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Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (ra), or Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer, an Epitome of Love, Countered All Kinds of Extremism

 

By Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

27 May, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “The path of love is such, that he, who treads on it, loses his name and identity. Love is all-embracing and all-pervading: the lover's heart is a fireplace of love. Whatever comes in it is burnt and becomes annihilated. There is no fire greater in intensity than the fire of love. The sign of true love is manifested in obedience to and the fear of the Friend”1 said Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (ra), encouraging peace, tranquillity and countering every kind of violence, intolerance, terrorism, fanaticism and supremacism. To extinguish the fire of terrorism, hate and prejudice by the fire of love was the most important role of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) in the Indian subcontinent.

Hazrat Khwaja (1139-1236), also known as Khwaja Sahib or Gharib Nawaz ra (the benefactor of the poor) is the fountainhead of Islamic spiritual and Sufi movements in India and Pakistan. He is said to have been drenched in love to Allah Almighty, gaining the prospect of divine pleasure, serving and providing the entire humanity with his spiritual bounty. His goal was not to proselytize anyone; rather he conquered the hearts of people around him. Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, all experienced his spirituality; thus many of them themselves converted, transformed and awakened.

It was Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (ra) who taught his disciples to adopt a liberal attitude towards other religions. No hate, no violence, no extremism, and no kinds of terrorism are what we find the most in his teachings. This was the reason that everyone regardless of religion admired him and even till today Muslims and non-Muslims from far-flung areas come in a large number to visit his holy shrine. As a result, the peaceful interaction between Muslims and non-Muslims, especially Hindus is at the zenith in India.

All Sufi Sheikhs created an atmosphere of Hindu-Muslim amity, but the most prominent of them was the 13th century missionary, Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (ra). His teachings involved love to God Almighty, service of humanity, peace and harmony, personal evolution of human being; which helped India become the country of peace and love to a greater extent.

The highest form of devotion, Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (ra) taught his disciples, was “to redress the misery of those in distress, fulfil the needs of the helpless, and feed the hungry”. Thus he always taught us to love all humanity regardless of religion, culture, caste and creed. A very much cited example in this regard is that after the victory of India, Muhammad Ghori offered precious gifts to Gharib Nawaz (ra) which he did not accept and said, “Distribute these gifts among the poor of Ajmer.” Muhammad Ghori obeyed his order and came back to say, “I want to serve you too”. Hazrat Khawaja Gharib Nawaz (ra) said, “Wealth is a great mischief of the world. Even if it were a good thing, I would not have looked towards it.” Thereafter, he is reported to have made only one request to Muhammad Ghori: “Appoint Gobind Raj Chauhan, the son of the slain Prithvi Raj Chauhan the governor of Ajmer so that the conquered Hindu community accepts the rule of the conqueror Muslim community from their heart”. Muhammad Ghori obeyed his request. Hazrat Khawaja Gharib Nawaz (ra) was a prolific writer. Over 10,000 couplets in Persian are ascribed to him. But most of his writings have unfortunately been lost. The teachings of Khwaja Saheb have been recorded in several books on mysticism. The essence of teachings is based upon love, brotherhood, peace, integrity, river-like generosity, sun-like affection and earth-like hospitality.

As awareness on the biographical sketch of Khawaja Sahib (ra) has shown, he transformed hatred into love. Shadi Deo, the most learned of that time, along with colleagues and followers came to face Khwaja Sahib (ra) with bad intentions. But Khawaja Sahib’s one look changed their hearts and Shadi Deo fell on his feet. Most of them repented and accepted Islam. Shadi Deo was named as Saad. The terrifying magician Ajay pal Jogi launched tireless magical attacks on Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (ra). However, all his efforts went in vain and finally he too repented and accepted Islam. He was named as Abdullah.

We may start wondering how Khawaja Sahib (ra) lonely defeated their violence and changed them into peace-loving men. This grand success was merely because of his own inherent spiritual strength based upon characteristic qualities of Islam that enamoured the then people. As historical study has shown, he had no armies, nor did he come in a bid to conquer any Indian territory. His intention was pure. His simple message of peace, universal love and harmony penetrated even the stoniest of hearts. His affectionate look silenced the then bitterest enemies. His spiritual power amazed everyone and defied his fiercest adversaries who came in order to harm him. He adopted non-compulsive ways with the true spirit of the Holy Qur'an, which says:

“There is no compulsion in Din (Religion). Surely, the guidance has been evidently distinguished from error. So he who rejects false gods and believes in Allah has grasped such a firm handhold that will never (possibly) give way. And Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing” (2:256)

To sum up, it is suffice to quote the last sermon that Hazrat Khawaja Mu'inuddin Chishti (ra) delivered to his followers, teaching them peace, brotherhood, love to God Almighty and all humanity, truth and thus countering hate, prejudice and terrorism:

“Love all and hate none. Mere talk of peace will avail you naught. Mere talk of Allah and religion will not take you far. Bring out all of the latent powers of your being, and reveal the full magnificence of your immortal self. Be surcharged with peace and joy, and scatter them wherever you are and wherever you go. Be a blazing fire of truth, and be a soothing balm of peace.  With your spiritual light, dispel the darkness of ignorance; and spread goodwill, peace, and harmony among the people. Never seek any help, charity, or favours from anybody except Allah. Never go to the courts of kings, but never refuse to bless and help the needy and the poor, the widow, and the orphan, if they come to your door. To serve the people is your mission. Carry it out dutifully and courageously, so that I, as your Pir-o-Murshid, may not be ashamed of any shortcomings on your part before Allah almighty and our holy predecessors in the Sufi order (Silsilah) on the Day of Judgment” 2

Reference:

1.         ‘Daleel ul Aarefin’ compiled by Hazrat Khawaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki (RA)

2.         http://www.islam786.org/silsilaechistiya.htm#

A regular columnist for New Age Islam, Ghulam Ghaus is an Alim and Fazil (Classical Islamic scholar) with a Sufi background. He has completed the classical Islamic sciences from a Delhi-based Sufi Islamic seminary Jamia Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Zakir Nagar, New Delhi with specialization in Tafseer, Hadith and Arabic. He completed his Alimiat and Fazilat respectively from Jamia Warsia Arabic College, Lucknow and Jamia Manzar- e- Islam, Bareilly, U.P. He has graduated in Arabic (Hons) and is pursuing his M.A in Arabic from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

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TOTAL COMMENTS:-   9


  • Golden Words of Wisdom by Hadrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Chishti Ajmeri rahmatullah alaihi

    1.    To look lovingly towards your parents is also a reason to gain the pleasure of your creator.

    2.    An 'Aarif (order of saints) picks one foot and lands on the Arsh (throne of Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala) and with the other comes back again.

    3.    There is only one thing present in the entire universe and that is the noor (light) of Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala everything else is absent.

    4.    There is only one veil standing between man and his creator and it is called nafs (soul).

    5.    Do not be disillusioned by the enormity of the universe.

    6.    The distinctions between the Haram and a Monastery are superficial.

    7.    If love is not an automatic guide then one will never reach ones destination.

    8.    Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala is an all incorporating goodness and his divine decree is goodness for us.

    9.    Hoarding of wealth and food for profit has become a destructive disease in the body of the nation. To fight and eradicate this disease lies within each citizen.

    10. No nation can ever achieve progress until the men and the women do not go ahead shoulder to shoulder.

    11. Belief in the law, unity and discipline and its principles should be adopted you will become. Trustworthy in this World.

    12. Organise your nation according to the economics, political, education and important laws and conditions. Then you will definitely see, you would become such a nation that everybody will accept you and respect you.

    13. Freedom does not mean to be unbridled not does it mean you can do as you please or choose as you wish or say as you will, for freedom is a great responsibility which should be used with great care and intelligence.

    14. O! Young people, if you are going to use your strength and power in unnecessary pursuits then at a later stage you are going to reject it.

    15. The waters of the streams and rivers when flowing make a lot of noise but when it meets with the sea then there is no more noise. One must ponder over the different stages of its behaviour.

    16. If a person has these 3 qualities then he is Allah’s wali (friend):

    17. He is generous like the sea; every creation is blessed alike with his favours.

    18. He is affectionate like the sun whose light is everyone?

    He is hospitable like the earth, which is hospitable in exactly the same way towards all. So much of damage caused by sin has never been seen, as much as the damage caused by a brother being disrespectful and despicable towards another brother

    A related article of mine:

    Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (Radiallahuanhu), or Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer, an Epitome of Love, Countered All Kinds of Extremism

    http://www.newageislam.com/islam-and-spiritualism/ghulam-ghaus,-new-age-islam/khwaja-gharib-nawaz-(ra),-or-khwaja-moinuddin-chishti--of-ajmer,-an-epitome-of-love,-countered-all-kinds-of-extremism/d/87204
    By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 10/17/2015 6:45:23 AM



  • Mr. Nooruddin, Nice to see you here. I also love to dedicate this manqabat to Khawaja Gareeb Nawaz r.a. 

    Shehshah-e-Shahe Konen ki Taswir hai Khawaja,

    Haqiqat mae Khuda ke Nur ki Tanveer hai Khawaja.

    Dayare Hind se Bu-e-Muhabbet Hamko Aati hai,

    Es Farmane RASUL(SallallahoalaihwasallaM) Paak ki Tafsir hai Khawaja.

    Pukara Aapko SARKAR(SallallahoalaihwasallaM) ne Hindal Wali Keh kar,

    Khuda rakhe Salaamat HIND ki Tauqeer hai Khawaja.

    Elahi ho Moinuddin Mera Sab se LaSani,

    DUA Khawaja-e-Usman ki Taasir hai Khawaja.

    Musarkhar tab bhi Aalaam tha Musarkhar Ab bhi Aalaam hai,

    Kasam ALLAH ki Woh Sahibe Taskhir hai Khawaja

    Sar-e-Mehshar Tamasha dekhna AUSAAF kya hoga,

    Uthega Shor Mehshar mae Hamare Peer hai Khawaja.


    By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 5/29/2014 12:29:27 AM



  • Mohiyuddin Ghaus hain aur khwaja moinuddin hain

    Ae hasan kyon na ho mahfooz aqeeda tera 


    By Nooruddin Mohammad - 5/29/2014 12:20:15 AM



  • Thanks Mr. Ahmad Raza for adding to this thread the golden words of wisdom by Khawaja Gharib Nawaz ra like “If love is not an automatic guide then one will never reach ones destination” and “No nation can ever achieve progress until the men and the women do not go ahead shoulder to shoulder” and so on.

    All the followers of Khawaja Sahib ra should abide by and take such words of wisdom to each and every individual. 


    By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 5/29/2014 12:03:28 AM



  • Thanks Mr. Ahmad Raza for adding to this thread the golden words of wisdom by Khawaja Gharib Nawaz ra like “If love is not an automatic guide then one will never reach ones destination” and “No nation can ever achieve progress until the men and the women do not go ahead shoulder to shoulder” and so on.

    All the followers of Khawaja Sahib ra should abide by and take such words of wisdom to each and every individual. 


    By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 5/29/2014 12:03:18 AM



  • A very good article by Mr Ghulam Ghaus 

    The people followed Khawaja Sahib rahmatullah alaihi owing to his own great moral power, glorious and appealing character, with love and dedication to mankind, without any worldly resources of wealth, power, force or support. He interpreted the true Islamic message of peace and love for mankind and through that, love for the Almighty creator. He preached the Qur’anic philosophy of unity of religion and worked out its potentialities for the whole of humanity. He was the greatest mystic of his time. He laid the foundation of the liberal chistia order of sufis in India, inspiring millions of souls to be his followers and thus served the masses of the Indian sub-continent.   


    By Nooruddin Mohammad - 5/28/2014 11:50:44 PM



  • Golden Words of Wisdom by Hadrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Chishti Ajmeri rahmatullah alaihi

    1.    To look lovingly towards your parents is also a reason to gain the pleasure of your creator.

    2.    An 'Aarif (order of saints) picks one foot and lands on the Arsh (throne of Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala) and with the other comes back again.

    3.    There is only one thing present in the entire universe and that is the noor (light) of Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala everything else is absent.

    4.    There is only one veil standing between man and his creator and it is called nafs (soul).

    5.    Do not be disillusioned by the enormity of the universe.

    6.    The distinctions between the Haram and a Monastery are superficial.

    7.    If love is not an automatic guide then one will never reach ones destination.

    8.    Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala is an all incorporating goodness and his divine decree is goodness for us.

    9.    Hoarding of wealth and food for profit has become a destructive disease in the body of the nation. To fight and eradicate this disease lies within each citizen.

    10. No nation can ever achieve progress until the men and the women do not go ahead shoulder to shoulder.

    11. Belief in the law, unity and discipline and its principles should be adopted you will become. Trustworthy in this World.

    12. Organise your nation according to the economics, political, education and important laws and conditions. Then you will definitely see, you would become such a nation that everybody will accept you and respect you.

    13. Freedom does not mean to be unbridled not does it mean you can do as you please or choose as you wish or say as you will, for freedom is a great responsibility which should be used with great care and intelligence.

    14. O! Young people, if you are going to use your strength and power in unnecessary pursuits then at a later stage you are going to reject it.

    15. The waters of the streams and rivers when flowing make a lot of noise but when it meets with the sea then there is no more noise. One must ponder over the different stages of its behaviour.

    16. If a person has these 3 qualities then he is Allah’s wali (friend):

    17. He is generous like the sea; every creation is blessed alike with his favours.

    18. He is affectionate like the sun whose light is everyone?

    He is hospitable like the earth, which is hospitable in exactly the same way towards all. So much of damage caused by sin has never been seen, as much as the damage caused by a brother being disrespectful and despicable towards another brother
    By Ahmad Raza - 5/28/2014 11:37:21 PM



  • For all his largeheartedness, he did convert people. Mother Teresa strategy.  Saam daam dand bhed. Kuch bhi karke main objective achieved. 
    By secularlogic - 5/28/2014 2:13:32 AM



  • A very good read! While the emphasis in traditional Islam may be on legalisms, Sufism puts love above all else, man's love for God, God's love for man, men's love for each other and for all the creations of God.



    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 5/27/2014 12:57:30 PM



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