33rd Dai-Al-Mutlaq Syedna Feerkhan Shujauddin
Bin Ahmed bin Malekshah (R.A).
Wafat : 9th
Zilqad-il-Haram 1065 AH.
Duration of the Dawat : 9 Years, 4 Months
and 11 days.
Syedna Feerkhan Shujauddin(R.A) ascended on Arsh-ud-Dawat after
the Shahadat of Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed (R.A).
He too was
imprisoned along with Syedna Qutbuddin (R.A). Syedna Feerkhan (R.A)
displayed exceptional courage at the time of this cruel calamity.
When he got married at the age of 17 , 'sabaq'(Islamic education)
was given at night in secret because of the enemies, by Syedna
Safiyuddin(RA). On the night of Syedna Feerkhan's (R.A) wedding, he
gathered his books and went to the residence of the Syedna Shaikh Adam
Safiuddin (R.A) to attend the Sabaq. The newly stitched clothes, which
Syedna Feerkhan (R.A) had put on, were fragrant. Surprised Syedna Shaikh
Adam Safiyuddin (R.A) inquired as to where the sweet smell came from?
His wife replied that it was the fragrance from Syedna Feerkhan's (R.A)
wedding clothes. Syedna(RA) addressed Talabat-Ul-Ilm, Syedna Feerkhan
(R.A), that how is it that he had come to attend Sabaq on the night of
his wedding? Syedna Feerkhan (R.A) replied, " My wife is not going
anywhere, I am not going to miss her, but if I miss the Sabak, I shall
miss the benefits of 'Ilm'(knowledge) - the loss would be
irretrievable." At that time, Syedna Shaikh Adam (R.A) addressed the
Talabat-Ul-Ilm that "Miyaa Feerkhan (R.A) belongs to the Ahle-Irfan. He
shall grace Shan-e-Azeem".
Syedi Hasanji Badshah (Q.S.), the Author of ‘Kitaab-Ut-Tazkerat’
wrote that Shaikh Mohammed and Syedi Najam Khan were in prison with
Syedna Qutbuddin (R.A). They were witness to the declaration of Nass by
Syedna Qutbuddin (R.A) in favour of Syedna Shujauddin (R.A). Syedna
Feerkhan (R.A) was detained in the prison after the demise of Syedna
Qutbuddin(RA). King Shahjahan dismissed his son Laeen Aurangzeb and
recalled Him to Jahanabad. Laeen Aurangzeb decided to take a chained and
imprisoned Syedna Feerkhan (R.A) with him. Syedna(RA) told the Mumineen
to perform Dua and Tadarro. Syedna FeerKhan (R.A) declared that Syedna
Ismail Badruddin (R.A) who stayed in Jamnagar, would be the succeeding
Dai-Al-Mutlaq. Laeen Aurangzeb reached Jahanabad along with Syedna
Feerkhan Shujauddin (R.A). There He came to know that his father Sultan
Shahjahan was in Lahore, so he went to Lahore and took Syedna Feerkhan
(R.A) with Him.
Syedna Feerkhan Shujauddin (R.A) who was imprisoned,
was forced to wander from one place to another. Then one day a miracle
occurred. Syedna(RA) was detained in a Raaoti (tent). Suddenly fire
broke-out consuming every thing including the horses. But the 'Raaoti'
(tent) did not catch fire in the midst of flames in which Syedna
Feerkhan (R.A) was present. The Sultan came and inquired, “ Whose Raaoti
(tent) is this? And why did it not catch fire “ Every one said, “We saw
the flames getting extinguished on reaching this Raoti (tent)”.
Sultan came and asked Syedna FeerKhan (R.A), “Who are you”.and “What do
you want?” He said “ I want nothing, what I want is to go back to my
native place Ahmedabad.” Sultan ordered a gift and a horse to be given
to Syedna Feerkhan (R.A) . Syedna Feerkhan (R.A) mounted the horse and
Shaikh Mohammed and Syedi Najam Khan (Q.S.) got into the cart.
Najam Khan (Q.S.) who was seriously ill, passed away on the way back,
near Lahore. Then they reached Sironj, where Syedna was warmly received
by mumineen . Then Syedna proceeded to Rampura where he stayed in a
Masjid situated in the Mumineen locality.
Syedna Shujauddin (R.A) visited villages inhabited by the
Mumineen on the return journey till he reached Ahmedabad in the month of
Ramazan in 1058 AH.
In Ahmedabad he strived hard to bring Dawat to
greater heights. The Munafeqin group did not like this development. All
of them complained to Gairat Khan that,the followers of Syedna Qutbuddin
(R.A) had collected rupees three lacs to ensure Syedna Qutbuddin's (R.A)
release. The amount was still with their leader Syedna Feerkhan (R.A).
GairatKhan dispatched fifty soldiers to arrest Syedna FeerKhan. Laeen
Gairat Khan ordered Syedna to be imprisoned and enchained, and forwarded
this case onward to the Sultan for decision. Six month passed but Syedna
remained imprisoned. There was no communication from the royal Darbar.
Then Syedna called one Ahmed bin Fateh Mohammed and asked him to go to
the Sultan and get the release order signed. He specifically asked him
to stay there and not to return unless he wasgiven razaa by Syedna . He
went to Jahanabad but when considerable time passed with no result, he
returned without waiting for Syedna's permission. Syedna was angry at
his irresponsibility , disobedience and asked him to go away. That man
went back to his home, and passed the night restlessly. The next day he
went to the door of the prison but Syedna refused to see him. Ultimately
he stopped coming.
There was another man who had embezzled the wealth
of Dawat. He contacted Ahmed, and won him over to his side. Now both of
them started instigating the nobles of the court. Inspite of their
efforts to the contrary, after imprisonment of 18 months, Syedna was
released from prison and went to the house of Syedi Shams Khan (Q.S.).
Yusufji and ChandMiya joined Laeen Ahmed. Syedna had entrusted the
books to a man called Nooh. He too surrendered all those books at the
instigation of Ahmed. All of them wrote a letter to Syedna Ismail
Baddruddin (R.A) inviting them to be their accomplice.
Badruddin (R.A) wrote from Jamnagar "You are foolish people, who would
dare to disobey Dai-Al-Mutlaq's Farman. Allah will hang all ye who
disobey Farman of Dai-Al-Mutlaq, upside down in Hell through the
The Munafeqin were bewildered to receive this answer, and
Syedna(RA) was proud of Syedna Ismail Badruddin(RA) when He heard this
It was Friday, people had gathered in the Masjid including
Syedi Hasanji (Q.S.)(who rendered 'khidmat' (service), especially the
procurement of water at night for 'Vazu'(ablution) for Syedna in
prison). Syedna(RA) declared 'nass' - that the successor as
Dai-Al-Mutlaq 'my ‘Qaim Maqam’' is Syedna Ismailji bin Raj (R.A).
Laeen Yusuf now started torturing Mumineen. He fell down on His face
in the toilet. On the third day he died.
Laeen Chand Miyan too
followed Laeen Yusuf’s footsteps, and started Fitnat. But within no
time, insects filled his mouth, his tongue was swollen till he too
Laeen Ahmed surpassed these two in committing atrocities
on the Mumineen. Syedna was performing Namaz in Rasulpura Masjid built
by Syedna Qutbuddin (R.A). There Laeen Ahmed had started Namaz to be
prayed parallel on the right side of Syedna at the same time, lead by
him. Heavy debt had to be incurred during the period of Syedna Feerkhan
(R.A), which was repaid by Syedna Ismail Badruddin (R.A).
Syedna decided to travel to Hasanfeer Saheb. Syedna fell ill
there and passed away on the 9th of Zilqaad 1065 AH.
Syedna was laid to rest in the Qubbah Mubaraka of Syedna
After Wafat of Syedna Feerkhan Shujauddin (R.A),
Syedna Ismail Badruddin (R.A) succeeded as Dai-Al-Multaq. The centre of
the dawat shifted from Ahmedabad to Jamnagar after the Wafat of Syedna
Shujauddin (R.A), initiating the chain of Duat-Badriyan.