1 March 2018, New Delhi
Staff reporter, Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah
His Royal Highness King Abdullah II of Jordan accepted an invitation by His Excellency Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, to address a gathering of faith leaders and prominent citizens at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhavan on the topic of ‘Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding and Moderation’. Among the various community leaders present on stage with the King and Prime Minister, was Shahzada Dr Qaidjoher bhaisaheb Ezzuddin, representative of His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS.
As representative for His Holiness, Shahzada Ezzuddin was seated next to King Abdullah, with whom he met, as well as the Prime Minister and other leaders before the commencement of the event. After a brief introduction and short video regarding Islamic heritage in India, Prime Minister Modi spoke of the multicultural, multi faith society that has been a trademark of civilization in the Indian subcontinent for centuries. He commented on the exemplary pluralism of contemporary Indian society and the prominent place held by almost all of the major world religions in the country.
The Prime Minister’s speech was followed by the address of King Abdullah II of Jordan. Exploring the meanings of verse 13, Chapter 49 of the Quran, “We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may understand one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you,” he explained that the Almighty created mankind in all its diversity so that they may know and understand one another.
The event also included the launch of the Urdu translation of Prince Ghazi b. Mohammed’s book, ‘A Thinking Person’s Guide to Islam: The Essence of Islam in Twelve Verses from the Quran.’
The leaders of the Dawoodi Bohra community have always enjoyed cordial relations with the rulers and kings of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’sTUS father, His Holiness Dr Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA met with King Hussein and King Abdullah on multiple occasions during his visits to Jordan where he has dedicated gold and silver sepulchers at the shrines of the Ahle BaytAS as well as contributing towards the construction of masjids in their vicinity as a humble tribute to the Ahle BaytAS and a service to the people of Jordan.
In recognition of his service, King Hussein awarded Dr Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA ‘The Order of the Star of Jordan’, the country’s highest civic honour. Syedna Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS was instrumental in the construction and dedication of these shrines and had visited Jordan numerous times during his father’s tenure. His eldest son, Shahzada Ja’far us Sadiq bhaisaheb Imaduddin, is a Senior Fellow of the The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought which was founded “to serve Islam and humanity at large”.
Shahzada Imaduddin and his brother Shahzada Taha bhaisaheb Najmuddin, are also signatories to the ‘Amman Message’, a declaration calling for tolerance and unity in the Muslim world that was issued by King Abdullah II of Jordan on 9 November 2004 (27 Ramadan 1425 AH).