Nass Video Analysis

VIDEO of the Nass e Jali on Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS on 19th Rajab 1432H has been posted on Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s website. The video is meant to underpin Khuzaima Qutbuddin’s allegations that this Nass was orchestrated by Shahzadas and others and that:

“No one heard Syedna Burhanuddin utter the Nass”

“Syedna Burhanuddin did not recognise Mufaddal bs standing 2 feet in front of him”.

“No one heard or understood anything from Syedna’s lips”

“All anyone heard was Dr Moiz Bhaisaheb reading from a prepared script”

“Others hijacked the person of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin and also his name”

A close inspection and analysis of the aforementioned video as posted on their website, provides evidence to the contrary.

 As the video begins, in the very first few seconds, (0.05 on timeline) we can see that Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin has arrived in Rawdat Tahera. He is being carried in a miyaana and can be seen clearly responding to the thousands who had gathered by giving salaami with his right hand. The right hand is not just stationery (0.21 on timeline) but is being moved by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin as he has always done. Just before he enters the qubba, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin looks towards his right, in the direction of mumineen (1.14 on timeline).

The video moves to next scene which shows Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin seated next to the qabr mubarak of Syedna Taher Saifuddin. The viewer can easily see that he is using his left hand to rest on the marble perimeter which runs along the length and breadth of the qabr mubarak (1.26 in timeline). Furthermore during the course of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin being seated, he is constantly seen adjusting his clothes, specifically his dupatta with both hands (1.54 and 2.02 on timeline). We can also see him giving salaami to the Shahzadas seated on his right hand side (2.20 on timeline). He is also seen moving and adjusting his feet as he is seated on a chair (3.22 on timeline). Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin can be observed to be moving towards the qabr mubarak and bending down to do ziyarat of his own volition (3.38 on timeline). As Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin stands up and performs tawaaf of the qabr mubarak, he is assisted by Dr Moiz Bhaisaheb and Shahzadas and we can see that he himself is walking and taking his own stepswithout any assistance as he goes round the qabr mubarak (5.05 on timeline).

We can see that Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin is affixing the bismillah on the marble wall in the corner of the qubba and Abdulqadir bs is seen presenting Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin with the next piece of bismillah. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin can be seen placing his hand on this piece and placing his hand back on his lap (7.50 on timeline).

As the video moves to the majlis which was held outside the qubba, Syedi Mukasir Saheb is seen taking Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s hand and doing talaqqi. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin is seen looking towards Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and then moving his right hand from a stationary position on his lap to gesturing and granting raza to Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (9.47 on timeline) as well as Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin moving his head to look towards Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin.

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin comes forward to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin leans forward as his mansoos approaches, visibly recognising him (10.01 on timeline). The proximity of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, enables him to see him clearly (10.19 on timeline) and as a result, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin places his right hand on the shoulder of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (10.24 on timeline).

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin bends down to do qadambosi and then does sajdo and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin gestures with his right hand again, and Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin returns (10.44 on timeline). A few moments later after Dr Moiz Bhaisaheb is kneeling next to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin,  Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin turned again to Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and indicated with a very noticable gesture of his right hand, that Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin should be seated (11.35 on timeline). From that moment uptil 12.23 on the timeline, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin keeps his right hand in the position of giving raza until Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin was seated and once he was seated, only then did Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin turn to speak with Dr Moiz Bhaisaheb, and we can see that he is perfectly capable of communicating and being understood.

At 12.38 on the timeline, Dr Moiz Bhaisaheb places a microphone in front of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin and almost immediately Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin holds the mike in his right hand. He then gestures to Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin to come and kneel in front of him and again holds the mike. We don’t see anyone thrusting the microphone in front of him or coercing him to say or do anything (12.58 on timeline). As Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin speaks, Dr Moiz Bhaisaheb on hearing and understanding what he is saying, repeats what he has said for the benefit of those gathered. Anyone viewing this video can plainly see that there is no ‘script’ which is being read by Dr Moiz Bhaisaheb as the claimant has alleged. He is repeating what Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin is verbally conveying (13.30 on timeline).

After Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin finishes his araz, he proceeds to do qadambosi of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin and we can immediately see the almost instant response of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin where he opens his fingers so that Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin can do salaam (17.12 on timeline) and at 17.25, we can see Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin taking the najwa envelope from Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and handing it to Sh Kauser bhai Yamani.

The claimant was not even present during this historic and auspicious event, even though it was also the Urus of his own father, Syedna Taher Saifuddin. Again, it is a exaggerated claim that not a single individual heard or understood Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s words or that he was incapacitated or that he was hijacked, when he himself was not there in person to witness the events which took place. Instead he has relied on a video of the event and misconstrued the reality of what occurred to serve his own purpose.

We can see at 21.20 on the timeline that Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin calls for the microphone and Dr Moiz Bhaisaheb signals everyone to remain silent. At 21.59 when Dr Moiz Bhaisaheb pulls the mike away, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin again calls for it and even at 22.30, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin can be seen taking hold of the mike. After matam starts, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin recalls Dr Moiz Bhaisaheb by gesturing with his right hand and lowers it as soon as he has seen that Dr Moiz Bhaisaheb has responded (23.20 on timeline).

During Shehzada Qaidjohar Bhaisaheb’s araz, there is no doubt that Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin lifts both his hands to adjust his paaghri (31.30 on timeline). Furthermore, it is incontestably evident that Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin is attentively listening to his araz which is relatively lengthy, in which Shahzada Qaidjohar Bhaisaheb mentions in detail the Nass on Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. Is the claimant alleging that Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin can hear what Shahzada Qaidjohar Bhaisaheb is saying, but is helpless to respond or prevent what Shahzada Saheb is referring to? At 32.51, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin is accepting the najwa envelope in the same fashion in which he has always done in every majlis, bethak and ziyafat. Is the claim that Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin is unaware of why the najwa is being presented? If so, why would he accept it? Can anyone prove that he is being coerced to do so?

Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin looks up at 27.44 and sees that Syedi Mukasir Saheb and Shahzada Qaidjoher Bhaisaheb are waiting to with a shawl for Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. He then motions for them to proceed. At 27.51 we can see Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin grasp the end of the shawl in order to drape the shawl on his mansoos.

A notable question which arises is that if Nass was not conferred during this event, then what justified the draping of a shawl on Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin? Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin was not hosting a ziyafat that would explain the giving of a shawl, nor was any other member of the congregation accorded this sharaf. In light of all the above, including the clearly recorded words audible in the audio files, the only explicable justification for this sharaf is that Nass was renewed on Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin.

We then also see at 33.45 that Syedi Mukasir Saheb performs the wadhawanu rasam to Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and he uses the same thaali to do so, which was used for Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin.

There is no confusion that, aside from Dai al-Zaman and his Mansoos, there were no individuals present in that congregation who ranked higher than Syedi Mukasir Saheb. However it was Syedi Mukasir Saheb who (i) did talaqqi of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, (ii) performed wadhaawanu rasam to Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and (iii) assisted in draping the shawl on him as well. In all three instances, it is evident that Syedi Mukasir Saheb accepted the previous news of Nass on Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin in London, as well as understood, comprehended and accepted the conferring of Nass on 19th Rajab 1432H. If not, then what is the justification of a significantly higher ranking Hadd to interact with a Shahzada in this manner? Is the claimant also suggesting that Syedi Mukasir Saheb too is incapacitated or being coerced?