the martyrs of Karbala, Muslim bin Usaja among Husain’s companions, and Abbas-e-Alamdar among his Ahle Bayt. In his dua,Husain remembered all mumineen; it is because of his dua that we are mumineen (believers), and God willing our children, and our children’s children, will also be mumineen. In the second waaz, Syedna’s discourse focused on Nooh nabi and his Ark (safina). He recited Rasulullah’s hadith, “My family are like Noah’s Ark— those who climb aboard are saved, those who waver are drowned.” Rasulullah is this epoch’s Noah, and his Wasi Ali is the Safina. Each Imam in his age, and each Dai in the Imam’s concealment, is the Safina. Those who

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pledge allegiance to him and accept his guidance toward Allah are saved from the Sea of Corporeality, Bahr-e-hayula. Molana also recited Rasulullah’s hadith from Syedna Hatim’s kitaab, “Whosoever is given the rozi of Ali’s walayat obtains khayrin this world and the next. Whosoever loves Ali has—or should aspire to have—20 qualities, 10 in this world, 10 in the next.” Syedna explained in detail the first two of these qualities: (1) renunciation of worldliness (zuhd) while giving priority to the hereafter, and (2) longing for knowledge (ilm), particularly Dawat knowledge. In the shahadat bayaan, Syedna exhorted mumineen to remember Husain Imam’s thirst, and the thirst of his children, especially Maulana Ali Asghar.

In the third waaz, Syedna continued Rasulullah’s wise counsel (maw’izat), explaining in detail the next two qualities that Ali’s shia must have: (3) piety (wara’), and (4) worship (‘ibadat, bandagi). He placed great emphasis on good deeds, saying we are Muslims and each of us must pray the five

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mandatory daily prayers, no matter where we are, or what we may be doing. He quoted Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA’s pithy words exhorting an attitude of enthusiasm and vigor: “You should not say, ‘I am made to do this’ (aa karwu parey chhe), rather, you should say, ‘I should be doing this and a lot more besides’ (ghanu karwu joiye).” In a lofty bayan of haqiqatand hikmat, Syedna explained the meaning of Nabi Ibrahim’s name, which encompasses the barakat of the celestial beings, and signifies the continuation of imams in his line till the last day. Syedna ended the waaz with doa for all mumineen, and rendered a touching narration of the shahadat of Ali Asghar.

NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights of Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb Ashara Waaz 1 & 2 Shz. Taher Bhaisaheb performed waaz on the night of 2nd Moharram ul haraam in Silicon Valley. He started the waaz by explaining that mumineen have gathered in the majlis for the pursuit of knowledge and in enthusiasm to increase their darajaat in heaven. The Quraan states that, “Allah will exalt those who are given knowledge.” Although atheists describe religion as a ‘purposeful suspension of critical thinking’, our prophet Rasulullah made it mandatory to attain knowledge and take out time to purposefully improve our critical thinking skills. Shezada Taher bhaisaheb discussed Moulana Ali’s kalaam stating that all things have a peak, and the peak of Islam is Shia. All things have a foundation, and the foundation of Islam is Shia. All things have an honor, and the honor of Islam is Shia. And finally, the leader of all majalis is the majlis of Shia. Because of Shia, there is rizq and honor for everyone else. He further stated that mumineen have gathered in Husain


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Imam’s majlis, in which the angels have also gathered. They collect the tears of mumineen and treasure them for our life hereafter. Shz Taher bhaisaheb also explained that tawheed is accepted only with the obedience of haq na saheb. Without obedience there is no tawheed and without tawheed there is no ibadat. He explained that we should thank Allah that we mumineen have the nemat of belief in the true representative of our Imam, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS to guide us towards the understanding of true tawheed. Shz Taher Bhaisaheb ended the waaz with the shahadat of Imam Husain. On the night of 3rd Moharram ul haraamShehzada Taher bhaisab did bayan on the meaning of walayat, mohabbat. He explained that the mohabbat of panjetan has been made mandatory in the Quraan.

The ayat, addressed to Rasulullah, states: “Say, that I do not ask anything from you, except that you do mohabbat of my kin.” When asked what was meant by “kin,” Rasulullah replied that it meant Ali, Fatema, and their progeny. On the day of Ghadeer e Khum, an Ayat came upon Rasulullah stating that, “if you do not deliver this risaalat (of walaayat, mohabbat), it will be as if you have not delivered anything else.” Shezada Taher bhaisab strengthened mumineen’s conviction by relating the difficulties and storms faced by Nooh Nabi during which

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people kept losing trust in Allah, and finally only 80 people remained with Nooh. And only those 80 who remained on safinatun-najaat, the ship of salvation, were saved. Families were lost - Nooh Nabi’s own son was lost. When pleading to Allah for his life, Allah Subhanahu revealed an ayat, “He is not from your family.” Shz Taher bhaisaheb also explained that Quran Majeed states that on the Day of Judgement, no intercessor nor any friend will come to your rescue - Your own actions and your love for panjetan, aimaat and duat is what will save you. Shz Taher Bhaisaheb explained that when coming aboard the Safeena, we should come with peace and conviction, regardless of the waves of distress that surround us and we should remember Maula Ali’s kalaam that, “even after death my conviction will not be any greater.” Shz Taher bhaisab said that Allah has made this world a house of hardship for awliyaullah. Husain steered this ship towards jannat whilst surrounded by enemies, praying to Allah. He supplicated to Allah to let mumineen, surrounded with difficulties in this world, sit contently and peacefully in the ship of salvation with Husain’s Dai, Syedna Qutbuddin tus, with their trust in Allah. He continued and said that the Safeena tun najaat is here today only because of that sajda of Husain, in Karbala. To read the more detailed summaries of Shz Taher Bhaisaheb’s waaz visit FatemiDawat.com

NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights of Shehzada Abdeali bhaisaheb Ashara Waaz 1 & 2 Shezada Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb performed Waaz on the eve of the 2nd Moharram al-Haram in London, UK. He explained that we have gathered here in the days of Husain Imam to reflect on the Ilm of the Aale 206

Mohammad, to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Husain and weep for him and do matam. The waaz started with an explanation of the fact that we are in the era of Panjatan and our Nabi Mohammad. Mumineen are defined in this era by their belief in the Nass of Rasul Allah on Mawlana Ali. He explained that Rasul Allah chose Mawlana Ali because Nass is the farman of Allah, and explained that this can never deviate and explained the Quranic Ayat, ‘wa Allahu ‘yasimuka min al-naas’. Mawlana Ali said to the Shi’a, that take good tidings, for Rasul Allah SA has not passed from this world except that he is pleased with you. Why? Because you have accepted the Nass, the farman of Rasul Allah. That is why the peak of Islam are the Shi’a, the pillar of Islam are the Shi’a. We believe in the Nass of Rasul Allah, and the tasalsul of Nass. That is why it is we mumineen who are the true Shi’a. Shz Dr Abdeali bhaisaheb explained that the most noble of Allah’s creation is the human, because he has been given intelligence and reason. Therefore humans must look with ‘basirat ni aankh’ the eyes of reason to reflect on matters. To attain true knowledge one must rely on the source that has preserved it, without deviation. Because of the tasalsul of Nass, this


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knowledge is preserved in the Aimmat and Duat. It is here that knowledge of religion is precise and dependable, because of the Nass of Rasul Allah. Towards the end of waaz, Shezada Dr. Abdeali bhaisab also linked the meaning of the Shahadat of Imam Husain to the preservation of Islam and the kalimat al-shahadat and the tasalsul of Nass through Imam Ali Zayn al-Abidin. Shezada Dr. Abdeali bhaisab, performed waaz on the eve of the 3rd of Moharram. He began the waaz by explaining that this world will never be without the Imam al-zaman. He explained that the basis of our iman is that we assert and acknowledge this continuous chain of existence. The mumin’s goal is to return to Jannat and the world is a means to attain this. The world is a world of aging and end. Jannat is azali, eternal. It is the Mumin, the one who acknowledges and brings faith in the tasalsul who is privy to these inner secrets of religion. It is the Imam and his Dai that preserve these meanings and inner secrets in their true form. The knowledge may be written, but the keys to understanding them with correctness and integrity are with the Imam and his Dai. Shezada Abdeali bhaisab also explained the zikar from the Ikhwan al-Safa which compares the body as a ship and the soul as the Captain of that ship. Shz Dr Abdeali Bhaisaheb concluded the waaz with shahadaat of Imam Husain. To read the more detailed summaries of Shz Dr. Abdeali Bhaisaheb’s waaz visitFatemiDawat.com

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10.30AM followed by Zohor Asar Namaaz and Aqa Husain SA Maqtal Bayaan. Mumineen are invited for Imam Husain SA Niyaz and Salawaat Jaman after Maghrib.From 2nd Muharram (Tuesday, 14thOct) to 9th Muharram (Wednesday, 21st Oct) Syedna Qutbuddin TUS will perform wa'az mubarak at 330pm IST in Darus Sakina, Thane. San Jose, CA, USA On Ashura day, 10 Muharram (21st October) Shz Taher bhaisaheb will begin morning waaz at 10.30AM and Maqtal Bayaan at 2.30PM, which will be broadcast live as stated above for those in similar time zones. For those ahead of US Pacific time, please view Amal Details below. From eve of 2nd Muharram at 6.45 PST (biji raat Tuesday 13th Oct) to eve of 10thMuharram (10mi raat - Wednesday, 20th Oct) Shz Taher Bhaisaheb will perform wa'az. Click here for venue details. London, UK On Ashura day, Shz Dr Abdeali Bhaisaheb will beginning morning Waaz at 11.00am -1.00pm; Namaz and doa will be from 1.00pm-1.45pm; and maqtal bayaan will be from 3.00pm5.30pm. There will be a pick up arranged from the tube station on Ashura day at 10.30. The venue is Mill Hill Country Club, Burtonhole Lane, Mill Hill, London, England, NW7 1AS. From eve of 2nd Muharram at 7PM GMT (biji raat - Tuesday 13th Oct) to eve of 10thMuharram (10mi raat Wednesday, 20th Oct) Shz Abeali Bhaisaheb will perform wa'az. Click here for venue details.

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together to listen to waaz and for Imam Husain SA Niyaz jaman in their home towns. Please contact your local coordinator for venue and timing details. AASHURA NIGHT On Aashura Night Mumineen should listen to recording of Shahaadat Bayaan of Aqamaula Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS which will be uploaded soon onFatemidawat.com. Mumineen should spend the night in bandagi and pray Bihori Namaaz, especially Nisful Layl – but also take rest to be able to take barakaat on Aashura Day.

AASHURA DAY Mumineen should observe ‘laagan’ on Aashura day. Laagan is like roza in the sense that we refrain from all food and drink from dusk to dawn, but the niyyat is of laagan – that is refraining from food and drink in remembrance of the thirst and hunger of Imam Husain SA and his Ahle Bayt and Ashaab. In the afternoon children should be given a small snack so that they have strength for maatam. For those on the West Coast of the US, Shz Taher bhaisaheb live waaz will be broadcast starting 10.30AM PST followed by Maqtal Waaz at 2.30PM PST. Mumineen who are unable to listen to the live waaz should view recording of Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb waaz from


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previous year in the morning before Zohr Asar Namaz. After zawaal mumineen should pray Zohor Faraz with Sunnat and Naafelat. After Zohor Naafelat Mumineen should pray Imam Husain Taqarrub namaaz and Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Buranuddin Tawassul Namaaz followed by namaz for Doa for tulul umar of Dai al-Asr. PDF of Niyyats for those namaz as well as the Doa after tawassul namaaz is available on Fatemidawat.com (p. 18). Recording of wasila is also presented which should be listened to after tawassul namaz. After wasila Mumineen should pray Asar Sunnat and Faraz. In the afternoon (Asar ni ghari) Mumineen should view Maqtal Bayaan recording, keeping in mind that mumineen should finish viewing before maghrib. Mumineen should observe all adab of Majlis as they do in Masjid and immerse themselves throughout the day in the remembrance and grieving of Imam Husain SA. The full day should be spent in remembrance and mourning, in any spare time mumineen should pray Ya Sayyida al-Shuhadaa’i marsiya (PDF with translation available on website) and Fulkul Husain (PDF on website) and do tasbeeh of Imam Husain SA 128 times (as per the adad of Husain – just as Ali is 110). After Maghrib Namaz Mumineen should pray ‘Ya Muhsinu qad jaa’akal musee’ doa and ‘allahumma ya mu’tias su’alaat’ doa before iftaar (PDF of Doa available in Amal Details section of Fatemidawat.com p. 38).

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Bhaisaheb's live wa'az relay (645pm PST/ 715am morning IST) by clicking here. This wa'az recording will be available for replay through the same link after the broadcast is complete. Mumineen are also urged to recite Ya Sayyida ash Shuhadaai and Fulkul Husain Marsiya every day during ashara – at least a few abyaat. Mumineen should also do tasbeeh of Imam Husain 128 times – the adad of Imam Husain’s name (just as Ali is 110), which is a most barakati nuskha prescribed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA.

MARSIYA OF IMAM HUSAIN: PDF & Audio of Marsiya Composed by Shzd. Dr. Saifiyah baisaheba This Ashara we present Shzd Dr Saifiyah Baisaheba’s purdard marsiya, written this year on the occasion of Ashara mubaraka, with the audio recording. QASIDA & DOA IN TRANSLATION: Imam Husain SA Doa in Aashura (allahumma anta siqati) & ‘Ya Sayyidash-shuhadaai’ (From Sijill 38)

We are pleased to present on the solemn occasion of Aashura, a translation of the doa recited by Imam Husain SA in Aashura: allahumma anta siqati fi kulli karbin. We are also pleased to present a translation of Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA iconic marsiya in the remembrance of the musibat of Imam Husain SA Ya Sayyidash-shuhadaai’. Both, the doa and the marsiya, have been translated

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by Shz. Dr. Bazat Tahera baisaheba. The PDF of the doa and full qasida with translation is presented on fatemidawat.com

ANNUAL REPORT 1435H/1436H: Now Available in Hindi & Gujarati In Shehre Ramadan 1436H, Syedna Qutbuddin instructed the publication of a report of Dawat activities. The aim of the report was two-fold: 1. To demonstrate and promote an efficient, professional, compassionate, sustainable organization that will grow dynamically and multifold in the years to come, inshallah 2. To inform mumineen who are submitting Zakaat to the Dai al-Mutlaq about Dawat activities and upliftment programs in which Zakaat resources are allocated. Learning these details, each mumin will insha’allah be encouraged to get personally involved in Dawat activities by doing khidmat and contributing their skills and offering their counsel.

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mission of serving the 53rd Dai al Mutlaq and helping mumineen. This report explains where Dawat resources are being allocated, describes this year’s accomplishments, and explains future projects. It is now available in Hindi and Gujarati on FatemiDawat.com

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FatemiDawat.com has developed as an immense resource for mumineen worldwide. It has been exactly one year since we migrated to our custom built website, which now has over 1000 pages. Our website team has worked tirelessly to improve the organization of the website to enable mumineen to find and locate relevant information. For example the Amal Details are now organized by month, the qasidas

marsiyas etc. are organized by category etc. in addition to many minor improvements. This Hijri New Year, we are pleased to present a robust google powered search tool for FatemiDawat.com. The tool is at the top right hand corner of the homepage and searches all Fatemi Dawat websites.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery. The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

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SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: Aashura SIJILL ARTICLE: Ashara - A Time for Remembrance, Reflection & Rejuvenation - Part 2 NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights & Photos of Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz 1, 2, 3 NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights of Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb Ashara Waaz 1 & 2 NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights of Shehzada Abdeali bhaisaheb Ashara Waaz 1 & 2 ANNOUNCEMENT: Aashura 1437H Mumbai, San Jose & London Program AMAL DETAILS: Aashura Night & Aashura Day 1437H ANNOUNCEMENT AND AMAL DETAILS: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H & Live Broadcast MARSIYA OF IMAM HUSAIN: PDF & Audio of Marsiya Composed by Shzd. Dr. Saifiyah baisaheba QASIDA & DOA IN TRANSLATION: Imam Husain SA Doa in Aashura (allahumma anta siqati) & ‘Ya Sayyidash-shuhadaai’ (From Sijill 38) ANNUAL REPORT 1435H/1436H: Now Available in Hindi & Gujarati FATEMIDAWAT.COM: New Search Tool!

Zahra Hasanaat January 2015 Report Ikhwanus Safa Article Series – 4th Installment Women in Islam Series: The Experience of a Muslim Woman - Part 2 QJSP: First Higher Education Scholarships Details Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz Highlights Shz Taher bhaisaheb monthly sabaq broadcast Matrimonial Forum and Nikah Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Fatemi Madrasa new material Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Syedna TUS Muharram Waaz Video Excerpt

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ َ ‫ك عِبَادِي عَن ِي ف َِإن ِي قَرِيبٌ ُأجِيبُ دَعْوَة‬ َ َ ‫و َِإذ َا سَأَ ل‬ ِ َ ‫ٱلد‬ ‫ن‬ ِ ‫اع ِإذ َا د َعَا‬ *َ‫شد ُون‬ ُ ْ ‫فَل ْيَسْتَجِيب ُوا ْ ل ِي و َلْيُؤْم ِن ُوا ْ بِي لَعَل َه ُ ْم يَر‬

(Surat al-Baqara: 186) And when My servants question you concerning Me, I am near; I answer the call of the Dai when he beseeches doa; so let them respond to Me, and let them believe in Me that they might go aright... SIJILL ARTICLE: Syedna’s Deep & Heartfelt Doa Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA often stated that the two primary responsibilities of a Dai are: 1) to establish and call mumineen towards the Da’wat of Imamuz-zaman SA and 2) to pray and perform doa for mumineen. The Arabic root "d‘aa" linguistically supports these two definitions of: 1) calling or inviting towards something and 2) beseeching doa.

During every waaz in Ashara Mubaraka, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS called mumineen towards the Dawat of Imamuz-zaman SA and enriched their souls with the knowledge of Aale Muhammad SA. In every waaz, Syedna also beseeched doa for mumineen. He often said that, “I beseech doa for mumineen in every day and in every sajda.” Syedna also beseeched doa for the guidance of those who had gone astray and for the renewed unity of our community. On the 7th of Muharram Syedna beseeched doa for mumineen in a unique manner. As this was the waaz of Maulatuna Fatema AS, he took the wasila of each of the meaningful letters in the name “Fatema”. Just as there is meaning in the set of letters with which several surats of Quran begin (alif laam meem for example), our hudaat kiraam have often elaborated on the meaning of the letters of the names of Panjetan paak, Tayyib Imam etc. After beseeching Salawat on Panjetan paak, A’immat Tahereen and their Duat Mutlaqeen, especially the 51st and the 52nd Dai, Syedna prayed:

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I pray, by taking and invoking the name of “Fatema.” By the virtue of the letter ‘fe’ in Fatema, may Allah Ta’ala protect us from every aafat and adversity. By the virtue of the letter ‘fa’ in Fatema, may Allah Ta’ala grant us all shifa’ and good health. May he alleviate all afflictions and keep us all in happiness. Now ‘alif’ after ‘fe’, by the virtue of Fatema, may Allah Ta’ala bestow barakat and strength in our Islam, our Imaan and ourIkhlaas. May He increase it day by day. ‘Toi’, by the virtue of Fatema, may Allah Ta’ala grant us Tahaarat and purity in our bodies and our souls in religion (abdaan & adyaan). The way purity of the body [is achieved] and the purity of our souls is [achieved] by praying that may Allah Ta’ala purify us from sins. Indeed “Allah Ta’ala loves those who seek forgiveness (tawba) and loves those who seek to become pure (tahaarat)” (Surat al-Baqara: 222). ‘Meem’, there is ‘toi’ after ‘meem’, by the virtue of Fatema’s ‘meem’, may Allah Ta’ala increase in our hearts the mohabbat (love),mawaddat (affecti on) and ma’rifat(recognition) of panjetan, a’immat and du’at (all start with meem). There is also a ‘meem’ in mumin. I also pray, may Allah Ta’ala increase the hurmat and stature of a mumin in our hearts, [and may everyone mumin] always keep taqwa (consciousness of God). Every day I pray for myself and all of you, may Allah Ta’ala maintain His taqwa as our shi’aar (emblem or crest). For our maula, may Allah Ta’ala sacrifice our jaan/soul - nisaar. May Allah Ta’ala grant us barakaat (blessings) and ne’mats (bounties) be-shumaar (countless).

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Now the small ‘teh’ (the last letter in Fatema, also called chashmi ‘heh’). The numerical value of this letter is five. By the virtue and wasila of this last letter - I pray for myself, my family, my wife, my sons, my daughters, my children’s children, the children of Da’wat - in this Majlis of Fatema and Husain, I pray, by the virtue of Fatema and Husain, Ta’ala today, in this Ashara, in Ashura and always, may we always weep for Fatema’s jigar-gosha Aqa Husain, may we always grieve for him, may we always do his maatam. We are the followers and servants of Panjetan paak, by the virtue of these five, according to the guidance of the pure Panjetan, may we always live a pure life (paak zindagi). May we always establish the seven pillars (da’aim). And may our life and death (mahya & mamaat) be upon the walaayat of Fatema. That death (mamaat) is the beginning of Life (‘aynul-hayaat). May Allah Ta’ala maintain this bounty in our children for generations to come… May the blessings of salwaat continue towards the servant of Imamuz-zaman (mamluku aale Muhammad), and by the virtue of his divine gaze, inspiration and ta’yeed, may Allah Ta’ala grant us clear victory (nasre-aziz & fathe-mubin) “nasrun minallahi wa fathun qareeb. Wa bashshiril mumineen.” May Allah Ta’ala continue the blessings of this salawaat till the Day of Judgment. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA said many years ago in Lailatul Qadar that “Khuzaima ni doa mustajaab che.” This indeed was an indication that Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin would one day become Dai, because Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Burhanuddin RA also often said in their waaz that, “Dai ni doa mustajaab che.” We are fortunate that we receive the

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doa of a Dai whose doa is answered (mustajaab) – he is a Dai who prays for us in a manner which echoes the doa of the great Imam Ali Zainul-Abideen and the great Dai Syedna al-Mu’ayyad alShirazi. May Allah Ta’ala answer his prayers and doa for us. May Allah Ta’ala grant longest life, in full health and fitness, to our Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. May he continue to pray for us in his bayaans and his sajdas for many years to come. The video excerpt from this waaz in which Syedna did this bayaan and doa is presented on FatemiDawat.com (11 min).

LEGAL UPDATE: 27th & 29th October 2015 Hearings Rescheduled Due to the recent structural problems in the Bombay High Court building, Courtroom No. 46 was not available on the 27th and 29th of October. Therefore the Honorable Bombay High Court has postponed the further cross examination of the Plaintiff, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. The matter is listed for further directions (dates) on November 16th, 2015 after the Diwali vacation. NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights & Photos of Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz 4, 5 Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddintus performed Ashara Mubaraka 1437H wa’az on Takht-e-Imami in Darus Sakina, Mumbai with greatshaan, bestowing pearls of divine wisdom and ma’refat, and delivering deeply meaningful orations about faith in Allah, and our leaders in faith, the Panjetan Paak, Imams, and Dais. In each waaz, Molana gave guidance for this world and the next, raising high the stations of all mumineen who had the high fortune to behold his radiant Page 2 of 5


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visage and hear his luminous sermons. At the heart of every waaz was Syedna’s heartrending narration of the martyrdom of Imam Husain SA. Also in every waaz, Syedna bestowed pearls of dua for mumineen gathered here as well as mumineen everywhere in the world. Waaz was held in the afternoon, followed by maghrib-isha namaaz. After namaaz, while Syedna was in the qibla, poignant marsiyas were recited and mumineen performedpurjosh maatam. Each day’s program ended with Imam Husain niyaaz jaman. In the fourth waaz, Maulana Qutbuddin narrated reports of Nabi Musa AS and Nabi Isa AS. Nabi Musa saw in the Torah special praise of “Nabi Ahmad’s community,” and he asked Allah to make him part of them. Our Mawali have explained that “Nabi Ahmad’s community,” signifies the Dais of Rasulullah’s epoch, who have the honor of vicegerency (niyabat) of the mustaqarr imam in Rasulullah’s line. Syedna recited two ayats of the Quran which say “… do not die except as Muslims” (… wa-la tamutunna illa wa-antum muslimun). Syedna explained the high meaning of these verses, that muslim is from tasleem, literally, to ‘hand over’. In the first verse, Allah instructs each Nabi to hand over the Prophethood to his successor before he passes away, with the condition that he obtain verbal or written permission from the mustaqarr imam. In the second verse, Allah instructs each dai to hand over the dai-ship to his successor before he passes away, with the condition that he do so with the spiritual inspiration (ilhaam) of the imam. Continuing his earlier discourse about renouncing

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materialism (zuhd), Syedna did purlutf bayan about Nabi Isa which warns against forsaking Haqq-na-Saheb for bricks of gold, and warns against lying, especially to your Mawla.

In the fifth waaz, Maulana Qutbuddin explained the deep meaning of our Nabi’s pure name ‘Muhammad’, and the significations of the letters in the name: M and H are for Fatema and Hayder, and M and D are for Imam and Dai. The letters together convey the shaan of Muhammad’s entire epoch (dawr), and show how Muhammad’s Dawat will be propagated through the centuries till the Last Day. Syedna recited the glad tidings that we are connected organically to the Panjetan paak: Rasulullah SA said: I am a tree, Fatema is its trunk, Ali is its pollen, Hasan Husain its fruits, and our followers (shia) its leaves. Continuing his earlier discourse about the importance of knowledge, particularly ilm of Aale-Muhammad, Syedna recited Amirul-mumineen’s words, “Knowledge is the best

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inheritance.” He also exhorted mumineen to inculcate the fifth characteristic in the ongoing explication of the characteristics of Ali’s shia: true repentance from sins (tawbatan nasuh), which means you must commit to cleansing yourself of those sins for always. Syedna delivered a heartrending narration of Ali Akbar’s maqtal, and of Rasulullah’s shahadat. Photos of the 4th and 5th Waaz are presented on FatemiDawat.com NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights of Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb Ashara Waaz 6 & 7 – San Jose, 1437H On the 6th of Moharram, Shz Taher bhaisab did bayaan on Rahmat. He started by quoting an ayat from the Quran directed to Rasulullah, “And we have not sent you but as mercy for all worlds.” Syedna Moayyad states that it would be unjust if rahmat was only sent for the people of Rasulullah’s lifetime. No, Allah has continued His rahmat in the form of Panjetan, Aimmat and Duat. And today our Dai, Syedna Qutbuddin is Allah’s rahmat. Allah has created this world, so that we may all go back to where we came from-jannat, and has sent his Dai for our rahmat. Rasullullah in his khutba implored to all muslimeen, ‘Death is coming. Get ready! Answer to the call of Dawat!’ It is best that the world and religion coexist. But, Isa Nabi says that when the choice presents itself that for the sake of this world you have to sacrifice religion, then let the world go and go in the direction of religion. Syedna Taher Saifuddin also says that take use of this world, don’t become its slave. Taher bhaisab beseeched mumineen to be good, speak the truth, not be jealous, have brotherly Page 3 of 5


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love, be humble, and to conceal one’s brother’s sins, and not gossip. He ended the Waaz with Aqa Husain’s shahadat, saying that rahmat means rain/water in one meaning, and the tears that pour like rain from our eyes in the remembrance of Husain’s shahadat will bring rahmat to our souls. May Allah, in this world and the hereafter bless us with His rahmat in which we have been promised 8 jannats in place of one tear shed on Aqa Husain AS

On the 7th of Muharram, Shz Taher bhaisaheb did zikr of Maulatuna Fatema AS, Fatemi Dawat, and Fatemi Dai. He said that it is a very difficult endeavor to stay on path of haqq. Indeed, Iblees had challenged that he will take control of 999 people out of a thousand. Allah let him be so that his mumineen, through hardships, would become pure. That is the meaning of this life. He further declared that it is truly very sad that there are people who know where haqq is and yet choose to be with the people against haqq, for the Quran says in regards to those people that: ‘You, in that case, would be like them’ (Surat al-Nisaa’: 140). Shz Taher bhaisaheb asserted that Panjetan are the Noor of Allah. Fatemi Imams are the Noor of Allah and Fatemi Duat are the Noor of Allah. Today, that Noor is seen in our beloved Dai-Al-Fatemi, Qutbuddin Maula TUS. For those who stay connected to this Noor, Jannat awaits them eagerly, and

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when the time comes for that Mumin to go to Jannat, it is said that the Noor of jannat increases. After praying Husain’s shahadat, Taher bhaisahebb narrated with immense emotion the shahadat of Maulatuna Fatema. And reminded us that times change but people remain the same. Just as no one helped when Maulatuna Fatema delivered the heart rending khutba that reminded everyone of Rasullullah, few people today answered our Maula’s call. Taher bhaisab concluded waaz by saying that Fatemi Dawat exists today only because of Husain’s sajda and the 72 that were with him.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Hatim b. Ibrahim RA(3rd Dai al-Mutlaq) Urus Mubarak On 16mi raat of Muharram, Urus Mubarak of Syedna Hatim b. Ibrahim RA (Tuesday 27th Oct), Shehzada Dr. Husain bhaisaheb will lead Maghrib Isha Namaz followed by Urus and Darees Majlis. Mumineen are invited for Salawaat Jaman after Majils at Darus Sakina. Shz. Husain bhaisaheb’s Majlis will be available for viewing live via YouTube and for replay thereafter. Those who are unable to attend are urged to pray Khatmul Quraan on the Niyyat of Syedna Hatim and recite the Qasida written by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA “Naseemas Saba Yammim Zara Hatimil Jadwa” and Dawat ni Zaban Salaam by Shz. Dr. Bazat Tahera baisaheba. PDF of Qasida and Salaam is presented on Fatemidawat.com. BIOGRAPHY SERIES: 3rd Dai alMutlaq Syedna Hatim bin Ibrahim RA(From Sijill 39) On the occasion of the Urus Mubaraka of Syedna Hatim Mohyuddin RA, we are pleased to present a brief history of 214

this great Dai as part of our Biography and History Series. The full article is available on Fatemidawat.com. Here is an excerpt from the article: “Each and every mumin knows the name of Syedna Hatim; he/she may not know the names of other Dais, but he/she knows Syedna Hatim. Every mumin must have attended a Darees of Syedna Hatim, often called ‘Hatim ulKhayraat’, and sought his vaseela especially for barakat in rozi. Syedna Hatim’s tomb in al-Hutayb (in the mountainous Haraz region of Yemen) is a passionately sought place of pilgrimage and is frequently visited by mumeneen today, from all over Yemen, from India, and from other places all over the world. Syedna Hatim had a long 39-year, eventful, and celebrated reign as Dai. For the people of Yemen and especially Haraz, their faith in the Tayyibi Dawat and the mohabbat of the Dai is entrenched in their hearts through Syedna Hatim’s legacy, whose presence is still very much alive among them.”

ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Still Available Due to the tremendous interest in the broadcast of Shz Taher bhaisaheb Waaz during Ashara, the full Waaz videos will be available for viewing until Chehlum for those who have not had the opportunity to view and listen to waaz. 1437H HIJRI CALENDAR We are pleased to present a complete Misri Calendar for 1437H along with the main miqaats, parallel Gregorian dates. The calendar is presented in printable (A4) PDF format. A version with namaz timings for Mumbai is also available. We are happy to send versions with namaz times for specific cities upon Page 4 of 5


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request. Please send your request to info@fatemidawat.com. We are also working on a .csv file of our calendar which mumineen can import into their existing calendar on their PC/MAC or google calendar.

ANNUAL REPORT 1435H/1436H: Now Available in Hindi & Gujarati In Shehre Ramadan 1436H, Syedna Qutbuddin instructed the publication of a report of Dawat activities. The aim of the report was two-fold: 1. To demonstrate and promote an efficient, professional, compassionate, and

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sustainable organization that will grow dynamically and multifold in the years to come, inshallah. 2. To inform mumineen who are submitting Zakaat to the Dai al-Mutlaq about Dawat activities and upliftment programs in which Zakaat resources are allocated. Learning these details, each mumin will insha’allah be encouraged to get personally involved in Dawat activities by doing khidmat and contributing their skills and offering their counsel. All departments of Dawat have administered many positive projects and worked efficiently to achieve their mission of serving the 53rd Dai al Mutlaq and helping mumineen. This report explains where Dawat resources are being allocated, describes this year’s accomplishments, and explains future projects. It is now available in

Hindi and Gujarati on FatemiDawat.com

FATEMIDAWAT.COM: New Search Tool! FatemiDawat.com has developed as an immense resource for mumineen worldwide. It has been exactly one year since we migrated to our custom built website, which now has over 1000 pages. Our website team has worked tirelessly to improve the organization of the website to enable mumineen to find and locate relevant information. For example the Amal Details are now organized by month, the qasidas marsiyas etc. are organized by category etc. in addition to many minor improvements. This Hijri New Year, we are pleased to present a robust google powered search tool for FatemiDawat.com. The tool is at the top right hand corner of the homepage and searches all Fatemi Dawat websites.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week

Upcoming updates

SIJILL ARTICLE: Syedna’s Deep & Heartfelt Doa LEGAL UPDATE: 27th & 29th October 2015 Hearings Rescheduled NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights & Photos of Syedna TUSAshara Waaz 4 and 5 NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights of Shehzada Taher bhaisaheb Ashara Waaz 6 & 7 – San Jose, 1437H ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedna Hatim b. Ibrahim RA (3rd Dai al-Mutlaq) Urus Mubarak BIOGRAPHY SERIES: 3rd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Hatim bin Ibrahim RA (From Sijill 39) ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Still Available 1437H HIJRI CALENDAR ANNUAL REPORT 1435H/1436H: Now Available in Hindi & Gujarati FATEMIDAWAT.COM: New Search Tool!

Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

If you have any suggestions for updates and content please email info@fatemidawat.com If you wish to unsubscribe to this newsletter please email to above address with subject line ‘unsubscribe’

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Amirul Mumineen SA advised that we divide our life in three parts

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫م َنْ رَز َق َه ُ الله ُ و َلايَة َ عَل ِي اب ِن ابيطالب صع فَق َ ْد‬ ُّ ‫ ولا أش‬،ِ ‫الدنْيَا والآخِرة‬ ُّ َ ‫أَ صَابَ خَيْر‬ ،ِ ‫ُك له ُ ب ِالجن َة‬ َّ ً ‫ ع َش َرة‬،‫ن خَصْ لَة‬ َ ‫لي وَو َلايَتِه ِ عِشْر ِي‬ ِ ‫وإن في ح‬ ٍّ َ ‫ُب ع‬ ُّ ‫م ِنها في‬ *‫الدنيا وع َش َرة ً في الآخرة‬

(Rasulullah SAW) He who is given the sustenance/bounty (rizq - rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. In Ali’s love and valaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat). SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (1) Zuhd Having been blessed with the greatest virtue, the valaayat of Amirul Mumineen SA, it is incumbent on us to be worthy of such a great blessing that ensures our salvation. Rasululullah SA has said that “he who is given the gift

(rizq, rozi) of thevalaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. In Ali’s love and valaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat).” The first of the virtues in this world is zuhd (renouncing materialism – lit. asceticism). During Ashara this year, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS narrated this Hadith and explained the many facets of this Hadith and the individual virtues. Syedna introduced the Hadith saying that this is abishaarat for the Shi’a of Amirul Mumineen SA. He added that in one sense, those with true valaayat would necessarily have these virtues. If for some reason one with valaayat does not possess these virtues then upon hearing this bayaan he/she should make a firm commitment to acquire them. The concept of zuhud is to not become preoccupied with this world (dunya) and materialism. In the day-to-day grind of this world this often happens. But the truth is that this world is only a passage to the Hereafter (aakherat).

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Being born as a human being and then “born” a mumin by giving misaq, is vital in keeping a clear direction towards the Hereafter and in concerning one’s self with the achieving salvation, najaat and Jannat. However, this does not mean that one has to shun this world. It is a matter of setting priorities. One can strive towards achieving aakherat and also live a full life in this world. This can be achieved by living life according to Shari’at. For example, earning a livelihood according to the guidance of Shari’at. Amirul Mumineen SA himself used to cultivate the land and personally oversee the work, even in burning heat. Syedna narrated that an individual came to one of our Imams and requested that he pray that he earn without any effort (ghar bethe thaali aawi jaai). Imam AS said that he will not pray for his livelihood, until he went out and felt the heat of the sun and made an effort to earn his living. This is a great lesson: To be religious means to uphold the pillars of religion and not to be inactive and lethargic in worldly affairs. On the contrary, our hudaat kiraam guide us to be active and energetic in seeking and earning our worldly livelihood. Amirul Mumineen SA has counseled us to plan and divide our time in a balanced way in three parts. The first part is to spend time in prayer and ‘ibaadat and to remember Allah Ta’ala throughout the night and day. The second part is to spend time seeking and earning a livelihood (halaal ni rozi) and earning a livelihood according to the guidance of Shari’at and staying away from the trade and business of things that are prohibited and haraamsuch as alcohol. The third part is to spend time with family and for leisure (halaal ni lazzat) - it is important to spend time to enjoy our

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meals and it is vital to spend quality time with one’s family. Syedna’s guidance enables us to be worthy of being a mumin and also teaches us how to be a good human being. His guidance encourages us to live a full life in this world while prioritizing aakherat. This balance is the key to a complete, successful and purposeful Life. We offer thanks to Allah Ta’ala for the bounty and ne’mat of valaayat. We offer thanks for the guidance of our hudaat kiraam, especially Daizzamaan. We pray that may we always be worthy of such blessings. May we have the strength and understanding to put these teachings into practice in our lives. Over the days of Ashara Syedna expounded further on the meaning of these virtues in our lives today. These will be published in subsequent Sijill articles inshaallah.

NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights & Photos of Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz 6 &7 Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddintus performed Ashara Mubaraka 1437H wa’az on Takht-e-Imami in Darus Sakina, Mumbai with greatshaan, bestowing pearls of divine wisdom and ma’refat, and delivering deeply meaningful orations about faith in Allah, and our leaders in faith, the Panjetan Paak, Imams, and Dais. In each waaz, Maulana gave guidance for this world and the next, raising high the stations of all mumineen who had the high fortune to behold his radiant visage and hear his luminous sermons. At the heart of every waaz was Syedna’s heartrending narration of the martyrdom of Imam Husain SA. Also in every waaz, Syedna bestowed pearls of dua for mumineen gathered there as well as mumineen everywhere in the world. Waaz was held in the afternoon, 218

followed by maghrib-isha namaaz. After namaaz, while Syedna was in the qibla, poignant marsiyas were recited and mumineen performed purjosh maatam. Each day’s program ended with Imam Husain niyaaz jaman.

In the sixth waaz, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS narrated reports of Maulatuna Fatema tuz Zahra’s AS high station. The Prophet’s Companion (sahabi) Salman al-Farisi did sajda for her, as he did sajda for her father, bowing to God’s light that he saw shining in the Prophet’s face. Nabi Muhammad commended Salman’s sincerity (ikhlaas), and said “Paradise awaits Salman more eagerly than Salman awaits Paradise.” In your age, you should cultivate “Salmaniyyat,” Salman’s jewel of ikhlaas, which will bring you closer to your Lord. Syedna narrated the glad tidings (bisharat) stemming from the marriage of Fatema and Ali. The Prophet Muhammad was overjoyed at this marriage, because from it stems salvation for his community: There will be Imams in Fatema and Ali’s lineage till the last day, who will guide each successive generation of Muslims towards Allah taala. Syedna did zikr of Fatema’s luminous robe (pichhori)— which caused a full tribe of 80 Jews to accept Islam— today is Fatema’s Dawat, Fatemi Dawat, and it continues to give us light, through the Dai of Fatema’s son, Imam uz-Zaman. Syedna exhorted mumineen to uphold the ten qualities of Ali’s Shia that he had recounted beginning with the first waaz. The first quality is renouncing worldliness, the second thirst for knowledge, and the third religious practice (deendari). Continuing his explication of the fourth quality, worship (ibadat), he narrated Ja’far us Sadiq Imam’s words that Allah accepts worship only from those who uphold

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allegiance (walayat) to the true Imam. The fifth quality is heartfelt repentance. In this waaz, Syedna explicated in detail the 6th quality: prayer in the deep of the night (al-qiyam bi-l-layl). Syedna ended the waaz with a unique mode of doa, based on Maulatuna Fatema’s name, and he prayed eloquently and earnestly for mumineen, basing each doa on a letter of the name ‘Fatema’ (see details in last week’s Sijill article). He narrated heartrendingly the plight of Fatema’s daughter Maulatuna Zainab AS in Karbala, and the shahadat of her two young sons Aun and Muhammad.

In the seventh waaz, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS narrated the glad tidings given by Prophet Muhammad in his hadith: “Indeed, it is the followers of Ali who will win paradise” (Shi’ato Aliyyin humul fa’izoon). In this waaz, Syedna expounded the lofty station of Maulana Ali. He explained that the numerical value of Ali (Ayn-Lam-Yeh) was 110, and that it encompassed the creed of God’s unity (shahadat of tawheed) and also was the sum indicated by the letters Meem and Ayn: Muhammad and Ali, together (in Arabic, ma’an, written with Meem and Ayn). Based on the three letters in Maulana Ali’s name, Syedna narrated three reports: (1) Amirul Mumineen’s excellence (fazilat): a lowly slave of the Banu Riyah clan had the honor of 70 tribes of angels praying at his bier (janaza), and of the Prophet leading the janaza prayer, because of the

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man’s professed love for Ali. (2) Amirul Mumineen’s miracle (mujiza): from Kufa in Iraq, Amirul mumineen miraculously enabled his devoted Companion Jabir bin Abdillah al-Ansari to visit (ziyarat) Rasulullah’s grave in Medina (3) Amirul Mumineen’s battle (ghazwat): In the Battle of Ohad, when the Meccan pagans who were the Prophet’s enemies attacked him in Medina, Ali was the only person who stood steadfast in obeying Rasulullah in his command not to leave battle posts to chase after the retreating army. Rasulullah was badly wounded in this battle, and it was only Maulana Ali’s fervent defense of him that saved the day, such that Rasulullah said to Jibraeel “Ali is part of me, and I am part of Ali.” The residents of heaven called out, “There is no warrior but Ali, no sword but the Zulfaqar” (La fata illa Ali la sayfa illa Zulfaqar). Relating these events and reports to our present times, Syedna said that many say they are afraid to declare allegiance to the rightful Dai, even though they believe he is the rightful Dai, because they are afraid of being denied burial rights in the Bohra cemeteries currently controlled by the other side. Syedna said the body can be buried anywhere in God’s earth. When a mumin passes away on Hajj, he is buried in the Muslim cemetery there. What is important is your soul, your belief; only giving misaaq to the true Dai of Imamuz zamaan will ensure your salvation (najaat). Syedna prayed that may Allah grant all those of our community who have been misled, those who do not bear hatred for me, may Allah grant them tawfeeq to answer the true Mansoos of Syedna Burhanuddin RA, the true 53rd Dai Khuzaima Qutbuddin. Syedna also narrated an enlightening report of recent history: In the 47th Dai Syedna Abdulqadir Najmuddin’s RA

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era, there were individuals among Syedna’s own family members who were spreading poison about Syedna Najmuddin’s nass and the legitimacy of his dai-ship. At a ziyafat held in honor of Syedna Najmuddin, a leader of those backbiting individuals was present. At the end of the meal when the mukhlis host of the ziyafat—who was named Dost bhai Seth—served betel leaf (paan) with silver glazing to the sahebs sitting around Syedna Najmuddin, this detractor said with crafty innuendo pointing towards Syedna Najmuddin: “Is the paan’s silver glazing real or fake?” (Kem Dost bhai Seth, waraq sachcha chhe ke khota?). Dost bhai Seth answered: “The silver is real; making the real appear fake is what you do.” (Waraq toh sachcha chhe, pun sachcha ne khota banawu aapnu kaam chhe). Syedna narrated the 8th quality of Ali’s Shia: They do not solicit from people (al-iyaas min al-khalq); they look only to Allah and his wali for help. Syedna ended the waaz with moving shahadat of Amirul Mumineen, and narrative of Husain’s three Ali-s: Ali Asghar, Ali Akbar, and Ali Zainul Abedeen. Photos of the 6th and 7th Waaz are presented on FatemiDawat.com

NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Hatim b. Ibrahim RA (3rd Dai al-Mutlaq) Urus Mubarak - Poconos On 16mi raat of Muharram, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS presided over Urus Majlis of Syedna Hatim b. Ibrahim RA in Poconos, USA. With Syedna’s raza, Shz. Husain bhaisaheb led Urus Majlis in Darus Sakina, Mumbai. Darees was prayed in the Majlis on the niyyat of Syedna Hatim Mohyuddin RA, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burahnuddin RA.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Still Available Due to the tremendous interest in the broadcast of Shz Taher bhaisaheb Waaz during Ashara, the full Waaz videos will be available for viewing until Chehlum for those who have not had the opportunity to view and listen to waaz.

1437H HIJRI CALENDAR UPDATED We are pleased to repost the final complete Misri Calendar for 1437H along with the main miqaats, parallel Gregorian dates. The calendar is presented in printable (A4) PDF format. A version with namaaz timings for Mumbai is also available. We are happy to send versions with namaaz times for specific cities upon request. Please send your request to info@fatemidawat.com. We are also working on a .csv file of our calendar which mumineen can import into their existing calendar on their PC/MAC or google calendar.

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ANNUAL REPORT 1435H/1436H:Now Available in Hindi & Gujarati

encouraged to get personally involved in Dawat activities by doing khidmat and contributing their skills and offering their counsel. All departments of Dawat have administered many positive projects and worked efficiently to achieve their mission of serving the 53rd Dai al Mutlaq and helping mumineen. This report explains where Dawat resources are being allocated, describes this year’s accomplishments, and explains future projects. It is now available in Hindi and Gujarati on FatemiDawat.com

In Shehre Ramadan 1436H, Syedna Qutbuddin instructed the publication of a report of Dawat activities. The aim of the report was two-fold: 1. To demonstrate and promote an efficient, professional, compassionate, and sustainable organization that will grow dynamically and multifold in the years to come, inshallah. 2. To inform mumineen who are submitting Zakaat to the Dai al-Mutlaq about Dawat activities and upliftment programs in which Zakaat resources are allocated. Learning these details, each mumin will insha’allah be

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FATEMIDAWAT.COM: New Search Tool! FatemiDawat.com has developed as an immense resource for mumineen worldwide. It has been exactly one year since we migrated to our custom built website, which now has over 1000 pages. Our website team has worked tirelessly to improve the organization of the website to enable mumineen to find and locate relevant information. For example the Amal Details are now organized by month, the qasidas marsiyas etc. are organized by category etc. in addition to many minor improvements. This Hijri New Year, we are pleased to present a robust google powered search tool for FatemiDawat.com. The tool is at the top right hand corner of the homepage and searches all Fatemi Dawat websites.

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (1) Zuhd NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights & Photos of Syedna TUSAshara Waaz 6 & 7 NEWS & EVENTS: Syedna Hatim b. Ibrahim RA (3rd Dai al-Mutlaq) Urus Mubarak - Poconos ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Still Available 1437H HIJRI CALENDAR UPDATED ANNUAL REPORT 1435H/1436H: Now Available in Hindi & Gujarati FATEMIDAWAT.COM: New Search Tool!

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

If you have any suggestions for updates and content please email info@fatemidawat.com If you wish to unsubscribe to this newsletter please email to above address with subject line ‘unsubscribe’

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"Those who seek knowledge, burn the midnight oil"

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫ن ُأوتُوا ال ْعِلْم َ دَرَج َات‬ َ ‫ن آم َن ُوا م ِنك ُ ْم و َال َذِي‬ َ ‫يَرْف َ ِع الل َه ُ ال َذِي‬ (Surat al-Mujadala: 11) Allah Ta’ala will raise those of you who have faith and those who have been given knowledge in higher ranks. ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ َ‫م َنْ رَز َقَه ُ الله ُ و َلايَة َ عَل ِي اب ِن ابيطالب صع فَق َ ْد أَ صَاب‬

‫ُب‬ ِ ‫ وإنَ في ح‬،ِ ‫ك له ُ ب ِالجنَة‬ ُ ‫ش‬ ُ ‫ ولا أ‬،ِ ‫خَيْر َ الد ُن ْيَا والآخِرة‬ ‫ ع َش َرة ً م ِنها في الد ُنيا‬،‫ن خَصْ لَة‬ َ ‫عَلي وَو َلايَتِه ِ عِشْر ِي‬ *‫وع َش َرة ً في الآخرة‬ (Rasulullah

SAW

)

He who is given the sustenance/bounty (rizq - rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. In Ali’s love and valaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat).

SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (2) Desire/ Aspiration to seek Ilm It is incumbent on us that we are worthy of the blessing of the greatest virtue, thevalaayat of Amirul Mumineen SA, that has been bestowed upon us and that ensures our salvation. Rasululullah SAW has said that, “he who is given the gift (rizq, rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. In Ali’s love and valaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat).” The first of the virtues in this world is zuhd (renouncing materialism – lit. asceticism – see Sijill Article 90). The second of the virtues in this world is desire (lit. greed) to seek knowledge. During Ashara this year, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS narrated this Hadith and explained the many facets of this Hadith and the individual virtues. Syedna introduced the Hadith saying that this hadith is a bishaarat for the Shi’a of Amirul Mumineen SA. He

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added that in one sense those with true valaayat would necessarily have these virtues. If for some reason one with valaayat does not possess these virtues then upon hearing this bayaan he/she should make a firm commitment to acquire them. The words in Rasulullah’s SA Hadith are‘al-hirsu ‘ala al-‘ilm’, which literally means greed for knowledge. Syedna stated in his bayaan that greed in all other contexts is undesirable. The only context in which it is a virtue is the seeking of knowledge – because the more knowledge acquired the better. Syedna narrated an anecdote of the great scholar Syedi Ameenji bin Jalaal QR: Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Burhanuddin RA did ziarat of Syedi Ameenji with great reverence after offering sajda. He had received the ‘ilm of Aale Muhammad from Syedna Da’ud bin Qutubshah RA. Syedi Ameenji spent most of his nights reading “He who seeks knowledge, burns the midnight oil.” One day his wife approached Syedi Khawj bin Malak (another great scholar who was a contemporary of Syedi Ameenji bin Jalaal and whose qabar Mubarak is in Kapadwanj) for advice. Syedi Khawj advised her to araz to the Dai. At that time oil lanterns (fanus) were used for illumination. The Dai advised her to fill the lantern with less oil that night so that once the oil ran out Syedi Ameenji would retire to his room. Syedi Ameenji’s wife did so but Syedi Ameenji still did not come to the room any sooner. She found Syedi Ameenji still reading when she went and saw into the study at the time of Fajr namaaz. The oil lantern was still burning, but without any oil. Syedna encouraged mumineen to seek ‘ilm. Education is essential. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their children seek education and especially the ‘ilm and knowledge of

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Aale Mohammad. Amirul Mumineen SA has said that “this ‘ilm is the eternal and everlasting ‘ilm that was revealed to Adam, and by which all the Prophets were honoured, that ‘ilm is with Mohammad and his progeny the Imams”. Every Imam in every age inherits and imparts this ‘ilm. In the Imam’s seclusion every Dai is entrusted with it. The treasure of ‘ilm is the Imam’s treasure. In the age of Mustansir Imam (the 18th Imam), the Yemeni Dai Syedna Lamak bin Malik travelled to Cairo and received the ‘ilm of Aale Muhammad through the great scholar Syedna al-Mu’ayyad al-Shirazi and also directly from the Imam (more details on this later). Syedna Lamak then returned to Yemen and imparted this knowledge to his son Syedna Yahya bin Lamak who imparted it to Syedna Zoeb bin Musa, the first Dai al-Mutlaq. This knowledge has then been passed on from one Dai to the other. The treasure of knowledge is entrusted to every Dai. A treasure that no worldly treasure compares to. The ta’yeed and inspiration of the Imam continues to flow to the Dai even during seclusion. Syedna Qutbuddin today imparts this knowledge in every bayaan, sabaq and waaz. He imparts it in his qasidas, munajaats and risalats. Fortunate are those who seek it and receive it. Those who seek this knowledge from the right source and attain it in its pure unadulterated form receive high ranks in Jannat, as in the Ayat quoted above. Syedna also guides us to be passionate in pursuing education in schools and universities. As important is the aspiration to seek the knowledge of Aale Mohammad. May Allah Ta’ala give us the inspiration to seek this knowledge. May Allah Ta’ala grant longest life to Aqa Moula TUS in full health and aafiyat to continue to spread the wisdom of this

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ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Syedi Fakhruddin ShaheedQR (Galiakot) - Poconos On 27th Muharram, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS will lead Zohar/Asar Namaaz followed by Urus Majlis of Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed QR (Galiakot) on 27th Muharram (Sunday, 8th November) at 12 noon inshaallah in Poconos, Pennsylvania. Mumineen will have the opportunity for qadambosi after the majlis. All mumineen are also invited for salawaat jaman. In Mumbai, Shehzada Dr. Husain Bhaisaheb will lead Maghrib Isha Namaz and preside over urus majlis of Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed QR Urus Majlis on 27mi raat of Muharram (Saturday evening, November 7th) in Darus Sakina, Thane. All mumineen are invited for salawaat jaman. Majlis/broadcast will start at 645pm India Standard Time (5:15am Pacific Standard Time on 7th November 2015). You can participate using this YouTube link. This Majlis recording will be available for replay through the same link after the broadcast is complete. Mumineen who are unable to attend are urged to: Pray Khatmul Quran on the Niyyat of the Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed, Pray Qasida Mubaraka written by Syedna Taher Saifuddin “Salaamun ‘Alayka a Fakhral Huda”, Mumineen should also recite Dawat ni zabaan salaam written by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba in shaan of Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed. PDF of Qasida (with English translation) and Salaam is presented on Fatemidawat.com. HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES:Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed QR(Galiakot) The History & Biography Series aims to Page 2 of 5


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present the akhbaar and brief biography of our hudaat kiraam. This week we are pleased to present the akhbar of Syedi Fakhuddin Shaheed, on the occasion of his Urs.

This is an excerpt from the article: Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed was the son of Raja Tarmal, who along with his brother Raja Bharmal, converted to Islam at the hands of Moulaya Abdullah, in the era of Mustansir Imam. Syedi Khawj bin Malak, one of the hudood of the 26th Dai Syedna Daud bin Ajabshah and the 27th Dai Syedna Daud bin Qutub Shah, have recorded in Sitt Rasāʾil the history of the Fatimid-Tayyibi Dawat in India in these times. Raja Bharmal and Raja Tarmal were viziers of the Rajput king of Khambat in present day Rajasthan, and both expended great efforts in spreading Islam and Iman in India in its nascent years. Raja Bharmal’s son Moulaya Yaqub was the Imam’s appointed Waali in India, and he sent his cousin, Syedi Fakhruddin, to propagate Islam in the lands of the “Waaghar.” Syedna Taher Saifuddin writes that “all who became Muslim and Mumin in this region did so at Syedi Fakhruddin’s hands and through his efforts.” (Mafatih, p. 276) Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed was killed on 27 Muharram by brigands while he was conducting Dawat affairs in the Waaghar region; this is why he is

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remembered as a martyr, shaheed. At the beginning of the month, he had performed Ashara Mubaraka in Galiakot. He is buried in the hamlet of Galiakot (Taherabad). Syedna Taher Saifuddin built Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed’s radiant qubbah mubaraka in 1374H/1954. The shrine is visited by thousands of mumineen, especially at the time of urus. Mumineen pledge mannat of Syedi Fakhruddin’s ziyarat for their aspirations, especially for a child and for shifa. Thousands from other faiths also come to him with their needs. Syedi Fakhruddin’s Mazaar is a refuge for people seeking sanctuary, and Allah grants their wishes by his shafa’at. Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin have visited their forbears Syedi Fakhruddin’s mazaar numerous times for ziyarat, as has Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. His miracles too are acknowledged by Mumineen, other Muslimeen and Hindus. His miraculous melting of iron fetters, like wax—similar to Daud Nabi’s miracles as recounted in the Qur’an (We made iron melt for him—wa-alanna lahu l-hadid)—has been experienced by many who have taken his mannat. ( I too am a witness, having seen it happen on his doorstep with my own eyes. The complete article written by Shzd Dr Bazat Tahera Baisaheba is available on FatemiDawat.com.

QASIDA: In Shaan of Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed QR by Shzd. Arwa baisaheba We are pleased to present Qasida in Dawat ni Zaban (with audio recording) in Shaan of Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed QR by Shzd. Arwa baisaheba. The qasida was written in 1420H/2000 and presented to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. 225

NEWS & EVENTS: Highlights & Photos of Syedna TUS Ashara Waaz 8, 9 & 10 Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddintus performed Ashara Mubaraka 1437H wa’az on Takht-e-Imami in Darus Sakina, Mumbai with great shaan, bestowing pearls of divine wisdom and ma’refat, and delivering deeply meaningful orations about faith in Allah, and our leaders in faith, the Panjetan Paak, Imams, and Dais. In each waaz, Maulana gave guidance for this world and the next, raising high the stations of all mumineen who had the high fortune to behold his radiant visage and hear his luminous sermons. At the heart of every waaz was Syedna’s heartrending narration of the martyrdom of Imam Husain SA. Also in every waaz, Syedna bestowed pearls of dua for mumineen gathered here as well as mumineen everywhere in the world. Waaz was held in the afternoon, followed by maghrib-isha namaaz. After namaaz, while Syedna was in the qibla, poignant marsiyas were recited and mumineen performedpurjosh maatam. Each day’s program ended with Imam Husain niyaaz jaman. In the eighth waaz, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS opened with glad tidings of salvation (najaat) for all who bear love (muhabbat) for the Awliya kiraam, culminating in their successor Imam uz-Zamaan and his Dai. Syedna narrated the report of Ziyaad al Aswad, who came to Ja’far us Sadiq Imam walking on foot from a far land, because he did not have the means to buy a large camel for easier travel. Sadiq Imam valued the deep love that prompted Ziyaad to come to the Imam, and exclaimed “What is religion but love!” (hal id deeno illa l hubb). Reciting the Quranic verse “The true Dawat belongs to Allah” (lahu da’wat ul haqq), Syedna lucidly narrated in comprehensible terms the profound Page 3 of 5


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philosophical mysteries of our creation and return (mabda and ma’aad). Regarding the Cycle of Concealment (Dawr al-Satr), Syedna related the history of the cycles (dawr) of the first four prophets: Adam Nabi, Nooh Nabi, Ibrahim Nabi, and Musa Nabi. Syedna related the report of Idris Nabi in Adam Nabi’s cycle: Idris Nabi’s predecessor had appointed him in the presence of hudood, but those individuals were either deceased or not present when the predecessor Nabi passed away. So Idris Nabi himself announced to mumineen that he was the Mansoos and Sahib az-Zamaan; he made an astronomical instrument—an astrolabe—with which he cosmically established his right. Similarly in Musa Nabi’s cycle, Sulayman Nabi’s Nass on his successor was private, and his successor himself announced his succession and established his right. Syedna Qutbuddin explained that Sulayman Nabi’s father Dawood Nabi’s age, was one of ease and sa’aadat, whereby Dawood was able to make his Nass on Sulayman Nabi public. But in Sulayman Nabi’s time, there were circumstances which prevented him doing the same. In the present age, Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s age was one of ease and sa’aadat, whereby he was able to make his Nass on Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin public. But in Syedna Burhanuddin’s time, there were circumstances which prevented him doing the same, and he performed private Nass on his successor the 53rd Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin. Syedna explicated the eighth characteristic of Ali’s Shia: memorizing the Quran (hifz al-Qur’an). Syedna encouraged all mumineen, men, women and children, to recite the Qur’an every single day, and to memorize it’s surats. In the ninth waaz on Aashura morning, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS

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began with Rasulullah’s hadith “Whosoever weeps for my grandson Husain, or moves another to weep, or endeavors to weep, is assured Paradise.” Syedna declared that Imam Husain’s shehzada Imam uz-Zamaan is present on this earth and on this day, he is mourning his forebear Husain. Indeed, it is as though we mourn seated in Imam uz-Zamaan’s radiant presence (Hazrat Nabawiyya), for we mourn Husain with his Dai.

Reciting again the Quranic verse “The true Dawat belongs to Allah” (lahu da’wat ul haqq), Syedna recapitulated in brief the narrative of creation and return (mabda and ma’aad). Then he completed that narration of the cycles (dawr) of the prophets, Nabi Musa, Nabi Isa, and Rasulullah. Syedna ardently remembered the Panjetan Paak, and narrated parts of their shahadat bayaan. He then did tasbeeh of the names of the 21 Imams and the 52 Dais—saying “ihnaseej apno bero paar thanar che”—and related their excellent virtues and some historical anecdotes. Their successor Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s name has been written by Maulana Ali in the Kitaab ul Ilm (Book of Knowledge)—and as Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin said in his first misaaq waaz in which he appointed Syedna Qutbuddin as his Mazoon—‘Khuzaima’ was the name most dear to Syedna Taher Saifuddin. Syedna prayed “Khuda aa nass ni anguthi ni nemat hamesha baaqi raakhey.”

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Syedna related this important historical vignette, which is again deeply meaningful in our present time: Maulana Qadi al-Numan questioned Moiz Imam regarding Ja’far us Sadiq Imam’s Nass, asking him why didn’t Sadiq Imam perform a public Nass on Imam Ismail and after his demise on Imam Mohammed bin Ismail, as that would have prevented the confusion that the community was thrown into after Sadiq Imam’s demise, and would have prevented the split between the Shia into Ismaili and Isna-Ashari. Moiz Imam irately replied that Sadiq Imam acted as the hikmat in his time dictated and by this ambiguity and secrecy he preserved the life of the coming Imam, saving him from the Abbasid caliphs who expended all efforts in trying to assassinate him. In the tenth waaz on Aashura afternoon, Syedna TUS ascended the takht-e-imami with grief and mourning for Imam Husain, in order to recite Imam Husain’s shahadat ‘maqtal’. In the initial, nasihat section of the waaz, Syedna counseled mumineen to follow the 7 pillars (Di’amat) of Islam: walayat, taharat, salat, zakat, sawm, hajj and jihad. He explicated the ninth and tenth characteristics of Ali’s Shia in this world: not becoming enamored of this world (bughd al-dunya) and generosity (sakhawat). He then related the 10 characteristics of Ali’s Shia in the hereafter: A mumin will enter Paradise (1) without being asked about his actions, (2) without his misdeeds being weighed, (3) he will be handed his account-book in his right hand, (4) he will be saved from the fire, (5) his face will be radiant, (6) he will be received with honor, (7) Allah will gaze at him with his eye of mercy, (8) he will be allowed to intercede for 100 of his loved ones, (9) he will be given countless favors, and (10) he will enter Paradise without being questioned

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about his errors. Syedna bestowed precious pearls of doa for all mumineen. Syedna movingly recounted the maqtal of Imam Husain and his ahle bayt and ashaab with great fervor. In the final sajda, Syedna said: “Ay mumin, ay mumina, ay bachchao, Husain tamara waasty doa kari rahya chhe.” May Allah ta’ala keep our Shafiq Bawa, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, in sehhat and nemat till the end of time. May he scatter pearls of Aale Muhammad’s ilm, and recite Husain Imam’s shahadat year after year. May we and our children and our children’s children have the good fortune to sit at his feet and garner qudsi barakaat and mourn Imam Husain.

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Photos of the 8th, 9th and 10th Waaz are presented on FatemiDawat.com

ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Still Available Due to the tremendous interest in the broadcast of Shz Taher bhaisaheb Waaz during Ashara, the full Waaz videos will be available for viewing until Chehlum for those who have not had

1437H HIJRI CALENDAR UPDATED We are pleased to repost the final complete Misri Calendar for 1437H along with the main miqaats, parallel Gregorian dates. The calendar is presented in printable (A4) PDF format. A version with namaaz timings for Mumbai is also available. We are happy to send versions with namaaz times for specific cities upon request. Please send your request toinfo@fatemidawat.com. We are also working on a .csv file of our calendar which mumineen can import into their existing calendar on their PC/MAC or google calendar.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

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“Whoever acts righteously, it is for [the good of] his own soul.” (Surat Fussilat: 46)

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬

ِ ‫سه‬ ِ ‫ل صَالِ حاً فلَِن َ ْف‬ َ ِ ‫م َنْ عَم‬ (Surat Fussilat: 46) Whoever acts righteously, it is for [the good of] his own soul. ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬

َ‫م َنْ رَز َقَه ُ الله ُ و َلايَة َ عَل ِي اب ِن ابيطالب صع فَق َ ْد أَ صَاب‬ ‫ُب‬ ِ ‫ وإنَ في ح‬،ِ ‫ك له ُ ب ِالجنَة‬ ُ ‫ش‬ ُ ‫ ولا أ‬،ِ ‫خَيْر َ الد ُن ْيَا والآخِرة‬ ‫ ع َش َرة ً م ِنها في الد ُنيا‬،‫ن خَصْ لَة‬ َ ‫عَلي وَو َلايَتِه ِ عِشْر ِي‬ *‫وع َش َرة ً في الآخرة‬ (Rasulullah

SAW

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He who is given the sustenance/bounty (rizq - rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. In Ali’s love and valaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat).

SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: Beirut, Paris & Kenya Attacks Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin strongly condemns the attacks on innocent lives in Beirut, Paris, and Kenya during this sad week of November. Syedna prays for all those who have lost friends and relatives and for those who have been injured. Syedna prays for the safety and wellbeing of all people who are the victims of conflict in all parts of the world. Syedna hopes and prays for the prevalence of justice and peace. SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (3) Piety & Scrupulosity (wara‘) Having been blessed with the greatest virtue, the valaayat of Amirul Mumineen SA, it is incumbent on us to be worthy of such a great blessing that ensures our salvation. Rasulullah SA has said that “he who is given the gift (rizq, rozi) of thevalaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. In Ali’s love and valaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in

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this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat).” The first of the virtues in this world is zuhd (renouncing materialism – lit. asceticism – see Sijill Article 90). The second of the virtues in this world is desire (lit. greed) to seek knowledge (see Sijill Article 91). During Ashara this year, Syedna TUS narrated this Hadith and explained the many facets of this Hadith and the individual virtues. Syedna introduced the Hadith saying that this is a bishaarat for the Shi’a of Amirul Mumineen SA. He added that in one sense, those with truevalaayat would necessarily have these virtues. If for some reason one withvalaayat does not possess these virtues, then upon hearing this bayaan he/she should make a firm commitment to acquire them. The third virtue is piety and scrupulosity (al-wara’ fi al-din). Wara’ refers to the virtue of being scrupulous (parezgaar) and pious (deendar). Syedna stressed that wara’ entails bringing into action that which one has committed to in Misaaq - only making a commitment, without acting upon it, is not enough. Amirul Mumineen SA has said “If you have knowledge, you must act upon it” (man ‘alima ‘amil). This concept Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA has beautifully expressed in his Nasihat “’ilm na saathe laazim ‘amal che.” Syedna al-Mu’ayyad al-Shirazi’s advice is to live life in such a way that every breath becomes a step up on the staircase to the Hereafter (aakherat). Syedna al-Mu’ayyad continues that it is not easy to climb these stairs, just as it is not easy earn a living in this world. Just as it is necessary to work for a living in this world, it is necessary to work for aakherat. It is not sufficient to simply say “I am a Mumin” without demonstrating it through one’s actions. It is each mumin’s responsibility to fulfill their commitments. Just as there

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are conditions and efforts required to develop a successful and profitable business, that are conditions and efforts required to be successful in the pursuit of aakherat. As the Qur’an Majeed asserts “Whoever acts righteously (does good deeds) – he does so for the good of his [own] soul” (Surat Fussilat: 46). The guarantee of salvation is assumed by the Imam, and in his seclusion by his Dai, but each mumin will carry the weight of his own deeds. Ranks anddarajaat in Jannat are according to one’s own deeds. The reward for good deeds is indeed great. Imam AS has said “Help us [to save you] by performing pious actions (wara’) and good deeds (ijtihaad)”. Imam AS wishes to elevate us with him to Jannat and seeks our support and help in this endeavor. In all places in this world where admission is considered a “privilege” there are always conditions for entry. The condition for entry to Jannat, aakherat, is piety and purity. Syedna Qutbuddin said that in the days of Imam Husain (during Ashara Mubaraka), we must especially commit to piety and purity. We must recompense for the time that has passed by acting and reforming our actions in the time that remains. This does not mean that we must live a life of anguish and pain. On the contrary. Amirul Mumineen SA has said describing pious men: “In this world, they reside in the most splendid of residences and consume the finest of delicacies.”, but their ‘amal and action should also always be for aakherat. Syedna asserted: “let a day not go by without namaaz, without reciting the Qur’an and without remembering Allah Ta’ala.” Syedna explained that it is the responsibility of each parent to ensure that their children are familiar with their obligations as mumin, with the environment of the masjid and with our culture, manners and adab. Syedna

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added, “raise your children in this way, it is your (i.e. the parents’) responsibility. You will feel Allah’s divine grace here in this world and the reward in the Hereafter is exponential also.” May Allah Ta’ala grant us the tawfeeq and wisdom to follow the path of our awliya’ in knowledge and action. May we be pious and pure. These are the virtues that make us good humans and these are the virtues that prepare us for aakehrat. May Allah Ta’ala grant longest life to Aqamaula TUS in full health and aafiyat to continue to spread wisdom and guidance.

NEWS & EVENTS: Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed QR (Galiakot) - Poconos Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS delivered a powerful 2-hour bayaan on the occasion of Urus Mubarak of Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed Maula QR, on 27th Muharram ul haram, Sunday 8 November 2015, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (USA-East Coast). The following paragraphs describe the event and quote, paraphrase and summarize some of the salient points of the bayaan.

In the morning, Shz Dr. Abdeali Bhaisaheb recited the text of the Ahdul Awliya (Misaaq). Aqamola TUS led imamat for zohor-asar namaaz, and took safaqat of new misaaq-givers and all mumineen present. In the afternoon, Aqamola tus arrived for Urus majlis of Syedi Fakhruddin

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Shaheed. The majlis began with Khatmul Quran and doa of Sadaqallah.

The Bayaan: This is a long summary—still, it is but a drop from the ocean of Syedna Qutbuddin’s flowing sea. Syedna began his bayaan with Allah Ta’ala’s divine words to Rasulullah SA, “If you were not existent, I would not have created the heavens” (law laak lama khalaqtu l-aflak). Allah created the skies, the earth, the universe, this whole world, for Rasulullah. Similarly, the Imam of each Age holds that very same high station: All the activity of this world takes place because of the Imam, because of the Imam’s Dawat, because of the Misaaq that mumineen give to the Imam. That is the reason for existence; to give misaaq and attain the light. That is the road to Allah, to salvation. Rasulullah SA performed Nass on Maulana Ali SA in Ghadir-e-Khumm and appointed him his successor, and in a few months he passed away. At that time, the community turned away from Maulana Ali. Why did they turn away? Had not Rasulullah performed Nass in front of thousands? Now, can anyone maintain that Rasulullah should have done things differently? Why didn’t he warn them? He did what he had to do. Allah’s Rasul knows Allah’s wisdom (hikmat) best. In this world, there is always give-and-take (len-den of qaza-qadar). Night follows day. This is Allah’s hikmat. Similarly,

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Allah’s hikmat directs Dawat affairs. This is Rasulullah’s Wasi’s high station: Because of him the world continues, Dawat continues. If Rasulullah had not appointed Ali, his message would have been incomplete; his Dawat would have been incomplete. Allah revealed this verse on the day of Ghadir e Khumm: “Today I have perfected your religion, completed my favor upon you, and become pleased with Islam as the religion for you.” (Surat al-Ma’ida 5:3.) Islam’s completion, is only through the walayat of Amirul Mumineen. Rasulullah says, “The followers of Ali are indeed triumphant” (Shi’ato Aliyyin humu l-faizun). Whosoever follows Ali, gives misaaq and bay’at to Ali, will win paradise. Love (muhabbat) alone is not enough. Along with love, you must give misaaq. Syedna Qadi al-Numan has written that what you believe in your heart, you must also express with your words and actions. You must give misaaq to the True Imam and the True Dai, in order to gain najaat. It is Dawat practice that when a new Imam succeeds an Imam who has passed away, he takes mumineen’s misaaq. If someone says: “I believe in the 15th Imam but not in the 16th Imam,” he does not in truth believe in the 15th Imam. The 15th Imam’s imamate is only established when he performs Nass on the 16th Imam. That is when his mission is completed, perfected. Similar is the case of the Dais. These doctrines are recorded in books of Dawat. The Imam performs Nass on his successor, the coming Imam, when he sees in that sahib his own shaan of imaamat, when that sahib reaches a station that is like his. He could never change the Nass. Sadiq Imam says the imamate passes from an Imam whose name is recorded in the

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Preserved Tablet-Lawhe Mahfooz - to another whose name is also recorded in the Preserved Tablet-Lawhe Mahfooz. Once the Imam performs Nass on him, he must become Imam. In the concealment (satar) of the Imam, the Dai holds the highest station. What he knows, only he knows. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, at the young age of 28 years at the beginning of his tenure as Dai, said in a court hearing that, “What I know, no one else knows” (maney jeh khabar chheh koi ney khabar nathi). In Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s testimony, he also similarly asserted his special knowledge, because he is the present Dai. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Muhammad Burhanuddin RA have both bestowed him with pearls of the special knowledge of Dawat.

Like the Imam, the Dai only appoints his successor when he sees in him his own shaan of Dai-ship, when Allah and Allah’s wali Imamuz zaman send ilhaam to appoint that sahib. Syedna Taher Saifuddin writes that a Dai only appoints one who is “like himself” (la yuqimu illa mithlahu). Like the Imam,

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the Dai is masoom in this action; he will not pass away before appointing his successor, one who is like him. Maulana Ali has recorded the names of the Dais in the Book of Knowledge (Kitaab ul Ilm). The Dai’s existence signals the Imam’s existence. Syedna gave examples from history, where false claimants had raised false claims against Imams and against Dais. Majority does not count – Haqq counts. Haqiqatan kon chhey Dai, ehney maaney, yeh haqiqatan mumin chhey. One Imam has said that if you have to crawl on your hands and feet to go give misaaq, you must still do so. Do not hold back for worldly reasons. No one knows the number of their remaining days on this earth. Syedna gave the example of Rasulullah’s Muhajirin, and explained their sacrifice in detail. Syedna expressed happiness and pride that there are many with him today who are following their example. Syedna said the world is a place of trials and imtihan for mumineen. Maulana Burhanuddin knew what was best for the preservation of his Dawat. He did what he had to do. No one knows more how to preserve Dawat than Syedna Burhanuddin. Syedna Burhanuddin performed Nass immediately on Syedna Qutbuddin within a month of Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s wafaat and kept it concealed for reasons of hikmat. Syedna Burhanuddin’s Dawat continues today. The silsila remains unbroken because Syedna Burhanuddin’s successor, Syedna Qutbuddin, is among us today. Syedna Qutbuddin recited Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s verse which says I have firmly resolved to offer my life (fida) for my Mawali Tahereen, the Fatemi Imams. By the Imam’s vasila, he prayed to Allah for Fathe Mubeen. He recited Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s verse, “Your Dawat is the Ark of

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Salvation, it sails forth cutting through enemies’ storm waves.” Syedna asserted forcefully that storm waves might threaten, but they will pass. Those individuals who are like storm waves, their threat will pass. Dawat will remain. Syedna exhorted mumineen to follow the seven pillars (da’aim) of Islam. He urged mumineen to work for this world and the next, and quoted the Imam’s words, “Religion is not only prayer and fasting; rather, it means to build a flourishing life in this world and the next” (laysa al dino sawman wa salatan faqat balid dino imaratu d-dunya wa-lakhira). However, when you are faced with a choice, a bifurcation, when one road leads to dunya and another toaakhirat, choose—as per the instructions of Isa Masih—the path to akhirat.

Syedna narrated the history of Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed and his shahadat bayaan. He bestowed priceless pearls of doa for mumineen, especially those who were serving the Dawat and Dai, and most especially in the legal case. He also bestowed special doa for those mumineen who had come today. He beseeched Allah Ta’ala to grant them peace, and bliss (sa’aadat) in this world and the next. He ended the bayaan with a moving recitation of Husain Imam’s shahadat. After Syedna’s bayaan, Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s qasida, salaams for Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed, and marsiyas for Husain imam were recited.

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Janab Moiz bhaisab and mumineen who had gathered from several different cities offered khayr maqdam. Syedna led maghrib-isha imamat namaaz, and mumineen received sharaf of qadambosi and had the opportunity to do araz. The program ended with niyaaz and salawaat jaman. Photos of the Majlis are presented on FatemiDawat.com

ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Still Available Due to the tremendous interest in the broadcast of Shz Taher bhaisaheb Waaz during Ashara, the full Waaz videos will be available for viewing until Chehlum for those who have not had the opportunity to view and listen to waaz. 1437H HIJRI CALENDAR UPDATED We are pleased to repost the final complete Misri Calendar for 1437H along with the main miqaats, parallel Gregorian dates. The calendar is presented in printable (A4) PDF format. A version with namaaz timings for Mumbai is also available. We are happy to send versions with namaaz times for specific cities upon request. Please send your request to info@fatemidawat.com. We are also working on a .csv file of our calendar which mumineen can import into their existing calendar on their PC/MAC or google calendar.

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: Beirut, Paris & Kenya Attacks SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (3) Piety & Scrupulosity (wara‘) NEWS & EVENTS: Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed QR (Galiakot) - Poconos ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Available Till Chehlum 1437H HIJRI CALENDAR UPDATED

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Syedna Burhanuddin RA and Syedna Qutbuddin TUS in Darus Sakina Gardens ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫ن‬ ِ ‫نس ِإل َا لِيَعْبُد ُو‬ َ ‫ن و َال ِْإ‬ َ ِ ‫وَم َا خ َلَقْتُ الْج‬ (Surat al-zariyaat: 56) And I did not create the jinn and mankind except that they may worship Me. ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ َ‫م َنْ رَز َقَه ُ الله ُ و َلايَة َ عَل ِي اب ِن ابيطالب صع فَق َ ْد أَ صَاب‬

‫ُب‬ ِ ‫ وإنَ في ح‬،ِ ‫ك له ُ ب ِالجنَة‬ ُ ‫ش‬ ُ ‫ ولا أ‬،ِ ‫خَيْر َ الد ُن ْيَا والآخِرة‬ ‫ ع َش َرة ً م ِنها في الد ُنيا‬،‫ن خَصْ لَة‬ َ ‫عَلي وَو َلايَتِه ِ عِشْر ِي‬ ‫) الحرص على‬2( ‫) الزهد‬1( *‫وع َش َرة ً في الآخرة‬ ‫) الرغبة في العبادة‬4( ‫) الورع في الدين‬3( ‫العلم‬ (Rasulullah

SAW

)

He who is given the sustenance/bounty (rizq - rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. In Ali’s love and valaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat). 1) renouncing materialism, 2) desire to seek knowledge, 3) piety and scrupulosity, 4) eagerness/desire for worship.

SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (4) Desire to Worship Having been blessed with the greatest virtue, the valaayat of Amirul Mumineen SA, it is incumbent on us to be worthy of such a great blessing that ensures our salvation. Rasulullah SA has said that “he who is given the gift (rizq, rozi) of thevalaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. In Ali’s love and valaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat).” The first of the virtues in this world is zuhd (renouncing materialism – lit. asceticism – see Sijill Article 90). The second of the virtues in this world is desire (lit. greed) to seek knowledge (see Sijill Article 91). The third of the virtues in this world is piety and scrupulosity (see Sijill Article 92). During Ashara this year, Syedna TUS narrated this Hadith and explained the many facets of this Hadith and the individual virtues. Syedna introduced the Hadith saying that this is a bishaarat for the Shi’a of Amirul Mumineen SA. He added that in one

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sense, those with truevalaayat would necessarily have these virtues. If for some reason one withvalaayat does not possess these virtues, then upon hearing this bayaan he/she should make a firm commitment to acquire them. The fourth virtue is the eagerness and desire for worship (alraghbatu fil-‘ibaadah). The desire for worship (‘ibaadat – bandagi) is closely associated with piety. The ayat quoted above underscores the importance of ‘ibaadat: And I did not create the jinn and mankind except that they may worship Me (Surat al-Zariyaat: 56). ‘Ibaadat is the purpose of creation. To achieve Allah’s grace ‘ibaadat is a must. To achieve salvation ‘ibaadat is a must. Syedna stated in his bayaan that one should not think of ‘ibaadat as a huge burden – one should not think, “how will I pray namaaz, how will I do roza” (namaaz kem parhaase – roza kem thaase!). Rasulullah’s Hadith encourages an eagerness for ‘ibaadat (not compulsion or burden for ‘ibaadat). Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA explained the varying attitudes – including the attitude towards ‘ibaadat - very clearly. He said that there are those who feel that they have to do something (karwu parhe che) and so they constantly feel that it is a burden. On the other hand, there are those who feel that they want to do and should do something (ghanu karwu joye) and so they constantly strive to do more. That latter is the true spirit of ‘ibaadat. It is also important to understand that individuals have varying capacities and eagerness for ‘ibaadat. Therefore, Allah Ta’ala has made the distinction between ‘ibaadat that is obligatory (farizat – such as the five farizat namaaz, roza in Ramadaan, zakaat etc.) and voluntary (tatawwu’ – such as sunnat/naafilat before and

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after farizatnamaaz, roza in Rajab, etc). Eagerness fortatawwu’ is indeed a good thing, but farizatis an obligation that each of us undertakes in our misaaq. To emphasize the importance of the farizatof namaaz in the stipulated time, our hudaat kiraam, said that one must pray by gesture even if drowning. The Qur’an Majeed strongly asserts that namaaz is a time-bound obligation (Surat al- isaa’: ). amaaz is the face of religion. One’s piety and worship is recognized first and foremost by his regularity in namaaz. That is the first aspect of one’s worship that Allah Ta’ala looks into. Since the reward is not immediate, it is difficult to measure or directly perceive the divine grace that is accumulated by Allah Ta’ala’s worship. The worship we perform with our bodies has a dramatic impact on our soul, here and in especially in the hereafter. Each namaaz, each roza, each doa, each good deed is accounted for. As the Qur’an states: “whoever does an atom’s weight of good shall see it, and whoever does an atom’s weight of evil shall see it” Surat al-Zalzala: 7-8). It is important to plan for ‘ibaadat, especially farizat, just as we plan for our other needs such as meals, sleep, health etc. Once we feel that we want to and should do ‘ibaadat, it will become increasingly easy for us to plan for and perform ‘ibaadat, whether at home, at school or at work. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the tawfeeq and strength to worship Him. “ ou [alone] we worship, and ou [alone] we ask for help” Surat al-Hamd: 5 – iyyaka na’budu wa iyyaka nasta’een). e offer thanks to Allah Ta’ala for the guidance of his awliya’ kiraam and Daiz Zaman and the example they set in the worship of Allah Ta’ala. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the strength to remain firm in the valaayat of Syedna

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Qutbuddin TUS, for it is by his valaayat our worship is accepted by Allah Ta’ala. May Allah Ta’ala give Syedna a long life till qiyamat in Sehhat and Aafiyat.

NAZARAAT: Darus Sakina Many years ago, shortly after the wafaat of Syedna Taher Saifuddin Aqa RA, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS purchased a piece of green land at the outskirts of Thane near Mumbai. The payment for this land came from the monetary gifts (Shehrullah Silat inayat) that Syedna Taher Saifuddin had bestowed Syedna Qutbuddin and other savings.

Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA bestowed his doa and raza, and with the ilhaam of God and his Wali, bestowed the name “Darus Sakina” to this land. “Darus Sakina” has several meanings in the Arabic language, including “House of God-given Peace and Tranquility”, “House of ictory”, and “House of ompassion and Mercy”. Dawat Kitabs also provide a higher and lofty meaning: “House of Divine Inspiration (ta’īd)”. Syedna Burhanuddin bestowed such a name to this piece of land, which today it has truly come to embody in all its meanings. Indeed, Darus Sakina today is the place where the true successor of Syedna Burhanuddin resides, and from it, confers hidayat and guidance and the promise of salvation to all those who answer his call of Haqq. Therefore, even in these tumultuous times, by the

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Graces of Imam-uz-Zaman and thenazaraat of Syedna Burhanuddin, Darus Sakina is a place of God-given peace and tranquility, a place of victory for Haqq, and a place where mumineen can obtain theRehmat, the compassion and mercy of God and His Wali. It is a place where the ta’īd of the Imam flows ceaselessly towards his Dai. Having bestowed this mubarak name, Syedna Burhanuddin then gave azeem sharaf and barakat to Darus Sakina by gracing it with his holy presence and residing in it for several days many times during his mubarak years as Dai. He also personally toured the grounds of Darus Sakina several times, bestowing every corner of it with his barakat, doa and shifa. The photo depicts Syedna Burhanuddin and Syedna Qutbuddin sitting in the serene calmness of the gardens of Darus Sakina. More photos

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and historical anecdotes of Syedna urhanuddin Aqa’s visits to Darus Sakina will be posted in the future inshallah.

presented in printable (A4) PDF format. Versions with namaaz timings for Mumbai, Udaipur, London, Stroudsburg USA and Colombo are also available.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Still Available Due to the tremendous interest in the broadcast of Shz Taher bhaisaheb Waaz during Ashara, the full Waaz videos will be available for viewing until Chehlum for those who have not had the opportunity to view and listen to waaz. 1437H HIJRI CALENDAR: With Namaaz Times for Mumbai, Udaipur, London, Stroudsburg USA, Colombo We are pleased to present the final complete Misri Calendar for 1437H along with the main miqaats, parallel Gregorian dates. The calendar is

We are happy to send versions with namaaz times for specific cities upon request. Please send your request to info@fatemidawat.com. We are also working on a .csv file of our calendar which mumineen can import into their existing calendar on their PC/MAC or google calendar.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (4) Desire to Worship NAZARAAT: Darus Sakina ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Still Available 1437H HIJRI CALENDAR: With Namaaz Times for Mumbai, Udaipur, London, Stroudsburg USA, Colombo

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Qafela of Ahle Bayt journey from Karbala to Kufa to Shaam and then Medina after Aashura ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬

‫ن آم َن ُوا تُو بُوا ِإلَى الل َه ِ تَوْبَة ً ن َصُوح ًا‬ َ ‫ي َا أَ يُهَا ال َذ ِي‬ (Surat al-Tahrim: 8) O ye who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance. ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫َاب‬ َ ‫م َنْ رَز َق َه ُ الله ُ و َلايَة َ عَل ِي اب ِن ابيطالب صع فَق َ ْد أَ ص‬

‫ُب‬ ِ ‫ وإنَ في ح‬،ِ ‫ك له ُ ب ِالجنَة‬ ُ ‫ش‬ ُ ‫ ولا أ‬،ِ ‫خَيْر َ الد ُن ْيَا والآخِرة‬ ً ‫ ع َش َرة ً م ِنها في الد ُنيا وع َش َرة‬،‫ن خَصْ لَة‬ َ ‫عَلي وَو َلايَتِه ِ عِشْر ِي‬ )3( ‫) والحرص على العلم‬2( ‫) الزهد‬1( *‫في الآخرة‬ ‫) وتوبة‬5( ‫) والرغبة في العبادة‬4( ‫والورع في الدين‬ ‫نصوح‬ (Rasulullah SAW) He who is given the sustenance/bounty (rizq - rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. In Ali’s love and valaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat). 1) renouncing materialism, 2) desire to seek knowledge, 3) piety and scrupulosity, 4) eagerness/desire for worship, 5) sincere repentance.

SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (5) Sincere Repentence Having been blessed with the greatest virtue, the valaayat of Amirul Mumineen SA, it is incumbent on us to be worthy of such a great blessing that ensures our salvation. Rasulullah SA has said that “he who is given the gift (rizq, rozi) of thevalaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. In Ali’s love and valaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat .” The first of the virtues in this world is zuhd (renouncing materialism – lit. asceticism – see Sijill Article 90). The second of the virtues in this world is desire (lit. greed) to seek knowledge (see Sijill Article 91). The third of the virtues in this world is piety and scrupulosity (see Sijill Article 92). The fourth virtue is the eagerness and desire for worship (see Sijill Article 93). During Ashara this year, Syedna TUS narrated this Hadith and explained the many facets of this Hadith and the individual virtues. Syedna introduced

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the Hadith saying that this is a bishaarat for the Shi’a of Amirul Mumineen SA. He added that in one sense, those with truevalaayat would necessarily have these virtues. If for some reason one withvalaayat does not possess these virtues, then upon hearing this bayaan he/she should make a firm commitment to acquire them. The fifth virtue is sincere repentance (tawbatun nasuh). Sincere repentance entails seeking Allah Ta’ala’s forgiveness with a recognition of the sin committed and an earnest commitment that it will not happen again. To repent and then to repeat the infraction is not sincere repentance. When the repentance is sincere, Allah Ta’ala is ever forgiving and ever merciful (ghafurun-raheem). The names of Allah Ta’ala, ghafu and Raheem, and the declaration in the Qur’an that Allah Ta’ala loves those who repent and seek forgiveness (Surat al-Baqara: 222) underscore the philosophy and wisdom ofrehmat and mercy. The spirit of our religion is not to seize and persecute because it is Allah Ta’ala’s wisdom to forgive and bless with rehmat those who are prisoners to this material world. It is in this vein that Allah Ta’ala sent Rasulullah SA as the embodiment of rehmat to all of creation (Surat alAnbiya’: - wa ma arsalnaaka illa rahmatan lil ‘alameen). Each successor of Rasulullah SA is rehmat personified. They have all encouraged mumineen to sincerely repent and have sought forgiveness for them in the hope that they will refrain from sins past committed and purify their souls with forgiveness. It is for this reason that the Dai’s seat is known as rehmat ni gaadi. It is narrated that one day Rasulullah SA sent Usama bin Zayd to summon Amirul Mumineen SA. He found Maulana Ali in sajda beseeching doa and forgiveness. Usama did not want

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to interrupt and returned to Rasulullah SA. When he returned, Rasulullah SA told Usama that Allah Ta’ala has granted Maulana Ali 70 parts of forgiveness (maghfirat) for his lengthy sajda; 1 part is for him and the remaining parts are for Ali’s Shi’a. In this waaz, Syedna TUS also advised mumineen that if they had slipped or transgressed to seek forgiveness in Ashara by the wasila of Imam Husain SA and to make a firm commitment to refrain from committing such sins again. Syedna narrated the riwayat about the man with whom Rasulullah SA was so furious that he would not even look at him. The man went out in despair. He saw Imam Hasan and Imam Husain SA and carried them on his shoulders and returned to Rasulullah SA. He sought Rasulullah’s forgiveness by the virtue of the two Imams. Rasulullah smiled and forgave him.

As we approach Imam Husain’s chehlum we remember that on the eve of Ashura Imam Husain spent the night with his Ehle Bayt and Ashaab in ‘ibaadat and seeking forgiveness for mumineen. Remembering him and beseeching his wasila, we seek forgiveness for our sins with sincere

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repentance. We seek forgiveness knowing that the successor to Rasulullah’s rehmat, Imamuz-zaman and his Dai, are seeking forgiveness on our behalf. It is Syedna Qutbuddin’s TUS practice to beseech doa for mumineen in a lengthy sajda after every namaaz and at Nisful-Layl. May Allah Ta’ala forgive our sins by the virtue of his doas and may he give us the strength to commit to abstain from gunaah. May Allah Ta’ala give longest life to Syedna TUS in the fullness of health so that he may continue to guide us, counsel us, and beseech doa for us.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Aqa Husain SA Chehlum Program In Mumbai, Shz. Dr. Husain bhaisaheb will lead Maghrib Isha Namaz and preside over Chehlum Majlis on Chehlum Raat (Monday 30th November) at Darus Sakina inshaallah. The Majlis will be broadcast live through this link and will be available for replay immediately after the completion of the waaz. Shz Husain bhaisaheb will recite the Shahaadat of Imam Husain SA. All mumineen are invited for niyaz jaman after Majlis. In London, Shz. Dr. AbdeAli bhaisaheb will preside over Chehlum majlis of Imam Husain on 20th Safar (Monday 30th November 2015) at 7:00pm, followed by Aqa Husain SA niyaz jaman. Please contact on 07980100584, or email fatemidawatuk@gmail.com for location details. Mas’uls (Coordinators) in each town should inform local mumineen about their respective Chehlum programs. In towns where coordinators are listed, please contact them directly for further details. Mumineen in other towns and cities should take barakaat on this auspicious Page 2 of 5


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occasion by remembering the museebat and tragedy of Karbala and the sabar and fortitude of Imam Husain and his Ahle Bayt and Ashaab. Mumineen should recite Ya Sayyidash Shodaa’i (PDF with translation on website) and Fulkul Husain (PDF on website) and also Alayka Salaamullahe Mazlooma Karbala (praying Salaam on Imam Husain SA on Chehlum). They should also view/listen to the Shahaadat Bayaan by Shz. Dr. Husain Bhaisaheb using this link.

MARSIYA: Ay Karbala tu hi suna On the occasion of Imam Husain SA Chehlum we are presenting a marsiya written by Shz Dr. Bazat Tahera aisaheba in Ashara this year titled “Ay Karbala tu hi suna”. The marsiya was recited in Syedna’s T S Majlis. The text and audio of the Marsiya are presented on Fatemidawat.com

SIJILL ARTICLE: The Ordeal After Aashura (From Sijill 43) We always remember the calamity of Aashura. There is no grief like it. There is no sorrow like it. It was such a tragedy that Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA said, “toolaz zamaane bukaai” (I will grieve the tragedy of Imam Husain SA throughout my life). Especially as we approach Imam Husain’s SA hehlum, we also remember those who survived Karbala and the calamities that befell them. Imam Ali Zainul Aabedeen SA – the

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successor of Imam Husain SA – survived Karbala despite all odds. It is said that not for forty days, but for forty years after Aashura, whenever a cup of water was placed before the Imam, his tears would not stop. The wounds of Karbala never healed. With Imam Ali Zainul Aabedeen SA, the Haram of Imam Husain SA – Maulatuna Zainab, Maulatuna Umme Kulsoon, Maulatuna Sakina and all the widowed ladies and orphaned children – were enslaved and taken from Karbala to Kufa (approx. 85 KM). There they were paraded before a eed’s governor in Kufa, Ubaydullah bin Ziyaad, who was the one who had days before orchestrated the massacre at Karbala. Imam Ali Zainul Aabedeen SA and all his Ahle Bayt, without parda, were made to stand before Ubaydullah in his court. It is at this time that baydullah bin iyaad blurted, “Did od not murder Ali? ” The Imam responded by reciting the Quranic Aayat, “It is Allah Ta’ala who gives wafaat to souls upon death.” As Ubaydullah instructed the executioner to draw his sword, Maulatuna Zainab AS – the daughter of Amirul Mumineen the Lion of Allah - stood before the Imam for protection. She resolutely dared the executioner that he would have to pass through her first to get to the Imam. The Haram of Imam Husain SA was then driven by a eed’s army from Kufa to Shaam (Damascus) – some of the Ahle Bayt were on foot and those who were on camels sat without saddles or seats. They covered a distance of over 900 Km until they reached the court of the Umayyad caliph, a eed bin Mu’awiyah. When they entered Shaam, the heads of the Shuhadaa’ were raised on spears and displayed as they marched through the market, and the Ahle Bayt were paraded in the streets. Then, the Ahle

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Bayt were brought before Yazeed and the head of Imam Husain SA was placed in a plate in front of him as he sat on his throne. It was there in a eed’s court that Maulatuna ainab SA delivered a khutba that shook the very foundations of the court. She spoke with the grace and dignity of her mother, Maulatuna Fatema SA, and the eloquence of her Father, Amirul Mumineen SA. The text of the khutba is presented this week on Fatemidawat.com and a longer excerpt is presented below in Sijill. Then the Ahle Bayt were imprisoned for many months in Shaam before they were finally released and allowed to return to Rasulullah’s Madina. The ordeal of Imam Ali Zainul Aabedeen and the Ahlul Bayt is beyond expression - as though Karbala was not enough. Their sabar, fortitude and resilience is an inspiration for humanity. It is also remarkable – though in hindsight it was clearly destined – that although Imam Ali Zainul Aabedeen SA was a captive for so many months and yet, as Imam Husain’s successor and as Imam-uz-zaman, he survived. Not only did Imam Ali survive, but so did the 4th Imam, Imam Mohammadul Baaqir who had also been in Karbala and who had also been held captive with the other Ahle Bayt. This is the strongest proof that the Imamat survives no matter what. Though it is self-evident now, imagine the months in which the Imam remained captive; imagine living through those times. Hindsight is 20-20: we understand past events with clarity – today, there is no question in our minds who was right and who was wrong in Karbala, or that truth would ultimately prevail. However when we are going through troubled times, it is a challenge to see clearly right from wrong and to keep our faith in Allah Ta’ala. It is in these times that we need to seek inspiration

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from Maulatuna Zainab who, stood in Yazeeds court without a parda declared to Yazeed with unmatched fortitude and faith in Allah Ta’ala “You raise your nose and look around yourself gay and happy when you see this world gathered to you, all its affairs, like a herd of camels, flocking to you. Beware! This is but a respite, these are the few moments you can breathe easy, before the punishment descends. God has said [and this is another quote from the Qur’an] “Let disbelievers not think that our giving them a respite is a good thing for them, indeed we give them a respite so that they may increase in trespass; and a crushing punishment awaits them.” It is in these times that our faith in Allah Ta’ala needs to be the strongest, our faith in Allah Ta’ala that He will protect His light. Because this light is our guidance and it is our good fortune that we have it to illuminate our path and our souls If the remembrance of Imam Husain, Ahle Bayt and Ashaab, and the remembrance of their unmatched and unfaltering stand for the Truth and Principles does not ignite a spark within us to act -- then what will?

MOST BELOVED SON: The Zarih of Rasul Husain SA (Misar) On the occasion of Imam Husain SA Chehlum we feature an excerpt from 1385H publication of Naseem-e-Sahar about the installation of the Rasul Husain SA Zarih in Misar in the last days of Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA lifetime and the efforts of Syedna Qutbuddin TUS and Muqaddas Mukasir-e-Dawat Syedi Saleh bhaisaheb Safiyuddin QR. The following excerpt was published on MostBelovedSon.com (translated to English from Gujarati):

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Sayyedi Khuzaima Bhaisaheb Qutbuddin (TUS), along with Mukasir-e Dawat Sayyedi Saleh Bhaisaheb Safiyuddin also performed the crucial khidmat of retrieving the zarih made for Abbas Alamdaar (AS) haram mubarak (the zarih was not fitted due to certain reasons) from Iraq. Sayyedi Khuzaima Bhaisaheb Qutbuddin (TUS), with great diplomacy and wisdom, retrieved the zarih and arranged to transfer it to Misar. The Egyptian government had sent a special plane to transfer the zarih. Then Sayyedi Khuzaima Bhaisaheb Qutbuddin (TUS) expedited the government permissions etc. and the work of installation of the zarih at Raas ul-Husain. On 18th Rajab, a day before Sayyedna Taher Saifuddin RA left for his heavenly abode, Sayyedi Khuzaima Bhaisaheb Qutbuddin (TUS) presented in the hazrat of Sayyedna Taher Saifuddin RA photographs of the zarih mubarak, the hadiyah of Sayyedna Taher Saifuddin RA having finally reached its mahill (rightful destination). Sayyedna Taher Saifuddin RA was immensely pleased, and placed the photographs by his bedside; they remained there, as Maula rested eternally.

Just as Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin performed the last major khidmat in Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s era, the transfer and erection of the zarih in Rasul Husain, he also performed the first major khidmat in Syedna Mohammed urhanuddin’s era, the

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khidmat of Syedna’s momentous trip to Cairo for the official opening and dedication of the Rasul Husain zarih. Since it had been Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s wish to travel to Cairo as soon as possible, his successor Syedna Burhanuddin decided to undertake the trip even before the takht nashini (accession) celebrations. Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin served Syedna Burhanuddin with the same zeal and vigour with which he served his revered father Syedna Taher Saifuddin. (for read further about the Rasul Husain SA zarih khidmat see Golden Panorama pp. 54 onwards).

HISTORY SERIES: The Khutba of Maulatuna Zainab in the Court of Yazeed in Shaam (From Sijill 43) On the solemn occasion of Imam Husain SA Chehlum, we present a paper on the Khutba (oration) delivered by Maulatuna Zainab AS in the court of the Umyyad caliph Yazeed. Maulatuna Zainab delivered this heart rending khutba after Ahle Bayt were driven as prisoners from Karbala to Kufa and then Shaam, the Umayyad seat of power. The khutba of was presented with translation and annotation by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba at Columbia University, New York, in February 2013. The full translation and annotation is presented on FatemiDawat.com ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Still Available Due to the tremendous interest in the broadcast of Shz Taher bhaisaheb Waaz during Ashara, the full Waaz videos will be available for viewing until Chehlum for those who have not had the opportunity to view and listen to waaz.

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1437H HIJRI CALENDAR: With Namaaz Times for Mumbai, Udaipur, London, Stroudsburg USA, Colombo We are pleased to present the final complete Misri Calendar for 1437H along with the main miqaats, parallel Gregorian dates. The calendar is presented in printable (A4) PDF format. Versions with namaaz timings for

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Mumbai, Udaipur, London, Stroudsburg USA and Colombo are also available. We are happy to send versions with namaaz times for specific cities upon request. Please send your request to info@fatemidawat.com. We are also working on a .csv file of our calendar which mumineen can import into their existing calendar on their

PC/MAC or google calendar.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (5) Sincere Repentence ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Aqa Husain SAChehlum Program MARSIYA: Ay Karbala tu hi suna SIJILL ARTICLE: The Ordeal After Aashura (From Sijill 43) MOST BELOVED SON: The Zarih of Rasul Husain SA (Misar) HISTORY SERIES: The Khutba of Maulatuna Zainab in the Court of Yazeed in Shaam (From Sijill 43) ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashara Mubaraka 1437H Broadcast Videos Still Available 1437H HIJRI CALENDAR: With Namaaz Times for Mumbai, Udaipur, London, Stroudsburg USA, Colombo, Boston

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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"O you enwrapped in your garment! Stand vigil through the night"

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬

ِ‫ ن ِصْ ف َه ُ أَ و‬،‫ل ِإل َا قَلِيلًا‬ َ ْ ‫ ق ُ ِم الل َي‬،ُ‫يَا أَ يُهَا ال ْم ُز َم ِل‬

‫م َنْ رَز َق َه ُ الله ُ و َلايَة َ عَل ِي اب ِن ابيطالب صع فَق َ ْد‬

َ‫ل الْقُر ْآن‬ ِ ِ ‫ أَ ْو زِ ْد عَلَيْه ِ وَر َت‬،‫انق ُْص مِن ْه ُ قَلِيلًا‬ َ ‫ ِإنَ نَاشِئ َة‬، ‫ك قَوْل ًا ثَق ِيلًا‬ َ ْ ‫ ِإن َا سَنُلْقِي عَلَي‬،‫تَرْتِيلًا‬ ِ‫ك فِي الن َهَار‬ َ َ ‫ ِإنَ ل‬،‫شد ُ و َطْ ئًا و َأَ ق ْوَم ُ ق ِيلًا‬ َ َ‫ل هِي َ أ‬ ِ ْ ‫الل َي‬ ،‫ك و َتَبَت َلْ ِإلَيْه ِ تَب ْتِيلًا‬ َ ِ ‫ و َا ْذكُر ِ اسْم َ ر َب‬،‫طوِ يلًا‬ َ ‫سبْح ًا‬ َ (Surat al-Muzzammil: 1-8) O you enwrapped in your garment! Stand vigil through the night, except a little, a half of it, or reduce of it a little, or add to it, and recite the Qur’ān in a measured tone., Verily [soon] We shall cast on you a weighty word. Assuredly rising in the night is firmer in tread and more upright in respect to speech. [For] assuredly during the day you have extended engagements. And mention the Name of your Lord, and devote yourself [exclusively] to Him with complete devotion.

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،ِ ‫ك له ُ ب ِالجن َة‬ ُ ‫ش‬ ُ ‫ ولا أ‬،ِ ‫أَ صَابَ خَيْر َ الد ُنْيَا والآخِرة‬

ً ‫ ع َش َرة‬،‫ن خَصْ لَة‬ َ ‫ُب عَلي وَو َلايَتِه ِ عِشْر ِي‬ ِ ‫وإنَ في ح‬ ‫) الزهد‬1( *‫م ِنها في الد ُنيا وع َش َرة ً في الآخرة‬

QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: Aba Mohammed-al-Hasan

‫) والورع في الدين‬3( ‫) والحرص على العلم‬2(

)6( ‫) وتوبة نصوح‬5( ‫) والرغبة في العبادة‬4(

‫والقيام في الليل للصلوة‬ (Rasulullah SAW)

He who is given the sustenance/bounty (rizq - rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. In Ali’s love and valaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat). 1) renouncing materialism, 2) desire to seek knowledge, 3) piety and scrupulosity, 4) eagerness/desire for worship, 5) sincere repentance, 6) waking up in the night for prayer.

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SYEDNA DOA MESSAGE:Victims of Floods in Tamil-Nadu, India Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS is deeply concerned about the suffering, death, destruction and disruption that has been caused by the floods in Chennai and Tamil Nadu, to its residents and their properties. Syedna prays firstly for those who have lost family members and friends to the deluge, may Allah taala give them fortitude in this difficult time. Syedna also prays that the floods may subside soon and the city and its people may recover speedily and completely from this calamity, and the loss to properties and businesses may be restored. Syedna also prays for all those who have put themselves at risk and those who have contributed in different ways, to help those who have been affected. Syedna TUS has participated in the emergency relief fundraising efforts of Rapid Response and encourages others to do so also. SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (6) Night Prayers (Bihori) Having been blessed with the greatest virtue, the valaayat of Amirul Mumineen SA, it is incumbent on us to be worthy of such a great blessing that ensures our salvation. Rasululullah SA has said that “he who is given the gift (rizq, rozi) of thevalaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. In Ali’s love and valaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this World (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat).” The first of the virtues in this world is zuhd (renouncing materialism – lit. asceticism – see Sijill Article 90). The second of the virtues in this world is desire (lit. greed) to seek knowledge (see Sijill Article 91). The third of the virtues in this world is piety and scrupulosity (see Sijill Article 92).

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The fourth virtue is the eagerness and desire for worship (see Sijill Article 93). The fifth virtue is sincere repentance. (see Sijill Article 94). During Ashara this year, Syedna TUS narrated this Hadith and explained the many facets of this Hadith and the individual virtues. Syedna introduced the Hadith saying that this is a bishaarat for the Shi'a of Amirul Mumineen SA. He added that in one sense, those with true valaayatwould necessarily have these virtues. If for some reason one with valaayat does not possess these virtues, then upon hearing this bayaan he/she should make a firm commitment to acquire them. The sixth virtue is waking up in the night for tahajjud prayers (alqiyamu fil-layl lis-salaat). Syedna TUS explained that tahajjud and bihori prayers specifically entails waking up after a short while of sleeping to pray tatawwu’ namaaz. In Shehrullah Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA used to sleep briefly before waking up for tahajjud. This entails more sawaab as it is more difficult to do - the manner in which all actions, amal, are performed are taken into account by Allah Ta’ala. Syedna added in his waaz that, even at times where he is up until the time of NisfulLayl for Dawat matters, he takes a brief rest before praying namaaz because that is what has been recommended by ourMawali Tahereen. Rasulullah SA was instructed by Allah Ta’ala to pray at night in the Qur’an Majeed in the Ayat quoted above. It is narrated that Rasulullah often stood in vigil the entire night. Often he would pray, rest for a while, then pray again, then rest for a while. The poet alBusayri, the author of the well-known qasidat al-Burda in praise of Rasulullah expresses Rasulullah’s shaan intahajjud very poetically:

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Rasulullah prayed in the darkness of the night until his own feet complained of affliction When Rasulullah SA was asked about the extent of his tahajjud and night prayer, he simply replied: “should I not express my gratitude that Allah Ta’ala has made me his true servant (haqiqi bandah), selected me and made me his messenger (rasul)” (afala akunu ‘abdan shakura). Imam Ali Zainul ‘Aabedeen prayed one thousand rak’ats every night. The effect of the Imam’s prayers was that his Dawat would survive and persist till the end of time. The doas recited by Imam Ali Zainul ‘Aabedeen are a remarkable resource for us in praying bihori. Many of the doas have been presented on FatemiDawat.com in theBihori section. In Imam Ali Zainul ‘Aabedeen’s doa after Nisful-Layl we pray: “The stars in your skies have set, the eyes of your creatures have closed, the voices of your servants are stilled… but you, God, are a king who is living, standing, not moved by slumber or sleep, not distracted from one thing by another. The doors of your skies are open for those who pray to you. Your treasuries are never locked. The means to your mercy and your favors for those who seek them are not restricted. No indeed, they are continuously disbursed.” Tahajjud is a time when the world is sleeping and the one praying is focused on prayer in the silence of the night. During bihori namaaz we pray munajaat, which literally means “a conversation in solitude with Allah Ta’ala.” Indeed, bihori and ‘ibaadat at night is the most intimate form of supplication and prayer. (See also Sijill Article 22 – “Alone in the Darkness of the Night”, for further reading about bihori).

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Our Du’aat kiraam follow in the tradition of Rasulullah SA and the Imams. Every night Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA prayed Shafa’ namaaz and also prayed two rak’ats for mumineen. For fifty years, Syedna Burhanuddin RA continued in the same tradition and prayed for mumineen. Through the window, the light in Maulana Burhanuddin’s room was seen to be on late into the night, every night. Syedna Qutbuddin follows the tradition of the 51st and 52nd Dai’s and prays for mumineen in every bihori. May Allah Ta’ala include us in our Dai’s doa. For every doa that he beseeches Allah Ta’ala for us, may Allah Ta’ala grant him longest life in full health. These are our Mawali Tahereen and role models. It is upon us to follow their guidance and their example. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the strength to pray bihori, especially in Shehrullah, and achieve closeness to Him.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Imam Hasan SAShahaadat Majlis In Mumbai, Shz. Dr. Husain bhaisaheb will lead Maghrib Isha Namaz and preside over Imam Hasan Shahaadat Majlis on 28mi Raat of Safar (Tuesday 8th December – 6:45PM IST) at Darus Sakina inshaallah. The Majlis will be broadcast live throughthis link and will be available for replay immediately after the completion of the waaz. Shz Husain bhaisaheb will recite the Shahaadat of Imam Hasan SA and Imam Husain SA. All mumineen are invited for niyaz jaman after Majlis. Mas’uls (Coordinators) in each town should inform local mumineen about their respective programs. In towns where coordinators are listed, please contact them directly for further details. Mumineen in other towns and cities should take barakaat on this auspicious

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occasion. Mumineen should recite qasida composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA Aba Mohammadal Hasan. Mumineen should recite marsiya of Imam Hasan composed by Shz. Dr. Bazat Saifiyah baisaheba. They should also view/listen to the Shahaadat Bayaan by Shz. Dr. Husain bhaisaheb using this link, which will be available from 6.45PM IST on 28mi raat of Safar 1437H (Tuesday, 8th December 2015).

QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: Aba Mohammed-al-Hasan

My Maula, my Maula, O Hasan Bestow mercy on me, your servant Dispel my cares Assuage my pain Succor, protect, steady, and bequeath Safeguard, bestow, return, shield, and aid Son of Amirul Mumineen Ali, the seeker’s refuge ... My love for you, Imam Hasan Is the most protective shield from hellfire You suckled the milk of Revelation From your mother Fatima Zahra How often did you revivify The mandates and rites of religion How many did you guide To the path of clear truth

Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA composed qasidas in praise of Panjetan Paak – Rasulullah SA, Maulana Ali SA, Maulatuna Fatema SA, Hasan Imam SA and Husain Imam SA. He also composed thousands ofabyaat in praise of A’immat Tahereen and in the shaan of Du’aat Mutlaqeen. Many of these deeply meaningful qasidas are recited by us on religious occasions. On the solemn occasion of Imam Hasan’s shahadat, we are pleased to present the qasida written by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA in praise of Hasan Imam with English translation by Shzd. Dr. Tahera baisaheba. The qasida begins with Hasan Imam’s kunyat (filionymic) “Aba Mohammed al-Hasan” (father of Mohammed Hasan Imam). These are a few lines of the translation: O Imam Hasan, Abu Mohammad Pouring celestial raincloud Rasulullah’s grandson Blossoming garden of character

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How many who were weak and helpless Did you strengthen How often did you bestow upon them Favor after favor Hasan—a True Imam He could never betray the Mighty Lord Maula with high station Private thought and public deed, both pure One entrusted with the divine secret Trustworthy, thus entrusted … The living Wise Remembrance (Quran-e natiq) Linked integrally to the silent Remembrance The hearts of those who follow him Attain peace by remembering him Weigh his restraint (hilm) against the mountains It will outweigh them He made truce with his enemy For the greater good, not from

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cowardice … God granted security to both groups Because of his action And spared Muslim blood From spillage By making peace, he thwarted those Who plotted sedition Imam Hasan—a precious soul Encased in that body A precious body Encased in that linen shroud … Hasan’s brother is Husain Beautiful his traits Fifth of the five Panjetan Whose abode is in the heavens Those who pledge them allegiance Obtain the Merciful’s gift of tranquility … The Panjetan’s lineage continues in the Imams Who well deserve their noble legacy My love for them is a precious treasure That will serve me well when I am lowered into the grave Their Dais, each an Ark For human salvation Swords in the hands of Murtaza’s progeny Fired in the kilns of Yemen and India In times of hardship, they are my refuge In times of distress, they are my succor May their Lord bestow salawaat on them For as long as the star shines in the sky

SIJILL ARTICLE: Amirul Mumineen’sSA Advice to Hasan Imam SA (From Sijill 45) The Qur’an advises mumineen on how to lead a good life. In the verse quoted

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above, Nabi Luqmaan advises his son, ya bunayya - “O my [beloved] son! Establish prayer and enjoin decency and forbid indecency. And be patient through whatever may befall you. Truly that is true constancy.” These words are a guiding light in all times and particularly in the time we live. May we have the strength to follow such noble advice; this single ayat is a sentence that holds the blueprint for a noble life in this world and the hereafter. On the occasion of Imam Hasan SA shahaadat, let us reflect on the advice that Amirul Mumineen SA – the Speaking Qur’an (Qur’an-e-Naatiq)— gives his son, Imam Hasan: ya bunayya – O my [beloved] son, remember these four and four things (total eight points), nothing will harm you as long as you act according to them.

The advice of the Qur’an and the advice from Amirul Mumineen (to Imam Hasan SA) is timeless. In times when things seem unclear, we must be clear that the wealth of intellect is paramount and the strength of good character is foremost. It is in times of trouble that we know who our real friends are and who we really want as our friends. May we have the wealth of intellect and the strength of good character to guide us to and sustain us on the right path. May we stay away from those believe faith to be ‘blind’ – where the intellect has no role – and those whose morals are weak.

FATEMI MADRASA RIWAYAT:Hasan Imam’s Haybat & Awe Inspiring Presence (From Sijill 45)

1. The best of wealth is intelligence. 2. The greatest poverty is foolishness/stupidity. 3. The worst loneliness is conceit/vanity (takabburi – being full of oneself). 4. The best reputation is that of good character. Amirul Mumineen SA continues his advice with four other points: 1. Beware of friendship with a foolish person, for when he tries to do you good he will harm you. 2. Beware of friendship with a miser, for he will go further away from you the more you need him. 3. Beware of friendship with a trivial person, for he will sell you out for trivialities 4. Beware of friendship with a liar, for he is like a mirage; he will make distant things seem close, and near things far away.

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Last year Fatemi Madrasa presented this riwayat which narrates an anecdote in which Imam Hasan’s SA haybat is manifest. Rasulullah SA gave Hasan and Husain SA four gifts. To Hasan SA he gavehilm (tolerance), patience and haybat (awe inspiring presence). Rasulullah SA gave Husain SA jud (generosity), and najdat – (courage and valor). The Riwayat narrates an episode when Imam Hasan challenged one of those who had usurped the rights of Amirul Mumineen SA.

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SYEDNA TUS DOA MESSAGE: Victims of Floods in Tamil-Nadu, India SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (6) Night Prayers (Bihori) ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Imam Hasan SAShahaadat Majlis QASIDA IN TRANSLATION: Aba Mohammed-alHasan SIJILL ARTICLE: Amirul Mumineen’s SA Advice to Hasan Imam SA (From Sijill 45) FATEMI MADRASA - RIWAYAT: Hasan Imam’s Haybat & Awe Inspiring Presence (From Sijill 45)

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Ikhwanus Safa Article: The Classification of Knowledge ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬

ِ ‫وَل َا تَي ْأَ سُوا م ِن ر َو‬ ،‫ْح الل َه‬ (Surat Yusuf: 87) Do not give up hope in Allah Ta’ala’s Mercy. ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫َاب‬ َ ‫م َنْ رَز َق َه ُ الله ُ و َلايَة َ عَل ِي اب ِن ابيطالب صع فَق َ ْد أَ ص‬

‫ُب‬ ِ ‫ وإنَ في ح‬،ِ ‫ك له ُ ب ِالجنَة‬ ُ ‫ش‬ ُ ‫ ولا أ‬،ِ ‫خَيْر َ الد ُن ْيَا والآخِرة‬ ً ‫ ع َش َرة ً م ِنها في الد ُنيا وع َش َرة‬،‫ن خَصْ لَة‬ َ ‫عَلي وَو َلايَتِه ِ عِشْر ِي‬ )3( ‫) والحرص على العلم‬2( ‫) الزهد‬1( *‫في الآخرة‬ ‫) وتوبة‬5( ‫) والرغبة في العبادة‬4( ‫والورع في الدين‬ ‫) الإياس من‬7( ‫) والقيام في الليل للصلوة‬6( ‫نصوح‬ ‫الخلق‬ (Rasulullah SAW) He who is given the sustenance/bounty (rizq - rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. In Ali’s love and valaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat). 1) renouncing materialism, 2) desire to seek knowledge, 3) piety and scrupulosity, 4) eagerness/desire for worship, 5) sincere repentance, 6) waking up in the night for prayer, 7) putting your trust in God, not people.

SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (7) Put your Trust in Allah Ta’ala & His Awliyaa’ Rasulullah SA said, “he who is given the gift (rizq, rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter Jannat.” In Ali’s love andvalaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this World (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat). The ten in this world are: 1) renouncing materialism (Sijill Article 90); 2) desire to seek knowledge (Sijill Article 91); 3) piety and scrupulosity (Sijill Article 92); 4) eagerness and desire for worship (Sijill Article 93); 5) sincere repentance (Sijill Article 94); 6) waking up in the night for tahajjud prayers (Sijill Article 95). This year during Ashara, Syedna TUS narrated this Hadith and explained the many facets of this Hadith and the individual virtues. Syedna introduced the Hadith saying that this is a bishaarat for the Shi’a of Amirul Mumineen SA. He added that in one sense, those with true valaayat would necessarily have these virtues. If for some reason one with valaayat does not possess these virtues, then upon 251

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hearing this bayaan he/she should make a firm commitment to acquire them. The seventh virtue is to put trust in God and not people (al-iyaasu min al-khalq). Al-iyaasu min al-khalq, literally means, “not keeping hope in people.” Syedna explained that the intent of the phrase is to emphasize that one must keep faith, hope, and trust in Allah Ta’ala and his Awliyaa’ Kiraam and not in people; one should seek help from and pray to Allah Ta’ala and his Awliyaa’ and not to people. The Qur’an Majeed states: “do not lose hope in Allah Ta’ala’s mercy” (la tay’asu min rawhillah - Surat Yusuf: 87). Amirul Mumineen SA said that there are four types of faith and reliance (tawakkul): 1) reliance on one’s wealth (al-mutawakkilu ‘ala maalihi); 2) reliance on one’s body and strength (almutawakkilu ‘ala badanihi); 3) reliance on people (al-mutawakkilu ‘alan-naas); 4) reliance on Allah Ta’ala (almutawakkilu ‘alal-laah). The one who relies on his wealth, does not give zakaat and feels that if he gives it he will lose out and become dependent on people. He does not remember that it is Allah Ta’ala who gave him this wealth in the first place. Wealth comes and goes - one does not know if the wealth he is relying on today will exist tomorrow. The one who relies on his body and strength believes that his physical strength provides him with his sustenance and he is therefore reliant on it. He does not realize that health is Allah Ta’ala’s blessing and the human body is fragile. The one who relies on people seeks to please people even if he displeases Allah Ta’ala. However, the one who relies on Allah Ta’ala is the one who is at peace regardless of whether he retires as a wealthy or poor man. Having faith in Allah Ta’ala, tawakkul, is a manifestation of the realization of

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our purpose in this world, and the acknowledgement of Allah Ta’ala’s Strength and qudrat. It is their absolute faith in Allah Ta’ala that enables our Awliyaa’ Kiraam to stand firm in their conviction even in times when masses of people are against them (see Sijill Article Sijill 49 – Resolve, Conviction & Faith in Allah Ta’ala - the Example of Rasulullah’s SA Conviction and Sijill Article 77 – Faith in Allah Ta’ala – Faith in the Truth – the Example of 13th Dai Syedna Ali bin Ibrahim RA).

This seventh virtue prescribes that we make decisions with our faith, hope, and trust in Allah Ta’ala, and that we don’t make our decisions based on the consideration of “what will people think.” Keeping faith in Allah Ta’ala enables us to make the right decisions in the context of both deen and dunya. When we keeptawakkul, we are provided with clarity to stand firm with the truth even if it means being alienated by people. In every aspect of our life, keeping tawakkul gives us the clarity to do what is morally right. It gives us the strength and confidence to move forward in life without hesitation and fear. It gives us strength in times of despair and sustains us with hope in Allah Ta’ala’s mercy and grace. This virtue is the key to acquiring the greatest strength in life. May Allah Ta’ala strengthen our faith in Him and His Awliyaa’. May we always recite the Quranic Ayat “Allah Ta’ala is sufficient for us and He is our Guardian” (hasbunallahu wa ni’mal-wakeel- Surat Aale-Imraan: 173).

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After Syedna Burhanuddin’s RA wafaat, Syedna Qutbuddin’s words and actions are a true manifestation of faith, hope, and trust in Allah Ta’ala and his waliyy Imam-uz-zaman SA. May Allah Ta’ala grant him fathemubeen and longest life in sehhat andaafiyat. May Syedna TUS continue to guide mumineen to have faith in Allah Ta’ala and inspire them by leading by an excellent example.

IKHWANUS SAFA ARTICLE SERIES:‘ILM – Part 3 We are pleased to present the article titled, ‘Ilm -3 – The Classification of Knowledge: Primary & Religious Sciences.’ in the series of articles on the Rasail Ikhwan al-Safa, which were composed by the ninth Imam, Imam Ahmad ul Mastur SA, at a time when religion was pitched against or in contradiction to the advances of science and the ‘enlightenment’ of philosophy. This article series is written by Shzd. Tayyeba Baisaheba. The previous articles discussed the profound question, what is the purpose of our lives on this earth? The purpose of life is one of the most profound questions of humanity that many have tried to answer over the centuries, achieving the truth to a lesser or greater degree. The Ikhwan al Safa not only answer this essential question in their Rasail, they also present a compact and practical program by which man can achieve this ultimate purpose of life. The Ikhwan explain that the supreme purpose of this life is for the individual soul to rejoin its Divine Origin, and the process of unification and purification of the soul begins with Ma’refat and Walayat/Muhabbat (recognition and love) for the representative of the Divine in this world, the Imam uz Zamaan. After Ma’refat and Muhabbat (recognition and love) of the Imam and

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his Dai, for the further purification of the soul the following virtues are required: 1. Acquisition of knowledge – ‘ilm 2. Good actions in accordance with this knowledge – ‘amal 3. Good character traits and virtues –akhlaaq This week’s article is the third in a 10part-sequence of articles on ‘ilm. The article outlines two of the three categories of knowledge according to the Ikhwan us Safa (the third category will be discussed in the next article): 1) primary sciences e.g. language, mathematics, literature, music, history, geography, vocational skills etc.; 2) religious sciences e.g. zahir, tawil, history of Dawat, fiqh (jurisprudence) etc. The classification discussed in this article demonstrates the vision and broadness of thought of the Ikhwan us Safa. Below is an excerpt from this week’s article: Ikhwan us Safa’s classification of knowledge includes all fields of knowledge, from the mathematical and logical sciences to the natural and corporal to the psychological and finally the theological (deen). They have a holistic approach to knowledge and philosophy, and a very realistic view towards the material needs of man, including in their curriculum those sciences today seen as ‘secular’. However, the ultimate goal of the Ikhwan is the knowledge of deen. The fundamental aim of all knowledge, they say, is to gain recognition of the spirituality of one’s own soul and its Divine Creator. ...

contexts…. See the full article on FatemiDawat.com.

FATEMI MADRASA: Quran Workshop Mathematics: It is one of the essential sciences, since a basic mathematical ability, how to add and subtract for instance, is an indispensable requirement of practically everyone’s daily life. Moreover, mathematics forms the foundation for all other sciences, and examples from it are used for illustration in all other subjects….

Music: There is an entire risala, consisting of several chapters, devoted to music in the Rasail Ikhwan us Safa. Music has historically been and continues to be an intrinsic part of human life. The Ikhwaan us Safa address in considerable detail the effects of music on human beings, their minds and moods. They discuss at some length the uses of music in various contexts, such as war, worship, celebration etc. Indeed, they consider the benefits of music so great that they even explain with precision how to make a musical instrument called oud…. However, due to misuse of music in haram activities, Islam has limited its usage to particular

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Fatemi Madrasa will be conducting a Quran recitation workshop to be held on December 22nd, 29th, and January 5th from 7-8pm EST. The workshop will focus on learning how to recite suras from the 30th Sipara according to the rules oftajweed. For those interested, children will also have the opportunity to work ontajweed on a one on one basis at a later time. All students between the ages of 10-20 are welcome to attend. Please email Shireen ben Hamza at shireen5221@gmail.com to register for the workshop by December 17th. Shireen ben is Hafizatul Quran, a former student of Jamea tus Saifiyah, and she is currently working on her PhD at Harvard University.

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (7) Put your Trust in Allah Ta’ala & His Awliyaa’ IKHWANUS SAFA ARTICLE SERIES: ‘ILM – Part 3 FATEMI MADRASA: Quran Workshop

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Qubbat Khadraa’ - The Green Dome of Rasullulah's Masjid ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ، َ‫ن ن َز َل ْنَا الذ ِكْر َ و َِإن َا لَه ُ لَحَافِظ ُون‬ ُ ْ ‫نح‬ َ ‫ِإن َا‬ (Surat al-Hijr: 9) Verily it is We Who have revealed the Quran (zikr), and assuredly We will safeguard it. ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫َاب‬ َ ‫م َنْ رَز َق َه ُ الله ُ و َلايَة َ عَل ِي اب ِن ابيطالب صع فَق َ ْد أَ ص‬

‫ُب‬ ِ ‫ وإنَ في ح‬،ِ ‫ك له ُ ب ِالجنَة‬ ُ ‫ش‬ ُ ‫ ولا أ‬،ِ ‫خَيْر َ الد ُن ْيَا والآخِرة‬ ً ‫ ع َش َرة ً م ِنها في الد ُنيا وع َش َرة‬،‫ن خَصْ لَة‬ َ ‫عَلي وَو َلايَتِه ِ عِشْر ِي‬ )3( ‫) والحرص على العلم‬2( ‫) الزهد‬1( *‫في الآخرة‬ ‫) وتوبة‬5( ‫) والرغبة في العبادة‬4( ‫والورع في الدين‬ ‫) والإياس من‬٧( ‫) والقيام في الليل للصلوة‬6( ‫نصوح‬ ‫) والحفظ للقرآن‬8( ‫الخلق‬ (Rasulullah SAW) He who is given the sustenance/bounty (rizq - rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. In Ali’s love and valaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat). 1) renouncing materialism, 2) desire to seek knowledge, 3) piety and scrupulosity, 4) eagerness/desire for worship, 5) sincere repentance, 6) waking up in the night for prayer, 7) putting your trust in God, not people, 8) the memorization of the Quran.

SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (8) the Memorization of the Quran Rasulullah SA said, “he who is given the gift (rizq, rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter Jannat.” In Ali’s love andvalaayat are twenty virtues: 10 in this World (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat). The ten in this world are: 1) renouncing materialism (Sijill Article 90); 2) desire to seek knowledge (Sijill Article 91); 3) piety and scrupulosity (Sijill Article 92); 4) eagerness and desire for worship (Sijill Article 93); 5) sincere repentance (Sijill Article 94); 6) waking up in the night for tahajjud prayers (Sijill Article 95); 7) to put trust in God and not people (Sijill Article 96). This year during Ashara, Syedna TUS narrated this Hadith and explained the many facets of this Hadith and the individual virtues. Syedna introduced the Hadith saying that this is a bishaarat for the Shi’a of Amirul Mumineen SA. He added that in one sense, those with truevalaayat would necessarily have these virtues. If for 255

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some reason one with valaayat does not possess these virtues, then upon hearing this bayaan he/she should make a firm commitment to acquire them. The eighth virtue is memorization of the Quran Majeed (al-hifzu lil Quran). Amirul Mumineen SA has said that ‘the Quran is superior to all things under God’ (al-quranu afdalu min kulli shay’in dun Allah). The Quran is the book of Allah Ta’ala revealed to Rasulullah SA and it encompasses, in the depth of its meanings, everything for all time. Rasulullah’s SA miracle (mu’jiza) was casting Divine Revelation (wahy) into the mold of Quranic words and communicating it to Muslimeen. The miracle (mu’jiza) of Amirul Mumineen SA and Imam-uz-zaman SA in every day and age is the unearthing and interpreting of its deep meaning and explaining the relevance of the Quranic message in the context of present day circumstances and challenges. Just as Rasulullah SA was the sole authority on what constituted the revealed text of the Qur’an, Amirul Mumineen SA is the sole authority on the intended meaning of that text. The duty of his successors was to safeguard the literal text and reveal to mumineen in every age, facets of the endless depths of meaning in the Qur’an, relevant to their time. In this sense each Imam is Quran Natiq; each Imam is a speaking Quran that reveals the meaning of the silent text (Quran Samit) so that the message is relevant to every age. In the time of seclusion, this responsibility is fulfilled by the Da’i alMutlaq who expounds the meanings of the Qur’an on the authority of Imamuz-zaman SA. The memorization of the divine words of the Quran is a great virtue. Rasulullah SA is reported to have said that, “those who carry the Quran in their hearts and memorize it (hamalat

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al-Quran) are the chiefs of the people of heaven.” Another Hadith is that, “the one who has memorized the largest quantity of the Quran and is the most knowledgeable is worthy of leading people in prayer.”

manner that will make you pleased with me. Through your book, Allah, give light to my eyes, speech to my tongue, and comfort to my heart. Help [all parts of] my body to engage with it, and help me commit it to memory. No one can help with this but you.

It is through the guidance of our Hudaat Kiraam that we recite this doa before beginning the memorization of the Quran and also before the beginning of doingtilawat. Through the guidance of our Hudaat Kiraam each mumin partakes in the blessing of hifz by memorizing at least Surat al-Hamd and other small surats of the Quran. Yet those who achieve the milestone of memorizing the entire Quran attain Syedna al-Qadi al-Nu’man narrates immeasurable barakat. that Amirul Mumineen SA told The 52nd Dai, Syedna Mohammed Rasulullah SA that, “some words of the Burhanuddin RA achieved the Quran escape me due to forgetfulness.” distinction among Du’aat Mutlaqeen of Rasulullah SA replied, “I will teach you memorizing the text of the Quran words of such a doa that would Majeed. He also encouraged students strengthen the memory and solidify and mumineen to memorize the Quran the words of the Quran in your heart.” for which he constructed and These are the words Rasulullah SA established Mahad-al-Zahra, a part of (click here for PDF of Arabic text of the Jamea Saifiyyah in Surat. Syedna doa): Qutbuddin TUS continues to This virtue is the key to acquiring the encourage mumineen to memorize the greatest strength in life. May Allah Quran (last week Fatemi Madrasa has Ta’ala strengthen our faith in Him and announced the Quran workshop to His Awliyaa’. May we always recite the teach children proper recitation Quranic Ayat “Allah Ta’ala is sufficient (tilawat) of Quran Majeed and to for us and He is our Guardian” encourage memorization). Three of (hasbunallahu wa ni’mal-wakeel- Surat Syedna Qutbuddin’s children (two sons Aale-Imraan: 173). and one daughter) have memorized the entire Quran Majeed. Allah—shower me with your mercy by The meaning of hifz is also to helping me forsake acts of disobedience safeguard. In this sense each Imam, to you, for as long as you have granted and in his seclusion each Dai, is hafizul me life. Shower me with your mercy by Quran: one who safeguards the text helping me forsake matters that do not from deviation and misinterpretation. concern me. Grant me the good fortune The presence of a Dai in each day and of looking at that which will make you age enables us to access and live by the pleased with me. Have my heart true message of the Quran - the remember your book, just as you have message that Allah Ta’ala intended to taught it to me. Have me recite it in a

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convey. Our Dai protects us from those who misinterpret the text of the Quran for personal agendas, justifying violence and the killing of innocents. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the strength to memorize the Quran Majeed and live by its true principles. May Allah Ta’ala grant longest life to Syedna Qutbuddin TUS and keep him safe by the virtue of the Quran Majeed that he safeguards.

HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES:50TH Dai Syedna Abdullah Badruddin RA (Surat) The history or akhbaar of Dawat provides invaluable lessons for the present. Our challenge is to learn from these lessons. History defines the present. Al-akhbaar-u-anwaar: history illumines. On the auspicious occasion of the Urus Mubarak of the 50th Dai Syedna Abdullah Badruddin RA (10th of Rabiul Awwal) we are pleased to present a biographical article written by Shehzadi Dr. Bazat Saifiyah Baisaheba. This is an excerpt from the article: It is related that Sayyedna Badruddin’s maternal uncle Miyansaheb Ahmad Ali Hamiduddin had predicted the Daiship for him when he was very young: pointing to a beauty spot (til) on Sayyedna Badruddin’s forehead, he commented that ‘aa til tamne paagri pehnawse’. This incident happened in the time of the 47th Dai, Sayyedna Abdulqadir Najmuddin. Sayyedna Najmuddin was instructing his son Sayyedna Mohammad Burhanuddin (later the 49th Dai) in the haqeeqat kitab ‘al-Anwar al-Latifa’, and the learned Miyansaheb had been granted the honour of sitting in in the sabaq. One of the other hudud asked him about the manner in which the Dai taught his son. Miyansaheb Ahmad Ali replied, ‘As one who hopes to make him his like, and

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pass on to him the legacy of his fazal. Sayyedna Burhanuddin is his equal in noble qualities and shall one day take his place.’ His gaze then fell on Sayyedna Badruddin, and upon a til on his forehead. He remarked, ‘Allah distinguishes whom He chooses with his mercy. If my conjecture (zann) is true – and my conjecture is as good as my conviction – then this Mawla of ours will also attain a high status (sha’n ‘aali), and be crowned with the crown of ‘itlaq’ [the rutba of Dai Mutlaq].’ Sayyedna Badruddin had been born during the Daiship of his uncle Sayyedna Najmuddin, and it was he who bestowed haddiyat on him. When his father Sayyedna Abdul Husain Husamuddin became Dai, Sayyedna Badruddin and his elder brother the learned Mawla Abdeali bhaisaheb Mohyuddin assisted their father the 48th Dai in Dawat matters; both were also indispensably involved in its administration during the term of Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin. Syedna Badruddin was particularly active – though in a discreet inconspicuous manner – in the settling of the Dawat debt whose burden had weighed upon the Dais since the time of the 40th Dai; largely due to his efforts, full clearance of the inherited debt was achieved in the 49th Dai’s time. ... Sayyedna Badruddin travelled to cities and towns all over India, to inaugurate mosques and madrasas for religious learning, and in response to invitations by mumeneen for weddings etc. The Dai visited many times and stayed for long periods in Bombay. In 1331 H., he inaugurated the ‘Qamari Masjid’ and the ‘Mahal al-Azhar al-Badri’, built by the Ra’is Mhota-bhai and the Ra’is Yusuf-Ali. This building came to be known as ‘Badri Mahal’, and became the official residence of the Dai and the Dawat office in Bombay. When Sayyedna Taher Saifuddin shifted the

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Dawat headquarters from Surat to Bombay, he chose to make his residence in Saify Mahal, but Badri Mahal remained the home of the ‘al-Wazarat al-Saifiyyah’, the administrative and bureaucratic offices of the Dawat.

The full article is presented on Fatemidawat.com.

FATEMI MADRASA: Salla ‘Ala Module

On the joyous and auspicious occasion of Milad-un-Nabi we are pleased to present a module on the Salawat and Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s qasidas mubaraka Salla ‘Ala Mohammdin Rabuhu. Below are excerpts from the introduction of the module:

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Allah Taala says in the Holy Quran, “Verily Allah and His angels pray salawaat upon the Prophet; O ye that believe! Pray ye salawaat upon him, and salute him (pray salaam on him) with all respect” {33:56}. When this aayat was revealed to Rasulullah, people came to him and asked him, “We know how to salute/ pray salaam on you, but how do we pray salawaat? Rasulullah replied, “Say thus: O Allah, pray salawaat upon Mohammad and the progeny of Mohammad as you have prayed salawaat upon (the Prophet) Ibrahim and the progeny of Ibrahim.” The meaning of salawat is to pray to Allah to bless Rasullullah and his progeny. The deeper meaning of salawat signifies that we are asking Allah that He always continue the silsila of Aimmat tahereen till the day of qayamat. The Prophet and his progeny are the greatest blessings of Allah on us, and we pray that He continue to bless us through them as they, for the guidance they give us, are the only path through which salvation can be attained. There is great reward in aakherat for those who pray salawaat. Rasullullah has said that whenever someone prays salawaat on me, the firishta (angel) beside me, conveys to me that such and such a person has prayed salawat on you and your progeny. At that time, I pray to Allah to bless that person and give him barakat. Imam Ali Zainul Aabedeen, always prays salawaat repeatedly in all his doas, at the beginning and at the end and in between. When a mumin does doa to Allah, and if he prays salawat in the beginning and the end and several times in between, since Allah always accepts salawat, he will also listen to all the wishes that one has prayed for. … There is a riwayat about the sawab of praying salawat: In Rasulullah’s time a

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man was falsely accused of stealing a camel, and there were witnesses who testified to this; so Rasulullah passed the judgement that the ‘hand’ (literally four fingers) of that man be cut according to the tenets of Sharia. When the man was being taken away to be punished, the camel spoke! It said aloud, this man is innocent! Rasulullah asked the man, what were you praying when you came to me? He replied that he was praying salawat. So because of the barakat of salawat, the man's innocence was revealed and he was set free. … Syedna Taher Saifuddin has written a qasida of salawat "Salla ala Mohammadin Rabbohu" which is regularly prayed every Friday. Every mumin should always pray salawat, do tasbeeh of salawat, to gain sawab and gather bounties for the hereafter. The full multi e-module is produced by Insiya Baisaheba Shzd Taher Bhaisaheb and it has the following components: Dawat ni Zaban khulaso read-along video, English and Dawat ni Zaban translation, audio, and a key Arabic words vocabulary list.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Miladun-Nabi SA In Mumbai, Shz. Dr. Husain bhaisaheb will lead Maghrib Isha Namaz and preside over Milad un Nabi Khushi Majlis on Milad un Nabi Raat (Monday 21st December) at Darus Sakina inshaallah. Khushi Majlis will be followed by Khatmul Qur'an for Ummul Mumineen al-Muqaddasa Amatullah Aaisaheba Aqeelat Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. The Majlis will be broadcast live through this link and will be available for replay immediately after the completion of the Majlis. All mumineen are invited for khushi jaman.

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Mumineen in other towns and cities should take barakaat on this auspicious occasion by following these amal details: 1. Mumineen should recite qasida composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA Tahannabiyyul Mustafa Khayrul wara (PDF of text, English translation and audio on website). This significant Qasida Mubaraka was composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin for a presentation amongst a gathering of Muslims in Karachi, Pakistan on the occasion of Milad un Nabi. The Muslimeen were deeply moved by this Qaisda Mubaraka and Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s personality. 2. Mumineen should also recite a few Abyaat from Syedna Taher Saifuddin's Qasida Mubaraka Salla 'Ala Muhammadin Rabbuhu. 3. Mumineen should also pray Khatmul Qur'an for Ummul Mumineen al-Muqaddasa Amatullah Aaisaheba Aqeelat Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA

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FATEMI MADRASA: Quran Workshop Fatemi Madrasa will be conducting an online Quran recitation workshop on December 22nd, 29th, and January 5th from 7-8pm EST. The workshop will focus on learning how to recite suras from the 30th Sipara according to the rules of tajweed. Additionally, children will also have the opportunity to work on tajweed on a one-on-one session at a later time. All students between the ages of 10-20 are welcome to attend. Please email Shireen ben Hamza at shireen5221@gmail.com to register for the workshop by December 17th. Shireen ben is Hafizatul Quran, a former student of Jamea tus Saifiyah, and she is currently working on her PhD at Harvard University. ANNOUNCEMENT: 52nd Dai alMutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Urus – Tabarrukaatu Ayyamil-Urs After the wafaat of the 51st Dai Syedna Taher Saifuddin on 19th Rajab 1385H, his successor the 52nd Dai, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, resolved that the 51st Dai’s Urus Mubarak would be commemorated for three days: the 17th, 18th and 19th of Rajab. Syedna Burhanuddin RA gave the historic nameAyyamul Barakaatil Khuldiyya (the days of heavenly barakaat). The numerical value of Ayyamul Barakaatil Khuldiyya is 1386, which is the year of the first Urus of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA. Following the tradition of his predecessor, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS resolved in 1436H that the Urus Mubarak of the 52nd Dai, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA, will be commemorated on the 14th,

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15th and 16th of Rabiul Awwal. Syedna Qutbuddin TUS has given the historic name Tabarrukatu Ayyamil Urs (seeking the barakaat of the days of the Urus). The numerical value of these words is 1436, the year of Syedna Burhanuddin’s first Urus. An additional historic name is 'Sa'aadatu 'ursi Syedna Mohammed Burahnuddin' (the auspiciousness/blessedness of the 'Urs of Syedna Mohammed Burahnuddin). The numerical value of these words is also 1436. These are days for us to recite Qur’an Majeed on the niyyat of Syedna Burhanuddin RA. These are days for us to remember and offer shukur for his countless ihsanaat on us. These are days for us to pray salaam on Syedna Burhanuddin and seek his nazaraat from‘aalamul Quds (heaven) and with his tawassul beseech doa to Allah Ta’ala.

Timing of Urus Majlis program and broadcast details will be emailed shortly. Amal details will also be updated onFatemidawat.com before the 14th of Rabiul Awwal. Mas’uls (Coordinators) in each town will inform local mumineen about their respective Majlis programs. In towns where coordinators are listed, please contact them directly for further details.

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written by Dr. Bazat Tahera Baisaheba. It was published in Islam: A Short Guide to the Faith in 2011. The article is comprised of the following sections: Early Life in Mecca, Revelation Prophecy and the Birth of Islam, The Making of the Muslim Community in Medina, and Muhammed in Muslim Piety and Literature.

SIJILL ARTICLE: The Eid of Milaad The Religion of Islam and the Shari’at of Muhammad SA (From Sijill 46) On the 12th of Rabiul Awwal we celebrate the Milad of our Peghambar, the leader of all Anbiyaa’s and Prophets, Muhammad Rasulullah SA. In the span of 23 years, Rasulullah SA achieved the impossible task of establishing the norms and stipulations of Shari’at, while also establishing the Islamic polity. The Shari’at of Islam is comprised of not only liturgy and rituals for prayer, but it is also a way of life. One of the main purposes of Shari’at is to guide and direct our temporal actions such as marriage, inheritance, work ethics, contracts etc. Shari’at is still applicable today 1400 years after the Hijrat, and its scope is vast. It is truly a remarkable achievement, especially considering that Rasulullah SA accomplished it in only 23 years. As we celebrate Miladun-nabi we recognize the greatness of our Prophet and offer thanks for the path of Shari’at that he showed us. Shar’iat is the path to paradise. Click here to read the full Sijill Article by Shz Dr Aziz Bhaisaheb published last year.

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This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (8) the Memorization of the Quran HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY SERIES: 50th Dai Syedna Abdullah Badruddin RA (Surat) FATEMI MADRASA: Salla ‘Ala Module ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: MiladunNabi SA FATEMI MADRASA: Quran Workshop ANNOUNCEMENT: 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Urus – Tabarrukaatu Ayyamil-Urs BIOGRAPHY & HISTORY SERIES: Mohammed Rasulullah SA– Chapter by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba (From Sijill 46) SIJILL ARTICLE: The Eid of Milaad - The Religion of Islam and the Shari’at of Muhammad SA (From Sijill 46)

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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Fatemi Dawat Art and Architecure Series: Jame' Anwar Photo Essay.

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‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫م َنْ رَز َق َه ُ الله ُ و َلايَة َ عَل ِي ب ِن ابيطالب ص فَق َ ْد‬

،ِ ‫ك له ُ ب ِالجن َة‬ ُ ‫ش‬ ُ ‫ ولا أ‬،ِ ‫أَ صَابَ خَيْر َ الد ُنْيَا والآخِرة‬ ً ‫ ع َش َرة‬،‫ن خَصْ لَة‬ َ ‫لي وَو َلايَتِه ِ عِشْر ِي‬ ِ ‫وإنَ في ح‬ ٍ َ ‫ُب ع‬ ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫ل ر َب َنَا آتن َِا فِي الد ُن ْيَا وَم َا لَه ُ فِي‬ ُ ‫س م َن يَق ُو‬ ِ ‫ن الن َا‬ َ ِ َ ‫فم‬ ‫ل ر َب َنَا آتنَِا فِي‬ ُ ‫ وَمِنْه ُم م َن يَق ُو‬،ٍ‫خرَة ِ م ِنْ خ َلَاق‬ ِ ‫الْآ‬

،ِ‫حس َن َة ً و َق ِنَا عَذ َابَ الن َار‬ َ ِ ‫خرَة‬ ِ ‫حس َن َة ً و َفِي الْآ‬ َ ‫الد ُن ْيَا‬

‫) الزهد‬1( *‫م ِنها في الد ُنيا وع َش َرة ً في الآخرة‬

‫) والورع في الدين‬3( ‫) والحرص على العلم‬2( )6( ‫) وتوبة نصوح‬5( ‫) والرغبة في العبادة‬4( ‫) والإياس من الخلق‬٧( ‫والقيام في الليل للصلوة‬ ‫) وبغض الدنيا‬9( ‫) والحفظ للقرآن‬8(

(Surat al-Baqara: 200-201)

(Rasulullah SAW)

There are men who say: " Lord! Give us (Thy bounties) in this world!" but they will have no portion in the Hereafter. And there are those who say: "O Lord! Grant us the benefits of this world and the blessings of the hereafter.

He who is given the bounty (rizq - rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. Ali’s love and valaayat entail twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat). 1) renouncing materialism, 2) desire to seek knowledge, 3) piety and scrupulosity, 4) eagerness for worship, 5) sincere repentance, 6) waking up in the night for prayer, 7) putting your trust in God, not people, 8) memorizing the Quran, 9) aversion to this world (dunya). 261

QASIDA ME’AWIYYAH E-BOOK: Shukur-Recounting & Giving Thanks for the Achievements, Milestones & Ihsanaat of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA (from Sijill 47)

NAZARAAT: “Abu Mohammed, Your Father – Taher Saifuddin”

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SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (9) Aversion to Dunya Rasulullah SA said, “he who is given the gift (rizq, rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter Jannat.” Ali’s love and valaayatentail twenty virtues: 10 in this World (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat). The ten in this world are: 1) renouncing materialism (Sijill Article 90); 2) desire to seek knowledge (Sijill Article 91); 3) piety and scrupulosity (Sijill Article 92); 4) eagerness and desire for worship (Sijill Article 93); 5) sincere repentance (Sijill Article 94); 6) waking up in the night for tahajjud prayers (Sijill Article 95); 7) to put trust in God and not people (Sijill Article 96); 8) memorizing the Quran Majeed (Sijill Article 97). This year during Ashara, Syedna TUS narrated this Hadith and explained the many facets of this Hadith and the individual virtues. Syedna introduced the Hadith saying that this is a bishaarat for the Shi’a of Amirul Mumineen SA. He added that in one sense, those with truevalaayat would necessarily have these virtues. If for some reason one withvalaayat does not possess these virtues, then upon hearing this bayaan he/she should make a firm commitment to acquire them. The ninth virtue is aversion to this world (bughdud-dunya). Rasulullah SA said, “this world (dunya) is a prison for the believer (mumin) and paradise (Jannat) for the disbeliever (kafir .” Amirul Mumineen SA wrote to Salman al-Farisi RA, Indeed, this world is like a snake—its touch is smooth, its poison fatal. The foolish lad rushes towards it, and the intelligent man is wary of it. Turn away from its attractions, for it will only be with you for a short time. Shrug off its cares, for you will soon depart from it. When you are most comfortable with it,

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beware of it the most. For each time its companion rests confidently in a happy event, an adversity forcefully removes him from it. Syedna al-Mu’ayyad al-Shirazi stresses time and again that this world is transient. In one instance, he describes it as a series of trials and tribulations and its inhabitants as those trapped in a cave, drunk with its temporary lures. Our Mawali Tahereen AS make such strong statements about the temptations of this world because these temptations are enticing. The purpose of these statements is to remind us of the passing nature of this world and to emphasize the endurance of the Hereafter (aakherat).

That is not to say that one should not live a full life in this world. Amirul Mumineen SA said that the pious (muttaqeen) share this world with the people of this world (ahlud-dunya), but the people of this world do not share the Hereafter with the pious. The former live the best life in this world and they also journey to the Hereafter with adequate provisions and a profitable trade. Conveying a similar concept, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA refers to dunya and deen in his qasida as twins. He counsels mumineen that their worldly affairs should be conducted in accordance with their religion, and that religion should in fact be the moral compass that directs their worldly affairs (see Sijill Article 84 “The Twinship of Deen & Dunya” . Our Hudaat Kiraam AS encourage us to

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live life in this world to the fullest but with the Hereafter and our purpose in mind. Living life in this world according the guidance of our Hudaat Kiraam and the precepts of Shari’at ensures that all worldly pursuits also garner sawaab. The key is prioritization. Amirul Mumineen SA said that when dunya and aakehrat go hand in hand that is the best. But in the case of a conflict between the two, Eisa Maseeh’s AS teaching is proverbial: if there is a situation in which you must choose between dunya or aakehrat, then you must prioritize aakherat. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the wisdom to prioritize everlasting Hereafter over a transient material world. May we continue to follow the guidance of His awliya’ to live a full and fulfilling life in this world and prepare for the Hereafter. In our increasingly materialistic world, we are fortunate that we have a living guide, a Dai, who continuously reminds us of the permanence of the Hereafter, and the balance required to achieve happiness in this world and the aakherat. May Allah Ta’ala grant Syedna Qutbuddin TUS longest life till qiyamat to continue to guide us and our children. We end with the prayer that is quoted in the ayat in the beginning of this article. Not the prayer of those who seek dunya with no share in aakherat (Surat al-Baqar: 200), but the prayer of those who say, “ Lord Grant us the benefits of this world and the blessings of the hereafter” (Rabbana aatina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil aakherati hasanatan waqina azaab an-naar – Surat al-Baqara: 201).

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Burhanuddin’s RA, we are pleased to present the following Nazaraat Entry prepared by Shz Dr Husain Bhaisaheb: In the unmatched letter which he wrote with his own hand to Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin (TUS), Syedna Taher Saifuddin (RA) inscribed several indications of Syedna Qutbuddin’s high destiny of becoming Dai. One of these was his signing the letter in this manner: “(From Mohammed’s father, your father, who thinks of you in every moment, with utmost love and longing, Taher Saifuddin.” pon reading this letter, Syedna Mohammed urhanuddin (RA recited the Qur’anic ayat “khitamuhu misk” (Surat alMutaffifeen, Ayat , which means “It is sealed with musk.” Syedna Taher Saifuddin normally referred to himself in his correspondence as “Mohammed’s father”. In this letter, he used the uni ue expression “Mohammed’s father, your father”, thereby indicating the special status of these two sons near him. This special status was frequently highlighted by Syedna Burhanuddin during his lifetime, most notably at the time of performing nass on Syedna Qutbuddin, and also at the very beginning of his ehed mubarak upon the wafaat of Syedna Taher Saifuddin (details in future nazaraat article inshaallah).

May Allah give Afdal-ul-Jaza to both his Dais, our Waliyyun-Nemat, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. May their nazaraat froma’la illiyeen continue to flow towards their successor and waris Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, and from him towards

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all mumineen, muminaat and their children. Ameen.

Fatemi Dawat Art and Architecture Series: Jame’ Anwar Photo E-book On the auspicious occasion of Tabarrukaatu Ayyamil Urs, the second Urus of Syedna Mohammed urhanuddin’s RA, we take the opportunity to present this annotated photo gallery of ame’ Anwar by Sh Dr Aziz Bhaisaheb. The renovation of this Fatimid Masjid was a great milestone and a testament to theshaan of zuhoor reserved for the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq. Syedna urhanuddin often said, “since the day we reconstructed ame’a Anwar, the barakaat in Dawat has multiplied exponentially and by the virtue of ame’ Anwar hundreds of Masjids have been built all over the world.” ame’ Anwar (also known in airo as ame’ al-Hakim) was built by the 15th Imam Aziz Billah and completed by the 16th Imam al-Hakim Biamrillah. It was one of the four Masjids in Fatimid Cairo (al-Qahera al-Mu’izziyya) in which the Fatimid Imam lead Friday Namaaz and Khutba. The other three masjids are ame’ A har – built by Moiz Imam AS, ame’ Ati , and ame’ Ibn Tulun. There are multiple grand gates that guarded this palatial city, and ame’ Anwar is immediately inside one of them called Babul-Futuh (Victory Gate). The Masjid was built based on the model of ame’a A har. All four sides of the Masjid have covered prayer halls, and in the middle is a large open courtyard. The main covered hall, on the side of the qibla, is highlighted by its larger size, the raised ceiling leading to the qibla, and the three domes. The Masjid has two prominent Minarets in the western side near the entrance (the top parts of the minarets are later additions from the Mamluk period).

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In the 19th century AD, the Masjid was damaged in an earthquake after which it remained in a ruinous state for decades. In his bayaan, Syedna Burhanuddin narrated that after Hajj Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA visited Misar and he prayed ama in ame’ Anwar and committed to one day rebuilding the Masjid. This niyyat of Syedna Taher Saifuddin was fulfilled by his successor, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin.

In 1398H (1978), after the iftitah of the Zarih of Maulatuna Zainab AS, in which Syedna Qutbuddin TUS accompanied Syedna Burhanuddin, the 52nd Dai announced his intention to begin work on the reconstruction of the massive Masjid. The task was extraordinarily challenging because within the ruins of the Masjid, a school, stables, and warehouses had been constructed. Only the two minarets and parts of the qibla prayer hall remained intact. The Egyptian government accepted Syedna urhanuddin’s re uest to renovate the Masjid. Within the short time of two years the Masjid was vacated of encroaching structures and

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the entire Masjid was rebuilt to its former glory. Syedna Qutbuddin’s great khidmat in this project is little known to most people and will perhaps be narrated at a future time. In the year 1400H (1980), Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin performediftitah of Jame' Anwar and then performed Ashara Mubaraka in 1401H in Fatimid Misar. Ten thousand mumineen from around the world gathered for Ashara. That same year, Syedna Burhanuddin also observed Lailatul Qadar in the grand Masjid. Syedna Qutbuddin accompanied Syedna Burhanuddin in the iftitah, Ashara and Lailatul Qadar. A unique photo of the 52nd and 53rd Dais praying Namaz in Lailatul Qadar was captured by a mumin from Dubai. On a visit to Dubai Syedna Burhanuddin saw the photo while gracing Shk Taher Saasa’s home for iafat. Syedna Qutbuddin was also in Dubai and was attending the ziafat but was in a different room at that time. Syedna Burhanuddin summoned Syedna Qutbuddin and showed him the photo and said, “ghano acho photo che.”

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replicated based on the design and shape of the surviving pillars. The ceiling was also rebuilt using timber similar to that of the original. Although the original layout, structure, and design was maintained, a new element was added: beautiful white marble was laid on the floor of covered prayer halls and the courtyard. The addition of the marble was a manifestation of the idea that the renovation was not simply a restoration for the sake of architecture, but also so that these ruins could once more be used effectively as a sanctuary for prayer. A masjid that is used as a masjid. The towering qibla of Jame’a Anwar is unique, and it survived the earthquake that damaged most of the masjid. After the renovation, the original place of the qibla was maintained. The architecture and engravings surrounding the qibla are replicated from the original design of the Fatimid ibla in ame’ A har, but instead executed in white marble and gold leaf. The iconic and beautiful ibla of ame’ Anwar marks the place of namaaz of all the Imams from Imam al-Aziz billah SA until Imam Aamir Biamrillah SA. Syedna Burhanuddin RA namaaz on all his visits to Misar in ame’a Anwar in themubarak mehraab (qibla) in which the Imams led namaaz in time of zuhoor. All others who were given ra a to lead namaa in ame’a Anwar were instructed to pray outside the mehrab niche (i.e. immediately behind the actual qibla), except Syedna Qutbuddin. As per Syedna urhanuddin’s instructions and ra a, Syedna Qutbuddin also led namaaz praying in the mubaraka mehraab (qibla) of the Imams. The mishkat (lantern in ame’a Anwar is also unique. The design was derived from a carving in one of the original stucco grill window in Masjid al-Aqmar. This mishkatbecame known as Mishkat

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al-Anwar and was used in many new masjids constructed in Syedna urhanuddin’s era. The mishkats have ayat un-noor written on them in beautiful Kufic calligraphy. A deep well in the middle of the courtyard of the masjid emerged during construction. A minister from the Egyptian government commented to Syedna Qutbuddin that perhaps the sweet water of the well was connected to the sweet and holy water of Zam Zam. May Allah Ta’ala give Afdalul-jazaa’ to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin from our Fatimi Imams. This tremendous achievement and revival of this Fatemi Masjid will be etched in the history of Dawat as one of the great glories of the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. It is apt to end with this bayt from the qasidas written by Syedna Qutbuddin in remembrance of Syedna Burhanuddin: He brought to life the Jame’ Masjids of the Fatimid Imams Proclaiming their magnificence to all. ‫جوامع مصر الفاطميين عامرا * لشاناتهم آياتهم كان‬ ‫معلنا‬ Anwar, Azhar and Aqmar Are longing and yearning for him. ‫وأنورهم مع أزهر ثم أقمر * اليه هياما واشتياقا تحننا‬

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Awwal in the Poconos, USA. On eve of Urus Mubarak, 16mi raat, Syedna TUS presided over Urus Mubarak Majlis and Darees. After Sadaqallah, Qasida Mubaraka written by Syedna Qutbuddin TUS in remembrance of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA was recited. Bayaan recording of Syedna Burhanuddin RA bayaan was then played. May Allah Ta’ala elevate Syedna Burhanuddin RA in the highest echelons of annat in A’la ‘iliyyeen. May Syedna urhanuddin’s nazaraat continue upon us, the followers of his successor, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. May we receive the ne’mat of Syedna urhanuddin’s RA iarat in Ro at Tahera with his Mansoos.

SIJILL ARTICLE: Sabar & Shukur – Remembrance of Our Beloved Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA(from Sijill 47) Nearly a full year has passed since thewafaat of our beloved father, the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. He was the personification of love, piety, humility, sincerity, and compassion. He was part of our consciousness day and night. His voice still echoes in our ears delivering bayaan, reciting Imam Husain’s shahaadat and doing do’a for us. With our own eyes, we saw the brilliance of Imam-uz-zaman’s noorin his luminescent face. With our own hearts, we felt the awe of his presence, the warmth in his eyes, and the earnestness in his voice. Throughout our lives, it was impossible to imagine a time without him. Two years after his wafaat, it is still painful to accept that he is no longer among us. The Rasa’il Ikhwanus-Safa’ narrates this anecdote about the time when the wise philosopher Socrates was imprisoned and forced to drink poison.

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efore his death, Socrates’ students gathered around him and wept, they knew that they could not prevent his death. Socrates asked them, “ hy do you cry for me when you know that I am leaving your company for the company of great philosophers and noble men?” The students replied, “ e know that you will be in Paradise. We do not cry for you, we cry for us. We cry for the benevolent and wise father we are losing. We cry for our loss.” As we approach Syedna Burhanuddin’s Urus Mubarak, it is the time for Shukur – remembrance of and gratitude for his countless ihsanaat and bounties— and it is also the time for Sabar – fortitude and forbearance. The two ayat-s quoted above counsel us to offer shukur and to take refuge in sabar. These two ayats are the 152nd and 153rd in Surat-ul-Baqara. As we remember Syedna Burhanuddin RA and offer shukur for hisihsanaat, we are certain that he remembers us mumineen. For we are those who have pledged ourselves to his living legacy, his true successor Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. Indeed Syedna urhanuddin RA’s greatest ihsaan upon us is that he left in our midst his successor to guide us and pray for us just as he did. As we seek refuge in sabar and prayer, our pain is eased by the presence of his successor Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. It is in this spirit of Shukur and Sabar that we present this special issue of Sijill. Click here to read the full article written by Shz Dr Aziz Bhaisaheb and published last year.

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Zikrun-ne’mat is shukrun-ne’mat. This saying means that recounting ne’mats is part of offering gratitude for ne’mats. Syedna urhanuddin’s ihsanaat and ne’mants are innumerable and we offer gratitude for them by recounting them. As the Dai of Imamuz Zaman, Syedna Burhanuddin RA guided us for 50 years. He gave us the bounty of Aale Muhammad’s ilm. He graced us with his priceless do’a day and night. His achievements in the khidmat of the Imam’s Da’wat are immeasurable. In his Qasida Me’awiyya ( verse asida written on the 100th Milad of Syedna Burhanuddin), Syedna Qutbuddin TUS narrated the events celebrating the 100th Milad and also recounted some of the milestones and achievements of Syedna urhanuddin’s era. sing this qasida as a framework, we are pleased to present an e-book presentation highlighting Syedna urhanuddin’s ihsanaat. The abyaat in the Qasida recount Syedna urhanuddin’s long and auspicious era. It also recounts the renovation of the Jamea Anwar and the construction of many other masjids in towns and cities where mumineen reside, particularly the renovation of ame’ Kufa and the reconstruction of Masjid-e-Mu’a am in Surat. The qasida also recounts Syedna urhanuddin’s construction of arihs and particularly the mihrab of Amirul Mumineen in Kufa. It recounts Syedna urhanuddin’s tireless travels to cities and towns where mumineen resided. It recounts Syedna urhanuddin’s construction of madrasas and schools for education of our children. The asida recounts Syedna urhanuddin’s pilgrimages with thousands of mumineen to Baitullah and for ziarat of Awliyaa’ kiraam. The asida recounts Syedna urhauddin’s practice of hosting a meal for all mumineen

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around the world twice a year. It recounts Syedna urhanuddin’s reconstruction of Saify Hospital, which became a landmark in the city of Mumbai. The qasida recounts Syedna urhanuddin’s construction and recent renovation of Rozat Tahera. The qasida recounts Syedna urhanuddin’s efforts for the upliftment of Mumineen.

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These abyaat are presented in an ebook format with accompanying photographs. Some of these photos are being published for the very first time and have been taken by Shz. Dr. Aziz Bhaisaheb, who was fortunate to travel often with Syedna Burhanuddin and also fortunate to have the opportunity to capture close, personal and religiously significant memories from Syedna urhanuddin RA’s era. This presentation is on Fatemidawat.com.

FATEMI MADRASA: Quran Workshop Fatemi Madrasa will be conducting an

online Quran recitation workshop on December 22nd, 29th, and January 5th from 7-8pm EST. The workshop will focus on learning how to recite suras from the 30th Sipara according to the rules oftajweed. Additionally, children will also have the opportunity to work on tajweedon a one-on-one session at a later time. All students between the ages of 10-20 are welcome to attend. Please email Shireen ben Hamza at shireen5221@gmail.com to register for the workshop by December 17th. Shireen ben is Hafizatul Quran, a former student of Jamea tus Saifiyah, and she is currently working on her PhD at Harvard University.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (9) Aversion to Dunya NAZARAAT: “Abu Mohammed, Your Father – Taher Saifuddin” Fatemi Dawat Art and Architecture Series: Jame’ Anwar Photo E-book NEWS & EVENTS: 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Urus – Tabarrukaatu Ayyamil-Urs SIJILL ARTICLE: Sabar & Shukur – Remembrance of Our Beloved Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA (from Sijill 47) QASIDA M ’A I AH -BOOK: Shukur-Recounting & Giving Thanks for the Achievements, Milestones & Ihsanaat of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA (from Sijill 47) FATEMI MADRASA: Quran Workshop

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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The 99 names of Allah Ta'ala with English Translation and Calligraphy Presentation

‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫ن ابيطالب ص فَق َ ْد‬ ِ ‫م َنْ رَز َق َه ُ الله ُ و َلايَة َ عَل ِي ب‬

،ِ ‫ك له ُ ب ِالجن َة‬ ُ ‫ش‬ ُ ‫ ولا أ‬،ِ ‫أَ صَابَ خَي ْر َ الد ُن ْيَا والآخِرة‬ ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬

ً ‫ ع َش َرة‬،‫ن خَصْ لَة‬ َ ‫لي وَو َلايَتِه ِ عِشْر ِي‬ ِ ‫وإنَ في ح‬ ٍ َ ‫ُب ع‬

)2( ‫) الزهد‬1( *‫م ِنها في الد ُنيا وع َش َرة ً في الآخرة‬ ٍ ‫ل حَب َة‬ َ ‫ل ال َذ ِي‬ ُ َ ‫م َث‬ ِ َ ‫ل الل َه ِكَمَث‬ ِ ‫ن يُنفِق ُونَ أَ مْوَالَه ُ ْم فِي سَب ِي‬

)4( ‫) والورع في الدين‬3( ‫والحرص على العلم‬

ُ ‫ل سُنبلَُة ٍ م ِائَة ُ حَب َة ٍ ۗ و َالل َه‬ َ ِ ‫أَ نبَت َْت سَب ْ َع سَنَاب‬ ِ ُ ‫ل فِي ك‬

‫) والقيام‬6( ‫) وتوبة نصوح‬5( ‫والرغبة في العبادة‬

(Surat al-Baqara: 261)

ُ ‫) والسَخاء‬10( ‫) وبغض الدنيا‬9( ‫والحفظ للقرآن‬

،ٌ ‫س ٌع عَل ِيم‬ ِ ‫ِف لم َِن يَش َاء ُ ۗ و َالل َه ُ و َا‬ ُ ‫يُضَاع‬

The parable of those who expend their wealth in the way of God – fi sabilillah is that as a grain of corn sprouts seven ears, and within each ear a hundred more grains; so God multiplies for whom He will; God is Embracing, Knowing...

)8( ‫) والإياس من الخلق‬٧( ‫في الليل للصلوة‬

SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (10) Generosity

‫بما يملك‬

(Rasulullah SAW) He who is given the bounty (rizq - rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. Ali’s love and valaayat entail twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat). 1) renouncing materialism, 2) desire to seek knowledge, 3) piety and scrupulosity, 4) eagerness for worship, 5) sincere repentance, 6) waking up in the night for prayer, 7) putting your trust in God, not people, 8) memorizing the Quran, 9) aversion to this world (dunya), 10) generosity.

SIJILL ARTICLE and Calligraphy Presentation: Asmaa’ullahil Husna – The 99 Names of Allah Ta’ala

Fatemi Dawat Art and Architecture Series: Jame’ Anwar Photo E-book

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SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (10) Generosity Rasulullah SA said, “he who is given the gift (rizq, rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter Jannat.” Ali’s love and valaayatentail twenty virtues: 10 in this World (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat). The ten in this world are: 1) renouncing materialism (Sijill Article 90); 2) desire to seek knowledge (Sijill Article 91); 3) piety and scrupulosity (Sijill Article 92); 4) eagerness and desire for worship (Sijill Article 93); 5) sincere repentance (Sijill Article 94); 6) waking up in the night for tahajjud prayers (Sijill Article 95); 7) to put trust in God and not people (Sijill Article 96); 8) memorizing the Quran Majeed (Sijill Article 97); 9) aversion to this world (Sijill Article 98). This year during Ashara Mubaraka, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS narrated this Hadith and explained its many meanings and virtues. Syedna TUS introduced the Hadith saying that this is a bishaarat for the Shi’a of Amirul Mumineen SA. He added that in one sense, those with truevalaayat would necessarily have these virtues. If for some reason one withvalaayat does not possess these virtues, then upon hearing this bayaan he/she should make a firm commitment to acquire them. The tenth virtue is being generous with what one owns (alsakhaa’u bima yamlik). The Qu’an masterfully describes the balance one should strive to seek with regards to spending, “and do not keep your hand chained to your neck, nor open it completely, or you will sit blameworthy and denuded” (Surat alIsra’: 29). With regards to this balance, our Hudaat Kiraam have advised us to spend our income in three ways: 1) on our family’s sustenance and wellbeing; 2) on good deeds for the sake of Allah

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(fi-sabilillah); 3) on investment and savings for difficult times. Spending fi sabililalh is a broad category. On the one hand, it includes things that are compulsory such as zakaat andvajebaat, which are Allah Ta’ala’s right. But in addition, spending fi sabililalh includes spending in the khidmat and defense of Dawat, building a Masjid, qarzan hasana, helping mumineen, helping ‘Ibaadullah etc. – all these acts among many others garner much sawaab.

A key concept our Hudaat Kiraam emphasize is that the sustenance and rizqthat we receive is from Allah Ta’ala – raaziq khuda chhe. Whatever we spend in His name he will refill and reward, just as water from a well is replenished each time that you draw from it. The understanding of this concept not only instills a sense of humility and gratitude for the sustenance received but also promotes and fosters confidence in spending for the sake of Allah Ta’ala. The Qur’an narrates, in the Ayat quoted in this Sijill Article, the parable of those who spend fi-sabilillah,“the likeness of those who expend their

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wealth in the way of God– fi sabilillah as a grain of corn sprouts seven ears, and within each ear a hundred more grains; so God multiplies for whom He will; God is Embracing, Knowing” (Surat al-Baqara: 261). The virtue of generosity for the sake of Allah Ta’ala results in the exponential multiplication of blessings both in this world as well as in the Hereafter. There are numerous anecdotes about those who spent their wealth fi sabilillah and saw it multiplied, while also receiving the doa of SahibuzZaman, (some of these anecdotes are narrated on MostBelovedSon.com). However, the reward in this world is but a fraction of the reward in the Hereafter. Our Mawali Tahereen have also stated that the reward for expending is very much related to the capacity of the person doing the good deed. If one who is earning 1000 Rs. gives 100 Rs. and one who is earning 100 Rs. gives 10 Rs., they both garner equalsawaab even though the former gave 100 Rs and the latter 10 Rs. This is Allah Ta’ala’s justice. It is important to remember that generosity is not simply associated with wealth and money: being generous with one’s time is also a great virtue. Imam Husain SA left in the middle of a tawaaf in Baitullah (tatawwu’ tawaaf, not farizat) to help a Mumin. Our Mawali Tahereen are exemplars of generosity. Amirul Mumineen SA spent all of his earnings from his farmlands on providing iftaar jaman to the people of Kufa in Shehrullah. Amirul Mumineen’s Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA followed Maula Ali’s example and invited mumineen all over the world for jaman twice a year. Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin RA nurtured 12,000 mumineen – lodging and boarding – for an entire year when a drought afflicted Saurashtra.

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Bawamullah Khan Saheb QS kept a horse tied in the mehella for anyone who needed it to ride and return. The poet al-Farazdaq artfully expresses Imam Ali Zainul Aabedeen’s SA generosity, “he never said no except in his tashahhud (la ilaha illa Allah). If it weren’t for the tashahhud, his ‘no’ would have been a ‘yes’.” Such is the generosity of our Awliya’ Kiraam. Their successor Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS is a sea of generosity, like his predecessors. Once when Syedna Qutbuddin was leaving Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA hazrat for some days, Syedna Taher Saifuddin said to a couple whom Syedna Qutbuddin had helped, “Khuzaima jaase to tamaru kaun karse.” May Allah Ta’ala grant us the tawfeeq, motivation and rozi so that we may be generous with what we own. May He grant us exponential reward for what we spend in His path. The Quranic Ayat quoted above explains that each act that is fi sabillilahgarners exponential sawaab similar to how one grain or corn then produces seven ears of corn, and each ear in it of itself produces one hundred grains, and each grain produces seven ears etc. etc. etc. May we continue to follow the example and guidance of our Hudaat Kiraam and our Dai. May Allah Ta’ala grant longest life to Aqa Moula for continuing to guide us to attain the 10 virtues of the Shi’a of Amirul Mumineen SA. May we live up to the great blessing of being the Shi’a of Ali the children of Dawat ul Haqq and those who are on the path to salvation. The ten virtues of a mumin in the Hereafter will be presented in Sijill 100 inshaallah.

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‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫ن‬ َ ‫وَلِل َه ِ الْأَ سْمَاء ُ الْحُسْن َى فَا ْدع ُوه ُ بِهَا ۖ وَذَر ُوا ال َذ ِي‬

،َ‫حد ُونَ فِي أَ سْمَائِه ِ ۚ سَيُجْ ز َ ْونَ م َا ك َانُوا يَعْم َلُون‬ ِ ْ ُ‫يل‬ (Surat al-‘Araaf: 180) The most beautiful names belong to Allah: so call on him by them; but shun such men as use profanity in his names: for what they do, they will soon be requited. As we publish the 99th issue of Sijill we take the opportunity to present a calligraphic presentation of the 99 names of Allah Ta’ala as per our Mawali Tahereen SA, with English translation. The Quranic Ayat quoted above directs us to pray and call out to Allah Ta’ala using his pure names (Asmaa’ husna) and to stay away from those who deviate in the recognition of His names. Rasulullah SA said, “Allah Ta’ala has 99 names. He who counts them (tasbih) enters Jannat.” As per the instruction of this Ayat and Rasulullah’s Hadith, our Hudaat Kiraam have guided us to count and utter the 99 names of Allah Ta’ala during Bihoriafter the two rak’ats of Istiftah Namaaz. Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA instructed mumineen to use a tasbih during this doa and move one bead with the recitation of each name. Syedna Taher Saifuddin explained that Rasulullah specifically instructed us “to count” the divine names and therefore instructed mumineen to use atasbih while doing so.

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The 100th name is “Allah”, the greatest name (ismullahil a’zam). Syedna al-Mu’ayyad al-Shirazi explains that a name is how we recognize an individual - and we recognize Allah Ta’ala through His Imams. In this sense, our Imams are the True Living Names of Allah Ta’ala through whom we recognize Allah Ta’ala. We follow the Imams and stay away from those who deviate from them. Similarly, in the time of the Imam’s seclusion, the Du’aat are the True Living Names of the Imams, and through them we recognize the Imams. It is in this sense that the Tasbih of the names of the Imams is our precious daily task, our wazifa, “wazaifuna tasbihu asmaa’ikum aya * banil Mustafa daaban wa ne’mal wazaa’ifu.” It is also in this vein that Syedna Qutbuddin TUS wrote in remembrance of Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, “tasbih kare che mumineen, raakhi wazifa ma yaqeen, shamsud du’aatil mutlaqeen, Syedna Taher Saifuddin.” The depth of meaning in the 99 divine names of Allah Ta’ala is great. We count them while recognizing the True and Living Names, our Imams, and in their seclusion, their Dais. Counting Allah Ta’ala’s names with this recognition, and counting the names of our Imams and their Du’aat, we know that we are indeed one of those for whom Rasulullah’s Hadith holds true, “Allah Ta’ala has 99 names. He who counts them (tasbih) enters Jannat.”

MEDIA ARTICLES: Highlights of the most important petitions in the Bombay High Court in 2015 Articles published in the Business Standard and Economic Times discuss and highlight the most important petitions heard in the Bombay High Court in the year 2015. The articles are presented on FatemiDawat.com.

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Fatemi Dawat Art and Architecture Series: Jame’ Anwar Photo E-book On the auspicious occasion of Tabarrukaatu Ayyamil Urs, the second Urus of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA, we take the opportunity to present this annotated photo gallery of Jame’ Anwar by Shz Dr Aziz Bhaisaheb. The renovation of this Fatemi Masjid was a great milestone and a testament to the shaan of zuhoorreserved for the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq. Syedna Burhanuddin often said, “since the day we reconstructed Jame’ Anwar, thebarakaat in Dawat has multiplied exponentially and by the virtue of Jame’ Anwar hundreds of Masjids have been built all over the world.” Jame’ Anwar (also known in Cairo as Jame’ al-Hakim) was built by the 15th Imam Aziz Billah and completed by the 16th Imam al-Hakim Biamrillah. It was one of the four Masjids in Fatimid Cairo (al-Qahera al-Mu’izziyya) in which the Fatimid Imam would lead Friday Namaaz and Khutba. The other three masjids are Jame’ Azhar – built by Moiz Imam AS, Jame’ Atiq, and Jame’ Ibn Tulun. There are multiple grand gates that guarded this palatial city, and Jame’ Anwar is immediately inside the one called Babul-Futuh (Victory Gate). In 1398H (1978), after the iftitah of the Zarih of Maulatuna Zainab AS, in which Syedna Qutbuddin TUS accompanied Syedna Burhanuddin, the 52nd Dai announced his intention to begin work on the reconstruction of the massive Masjid. The task was extraordinarily challenging because within the ruins of the Masjid, a school, stables, and

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warehouses had been constructed. Only the two minarets and parts of the qibla prayer hall remained intact. The Egyptian government accepted Syedna Burhanuddin’s request to renovate the Masjid. Within the short time of two years the Masjid was vacated of encroaching structures and the entire Masjid was rebuilt to its former glory. Syedna Qutbuddin’s great khidmat in this project is little known to most people and will perhaps be narrated at a future time. ... Syedna Burhanuddin led namaaz on all his visits to Misar in Jame’ Anwar in the mubarak mehraab (qibla) in which the Imams led namaaz in time of zuhoor. All others who were given raza to lead namaaz in Jame’ Anwar were instructed to pray outside the mehrab niche (i.e. immediately behind the actual qibla), except Syedna Qutbuddin. As per Syedna Burhanuddin’s instructions and raza, Syedna Qutbuddin also led namaaz praying in the mubaraka mehraab (qibla) of the Imams.

... May Allah Ta’ala give Afdalul-jazaa’ to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin from our Fatimi Imams. This tremendous achievement and revival of this Fatemi

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Masjid will be etched in the history of Dawat as one of the great glories of the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. Click here to read and view the full photo eBook on FatemiDawat.com

NEWS & EVENTS: 52nd Dai alMutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Urus – Tabarrukaatu Ayyamil-Urs On the occasion of 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA second Urus Mubarak – Tabarrukaatu Ayyamil Urs, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS presided over Khatmul Quran Majlis on the eve of the 14th and 15th of Rabiul Awwal in the Poconos, USA. On eve of Urus Mubarak, 16mi raat, Syedna TUS presided over Urus Mubarak Majlis and Darees. After Sadaqallah, Qasida Mubaraka written by Syedna Qutbuddin TUS in remembrance of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA was recited. Bayaan recording of Syedna Burhanuddin RA bayaan was then played. May Allah Ta’ala elevate Syedna Burhanuddin RA in the highest echelons of Jannat in A’la ‘iliyyeen. May Syedna Burhanuddin’s nazaraat continue upon us, the followers of his successor, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. May we receive the ne’mat of Syedna Burhanuddin’s RA ziarat in Rozat Tahera with his Mansoos. NAZARAAT: “Abu Mohammed, Your Father – Taher Saifuddin” On the auspicious occasion of Tabarrukaatu Ayyamil Urs, the second Urus of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA, we are pleased to present the following Nazaraat Entry prepared by Shz Dr Husain Bhaisaheb: In the unmatched letter that he wrote with his own hand to Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin (TUS), Syedna Taher Page 4 of 5


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Saifuddin (RA) inscribed several indications of Syedna Qutbuddin’s high destiny of becoming Dai. One of these was his signing the letter in this manner: “(From) Mohammed’s father, your father, who thinks of you in every moment, with utmost love and longing, Taher Saifuddin.” Upon reading this letter, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (RA) recited the Qur’anic ayat “khitamuhu misk” (Surat alMutaffifeen, Ayat 26), which means “It is sealed with musk.” Syedna Taher Saifuddin normally referred to himself in his correspondence as “Mohammed’s father”. In this letter, he used the

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unique expression “Mohammed’s father, your father”, thereby indicating the special status of these two sons near him. This special status was frequently highlighted by Syedna Burhanuddin during his lifetime, most notably at the time of performing nass on Syedna Qutbuddin, and also at the very beginning of his ehed mubarak upon the wafaat of Syedna Taher Saifuddin (details in future nazaraat article inshaallah).

May Allah give Afdal-ul-Jaza to both his Dais, our Waliyyun-Nemat, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. May their nazaraat froma’la illiyeen continue to flow towards their successor and waris Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, and from him towards all mumineen, muminaat and their children. Ameen.

This Newsletter This newsletter will inshaallah be published every Friday. It will include the latest news and instructions from Syedna Qutbuddin’s office and will be published in Dawat-ni-zaban and Gujarati. It will also highlight the latest updates on fatemidawat.com. Please register to receive the newsletter regularly at info@fatemidawat.com Sijill is an Arabic word which literally means official letter. It was a term often used in the Fatimid chancery.The name is inspired by the most auspicious letter 'Sijill-ul-Bisharat'.

Updates this week SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – (10) Generosity SIJILL ARTICLE: Asmaa’ullahil Husna – The 99 Names of Allah Ta’ala MEDIA ARTICLES: Highlights of the most important petitions in the Bombay High Court in 2015 Fatemi Dawat Art and Architecture Series: Jame’ Anwar Photo E-book NEWS & EVENTS: 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA Urus – Tabarrukaatu Ayyamil-Urs NAZARAAT: “Abu Mohammed, Your Father – Taher Saifuddin”

Upcoming updates Cradle to the Grave – Part 6 Ikhwanus Safa Article Series Quran recitation with commentary analysis (regular). Hikayaat: Morals & Fables from Dawat Kitaabs Article Series: Women in Islam Fatemi Dawat Architecture – Galleries and Presentations Fatimid Literature Article Series Q&A series on pertinent issues: Shari’a compliant finance, qasar namaz.

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100th Sijill - The Second Anniversary of the Fatemi Dawat Newsletter ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ،ً ‫َجات وأكْ بَر ُ تَفْضِ يلا‬ ٍ ‫خر َة ُ أكب َر ُ دَر‬ ِ ‫وللآ‬

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‫) وينعم في‬٩ ،‫ويشفع في مائة من اهل بيته‬ ،‫) ويدخل الجنة بغير حساب‬١٠ ،‫الجنة‬ (Rasulullah SAW)

(Surat al-Isra’: 21) And truly the Hereafter is greater in degrees (darajaat) and greater in preferment. ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ ‫م َنْ رَز َق َه ُ الله ُ و َلايَة َ عَل ِي ب ِن ابيطالب صع فَق َ ْد‬

،‫ ولا اشك له بالجنة‬،‫أَ صَابَ خَيْر َ الدنيا والآخرة‬ ‫ عشرة‬،‫وإن في حب علي وولايته عشرين خصلة‬ ... *‫منها في الدنيا وع َش َرة ً في الآخرة‬ ،‫) فإنه لا يحشر له ديوان‬١ ‫واما التي في الآخرة‬ ‫) و يعطى كتابه‬٣ ،‫) ولا ينصب له ميزان‬٢ )٥ ،‫) و يكتب له براءة من النار‬٤ ،‫بيمينه‬ ‫) و يكسى من حلل الجنة‬٦ ،‫ويبيض الله وجهه‬ )٨ ،‫) وينظر الله اليه بالرحمة‬٧ ،‫في ظلل الجنة‬

He who is given the bounty (rizq - rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter jannat. Ali’s love and valaayat entail twenty virtues: 10 in this world (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat)… And the ten virtues he will attain the Hereafter are: 1) his register of deeds will not be scrutinized, 2) a weighing scale will not be set out for him, 3) he will be given his book in his right hand, 4) he will be decreed safety from Hellfire, 5) Allah Ta’ala will illumine his face, 6) he will be clothed with the robe of Jannat in the shade of Jannat, 7) Allah Ta’ala will look at him with Rehmat and mercy, 8) he will be allowed to intercede for a hundred of his kin, 9) he will receive the abundance and bliss of Jannat, 10) he will enter Jannat without judgment.

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ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Milad Imam-uz-zaman SA

EBOOK: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – The Ten Virtues in this World and in the Hereafter

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SIJILL 100 Alhamdulillah-i-Ta’ala, we are much pleased to present on the Mubarak occasion of Milaad Imamuz Zamaan Tayyib, al-Sijill –ul-Mi’ah, the 100th Issue of Sijill - the newsletter of Fatemi Dawat. Through Sijill, mumineen from across the globe are able to partake abundantly of the barakaat of Fatemi Dawat by keeping current with Maulana’s akhbaar, obtaining barakat of majalis mashahid, and gathering ever-deeper knowledge of our aqeedah (doctrine), history, literature, and practice. We humbly araz sajadaat ush shukur in Hazrat Aaliyah Imamiya for this azeem nemat.

SIJILL ARTICLE: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – The Ten Virtues in the Hereafter In the previous ten Sijill Articles we highlighted and explained each of the ten virtues of a Mumin in this world (Sijill Articles 90-99). In this special issue of the 100th Sijill, we present the ten virtues of aMumin in the Hereafter (Aakherat). These ten virtues detail the reward that a true Mumin receives in the Aakherat; a true Mumin is one who loves Amirul Mumineen SA, the Imams and their Dais, bears walaayat for them, and lives his life according their guidance and example. It also follows that this reward is for those who had committed their lives to acquiring the ten virtues of this world. Each of the virtues of the Hereafter describes the bliss awaiting a Mumin inAaakherat in terms that we can understand. As in the Quran Majeed, abstract concepts are expressed using physical examples and this-worldly concepts that we can relate to and understand. The ten virtues underscore the primary tenet of our belief, that our sincere walaayat for our Mawali Tahereen ensures that we will attain salvation and Jannat - this is the essence of the ten virtues of the Hereafter. That is the great benevolence of Allah Ta’ala and his Awliya’ Kiraam. But it is what we have done and achieved in our life in this world and our efforts to attain the ten virtues of this world that determines

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our level and darajaat in Aakherat. The Quran Majeed declares, “See how We have given preference to some of them over others. And truly the Hereafter is greater in degrees (darajaat) and greater in preferment (Surat al-Isra’: 21).” These are the tenText virtues of the Hereafter; they are described here very briefly: 1. His Register of Deeds (diwan) will not be scrutinized (la yuhsharu lahu diwan). The Quran Majeed asserts that on the Day of Judgment (Qiyamat) “when scrolls (of deeds) will be unfurled” (Surat al-Takweer: 10), a Mumin will enterJannat because of his walaayat without scrutiny of his Register. His deeds will determine his darajaat in Jannat.

2. A weighing scale (mizaan balance) will not be set out for him (wa la yunsabu lahu mizaan). In one ayat, the Quran Majeed refers to the weighing scale (mizaan) that has been placed to weigh people’s conduct (Surat alShura: 17). In another ayat it is stated, “so whosoever does an atom’s weight of good shall see it, and whsoever does an atom’s weight of evil shall see it” (Surat al-Zalzala: 7-8). A weighing scale will not be placed for a Mumin to determine his entry to Jannat,

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because by the virtue of hiswalaayat, which the greatest good deed of all, the scale is tipped in his favor. 3. He will be given his Book in his right hand (wa yu’ta kitabahu biyameenih). Several ayats refer to this concept of a Mumin receiving his Book in his right hand. “That Day, you will be exhibited [for judgement]; not hidden among you is anything concealed. So as for he who is given his record in his right hand, he will say, "Here, read my record! Indeed, I was certain that I would be meeting my account." So he will enjoy a pleasant life, in a lofty Garden, in which clusters of fruit are in easy reach. ‘Eat and drink in reward for what deeds you put by in former days’” (Surat al-Haaqqah: 1824). Because of the virtue ofwalaayat, a Mumin will receive his Book in his right hand and enterJannat as a result of the “deeds he put by.” While washing our right hand during wuzu, we pray, “O Allah, give me my book of deeds in my right hand, and do not give it to me in my left hand.” 4. He will be decreed safety from Hellfire (wa yuktabu lahu bara’atun minannaar). The last ten days of Shehrullah are those of “freedom from Hellfire” (‘itqun minan-naar). Throughout Ramadaan we pray, “O God, I ask Heaven (Jannat) from you and beseech you to save me from Hellfire (Jahannam).” Imam Sadiq SA once pulled up his sleeve and said, “If one of our Shi’a is thrown into the fire because of his sins, I will put this hand of mine in the fire and pull him out. If I do not do this, I am not your Imam.”

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5. Allah Ta’ala will illumine his face (wa yubayyidu-llahu wajhahu). On the Day of Judgment, the Quran asserts, “some faces are blackened, and some faces made radiant. As for those whose faces are blackened, they will be told, 'Did you disbelieve after you had believed? Then taste the chastisement for what you disbelieved!' But as for those whose faces are made radiant, they shall placed in God's mercy, abiding forever therein” (Surat Aale-Imraan: 106-107). Also during wuzu, in the doa we pray while washing our face, we say, “O Allah illumine my face with the light of ma’rifat – the light of knowledge of you- on the day that you illumine the faces of Mumineen and blacken the faces of Mushrikeen, and illumine my face with the light of faith (imaan).” 6. He will be clothed with robes ofJannat in the shade of Jannat (wa yuksa min hulalil-jannati fi zulalil jannah). The descriptions in the Quran describe Jannat, which is purely spiritual, with physical examples of bliss and manifestations and joy in this world. In one detailed passage, the Quran Majeed describesJannat and refers to its garments of ‘fine green silk and brocade’: “God has therefore shielded them from the evil of that day, and has granted them radiance and joy. And He has rewarded them for their patience with a Garden and silk, reclining therein upon couches. They will not find therein either blistering sun or bitter cold. They will be shaded with its coolness, and its clusters [of fruits] will hang low. And there will be circulated among them vessels of silver and cups

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having been [created] clear [as glass], clear glasses [made] from silver of which they have determined the measure. And they will be given to drink a cup [of wine] whose mixture is of ginger [From] a fountain within Paradise named Salsabeel. They will be waited upon by immortal youths— when you see them, you will think them to be scattered pearls. When you look around you there, you will see bliss and a great kingdom. Upon them will be garments of fine green silk and heavy silk brocade. They will be adorned with bracelets of silver and their Lord will give them a pure drink. ‘Verily this is your reward, and your endeavor is valued and recompensed” (Surat al-Insaan: 12-22). 7.

Allah Ta’ala will look at him withrehmat and mercy (wa yanzuru-llahu ilayhi birrahmah). The Quran Majeed states, “Those who believe, have performed the Hijrat, and have struggled in the way of God with their possessions and their lives have a higher station with God; and they will triumph. Their Lord gives them good tidings of mercy (rahmah) and beatitude; they shall have gardens wherein they will live in enduring bliss” (Surat al-Tawba: 20-21).

8. His intercession will be admitted for a hundred of his kin (wa yushaffa’u fi me’atin min ahle baytih). The intercession (shafa’at) of our Mawali Tahereen ensures Jannat. Such is the power of our Mawali Tahereen’s intercession that even those who treasure their walaayat are given the honor to intercede for their kin and seek forgiveness for them.

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9. He will receive the abundance and bliss of Jannat (wa yuna’amu filjannah). Jannat is described in numerous ayats of the Quran as “Jannaat al-Na’eem” (gardens of abundance and bliss). “Sovereignty on that day will be God's. He will judge. Those who had believed and had performed righteous deeds will live in Gardens of Bliss” (Surat al-Hajj: 56). 10. He will enter Jannat without judgment (wa yadkhululjannata bi-ghayri hisaab). It is by virtue of walaayat that we will receive this bliss in the Hereafter. It is by virtue of walaayat and guidanceof the successor of Amirul Mumineen SAthat we will make every effort in this world to attain the ten virtues of a Mumin. Imam AS has defined walaayat as obedience (taa’at); following the guidance of our Hudaat. Knowing that we will receive such benevolence from Allah Ta’ala by virtue ofwalaayat, it is incumbent upon us to live up to the ten virtues of a Mumin in this world. It is incumbent upon us follow the guidance and example of our Awliya’ Kiraam and keep our faith in Allah, to observe taqwaand piety, to pray and remember Allah Ta’ala, to seek knowledge, to seek forgiveness, to recite the Quran and be kind and generous. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the inspiration and strength to do so. By the grace of Imamuz-Zaman SA, may Allah Ta’ala grant longest life in full health to his Dai, Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, by whose walaayat we will surely achieve the ten virtues of this world and the ten virtues of the Hereafter. Insha’allah-o-Ta’ala. The walaayat of Rasulullah SA is only valid if one possesses the walaayat of Amirul Mumineen SA. The walaayat of

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Amirul Mumineen SA is only valid if one possesses the walaayat of the Imams in the progeny of Ali and Fatema SA, until Tayyib Imam SA and his successor Tayyib al-Asr SA (whose Milad Mubarak we celebrate this week). The walaayat of the Imam is valid in time of seclusion only if one possesses thewalaayat of Du’aat Mutlaqeen. Thewalaayat of the 51st and 52nd Dais is only valid if one possesses the walaayat of their true successor, the 53rd Dai l-Mutlaq Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. It is by walaayat of the Dai of our age that ourwalaayat for all the Dais and Imams is valid, for he is the successor to their Nass and their knowledge. As we recite in the Misaaq, “[That is] the way of God which has taken its course before;you will never find any change in God’s way” (Surat al-Fath: 23).

EBOOK: Ten Virtues of a Mumin – The Ten Virtues in this World and in the Hereafter

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highlighted and explained each of the ten virtues of a Mumin in this world, and in this 100th Sijill we highlighted the ten virtues of the Hereafter. Syedna introduced the Hadith saying that this is a bishaarat for the Shi’a of Amirul Mumineen SA. He added that in one sense, those with true valaayat would necessarily have these virtues. If for some reason one with valaayat does not possess these virtues, then upon hearing this bayaan he/she should make a firm commitment to acquire them. Rasulullah SA said, “he who is given the gift (rizq, rozi) of the valaayat of Ali has attained the goodness of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not doubt that he will enter Jannat.” Ali’s love and valaayatentail twenty virtues: 10 in this World (dunya) and 10 in the Hereafter (aakherat). The ten in this world are: 1) renouncing materialism (Sijill Article 90); 2) desire to seek knowledge (Sijill Article 91); 3) piety and scrupulosity (Sijill Article 92); 4) eagerness and desire for worship (Sijill Article 93); 5) sincere repentance (Sijill Article 94); 6) waking up in the night for tahajjud prayers (Sijill Article 95); 7) to put trust in God and not people (Sijill Article 96); 8) memorizing the Quran Majeed (Sijill Article 97); 9) aversion to this world (Sijill Article 98); and 10) generosity (Sijill Article 99). The ten virtues of the hereafter are described in the 100th Sijill Article above.

ANNOUNCEMENT & AMAL DETAILS: Milad Imam-uz-zaman SA Shz Dr Abdeali Bhaisaheb will preside over Milad Imam-uz-zaman SA Khushi Majlis on 4th raat of Rabiul Aakhar 1436H (Tuesday, 12th January 2016) after Maghreb Isha namaaz at Darus Sakina, Thane. He will deliver bayaan and do zikar of Tayyib Imam SA in the Majlis. Majlis will be followed by Khushi Jaman. The Majlis will be broadcast live

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through this link and will be available for replay. Mas’uls (Coordinators) in each town will inform local mumineen about their respective Majlis programs. In towns where coordinators are listed, please contact them directly for further details. Mumineen in other towns and cities should take barakaat on this auspicious occasion. Mumineen should recite the qasida composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA, Milaadu MaulanalImamit-Tayyibi (PDF and translation on website) and take part in the Majlis in Mumbai through the link provided above.

QASIDAS IN TRANSLATION:Milaadu Maulana-lImam-it-Tayyibi

Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA composed numerous qasidas in praise of Panjetan Paak – Rasulullah SA, Maulana Ali SA, Maulatuna Fatema SA, Hasan Imam SA and Husain Imam SA. He also composed thousands of verses in praise of A’immat Tahereen and Du’aat Mutlaqeen. Many of these deeply meaningful qasidas are recited by mumineen on religious occasions. On the auspicious and joyous occasion of Milad Imamuz Zaman, we are

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pleased to present the qasida written by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA in praise of Imam Tayyib with English translation by Shzd. Dr. Tahera baisaheba. These are a few lines of the translation: Today is the milaad (birth-anniversary) of Imam Tayyib Its barakaat pours down like refreshing rain Tayyib is the son of the Fatimid-Tayyibi Imams Concealed yet manifest Leading light of the sons of Abu Talib Who give to seekers (talibeen) beyond expectation He performs miracles that prompt the intelligent to marvel He possesses excellent virtues, their tent pitched high above the sky His concealed soul (lahut) derives from God’s majestic essence His body (nasut) is created from all things pure [5] Even though his person is absent from our midst His station, to me, is never absent Read the full translation and qasida on FatemiDawat.com.

NEWS AND EVENTS: Shz Dr Abdeali Bhaisaheb leads Janaza namaaz in London

Fatema ben Ebrahim, wife of Mulla Hatim bhai Ebrahim, passed away in London on Wednesday night 30th of

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December 2015, (lailat al-khamis, 21st Rabi ul Awwal). Shehzada Dr. Abdeali bhaisaheb lead janaza namaz on Thursday evening. Fatema ben was buried in the Dawoodi Bohra Qabrastan, Najmi Bagh, Brookwood Cemetery in London. The Fatemi Dawat Janaza Committee of London ensured that the janaza ghusl kafan and dafan was performed with dignity and correctly per the rites of our Fatemi mazhab, and that the family of the deceased were cared for at every step of the way. All of this is only made possible by the guidance, raza and doa mubarak of our Aqa Mola Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS. May Allah ta’ala grant Fatema ben rehmat and Jannat, and shafaat of our Mawali Tahereen, especially the 51st, 52nd, and 53rd Dais.

SIJILL ARTICLE: The Philosophy of Celebrating Milad of Imam-uzzaman (From Sijill 50) ‫بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم‬ *ٍ‫صي ْنَاه ُ فِي ِإم َا ٍم م ُبِين‬ َ ْ‫ل شَيْء ٍ أَح‬ َ ُ ‫وَك‬ (Surat Yaseen: 12) We have encompassed all things within a clear Imam. The core of our faith is that in every age there is an Imam, a representative of Allah Ta’ala on earth, who guides mumineen to the Right Path, Siraat-eMustaqeem. Recognition andma’rifat of this Imam is necessary for salvation and najaat. Rasulullah SA has said, “one who dies without knowing the Imam of his age, dies a death of ignorance (jahiliyyat).” The first pillar of Islam is walaayat, which includes the recognition and obedience of the Imam-uz-zaman. The Qur’anic ayat quoted above states that all things, all knowledge and the essence of creation, is encompassed in the Imam. Though the Imam is in seclusion, it is

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our firm belief that an Imam in the progeny of Mohammed and Ali is present on the face of the earth at all times. The Imam is the spiritual sun whose light shines in the night of seclusion through his Dai, the spiritual moon. As the physical moon reflects the light of the sun, the spiritual moon, the Dai, reflects the light of the spiritual sun, the Imam. The existence of the Dai is in itself proof of the existence of the Imam. Allah’s wisdom dictates that night follows day, yet no sane person claims that the sun has ceased to exist when it sets every evening. It is also Allah’s wisdom that dictates that the Imam enters the ‘cave of seclusion’ during certain periods.Those with sound minds and strong belief do not doubt for a second that the Imam is existent even though he is in seclusion. The celebration of the Milad of Imamuz-zaman, the Imam of our age, on the 4th of Rabiul-Akhar is a day for us to rejoice and remember the Imam to whom we pay allegiance and through whom we will achieve salvation and najaat. It is the day to remember and acknowledge that an Imam in flesh and blood graces the face of this earth today.

The reason the Milaad of Imam-uzzamaan is celebrated on the 4th of Rabiul Akhar is that it is the birth anniversaryof the 21st Imam, Imam Tayyib SA. The 21st Imam was born in the time of zuhoor and he then entered

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into seclusion. When he entered into seclusion, his father Imam Aamir, the 20th Imam, appointed a Da’i to represent him and establish his Da’wat, at the hands of Maulatuna Hurratul Malika. The Da’wat during the time of the Imams’ seclusion is known as the Da’wat of Imam Tayyib, Tayyibi Da’wat. We know the Imam of our Age by the name of his forebear the 21st Imam Tayyib. Just as we address Imam-uzzaman (the Imam of our age) as Tayyib al-Asr (Tayyib of our age) our hudaat made it a practice to celebrate the Milad of Imam-uz-zaman on the day of the Milad of Imam Tayyib the 21st Imam. Thus, 4th Rabiul Akhar is known as the Milad of Imam Tayyib and also the Milad of Tayyib-ul-Asr, Imam-uzzaman. We offer thanks to Allah Ta’ala on this day that he has guided us to the recognition of the Imam of our through his Dai in our midst. Those with the eyes of baseerat and faith see the light of the Imam shining in him.

DAWAT HISTORY SERIES: Sijill-ulBisharat – The Announcement of Imam Tayyib’s SA Birth (From Sijill 50) On 4th of Rabiul Aakhar 524H, the 21st Imam, Imam Tayyib Abul Qasim SA was born. The 20th Imam, Imam Aamir sent the good tidings (bishaarat/bushra) of the birth of his noble son to his Hujjat Maultuna Hurratul Malika in Yemen in an iconic Sijill (epistle/letter)

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which is famously known as the Sijill-ulBisharat (the Epistle of Good Tidings). The 19th Dai Syedna Idris Imaduddin in his Kitaab Uyun ul Akhbar presents the text of the Sijill. In the Sijill, Imam Aamir informs Maulatuna Hurratul Malika AS that he has been blessed with a son and successor whom, “Allah Ta’ala has brought forth from the essence of prophecy, light brought forth from light.” This is a powerful image of one Imam coming after another from a unified source of light.

On the occasion of Milad we are pleased to present a full translation of the Sijill by Shz. Dr. Tahera baisaheba including a preface to the Sijill in Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA Risaalat Daw’u Nooril Haqqil Mubeen 1385H (pp. 58). The full

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document and English translation is presented on Fatemidawat.com. Below is an excerpt. God has brought him forth from the essence of prophecy, light brought forth from light, giving him to me as a gift that strike sparks from delight’s flint-stones. I have named him Tayyib, because of the pure fragrance, teeb, of his essence, and given him the filionymic, kunyat, Abu-l-Qasim, which is the kunyat of his grandfather, prophet of right guidance; for his substance, jawhar, has been brought forth from his substance. I offer gratitude to God Most High for this great blessing, for He has made a brilliant star rise in the skies of my empire, a glowing light in the firmament of my majesty and loftiness. I offer gratitude in the hope that it will ensure the continuity of God’s blessings and the steady rain of His gifts and kindnesses. I ask God to fulfill my dearest hopes in him, to keep the rope-chain of the Imamate’s links unceasingly connected, one link after the other, as long as days are connected with nights. I ask God to make him a refuge for guidanceseekers, proof against nay-sayers, succor for the distressed, a rain-cloud for the drought-stricken, shelter for the fearful, and bliss for people of perception—so that the world gains by his felicity the largest share and portion of bliss, and the Imamate smiles widely in happiness.

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