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Khwaja Gharib Nawaz

1142 - 1236 | Ajmer, India

Famous Indian Sufi Saint also known as Gharib Nawaz and Sultan-ul-Hind.

Famous Indian Sufi Saint also known as Gharib Nawaz and Sultan-ul-Hind.

Profile of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz

Pen Name : 'Mueen'

Real Name : Hasan

Born : 01 Feb 1142 | Herat

Died : 01 Mar 1236 | Rajasthan, India

Relatives : Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki (Disciple)

Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti is a well-known Sufi of the Indian subcontinent. His lineage goes back to Imam Hussain, the youngest grandson of Prophet Muhammad. His father's name was Ghiasuddin Hassan. His father was a learned and wealthy man of his time. His mother also belonged to the Sadat family. His mother's name was Umm Al-Wara and was addressed as Bibi Mahnoor. Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti's family was very religious and the influence of his father attracted him to religious practices from his childhood. In his time, Neshapur was considered a scholarly and literary center. He received his early education in Neshapur. He was only fourteen years old when his father passed away. It is said that after his father's death, he got a vineyard and a windmill from his father's property. He started farming and started gardening the vineyard and made it his livelihood. Hazrat Ibrahim Kunduzi was one of the saints of that era. On his advice, he sold all his inheritance and went in search of spiritual learnings. During this period Samarkand and Bukhara used to be centers of learning. He went to Samarkand for higher studies. He entered a madrassa there and started teaching Qur'an. In the madrassa, he got knowledge of religion from eminent religious scholars like Maulana Ashraf-ud-Din. Then he turned to Bukhara and in the service of Maulana Sheikh Hussam-ud-Din Bukhari and learnt the exegesis of Qur'an, Hadith, Fiqh and the sciences of rationality and transcendence from him. He also received the Dastar-e-Fazilat from Maulana Hussamuddin Bukhari and stayed in Bukhara for about five years. After getting higher education, he went to Haroon near Neshapur. There Khawaja Usman appeared in the court of Haruni. Khawaja Usman Haruni was a great Sufi. He belonged to the Chishtia dynasty. Khwaja Usman Haruni, seeing the talent, ability and enthusiasm of him, included him in his circle of spirituality-seekers. After settling down on the path of Sufism and benefiting from the blessings of Khawaja Usman Haruni, he returned to his homeland and then left for Baitullah and Roza-e-Athar. There he realized his inner calling and decided to come to India. Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti also spent some part of his life in tourism. He also traveled to Khurasan, Samarkand, Baghdad, Iraq, Arabia, Syria, Basra, Damascus, Isfahan, Hamdan, Tabriz and Kerman. Traveling between India, he reached Lahore in the company of many dignitaries and saints. Here he visited the mausoleum of Hazrat Syed Ali bin Usman Hajwary known as Data Ganj Bakhsh After completing the challah, he stayed there for a few days. After that he left for Ajmer. By the time they reached Ajmer, people had witnessed many of his miracles on the way. Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti did not get married in his youth due to his involvement in rituals and worship. After a good age, he had two marriages only for the followers of Rasool. One of his wives was Ummatullah. From her womb was born a daughter, Bibi Hafiza Jamal. The other wife was Ismatullah. He had three sons, Khawaja Fakhruddin Abul Khair, Khawaja Hussamuddin Abu Saleh and Khawaja Ziauddin Abu Saeed. He died in Ajmer in 1235 AD at the age of 94 years. It is said that Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti had written many books. Some of the books attributed to him are very famous such as Anis-ul-Arwah, Ganj-ul-Israr, Hadith-ul-Maarif, Risala-e-Wujudiya, Risala-e-Afaq-e-Nafs, Risala-e-Suf-e-Ilahamat

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