- Hazrat Dost Muhammad (ra)
The most I can find of him was that he was a great warrior and the father of Hazrat Syed Ali Mira Datar (ra). If you have more information please let me know, insha’allah.
A Quranic Arabic class in session. Photo: Fawakih Institute
[Note from Imam Salim: This is article is long but well worth reading. It reflects many of the thoughts I have been having over the past ten years or so. I’d like to know your thoughts.]
How does one resolve these two parallel realities – that while there are fewer people going to mosques than before, houses of worship can and often do help […] Continue reading
- Grand Sheikh Sidi Hamza
Second Urs. He passed on 18 January, 2017 (CE). Here we list his Urs date according to the Hijri calendar – 20 Rabbi ath Thani.
I spent a wonderful Mawlid at his Zawia many years ago. Beacon of love!
- 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)
- Nizamuddin Aulia Dargha
Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Auliya (1238 – 1325 CE) also known as Hazrat Nizamuddin, was a famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order in India. He was born in Badayun (east of Delhi), though he later settled in Delhi, where his shrine (Nizamuddin Dargah) is still located. His original name was Mohammed. He was the son of Ahmad Dainiyal, who came to Badayun from Ghazani in the year 1234-35. At the age of 20, Nizamuddin went to Ajodhan (the present Pak Pattan in Pakistan) and became the disciple of Fariduddin Ganj-i-Shakkar. He was also the spiritual master of Amir Khusro.
One of the great saints in the Chishti lineage. From him we trace the Chishtis to Hyderabad, Gujarat, Delhi and more places. Most Chishti orders around the world have his blessed presence in their silsila. All are welcome at his Dargha where the beautiful strains of the Qawwal are heard on Thursday nights. His beloved disciple, Amir Khusro, who was primary in the development of the Urdu language, the Qawwal, is also buried there.
There is a wonderful story about the kind of relationship that Nizamuddin Aulia had with Amir Khusro. Nizamuddin was in the habit of giving away all that came to him in a day. Lines of people in need would come to his khanka asking for boons. It happened that one day a very poor farmer came to ask for enough money to keep his farm and feed his family. He came from very far away and was at the end of the line that day. When he got to the blessed one’s feet there was nothing left. The man wept and pleaded with Nizamuddin for something that would help tide his family over the difficult times. Finally the saint gave the man his sandals, apologizing that that was all he had. Reluctantly the man thanked Nizamuddin and with the sandals he began the journey home, wondering how this would help his situation.
His return home led him to a small caravan camp where he decided to spend the night. Surrounding him were caravans rich with goods going to and from Delhi in trade around the world. One of the caravans belonged to Amir Khusro who sat near the man around the campfire. They all sat talking and telling their tales but when the man related where he had been and what he was doing, immediately Amir Khusro jumped up. “And are those the sandals of Nizamuddin Aulia?” he pointed to the very sandals that the man had received. The man was quite shaken at the intensity with which Amir asked but he acknowledged that indeed they were. Amir Khusro told the man he would buy them from him. When asked what he would pay he pointed to his caravan and said “All I have.” The farmer was surprised to say the least but over joyed and quickly agreed to the bargain before this madman changed his mind.
The next day Amir Khusro returned to Delhi and to Nizamuddin Aulia. He walked into the Khanka with the sandals on his head. When Nizamuddin saw this he said “Amir, my Turk, what did you pay for those sandals?” “Everything I have.” was the reply. To which Nizamuddin said “Well, you got them for a cheap price!”