42nd Dai-al-Mutlaq Syedna Yusuf Najmuddin(R.A.)

Birthdate : 23rd Zilhaj 1177 H/1765 AD
Date of Wafaat : 18 Jamadil-Ukhra 1213 H/ 1798 AD. AD
Period of Dawat : 13 years , 4 months 14 days


Syedna Yusuf Najmuddin(RA) ascended the Arsh-ud-Dawat at the age of 23 years. He brought about radical changes in the working system of Dawat. Laeen Majdu started fitnat in his tenure and harassed mumineen very much. Syedna (RA) had to strive hard to deplete his effect, and the enemy was ultimately humiliated.

After the wafaat of Syedna Abdul Tayeb Zakiyuddin(RA) (41st Dai), Syedna (RA) stayed in Burhanpur for sometime. He visited many villages where mumineen were residing. In 1209 H He visited Surat and settled there. The seat of Dawat shifted to Surat, after a span of 264 years, and after remaining in the Indian cities of Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Mandvi, Ujjain and Burhanpur.

He travelled to Jamnagar and Ahmedabad and repaired the Qabr mubarak of the Duat Qiraam(RA) that were destroyed by Aurangzeb in Ahmedabad. His was a very generous nature. During drought, he helped mumineen and during the flood in Surat, he distributed food grains to mumineen. He also financially assisted all those who had lost their houses in the flood. He called Syedi Abdul Qader Hakimuddin(QS) and Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin(RA)(43rd Dai) and imparted 'Ilm'(knowledge) to them. He willed his Qabr Mubarak to be made next to Syedi Lookmanji bin Habibullah(QS).

He appointed Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin(RA) as his successor and declared nass upon Him.