Words Zahra K. (@zahrakudrati)
Header Credits Ruqaiyah G. (@ruqs_g)
Mufaddal Maula TUS has, time and again, made the most impossible possible for mumineen, with such ease. I am so grateful that I was born in this zamaan. Whoever thought that we would collectively get a chance to host 3 Doat in our homes for Ashara Mubaraka? It still seems like a dream. Surreal. What we witnessed this year was beyond anything any generation has ever seen, and I daresay, ever will.
I have heard accounts about Syedna Taher Saifuddin Aqa RA from my buzurgo. A constant premise was how Maula RA was so straightforward and practical about issues people went to him to resolve, and fierce about guarding the ahkaam of Shariat, come what may. My grandmother used to tell me how she would go and speak her heart out to Maula RA. My Nana Nani said they got engaged because Syedna Taher Saifuddin Aqa RA urged them to and fixed them up. I’ve also read about many such occurrences and the bayans about Maula RA we have grown up listening to.
All these zikars are so etched in my heart, they only strengthen my faith in the saying Addai yanzoro be noorillah– A Dai sees in the light of Allah.
I have had the Sharaf of speaking to Syedna Taher Saifuddin Maula RA in my dreams and so I have felt attached and deeply connected to Maula RA for as long as I can remember. It may sound unbelievable to you, especially because we have never seen him in person. But the bond transcends eras and the complexities of time and space.
Syedna Taher Saifuddin Aqa RA has always been my guiding light. Years ago, when I came to Mumbai as a student, I handed myself over to Maula RA for my safety and well-being. I have spent hours studying on the steps of Rozat Tahera and it has offered me shelter. I was young, stupid and vulnerable. I had little sense of the vile that existed in this scary world. Finding solace in Syedna Taher Saifuddin Aqa’s RA Qabar mubarak, I would give a full account of what happened during the day. It happened so instinctively I almost felt that Maula RA kept calling me to Rozat for a reason. In retrospect, I know why 😊
Hence, the highlight of this Ashara Mubaraka for me, was the kalemaat nooraniyah of Syedna Taher Saifuddin Aqa RA which was Mufaddal Maula’s TUS ehsaan on us.
To listen to Maula’s RA bayaans transported me to a world that I felt so strongly gravitated to. This year, I have processed it all on a different level because the pearls imparted by Teene Maula permeated deep inside; engaging all of my senses without any distractions. It changed my entire inner being. The concepts of Islam and what it means to be a mumin have taken on a new meaning in my life.
Our amals should not be confined to a place- was one of the many lessons I learned. Turning our homes into masjids, mawaids, sabeel and khidmat centres was testimony to it. Hence, it was miraculous, how it wasn’t difficult to do Imam Husain AS’s matam and lament with noha aweel, as if we were in the same premises with Maula TUS. The fragrance of bukhoor, the tilawat of Quran-e-majeed, the recitation of Khairul Anaam – all felt like it was happening a few feet away from Moula, and undoubtedly it was. There are no words that can possibly encapsulate the truest feelings and realisations about life, that this Ashara Mubaraka brought to us.
This adna muminah will forever be indebted to her Maula TUS for all the blessings, bounties and everything beyond, that was bestowed on us qablas suaal – even before we asked!
Incidentally, this year I also had the best pass for waaz mubarak. A stress-free commute to the venue from the bedroom to the hall, bathroom in proximity, and a TV screen to myself! No regrets on that part either 😊