Archive for January, 2012

The Hindu : Arts / Music : Remembering Sufi mystic Hazrat Inayat Khan

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

by Syeda Farida in The Hindu

February 5 marks the Urs of Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan that will be held at his mausoleum in Delhi. As a part of this event, special Sufi trails are being organised by international tour operators for followers of this Indian mystic who took Sufism to the West.

Abu Hashim Madani’s dargah in Purana Pul and Aastan-e-Kaleemi in Tolichowki (both in old Hyderabad) — mausoleums of the great teachers of Hazrat Inayat Khan feature prominently on the list.

It was in Hyderabad that the musician became a spiritual guru. His grandson Zia Inayat Khan, in his work A Pearl in Wine: Essays on the Life, Music and Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan, chronicles Hazrat Inayat Khan’s stay in the city.

via The Hindu : Arts / Music : Remembering Sufi mystic Hazrat Inayat Khan.

My wife and I are currently in Hyderabad, visiting Pir Rasheed and soon we will all be travelling to Delhi for the Urs of Inayat Khan which happens this Sunday. Then the Urs of his father S.M. Zia ul Hassan Jili ul Kaleemi which will be on February 8 at the Astana in Tolichowki and then at his center in Yakatpura, insha’allah!


Reaching God through music

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012


 Deccan Herald

Reaching God through music

Neha Das, Jan 24,2012, DHNS:

Divine Journey

Delhi got the flavour of Sufi music on January 20 when India Habitat Centre organised an event to celebrate Sufism.

Soulful strains: Singer Yakub performs in Delhi for the first time.The event named Ni Main Jana Mahi De Des, was filled with an evening of Sufi qalaams of Hazrat Amir Khusro, Baba Farid, Sultan Bahu, Baba Bulley Shah, Warris Shah, Shah Hussain, which were sung by Yakub, disciple of Ustad Lal Raza and Pandit Ram Lubhaya.

via more of this article from the Deccan Herald.


Deccan Herald – Faith cuts through cold at Kashmiri saint’s Urs

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom in Srinagar

Faith cuts through cold at Kashmiri saint’s Urs

via Faith cuts through cold at Kashmiri saint’s Urs.

Srinagar, Jan 21 (IANS)

Hundreds of Hindus and Muslims from across the valley are thronging the shrine of Kashmiri saint Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom on his 10-day Urs here, braving sub-zero temperatures.

The sick seeking a cure to their ailments, students seeking better percentages in the exams, childless parents tying votive knots to be blessed with a child and others invoking the saint’s blessings for their worldly problems spend the day in prayer inside the mosque adjacent to the shrine during the Urs that began Thursday.

Despite minimum temperatures Friday dipping to minus 3.5 degrees Celsius, men, women and children, clad in traditional tweed over garments called ‘pherans’, make their way to the shrine atop the ‘Koh-e-Maran’ (Hill of Serpents) in the middle of the old city of Srinagar.

As an icon of Kashmir’s syncretic culture, the shrine is central to the tolerant brand of Islam that Kashmir has been famous all over the world for.

Interestingly, the temple of a Hindu deity, Sharika Devi, is also situated on the hillock adjacent to the shrine.

“The ‘azan’ of the muezzin calling devotees to prayer five times a day and the Pujari sounding the temple bells gel so perfectly here,” said Ghulam Nabi, 65, who comes here every year with his family to invoke the saint’s blessings.

“The shrine is sacred to both the Muslims and the Hindus of the valley and before their migration, many of the local Pandits would also pay obeisance at the shrine after doing their puja at the Sharika Devi temple.”

Known popularly as ‘Sultan-ul-Arifeen’ (King of the blessed ones), Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom was born in 1494 to parents whose ancestors belonged to a Hindu Rajput family of Kangra in today’s Himachal Pradesh.

In contrast to most Sufi saints who were indifferent to Sharia (Islamic law), Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom lived a highly austere life, following the Sharia in letter and spirit and yet his followers cut across barriers of Sufi and puritanical schools of thought in the valley.

Despite being a hereditary landlord, Hamza Makhdoom gave up all worldly comforts to spend days and nights in prayer and meditation, a tradition still followed by the devotees at the shrine.

“He was everybody’s saint and continues to be so even today,” said another devotee at the shrine.


Khutbah 1/20/2012 – Ya Sin 60-65 redux

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

السلام عليكم

أَلَمْ أَعْهَدْ إِلَيْكُمْ يَا بَنِي آدَمَ أَنْ لا تَعْبُدُوا الشَّيْطَانَ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُبِينٌ(36:60)

 Alam a’Ahad ilaykum ya banee adama an la ta’Abudoo alshshaytana innahu lakum ‘Aaduwwun mubeenun

“Did I not enjoin on you, O Children of Adam, that ye should not worship Satan; for truly he is your open enemy?-

وَأَنِ اعْبُدُونِي هَذَا صِرَاطٌ مُسْتَقِيمٌ(36:61)

 Waani o’Abudoonee hatha siratun mustaqeemun

“And that ye should worship Me, for that is the Straight Path?

So Allah (swt) not only warned us against following our enemy Shaitan but he has also given us a way out, his mercy is overwhelming, we do not have to fumble around wondering what to do, he (Allah (swt)) tells us clearly to worship him and that is صراط المستقيم. The way straight to him and straight in that it never deviates from the goal which is to live as a Muslim and to follow Allah (swt) guidance.

For it is up to us, it is reported by Abu Huraira in a sahih hadith that Rasul Allah (SAW) Allah’s Apostle said, “All my followers will enter Paradise except those who refuse.” They said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Who will refuse?” He said, “Whoever obeys me will enter Paradise, and whoever disobeys me is the one who refuses (to enter it).” Think about that! The one who refuses to enter! You refuse the blessings of Allah (swt) and the garden by walking another path. For Allah (swt) says in the next ayah.


وَلَقَدْ أَضَلَّ مِنْكُمْ جِبِلا كَثِيرًا أَفَلَمْ تَكُونُوا تَعْقِلُونَ(36:62)

 Walaqad adalla minkum jibillan katheeran afalam takoonoo ta’Aqiloona

“But he did lead a great many of you astray. Did you not, then, use your reason?

Again Allah (swt) is reminding us of our ability to reason. When we see those around us who have gone astray, who have deviated from the path, we know that they are going wrong. They have let darkness overcome them and they are an example for the rest of us. Do we not see them, do we not know when we recognize those things in ourselves?

And in a hadith narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah – Some angels came to the Prophet while he was sleeping. Some of them said, “He is sleeping.” Others said, “His eyes are sleeping but his heart is awake.” Then they said, “There is an example for this companion of yours.” One of them said, “Then set forth an example for him.” Some of them said, “He is sleeping.” The others said, “His eyes are sleeping but his heart is awake.” Then they said, “His example is that of a man who has built a house and then offered therein a banquet and sent an inviter (messenger) to invite the people. So whoever accepted the invitation of the inviter, entered the house and ate of the banquet, and whoever did not accept the invitation of the inviter, did not enter the house, nor did he eat of the banquet.” Then the angels said, “Interpret this example to him so that he may understand it.” Some of them said, “He is sleeping.” The others said, “His eyes are sleeping but his heart is awake.” And then they said, “The houses stands for Paradise and the call maker is Muhammad; and whoever obeys Muhammad, obeys Allah; and whoever disobeys Muhammad, disobeys Allah. Muhammad separated the people (i.e., through his message, the good is distinguished from the bad, and the believers from the disbelievers).”


هَذِهِ جَهَنَّمُ الَّتِي كُنْتُمْ تُوعَدُونَ(36:63)

 Hathihi jahannamu allatee kuntum too’Aadoona

“This, then is the Hell of which you were repeatedly warned!

And now the facts of what they have earned are right before them. They now realize what they will reap. Had they realized this before after the repeated warnings, both in this life and in the many books that had been revealed before the Qur’an they would be spared but now it is too late.


اصْلَوْهَا الْيَوْمَ بِمَا كُنْتُمْ تَكْفُرُونَ (36:64)

 Islaw-ha alyawma bima kuntum takfuroona

Burn in it this Day, for your persistent rejection of Truth.”

And now experience the reality of it. For Allah (swt) also says in Sura Al-Hajj:


وَالَّذِينَ سَعَوْا فِي آيَاتِنَا مُعَاجِزِينَ أُولَئِكَ أَصْحَابُ الْجَحِيمِ(22:51)


Wa allatheena sa’aaw fee ayatina mu’aajizeena ola-ika as-habu aljaheemi

“But those who strive against Our Signs, to frustrate them,- they will be Companions of the Fire.”

They will be companions of the fire says Allah (swt). There can be no doubt.


الْيَوْمَ نَخْتِمُ عَلَى أَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَتُكَلِّمُنَا أَيْدِيهِمْ وَتَشْهَدُ أَرْجُلُهُمْ بِمَا كَانُوا يَكْسِبُونَ (36:65)

 Alyawma nakhtimu ‘ala afwa-hi-him watuk-allimuna aydeehim watash-hadu arjuluhum bima kanoo yaksiboona

That Day shall We set a seal on their mouths. But their hands will speak to us, and their feet bear witness, to all that they did.

So here we see that saying “Actions speak louder than words”. They’re mouths are sealed because no amount of pleading or excuses will avail them. Their bodies, their hands and feet will speak out loudly about what they did in life. And this is a metaphor also because the eyes will bear witness to what they had seen and the ears and the skin all bear witness. So we need to use our reason to think on these things, to ponder them and act on them for surely these signs are a clear message.

 Part 2

Abu Musa narrates in a sahih hadith that Rasul Allah (saw) said, “My example and the example of what I have been sent with is that of a man who came to some people and said, ‘O people! I have seen the enemy’s army with my own eyes, and I am the clear warner; so protect yourselves!’ Then a group of his people obeyed him and fled at night proceeding stealthily till they were safe, while another group of them disbelieved him and stayed at their places till morning when the army came upon them, and killed and ruined them completely So this is the example of that person who obeys me and follows what I have brought (the Qur’an and the Sunna), and the example of the one who disobeys me and disbelieves the truth I have brought.”

And Allah (swt) says:


أَفَلا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ وَلَوْ كَانَ مِنْ عِنْدِ غَيْرِ اللَّهِ لَوَجَدُوا فِيهِ اخْتِلافًا كَثِيرًا (4:82)

 Afala yatadabbaroona alqur-ana walaw kana min ‘Aindi ghayri Allahi lawajadoo feehi ikhtilafan katheeran

Will they not then, try to understand this Qur’an? Had it come from anyone but Allah they would surely have found in it many contradictions.

The unity of the Quran is greater than that of any other sacred book. How can we account for that except by the unity of Allah’s purpose and design. If the Qur’an had a human source we would have expected much discrepancy. This is from three reasons. 1. The Messenger (saw) who brought it forth was not an educated man, he was not learned in religion nor was he a philosopher. 2. The Qur’an was revealed over a long period of time, in various places, in various circumstances and 3. It is addressed to all types of men and women, it is a universal message. And Yet when it is properly understood its various pieces fit together beautifully even though they may not be in chronological order. This is because there was only one inspirer of this Qur’an and that was Allah (swt). And his message is consistent throughout.

This is an important message to leave here with brothers and sisters. That Allah (swt) is the speaker in this Qur’an. That he wants us to understand what is in it, and when we understand it, to act and worship and obey from the deepest part of our hearts.

اللَّهِ مَرْجِعُكُمْ جَمِيعًا فَيُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِمَا كُنْتُمْ فِيهِ تَخْتَلِفُونَ(5:105)


Allahi marji’aukum jamee’aan fayunabbi-okum bima kuntum feehi takhtalifoona

The goal of you all is to Allah; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute

 و الله ءلم


Three new booklets by Imam Salim Chishti

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Greetings fellow travelers on the eternal path. We are pleased to announce three new booklets prepared by Imam Salim Chishti.

Chishti Fatiha

The Chishti Fatiha booklet is a compilation of the ceremony of the Chishti lineage to be performed at various times to honor people of renown such as Urs dates or Mawlid. Imam Salim has made the method clear and accessible to English speakers by providing Arabic, Transliteration and English interpretation.





Ten Short Suras

Ten Short Suras is an answer to requests by many people who have started to do the Salat prayer on a regular basis. Many of these do not have Suras of the Qur’an already memorized to use in the Salat prayer. This booklet provides an easy way to learn several Suras. This is a good starting point for memorization of Qur’an. Each Sura is presented in Arabic, transliteration and English interpretation.






Istikhara Prayer

The Istikhara Prayer was taught by the Prophet Muhammad (saw) to his companions in order for them to pray for divine guidance in all important matters of their lives. Few people know of this special prayer or its origins, but it is an extremely useful tool for the believer to set foot with divine guidance on the right path. The booklet covers the historical origins of the prayer as well as a precise description of the method for doing the prayer. The intention is to provide this tool to all who are interested. As in the other booklets all portions in Arabic also have the transliteration and English interpretation making it easy for even non-Arabic speakers to perform these prayers correctly.


All three booklets will be available in paper copies early in March but are available now in PDF format for download. Each one is $5.50 and you can download them from Imam Salim’s website,