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Mughal ruler Akbar in the pages of Taiyebi History

   
 
Ma Sha-allaah - Allaah knows what
  Rasoolullaah (saws) stated that, the duration of satr is of 7 thousand years, in which, Maulaana Aadam (as) is the first prophet and I have been sent for the last 1000 years as the seal of Prophethood (risaalat) among mankind.  At the completion of 7 thousand years, if Allaah wishes, He would increase the duration of the last day with another 1000 years. Thus at the juncture of 1000 AH, Allaah Ta’aala bestowed his Da’wat-e-shareefah with two splendid and scholarly Dawoodaan (two Dawoodji) who inherited the Faatemi legacy of ilm-o-hikmat from Yamani Du’aat (pl. of Da’i) and Hindi Wulaat (pl. of wali). These two illustrious Da’i formed the firm base of preliminary and necessary knowledge of Da’wat, a pupil (mustajeeb) must acquire in order to strengthen his Imaan, by opening a number of madrasah in Ahmedabad.  By doing this, many mashaa’ikh (pl. of sheikh) got  thoroughly  trained under the patronage of
 

Da’i who later devoted their lives for the propagation and khidmat of Da’wat. 

Saiyedna  Burhaanuddin Dawoodji bin Ajabshaah (qr), who is the 26th da’i-e-mutlaq, who passed away in 997 AH and he appointed  Saiyedna Burhaanuddin Dawoodji bin Qutubshaah (qr) as a 27th da’i-e-mutlaq by propagating Nass-e-jali.  His period of Da’wat was bestowed by Allaah’s grace and people in general and mumineen in particular were happy and situation of state treaded the way of prosperity.  This whole story is mentioned by Saiyedi Khawj bin Malek – Kapadvanj (ra) in his rasaa’il where he states that, During this time only, the great Mughal Emperor Akbar’s popularity was rising in leaps and bounds. People were overwhelmed by his glory and guts, but at the same time Saiyedi saheb unveils the shocking realities of this Mughal ruler.

Saiyedi Saheb notes that Akbar disowned Islam and claimed himself to be the caliph of his time. He used to portray himself as being more intelligent than any of the Prophets. He declared that all the rich and learned leaders should write on the papers that they are the followers of Akbar. And he also announced that whatever official documents, stationary, notices of farmaan etc that was delivered from his court should’ve “Allaaho Akbar” written on it that meant Akbar is Allaah. This all pointed towards proving himself as good as God. As a result, he got a few Muslims converted and found a new religion called “Deen-e- Elaahi”. During his sultanate, he made fundamental changes in measurement systems, price structures, Islaamic months-days and names of new-born babies. He released Mughal coins on which he made it got engraved “Allaaho Akbar Jalla Jalaalohu” followed by “La Ilaaha Illallaah Mohammadun Rasoolullaah”, which only reflects his deliberate attempts to make people realize his supremacy in all walks of their life.  As soon as he was crowned as emperor, he stopped the slaughter of cows and buffaloes. He announced the slaughter of goats and sheep on every second day.

Some of the greedy learned men of his sultanate suggested him to dig out all the graves and shrines. If someone used to pass away, Akbar used to provide the kin with meals and drinks and ordered not to indulge in weeping and mourning for the dead ones. He instructed his men to took out skeletons from the grave and demolished all the graves from mohallas, lanes, houses and from any places possible in the towns and cities. The same thing happened in Ahmedabad too where many of our graves of martyrs were demolished over-night. He also ordered to demolish mosques, stopped reciting of azaans and kept elephants and horses in the premises of mosques that only looked like filthy stable. No one could gather courage to comment on such an irresponsible act of the emperor. But when it was asked to the learned, they accepted that the king is no less than ‘kaafir’ and expressed their discontent for the king. They were so much threatened and tyrannized that they had to get their heads and moustache shaved off and were made to bow in front of the king whenever they were summoned in the Mughal court. In the midst of this environment of deception and disloyalty to the Deen of Allaah, his subjects and well-wishers got so immersed in the materialistic pleasures that they forgot to pray-offer daily namaaz or to observe fasts.  In fact they were all dead without the spirit of Truth and Piety.

By 1003 AH, his tyranny reached its peak with communal unrest and innovations in Shariat. It increased so much, that Allaah’s wrath descended when river Sabarmati in Ahmedabad got dried up, which used to have abundant water in the past. It never got dried up for decades but now it wore a deserted look devoid of a single drop of water.  During such tough times, Allaah Ta’aala put the responsibilities of mumineen and their safety on His wali-e-kaamil and Da’i-e-aadil Saiyedna Dawoodji bin Qutubshaah (qr). With regards to the graceful and marvelous presence of Saiyedna Saheb, the Mughal emperor couldn’t harm our mumineen.

   
   
 
 
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