Salman the Persian or Salmān al-Fārsī (meaning “the Persian” born Rouzbeh) was one of Muhammad’s companions. During some of his later meetings with the other Sahaba, he was referred to as Abu Abdullah (“Father of Abdullah”).
It was Salman who came up with the idea of digging a great trench around the city of Medina to defend the city and its people from the army of 10,000 non-Muslims of Arabia. Muhammad and his companions agreed and accepted Salman’s plan because it was safer and there would be a better chance that the non-Muslim army of Arabia would have a larger number of casualties. Salman came up with the idea from remembering the same thing happening in Persia; when the Persians learned that their enemies planned to invade their territory, they dug a trench around them to be safe. The attack that the Muslims had expected, is known as the Battle of the Trench.
Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, passed away on Friday, October 10th 2008.
Leaving Tehran in 1979, and after traveling widely in the United States, he settled in England in 1986 and never returned to Iran where the Order continues to thrive despite official attempts to deny the spirit of Iranian Sufis. He himself personified the Sufi life, serving humanity in humility and love. In addition to his role as a Sufi master, he was a pioneer in developing and establishing modern psychiatric practice and facilities in his native Iran.
Hazrat Syedna Shah Ameer Abulula Ahrari Naqshbandi (سیدنا شاہ امیر ابو العلی احراری) was a Sufi saint of the Naqshbandi order in India. He died in 1651 during the reign of the Moghul emperor Jahangir, and his shrine is located in Agra. He married the daughter of his spiritual master, Hazrat Syedna Abdullah Ahrari Naqshbandi, who was also his uncle. He was also the nephew of Faizi and Abu al-Fazl ibn Mubarak.
The “Abul Ulai” sublineage of the Naqshbandi order is named after him and is one of the major sublineages in South Asia. The major branch of the Abululai order is the Aghai Abululai branch based in Aghapura, Hyderabad, India.
Muhammad Suleman Taunsvi (1184A.H/1770CE – 1267A.H/1850CE) was a Sufi saint born to the Jafar Pakhtun tribe of Darug, Loralai District, Balochistan province, in what is now Pakistan. His dargah lies in Tehsil Taunsa of district Dera Ghazi Khan of Punjab province in Pakistan. Taunsa Sharif is located on the Karachi-Peshawar Indus Highway near the headworks on the Indus River called Taunsa Barrage. His urs is celebrated at his shrine every year from 5-7 Safar.
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