26th Dai Al-Mutlaq Syedna Dawood Burhanuddin bin Maula Ajab Shah
'Wafat'(Death) : 27th Rabi-Al-Akhar 997 AH.
Period of Dawat : 23
Dai Al-Mutlaq Syedna Jalal
Shamsuddin (R.A) was succeeded by Dai Al-Mutlaq Syedna Dawood bin Ajab
Shah (R.A). Syedna Dawood (R.A) went to Yemen and was educated by Syedna
Yusuf Najmuddin (R.A) himself. After returning to India, he stayed with
and studied under Syedna Jalal(RA) who was Vaali at that time. Syedna
Jalal eventually handed over the seat of Dawat to Syena Dawood(RA).
During Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah's(R.A) tenure, Syedna Dawood bin
Qutubshah (R.A) was his true confidant and aide in all affairs of Dawat.
There were four great Hudud(Propagators of the Faith) during this
Syedna Dawood bin QutubShah (R.A)
Syedi Qazi Khan
bin Amin Shah (Q.S) (Halwad)
Syedi Shaikhadam Safiyuddin (Q.S)-
bin Jalal (Q.S).
Due to the
'fitnat'(subterfuge) started by Laeen Mohammed bin Tahir, it was unsafe
for Syedna(RA) to stay in Ahmedabad. Syedna(RA) migrated to Kapadvanj,
where the mumineen placed at his disposal their lives, their souls, and
their wealth. He also visited a number of other villages where Laeen Jafar
was constantly attacking the faith of the mumineen, Khambat being one of
the cities. Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah (R.A) went there and propagated the
Dawat of Ahl-e-Bayt (A.S). Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah (R.A) showed shanaat
of Zuhur in Ahmedabad and other villages where Mumineen resided. Syedna
Dawood(RA) instructed mumineen to assemble in masjids and fearlessly
recite Azaan aloud.
Syedna Dawood Bin Ajabshah's era was known as the
Golden era because formerly mumineen were abused - physically, verbally
and called 'Rafzi'(Muslims who do not follow tenets of Islam as laid down
by Prophet Mohammed[SAW])for following their Dai. It was only in this
golden era that the persecution was stopped and existence of mumineen
acknowledged and respected. Also, the banners of Dawat were raised in
Sindh (i.e. Pakistan). Two persons from Hanafiyah sect, gave Misaaq to
Moula and had the honour of receiving Ilm of Al-e-Mohammed (S.A). The
chief of the Nizariyaa sect also gave 'Misaq'(acknowledged the
righteousness of the Dai). Likewise the banners of Dawat fluttered high in
Yemen also. The chosen Hudud had survived. Forts, which could not be
conquered during the days of Zuhur, were eventually conquered during the
tenure of Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah (R.A). The books of Duat Mutlaqeen,
which were formerly confiscated, were returned. The auspiciousness of this
golden era accounts for discovering, at the fort of Afeddah, Yemen,
'ziyaarats'(final resting place) of three Duat Mutlaqeen. They are :
11th Dai Syedna
Ebrahim bin Al Hasan (R.A)
12th Dai Syedna
Mohammed bin Hatim (R.A)
13th Dai Syedna
Ali bin Ebrahim (R.A)
Syedi Khoj bin Malak (Q.S)
mentioned in one of His 'Risa'alaa'(verses) that Syedna Dawood bin
Ajabshah (R.A) accompanied by Mansus Syedna Dawood bin Qutubshah (R.A)
reached Umreth by bullock-cart. The pomp with which they entered Umreth
can be gauged from the fact that twenty other bullock-carts followed
Syedna's. Cannons were fired in salutation, to honour and celebrate his
advent in the village. Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah (R.A) stayed at Shaikh
Miyanji bin Taj's (Q.S) house. Hindus, Muslims, and members of other
communities flocked to pay their respect to Syedna. All were amazed on
observing the 'Noor'(radiance) emanating from Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah
(R.A)'s countenance. The chief of the village came to pat respects to
Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah (R.A) and exclaimed "I saw Rasulullah (S.A) in
my dream, my dream has come true, 'O Maula' your face closely resembles
the holy face of the Rasulullah (S.A)". The chief behaved like a humble
slave before Syedna. The Munafeqin were humiliated and the Mumineen were
proud to see their Dai being treated thus.
Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah
(R.A) fell ill and predicted his own 'wafat'(day of death). The period of
His 'Dawat' lasted for 23 years which is the same as that of the period of
Dawat of Rasulullah (S.A).
Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah (R.A) repeatedly
conferred Nass upon Syedna Dawood bin QutubShah (R.A). Syedna Dawood bin
Ajabshah (R.A) adhered to the will of Syedna Jalal (R.A) in respect of the
trust deposited in Him. Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah (R.A) renewed His Nass
in the presence of Hudud on the 22nd of Rabi-Al-Akhar.
On the eve of
27th Rabi-Ul-Akhar in 997 AH, Syedna breathed his last.
Taher Saifuddin (A.Q) refers to Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah (R.A) in a
Risaalaa Sharifa as "Many miracles emanate from the 'Qabr'(tomb) Mubarak
of Syedna Dawood bin Ajabshah (R.A.)".
Mumineen inflicted with illness
have been cured due to the barakaat of his ziyaarat. Syedi Khoj bin Malak
(Q.S) asserts, "I did not have a son. I offered a Mannat that if Allah
favours me with a son, I shall visit the Qabr Mubarak of Maulana Dawood
(R.A.) and feed 1 mun (i.e. 40 Kgs.) of halwa to mumineen there. Allah
favoured me with two sons."