Mushkelaat (hardships). The khidmat and farmaabardaari (obedience) of Saiyedi Saheb (ra) for the Da’wat-e-Haqq was such that Allaah ascended him to the supreme status of Shahaadat. He not only dedicated his life for Da’wat but also left this material world in protecting the Da’wat from the enemies of Ahl ul-Bayt (as).
Maulaai of Kapadwanj Saiyedi Khauj bin Malak Saheb (ra) narrates an incidence in one of his historical Rasaa’il (epistle) that, I was in the prison in Ahmedabad along with Saiyedna Shaikh Aadam Safiyuddin Saheb (aq) and Maulaa Ali Mohammad Husaamuddin. We were arrested by Haakim Shah Muraad due to revolt of Sulaymaan, who proclaimed to be Da’i ul-Mutlaq and instigated bohras against the Da’wat. It was a testing and difficult time for us and majority of mumineen had to bear the brunt of the revolt of Sulaymaan. Mumineen lost their homes and livelihood during that time. Mughal Chaghaabeg, jailor of the prison, approached us one day and said me, ‘I have heard that your father was assassinated by Haakim Qutbuddin?’ I replied to him that, ‘My father died on the pilgrimage of Hajj-e-Baytullaah but the one who embraced martyrdom was Saiyedi Musanji bin Taaj Saheb (ra).’
Saiyedi Musanji bin Taaj Saheb (ra) was a devoted mumin and staunch follower of the Shari’at of Allaah. He intended to go for the Hajj and took the Minnat that, ‘If Allaah bestows His blessings and did favour on me and if I am able to see the Deedar of Ka’batullaah and Madeenah, I will build a Masjid after returning back.’ Allaah Ta’aala fulfilled his wishes and he went for Hajj. As per his Minnat, after returning for the Hajj, he built a Masjid near his house in Fakhri Mohalla which is known as ‘Fakhri Masjid’. At present, mumineen who have shops in the market around the Masjid offer Namaaz in the same Masjid. It is the practice of Huzoor-e-Aali (tus) to come to this Masjid every year in the month of Ramazaan on the Day of Shahaadat of Maulaana Ali Saheb-e-Zulfeqaar (as) along with the Hudood-e-Keraam. Maulaana addresses the mumineen and does the Taqreer and Bayaan of Maulaana Ali (as). He reminds that, ‘This is the Masjid of Shaheed Saiyedi Musanji Taaj Saheb (ra) who embraced martyrdom in the way of Allaah for the sake of protecting the Da’wat from the enemies; and in the same Masjid we remember the Shahaadat-e-Uzmaa of Aaqaa Ali (as) who embraced martyrdom in the Masjid of Kufah.’
After the construction of the Masjid was completed, Saiyedi Musanji Saheb (ra) invited Saiyedna Burhaanuddin Dawoodji bin Ajabshah (aq) as he intended that the Iftetaah (opening) of the Masjid be done only on the hands of Saiyedna Saheb (aq), who came right from Ahmedabad accepting his hearty invitation. Saiyedi Saheb (ra) did all preparations for the arrival of Saiyedna Saheb (ra) and the Iftetaah of the Masjid was done with full fervour and spirituality. Salaahuddin was the administrator of Vadodara at that time. He was an inherent enemy of Ahl ul-Bayt (as) and the Shi’a of Maulaana Ali (as). It was a practice of the people of Vadodara to call Salaahuddin for the opening of the Mosques. When he came to know that Saiyedi Musanji Saheb (ra) had called his from Ahmedabad for the Ifettaah of the newly constructed Masjid, instead of him, he got angry and ordered to arrest Saiyedi Musanji Saheb (ra).
It is also narrated that the people of Ja’fariyah were always ready to malign Bohras under any pretext and they knew that Saiyedna was in town so they lobbied against Saiyedi saheb and told Salaahuddin that, he should grab this golden opportunity and arrest the Saiyedna. Bohras are rich, wealthy and well-to-do people. By arresting their Saiyedna he can demand huge ransom for his safety and release. They added that, For their Saiyedna, Bohras will pay your demanded amount in no time.
When Saiyedna was leaving for Ahmedabad from the house of Saiyedi Saheb (ra), soldiers of Salaahuddin came and cordoned off the area and arrested them. Saiyedi Musanji Saheb (ra) could not tolerate the arrest of Saiyedna and he himself got arrested and sent Saiyedna to Ahmedabad overnight. It was the Mo’jezah of Saiyedna that the face of Saiyedi Musanji Saheb (ra) got transformed like that of his and out of confusion; the soldiers released Saiyedna Saheb (aq). In the morning when the soldiers saw in the prison, they found Saiyedi Musanji Saheb (ra) instead of Saiyedna. When Salaahuddin came to know that Saiyedna had escaped to Ahmedabad, he ordered to kill Saiyedi Musanji Saheb (ra). It has been related in one account that the soldiers took Saiyedi Musanji Saheb (ra) in the forest and killed him there. Elsewhere it is known that he was tortured and beaten up by the soldiers in public until he became unconscious. Then he was taken to Mandvi where he was thrown in the big vessel of boiling oil. His body was then dragged and taken to Panigate which, at that time, was the place of throwing waste and garbage. His body was thrown at the same place. Next day when mumineen gathered to see the body of Saiyedi Musanji Taaj Saheb (ra), they found nothing but the heap of the roses. The place was impregnated with the fragrance of flowers. The day of the Shahaadat of Saiyedi saheb is 28th Moharram 986 AH. The Qubbah Mubaarakah of Saiyedi Musanji bin Taaj Saheb (ra) is situated at the same place. Countless peace and blessings on those who have embraced martyrdom in the way of Allaah braving the truth and defeating the untruth.
After the death of Saiyedi Saheb (QR), Salaahuddin suffered from the tumor on his back. He was totally incapacitated by the pain. The tumor grew to such an extent that it started discharging offensive fluid. At the terminal stage not even his servants were ready to take care of him. No one could even pass near his house due to the offensive smell. Then people use to say: "Now Salaahuddin is reaping what he did to Saiyedi Saheb (QR). He died a miserable death in his house with no one around him."
Saiyedi Miyaaji bin Taaj Saheb (ra) is the brother of Saiyedi Musanji bin Taaj Saheb (ra) who was among the Hudood of Saiyedna Yusuf Najmuddin Saheb (aq). He went to Yemen to learn the Uloom of Da’wat and stayed there and did supreme khidmat of Saiyedna Saheb (aq). After coming to India, he did the khidmat of Saiyedna Dawoodji bin Ajabshah (aq). He expired on 14th Rabi ul-Awwal 999 AH. His Qubbah Mubaarakah is in Umreth. It is the practice of mumineen to go for the Ziyaarat of Saiyedi Saheb (ra) and to take his Waseelah for various diseases. May Allaah Ta’aala give an opportunity to all mumineen to do the ziyaarat of D’uaat ul-Akrameen (aq) and Mawaali-e-Taahereen (ra) with whose Wasilah, Allaah fulfils our wishes. Aameen.