Hazrat Baba Shaha Musafir Naqshbandi r.a


Baba Shah Mosafar was one of the most celebrated Nakshbandis of
Aurangabad. He was born at Ghajdavan and studied at Bukhara under
Baba Palang Posh Nakshbandi. As Hasan Abdal, his spiritual preceptor
gave him his final initiation of Baiat and invested him with the cap and
mantle. Baba Shah Mosafar travelled over Bengal and Orissa, and arrived at Aurangabad by way of Ganjwan Bukhara. He resided in the tekkieh
(convent) of Shah Enalit in Katabpura; but resumed his travels again, and
after proceeding as far as Mecca, returned once more to Aurangabad. Shah
Mosafar was not welcomed this time by Shah Enait, and moved to the
Mahmud darwaza, where Shah Sherin, an Azad or free dervish was living.
The Azad was well versed in theological literature, but had a regular
tavern for his dwelling place as he belonged to the Be-shara class of
fakirs, who are hermits and live without the law. However, he courteously
gave up the mosque, and retired to Sultanganj; and Baba Shah Mosafar
cleared the place of the bhang drinking vessels. As he belonged to fakirs
who are travellers and pilgrims living within the law. Shah Mosafar
settled down to a monastic life, and was visited by various prominent
persons, who reconstructed his humble dwelling with more substantial
materials, and added a madrissa, a travellers, bungalow, and a system of
water-supply with cisterns and fountains. Among those who called on him
were Haji Jamil Beg Khan, Muhammad Tahir of Persia, haji Manzur, a
eunuch of the royal harem. Hafiz Abdul Maoni a learned poet of Balkh,
and Tahir Beg of Tashkand. Muhammad Kalich Khan gave him the jagir of
Kasab-Khera in the Elora pargana, and a mansab of 150 Rs. a month. The
emperor Bahadur Shah expressed a wish to call on him, but sent the prime
minister instead. And afterwards the emperor’s son prince Muiz ud din
visited the Baba. Shah Mosafar died in H. 1110, and in H. 1117. Turktaz
Khan Bahadur, a noble on the staff of Nizam ul Mulk ‘Asaf Jah’ erected
the present handsome stone tekkieh the mosque, and the Panchaki or
water-mill. Twenty years later Jamil Beg Khan added the-ablong reservoir
with fountains, in honour of which, the poet Saiad Gholam ‘Ali Bilgrami
composed a Mesnavi and consecrated it to Imam Husain.