The day marks the day of demise of an Alim-e-Deen , Momin to the core of heart and a mentor and guide to literally thousands of disciples whose life he touched directly and indirectly .
He has left behind a rich legacy of disciples in Pakistan and in Karachi in particular. About this great person ,suffice it to say ,that , it is very hard if not outrightly impossible to find any one who is serving the cause of Islam and the teachings of Ahlulbayt in Pakistan and has no direct or indirect inspiration from this sacred personality . Such was his sincerity ,simple life style and penetrating power in the society to work hard -singly and doubly- to lend the quranic term , for upholding Islamic values.
Surah Ankaboot 29:69
وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا ۚ وَإِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ
As for those who strive hard in Us , We will surely guide them to Our Paths. And verily, Allah is with the Muhsinun .
In the light of the above Ayah, we find its reflection in the life of Molana Agha Jafar Naqvi who was a great religious scholar, Aarif e Ilahi who moulded the society as per the Islamic teachings. He actively contributed in the up bringing/tarbiat of ummah specially the youth of his time in the areas of Tafseer e Quran, Fiqh etc. Agha Jafar was great lover of Quran & Ahlebait a.s.
Till his last breath, he struggled for guiding & directing youth & Ummah the right path towards Allah. Being Aarif i Ilahi, he possessed several extraordinary traits. He was very punctual of time as he knew its importance, similarly advised others also in it. Among various principles that he taught & practised, he emphasized and further guided to respect humanity, as he even treats his elders very humbly.
Once he advised:
"Tell the truth in such a manner that people could easily understand it and implement it in their life"
He was a great admirer & influenced by Imam Khomeini r.a, and translated several books of Imam Khomeini r.a. He translated several books of Imam Khomeini in which Jihad bin nafs is top of the list.
Keeping in view the importance of Political situation of the time, Agha Jafar actively participated in it by accompanying Quaid Shaheed Arif hussaini r.a. Whenever, Quaid Shaheed visited Karachi he did meet Agha Jafar.
He had a very simple life style and used to travel by his own Honda 50 bike across the city without any shyness although he was an Alim-e-deen and Arif of a great stature. He was a true example of Imam's Qaul " Maa Mamur be wazifeh' as on occassions when he would reach to deliver a dars and finding only one or two people sitting on appointed time ,he would not wait even a second and start the proceedings immediately with complete disregard to quantity or number of present momineen .
At his residence too he used to manage a small dars after maghrebain in which people from all over Karachi turned up . Many a times it wont last for more than 5 minutes . He talked little but precise and then any body could ask him questions etc.
He was especially a hospitable person , always cheerfully served the guests at his residence with home made tea /qahwa . Especially to young children and youth he many times served with his hands usually 'Chana and Ilaichi daanaa [sweet stuff] ' which was symbolic of his love towards youth and especially encouraged them.
It will not be an exaggeration that most present day Ulema-e-Karam in Karachi are in one way or the other way had the fine opportunity to directly or indirectly knowing this Arif-e-Ilahi .
And besides it may not be out of place to mention that many of his disciples attained martyrdom ,some during his life time and some later and it is also a unique privilege.
He was especially famous for telling detailed advice whenever asked about istikhara ,many momineen say that when he would be asked for istakhara ,after referring to quran he would give such a detail account of pros and cons of that specific amr that many momineen strongly believed that seemingly he actually knows for what issue or matter Istikhara is being requested .
In worst law and order situation too ,he would fearlessly reach every place on appointed time and deliver his dars although towards the end of his life often brothers arranged to pick him due to his ailing health .
He was too choosy in this regard too and often returned any body who brought a specific kind of taxi about which he believed that the taxi scheme has dealings of Riba . [Such was his level of taqva.]
He often advised his disciples to continue short tasbeeh which in his words he said 'isko ghota karein' , that is select a certain tasbeeh and repeat it and keep pondering over the depth of its meanings.
His ideas ,personality and taqva continue to inspire his disciples even to this day who remember him as one of the towering spiritual shelter and guide who corrected the basics and in very simple manner taught practical irfan to his disciples through very simple deeds.
Ayatollah Sayyid Abul Fazl Bahauddini, representative of Wali-e-Faqih Imam Syed Ali Khamenei, has said that late Syed Agha Jafar was a true follower of infallible Prophets (PBUT) and infallible Imams.
His eminence said that he had met Agha Jafar Naqvi in his last days. His eminence further added that he knew about sacred life of Agha Jafar. He said that Imam Ali (AS) had narrated qualities of Muttaqeen that are mentioned in Nahj ul Balaghah. He said that numerous qualities among them were found in Agha Jafar.
He said that Agha Jafar had understood Islam from all its aspects and he practiced Irfan but never ignored other aspects of Islam. He said that Islam rejected traditional mysticism but Irfan is part of Islam.
We pray that may Allah guide us to follow the path, teachings of Ahlul Bayt . Please recite a fateha for the blessed soul of Agha Jaffar and all Shohada-e-Islam especially Imam-e-Shohada Imam Khomeini [R.A].
In part information from the Speech of Maulana Sadiq Raza Taqvi has been included.