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14th Muharram Urs Hazrat Khwaja Mumshad Dinawari, Dinawar, Iraq, 299AH/911CE

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015


Mumshad Dinwari, or Karimuddin Mun’im, was an early Sufi saint, a successor to Abu Hubairah Basri, seventh link in the Sufi silsilah of the Chishti Order, and the Master of Abu Ishaq Shami. There seem to be many versions of his name in English letters when transliterating from Urdu, Persian and Arabic. I have chosen Mumshad Dinawari as being the most correct as far as I can tell.

Through Hazrat Junaid Baghdadi, he followed the path of Sufyian suri (Thuri) and Serri Seqti in the line of Maaruf Karkhi, Dawood Taaei and Hazrat Imam AliReza. Both Suhrawardia and Chishtiya sufi chains join Master Junaid through Memshad-al-Dinawari

In the Chishti lineage he was the Khalifa of Khwaja Abu Hubaira Basri and was succeeded by Khwaja Abu Ishaq Shami who was deputed by the Shaikh to settle down at a place called Chisht in the neighbourhood of Herat. Shaikh Abu Ishaq Shami was the first Shaikh who was called Abu Ishaq Chisti. It is thus that a great Silsila Chishtiya came into existence. He was succeeded by Khwaja Abu Ahmad Abdal who was a dignitary of Chisht. Through him and his successors, including Khwaja Qutubuddin Moudud Chishti, this chain of Sufism connected Ajmer Sharif to Baghdad.

He was born in Dinavar, West Iran. Dinavar was a major city in the 8th-11th centuries, located to the northeast of Kermanshah in western Iran. He died around 297-299 Hijri. He was buried in Dinavar, Iraq. As of this posting I could find no photograph of his dargah.


2nd Muharram Urs Hazrat Maroof Karkhi, Baghdad, 815CE/200AH

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Maruf Kharki Mazar in Baghdad

Maroof Karkhi Mazar in Baghdad

Initially, he was a non-Muslim, but even as a child, he had great love for Islam. He used to always spend his time in the company of Muslim children, and often talked to his parents about accepting Islam. His father was not pleased with this, and enrolled him to study under a Christian Priest. The first question the priest asked him was,
“Tell me my son, how many people are there in your family?” He said, “Myself, my father and my mother.” The priest then said, “Very well, now say Esa Alaihis Salam is the third god of three (trinity).” Hadrat Ma’roof Karkhi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho says, “Even during my time as a non-Muslim my heart did not accept to say what he commanded me to. When I refused to say this, he began to beat me severely. The more he beat me, the more I rejected his teaching. He finally became weary of me and asked my father to imprison me. I was thus locked in a room for three days and every day, I was given one bread, which I did not even touch. When I was taken out, I ran away. As I was the only child to my parents, they were very sad and they sent a message to me saying that I should return to them and I would have the right to accept whichever faith I wished, and that they too will accept the same faith. I then went to Hadrat Ali Rida Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho and accepted Islam at his hands. I then went home with this most valuable gift of Islam, and alHumdulillah, my parents also accepted Islam.” [Fariduddin Attar – Tadhkirat al-Awliya, Page 221]

He became mureed of Hadrat Habeeb Raa’ee Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho and was blessed with Khilafat from Hadrat Habeeb Raa’ee Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho , Hadrat Ali Rida Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho and Hadrat Dawood Taa’ee Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho.

He was a very pious personality and one of the most distinguished Aarifs of his time. He also served many great personalities such as Hadrat Dawood Taa’ee Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho , who also blessed him with Khilafat. He used to call out the Adhan with true love, and when he would reach the words Ash hadu An Laa Ilaaha illa-Allah, the hair on his body would stand up and his entire beard would become stiff and he would begin to tremble to such an extent in the fear of Allah, that it seemed as if he would fall to the ground.

He would spend lengthy nights in the Masjid making ibaadat, Istighfaar and weeping in the Court of Allah. Hadrat Sirri al-Saqti Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho say, “Whatever I have attained, is through the Sadqa of Hadrat Ma’roof Karkhi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho .”

Sayyidi Abdul Wahab Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho says, “I have not seen anyone who divorced himself from the world, like Hadrat Ma’roof Karkhi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho . His excellence is such, that even his blessed grave is a means of attaining blessings.” [Kashf al-Mahjoob]

Outside view of the Mazar in Baghdad

Outside view of the Mazar in Baghdad

He possessed deep love for the poor and the orphans. Hadrat Sirri al-Saqti Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho says, “I once saw Hadrat Ma’roof Karkhi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho gathering dates on the day of Eid, so I stopped and asked the reason for this. He said, ’That young boy is crying because all the other children have new clothes and he has nothing new on Eid day. I thus, decided to collect some dates, sell them and then buy something for him, so that he is kept busy playing and does not feel uncomfortable on the day of Eid.’” Hadrat Sirri Saqti Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho says, “I said, Huzoor there is no need for you to do this, I will make sure he gets something on Eid. I then took the boy with me and bought him a new set of clothes. After I did this, a Noor (light) entered my heart, which caused me great pleasure and my condition became very different.”

He passed away on a Friday or Saturday, on the 2nd of Muharram, 200 Hijri. After his demise, Hadrat Muhammad bin Abul Hussain Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho says, that he saw Hadrat Ma’roof Karkhi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho in his dream and he asked him how Almighty Allah had treated him. He said, Almighty Allah pardoned me, not because of my piety but because of what I heard from Hadrat Samaak Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho in Kufa, when he said, ’He who leaves all ties and turns towards Allah, then Allah Almighty Allah sends his Mercy towards him and he turns all his servants in his direction.’ I followed this advice of his and turned completely towards Allah, and with the exception of the Khidmat of Hadrat Ali Rida Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho I left everything else.

Hadrat Sirri al-Saqti Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho says, “I dreamt that Hadrat Ma’roof Karkhi Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho was seated totally absorbed in the love of Allah, under the Arsh and Almighty Allah said, ‘O Angels! Who is this?’ the Angels said, O Allah You are All Knowing. There is nothing hidden from You.’ Almighty Allah said, ‘This is Ma’roof Karkhi who is drowned in My love and closeness and until he does not make my Deedar he will not regain his consciousness and neither will he gain contentment without my Deedar.'”

His Mazaar Sharif is in Baghdad Sharif.


Urs of Sheikh-ul-Aalam (RA) observed, CM greets people

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Devotees not only from different parts of Kashmir thronged the shrine but also from Gujarat, Mumbai, Kolkata, Rajasthan also visited the shrine of the saint in Char-i-Sharief.

The 596th Urs of Hazrat Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani (RA) was observed with great religious fervour and gaiety across Kashmir on Sunday.

The largest gathering was held at the shrine of Sheikh-ul-Aalam at Chrar-i-Sharief in Budgam district where thousands of devotees paid obeisance to the great Kashmiri saint.

Devotees not only from different parts of Kashmir thronged the shrine but also from Gujarat, Mumbai, Kolkata, Rajasthan also visited the shrine of the saint in Char-i-Sharief.

Religious scholars and preachers while paying rich tributes to the saint appealed people to follow the teachings of Sheikh-ul-Aalam (RA). They said that Sheikh-ul-Aalam (RA) was a true teacher, leader, saint, a religious poet and a devoted personality who taught everyone the perfect way of life and hereafter. Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed felicitated people on the occasion of Urs. In his message, Mufti Sayeed asked people to follow the teachings of the great saint who preached message of amity and brotherhood. “His spirituality and simple life attracted people from all walks of life. His poetic verses on environmental protection hold relevance even today,” he added.

The Chief Minister directed the district administration to oversee arrangements and ensure all facilities, especially power, water and transport, are extended to the devotees who throng Chrar-e-Sharief in large numbers on Urs days.

Source: Urs of Sheikh-ul-Aalam (RA) observed, CM greets people


24th Zul Hijja Urs Nizam Uddin Aurangabadi, Aurangabad, India, 989AH

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Nizamuddin Aurangabadi

Among the most renowned saints in India Sheikh ul Islam wal Muslimin Hazrat khwaja Shah Nizamuddin Aurangabadi is counted as one of the prominent saints of India.

Hazrat Nizamuddin was murid and Khalifa-e-azam of Hazrat Sheikh Kalimullaha shah Jahanabadi. The peer-o- Murshad (Spiritual Preceptor) of Hazrat Sheikh Kalimullaha shah Jahanabadi was Qutube Madina Shaikh Yahiya Madani.

According to the advice of  Qutubi Madani Sheikh Yahiya Madani, Shaikh Kalimullaha bestowed upon Shah Nizamuddin the title of Khalifa-e-Azam and instructed him to settle in Deccan an showered upon him the vilayat and responsibility of deccan

When Hazrat Nizamuddin was learning the basics in his village Kakor at the same time in Madina Munnawara preparation for his spiritual teaching were going on, which means that in Madinatul Munnwara at the Rauza of Rasulallah (saw) the Qutubul Madina Hazrat Sheikh Yahiya Madani showered spiritual teaching and learning to Hazrat Sheikh Kalimullaha Shah Jahanabadi. After giving khilafat to sheikh Kalimullah, Sheikh Yahiya Madani gave farewell and advised him the name of his spiritual successor will be “NIZAMUDDIN” who will come to you to seek the knowledge and will recite the following couplet.

“Supurdum bato maaye kheshra
tu daani hisaabe kamo beshra”

(I have surrendered myself to you; you know the best for me.)

Hazrat Nizamuddin Rh after completing his basic education at Kakor.he came to khanqah (sufi monastery) of Shah Kalimullah Rh at Delhi to get higher islamic education. While learning, the intense spritiual atmosphere that’s surrounded Shah Kalimullah drew him closer to the path of Sufis.One day after Namaz-e-Zohar the Shah Kalimullah was searching his shoes Hazrat Nizamuddin came forward and dusted his Murshid shoes and placed them before him, the Murshid smile and asked to Nizamuddin Auliya.

“Have you come to acquire knowledge or do you seek the path of Allah?”

To this hazrat Nizamuddin Rh humbly recited those very words.

With the instruction of Peer-o-Murshid Sheikh Kalimullaha.  Hazrat  Nizamuddin came to deccan and he traveled to Burhanpur, Sholapur, Bijapur and permanently setlled at Aurangabad. Hazrat Nizamuddin started a spiritual khanqah (sufi monastery) at Aurangabad and devoted the whole life for the spiritual uplifting of the people.