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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)

27th Safar Urs Hazrat Sheikh Muhammad Yahya Madani, Jannat al Baqi, Medina, Saudi Arabia1122AH/1689CE

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Present day Jannat al Baqi, Medina

Hazrat Khawaja Yahya Madni (ra)

Do grasp the helpless with your grace
Do grant us a sip from the goblet of love
Be good to us, for the sake of the best of creation
Salutations to you, oh Qutab of Madinah, salutations
Have mercy Shaykh Yahya, master of kindness.

Shaykh Abu Yusuf Yahya ibn Mahmud (ra) was a great master of the Chishti Nizami order whose renown spread beyond the borders of the Indian Subcontinent, to the Arab World and even the Hijaz. Such was his greatness that he was afforded the title of Muhyin ad Din the reviver of religion by his contemporaries.

It is reported that he was a born wali, and upon completing his formal training in the Islamic sciences, he began a search for a spiritual guide. He soon became the murid of the elderly Khwaja Muhammad Chishti (ra), the famed Sufi master of Gujrat. Such was his degree of spiritual perfection, even at such a young age, that he was immediately awarded the khilafat-e-azam of Khwaja Muhammad for every silsilah in which he was authorized. He also( later) received khilafat from both his father and grandfather whilst still in India.

He settled in Dehli where he began the spiritual instruction of the people there. His fame soon spread to such a degree that Aurangzeb, the last of the great Mughal Emperors, often sent messengers requesting to meet him. In the tradition of the Chishtiyyah, however Shayukh Yahya (ra) consistently refused to see him. Eventually, clearly growing exasperated, Emperor Aurangzeb decided to arrive unannounced at his Khanqah.

He arrived with his entourage and presented himself before the great saint, asking a question about Dhikr. Khwaja Yahya (ra) however, was unfazed by the appearance of Aurangzeb, the most powerful man in the known world at that time. He merely recited a verse from Holy Qur’an most likely,” Oh ye who believe, do not enter another’s house without permission of the owner and without greeting them with peace.”– as well as instructing the mighty Emperor about the Sunnah of visitation. Then he dismissed him, warning him that if he returned without permission he would suffer the consequences.

This astounding display of indifference in the face of one of the greatest temporal powers the world had ever seen who was also nototious for his lack of tolerance or humility-merely enhanced the respect in which Shaykh Yahya Madani (ra) was held. It prompted comparisons with the actions of the great elders of the Chishtiyyah order and their struggles with the ruling powers.

Shaykh Yahya was a great lover of Saama , and often used to arrange gatherings of saama at his khanqah, for the benefit of his muridin. His love for Rasullullah (saw) was deep and intense, so much so that he eventually emigrated to Madinah to live at the feet of the Holy Prophet (saw). This, of course, is the reason for his title ( ism al-nisbah), al-madani.

There are various reasons mentioned for his emigration. One states that during one of his saama sessions, a qawwal recited a verse about going to Madinah and meeting one’s beloved. At this he went into a state of ecstacy and declared, ‘I will go tomorrow!’  There awoke in him a great longing to live in the illuminated city of the blessed Prophet (saw). Another story says that Rasulullah (saw) came to him in a dream and asked him to journey to Madinah in order to live with him. One way or another, his longing grew too intense, and he left his khanqah and all his worldly possessions in order to end his physical separation from his beloved.

Before he left, he asked his mother’s permission, which she granted on condition that he would return for her Janazah. He thus left on the long and hard journey to Madinah; but immediately upon arriving, he promptly returned to his homeland in time to be with his mother through her final illness.

He performed her Janazah (funeral), then left once again for Madinah, where he settled until his won wisal, he passed on the 27th and was burried on the 28th of Safar 1122 AH. in Janna al-Baqi, near the mazar of Sayyidina Uthman (ra) although his own grave was later destroyed.



 

1st Muharram Urs Hazrat ‘Allama Pirzada Mawlana Chaman Qadri, Bundi, India, 1434AH/2012CE

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

For Youtube video

bismillahboatHazrat Allama Peerzada Mawlana Chaman Qadri (may Allah grant him a long life and sanctify his secret) was a master of the Qadri Tariqa, an embodiment of the Sunnah, and one of India’s foremost spokesmen for tolerance and interfaith dialogue. He was an advocate for peaceful co-existence in today’s trying times, and served as the Chief Qazi in Bundi, Rajasthan. He was also a member of the Waqf Board and Hajj Committee, President of the All-India Qaumi Ekta Committee and All-India Seerate Committee in Rajasthan. Hazrat Sahib spent more than a quarter of a century under the auspicious gaze of his paternal uncle, Hazrat Muzaffar Ali al-Hanafi (‘Dāta Sahib’).

In 1957, 1969 and again in 2000, he made ziyara to the mazar shareef of Sayyidunā ‘sh-Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (may Allah perfume his resting place). He received permission to teach tasawwuf from Huzoor Pir Mohammad Ibrahim Baghdadi (may Allah have mercy on him), a direct descendent of the Chieftain of the Saints, Sultan al-Awliya’ and the former keeper of his blessed mausoleum. Hazrat Sahib also received a certificate of authorization from the younger son of Imam Ahmed Raza Muhaddith Barelwi, Huzoor Mufti-e-A’zam Hind (may Allah have mercy on him). He is the author of several books in Hindi and Urdu including Message of Peace, Jewels for Humanity, Commands of Shari’at, Saint son of Saint, and The Way of Peace.


 

26th Dhul Hijja Urs Khalifa Hazrat Umar, Medina, 23AH/644CE

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
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Khalifa Hazrat Umar in Prophet’s (saw) Masjid

Umar bin al-Khattab, the Second Khalifa of the Muslims

Umar, also spelled Omar (Arabic: عمر بن الخطاب, translit.: `Umar ibn Al-Khattāb, Umar Son of Al-Khattab, born 579 CE, was one of the most powerful and influential Muslim caliphs (guardians) in history. He was a Sahabah or companion of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He succeeded Abu Bakr (632–634) as the second Rashid of the Rashidun Caliphate on 23 August 634. He was an expert Islamic jurist and is best known for his pious and just nature, which earned him the title Al-Faruq (“the one who distinguishes between right and wrong”). He is sometimes referred to as Umar I by historians of Islam, since a later Umayyad caliph, Umar II, also bore that name.

Under Umar, the Rashidun Caliphate expanded at an unprecedented rate, ruling the whole Sasanian Empire and more than two thirds of the Byzantine Empire. His attacks against the Sassanid Persian Empire resulted in the conquest of Persia in fewer than two years. It was Umar, according to Jewish tradition, who set aside the Christian ban on Jews and allowed them into Jerusalem and to worship.

In 610 Muhammad started preaching the message of Islam. Umar, alongside others in Mecca, opposed Islam and threatened to kill Muhammad. He resolved to defend the traditional, polytheistic religion of Arabia. He was adamant and cruel in opposing Muhammad and very prominent in persecuting the Muslims. Umar was among the first to conclude that Muhammad had to be murdered in order to finish Islam. He firmly believed in the unity of the Quraish and saw the new faith of Islam as a cause of division and discord among the Quraish.

Due to the persecution at the hands of the Quraish, Muhammad ordered his followers to migrate to Abyssinia. As a small group of Muslims migrated Umar became worried about the future unity of the Quraish and decided to have Muhammad assassinated.

Umar converted to Islam in 616, one year after the Migration to Abyssinia. The story was recounted in Ibn Ishaq’s Sīrah. On his way to murder Muhammad, Umar met his best friend Na’eem bin Abdullah who had secretly converted to Islam but had not told Umar. When Umar informed him that he had set out to kill Muhammad, Na’eem feared the worst.

“While ‘Umar was at home in a state of fear, there came Al-‘As bin Wail As-Sahmi Abu ‘Amr who was an open enemy to Muhammad, wearing an embroidered cloak and a shirt having silk hems. He was from the tribe of Bani Sahm who were our allies during the pre-Islamic period of ignorance. Al-‘As said to ‘Umar “What is wrong with you?” He said, “Your people claim that they would kill me if I become a Muslim.” Al-‘As said, “Nobody will harm you after I have given protection to you.” So Al-‘As went out and met the people streaming in the whole valley. He said, “Where are you going?” They said, “We want Ibn Al-Khattab who has embraced Islam.” Al-‘As said, “There is no way for anybody to touch him.” So the people retreated.” Umar was a man of his word and would attempt to do what he said. So in order to divert his attention, Nuaim told him to inquire about his own house where his sister and her husband had converted to Islam. Upon arriving at her house, Umar found his sister and brother-in-law Saeed bin Zaid (Umar’s cousin) reciting the verses of the Quran from sura Ta-ha. He started quarreling with his brother-in-law. When his sister came to rescue her husband, he also started quarreling with her. Yet still they kept on saying “you may kill us but we will not give up Islam”. Upon hearing these words, Umar slapped his sister so hard that she fell to the ground bleeding from her mouth. When he saw what he did to his sister, he calmed down out of guilt and asked his sister to give him what she was reciting. His sister replied in the negative and said “You are unclean, and no unclean person can touch the Scripture.” He insisted, but his sister was not prepared to allow him to touch the pages unless he washed his body. Umar at last gave in. He washed his body and then began to read the verses that were: Verily, I am Allah: there is no God but Me; so serve Me (only), and establish regular prayer for My remembrance (Quran 20:14). He wept and declared, “Surely this is the word of Allah. I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” On hearing this, Hadhrat Khabbab came out from inside and said: ” O, Umar! Glad tidings for you. Yesterday Muhammad prayed to Allah, ” O, Allah strengthen Islam with either Umar or Abu Jahl, whomsoever Thou Likest.” It seems that his prayer has been answered in your favour. He then went to Muhammad with the same sword he intended to kill him with and accepted Islam in front of him and his companions. Umar was 27 when he accepted Islam.

Following his conversion, Umar went to inform the chief of Quraish, Amr ibn Hishām, about his acceptance of Islam. According to one account, Umar thereafter openly prayed at the Kaaba as the Quraish chiefs, Amr ibn Hishām and Abu Sufyan ibn Harb, reportedly watched in anger. This further helped the Muslims to gain confidence in practicing Islam openly. At this stage Umar even challenged anyone who dared to stop the Muslims from praying, although no one dared to interfere with Umar when he was openly praying.

Umar’s conversion to Islam granted power to the Muslims and to the Islamic faith in Mecca. It was after this event that Muslims offered prayers openly in Masjid al-Haram for the first time. Abdullah bin Masoud said,

Umar’s embracing Islam was our victory, his migration to Medina was our success, and his reign a blessing from Allah. We didn’t offer prayers in Al-Haram Mosque until Umar had accepted Islam. When he accepted Islam, the Quraysh were compelled to let us pray in the Mosque.

Umar’s caliphate is notable for its many conquests. His generals conquered Iraq, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kirman, Seistan, Khurasan, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Egypt, and incorporated them into the empire of the Muslims. All of these were permanent conquests. The Romans lost Syria, Palestine and Egypt for ever; and in Persia, the Sassani empire ceased to exist.

Umar was assassinated on the last Saturday of Dhul-Hijja (the last month of the Islamic calendar) of 23 A.H. (A.D. 644), and he was buried next to the Prophet and Abu Bakr.



 

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.