Dewa Sharief : Haji Waris Ali Shah was born
in early nineteenth century in Dewa in a family of Hussaini
Syeds. His genealogy traces origin from Hazrat Hussain, the
grandson of Prophet Muhammad and martyr of Karbala, through
26 linkages in between. Some researchers have concluded his
date of birth in the year 1809 A.D. His parents died when he
was three years old and he was brought up by his grandmother.
He was sent to maktab (preparatory school) at the age of five,
where he learnt Quran by heart. Like all holy men, his biography
has been embellished to look more holy than human.
in Gumbads Shariff off the Mazaar
did not feed on his mothers milk during daytime as an
infant; neither did he take it on 10th of Moharram, the Yaum-e-Aashurah
(the day Imam Husain, his relatives and friends were killed
in Karbala, now in Iraq).
seldom read his books but to the amazement of his tutor he could
say his lessons correctly. He preferred solitude to books and
often slipped away out of doors to spend long periods in retirement
and contemplation. He was never seen playing with children of
his age and took pleasure in giving them sweets and distributing
money among the poor. It soon became evident to those around
him that he was not quite of the earth.
he was 11 years old, he pledged allegiance to his mentor and
brother-in-law, Hazrat Khadim Ali Shah who made him his spiritual
heir. At he age of fifteen he undertook a long journey of 12
years that took him to Saudi Arab (it wasnt exactly Saudi
at that time but oh well), Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Rome, France,
Belgium, Germany, and Russia. He traveled on foot and performed
Hajj 10 times during the course of his journey. He also met
Sultan Abdul Majid, the Ottoman ruler, while visiting Constantinople
and was the guest of Prince Bismarck in Berlin. His followers
claim that he was the first Sufi to actually visit Europe.
Rooms with Free Food is available at the Dargah shariff
for 3 days for all Guests.
returning from his sojourn, he resided in Dewa and preached
the message of love till his death in 1905. Even today he continues
to inspire millions of devotees who flock to his shrine every
year. On any given day one would find as many Hindus and Sikhs
if not more as Muslims visiting his shrine and seeking blessings.
There is a majestic mosque and a Khaankaah (place for spritual
salvation) near his shrine as well as shops selling souveneirs
Sharief is a religious place which enshrines the tomb of Syed
Haji Waris Ali Shah or Syed Waris Ali Shah in Barabanki.
It is located 25 km from Lucknow. During the months of October
and November the Deva Mela is held which attracts thousands
kaa koii waaris nahiiN
Waris Pia(ra) in his life visited Sarkar Shah Fazle Rehamn Gunjmurdabadi(ra)
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He used to always say "Waris Ka koi Waris nahi".
Once when he visited Sarkar Shah Fazle Rehamn Gunjmurdabadi(ra)
Shah Fazle Rehamn Gunjmurdabadi(ra) was having two sons
1) Shah Ahmed Miya Sahab (ra) and the second one was
2) Saidu Baba (ra) who was a mazoob by birth.( Mazoob are those
who are directly connected to Allah.) Shah Fazle Rehamn Gunjmurdabadi
(ra) use to always tell every one not to disturb Saidu Baba
(ra) in anyways if any thing went wrong i am not responsible.
when Waris Pia (ra) visited Shah Fazle Rehamn Gunjmurdabadi
(ra) at that time the age of Saidu Baba(ra) was only 12 years
he use to always sit outside the gate at the entrance of the
masjid leading to the khanka of Shah Fazle Rehamn Gunjmurdabadi
(ra). So when Waris Pia(ra) came to Gunjmuradabad sharif as
he was entering the masjid he saw Saidu Baba (ra) sitting at
the enterance so for respect he offeres salam to him on which
saidu baba asked Waris Pia (ra) who are you on which Waris Pia(ra)
I am Waris on hearing this Sadu Baba (ra) replied Allah Waris.
After hearing this Waris Pia (ra) entered the masjid to meet
Shah Fazle Rehman Gunjmurdabadi (ra). When they both meet Waris
pia asked Shah Fazle Rehamn Gunjmurdabadi(ra) arey
chachajan who ladka kaun hai jo bahar baitha hai on which Shah
Fazle Rehamn Gunjmurdabadi (ra) replied arey us ne tujhse kuch
keh to nahi diya on which waris pia (ra) narrated the whole
story that happened outside. Shah Fazle Rehamn Gunjmurdabadi
(ra) after hearing the whole thing told waris pia ki tum bahut
nasib wale ho ki us bache ne tum se kaha ki Allah Waris agar
wo kehdeta ki Tu kya waris Allah Waris to tum ne jo bhi aj tak
paya ta ibadat karke sab khatam hojata. and from that day waris
pia stoped saying Waris ka koi Waris nahi .
Sarkar Shah Fazle Rehamn Gunjmurdabadi (ra) has never been to
Deva sharif instead Waris Pia (ra) use to come to him and use
to call him chachajan.
Apart from Faridan bibi, our family has had other connections
with Haji saahab as well. Masih Uddin Ahmad, one of the London
educated Bar-at-Law cousins of my great grandfather became westernized
in his outlook on his return from vilaayat. At my ancestral
home in Ahmadpur he joked about Haji saahab and his mytical
powers and then went to sleep. In the night he awoke shouting
and told others that he saw Haji saahab standing next to his
bed threatening to turn it over. At dawn the horse-cart was
prepared and Masih Uddin Ahmad went to Dewa to become a disciple
of Haji saahab. He willed to be buried at the footsteps of the
shrine of Haji saahab and his grave is on the left side of the
entrance to the shrine.
of my aunts was married in a village near Dewa called Kheoli.
All her in-laws are disciples of Haji saahab and he used to
visit their home at Kheoli. My aunt tells me this story whenever
I visit her home that during rainy days when Haji saahab came
down to visit, he would walk on the wet ground and his feet
never gathered mud.
It is one of the most popular and big gatherings in the city
of Barabanki each year. Even though the Urs of Haji saahab is
commemorated on 1st Safar every year, Dewa mela is organized
at a fixed time period from 8th to 18th October of each year.
The management of Dewa mela is handled by a trust whose chairman
and secretary are the current District Magistrate and SDM of
Barabanki respectively. The first chaadar on the shrine is always
from the District Magistrate to kick start the mela. The mushaira
and kavi sammelan organized during the Dewa mela have still
maintained the standard and are one of the sought after events
in the area. Some of the biggest poets have recited their verses
at the Dewa mela. It also houses one of the biggest baazaars
and villagers from far and near come for shopping goods and
for an evening of entertainment.
Every marriage and each arrival of a newborn in our family is
followed by a mandatory visiti to Dewa Sharif. However beliefs
have certainly dulled in my generation and people now go there
as a mark of respect to elders and traditions than anything
else. My father tells me that when he took me to Dewa Sharif
as a kid of a few months, my lips were trying to kiss the grave
of Haji saahab. He cant understand as an adult why I wont
do the things others have done before me. He cant understand
why I would not bow before the grave. He is however hopeful
that the immense love my tender heart felt for Haji saahab as
a kid would overcome all hurdles my beliefs poses today and
one day and I will visit Dewa as a devotee and not a visitor.
He is still waiting.
clicked by : Imran R
shah baba dargah is in Deva sharif
he was disciple of Waris Pak and his mazaar is similar to waris
pak but jst a little smaller in height
An edited version of this article by Mohib Ahmad
earlier appeared at the Indian Muslim opinion website at www.IndianMuslims.in
Ashraf Jehangir. Kichowha. Near Lucknow.
Sultan Sayyad Makhdoom Ashraf Jahangir Semnani [d.807] Rahmathullahi
alaih. - Kicchocha
Rasulpur, Kicchocha Sahreef, Dist: Faizabad
Makhdoom Ashraf rahmatullahi alayh was born in 708 A.H., in
Rasulpur, Kicchocha Sahreef, Dist: Faizabad
father Hadrat Sultan Sayyad Ibrahim Noor Bakshi rahmatullahi
alayh governed the city for approximately 20 years. As well
as being a highly noble and just ruler he was also a great scholar,
theologian and Sufi. His mother Bibi Khadija Begum was also
from the pedigree of distinguished and notable mystics and saints.
She was a very religious and pious lady particularly renowned
for her punctuality in tahajjud prayer.
Sayyad Makhdoom Ashraf rahmatullahi alaih, started their education
at the age of 4 years, 4 months and 4 days. Allah, the most
Sublime, blessed Sayyad Makhdoom Ashraf rahmatullahi alaih with
immense ingenuity, intellect and knowledge. By the age of 7
they had already acquired and memorized the entire Qur'an al-kareem
by heart with seven types of qirat, and excelled in the study
of Qur'anic exegesis 'tafseer', narration and sciences of hadith,
Islamic law 'fiqh' etc. At 14 years they had mastered all the
subjects including theology and philosophy, maturing into the
most accomplished and proficient scholar. Amongst their notable
teachers were His Eminence Mawlana Imad al-Din Tabrezi, Imam
Abd'ullah Yafai at Makkah Mukarramah, Baba Mufrah (s/o the great
Najm 'al-Din Kubra) at Iskandaria and Mawlana Ahmad Haqqani
ridwanallahi ta'ala aly'him ajma'een. Hadrat Makhdoom Ashraf
(rahmatullahi alaih), had overwhelmed even the great scholars
and theologians from as far as Baghdad with his remarkable talent
which was recognized in the historic and famous Persian book
Lata'if-e-Ashrafiya, in the following couplet;
Mashhoor Ghasht Az Darse Talim,
ke Pas Ahle Funun Kardand Taslim"
popularity excelled in his early education,
that the learned men acknowledged his ability'
After the completion of his education Hadrat Sayyad Makhdoom
Ashraf rahmatullahi alaih attributed a lot of his time in teaching.
Amongst his pupils was his nephew Hadrat Sayyad Abdul Razzaq
'Noor al-Ayn' Jilani rahmatullahi alaih - 11th direct descendant
of The Great Ghawth al-A'zam, Sayyad as-Shaykh Abd'al-Qadir
al-Jilani Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu.
: Hadrat Makhdoom Ashraf Rahmatullahi alaih left this world
on the 28th Muharram 808 A.H. Some time before his passing away
he had his dargah (shrine) constructed exactly the way he wanted.
On the 26th of Muharram he went to visit his dargah and noticed
a 'pen' and some paper on the side of the grave. He sat in the
grave and wrote two booklets namely 'Basharat ul Muradeen' and
'Resal-e-Qubria', an extract from Resal-e-Qubria is presented
In this short time that i have stayed in the grave seventy thousand
splendor (Tajally) of elegance of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala,
angels descended on this Fakir and intimate Muqaraban of Allah
Subhanhu wa Ta'ala Angels showed so much exalting (izaz) and
kindness that cannot be expressed in words. The announcer from
the sublime court of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala -'Bargahe Elahi'
announced in the world of Angels (Alam-e-Malakut) that "Ashraf
is my beloved (Mahboob) I write kindness and forgiveness on
the forehead of his disciples and show care to his disciples
with absolution (Maghferat) and forgiveness (Mafee)". All
praise to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala his glad tidings for our
companions. After that it was the order of Allah Subhanahu wa
Ta'ala and eight thousand angels, thirty thousand of Haramain
Shareef, one thousand from Bait al-Muqaddus, one thousand from
Abdal of Maghrib (west), one thousand from Rejalud Ghaib of
Sarndip, and one thousand Maradaneh Ghaib from Yemen will perform
your bath. Your funeral prayer will be said in front of Baitullah
Shareef and you will be buried in the earth for the benefit
of slaves (Banda) ; he who comes on your grave will get his
barkaat and maghferat.'
It is an accepted fact that the mystics of Islam have rendered
valuable services to the cause of Islam in every period. The
religious and literary services, done by Hadrat Sultan Sayyad
Makhdoom Ashraf Semnani Rahmatullahi alayh are the golden chapter
of the history of Islam in general, and history of tasawwuf
in particularly. He lighted the candle of reformation and spirituality
in the darkness of infidelity at Kicchocha Shareef and brought
those astray on the right path.
It is narrated that twelve thousand non-believers accepted Islam
having been impressed with Hadrat Makhdoom Ashraf Rahmatullahi
alayh's purity of character and spirituality. Hadrat Nizami
Yemani Rahmatullahi alayh in his book, 'Lataif-e-Ashrafi has
written that wherever Hadrat Makhdoom Ashraf Rahmatullahi alayh
went he delivered spiritual lectures in the dialect of that
locality and wrote four books in the area dialect and left them
with the locals to benefit from.
Construction of grave : It is interesting and amazing
to say that he got his grave constructed in his life time. He
laid the foundation stone of his grave and placed in its foundation
stone from Mecca brought by Hazrat Ruknuddin Sair (R.A.) within
minutes. He asked to make grave with brick and it should be
as wide and high that he could say prayer standing Hazrat Jamshed
Qualandar was engaged in its construction for twelve years .
Hazrat Noorul Ain (R.A.), Hazrat Shaikh Mohammad Durre yatim
and Hazrat Shaikh Marauf Addwmwi also participated. He used
to visit grave daily. In his last time he passed whole day and
night in the grave and wrote Resalae Quabria and Basharatul
Moridin. He also predicted that he who would come to his grave,
he would get his desire. The date of its construction can be
calculated from " Arshe Akbar" 793.
URS DATE of this Dargah : Urs is celebrated on the 27TH of
Ahmed Irfani ( Khadim Dargah Hazrath Lalu Bhai Qasir Chisti
( Khwaja-e-Bangalore ) and Astana-e-Irfani Hyderabad.
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Hazrat Makhdoom Shah Mina Sahab (rehmatullahi aleh)
Hazrat makhdoom shah mina sahab (rehmatullahi
aleh) belongs to the family of hazrat abu bakra
aleh) . His father name was hazrat shaikh kutub(rehmatullahi aleh) .
He moved from delhi to jaunpur after residing some days In jaunpur
he moved to dalmau.but due to bad conditions of wealth he moved
finally to lucknow.after comming to lucknow he directly meet
haji harmain sahab(rehmatullahi
aleh) whose mazar sharif is in medical college lucknow.
Both of them had a great relationship and in few days the become
vey good friends. One day haji harmain sahab
(rehmatullahi aleh) . Told kutub sahab (rehmatullahi
aleh) to get marry and told him that from him a boy
will born whose name will be added to hazrat haji harmain sahab
aleh) and one day he will make our silsila very
proud. Hazrat shaikh kutub (rehmatullahi
aleh) got married very soon and the time came when
hazrat makhdoom shah mina sahab (rehmatullahi aleh) was born as told by Hazrat
makhdoom shah mina sahab (rehmatullahi
aleh) was born in lucknow in 800 hijri 1397.
Haji harmain sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) told her wife that the boy who will
take birth at hazrat shaikh kutub(rehmatullahi aleh) will be feed by her milk.on
hearing this her wife told that there is no milk remaining in
her as she had become old. On whichHaji harmain sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) told
her wife that when boy will be born allah will by his grace
give her the milk to feed the boy and when hazrat makhdoom shah
mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) was born there was enoungh milk to feed the
new born Hazrat makhdoom shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) . Haji harmain
sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) wife use to tell that whenever she was without "wazu"
Shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) use to not drink milk.
: the zahiri talimat was given to him by qazi faridun. When
shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) was 10 years old Hazrat bandagi miya(rehmatullahi aleh)
who was the khadim of hazrat raju kattal(rehmatullahi aleh) and was great
knower of marifat teached other
Spiritual exersice to him. When shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) was 12
years old he became the kutub-e-waqt.
qutubiyat was disclosed by dada zinda shah madar(rehmatullahi aleh) of makhanpur
sharrif to one of his murred who use to visit him often taking
the request and the problems of people of lucknow . One day
when he the murred of dada zinda shah madar(rehmatullahi aleh) told him about
the problems of the people of lucknow dada zinda shah madar(rehmatullahi aleh)
told his murred that the wilayat of lucknow has been given to
shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) on which the murred in enquired that who
is shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) . Dada zinda shah mada(rehmatullahi aleh) then replied
that he is 12 year boy and what he look liked and told his mureed
that from today onwards all the problems and request will be
adressed to shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) from that day his fame spread
all over lucknow and people from all over the place and relogion
use to come to visit him for solving their problems and shah
mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) use to solve the problem with great love and
Khilafat : hazrat makhdoom shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) was the
mureed and khalifa of hazrat makhdoom shaikh sarang sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) .
The mazar sharif of hazrat makhdoom shaikh sarang sahab(rehmatullahi aleh)
is at mazgawan sharif near barabanki.
Shaikh sarang sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) was the murred of hazrat haji harmain
sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) . Shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) use to walk bare foot from
lucknow to mazgawan sharif to meet hi pir sahab. He belongs
to the chistiya and shorwardi silsila.
Shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) was very parhez gar and muttaki. In the
night of cold winters when ever he used to feel asleep he used
to put cold water on himself completely making him and his cloth
wet so that he cant sleep due to the wetness and can worship
allah. Some times he used to sit on stones and when he felt
very tired he used sleep on that stones making him unable to
sleep. He used to spent whole nights worshipping allah and fasting
many days. In this way by killing his nafs and the inner evil
desire he got the real divine light of allah and his beloved
Miracles : in his life shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) has shown
many miracles from which i am mentioning a few.
1) hazrat shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) khanka was very old and was made
up of wood and mud one day due to heavy rain the khanka came
down killing the people sitting in the khanka
On seeing this hazrat shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) told his khadims
To remove the people burried inside the fallen khanka and to
put each of them people in the water filled in the pot hole
near the plant of khajoor (date). As soon as the people were
submurged in the water they became alive surpising the surrounding
people and the time came when all the people were alive leaving
2) once hazrat shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) student hazrat makhdoom
shaikh saud khairabadi(rehmatullahi aleh) was fallen very ill
And was not getting well. He tried all the medicine but the
medicine were unable to cure him. One day he told one guy to
go to his pir sahab and tell him about the problem shaikh saud
khairabadi(rehmatullahi aleh) was going through. The guy went and told the
whole thing to hazrat shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) at that time hazrat
shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) was busy preparing food for hazrat chiragh
dhelvi(rehmatullahi aleh) urs-e-mubarak from somwhere a roti dipped in ghee
and sugar came to the bargah of hazrat shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) .
He gave the roti to that man and told him to give the roti to
hazrat shaikh saud khairabadi(rehmatullahi aleh) and tell him to eat the whole
roti not leaving any the guy gave the roti to hazrat shaikh
saud khairabadi(rehmatullahi aleh) and hazrat shaikh saud khairabadi(rehmatullahi aleh)
Ate the whole roti as told by his pir sahab after eating the
roti hazrat shaikh saud khairabadi(rehmatullahi aleh) felt asllep and when
he got up he was in full health.
At the time of the demice of hazrat makhdoom shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh)
he use to mainly stay in his hujra as he was severly fallen
ill and for six months he not spoked with any one and after
six months his condition became very critical and finally he
took the pardah (died) 23 safar 884 hijri 1479.
At the time of his demice his age was 84 years. The urs e pak
of hazrat makhdoom shah mina sahab(rehmatullahi aleh) is celebrated with great
joy and love and it starts from 22 safar and remins till 25
He had two khalifa :
1) Hazrat makhdoom shaikh saududdin khairabadi(rehmatullahi aleh)
2) Hazrat shaikh kutubuddin(rehmatullahi aleh)
MAZAR SHARIF IS IN LUCKNOW NEAR MEDICAL COLLEGE
Dargah of Hazrat Abbas in Lucknow
pronunciation (help·info) is the capital city of the
state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It had a population of 2,541,101
in 2006 . Lucknow is also the administrative headquarters
of Lucknow District and Lucknow Division.
In ancient times, Lucknow was part of Kosala kingdom (modern
Ayodhya) ruled by Ikshvaku dynasty to which Lord Rama belongs.
It is believed that he gave the territory comprising of modern
Lucknow to his devoted brother Lakshman. Therefore, the original
name of Lucknow was Lakshmanpur, popularly known as Lakhanpur
or Lachmanpur. Other
stories mention that Lucknow was named after a very influential
person called 'Lakhan Ahir' who built the fort 'Qila Lakhan'.
The name 'Qila Lakhan' later became Lucknow.
Lucknow's medieval history begins with its elevation to a capital
city under the Nawabs of Awadh. The architectural contributions
of the Awadh rulers, many paintings of whom are maintained at
the Art Gallery today, include numerous Masjids and palaces.
Of the monuments standing today, the Bara Imambara, the Chhota
Imambara, and the Roomi Darwaza are notable examples, although
neglect by the authorities has put them in danger of turning
province of Awadh (anglicized to Oudh) was annexed by the British
rulers of India in 1856. In the Indian Rebellion of 1857(also
known as First War of Indian Independence), the garrison based
at the Residency in Lucknow was besieged by rebel forces. The
famous Siege of Lucknow was relieved first by forces under the
command of Sir Henry Havelock and Sir James Outram, followed
by a stronger force under Sir Colin Campbell. Today the ruins
of the Residency, and the picturesque Shaheed Smarak offer reminiscences
of Lucknow's role in the events.
the siege of the Residency in 1857, it was the students of La
Martiniere College that went ahead to defend the Residency.
For the valour that they displayed, La Martiniere College at
Lucknow was awarded the battle honours of the British Empire.
Thus making it the first college to receive such honors.