20 October, 2020

“My Father Went To Court To Establish His Right As Well As Do His Duty”

“My Father Went To Court To Establish His Right As Well As Do His Duty”

Maulana Qutbuddin’s son Taher Fakhruddin has taken over his deceased father’s case and seeks to be appointed as the 54th Syedna. Excerpts from an interview:

Why did your father challenge the succession?

I am only going to say what my father has already stated in the court. My father was appointed by the 52nd Dai as the 53rd Dai to be when he ­app­ointed my father as the second-in-command in the hierarchy of our religion. This happened in 1965. Then taking advantage of the 52nd Dai’s health, Mufaddal Saifuddin usurped control of the administration and falsely claimed that he was the Syedna. They also threatened people, even ­resorted to violence on those who did not comply. At that time, my father had called Mufaddal Saifuddin for a public debate. He did not respond for obvious reasons. That is the reason why my father decided to take the matter to the honourable Bombay High Court—to establish his right and also do his duty—just as some of our previous dais had also done. He took...



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