SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE :
When Khwaja Saheb had acquired the best knowledge and wisdom of the time,
he traveled widely in search of a pir (Spiritual guide) who could provide him
the best spiritual guidance. He came to know of Hazrat Khwaja Usman Haruni (R.A.)
who was the greatest scholar and unrivalled spiritual guide of that period. In
the very first meeting Khwaja Saheb completely submitted himself to his Murshid
and remained in the company of this great divine spiritual leader for twenty years
and served him devotedly, passing through the various stages of the spiritual
life. Thus the great Murshid trained and elevated Khwaja Saheb to the highest
AND PROPHET'S COMMAND :
As the great Khwaja became accomplished and perfect
in every respect, the divine tutor honoured him with his robe and took him to
HAJ. Both, then proceeded to Makkah and performed the HAJ, and then went to MADINA
and stayed there for some time, to get the blessings of the prophet of Islam (S.A.W.).
One night in a trance, he was ordered by the Holy prophet (S.A.W.)
you are a prop of our faith. Proceed to India and show the path of truth to the
people there". In compliance with the above spiritual command, Khwaja Saheb left
Madina for India. He continued his journey, passing through Isphahan, Bukhara,
Heart, Lahore and Delhi meeting several prominent Sufis of the period. He arrived
at the barren and desolated land of Rajputana which is now known as Rajasthan.
On his way to INDIA, he enrolled large number of people in his fold and blessed
thousands of others with spiritual power.
SAHEB AT AJMER :
Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisty arrived in AJMER around
587 A.H./1190 A.D., on his divine mission, unique in the annals of Islam. His
only Armour for the success of his great mission was the greatest "invisible power"
the pervades and sustains the whole universe. At that time Ajmer was ruled by
Prithvi Raj Chauhan the famous Rajput king. In his court, he had a large number
of powerful magicians with Ajai Pal as their leader. Khwaja Saheb stayed at a
hill close to Ana Sagar lake. Now known as the Chilla Khwaja Saheb. When news
spread, that a very pious Dervish had come to Ajmer people began to flock to him
in increasing number. Whosoever came to him, received the kindest treatment and
blessing and simplicity that they began to embrace Islam. Many became his disciples.
Even Ajai Pal submitted himself to the divine powers of Khwaja Saheb , gave up
all his magic and became his disciple.
While this was going on at Ajmer Shahabuddin Ghori again attacked India, in 1192
A.D. and in the famous battle of Tarain defeated Prithvi Raj. When Shahabuddin
Ghori came to know of the presence of Khwaja Saheb at Ajmer, he personally came
to see him at his place, and enjoyed the grace of his meeting.
Khwaja Saheb continued his noble and magnificent mission, showing the path of
truth to the people. He also sent his disciples and successors to different parts
of country who too served the people and preached the tenants of Islam. Some of
his prominent successors are :
- Hazrat Khwaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiar
Kaki (R.A.) (Delhi ob. 1236).
Shaikh Fariduddin Ganjshker (R.A.) (Pak Pattan ob. 1265).
Shaikh Nizamuddin Julia (Delhi ob. 1325).
Shaikh Nasiruddin Choragi Delhi (Delhi ob. 1356).
At the age of 50 yrs. when he was almost setttled in Ajmer
and the preachings were on the top, he dreamt of Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.) who
said, " O Moinuddin! You have been very active in obeying Allah's orders
but why dindn't you follow mu Sunnat." Thus, Khwaja Sahib (R.A.) made two
marraiges one after another.
those days a saint Wajihuddin Mash-hadi (R.A.) was staying in Ajmer. One night
he saw Imam Jafer Sadiq (Alehis Salaam) in dream, who quoted Prophet Mohammed
(S.A.W) as saying to give his daughter in marriage to Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti
as he is one of the loving persons of Allah and his Prophet (SAW)
he woke up, he was very happy. He went to Khwaja Sahib and told about his dream.
Khwaja Sahib said, " Though he is on the verge of his life and has no need
to marry but obedience of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) is also necessary, so I accept
the offer whole heartedly and ready for the marraige. This made Syed Sahib (R.A.)
very happy and he married his daughter Bibi Asmat with him.
Sahib (R.A.) also had a second marraige. Some historians write that his second
wife Ummatullah was the daughter of a Raja, who accepted Islam willingly.
sons and one Daughter were born to the two wives whose names are :
Hazrat Khwaja Fakhruddin (R.A.).
2. Hazrat Khwaja Hisamuddin (R.A.)
3. Hazrat Khwaja Ziauddin Abu Sayeed (R.A.)
4. Bibi Hafiza Jamal Rahmatullah
Khwaja Fakhruddin (R.A.)
He was the eldest son of Khwaja Sahib (R.A.)
who earned his livelihood by farming in Mandal town. He was a great saint and
a scholar as well . Agter twenty years of Khwaja Sahib. (R.A.) death he
died in Sarwar town, some 40 miles away from Ajmer. His Mazar is located near
a pond in the town. His Urs is celebrated on the 3rd of Shaban every year with
great fervour. He was blessed with five sons. One of his sons, Hazrat Khwaja Hussamuddin
was a perfect Sufi. His grave is at Sanbar Sharif. Every year on 13 and 14 Rajab
Urs is organised.
Khwaja Hissamuddin (R.A.)
He was the second son and he was a great
saint, as well as possessin the quality of revelation. he made very tough exercises
for self purification. at the age of 45, he disappeared from the human eyes and
joined invisible religious fraternity.
Khwaja Ziauddin Abu Sayeed (R.A.)
He was the youngest son of Khwaja
Gharib Nawaz and was a great religious person. He died. He died at the age of
50. His Mazar is on a platform near Jhalara Ghat in Ajmer Sharif. His Urs-e-Mubarak
is celebrated on 13th Zil-Hijja every year.
Bibi Hafiza Jamal (R.A.)
She was the only daughter of Khwaja Sahib.
She was a great religious personality. Khwaja Sahib granted her Khilafat. She
guided thousands of women to the righteous path. She was married to Hazrat Shaikh
Raziuddin (R.A.). He was the son of Qzai Hamiduddin nagori (R.A.) Her Mazar -e-Mubarak
is located below the Mazar of Khwaja Sahib.
SAHEB BREATHED HIS LAST
After achieving the objectives of his mission
and complying with the command given to him by the Holy prophet, his noble soul
left the corporeal body on the 6th of Raja 633 A.H. / 16th March 1236 at the age
of 97. He was buried in the same cell (Hurrah) which was the center of
his divine activities, throughout his stay at Ajmer. Today his tomb is popularly
known as "Digrah Khwaja Saheb, Ajmer". People of all walks of life and faith
from all over the world, irrespective of their caste, creed and beliefs visit
this great shrine to offer flowers of there esteem and devotion. The rich and
the poor stand side by side to pay their homage and respect to the divine soul.