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Saturday, 21 November 2015 19:15

 

BEACON OF FAITH

(Hz Peer O Murshid Abulfatah Syed Nursat Sahab Qibla Tashreefullahi)
 By Syed Ali Dilawer (Farrukh)

 

Hz Peer O Murshid is a spiritual guide (Murshid) and scholar of extraordinary proportions and an intellectual leader for all seasons. He is a living model of profound classical knowledge, intellectual enlightenment, practical wisdom, pure spirituality, love, harmony and humanism. He is well known for his ardent endeavor to strengthen bonds among Mahdavia community, by bringing them together through tolerance, dialogue, integration and education. Peer O Murshid is a prolific author and researcher and unrivalled orator and speaker, he has delivered many lectures (in Urdu and English), on a wide range of subjects, which are available on cassette, CD, DVD formats as well as online.

Hz Peer O Murshid is the eldest son of Asad-ul-ulema Hz. Maulana Abu Sayeed Syed Mahmood Sahab Qibla RA). It was a desire of his Grandfather (Hz. Syed Abdul Hayyi urf Hafiz Miya Sahab Qibla) that Hz Peer O Murshid to be Jahnasheen. His grandfather passed away when Hazrath Nusrat Miyan Sahab was 11 years old.  Later due to family responsibilities and financial constraints his uncles advised his father  against letting the eldest son perform Tark-e-Duniya  so  his younger brother Hz Abdul Hayyi Hafiz Miyan  Sani RA, who was  named after the grandfather,  was appointed as the Janasheen instead.

 

His father (Hz Abu Sayeed Syed Mahmood Sahab Qibla RA) has cited how Hazrath Syed Mahmood Sani-e-Mahdi Rz had practiced Kasb-e-halal   while living as a Tareek-ud-dunia, based on which Hz  Abulfatah Syed Nursat Sahab Qibla  continued his religious pursuits while working at various cooperative societies.  He earned BSc, LLB & MBA degrees as well as he became the first person to receive Qari-e-Sabah-wa-Ashra from Jama-e-nizamia. He continued to be in Sohbat of his father, attending religious gatherings, giving speeches, writing Naats, Hamds & articles for religious magazines. Later, he started delivering series of sermons called Seerat aur Suboot e Mahdi e Maud AS at Masjid e Alama Shamsi RA. During his service, his colleagues and his seniors considered him as the most honest and hardworking officer.

He was working as a Special Cadre Deputy Registrar, when all of a sudden his younger brother Hz. Abdul Hayyi Hafiz Miya Sani RA passed away.  Hz. Abulfatah Syed Nusrat Miyan Sahab Qibla resigned from his service, although he was about to be promoted to Joint Registrar of Co-operative Societies and Renounced the World (Tark-e-Dunia). After performing Tark-e-Dunia (renunciation of world), he decided not to claim his retirement benefits as he thought, it would not be appropriate for Murshid to go to government office and/or claim retirement funds, more so because it would reduce  Trust and Faith in Allah.

 

In June of 1991, he was invited to visit United States to perform Nikah of his niece in Los Angeles California. This was the very first time a Murshid  visited United States, so Mahdavies living in North America organized several speeches of his, including a 3-day visit to Chicago where he gave non-stop speeches and  Question & Answer Sessions and then returned to California. Several mahdavies insisted that there is no Murshid to guide and people were turning away from mahdaviat due to the influence of different sect of Islam and therefore they were not willing to let Murshid go back to India. But Hz Abulfatah Syed Nursat Miyan Sahab Qibla was reluctant and wanted to go back to India as he has his young nephew (khalifa) and children in India. But mahdavies from Chicago convinced him that his uncle would take care of his nephew but there is no Murshid in USA for mahdavies so eventually he relented and moved to Chicago.

At that time, mahdavies were gathering in basement of one of mahdavi brothers, Hz Abulfatah Syed Nursat Miyan Sahab Qibla started giving sermons, from clarifying doubts such as why we can’t pray behind a non-mahdavi, what is difference between mahdavi and non-mahdavi, difference between halal and haram, why we can’t work at places that sell alcohol or pork or other forbidden things to settling family disputes, performing community events  such as  “Tasmiyya Khani”, Weddings, Funerals,  Religious Events such as Bahra-e-aam, Urs, Jalsas etc.  He is a spiritual counsel, mentor and father figure to all Mahdavies living in North America. He is also advising people in education and career decisions.

A young man used to frequently offer prayer with Hz Abulfatah Syed Nursat Miyan Sahab Qibla. One day, he asked this young man what he does for living. The young man hesitated a bit and then said, “I work at a restaurant where we make sandwiches with pork and beef”. He told the young man to “immediately quit the job as Muslim should never do such a job”. The young man said, ” Murshid you don’t know, this is America you can’t live here without a job.  If I quit this job I won’t find another then how would I live? “  He replied,  “by Allah, quit the job and search for different one if you don’t find a halal job in 3 days then come and hold this Faqueer   accountable. “   After three days, the young man showed up and said, “Murshid I quit the job and found a different job and I no longer have to sell forbidden things”. Allah, by His Grace, kept the word of Murshid and helped the young man in finding a halal job.

Mahdavies as well as non-Mahdavies parents used to bring their children to learn Quranic Recitation from both Murshid and Murshidni throughout the day.  Hz. Abulfatah Syed Nursat Miyan Sahab Qibla used to teach Quranic Recitation along with Tajweed and Translation to adults as well as children even at 2am in morning. He was offered remuneration for his services which he refused. Some Mahdavies suggested that if Murshid does not want to take money then the Mahdavia Center should take money on his behalf. But he refused it and firmly told, “There cannot be any remuneration for services performed for Sake of Allah (Allah Wastey) “, and recited the Quranic Verse “…Wala tashtaru bi-ayati samanan qalilanw wa-iyyaya fait-taquni…And believe in what I reveal, confirming the revelation which is with you, and be not the first to reject faith therein, nor sell My Signs for a small price: and fear Me, and Me alone. (Quran 2:41)”.

Some Non-mahdavi parents went back to their Non-Mahdavi Imam and rebuked him for taking fees to teach Quran to their children while this Mahdavi Murshid refuses to take anything. The Non-mahdavi Imam told them,” what the Mahdavi Murshid is doing is indeed The True Islamic way and he himself would have done same thing if he had any other source of income”.


Since the time he moved to USA, several Americans have reverted  to Islam and Mahdaviat and have been educated in religious practices by both Murshid and Murshidni. Many converted Americans learned qur’anic recitation along with translation, Seerat of Hz Imamuna Mahdi e Maud AS, some of them even started giving speeches about Mahdaviat at various gatherings. They were taught everything from performing Gusl to bathing dead bodies, to the concept of Ushr, Zakat etc. One day, an newly converted Mahdavia lady brought money and said “Murshid this is my Ushr” so he took the money and distributed it equally between the 8 or 9 newly converted mahdavies students and told her “you gave the Ushr and I distributed it equally among them this is Sawiyyat”.  

On one occasion, a Black American converted Mahdavi lady told Murshid that other mahdavies look down upon them and disrespectful to them. Murshid was hurt by this and told in the speech that Islam is the religion of equality and does not discriminate humans by color or race and mahdavies should not ill-treat these newly converted Mahdavies. Some of these newly converted mahdavies were married in Murshid’s apartment in formal Nikah ceremony. Even today these converted mahdavies remain in contact with the Murshid and Murshidni and revere them as their parents and
share their joys and sorrows.

Many Mahdavies living in North America insisted on doing “bait” at the hands of Hz. Abulfatah Syed Nusrat Sahab Qibla but he refused to take “bait/ellaqah” and told them “ You do not need to be my mureed or do bait or ellaqah. Continue to be the mureed of your Murshid. As far as getting my faiz  is concerned, I would give it to you anyway“.

When the owner of the building, in whose basement Mahdavia community used to hold gatherings told Mahdavia Center to evacuate the place as he wanted to rent it to non-mahdavies, Hz Abulfatah Syed Nusrat Sahab Qibla persuaded mahdavi brothers to contribute for the purchase of place where mahdavies can hold religious gatherings. One mahdavi brother contributed $200,000 and others contributed rest of the finances with which two buildings were purchased and this lead to the creation of first Mahdavia Center in Chicago. Furthermore, Murshid persuaded Mahdavies to purchase or rent housing close to this newly established Mahdavia Center so as to form a Mahdavia Neighborhood and mahdavies can easily come and establish prayers at this place. He has recently announced the establishment of the first Dairah of Mahdavia Community, outside of Indian Sub-Continent in North America. Upon directive of Peer O Murshid, “Mahdavia.com” website dedicated with the purpose of spreading awareness and propagating Mahdaviat by teachings of Hz Imamuna Mahdi-e-Maud AS was created by his sons (Ilyas Syed, Shahnoor Syed and Mubashir Syed).

Earlier Mahdavies used to follow Hilal Committees on sighting of new Hilal but when the influence of Wahhabism grew , Muslims  particularly Arabs started neglecting moon sighting and decided to follow Saudi Arabia and/or calculated dates instead. If there is EID in Saudi Arabia they would celebrate EID in USA.  ISNA, an organization based in US, created fixed lunar calendar and decided to get rid of moon sighting concept in its entirety. Some non-mahdavi aulema supported this and said “people at the time of Prophet Muhammed SAW were not technologically equipped hence sighting moon was the only way to begin new month, but in modern times they can use fixed lunar calendar instead”.

In order to keep Sunnah of Prophet Muhammed SAW alive and adhere to it, Hz Abulfatah Syed Nusrat Sahab Qibla, who is Muqalideen (Murshideen who strictly adhere and follow practices of Buzurgane-Deen) organized Mahdavies across North America to volunteer and sight new moon every month and report to him thereby keeping the Sunnah of Prophet SAW alive and earn reward (Sawab) from Allah.  He along with his family members and followers calls mahdavies across North America to remind them to sight the new moon every month and report back to him. Mahdavi Shahideen, give Shahadat to Murshid based on which the first day of month is declared. This practice became so successful that even Non-Mahdavi Hilal committees started reaching out to Murshid to share information about moon sighting reports and rely upon Mahdavia Hilal Sightings to declare the beginning of month.

In the year 2009, a non-mahdavi alim posted around 15 videos on Youtube.com titled “Mahdavia Firqa”, where he made blasphemy against Hz Imamuna Mahdi e Maud AS and made several insulting remarks against mahdaviat. When this was informed to Hz Abulfatah Syed Nusrat Sahab Qibla, he sent a mahdavi brother to YouTube head office in California to convince them and get those videos removed but that did not work as YouTube officials cited freedom of expression & refused to remove the blasphemous videos. So he responded to the objections raised by this Alim during his weekly sessions on Sundays which were broadcasted on YouTube.com under the title “Mahdavia Response “. DVDs of these videos were distributed and a dedicated Mahdavia YouTube channel was established.

In-spite of him having undergone heart and knees surgery more than a decade ago he is committed to performing religious duties/obligations and continues serving the Deen with utmost dedication to the cause of Allah SWT.  Hz Abulfatah Syed Nusrat Sahab Qibla has been responding to the articles, videos posted by Munkiran-e-Mahdi/Munafiqeens/non-mahdavies who from time to time raise issues that may cause misconceptions or misunderstandings about Hz Imamuna Mahdi e Maud AS. He tries to defend any attack against Mahdaviat and Hazrath Imamuna Mahdi e Maud AS and has been pursuing his mission of spreading Mahdaviat utilizing every platform or medium available.

 

Editors Note: This article was originally posted in the inagural edition of Quarterly E-Newsletter "Desire of Vision"  and was written by Mr. Syed Farrukh, Dilawer s/o the late Hz. Syed Zainulabideen sahab Rh, who is the founder and owner of Like Minded Mehdavis on-line Group based in Dubai, UAE.  
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