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27 Rajab Urs Hazat Junaid Baghdadi, Baghdad, 297or298AH

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Tomb of Hazrat Junaid Baghdadi

This link above is to a very good article about Junaid Baghdadi (ra) and his life. He is one of the most important influences in early Sufism. What is mentioned here is only a portion of the information at that website.

HIS POSITION IN THE SILSILA : Sheikh alal Itlaaq, Qultbul Istihqaaq, Mamba-e-Israar, Sultan-e-Tariqat, Sayyidut Taaifa, Hazrat Sheikh Junaid-e-Baghdadi (radi Allaho anhu) is the eleventh Imam and Sheikh of the Silsila Aaliyah Qaaderiyah Barakaatiyah Razviyah Nooriyah.

When he was seven years old, he went to Haramain Sharifain in the company of Hazrat Sirri Saqti (radi Allaho anhu). When they reached the Haram Shareef, four hundred Ulama were seated there, discussing the topic of Shukr (Gratefulness). All of the Ulama presented their views during this sitting. Hazrat Sirri Saqti (radi Allaho anhu) then turned to Hazrat Junaid-e-Baghdadi (radi Allaho anhu) and said, “O Junaid! You too should say something.” He lowered his sight for a few moments, and then said, “Shukr (gratefulness) is this, that you should not be disobedient through whatever bounties Allah has blessed you with, and you should not use it as a means of disobedience and causing distress.” On hearing this, all the Ulama said together, “O Coolness of our Eyes. Whatever you have said, is the truth and you are honest in your words, and we cannot say better than what you have said.” Hazrat Sirri Saqti (radi Allaho anhu) said, “O My Dear Son! From where did you learn such exemplary words?” Hazrat Junaid-e-Baghdadi (radi Allaho anhu) said,”This is through the blessing of your esteem companionship.” [Masaalikus Saalikeen]

He was a great Aalim Mufti. He was ahead of all in wisdom and eloquence. From the beginning, right up to the end of his life, he was loved by all. Everyone was pleased with him as the leader. There is no person that can point even a finger at the Maqaam of Hazrat Junaid-e-Baghdadi (radi Allaho anhu). The only people who could not see the station of Hazrat Junaid-e-Baghdadi (radi Allaho anhu) were those who were blind in faith.? He was known as the voice of the people, but he always called himself Abdul Masha?ikh (the servant of the Masters). Many of the Ulama also called him Sultanul Muhaqiqeen. He had reached very high levels in Shariat and Tariqat. Many great Sheikhs followed his silsila. He was the greatest Sheikh of his era. He spent time in the khidmat of Hazrat Muhaasibi (radi Allaho anhu). Once someone asked Hazrat Sirri Saqti (radi Allaho anhu) if the Mureed can be more famous than the Peer and Hazrat Sirri Saqti (radi Allaho anhu) said, “Yes, it is possible. The perfect example is right before you. I am the Peer of Junaid-e-Baghdadi, but he is more exalted than me.”

Hazrat Junaid-e-Baghdadi (radi Allaho anhu) passed from this world, on a Friday, the 27th of Rajab, 297 or 298 Hijri. His Dargah (Mazaar) is in Shaunizia, which is in Baghdad Shareef.


26 Rajab Lailat-ul-Mi’raj

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

السلام عليكم





سبحان الذي اسرى بعبده ليلا من المسجد الحرام الى المسجد الاقصى الذي باركنا حوله لنريه من اياتنا انه هو السميع البصير


Subhana allathee asra bi’abdihi laylan mina almasjidi alharami ‘ila almasjidi al-aqsa allathee barakna hawlahu linuriyahu min ayatina innahu huwa as-samee’u albaseer

Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things).

In the words of Rasul Allah (SAW)

Narrated Anas bin Malik

Dome of the Rock

The night Allah’s Apostle was taken for a journey from the sacred mosque (of Mecca) Al-Ka’ba: Three persons came to him in a dream while he was sleeping in the Sacred Mosque before the Divine Inspiration was revealed to Him. One of them said, “Which of them is he?” The middle (second) angel said, “He is the best of them.” The last (third) angle said, “Take the best of them.” Only that much happened on that night and he did not see them till they came on another night, after The Divine Inspiration was revealed to him. And he saw them, his eyes were asleep but his heart was not—-and so is the case with the prophets: their eyes sleep while their hearts do not sleep. So those angels did not talk to him till they carried him and placed him beside the well of Zam-Zam. From among them Gabriel took charge of him. Gabriel cut open (the part of his body) between his throat and the middle of his chest (heart) and took all the material out of his chest and abdomen and then washed it with Zam-Zam water with his own hands till he cleansed the inside of his body, and then a gold tray containing a gold bowl full of belief and wisdom was brought and then Gabriel stuffed his chest and throat blood vessels with it and then closed it (the chest). He then ascended with him to the heaven of the world and knocked on one of its doors.

The dwellers of the Heaven asked, ‘Who is it?’ He said, “Gabriel.” They said, “Who is accompanying you?” He said, “Muhammad.” They said, “Has he been called?” He said, “Yes” They said, “He is welcomed.” So the dwellers of the Heaven became pleased with his arrival, and they did not know what Allah would do to the Prophet on earth unless Allah informed them. The Prophet met Adam over the nearest Heaven. Gabriel said to the Prophet, “He is your father; greet him.” The Prophet greeted him and Adam returned his greeting and said, “Welcome, O my Son! O what a good son you are!” Behold, he saw two flowing rivers, while he was in the nearest sky. He asked, “What are these two rivers, O Gabriel?” Gabriel said, “These are the sources of the Nile and the Euphrates.”

Then Gabriel took him around that Heaven and behold, he saw another river at the bank of which there was a palace built of pearls and emerald. He put his hand into the river and found its mud like musk Adhfar. He asked, “What is this, O Gabriel?” Gabriel said, “This is the Kauthar which your Lord has kept for you.” Then Gabriel ascended (with him) to the second Heaven and the angels asked the same questions as those on the first Heaven, i.e., “Who is it?” Gabriel replied, “Gabriel”. They asked, “Who is accompanying you?” He said, “Muhammad.” They asked, “Has he been sent for?” He said, “Yes.” Then they said, “He is welcomed.” Then he (Gabriel) ascended with the Prophet to the third Heaven, and the angels said the same as the angels of the first and the second Heavens had said.

Then he ascended with him to the fourth Heaven and they said the same; and then he ascended with him to the fifth Heaven and they said the same; and then he ascended with him to the sixth Heaven and they said the same; then he ascended with him to the seventh Heaven and they said the same. On each Heaven there were prophets whose names he had mentioned and of whom I remember Idris on the second Heaven, Aaron on the fourth Heavens another prophet whose name I don’t remember, on the fifth Heaven, Abraham on the sixth Heaven, and Moses on the seventh Heaven because of his privilege of talking to Allah directly. Moses said (to Allah), “O Lord! I thought that none would be raised up above me.”

But Gabriel ascended with him (the Prophet) for a distance above that, the distance of which only Allah knows, till he reached the Lote Tree (beyond which none may pass) and then the Irresistible, the Lord of Honor and Majesty approached and came closer till he (Gabriel) was about two bow lengths or (even) nearer. (It is said that it was Gabriel who approached and came closer to the Prophet. Among the things which Allah revealed to him then, was: “Fifty prayers were enjoined on his followers in a day and a night.”

Then the Prophet descended till he met Moses, and then Moses stopped him and asked, “O Muhammad ! What did your Lord en join upon you?” The Prophet replied,” He enjoined upon me to perform fifty prayers in a day and a night.” Moses said, “Your followers cannot do that; Go back so that your Lord may reduce it for you and for them.” So the Prophet turned to Gabriel as if he wanted to consult him about that issue. Gabriel told him of his opinion, saying, “Yes, if you wish.” So Gabriel ascended with him to the Irresistible and said while he was in his place, “O Lord, please lighten our burden as my followers cannot do that.” So Allah deducted for him ten prayers where upon he returned to Moses who stopped him again and kept on sending him back to his Lord till the enjoined prayers were reduced to only five prayers.

Then Moses stopped him when the prayers had been reduced to five and said, “O Muhammad! By Allah, I tried to persuade my nation, Bani Israel to do less than this, but they could not do it and gave it up. However, your followers are weaker in body, heart, sight and hearing, so return to your Lord so that He may lighten your burden.”

The Prophet turned towards Gabriel for advice and Gabriel did not disapprove of that. So he ascended with him for the fifth time. The Prophet said, “O Lord, my followers are weak in their bodies, hearts, hearing and constitution, so lighten our burden.” On that the Irresistible said, “O Muhammad!” the Prophet replied, “Labbaik and Sa’daik.” Allah said, “The Word that comes from Me does not change, so it will be as I enjoined on you in the Mother of the Book.” Allah added, “Every good deed will be rewarded as ten times so it is fifty (prayers) in the Mother of the Book (in reward) but you are to perform only five (in practice).”

The Prophet returned to Moses who asked, “What have you done?” He said, “He has lightened our burden: He has given us for every good deed a tenfold reward.” Moses said, “By Allah! I tried to make Bani Israel observe less than that, but they gave it up. So go back to your Lord that He may lighten your burden further.” Allah’s Apostle said, “O Moses! By Allah, I feel shy of returning too many times to my Lord.” On that Gabriel said, “Descend in Allah’s Name.” The Prophet then woke while he was in the Sacred Mosque (at Mecca).

Part 2

Narrated Abu Huraira

On the night Allah’s Apostle was taken on a night journey (Miraj) two cups, one containing wine and the other milk, were presented to him at Jerusalem. He looked at it and took the cup of milk. Gabriel said, “Praise be to Allah Who guided you to Al-Fitra (the right path); if you had taken (the cup of) wine, your nation would have gone astray.”

Lastly about fasting in Sha’ban

Yahya related to me from Malik from Abu’n Nadr, the mawla of Umar ibn Ubaydullah, from Abu Salama ibn Abd ar-Rahman that A’isha, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to fast for so long that we thought he would never stop fasting, and he would go without fasting for so long that we thought he would never fast again. I never saw the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, fast for a complete month except for Ramadan, and I never saw him do more fasting in any one month than he did in Shaban.’

And for making up fast for last year’s Ramadan

Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said from Abu Salama ibn Abd ar-Rahman that he heard A’isha, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, “I used to have to make up days from Ramadan and not be able to do them until Shaban came.”

Wa allahu alim.


25 Rajab Urs Yadgar Chishti Ajmer Sharif

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Dome of Dargah Sharif Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti

At the moment this is all I have on Hazrat Yadgar Chishti, his initial meeting with Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. It is a wonderful story. If you know more about him please send it to me via the reply at the bottom of the blog posting.

When Khwaja Moinuddin was in Isfahan (Iran), one day he went to a beautiful garden of the ruler of the city, whose name was Yadgar Mohammad. His servants asked Khwaja Moinuddin to go away, but Khwaja refused to do so. In the meantime Yadgar Mohammad came there. He saw the Khwaja Moinuddin, grew furious, lost temper, and called him names. Khwaja Moinuddin looked at him angrily, this made him tremble and he fell unconscious. Khwaja Moinuddin took some water and sprinkled on his face. Yadgar came to his senses, and was drawn towards Khwaja. He offered all his wealth but Khwaja declined and ordered him to return all such money as he had acquired unjustly. He complied with the orders. He freed his all slaves, divided his wealth among the poor, and became a disciple of Khwaja Moinuddin.


25 Rajab Urs Fakhruddin Gurdezi Ajmer 642AH/1245CE

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Ajmer Sharif

Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi was Hussaini syed born in 544 hijri at Gurdez. Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A.) and Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A.) were first cousins and spiritual brothers. Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A.) was also the Khadim-e-Khas of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A). He used to attend on Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.) day in and day out, Therefore, he and his descendants the present Khadim community took pride and deemed it an honour to be called “Khadims” of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A).

When Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty(R.A) proceeded for India, his Peer-o-Murshid (spiritual mentor) Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni(R.A) asked him to take one of his blood relations and follower, Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A.) along with him. Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi(R.A), the Khadim-e-khas used to attend on Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A.) day in day out.

Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A.) died in Ajmer, on 25th of Rajab 642 A.H./1245 (nearly a decade after the Wisaal”(demise) of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.) and was buried near Mazar-e-Pak of Khwaja Saheb in the Hujra, which is known as “Tosh-e-Khana”. His annual Urs is celebrated on the 25th of Rajab, with all religious ceremonies, by the Khadims, (Syedzadgan).
The Khadims of Huzoor Gharib Nawaz known as “Syedzadgan” trace their descent from Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A.) through his Sons; Hazrat Khwaja Syed Masood(R.A), Hazrat Khwaja Syed Mahboob Bahlol(R.A) and Hazrat Khwaja Syed Ibrahim(R.A). The Khadim’s of Huzoor Gharib Nawaz(R.A) have been performing the religious duties for 8 centuries, since demise of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz(R.A).


22nd Rajab Urs Imam Jafar al Sadiq, Mecca, 148AH/765CE

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Gravesite at Jannat-ul-baqi

Jaʿfar ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (Arabic: جعفر بن محمد الصادق‎) was a descendant of Muhammad and a prominent Muslim jurist. He is revered as an Imam by the adherents of Shi’a Islam and as a renowned Islamic scholar and personality by Sunni Muslims. The Shi’a Muslims consider him to be the sixth Imam or leader and spiritual successor to Muhammad. The internal dispute over who was to succeed Ja’far as Imam led to schism within Shi’a Islam. Al-Sadiq was celebrated among his brothers and peers and stood out among them for his great personal merits.He is highly respected by both Sunni and Shi’a Muslims for his great Islamic scholarship, pious character, and academic contributions.

Although he is perhaps most famous as the founder of Shi’a Islamic fiqh, known as Ja’fari jurisprudence, he had many other accomplishments. He was the teacher of many subsequent Muslim scholars such as the founders of both Sunni and Shi’a Islamic schools of jurisprudence. As well as being considered an Imam of the Shi’a, he is revered by the Naqshbandi Sunni Sufi chain. He was a polymath: an astronomer, alchemist, Imam, Islamic scholar, Islamic theologian, writer, philosopher, physician, physicist and scientist [In later years in the west this would have been called a natural philosopher]. He was also the teacher of the famous chemist, Jābir ibn Hayyān, and a contemporary of Abū Ḥanīfa,the founder of the Hanafi school of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence.

Someone once asked Ja’far Al-Sadiq to show him God. Ja’far Al-Sadiq replied, “Look at the sun.” The man replied that he could not look at the sun because it was too bright.

Ja’far Al-Sadiq replied: “If you cannot see the created, how can you expect to see the creator?”

More information on Wikipedia here.