Archive for August, 2016

28th Dhu’l Qa’ada Urs Kamaluddin Allama, Delhi 756AH/1355CE

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Dargha of Hazrat Kamal Uddin Allama

From Sufi Studies Center Website: Hazrat Khwaja Sayyid Kamal Uddin (r.a) was one of the two major successor of the great Sufi master Hazrat Khwaja Nasir Uddin Chiragh (r.a). During the twilight of Dehli years, he was responsible for firmly rooting the sisilah in the Gujrat, a place of relative calm.

In his youth, he became the murid of Hazrat Nizam Uddin Auliya, and was thus his uncle’s peer-bhai. The hagiographical works Majalis-e-Hasiniyya, Maqam Ganj-e-Shakar and Siyar al Auliya all recorded that Khwaja Kamal Uddin was honored with the khilafat of Khwaja Nizam Uddin( r.a) before he passed away, as a sign of the latters favor towards him. The responsibility for his spiritual training, however, was transferred to his uncle Khwaja Nasir Uddin Chiragh, who completed his suluk and after whose name he appears in the Chishtiya Nizamiyya’s Shajarah.

Little is known about his birth and early life, but he trained to a high level of specialization in all fields of Islamic sciences. Such was his mastery, that he was acknowledged as the top expert of his time in fiqh, tafsir and ulum al hadith. He eventually became well-known as “Kamal Uddin Allama” ( the great scholar) and some of the great ulama of India traveled to Dehli to study at his feet.

The seeds of the Chishtiyyah in Gujrat had been sown by Khwaja Hamid Uddin and Khwaja Mahmud, two lesser known Khalifahs of Khwaja Qutab Uddin Bakthiyar Kaki. However, it was with the arrival of Khwaja Kamal Uddin Allam (r.a) that the organization of the sisilah was strengthened and expanded. He set up a centralized structure, much like the one that had existed in Delhi; and with this he began disseminating the teachings of the Chishtiyya among the people. Freed from political interference, he was able to accomplish the primary duty of the Sufis is the spiritual upliftment of mankind. He continued this work until his death, on the 28th of Dhu’l Qa’ada 756 AH, one year before the passing of his own murshid. He afforded his khilafat-e-azam to his son, Khwaja Siraj Uddin (r.a). He is buried at the feet of his murshid, Nasir Uddin Chiragh, in Delhi.



 

19th Dhu’l Qa’ada Urs Hazrat Dr. Zahurul Hassan Sharib, Gudri Shah Baba IV, 1996CE

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

(The following text and photo can be found at http://sufi-mystic.net/text2.htm#5)

“I am not concerned in the least with what you are, what you have, what you believe, how you live; how you act, how much faith you may have, how much belief you may have, or how much hope you may have; but I am concerned with what you would like to become.”

These are the words of Hazrat Dr. Zahurul Hassan Sharib, Gudri Shah Baba IV. He lived his entire life for others. And for the love of The Almighty. These are the words that describe his love for the love of the Almighty.

Hazrat Dr. Zahurul Hassan Sharib (affectionately known as Zahur Mian) was born in Moradabad, a district in Uttar Pradesh, India. He received a doctorate in Political Science and thereafter pursued a legal career.

However, a deep interest in spiritual life steered him towards Sufism (Islamic mysticism). He moved to Ajmer, the city of the renowned Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti, where he spent many years in the love and service of his Pir-o-murshid (spiritual guide) Hazrat Nawab Khadim Hasan Shah Sahib, Gudri Shah Baba III. In 1970, upon the demise of his spiritual guide, Dr. Sharib succeeded as the Head of the Gudri Shahi Order of Sufis. Under his inspiring guidance, the Order gained momentum both in the East and the West.

Dr. Sharib was fluent in many languages, including some modern European languages. He has to his credit, a large number of publications in Urdu, English, Dutch and Italian. Apart from writing books on mysticism, he has translated classical Persian poetry into other languages. He has also authored several books on rural sociology.

Hazrat Sharib Gudri Shah Baba IV firmly believed in the ideal of plain living and high thinking. He was always an ocean of love, understanding, comfort and guidance for anyone who came in touch with him. Once asked by some members (of the Society of Mystics) as to how he should be remembered after his death, Zahurmian said:

“It is enough, if you remember me as one who loved you well, and loved you wisely too, giving you a sense of direction, proportion and perspective, a goal and a definite purpose.”

His teachings were based on the teachings of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti, and in 1958 he founded The Society of Mystics, at the behest of his spiritual guide, Hazrat Nawab Gudri Shah Baba, after he was asked by Hazrat Khwaja Moniuddin Hasan Chishti to do so in a dream.

Upon becoming the Head of the Gudri Shahi Order, from 1972 onwards, Sharib Gudri Shah Baba IV wrote a series of periodical lectures for almost 25 years which are now compiled and presented in a book Inward Peace. The lectures hold a universal appeal for people belonging to different countries, cultures, religions and age groups and present his teachings in a simple manner.

Dr. Sharib passed away into the mercy of the Almighty on April 8, 1996. His tomb at the Usmani Chilla at Ajmer, India attracts scores of people throughout the year. His urs (death ceremony) is celebrated according to the lunar calendar on Zeeqad (Dhu’l Qa’ada) 19 and 20 at his tomb.



 

19th August Urs of Joe Miller d. 1992CE

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Joe and Guin Miller

Joe Miller (1904 — 1992) was an American mystic best known for his Thursday Morning Walks in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with his wife Guin during the 1970s and 1980s. Joe was widely respected for his spiritual clarity and Dr. Evans-Wentz, the original translator of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and other sacred Mahayana texts, considered Joe Miller “the only man he had met in the West who understood the Doctrine of the Clear Light.” Joe was a close friend of Samuel L. Lewis who upon his deathbed asked Joe to “Take care of my disciples.” Joe provided spiritual guidance to Sam’s disciples, and many others, until his death in 1992.



 

16th Dhu’l Qa’ada Urs Banda Nawaz Gesu Daraz – Gulbargah AP 825AH/1422CE

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Bande Nawaz Dargah in Gulbarga

Syed Muhammad Hussaini commonly renowned as Hazrat Khwaja Banda Nawaz Gesu Daraz was a famous Sufi saint from India of Chishti Order, who advocated understanding, tolerance and harmony among various religious groups.

Gesu Daraz was a murid (disciple) of the noted Sufi saint of Delhi, Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh Dehlavi, who in turn was a disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya, the spiritual master of Delhi. After the death of his master, Chiragh Dehlavi, Gesu Daraz took on the mantle of the successor (khalifa). Thus later on when he moved to Daulatabad around 1398, owing to the attack of Timur on Delhi, he took the Chishti Order to South India. He finally settled down in Gulbarga, at the invitation of Bahamani King, ‘Taj ud-Din Firuz Shah’ (r. 1397-1422).

He was born Syed Mohammed Hussaini in Delhi in 1321. At the age of four, his family shifted to Daulatabad in Deccan (Now in Maharashtra). In 1397, he went to Gulbarga, Deccan (Presently in Karnataka) at the invitation of Sultan Taj ud-Din Firuz Shah of the Bahmani Sultanate. Bande Nawaz authored about 195 books in Arabic, Persian and Urdu languages.

At the age of fifteen, he returned to Delhi for his education and training by the famous Sufi saint Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh Dehlavi, who bestowed him with his Khilafath and succession after about fifteen years. He was also a very enthusiastic student of Hazrat Kethli, Hazrat Tajuddin Bahadur and Qazi Abdul Muqtadir. After teaching at various places such as Delhi, Mewath, Gwalior, Chander, Aircha, Chatra, Chanderi, Miandhar, Baroda, Khambayat and Gulbarga in 1397 and died in Gulbarga in the year November 1422.

His name as well as patronymic was Abul-Fatah and Gesu Daraaz his title. Among the scholars and theologians he was Sheikh Abul-Fatah Sadr Uddin Muhammad Dehlavi but people called him Khawaja Banda Nawaz Gesu-Daraaz.

People from various walks of life, irrespective of caste and creed, assemble even today to celebrate the urs – death anniversary – (which takes place on the 15, 16 and 17 day of Zul-Qa`dah of Muslim calendar at the famous Bande Nawaz Dargah in Gulbarga every year. His descendents still live in Gulbarga. Almost all family members along with several hundred thousand devotees from near and far irrespective of religion and beliefs gather to seek blessings.



 

15th August CE Assumption of Mary, Quds (Jerusalem)

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The tomb of Miriam (as) in Quds (Jerusalem) on August 15 – Feast of the Assumption

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life is a defined dogma of the Catholic Church. The Feast of the Assumption, celebrated every year on August 15, is a very old feast of the Church, celebrated universally by the sixth century. It commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven, before her body could begin to decay–a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time. Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin’s passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts and a holy day of obligation in the Catholic Church.

The feast was originally celebrated in the East, where it is known as the Feast of the Dormition, a word which means “the falling asleep.” The earliest printed reference to the belief that Mary’s body was assumed into Heaven dates from the fourth century. The document recounts, in the words of the Apostle John, to whom Christ on the Cross had entrusted the care of His mother, the death, laying in the tomb, and assumption of the Blessed Virgin. Tradition places Mary’s death at Jerusalem or at Ephesus, where John was living.