Personal Alavi Library housed in the Residence of Saiyedna saheb (tus) is the centre of Isma'ili Studies with the special reference to Taiyebi Branch of Literature. There are various Academic and Research Institutions which carry out studies on Isma'ili Taiyebi Literature basically starting from 225 AH till date based on Ahaadees, Akaaleem, Riwaayaat and historic events with the assistance of renowned and experienced scholars in their respective fields. Specifically the study of Isma'ili Literature is a part and parcel of the studies of Near-Eastern Languages and Culture. Generally every University that carries out these studies also includes the study of Arabic Language which is harboured by Isma'ili scholars. These specific, selective and special studies are centered in a very few Institutions which houses Isma'ili Taiyebi Manuscripts (MSS) found in Arabic.

During the second half of 20th century AD and in the recent years the scholarly, critical and significant research work is being carried out in European, American and Middle-Eastern Universities. But it always requires a second thought and important inputs based in Isma’ili dogmas from the authoritative seat of Da’wat. Scholars who are not at all in the system of Isma’ili Faith lacks that special touch while dealing or summarizing or translating texts of Core Beliefs. It is because these Isma’ili literary gems had been written by Du’aat in presence of an Imam or by his commands. It contains an Oath for the Imam on which its reader must have to follow and without one is not supposed to even open a book.

As these books which were guarded into the private possessions made its way to Scholars and Researchers, the central point of Oath was mindlessly neglected and anyone who had an access to these books started their work. No doubt great efforts and hard work have been carried out by the researchers but still there remains always a dot of doubt. The Institutions which possess rich and periodically diversified Isma’ili manuscripts has now become epicenter of scholarly activities and academic journalism. The centre of ad-Da’wat ul-Haadiyat ul-‘Alaviyah houses several hundred manuscripts which is managed, preserved, conserved and enriched by the 45th Da’i al-Mutlaq Saiyedna saheb (tus). This personal library contains some of the rare Islamic and Isma’ili titles and with every passing day newer titles are added.

This collection is in direct access, supervision and control of Da’i al-Mutlaq and therefore the nature and process of addition to the collection is also noteworthy and the fact that Da’i being the sole authority of Isma’ili-Taiyebi learning is cognizant of the contents of each and every MSS, old as well as recent ones. It has been observed that due to the maintenance of secrecy of Isma’ili Literature, the private family collections in Yemen, Sindh and Hind are never in direct access to the public domain nor the MSS were lent or shared to any aspirant of the study. But the ad-Da’wat ul-Haadiyat ul-‘Alaviyah collection despite its original and unique source, the Da’i is lenient in sharing the MSS after thoroughly assessing the just and critical way of translating, editing and publishing. Though the centre of ‘Alavi Da’wat do not directly invite scholars or researchers from foreign universities, but time and again many interested foreign scholars have come straightforwardly and studied Isma’ili titles with the Da’i himself from Iran, UK, US and Europe.

At times, when the scholars who worked for the critical study and edition of any Isma’ili title they might be having only 2-3 MSS from different origins, i.e. where writer, place and period differ, there arose the demand for the consultation of more MSS. For this purpose, the MSS of ‘Alavi Da’wat collection because of its Indian origin, proved more fruitful for better text reading and editing. The other salient feature of ‘Alavi Library is that it is housed at the Da’is residence and most of the MSS are copied by the Du’aat from those which were brought to Vadodara when the Da’wat headquarters were shifted from Ahmedabad.

It has been well-preserved and well-maintained by the Da’i's great efforts. Like many other places where such MSS and bundled for centuries and remain in lock-and-key and are never referred or studies, the case is entirely different here. Here at ‘Alavi Library, Da’i consults and refers these MSS and accordingly copies its texts in individual papers for lecture purpose and hand over certain old MSS to his close aides to make its fresh copy by penning the entire text. With age-old methods the preservation of the MSS is carried out. As Da’i personally handles all the library affairs, the question of precaution, curing or fumigation never arises. But the Du’aat felt it compulsory to make a copy of every MSS as there was a constant fear of a single copy might get damaged by any unexpected accident or worm attack. Every year more and more MSS are added to the collection and also they are copied as and when required.

The MSS copied by 45th Da'i al-Mutlaq Saiyedna Dr. Haatim Zakiyuddin saheb (tus) since 1405 AH/1985 AD:

Sr. No. Name - اسم الکتاب Saiyedna (Author) - اسم سیدنا المؤلف
1. Asaas ut-Ta'weel - اساس التأویل Qaadi an-No'maan bin Mohammad
2. Munirat ul-Basaa'ir - منیرۃ البصائر as-Sultaan al-Khattaab
3. al-Ibtidaa wal Intihaa - الإبتداء و الإنتھاء Hebatullaah al-Mo'ayyad ash-Shiraazi
4. Nahj ul-'Ibaadah - نھج العبادۃ Hebatullaah al-Mo'ayyad ash-Shiraazi
5. Risaalat un-Naqd - رسالۃ النقد Haatim bin Ibraahim al-Haamedi
6. Risaalat ul-Muqezah - رسالۃ الموقظۃ Sharafuddin bin Hamzah
7. Ziyaa ul-Basaa'ir - ضیاء البصائر Idrees 'Imaaduddin bin Hasan
8. Asraar ul-Imaam il-Mahdi - أسرار الإمام المھدي Imam 'Abdullaah al-Mahdi
9. Risaalat ul-Amn min al-Hayrat - رسالۃ الأمن من الحیرۃ Ya'qub as-Sijistaani
  Unique Conservation Technique:

Since many centuries the Alavi Du'aat have continued to preserve centuries old manuscripts in a traditional way by exposing them to the heat of summer sun in mid-May for 2 hrs in the morning on the terrace which removes all moisture and book worms. It acts as a natural disinfectant. Valuable Manuscripts are placed systematically in such a manner that heat penetrates uniformly in each and every folios of it.

English   Persian

“Kitaabat karnaar kaatib ni kitaabat ane khutoot ya lakhnaar nu lakhaan warso tak kitaabo ma mehfooz ane maujood rahe che, magar kaatib ya lakhnaar khud qabar ma jaii maati bani jaai che.”

Aa ik naqaabil-e-tardeed haqeeqat che ke guzarnaar aa duniya ma thi guzri gaya magar aawnaar nasalo waste temni kitaabo, fankaari, kaawisho ane tehzeeb hamnaa tak ik azeem viraasat ane laa-zawaal daulat na lehaaz si aa zamaan ma baaqi che.

Allaah Ta’aala na fazl-o-ihsaan si Apna 26th Dai-e-Mutlaq Saiyedna Dawoodji Burhaanuddin bin Ajabshah (QR) si 44th Dai-e-Mutlaq Saiyedna Taiyeb Ziyauddin saheb (QR) tak taqreeban tamaam Du’aat-e-Muqaddaseen AQ na khutoot mubaarak Da'wat na khazaana ma maujood che. Aa Du’aat ye Da'wat na kutub-khaana ni na-yaab ane anmool kitaabo ni hifaazat waaste qadeem kitaabo na nawaa nuskha tayyaar kari Apni Saiyedna Ali Shamsuddin (QR) ni Da'wat-e-Mubaarkah ni aa azeem viraasat ne saachweli che.

Huzoor-e-'Aali TUS ni hidaayaat ne ma-tahat fil-haal Hudood-e-keraam junaa ane naheef makhtutaat ne naqal kari jadeed nuskha karwaani tadbeer kari rahya che. Mumineen potanaa Du'aat-e-Kiraam na khutoot mubaarak no mushaahedo kari tesi barakat haasil kari sake te waaste Saheb-e-Dawat ni razaa si aa cheez mumineen na manzar-e-aam par mukwaama aawi che.

1) Shagird-e- Saiyedna Burhanuddin Dawoodji bin Ajabshah (QR) – 26th Dai / 975-999 AH
2) Shagird-e- Saiyedna Burhanuddin Dawoodji bin Qutubshah (QR) – 27th Dai / 999-1021 AH
3) Shagird-e- Saiyedna Ali Shamsuddin bin Ibrahim ash-shaheed (QR) – 29th Dai / 1030-1046 AH
4) Saiyedna Hasan Badruddin bin Wali (QR) – 31st Dai / 1046-1090 AH
5) Saiyedna Jivabhai Ziyauddin bin Nuhji (QR) – 32nd Dai / 1090-1130 AH
6) Saiyedna Hebatullah Moaiyyaduddin bin S. Ziyauddin (QR) – 33rd Dai / 1130-1151 AH
7) Saiyedna Jalaal Shehabuddin bin Nuhji (QR) – 34th Dai / 1151-1158 AH
8) Saiyedna Noorbhai Nuruddin bin Shaikhali (QR) – 35th Dai / 1158-1178 AH
9) Saiyedna Hameeduddin Shamsuddin bin S. Moaiyyaduddin (QR) – 36th Dai / 1178-1189 AH
10) Saiyedna Shamsuddin Shaikhali bin S. Shamsuddin (QR) – 37th Dai / 1189-1248 AH
11) Saiyedna Hameeduddin Shamsuddin bin S. Shaikhali (QR) – 38th Dai / 1248-1252 AH
12) Saiyedna Mufeeduddin Najmuddin bin S. Shaikhali (QR) – 39th Dai / 1252-1282 AH
13) Saiyedna Ameenuddin Ameeruddin bin S. Najmuddin (QR) – 40th Dai / 1282-1296 AH
14) Saiyedna Jivabhai Fakhruddin bin S. Ameeruddin (QR) – 41st Dai / 1296-1347 AH
15) Saiyedna Fidaali Badruddin bin S. Fakhruddin (QR) – 42nd Dai / 1347-1377 AH
16) Saiyedna Yusuf Nooruddin bin S. Badruddin (QR) – 43rd Dai / 1377-1394 AH
17) Bhaisaheb Najmuddin bin S. Hebatullah (QR)
18) Mukasir ud-Dawat Bhaisaheb Nazarali bin S. Badruddin (QR)
19) Shams ud-Du'aat il-Mutlaqeen, Ka'bat ul-Mumineen Saiyedna Abu Haatim Taiyeb Ziyauddin Saheb (QR)
20) Haatim ul-Khayraat, Rabee' ul-Barakaat Huzoor-e-‘Aali Saiyedna Abu Sa'eed il-Khayr Dr. Haatim Zakiyuddin Saheb (TUS)
21) Mukaasir ud-Da'wat Saiyedi Mohammad Bhaisaheb Nuruddin (DM)
Courtesy: The introductory note of this page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article Alavi Bohras
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