Imam Ahmad, Abu
Daud, Nasai, Ibn Majah and Tabarani have related on the authority of Hadrat
Ma’qil bin Yasar that the Holy Prophet said:
“Surah Ya Sin is the heart of the
The Surah Ya
Sin has been called the throbbing heart of the Quran because it presents the
message of the Quran in a most heartfelt manner, which overcomes one’s
inattention and indolence, stirring the spirit to action.
Amir Khusro : Ab’ul Hasan Yāmīn al-Dīn Khusro (1253-1325 CE), better known as Amir Khusro Dehlavi or Amir Khusraw Balkhi in Afghanistan and Iran (in Persian ), is one of the iconic figures in the cultural history of the Indian subcontinent. A Sufi mystic and a spiritual disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya of Delhi, Amir Khusro (or Khusrau or Khusraw) was not only one of India’s greatest poets, he is also credited with being the founder of both Hindustani classical music and Qawwali (the devotional music of the Sufis). He was born of a Turkish father, Saif Ad-din, and an Indian mother, in India. (from the Aulia e Hind website)
Over the course of his eighty-eight years of life, the great Sufi mystic and teacher Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan wove the timeless essence of Sufism into the unfolding expressions of contemporary culture and consciousness. A senior statesman of the world spiritual community, Pir Vilayat stood out as one who saw spiritual awakening as not separate from intellectual learning and creativity, or from full engagement with the latest developments in philosophy, psychology, science, culture, and the arts. He spoke five languages, studied philosophy at Oxford, and was an accomplished cellist.
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, was his father’s (Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan) successor and during his fifty years as head of the Sufi Order International became an internationally-recognized spiritual teacher and master of meditation. He was an avid student of many religious and spiritual traditions and incorporated the rich mystical heritage of East and West into his teachings, adding to it the scholarship of the West in music, science, and psychology. He initiated dozens of international inter-religious conferences as well as convening spiritual and scientific leaders for public dialogues. He founded the Abode of the Message, (now The Abode an Eco-Sufi Village) a spiritual community in the Berkshires for over forty years, and Omega Institute, a flourishing learning center.
He was the 7th link in the Golden Chain of the Chishti silsila. He was the successor of Hazrat Ibrahim bin Adham of Balkh and the teacher of Hazrat Khwaja Aminuddin Basri. Khwaja Sadid Uddin lived in Syria in Marshi. Unfortunately we do not have any photos of his dargha or of Marshi.
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The Hadj, or sacred journey, is the pilgrimage to the house of God at Mecca that all Muslims are asked to make once in their lifetimes. One of the world’s longest-lived religious rites, having continued without break for fourteen hundred years, it is, like all things Islamic, shrouded in mystery for Westerners. In The Hadj, Michael Wolfe, an American who converted to Islam, recounts his own journey a pilgrim, and in doing so brings readers close to the heart of what the pilgrimage means to a member of the religion that claims one-sixth of the world’s population. Not since Sir Richard Burton’s account of the pilgrimage to Mecca over one hundred years ago has a Western writer described the Hadj in such fascinating detail.