Address by Syedna at Raudat Tahera Inauguration

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Raudat Tahera Mausoleum, Mumbai

Raudat Tahera Mausoleum, Mumbai

Your Excellency AliYavar Jung Saheb Governor Of Maharashtra

Your Excellency Akbarali Khan Saheb Governor of Orissa
Hon'ble Yashvant Rao Saheb Chavan
Hon'ble Shankar Rao Saheb Chavan
Hon'ble Ministers From Abroad
Hon'ble Shaikh Abdullah Saheb
Janab Mayor Saheb
Hon'ble Ministers
Your Eminences and Honoured Guests

It is indeed a day of pride and pleasure for me, for my followers, members of the Dawoodi Bohra Community, for the citizens of Bombay and all of us, who have gathered here today, individually and collectively, to welcome you all and to convey to you our warm greetings.

It was here, on this very spot, on this very day and date, in the year 1930, that prominent Muslim leaders of India had come together under the leadership of my father, late Syedna Taher Saifuddin, to express our sentiments of fraternity with our Arab brethren, to deliberate upon the plight of Palestinian Arabs and express our protest against foreign intervention in Palestine. On that day, Saturday, April 19 the first Palestinian Conference was held in this part of the world and it drew attention to the dangers that lay ahead.

Here, on this very spot, many a resolution of import and consequence was adopted. Many were the occasions when we raised from this platform our voice in the interest of national freedom and world peace. The zareehs adorning the mausolea of Hazrat Ali and Imam Husain exquisite pieces of art—were designed and wrought here. The Islamic philosophy of martyrdom and the ultimate truth of religion were expounded from here, year in and year out. At a critical juncture of Indian history, namely on the eve of partition, 1947, from here was made publicly known the verdict that the land of one's adoption was his homeland, to which he must be truly loyal and serve it faithfully. Thus motivated; hundreds of thousands resolved to stay on. They lived peacefully and maintained fraternal relations with their compatriots, wherever they resided.

You, the great and worthy sons of your respective lands, your visit is both a gracious gesture of goodwill and inspiration to our people and a demonstration of that magnanimity of heart, which has brought you here to pay remembrance posthumously to the late leader. I pray to Allah for conferment of His favours upon you for this tender act of friendship.

Dear friends, since the first decade of Muslim temporal power to this day, thousands of grand mosques and mausolea were built all over Asia, Africa and Europe and many of these still adorn the face of the earth. They rival and excel each other in length and breadth, grandeur and decoration, grace and pomp, and religious or historical importance. Yet, there is no record of any building complex during the last fourteen centuries which matches Raudat Tahera in its apparent simplicity and austerity and in its invisible exuberance of meaning and content; whose marble walls are engraved in gold with the complete text of the Quran. Built in the heart of this historical and commercial city, it is going to become a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds and thousands of hearts. And thousands more, dispersed all over the civilised world, stand together, vigilant of its sanctity and bear witness to its dignity; a monument which merits significance not merely as the mausoleum of a spiritual leader of a particular sect, but as a work of art and architectural design, raised heavenwards, and accomplished by the material and sentimental participation of thousands of our co-religionists.

Mr. President and honourable guests, Raudat Tahera, which includes a mosque and the mausoleum, is a unique piece of architecture in the annals of our ancient country. It is a deliberate, composite combination of the eminent architectural styles of bygone centuries woven into the present in a meaningful way. Just as Raudat Tahera combines the essence of the Fatemi teachings, tradition and architecture, so did the versatile personality of His late Holiness reflect the embodiment of the tenets of our religious faith and the essence of its continuity. Every brick, stone, word and tone of this mausoleum bears testimony to the love and labour of more than half a million people. Here significant personalities of several friendly countries and of India have come together under your Presidency. This would have been impossible without the active and benevolent cooperation of the government of our great democracy. We express our hearty thanks to the leaders of the Government of India through you. Let this auspicious day usher in more successes in your eventful life.

Dear guests, my father, and predecessor who is buried here, was the 51st Dai-el-Mutlaq (Spiritual Head) of our fellowship. He held this high office for fifty-three years continuously, an honour that was vouchsafed to him alone in our history of eight centuries. He employed well this divine opportunity to spread the message of common good and world peace; he generated an atmosphere of self-confidence and mutual help, his benevolence knew no bounds of caste and creed, embraced the different Muslim sects and instilled the wisdom that Dawoodi Bohras must follow his example in dealing with their compatriots; must earn their confidence and participate equally in their festive or restive moods. Thus, a small community attained social prestige and earned a position of honour in India and the Muslim world at large. They grew in numbers and stature too.

Today, in this humid summer of Bombay, you have travelled from afar to grace this occasion. This in itself is an unmistakable manifestation of the regard and affection which you carry for the lonely silent resident of this mausoleum. Additionally, it is recognition of another solid fact that Indian Muslims, inspired by the great monuments and relics of their predecessors, continue in that worthy tradition. They construct more monuments. It is here that they commemorate the lives of their great personalities. It is here that they pay reverence to their memory, here, where they have built their homes, their community centers, their religious institutions, have settled their families and forged their destinies. They are determined to go along with the future destiny of their beloved homeland. It is here that they shall test their metals and taste the fruits of life. Mr. President and dear friends, permit me to interpret a fact and express appreciation of a reality. The coming together of this concourse of guests and friends of varied lands and faiths to join us and share in the happiness of this memorable event is both an encouragement to a minority community and a manifestation of your solicitude for the Muslims of India. That is the patent fact. The reality is that this fact is a practical manifestation of the working of Indian secularism vis-a-vis organised religious institutions in the so called modern and irreligious world. This is a munificent gift which I greatly value. Moved by a humble desire to express my appreciation, I offer a token tribute. It is in the fitness of things that our friend, guide and esteemed President accepts this token and makes it public.

On this historic date and hour, recalling many eventful happenings that took place on this very day and this very spot, I once again warmly welcome you and cordially greet you, my dear guests from far and near, from East and West, from the lands of Arabia and from fraternal countries. I raise my hands in prayer and pray for peace and for your health, prosperity and emancipation in this world and the world hereafter. May the higher goal of human achievements be attained. May God be with us all.

Husain exquisite pieces of art—were designed and wrought here. The Islamic philosophy of martyrdom and the ultimate truth of religion were ex. pounded from here, year in and year out. At a critical juncture of Indian history, namely on the eve of partition, 1947, from here was made publicly known the verdict that the land of one's adoption was his homeland, to which he must be truly loyal and serve it faithfully. Thus motivated hundreds of thousands resolved to stay on. They lived peacefully and maintained fraternal relations with their compatriots, wherever they resided.

You, the great and worthy sons of your respective lands, your visit is both a gracious gesture of goodwill and inspiration to our people and a demonstration of that magnammity of heart, which has brought you here to pay remembrance posthumously to the late leader. I pray to Allah for conferment of His favours upon you for this tender act of friendship.

Dear friends, since the first decade of Muslim temporal power to this day, thousands of grand mosques and mausolea were built all over Asia, Africa and Europe and many of these still adorn the face of the earth. They rival and excel each other in length and breadth, grandeur and decoration, grace and pomp, and religious or historical importance. Yet, there is no record of any building complex during the last fourteen centuries which matches Raudat Tahera in its apparent simplicity and austerity and in its invisible exuberance of meaning and content ; whose marble walls are engraved in gold with the complete text of the Quran. Built in the heart of this historical and commercial city, it is going to become a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds and thousands of hearts. And thousands more, dispersed all over the civilised world, stand together, vigilant of its sanctity and bear witness to its dignity ; a monument which merits significance not merely as the mausoleum of a spiritual leader of a particular sect, but as a work of art and architectural design, raised heavenwards, and accomplished by the material and sentimental participation of thousands of our co-religionists.

Mr. President and honourable guests, Raudat Tahera, which includes a mosque and the mausoleum, is a unique piece of architecture in the annals of our ancient country. It is a deliberate, composite combination of the eminent architectural styles of bygone centuries woven into the present in a meaningful way. Just as Raudat Tahera combines the essence of the Fatemi teachings, tradition and architecture, so did the versatile personality of His late Holiness reflect the embodiment of the tenets of our religious faith and the essence of its continuity. Every brick, stone, word and tone of this mausoleum bears testimony to the love and labour of more than half a million people. Here significant personalities of several friendly countries and of India have come together under your Presidentship. This would have been impossible. without the active and benevolent cooperation of the Government of our great democracy. We express our hearty thanks to the leaders of the Government of India through you. Let this auspicious day usher in more successes in your eventful life.

Dear guests, my father, and predecessor who is buried here, was the 51st Dai-el-Mutlaq (Spiritual Head) of our fellowship. He held this high office for fifty-three years continuously, an honour that was vouchsafed to him alone in our history of eight centuries. He employed well this divine opportunity to spread the message of common good and world peace ; he generated an atmosphere of self-confidence and mutual help • his benevolence knew no bounds of caste and creed, embraced the different Muslim sects and instilled the wisdom that Dawoodi Bohras must follow his example in dealing with their compatriots ; must earn their confidence and participate equally in their festive or restive moods. Thus, a small community attained social prestige and earned a position ofhonour in India and the Muslim world at large. They grew in numbers and stature too.

Today, in this humid summer of Bombay, you have travelled from afar to grace this occasion. This itself, is an unmistakable manifestation of regard and affection which you carry for the lonely silent resident of this mausoleum. Additionally, it is a recognition of another solid fact that Indian Muslims, inspired by the great monuments and relics of their predecessors, continue in that worthy tradition. They construct more monuments. It is here that they commemorate the lives of their great personalities. It is here that they pay reverence to their memory, here, where they have built their homes, their community centres, their religious institutions, have settled their families and forged their destinies. They are determined to go along with the future destiny of their beloved homeland. It is here that they shall test their metals and taste the fruits of life. Mr. President and dear friends, permit me to interpret a fact and express appreciation of a reality. The coming together of this concourse of guests and friends of varied lands and faiths to join us and share in the happiness of this memorable event is both an encouragement to a minority community and a manifestation of your solicitude for the Muslims Of India. That is the patent fact. The reality is that this fact is a practical manifestation of the working of Indian secularism vis-a-vis organised religious institutions in the so called modern and Irreligious world This is a munificent gift which I value much. Moved by a humble desire to express my appreciation,I offer a token tribute.It is in the fitness of things that our friend,guide and esteemed President accepts this token and makes it public.

On this historic date and hour,recalling many eventful happenings that took place on this very day and this very spot,I once again warmly welcome you and cordially greet you,my dear guests from far and near,from East and West,from the lands of Arabia and from fraternal countries.I raise my hands in prayer and pray for peace and for your health,prosperityand emancipation in this world and the world hereafter.May the higher goal of human achievements be attained.May God be with us all.