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Syedna Burhanuddin said I am beloved son, says Qutbuddin during cross-examination

Wednesday, August 05, 2015
By Vrushali Purandare

Three days after the uncle of the Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin told the Bombay high court last week that he is very hurt at being prevented from visiting Raudat Tahera, the mausoleum of his father and his half-brother at Bhendi Bazaar, the court on Tuesday continued the cross examination of Qutbuddin (74) in a suit filed by him and heard by Justice Gautam Patel to declare him the Dai-al-Mutlaq, the spiritual head of the Dawoodi Bohras.

His father Syedna Taher Saifuddin was the 51st Dai and his half-brother Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin the 52nd Dai. Saifuddin succeeded his father as the 53rd Dai. Qutbuddin was answering questions during cross-examination by Saifuddin's advocate Iqbal Chagla.

During the cross examination on Tuesday, Qutbuddin was asked about what was the exact phrase used by 52nd Dai in his sermon on 10th Dec 1965 and when according to you, he said that you are his beloved son?. Qutbuddin replied, “Al-walad-ul-ahabb.”

Around more than 400 hundred questions were asked in which the examination centered around the sermon of 52nd Dai which mentioned the word “beloved son”.

Counsel Iqbal Chagla showed several documents to Qutbuddin and sought his reply on whether those were written by the 52nd Dai and whether he recognized it. While he accepted some documents, others he replied in the negative and sought to study them.

Qutbuddin had in an earlier hearing informed that the 52nd Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin appointed him as the mazoon and gave a sermon, at that time he said 'I was a beloved son'. This carried the meaning that he was his successor. He again reiterated the same thing by saying that it is correct that my appointment as mazoon was done in a public sermon by the 52nd Dai.

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