Archive for May, 2017

29th Shaban Urs Hazrat Sayed Abu Hashim Madani (ra) Hyderabad 1325AH/1907CE

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Hazrat Syed Abu Hashim Madani (ra)*

He was the mureed of Muhammad Hassan Jili ul Kalimi and the Murshid of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, may the peace of Allah (swt) be upon all of them. His dargah is in Hyderabad, India where he taught. *The picture purports to be of him but this is not certain.

There is only one virtue
and only one sin
for a soul on the path:
… virtue when he is conscious of God
and sin when he is not.

-Hazrat Syed Abu Hashim Madani


18th Shaban – Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sehwan, Pakistan 1274CE

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Lal Shahbaz Qalandar – Sehwan, Pakistan

The original name of ‘Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’ was Syed Muhammad Usman Shah Marwandi who was born in 1177 CE in Marwand, Iran. His father, Syed Ibrahim Kabiruddin, was a righteous and devout dervish, and his mother was a princess. His family migrated from Iraq and settled down in Meshed, from where they again migrated to Marwand. During the Medieval era, Meshed and other cities of that region were prominent centers of knowledge, culture and civilization.

A contemporary of Baha-ud-din Zakariya, Fariduddin Ganjshakar, Syed Jalaluddin Bukhari Surkh-posh of Uchch, Shams Tabrizi, Mehre Ali Shah Mast and Rumi, he travelled around the Muslim world settled in Sehwan (Sindh, Pakistan) and was buried there.

Shahbaz Qalandar proved strong religious leanings at a very young age. He learned the Holy Quran by heart just at age of seven, and at twenty embraced the Sufism. His dedication to the knowledge of various religious disciplines enabled him to eventually become a profound scholar. During his lifetime, he witnessed the Ghaznavid and Ghurids rules in South Asia.He became fluent in many languages including Persian, Turkish, Arabic, Sindhi and Sanskrit. His mysticism attracted people from all religions. He was called Lal (red) after his usual red attire, Shahbaz (falcon) due to his noble and divine spirit, and Qalandar for his Sufi affiliation. Hindus regarded him as the incarnation of Bhrithari. Lal Shahbaz lived a celibate life.

Lal Shahbaz Qalandar roamed throughout Middle East and came to Sind from Baghdad via Dasht-i-Makran. In 1263, he arrived in Multan, which at that time was at the height of beauty and splendour. The people of Multan wanted him to stay but he continued his journey southward and ultimately settled down in Sehwan, then a famous center of learning and popular place of worship for Hindus, in the southern part of Sindh, where he lived in the trunk of a tree on the border of the town. Shahbaz Qalander established his Khanqah in Sehwan and started teaching in Fuqhai Islam Madarrsah; during this period he wrote his treatises Mizna-e-Sart, Kism-e-Doyum, Aqd and Zubdah.

Inner courtyard of Lal Shabaz Qalandar Dargah

Lal Shahbaz Qalandar is an tremendously popular patron saint cherished and adored alike by Hindus and Muslims of Sind. He was a great missionary, mystic, scholar, philologist and poet. Several books in Persian and Arabic on philology and poetry are attributed to him. He was called ‘Lal’ (red) because of his red dress, ‘Shahbaz’ (falcon) due to his noble and divine spirit that soared like a falcon higher and higher in the limitless heavens and ‘Qalandar’ since he belonged to Qalandria order of Sufism and was saintly, exalted and intoxicated with love for eternal being of God. The legend goes that the present fakirs in Sewhan sent him a bowl of milk filled to the edge indicating that there was no room for anything more. But surprisingly, he returned the bowl with a beautiful flower floating on the top. This legend spread far and wide by the time of his death in 1274.

The shrine around his tomb, built in 1356, gives a stunning look with its Sindhi kashi tiles, mirror work and two gold-plated doors – one donated by the late Shah of Iran, the other by the late Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The inner chamber is about 100 yards square with the silver canopied grave in the middle. On one side of the marble floor is a row of about 12 inch high folding wooden stands on which are set copies of Quran for devotees to read. On the other side, beside a bundle of burning “Agarbattis” (joss sticks), are rows of “Diyas” (small oil lamps) lighted by Hindu devotees. The Hindus regarded him as the personification of Bhartihari, the saintly brother of King Vikramaditya, who is believed to have worshipped Shiva at the venue where Lal Shahbaz’s shrine is situated with all its splendour and beauty.


7th May (CE) Urs of Sheikh Muhammad Nazim Adil al Qubrusi al Haqqani, Cyprus, 2014CE

Sunday, May 7th, 2017
Sheikh Muhammad Nizam Adil al Qubrisi al Haqqani (ra)

Sheikh Muhammad Nizam Adil al Qubrusi al Haqqani (ra)

This is a news report from 2014 when the illustrious Sheikh passed on.

NICOSIA, Cyprus May 7, 2014 (AP)

Sheikh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Qubrusi al-Haqqani, a leading figure of Sufism, the mystical branch of the Islamic faith, died Wednesday at the age of 92 in the north of ethnically-divided Cyprus.

Imam Shakir Alemdar, the vice grand mufti of Cyprus, confirmed the death. The imam hailed the Cypriot-born Sheikh Nazim as one of the world’s great Islamic scholars and a spiritual leader to followers of Sufism, which traces its origins to the roots of Islam itself about 1,500 years ago.

Sheikh Nazim was leader of the Naqshbandi-Haqqani  Sufi order.

According to Sheikh Nazim’s website, his maternal line goes back to the 13th-century founder of the Mawlawiya Sufi order.

Born in Larnaca, Cyprus, on April 23rd 1922, Sheikh Nazim received his first religious instruction from his grandfather, an Islamic scholar.

He went on to study chemical engineering in 1940 at Istanbul University. In 1944, he visited Lebanon where he received further religious instruction from prominent Islamic scholars at the time.

Sheikh Nazim travelled to Europe in the 1970s and to the U.S. in the 1990s where he gained many followers. His sojourns also included trips to such countries as Malaysia, Singapore, India and Pakistan. He also opened a study center in Fenton, Missouri.

Known for his modesty, patience and cheerful demeanor, Sheikh Nazim teachings focused on Islamic moral values, according to his website.

Later in life, Sheikh Nazim would receive guests at his home in Lefke, Cyprus. He briefly met former Pope Benedict XVI during the pontiff’s 2010 visit to Cyprus. The encounter came as the pope was walking in a procession to a Mass at a Nicosia church near the U.N.-controlled buffer zone that divides the east Mediterranean island into a breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and an internationally recognized Greek Cypriot south.

Sheikh Nazim married in 1941 and had four children.

The Sheikh’s funeral was held in the northern part of Nicosia.

[inna allahi wa inna allahi rajayun – al fatiha]

via Cypriot Leading Figure of Islam’s Sufi Branch Dies – ABC News.


May 1 Urs of Pirani Amina Begum, 1949CE

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Pirani Amina Begum

In Loving Memory of Pirani Amina Begum

Pirani Ameena Begum 8 May 1892 – 1 May 1949

Born Ora Ray Baker in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, the wife of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, and the mother of their four children Noor-un-Nisa (1914), Vilayat (1916), Hidayat (1917) and Khair-un-Nisa (1919).

More information at Sufi Movement Website

Pirani Begum left a collection of 101 poems called “A Rosary of One Hundred and One Beads”. Some poems were lost in the war of 1940 but 54 have been preserved and were published in the text titled: ONCE UPON A TIME, Early Days Stories About My Beloved Father and Mother, by Hidayat Inayat-Khan

Pearls from the Ocean Unseen – Poem Nr. 27
by Pirani Amina Begum

O Pearls from the ocean unseen
Priceless and beyond compare,
Long sought by many a marine
In earnest unceasing prayer.
Thro’ the depths of the waters pure,
Various divers plunged to seek
Ye Pearls, until at last secure
In the hands of Him, so meek.
And He giveth ye to the world
To enlighten some few souls,
With hearts waiting to be unfurled,
By the Message that consoles.


5th Shaban Urs Hazrat Khwaja Fakhruddin (ra) Abul Kher- Sarwar, Rajasthan 661 H

Monday, May 1st, 2017
Dargah in Sarwar

Dargah in Sarwar

Hazrat Khwaja Fakhruddin (R.A.) – Sarwar Sharif : was the eldest son of Khwaja Sahib (Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti) (R.A.) who earned his livelihood by farming in Mandal town. He was a great saint and a scholar as well . After twenty years of Khwaja Sahib. (R.A.) death he died in Sarwar town, some 40 miles away from Ajmer. His Mazar is located near a pond in the town. His Urs is celebrated on the 3rd-5th of Shaban every year with great fervour. He was blessed with five sons. One of his sons, Hazrat Khwaja Hussamuddin was a perfect Sufi. Khwaja Hussamuddin’s grave is at Sanbar Sharif.

More information and pictures at the Aulia al Hind site: