17th Muharram Urs Ghulam Qutb al-Din, Lahore, Pakistan,1210CE

Mausoleum in Lahore, Pakistan

Qutb-ud-din Aibak (Arabic: قطب الدين أيبك‎, Persian: قطب الدین ایبک‎; lit. “Axis of the Faith”) was a Turkic king of Northwest India who ruled from his capital in Delhi where he built the Qutub Minar and the Quwwat Al Islam mosque. He was of Turkic descent from central Asia(modern day Aybak, Samangan, Afghanistan), the first Sultan of Delhi and founder of the Ghulam dynasty (Mamluk Sultanate) of India. He ruled for only four years. He died while playing polo in Lahore.

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17th Muharram Urs Shah Mohammed Afaq Delvi, Delhi

Shah Muhammad Afaq

Shah Mohammed Afaq Delvi was a Naqshabandi sheikh and his dargha is near Pul Bangash Metro Station On Roshan Aaraa Road Delhi.

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14th Muharram Urs Hazrat Khwaja Mumshad Dinawari, Dinawar, Iraq, 299AH/911CE

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Mumshad Dinwari, or Karimuddin Mun’im, was an early Sufi saint, a successor to Abu Hubairah Basri, seventh link in the Sufi silsilah of the Chishti Order, and the Master of Abu Ishaq Shami. There seem to be many versions of his name in English letters when transliterating from Urdu, Persian and Arabic. I have chosen Mumshad Dinawari as being the most correct as far as I can tell.

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13th September Hejirat Day – 1910CE

Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan
Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

When Inayat Khan came to the West — from his perspective we might call it “the mysterious West” — in 1910, he brought with him the traditions of the Sufi schools of India and Central Asia. He came with the intention of bringing harmony, and even as the methods he was to teach were all but unknown to a Eurocentric, post-Victorian society, so was the ground in which his seeds were to be sown a world unknown to him.

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13th September Urs of Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, d. Dachau, Germany, 1944

This information is taken from the Inayati Order Website (www.inayatiorder.org)

Noor-un-nisa Inayat Khan was the first child of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan and his American wife, Amina Begum (nee Ora Ray Baker). With the genetic heritage of Eastern and Western Mystics, Noor was a child of destiny. She deeply affected the hearts of all those she encountered, from her childhood meeting with her father’s disciples, to the Nazi interrogators who destroyed her body, but could not break her spirit.

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