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Eid ul-Walaayat 18th Zul Hajjah 1428
Ghadeer-e-Khumm : The Cradle of the Imaan and Walaayat

   
 
   
 
Aliyun Waliyullaah : "Ali is the Wali (legal guardian of the deen) of Allaah"
   
 

The Reality of zaahir & baatin
Misaaq
is the soul of Walaayat of Maulaana Ali (as)
Only Waliyullaah can take Bay'at of Mumineen
Why is Misaaq compulsory?
Deen-e-Islaam is the work-place of Mumineen
Misaaq is like every day-to-day aamaal-e-Shari'at
Believers in Misaaq are enlightened where as its disbelievers are astrayed
Everyone of us is not a Alavi Mumin from birth

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
  The Reality of zaahir & baatin
   
  ‘Ibaadat (prayer, worship) of Allaah is done in two ways by us. The first is that which is done publicly and is witnessed by all, like fasting, offering namaaz etc. The second one is that which is done secretly and is only known by the one who performs it, like sadaqah (charity) and the namaaz of naafelat. Indeed the first kind of ‘Ibaadat will be considered complete with devotion and perseverance only if the second one is performed in its entirety with faith. Similarly, our life has two facets, evident or open or external (zaahir) ; and veiled or secret or internal (baatin) . The pure, virtuous and untainted internal life makes the external life complete and flawless. We pass our life with the knowledge (soul) and physical being (body). Actions and deeds are necessary for our body while righteous and true knowledge is necessary for our soul. Greater is the knowledge acquired by the soul, better is the actions and deeds performed by the body. Virtuous and lawful deeds make our body buoyant and light while the divine knowledge acquired by the soul makes it pure and pious.
   
 
 
  Misaaq is the soul of Walaayat of Maulaana Ali (as)
   
 

Allaah Ta'aala mentions about ‘mushrekeen' (worshippers of idols) and says that, they are impious, impure and irreverent. The word ‘mushrekeen' encompasses many meanings. It points to the one who associates others in the ‘Ibaadat of Allaah – polytheist. The hidden meaning or the Baatin of the word points to the one who associates or shares the authority of the Saheb ul-walaayat with others. All of them are impious and sinful – their hearts and conscience being more affected than their bodies. If Allaah is One, His religion Islam is one, His prophet Rasoolullaah (saws) is one, His book Qur'an is one, His Shari'at (eternal ethical code) is one; then the successor and vicegerent of Rasoolullaah (saws) should also be one – Maulaana Ali (as) whose walaayat (acceptance, obedience) is obligatory upon us. Look at our bodies and see that we have single heart, with which walaayat is associated and connected and the soul of this walaayat is Misaaq (covenant, oath of allegiance).

Mumino hukm-e-Shari'at yaad rakhna chaahiye, Jo kahe haqq ke dhani wo kaam karna chaahiye,

Badh na jaaye ‘umr unki ye rahe har dam khayaal, Jald apne bachcho ka Misaaq lena chaahiye.

If Islam is a body then Imaan is its soul. The strength of soul is more powerful and potent than the physical strength. Just like the warmth of soul animates the mortal body, the glory and brilliance of Imaan enlivens and rouses up the otherwise lifeless body of Islam. Rasoolullaah (saws) had conveyed and taught each and every principle and ordinance of Islam to the people which was revealed upon him by Allaah through Jibra'eel Ameen (as) until he performed the last Hajj Hijjat ul-Wadaa'. The body of Islam was complete and definite till now which only needed soul and life. Jibra'eel (as) descended on Rasoolullaah (saws) with the most challenging and tough order of Allaah on 18th of Zul Hajj 10 AH at the place of Ghadeer-e-Khumm. The commandment was revealed on him that, ‘O Rasoolullaah (saws), Allaah wishes that you appoint Ali in your place and declare his walaayat to the people and take Misaaq of them for it. Just like the body is futile and meaningless without the heartbeats and soul in it, the existence of Islam is impossible without the Imaan and walaayat of Waliyullaah (Maulaana Ali).

   
 
 
  Only Waliyullaah can take Bay'at of Mumineen
   
 

Each and everything in this world has its governance whose leader is Allaah. He is the master of His religion Islam. The authority of Islam has been handed over to the Ambiyaa-Awsiyaa-A'immat-Du'aat (as) with trust and faithfulness by Allaah. Allaah took their Misaaq and Bay'at in the strictest way before appointing them as the authority of His religion. Each representative of Allaah (Nabi or Wasi or Imaam or Da'i) therefore, was endorsed upon with reliability and trustworthiness for us. In the same way, each of them, in their respective periods, were decreed upon by Allaah to take the Misaaq and Bay'at of their communities and people. Under the ordinance of Misaaq then, they would abide to the principles of Islam and never deviate away from the righteous and heavenly path of Qur'an. The same practice was followed by Nabiullaah (saws), A'immat-e-Taahereen (as) and Du'aat ul-Akrameen (aq) and the Misaaq and Bay'at was considered as the most important and fundamental necessity for every believer. Rasoolullaah (saws) is Aakher un-Nabiyeen (last Nabi) for us and the Islam attained its maturity and mellowness by the obligation of the walaayat of Maulaana Ali (as). The devout and pious Sunnat of Rasoolullaah (saws) is exercised even today. Huzoor-e-‘Aali (tus) takes the Misaaq and Bay'at of mumineen every year or the other and revitalizes the Sunnat of Rasoolullaah (saws).

Zohd-o-Taqwaa ki zaroorat hai baraa-e-Misaaq, Yaa'ni nuqsaan ‘amal-e-bad se na paaye Misaaq,

‘Amal-e-Naik karo baal se baareek hai ye, Kahi zhatka na lage toot na jaaye Misaaq,

The so-called Khaleefah (Caliphs) of the zaahiri people also followed the same Sunnat of Rasoolullaah (saws) in their period but they turned their faces and broke the Misaaq of the Walaayat of Maulaana Ali (as), which they gave to Rasoolullaah (saws) at Ghadeer-e-Khumm. Ridiculously, they were the ones who summoned Maulaana Ali (as) to take their Misaaq and Bay'at after the death of Rasoolullaah (saws). Indeed they didn't even understand its significance and value that it is the call of Allaah towards the truth and actuality. O Mumineen, we shall recollect the words of Rasoolullaah (saws) when he said for Maulaana Ali (as) that, “Truth is with Ali and it needs Ali for its survival” – which certainly means that, truth needs Ali to prove itself and Ali never needs truth. The Khaleefah of the people, who were ascended to their status by the people and not by Allaah, insulted and tortured Maulaana Ali (as) on his refusal to give Misaaq to them. Can “truth” give Misaaq and Bay'at to the “untruth”? Can a representative and Wali of Allaah give Misaaq to the unauthorized Khaleefah of the people? It can never happen. The strayed and wayward people did not find any leader after their Khaleefah to whom they could give Misaaq and consider them as their sole religious and spiritual authority. The concept of Misaaq and Bay'at gradually vanished from their hearts because of the absence of any individual leader among them. The same is true for Zakaat, that in the absence of any divine authority they started giving it away to the poor and needy by themselves which is against the law of Shari'at. It has been mandated upon us by Allaah to give the Zakaat to His Nabi, Wasi, Imaam or Da'i – who is the representative of His religion and Shari'at. This is the factual scenario that very few among us are aware of.

   
 
 
  Why is Misaaq compulsory?
   
 

The unethical people and dissidents of the present time stand by their argument that, “Why our community has the practice of Misaaq?” They shout on the top of their voices giving example of other large communities and say that, “Is there any practice of Misaaq in them?” The only answer to their baseless contention is that, “Why should they have the Misaaq if they don't have their Imaam, Da'i or any Haadi?” Forget about Imaam or Da'i, do they have any single leader or authority on the decision of which they abide? Indeed they don't. We are blessed by Allaah of His choicest favor and bounty that we have our Da'i ul-Mutlaq Huzoor-e-‘Aali (tus) who is in place of Nabi, Wasi and Imaam (as) to whom we submit by the order of Allaah and give Misaaq and Bay'at to him. The people who look down upon the obligation and rasam of Misaaq and doubt about its importance and necessity are really having qualms and distrust in the last Sunnat-Guidance of Rasoolullaah (saws). They are in turn disobeying the supreme and final orders of Rasoolullaah (saws) and indeed Allaah. Undoubtedly they are ‘mushrekeen' in the real sense. Recollecting the verdict of Rasoolullaah (saws) for such people is, “He is not from my Ummat (community) who disobeys my Sunnat (practice).”

Same thing occurred at the time of Imaam Husain (as), when Yazeed (la) compelled him to take his Misaaq and Bay'at. Can ever the grandson of Rasoolullaah (saws) give his hands on the hands of a drunkard and illegitimate person? It can never be. The Khaleefah of Banu Umayyah also used to take the Misaaq of the people, of which they were not authorized or decreed upon.

They have made unlawful changes in the tenets of Islam by removing two important pillars of Islam namely Tahaarat (ritual purity) and Walaayat, which not only purifies the body but also our souls. Islam is a complete religion of Allaah which should be followed in its entirety and absoluteness. Believing in and accepting certain things and overlooking certain things means not following Islam at all. This message was clearly conveyed to Rasoolullaah (saws) by Allaah in Ghadeer-e-Khumm that, “O Rasool, if you fail to deliver the message of Walaayat to the people, you have indeed not delivered the religion of Islam at all and all your previous attainments will turn void.”

   
 
 
  Deen-e-Islaam is the work-place of Mumineen
   
 

Deen-e-Islam is like a factory of the mumineen. A factory has workers, supervisor, executive officer, manager, director etc. The managing director resides over the highest post that controls the whole management of the factory. The obedience, performance, efficiency of a worker gains respect and honor in the eyes of his senior officer. He is liable for increment in his salary or promotion. If he fails to conform to the norms of the factory then a termination letter is handed over to him. The management of the spiritual and religious factory of Imaam uz-Zamaan (as) is framed in the similar way. Imaam uz-Zamaan (as) is the sole authority of the management of this ruhaani saltanat and resides over the highest post under whose soulful leadership and divine direction, the manager – Da'i uz-Zamaan (tus) supervises the work of the mumineen. Sincerity, devotion and earnestness of a mumin earn admiration and appreciation from the Da'i uz-Zamaan (tus) who gives positive feedback, which in turn reinforces his relation with Imaam uz-Zamaan (as) and the person gains permanent position in the ruhaani factory. Only he is entitled for a permanent job who has good relations with his senior officers (walaayat of Imaam uz-Zamaan (as) and Da'i uz-Zamaan (tus)), who works according to the rules of the management (obeys and follows the Shari'at), who is loyal and faithful to his workplace (community) and who works diligently to gain position and remuneration (gains Sawaab and spiritual ascension by doing lawful deeds and actions).

Khiradmand ka jaan aur maal Misaaq, Nahi hone dete woh paamaal Misaaq,

Yahi karte hai wo du'a paish-e-baari, ke yaa rabb dila hamko har saal Misaaq.

   
 
 
  Misaaq is like every day-to-day aamaal-e-Shari'at
   
  The evil and wicked people always pop up periodically to misguide and dissuade the mumineen. Allaah Ta'aala says in the Qur'an, ‘Le kulle nabiyin ‘adoowun' , which means that every Nabi has an enemy in his time. Hence, the people who break the Misaaq always stand parallel to the ones who give Misaaq. Truly they are the rebellious and nonconformists who ill-advise the mumineen that there is no need of giving Misaaq every now and then. They maintain that Misaaq is necessary only once in the lifetime. These statements themselves reflect the depth of hypocrisy and disbelief in their hearts. With the knowledge of Allaah and A'immat-e-Taahereen (as), we shall shut their stammering and impaired tongues and prove that they are on the path of evil which has no end except Hell. Just like Wuzoo is considered void if there is Hadas (passing of flatus or gas); Namaaz is annulled when our eyes turn away from the place of Sajadah, the Misaaq breaks with the commitment of sins and shortcomings in the Imaan. Therefore it is mandatory upon us to renew our Misaaq. If at all it is obligatory for us to give Misaaq only once then why it is necessary for us to renew Wuzoo before every Namaaz? Or why is it necessary to tell Azaan or Iqaamat before every Namaaz or Farz? Or why do we fast for 30 days every Ramazaan? Or why do we recite Surat ul-Faatehah and Tashahhud in every Namaaz? What is the purpose behind repeating these things daily and for innumerable times? Have we ever imagined if we would have done all these things only once in our lifetime? No, that is impossible. We can never go against what Shari'at has commanded us to do. This is from Allaah. The people with their sore eyes and blackened hearts who stand against the doctrine of Misaaq, which is the Sunnat of Rasoolullaah (saws), should do all the above mentioned things only once in their lifetime. Forget about the complex tenets of Shari'at, they should also eat and sleep only once! Just as eating and sleeping rejuvenates the body, giving Misaaq invigorates the otherwise weak Imaan. Don't we see that before creating Mankind, Allaah has created the land, vegetations and animals with the help of which it survives? Then verily, before revealing His religion Islam, He has sent his representative (Hujjat) in the form of Nabi, Wasi, Imaam and Da'i among us and He has commanded us to give Misaaq to them who, truly, are the guardians and promulgators of His religion. We should not forget the fact that, After the Creation of Maulaana Aadam Safiyullaah (as), Allaah ordered all the angels to give Misaaq to Maulaana Aadam (as) and accept him as His Khaleefah on the earth.
   
 
 
  Believers in Misaaq are enlightened where as its disbelievers are astrayed
   
 

In this world we have been connected with two relations by Allaah. One is the physical relation with our parents who gave birth to us. The other is the spiritual relation with the Hujjat of Allaah who is in the form of Nabi, Wasi, Imaam or Da'i – who connects us with the divinity of Allaah. The spiritual relation of an individual begins when he attains adulthood and mental maturity. Da'i uz-Zamaan (tus) enlivens the heart of the child with the soul of Walaayat when he gives Misaaq to him. Just as we talked earlier that Rasoolullaah (saws) instilled the soul of Walaayat in the lifeless body of Islam; in the same way the child who reached the stage of adulthood was indeed ‘lifeless' like Islam. He was a Muslim. But giving Misaaq enlivened him as the soul of Walaayat entered him and now from Muslim, he became a Mumin. Now the glory and light of Imaan shines bright within him. Da'i ul-Mutlaq is the path leading to the main spiritual connection i.e. the conviction of the noor of Imaam uz-Zamaan (as) which ultimately ascends up to the Noor of Allaah called as “Umood un-Noor”. The Da'i ul-Mutlaq infuses this Noor into the child when he gives Misaaq. Hence he gets this divine connection to the Noor of Allaah by giving Misaaq. At the time of Misaaq the Noor infused in the child is like a shining ‘dot' which is called as “Nuqtat un-Noor”. Now as the child grows and does virtuous deeds and abides to the principles of Shari'at and Qur'an, the amount of Noor increases in him. Higher are his actions and deeds, brighter is the Noor within him. This Noor shines over his forehead and only the Wali or Da'i of Allaah can recognize it. Each and every deeds or actions of Shari'at which we perform throughout our life, under the Heavenly shadow of Misaaq, are ascended to Imaam uz-Zamaan (as) through the Da'i uz-Zamaan (tus). Our Namaaz, Roza, Hajj and every other deed are accepted in the way of Allaah only if we have Misaaq of His Hujjat (representative).

Rakho mazboot har ek waqt har ek aan Misaaq, Saaf iqraar ho zaahir ho ke pinhaa Misaaq,

Rakhte hai isko har ek dam ba dil-o-jaan mehfooz, Apnaa le lete hai jab sahab-e-imaan Misaaq.

People, who are not connected with the divine Noor of Allaah through Da'i ul-Mutlaq (tus), do not have the Noor of Walaayat in their hearts. They don't receive the divine guidance of Allaah as we get through the spiritual connection of Noor. Their actions and deeds of Shari'at (Aa'maal) remain incomplete and disconnected from the Wali of Allaah. At last, without the Noor and spiritual connection of Misaaq, they remain in the darkness of ignorance and unawareness. Allaah Ta'aala says in the Qur'an that, “There is no one to help him who has refused the Walaayat of His Wali – who brings them towards Light from the Darkness.” On the other side, the people who failed to conform to the principles of Shari'at and Qur'an and did not perform any lawful, obligatory and good deeds (amal-e-Saaleh) and broke the Misaaq, were undoubtedly not able to guard and keep the Noor of guidance within their hearts. Allaah left them for themselves and the Noor vanished from them and they lost the spiritual connection.

Mubaarak ho mubaarak tumko Misaaq, Walaayat aur Aqeedat ka hai Misaaq,

Usi ki zindagi hoti hai Kaamil, Jo apne Da'i ko deta hai Misaaq.

   
 
 
  Everyone of us is not a Alavi Mumin from birth
   
 

Few people also bear a foolish misconception in their mind as they argue that, ‘We are born as “Alavi Bohra”, our parents are “Alavi Bohra”, so there is no need to give Misaaq to Da'i uz-Zamaan (tus).' We shall uproot their idea by contending that our community and society and its proceedings are meant for our physical social life while giving Misaaq is a supreme and highest obligation of Allaah which we obey and through which we establish a spiritual relationship with Allaah. It is only through Misaaq that our good and lawful deeds of Shari'at are accepted by Allaah. Every leader takes an oath from his follower. The same thing stands true for the religion, the leader being Allaah and His Hujjat and the follower being us. Don't we observe in this worldly politics that each elected leader takes an oath before residing over his destined post? Does he argue that I am elected by the people so why should I give oath to the constitution of the country? He cannot be nominated as a leader without an oath. This is an example of the world but the obligations of the religion are more superior and exalted than anything of this world. Do remember that not a single thing exist in this world that does not have its lineage or is not related to the religion. Indeed Islam is a complete and absolute religion which has encompassed everything of this world and universe in its vastness and expanse. He cannot be termed as Alavi Taiyebi Bohra who does not have Walaayat of Waliyullaah of his time in his heart. The soul of Walaayat only comes after giving Misaaq. Let us take another example of a sheep which is Halaal and gives birth to a lamb. The meat of the lamb is not Halaal for us unless it is slaughtered ritually by doing Qurbaani and saying ‘Bismillaahe Allaaho Akbar', though it is the offspring of a Halaal sheep. Here Qurbaani is Misaaq in one sense – unless it is done, eating of its meat is forbidden. Truly, only a hint is necessary for an intellectual.

The core of this article is the place of Ghadeer-e-Khumm where majority of people betrayed and broke the Misaaq which they gave to Rasoolullaah (saws). Hence it is the place of “ghadar” from where majority became “ghaddaar” (disloyal, faithless) to the promise of the loyalty to Maula Ali given on the hands of Nabiyullaah. By the grace of Allaah we are far away and protected from their misdeed of betrayal. The whole incident of 18th Zul Hajj 10 AH reverberates and echoes in our mind in these days. This is an Eid-e-Akbar (greatest Eid) for us that remind us of the Nass-e-Jali on Maulaana Ali as the Wasi-e-Rasool, by the order of Allaah. It is the day of giving Misaaq to the guardian and the representative (Ulul Amr, Waliyullaah and Hujjatullaah) of the Da'wat of Maulaana Ali (as), with which our Walaayat is renewed. It is therefore mandatory upon all of us to renew our Misaaq, promise and oath to Allaah before death renders us lifeless.

Insha Allaah, Saiyedi Maazoon Hatim Zakiyuddin Saheb (dm) will bless us with his presence in the Taiyebi Masjid on 18th Zul Hajj 1428, Thursday. He will take Misaaq of the mumineen and enlighten and glorify their hearts with the Noor of Walaayat. He will exhibit the priceless jewels and invaluable gems of the importance of Walaayat and will expound the exaltation and supremacy of Maulaana Ali (as) – as dictated by Allaah in His Book, over the leaders of untruth and the people of ignorance. May Allaah include us in His dearest and cherished group of people who will renew their Misaaq on the hands of Da'i uz-Zamaan (tus). Ameen.

   
   
 
 
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