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29th Rabi ul Awwal Urs Muhammad Chishti 1040AH/1630CE

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Dargha of Ghulam Muhammad Chishti Sabri – Chack Pero, Gujratwala, Pakistan

Khwaja Abu Muhammad Chishti was a mureed of Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ahmad Abdal Chishti and the murshid of Hazrat Khwaja Abu Yusuf Chishti. You can see the silsila of the current Inayati lineage here.

The picture of the dargha attached to this post may not be the correct one. There is some doubt as to which Muhammad Chishti is buried there. I have wondered if it would have been possible that the Muhammad Chishti in the Inayati lineage would have traveled to what is present day Pakistan. There is another version of his biography in which he is buried in Chisht, Afghanistan which seems more likely to me. But actually I liked this picture so much that I thought it would be nice to see anyway!

If you have more information about either this Dargha or the biography of Khwaja Abu Muhammad Chishti I would appreciate hearing about it.



 

Urs Murshida Fazl Mai Egeling December 27, 1939CE, Arnhem, Netherlands

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Murshida Fazl Mai Egeling

Murshida Fazal Mai Egeling was born on the 27th of March, 1861, and she lived most of her earlier days in quiet contemplation amidst the tall trees and sleeping waters of Netherlands’ romantic landscapes.
In the later part of 1921 she suddenly awakened to the object of her life’s purpose and swiftly joined the marching lines of those first initiated seen at the dawn of Sufism in the West bringing along many friends and followers, all of whom became leading powers of various Sufi activities…

Murshida Fazal Mai helped and provided Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan with a place to live and more. Here he recounts in his own words…

After twelve years of wandering and homeless life in the West, with a large family to look after, in addition to having my laudable object to carry out, I was provided at last with four walls at Suresnes, thanks to the kind sympathy of my Dutch mureed, Mevrouw Egeling. The purpose was, that when going about to preach in the World, I might have the relief of thinking that my little ones are sheltered from heat and cold under a roof. This saintly soul came into my life as a blessing from above, was called Fazal Mai, which means Grace of God. The house was also named Fazal Manzil, as a hand of Providence, became my backbone, which comforted me, and raised my head upwards in thanksgiving.

Murshida Fazal Mai passed away on 27th December 1939, at Arnhem, the Netherlands, at the age of 79.

And more… (wahiduddin’s website)

Blessings to all on Christmas

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Bethlehem Today

It is with great reverence, homage and gratitude that I thank Allah (swt) for sending us the Prophet ‘Isa Ruhallah and join in all other peoples who celebrate his coming to Earth to teach us of the overwhelming compassion and mercy of Allah (swt). And a special greeting of Merry Christmas to our Christian readers and all those who are celebrating Christ’s birth on December 25. (For those in other Christian denominations who celebrate this blessed event on other days I apologize that I will not be able to post separate greetings for all of you and ask that you forgive me and accept this post as my heartfelt greeting to you at that time as well.)

‘Isa bin Maryam (Jesus son of Mary) is celebrated in Islam as well as Christianity. His birth is recorded in the Qur’an and there are miracles associated with his life and birth. He is known as Ruh Allah – meaning “spirit” or “breath” of God.

The angel Jibril (Gabriel) comes to Maryam as told in Sura Imran in the Qur’an:

003.042 وَإِذْ قَالَتِ الْمَلائِكَةُ يَا مَرْيَمُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ اصْطَفَاكِ وَطَهَّرَكِ وَاصْطَفَاكِ عَلَى نِسَاءِ الْعَالَمِينَ
003.043 يَا مَرْيَمُ اقْنُتِي لِرَبِّكِ وَاسْجُدِي وَارْكَعِي مَعَ الرَّاكِعِينَ
003.044 ذَلِكَ مِنْ أَنْبَاءِ الْغَيْبِ نُوحِيهِ إِلَيْكَ وَمَا كُنْتَ لَدَيْهِمْ إِذْ يُلْقُونَ أَقْلامَهُمْ أَيُّهُمْ يَكْفُلُ مَرْيَمَ وَمَا كُنْتَ لَدَيْهِمْ إِذْ يَخْتَصِمُونَ
003.045 إِذْ قَالَتِ الْمَلائِكَةُ يَا مَرْيَمُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُبَشِّرُكِ بِكَلِمَةٍ مِنْهُ اسْمُهُ الْمَسِيحُ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ وَجِيهًا فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ وَمِنَ الْمُقَرَّبِينَ
003.046 وَيُكَلِّمُ النَّاسَ فِي الْمَهْدِ وَكَهْلا وَمِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ
003.047 قَالَتْ رَبِّ أَنَّى يَكُونُ لِي وَلَدٌ وَلَمْ يَمْسَسْنِي بَشَرٌ قَالَ كَذَلِكِ اللَّهُ يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَاءُ إِذَا قَضَى أَمْرًا فَإِنَّمَا يَقُولُ لَهُ كُنْ فَيَكُونُ
003.042 Wa-ith qalati almala-ikatu ya maryamu inna Allaha istafaki watahharaki waistafaki AAala nisa-i alAAalameena
003.043 Ya maryamu oqnutee lirabbiki waosjudee wairkaAAee maAAa alrrakiAAeena
003.044 Thalika min anba-i alghaybi nooheehi ilayka wama kunta ladayhim ith yulqoona aqlamahum ayyuhum yakfulu maryama wama kunta ladayhim ith yakhtasimoona
003.045 Ith qalati almala-ikatu ya maryamu inna Allaha yubashshiruki bikalimatin minhu ismuhu almaseehu AAeesa ibnu maryama wajeehan fee alddunya waal-akhirati wamina almuqarrabeena
003.046 Wayukallimu alnnasa fee almahdi wakahlan wamina alssaliheena
003.047 Qalat rabbi anna yakoonu lee waladun walam yamsasnee basharun qala kathaliki Allahu yakhluqu ma yashao itha qada amran fa-innama yaqoolu lahu kun fayakoonu
003.042 Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah hath chosen thee and purified thee- chosen thee above the women of all nations.
003.043 “O Mary! worship Thy Lord devoutly: Prostrate thyself, and bow down (in prayer) with those who bow down.”
003.044 This is part of the tidings of the things unseen, which We reveal unto thee (O Messenger!) by inspiration: Thou wast not with them when they cast lots with arrows, as to which of them should be charged with the care of Mary: Nor wast thou with them when they disputed (the point).
003.045 Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah;
003.046 “He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous.”
003.047 She said: “O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?” He said: “Even so: Allah createth what He willeth: When He hath decreed a plan, He but saith to it, ‘Be,’ and it is!

Also in the Qur’an, ‘Isa announces his own mission at his birth, as we see in Sura Maryam:

019.027 فَأَتَتْ بِهِ قَوْمَهَا تَحْمِلُهُ قَالُوا يَا مَرْيَمُ لَقَدْ جِئْتِ شَيْئًا فَرِيًّا
019.028 يَا أُخْتَ هَارُونَ مَا كَانَ أَبُوكِ امْرَأَ سَوْءٍ وَمَا كَانَتْ أُمُّكِ بَغِيًّا
019.029 فَأَشَارَتْ إِلَيْهِ قَالُوا كَيْفَ نُكَلِّمُ مَنْ كَانَ فِي الْمَهْدِ صَبِيًّا
019.030 قَالَ إِنِّي عَبْدُ اللَّهِ آتَانِيَ الْكِتَابَ وَجَعَلَنِي نَبِيًّا
019.031 وَجَعَلَنِي مُبَارَكًا أَيْنَ مَا كُنْتُ ‎وَأَوْصَانِي بِالصَّلاةِ وَالزَّكَاةِ مَا دُمْتُ حَيًّا
019.032 وَبَرًّا بِوَالِدَتِي وَلَمْ يَجْعَلْنِي جَبَّارًا شَقِيًّا
019.033 وَالسَّلامُ عَلَيَّ يَوْمَ وُلِدْتُ وَيَوْمَ أَمُوتُ وَيَوْمَ أُبْعَثُ حَيًّا
019.034 ذَلِكَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ قَوْلَ الْحَقِّ الَّذِي فِيهِ يَمْتَرُونَ
019.027 Faatat bihi qawmaha tahmiluhu qaloo ya maryamu laqad ji/ti shay-an fariyyan
019.028 Ya okhta haroona ma kana abooki imraa saw-in wama kanat ommuki baghiyyan
019.029 Faasharat ilayhi qaloo kayfa nukallimu man kana fee almahdi sabiyyan
019.030 Qala innee AAabdu Allahi ataniya alkitaba wajaAAalanee nabiyyan
019.031 WajaAAalanee mubarakan aynama kuntu waawsanee bialssalati waalzzakati ma dumtu hayyan
019.032 Wabarran biwalidatee walam yajAAalnee jabbaran shaqiyyan
019.033 Waalssalamu AAalayya yawma wulidtu wayawma amootu wayawma obAAathu hayyan
019.034 Thalika AAeesa ibnu maryama qawla alhaqqi allathee feehi yamtaroona
019.027 At length she brought the (babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms). They said: “O Mary! truly an amazing thing hast thou brought!
019.028 “O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother a woman unchaste!”
019.029 But she pointed to the babe. They said: “How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?”
019.030 He said: “I am indeed a servant of Allah: He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet;
019.031 “And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live;
019.032 “(He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable;
019.033 “So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)”!
019.034 Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute.

What a different world it would be if we all treated each other as Allah taught us through ‘Isa Ruhallah bin Maryam! The Qur’an tells us our disputations about him are vain. Vanity is one of those things we must overcome in order to truly see each other as brothers and sisters. I call on all my brothers and sisters, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Hindu, Aboriginals and all others to join together for the sake of learning about one another and seeing this – That any narrow view of God and God’s revelation is only a small window to the truth – God’s truth is far greater and needs to be viewed from many different angles to be seen as a whole. This only exists when the hearts of men and women are open to the message of love that has come to us so many times and which we constantly seem to forget.

As it says in Sura ‘Asr in the holy Qur’an

103.001 وَالْعَصْرِ
103.001 إِنَّ الإنْسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ
103.001 إِلا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ
103.001 WaalAAasri
103.002 Inna al-insana lafee khusrin
103.003 Illa allatheena amanoo waAAamiloo alssalihati watawasaw bialhaqqi watawasaw bialssabri
103.001 By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),
103.002 Verily Man is in loss,
103.003 Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.

And Allah (swt) knows best.


 

2016 12 23 Khutbah – ‘Isa (as) a Sign From Allah (swt)

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

You can follow the link to the Khutbah for Friday, 23 December 2016/24 Rabi ul Awal 1438 on the meaning of the birth of ‘Isa (as) and of all the prophets of Allah (swt). They all came as a sign from Allah (swt) and as mercy to all the worlds…

2016 12 23 birth of Isa.doc

Wa allahu allim

24th Rabi ul Awwal Urs Shah Kalim Allah Jahanabadi, Jammah Masjid, Delhi

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

 

Mazar of Shah Kalimallah jahanabadi ©Imam Salim Chishti

Shah Kalim Allah Jahanabadi (there are many variations on the spelling and format of his name) was a great Sufi Saint in the Chishti lineage. He founded the Kaleemi branch of the order that migrated to Hyderabad, India. Eventually this led to Hazrat Inayat Khan meeting Syed Muhammad Abu Hashem Madani in Hyderabad. Madani then sent Inayat Khan to the west.

His Dargah is located near the Jammah Masjid, opposite the Red Fort, in Delhi, India.

The saint was the man who took on himself the task of bringing about a moral reawakening during the last days of the reign of Aurangzeb. The saint was born in Delhi around 1650 and his father, Sheikh Noorullah, was a well-known astronomer, calligraphist and professor of theology and he studied theology under the guidance of Sheikh Bunharuddin and Sheikh Bahlool, two famous ulemas of the time. After completing his studies, he renounced the world and became a sufi. At the place where the shrine is situated once stood Khanam-ka-bazaar which housed khanqa— a religious abode-cum-inn which was later converted into a college.

There are several stories about the miracles performed by the saint including one in which he commanded the Yamuna River to behave itself when the river flooded half of Delhi and he was also supposed to cure disease including the blindness of a girl. Every year, a two-day urs is held at the shrine which is attended by those who are on their way back from the pilgrimage to Ajmer Sharif.

His book “Kashkul Kalimi” is a collection of Azkar (plural of zikr) from various Chishti saints. It has been translated into English and is part of the recently published “Sufi Meditation and Contemplation” available at the Omega Publications web site.