28th Ramadhan Urs Hazrat Khadim Hasan, Gudri Shah Baba III, Usmani Chilla, Ana Sagar, Ajmer, India,1970CE

June 23rd, 2017

Mazar at Usmani Chillah, Ana Sagar, Ajmer, India

Hazrat Nawab Mohammad Khadim Hasan Shah Sahib, also known as Nawab Gudri Shah Baba, seemed to have been destined from an early age to be the outstanding Sufi saint he was. He was born in Moradabad, India on the 4th Jumada’ Thani 1312 A.H. (Dec. 3, 1894). He was interested in Sufism from an early age and preferred the company of dervishes. Thus after becoming the disciple of Hazrat Qazi Gudri Shah Baba of Ajmer, he left all behin…d and resettled in Ajmer in the company of his spiritual guide whose spiritual successor he became in later years. Thus he became heir to the Gudri Shahi Sufi Order.

His accomplishments thereafter were numerous and noteworthy. He was a prolific writer. Under his poet’s name, Khadim, he was the author of numerous volumes of Urdu poetry which have since been published. In addition, he authored books on many topics including among them, Sufism, and Sufi saints and great personages of Islamic history. On this website, http://muslim-canada.org/sufi/nawab.htm two of his books have been translated into English The Path of Tasawwuf and Hazrat Nizamuddin Awlia, r.a. His disciples numbered in the many thousands and today have spread as far as Europe and North America.

Thus after a long life of devotion and service, he died on 28th Ramadan 1390 A.H. (November 29th 1970). He is buried at Usmani Chillah, Ana Sagar in Ajmer, India. To date his Urs is celebrated annually in accordance with the Islamic date. The most recent burial (C.E. 1996) on the same hill is that of Dr. Zahurul Hassan Sharib, r.a., the first Sajjadah Nasheen of the shrine of Nawab Gudri Shah Baba, r.a.


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Laylatul Qadr 27 Ramadan 1438 night of June 21-22, 2017

June 21st, 2017

Are we looking for laylat al Qadr in these last ten days?

Remember that A wife of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) asked him what prayers she should say on Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Power) if she knew which night it was. The Prophet told her to say: “O God, Thou art forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me.”

Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee

And Allah (SWT) says in Quran Sharif:

Inna anzalnaa -hu fe laylah mubaarakah Inna kunnaa mundhiren

We revealed this Quran in a blessed night (Laylat al-Qadr); for We wanted to forewarn mankind.

fe -haa yufraq kull ‘amr h.akem

In that night every matter is decided wisely

The Holy Quran, 44:3-4



 

 

19 June – Birthday Hazrat Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (ra)

June 19th, 2017

Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (ra)

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. As Pir Zia, his son and spiritual heir, reflected: “Spurning the temptation to succumb to the inertia of routinization, impelled by a string of discoveries—spiritual openings alternating with deep readings of science and scripture—Pir Vilayat blazed a trail toward the spirituality of the future.”

For more information on the Sufi Order International see www.sufiorder.org.


 

17 June – Urs Hazrat Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin west, 2004CE

June 17th, 2017

Pir Vilayat’s Dargah in Delhi, Nizamuddin West

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, a spiritual community in the Berkshires for over thirty years, and Omega Institute, a flourishing learning center.

He published many books on aspects of meditation and realization. His last book, In Search of the Hidden Treasure (2003), is an imagined congress of classic Sufi mystics commenting on contemporary and universal themes.

Pir Vilayat died on June 17, 2004 in Suresnes, France. His Dargah is in Nizamuddin West, Delhi, India not far from his father’s Dargah and that of Nizamuddin Awlia. Many pilgrims visit his Dargah on the Urs and during the Urs celebrations of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Khwaja Nizamuddin Awlia, may Allah have mercy on them all.



 

21st Ramadhan Urs Hazrat Ali, 40AH/661AD

June 16th, 2017

Hazrat Ali (ra)

Imam Ali (ra) was the cousin of Rasul Allah (saw) and married his (saw) daughter Fatima (ra). They had two sons, Hassan and Hussein, and two daughters Zainab and Umm Kulthum, a third son, Mohsin, died during childhood. May Allah (swt) be pleased with them all. He (ra) was the fourth Caliph of Islam in the Sunni tradition and the first Imam of the Shi’a tradition. There is so much that can be said about Hazrat Ali, that I will leave it to one wonderful story about his mathematical genius and his kind way of settling problems.

A person was about to die, and before dying he wrote his Will which went as follows:

“I have 17 Camels, and I have three sons. Divide my Camels in such a way that my eldest son gets half of them, the second one gets 1/3rd of the total and my youngest son gets 1/9th of the total number of Camels.”

After his death when the relatives read his will they got extremely perplexed and said to each other that how can we divide 17 camels like this.

So after a long hard thought they decided that there was only one man in Arabia who could help them: “Imam Ali (AS).”

So they all came to the door of Imam Ali (AS) and put forward their problem.

Imam Ali (AS) said, “Ok, I will divide the camels as per the man’s will.”

Imam Ali (AS) said, “I will lend one of my camels to the total which makes it 18 (17+1=18), now lets divide as per his will.”

The eldest son gets 1/2 of 18 = 9
The second one gets 1/3 of 18 = 6
The youngest gets 1/9 of 18 = 2
Now the total number of camels = 17 (9+6+2=17)

Then Imam Ali (AS) said, “Now I will take my Camel back.”

Death

On the 19th of Ramadan, while worshipping in the Great Mosque of Kufa, Ali was attacked by the Khawarij Abd-al-Rahman ibn Muljam. Ali ordered his sons not to attack the Kharijites, instead stipulating that if he survived, ibn Muljam would be pardoned whereas if he died, ibn Muljam should be given only one equal hit (regardless of whether or not he dies from the hit).[99]

The wound Ali received by ibn Muljam’s poison-coated sword while prostrating in the Fajr prayer resulted in his death in Kufa a few days later on 28 February 661 (21 Ramadan 40 A.H). Thus, Hasan fulfilled Qisas and gave equal punishment to ibn Muljam upon Ali’s death.

Rawze-e-Sharif (Blue Mosque), Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan

According to Al-Shaykh Al-Mufid, Ali did not want his grave to be desecrated by his enemies and consequently asked his friends and family to bury him secretly. This secret gravesite was revealed later during the Abbasid caliphate by Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq, his descendant and the sixth Shia Imam.[101] Most Shi’as accept that Ali is buried at the Tomb of Imam Ali in the Imam Ali Mosque at what is now the city of Najaf, which grew around the mosque and shrine called Masjid Ali.

However another story, usually maintained by some Afghans, notes that his body was taken and buried in the Afghan city of Mazar-E-Sharif at the famous Blue Mosque or Rawze-e-Sharif.