5 April, 2018, Surat, India
Obituary: Syedi Qasim bhaisaheb Hakimuddin, Mazoon al-dawat. 16 Rajab al-Asab 1350H – 20 Rajab al-Asab 1439H (26 November 1931 – 5 April 2018).
Mazoon of the dawat, Syedi Qasim bhaisaheb Hakimuddin, passed away in Surat just after midnight on 5 April – 20 Rajab al-Asab. He was 90 years old according to the Hijri calendar.
Syedi Hakimuddin was the sixth eldest son of the 51st al-dai al-mutlaq, His Holiness Dr Syedna Taher SaifuddinRA by Fatema Aaisaheba. He was born on 16 Rajab al-Asab 1350H, 26 November 1931.
He was the head of the dawat’s administration, Alvazaratus Saifiyah, with special overview of the dawat’s aamils who are the religious and administrative heads of jamaats around the world.
Following the sudden passing of his elder brother Syedi Yusuf bhaisaheb Najmuddin in 1986, Syedi Hakimuddin was appointed as one of four Omara al-Jamea, rectors of the dawat’s Arabic Academies. It was on the eve of this year’s first examination that Syedi Hakimuddin died, in his office while preparing for the coming viva voce exams, that the Omara conduct.
Syedi Hakimuddin was given the office of Mukasir, the third rank after the dai. He held this office for several years before being appointed Mazoon on 20 Rabi al-Aakhar of this Hijri year, 1439 – January of 2018.
Among his many notable achievements was his integral role in the forming of Burhani Foundation on the 80th birthday of His Holiness Dr Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA. The foundation is dedicated to environmental awareness and works towards a healthy and sustainable living environment.
Syedi Mazoon Saheb took a keen interest in the cultural and socio-economic betterment of community members throughout the world, something for which he continually strived. He took an active role in al-Multaqa al-Fatimi al-ʿilmī (a gathering conducted in Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, Surat, in 1979 which called towards total commitment to the tenets of Islam, in particular a total eschewal of interest. The multaqa served as a renaissance that has culminated in the current cultural and economic vibrancy of the Bohra Community. In this as, with many of the community’s present day welfare initiatives, he always had the community’s best interests at heart.
Syedi Mazoon saheb often accompanied Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA and Syedna Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS on official visits and meetings with heads of state and government officials. He also met with senior government officials and dignitaries both in India and during his extensive travels to Pakistan, East Africa, the Far East, the Middle East and the West.
All those who had the opportunity to work with him, when asked about him, relate first and foremost, his meticulous attention to detail. From his personal appearance to his place of work, to even the most mundane paperwork, there was never any room for complacency and nothing was taken for granted. He demanded the same level of application from those who worked under him, all of whom mention the utter respect and politeness with which he treated them.
The funeral prayer and burial were conducted by His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS on the morning of 5th April. Syedi Mazoon saheb was buried in the grounds of the mausoleums of the seven da’i al-mutlaqs buried in Surat.