by Syeda Farida in The Hindu
February 5 marks the Urs of Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan that will be held at his mausoleum in Delhi. As a part of this event, special Sufi trails are being organised by international tour operators for followers of this Indian mystic who took Sufism to the West.
Abu Hashim Madani’s dargah in Purana Pul and Aastan-e-Kaleemi in Tolichowki (both in old Hyderabad) — mausoleums of the great teachers of Hazrat Inayat Khan feature prominently on the list.
It was in Hyderabad that the musician became a spiritual guru. His grandson Zia Inayat Khan, in his work A Pearl in Wine: Essays on the Life, Music and Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan, chronicles Hazrat Inayat Khan’s stay in the city.
My wife and I are currently in Hyderabad, visiting Pir Rasheed and soon we will all be travelling to Delhi for the Urs of Inayat Khan which happens this Sunday. Then the Urs of his father S.M. Zia ul Hassan Jili ul Kaleemi which will be on February 8 at the Astana in Tolichowki and then at his center in Yakatpura, insha’allah!