Kamal Qadri Kaithaly
who renewed the old tradition of rejuvenation of deen.
the earlier years of the 10th century Hijra, when spiritual
decline had set in among the Muslims in India, many
intrusions had begun in the helds of Shariah and Tariqah.
and the effort for tabligh and rectification was often
replaced by flattery and selfishness. There was a clear
need for a forthright and perfect man of truth who could
again work to improve this fallen condition by regaining
spiritual heights and guiding misguided people to turn
again to the path of righteousness and right thinking.
Qadriah branch of sufism has been specially distinguished
by the fact that in times of difficulty for Islam, the
Qadriah elders left their seclusion and helped to set
right the crumbling walls of shariah and Tariqah, so
as to create stability in the deen of Islam. Right at
the beginning, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani was given the
title of Mohy-ud-din because, at the time when deen
had become like a life-less body in the 6th century
Hijra. he (with the help of Allah Subhanhu wa taallah)
was able to re-inject life into it and through speeches,
revelation (Kashf) and miraculous events, was able to
so change the conditions of the Muslims of the time
that the glory of the Islamic era appeared once again.
About four hundred years after this event when India
and the Muslims living in India again underwent a spiritual
depression, and the components of Belief and steadfastness
again became unbalanced, another jewel (Khanwada) of
this very Qadriah series, who had the benefit of divine
light and grace, appeared on the horizon of India and
replaced the spreading spiritual darkness, through his
spiritual enlightenment This messenger of light from
the Qadriah line (quilt) was named Shah Kamal Kaithali
who,travelling through many countries, came to India
from Baghdad in 928 Hijra and made Kaithal his abode.
This is in the heart-land of the Geeta of the Hindu's
and is full of the effects of warlike poetry of the
It is related that Abdul Qadir Gilani told him (in a
dream)" Shah Kamal, your work here is complete,
now go to India where, through your training, a person,
will be prepared who will be the cause of the whole
universe becoming illuminated". Kaithal was located
124 miles north of Delhi and was in the neighborhood
of Karnal and Panipat, the ancient historic cities of
India culture. Attempts had been made before this also
to remove the effects of Hindu culture and now Shah
Kamal's selection of this place as his abode was a result
of this very motivation to obliterate the effects of
idol-worship and such non-Islamic customs (which - persisted
among Muslims in that area) and replace them by the
message of one Allah and His Nabi (Peace and Blessings be Upon him). Since the true
friend of Allah is one who, with sincerity, maintains
himself on the worship of the one Allah and preaches
the commandments of Allah, therefore Shah Kamal chose
for his preaching and spreading of Islam a place which
was under the effect of Kufr and misguidance and where
proclaiming the oneness of Allah and preaching the commandments
of Allah was an invitation to troubles and difficulties.
The Quran tells us "These are the people who fulfilled
the promise that they made with Allah" which is
an indication that the full setting up of shariah is
in fact the work of the wali and fulfillment of the
promise is the sign of the "friend" of Allah.
The steadfastness in fulfilling " the promise"
shown by Shah Kamal Qadri produced the result that thousands
of irreligious people as well as mushrikeen became true
Muslims, and Kaithal attained the status of the Centre
of spiritual training where people from all over India
came for relieving their spiritual uneasiness and attained
spiritual relief and contentment.
Kaithal (the place of the monkeys) which, at one time,
was the largest Centre dedicated to the worship of Hanoman
(the monkey-god), soon became known as Kaithal Sharif
the fountainhead of guidance and enlightenment. Shah
Kamal was one of the most accomplished Mashaikh.Many
miracles and unusual events are connected with him and
one of the results of these unusual events was that
a great number of people who were going astray were
guided towards the true religion of Islam.
Thus we see that, through these Karamaat's of the chosen
friends of Allah, even robbers and dacoits became transformed
into good Muslims. As Allah(subhanahuwataalah) has told
us (through a hadith of prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him): "when someone
attains nearness to Allah, Allah begins to like him.
And when Allah likes him, Allah becomes his ear with
which he listens, his eyes with which he sees, his hand
with which he grips, and his feet with which he walks;
and then whatever he asks, Allah grants him".
Indeed Shah Kamal had reached that stage of spiritual
enlightenment in which this condition is attained: Sheikh
Ahrned Sirhindi; Mujadid Alfe Thani, in describing Shah
Kamal's spiritual status, says "when we look carefully
at the line of the Qadriah, then we don't find anyone
more shining than Shah Kamal, after Ghaus-ul-Azam Abdul
Qadir Gilani. It is as difficult to enumerate Shah Kamal's
attributes as it is to count the stars in the sky. He
is so respected and looked up to among the mashaikh
of the day that Ularna and Sufis of great eminence are
proud to be linked with his silsila of baiyet"
As we know, Mujadid-e-A1fe Thani's father, Malik-ul-Ulama
Sheikh Abdul Ahad Kabuli, was his disciple and mujadid-e-Alfe
thani (whose birth was the result of Shah Kamal's duaa
to Allah) was himself the khalifa of Shah Kamal's grand-son
and successor, Shah Sikander Qadri. Sheikh Majadid-e-Alfe
Thani says aboutthis Khilafet: towards any other line
(of "When I was granted the Qadriah cloak, there
was such an over- whelming shower of divine blessings
that I had no desire to turn In Multan among those personages
who were his special students and associates, Shah Shakoor,
Syed Eisa Bukhari, Sheikh Noor Jamal and Jalal-ud Din
Khaggah Multani are noteworthy. After spreading the
light of hidayat in Multan, he went to Kamaliya, which
got its have from him; the local raja, who was a Kharal
rajput, became a muslim. Shah Kamal then proceeded,
through Lahore, Ludhiana, Sarhind and Samana, to Kaithal.
Innumerable people benefited from his association and
teachings and he breathed his last on 28th Jamadi-ul-Akhir
981 Hijrah. Zauq has said:
Those spiritual persons who are disciples of Shah Kamal,
Have all got pigeons (?) of great excellence
The spiritual blessings of his son, Abu-ul-Makarim Shah
Musa Qadri, are still to be found hereabouts; Bahawalpur
was populated by Muluk Shah Ghazi (R.A) and, in Multan,
Slier Shah Mashadi and Hafiz Ismail Multani were notable.
Dera Ghazi Khan was also to be irrigated by the Qadriah
stream, so Allah Taala sent Syed Ali Ahmad Shah Gilani,
the 11th successor of Madarsa Sikandri al Kamali, in
1949 to Dera Ghazi Khan; he was a born Wali and, having
obtained spiritual enlightement in his family tradition,
whoever entered his assembly would be filled with spiritual
calm md love for the prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him). Ali Ahmad Shah died
in 1962, but the Qadriah flame is still burning and
we pray that Allah Taala keep it alive forever.
Even if the world should all go to ruin
The flame of deen never dies.
: Kaithal is a city and a municipal council in Kaithal
district in the Indian state of Haryana. Kaithal was
previously a part of the Karnal District until 1st November,
1989, when it became the headquarters of the Kaithal
District of Haryana. It is said to have been founded
by the mythical hero Yudhisthira of Mahabharata, and
is connected by tradition with the monkey-god Hanuman.
In 1767 it fell into the hands of the Sikh chieftain,
Bhai Desu Singh, whose descendants, the bhais of Kaithal,
ranked among the most powerful Cis-Sutlej states. Their
territories lapsed to the British in 1843. There remain
the fort of the bhais, and several Muslim tombs of the
13th century and later.