Archive for January, 2017

1st Jumada al Awwal Urs Hazrat Muzaffer Shah Ali, Bundi, India, 1376AH/1956CE

Sunday, January 29th, 2017
Dargah in Bundi, India

Dargah in Bundi, India

In the Qadiri lineage. Hazrat Daata Sahib was a loving and gentle saint who lived in India in the earlier part of the 20th Century.  His real name was Hazrat Muzaffar Ali Al-Hanafi RA.  The saint was lovingly called Daata Sahib (the one who gives freely) by the people of Bundi for his exceedingly generous nature.  Daata Sahib was the spiritual master of our murshid’s Sufi Master (Peerzada Mawlana Chaman Qadri).  He passed away to the perpetual realm at the age of 107.  His life was spent in spiritual exercises and guiding people.

Daata Sahib was the spiritual guide of the King of Bundi, a pious and just ruler. Every month, the king sent 12,000 silver coins to the saint as a gift offering.  It was well known that the gentle saint did not touch any of the silver coins with his own hands!  As soon as the silver coins came to his Zawiya, he asked his attendants to get a pair of tongs for him.  On getting the tongs, he distributed a few coins to his needy disciples.  He then asked his attendants to distribute the rest of the coins among the poor, needy, and the widows.

It was Daata Sahib’s practice to fast every day.  He broke his fast with a piece of wheat roti with some lentil soup.  This wheat used to come from his personal land.  An attendant used to harvest the wheat, clean it, and then grind it.  This wheat was then stored and used for the rest of the year. Apart from this wheat and lentils that grew on his land, Daata Sahib refused to eat any grains from any other source!

Daata Sahib used to have a langar (soup kitchen) which was operated every day.  Needy people who wanted food, would congregate in hisbageechi (garden) and his attendants used to serve them hot food.  This soup kitchen was personally supervised by the gentle saint.  He would often be seen walking up and down the bageechi, encouraging the people to eat their fill.

SPIRITUAL PLURALISM STORY FROM H. DAATA SAHIB’S LIFE:

Daata Sahib used to enthusiastically preach and practice spiritual tolerance and pluralism.  Thus, he assiduously followed the example of our beloved Prophet (May God’s peace be on him), who had written the Achtiname as a proof of his spiritual pluralism for the monks of Saint Catherine’s Monastry.  In terms of spiritual tolerance, Daata Sahib also followed in the pious footsteps of other Qadriya Sufi saints like Hazrat Mian Mir RA. Mian Mir, a very strict Qadriya saint – established the foundation stone of the beautiful Golden Temple of the Sikhs. His disciple, our beloved master – Hazrat Dara Shikoh had translated the Upanishads from Sanskrit.  Due to Daata Sahib’s gentle spiritual pluralism, people of all faith practices flocked to his bageechi.

Daata Sahib had disciples all over India.  These disciples followed different spiritual paths, but they treasured their spiritual master.  For spiritual retreats and spiritual celebrations, disciples used to travel for many miles to be with their beloved master.  When these disciples reached Bundi, they stayed outside the city in Daata Sahib’s bageechi.  This bageechi had been gifted by the King of Bundi to the saint.  When the time to eat lunch arrived, the Hindu disciples were served vegetarian food by the gentle saint, who was also a vegetarian.  The Muslim disciples were given non-vegetarian meals with specific instructions to bury the meat bones in the ground after their meal.

The reason the Muslim disciples were asked to bury the meat bones in the ground was due to Daata Sahib’s love for his neighbor and his tolerance of his neighbor’s spiritual path. Daata Sahib’s neighbor was a vegetarian who practiced the serene path of Jainism.  Jainism is a spiritual path that advocates non-violence towards all beings.  Daata Sahib knew about the Jain way of life and wanted to make sure that the birds in his garden did not take the meat bones from the meals and drop them on his neighbor’s property. He was deeply concerned that this would offend his gentle neighbor.  By asking his Muslim disciples to bury their meat bones, he was teaching them a lifelong lesson in compassion and tolerance.



 

29th Rabi ath Thani Urs Sufi Hamid Uddin Nagori (ra), Nagore Rajasthan 673 H

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Hazrat Hamiduddin Nagori (ra)

Hamid Uddin Nagori (ra) was one of the principle disciples of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (ra). He was sent to Nagore in Rajasthan to spread the Sufi message and to teach Islam. He had many disciples and blessings in his life. He was known to refuse help from the government in Nagore. He had a plot of land which he worked himself and earned his keep from. When offered another plot of land by the Hakim of the city he refused.



 

27th Rabi ath Thani Urs Faqruddin Fakhrey Jahan, Mehroli, New Delhi 1199AH

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Faqruddin Fakhrey Jahan (ra) Mehroli, Delhi, India

Hazrat Moulana Faqruddin Fakhrey Jahan (ra) was one of the most brilliant of Islamic scholars in India, as well as being one of the most popular of the Chishtia saints. Indeed, this noble personality’s influence is so great that it is said that after Khwaja Moinudeen Chishti (ra) and his immediate successors (the Big Five), Moulana Fakhrudeen (ra) is regarded as being the most influential figure in the spread of the Chishtia order. All contemporary branches of the order are directly linked to the great Moulana, and his services and dedication to Islam have rarely been equalled.

Hazrat Moulana Fakhrudeen (ra) was pivotally involved in the reformation of Muslim society and actively campaigned for the correct implementation and practice of the Holy Qur’an and the sacred traditions of Rasulallah (saw). His reformations did not stop at the masses, however. Emperors such as Ghaziuddeen Khan, his son and Emperor Shah Alam his mureeds. Another famous emperor of India, Bahadur Shah Zafar, was a great lover of Moulana Fakhrudeen (rahmatullahi alaihi) and devoted many of his poems to the great saint. In one poem the emperor says,

“I am a devotee of Qutbudeen
And dust at the feet of Fakhrudeen.
A king I may be
But a lowly servant of Fakhrudeen I seem.”

Thousands of students and disciples achieved great benefit at the hand of this great servant of Islam, and the knowledge that he imparted still bears its fruit today. Hazrat Moulana Faqruddin Fakhrey Jahan (ra) passed away on the 27th Rabi-ath thaani in 1199AH at the age of 73 years, but his legacy lives on and will Insha-allah continue till the day of Qiyaamat.

Information is from Aulia-e-Hind.com



 

26th Rabi ath Thani Urs Hazrat Dost Mohammed, Aurangabad 1090AH

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Hazrat Dost Muhammad (ra)

The most I can find of him was that he was a great warrior and the father of Hazrat Syed Ali Mira Datar (ra). If you have more information please let me know, insha’allah.


 

19th Rabi ath Thani Urs Hazrat Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya, Nizamuddin West, Delhi, India 1325CE

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Nizamuddin Aulia Dargha

Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Auliya (1238 – 1325 CE) also known as Hazrat Nizamuddin, was a famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order in India. He was born in Badayun (east of Delhi), though he later settled in Delhi, where his shrine (Nizamuddin Dargah) is still located. His original name was Mohammed. He was the son of Ahmad Dainiyal, who came to Badayun from Ghazani in the year 1234-35. At the age of 20, Nizamuddin went to Ajodhan (the present Pak Pattan in Pakistan) and became the disciple of Fariduddin Ganj-i-Shakkar. He was also the spiritual master of Amir Khusro.

One of the great saints in the Chishti lineage. From him we trace the Chishtis to Hyderabad, Gujarat, Delhi and more places. Most Chishti orders around the world have his blessed presence in their silsila. All are welcome at his Dargha where the beautiful strains of the Qawwal are heard on Thursday nights. His beloved disciple, Amir Khusro, who was primary in the development of the Urdu language, the Qawwal, is also buried there.

There is a wonderful story about the kind of relationship that Nizamuddin Aulia had with Amir Khusro. Nizamuddin was in the habit of giving away all that came to him in a day. Lines of people in need would come to his khanka asking for boons. It happened that one day a very poor farmer came to ask for enough money to keep his farm and feed his family. He came from very far away and was at the end of the line that day. When he got to the blessed one’s feet there was nothing left. The man wept and pleaded with Nizamuddin for something that would help tide his family over the difficult times. Finally the saint gave the man his sandals, apologizing that that was all he had. Reluctantly the man thanked Nizamuddin and with the sandals he began the journey home, wondering how this would help his situation.

His return home led him to a small caravan camp where he decided to spend the night. Surrounding him were caravans rich with goods going to and from Delhi in trade around the world. One of the caravans belonged to Amir Khusro who sat near the man around the campfire. They all sat talking and telling their tales but when the man related where he had been and what he was doing, immediately Amir Khusro jumped up. “And are those the sandals of Nizamuddin Aulia?” he pointed to the very sandals that the man had received. The man was quite shaken at the intensity with which Amir asked but he acknowledged that indeed they were. Amir Khusro told the man he would buy them from him. When asked what he would pay he pointed to his caravan and said “All I have.” The farmer was surprised to say the least but over joyed and quickly agreed to the bargain before this madman changed his mind.

The next day Amir Khusro returned to Delhi and to Nizamuddin Aulia. He walked into the Khanka with the sandals on his head. When Nizamuddin saw this he said “Amir, my Turk, what did you pay for those sandals?” “Everything I have.” was the reply. To which Nizamuddin said “Well, you got them for a cheap price!”