Recently a gold “crown” was designed, cast and presented at the Dargha of Khwaja Fakhruddin Chishti, in Sarwar, about 65 kilometers from Ajmer where Fakhruddin’s father, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (may Allah be pleased with both of them), is buried. You can read more about it by following the link below:
My opinion of this is that it is a travesty.
Most of the revered individuals, Shayukh, Pirs, Murshids, Kwajas and others in the Chishti lineage were practitioners of poverty. And whatever they received in donations was immediately passed on to those in need, the poor of the neighborhoods around their Khankas. What was needed for food for those who lived in and to run the Khanka was minimal and also used as soon as it was given. There was no gifts such as this one. The cost in dollars of this “crown” is 2 crore India Rupees which in western counting system is 20 million rupees which is equivalent to a little over $476,000 (at .42 exchange rate). This enormous sum of money would have gone a long way to supplying food, medicine and schooling to the poor people in Sarwar and Ajmer.
Furthermore, individuals such as Fakhruddin would never take donations from people whose motives were suspect. Those such as government officials looking for some kind of endorsement from the Khwaja, or wealthy people who were just seeking absolution from their sins through the awlia’s intercession. Neither of these types were allowed into the Khanka, much less to give such donations as this. Yet here, as quoted in the above article:
With the nightmares of the 2G and CWG scams still haunting the party, top Congress leaders went to seek divine blessings at the dargah of Khwaja Fakhruddin Chisti, son of sufi saint Moinuddin Chisti on Friday.
The leaders offered a gold crown worth approximately Rs 2 crore to the dargah.
This is counter to every principle of the Chishtiyya. It is highly suspect and, as I said before, a travesty. Hundreds of thousands of people starve, are sick, jobless, unschooled while 2 crore rupees are wasted on a meaningless symbol. And this symbol now is only of the decadence that these people have sunk to. The officials of the dargha should be melting this down right now and using the money for social programs which the Chishtiyya are known for. And if they are too cowardly to do this, then they should be replaced.
The fault here is on both houses, the donors and the acceptors, but some blame must be laid at the feet of the devotees as well. People should know better! They should know that this kind of influence buying is neither correct, nor effective. Insha’allah they will never get what they are trying to purchase through such transgressions.