|Upon the birth of Khwaja Muhammad Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu), a messenger came to inform Khwaja Abu Ahmed Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) that a child was born today, who read the kalima loudly seven times. Hearing this news, Khwaja Abu Ahmed Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) immediately made wudhu and went to see this child. Khwaja Muhammad Chisti’s (Radi Allahu Anhu) mother handed him to Khwaja Abu Ahmed Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu). The Khwaja held the child in his hands and said: “Salutations to you, O Wali of Allah,” and the child replied: “And salutations to you, O Shaikh Abu Ahmed Chisti. Please relate your dream to me.” Khwaja Abu Ahmed (Radi Allahu Anhu) relayed the message of the Holy Prophet (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) to him and he said: “Salutation to the Prophet of Allah, and on his family.” Thereafter, Khwaja Abu Ahmed (Radi Allahu Anhu) looked towards the sky and made du’a: “O Allah! Make Abu Muhammad a perfect durwesh and save him from the evil whispering of the devil.”
Hazrat Khwaja Abu Muhammad Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) was born on the night of Ashura (10th of Muharram). In the morning, when his mother tried to feed him some milk, the baby refused to drink. His mother, being worried, sent the child to Khwaja Abu Ahmed (Radi Allahu Anhu) to find out the reason for the child not drinking milk. When the child was brought before Khwaja Abu Ahmed (Radi Allahu Anhu), a voice said to him: “O Abu Ahmed, this baby is fasting. Today is the day of Ashura, and this child is my friend and he will not drink out of respect for this day.”
Thereafter, Khwaja Abu Ahmed (Radi Allahu Anhu) sent a message to the mother of Khwaja Muhammad Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) informing her of the reason for the child not drinking. He also told her not to worry because the child will grow up to be a perfect durwesh.
CHILDHOOD AND EDUCATION
At the tender age of 4 years, 4 months and 4 days, Hazrat Khwaja Abu Muhammad Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) began regularly performing his namaaz with jama’at. His mother reports that whenever he was engrossed in ibaadat, a light emanated from his body, that lit up the entire house so much, there was no need to light a lamp during the evening. It was this age also, that he was sent to Khwaja Abu Ahmed Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) to study.
On his very first day at the house of Khwaja Abu Ahmed Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu), the Khwaja intended to write: “BISMILLAH HIR-RAHMAAN NIR-RAHEEM. ALAMAL QUR’ANA RABI YASIR WALA TU ASR. RABBI ZIDNI ILMAN. WA FI HA WA TAMAT BIL KHAIR,” on the slate. When his eyes fell on the slate, he was wonderstruck to see the verses already written on the slate. Whilst in this state of amazement, a voice from the unseen said to him: “O Abu Ahmed, Abu Muhammad is Our friend. Whatever is written on the slate was written by Our power and wisdom. Teach him about this writing.”
Thereafter Khwaja Abu Ahmed commanded Khwaja Abu Muhammad (Radi Allahu Anhu) to recite “Bismillah hir-Rahmaan nir-Raheem” and thereafter recite “Surah Ar-Rahmaan” from beginning until the end. Upon completing the surah, Khwaja Abu Muhammad (Radi Allahu Anhu) fell unconscious. When he regained consciousness, Khwaja Abu Ahmed (Radi Allahu Anhu) asked him the reason for falling unconscious. Khwaja Abu Muhammad (Radi Allahu Anhu) replied: “When I recited the word ‘Ar-Rahmaan’, a bright light entered my mouth. I could not withstand its power, therefore I fell unconscious.” Khwaja Abu Ahmed (Radi Allahu Anhu) then said to him: “O Abu Muhammad! That was the light of Allah’s secrets. Congratulations to you. You will become the inheritor of Divine Knowledge.”
While Khwaja Abu Muhammad Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) was returning home, he met Hazrat KHIZR (Alaihis Salaam), who said to him: “O Muhammad Chisti! Congratulations to you, because I was instructed by Allah to teach you the knowledge of Shariat, Tariqat, Marifat, and Haqiqat.” Khwaja Abu Muhammad Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) kissed the feet of Hazrat Khizr (Alaihis Salaam) and asked to be taught what he was instructed to teach. Hazrat Khizr (Alaihis Salaam) taught him the “Isme Azam”, and upon learning and reciting the “Isme Azam”, all the knowledge of the Qur’an and previously revealed books, and the secret knowledge, became known to him.
When he returned home, his mother affectionately asked him: “O Muhammad, show me your slate and tell me what you have learnt today?” He replied to his mother saying: “O beloved mother, what I have learned today cannot be contained on a slate.” Thereafter his mother, who knew the Qur’an by heart, placed a copy of it in front of him and asked him to recite for her. He then requested his mother to look into the Qur’an, and said that he will recite it by heart. He completed the entire Qur’an within a short time, and his mother asked: “O Muhammad, did you know all of this before, or have you learnt all this today?” He then related to his mother the entire story of Hazrat Khizr (Alaihis Salaam). Hearing this she became overjoyed.
BA’AIT & SUCCESSION
At the age of 17, Hazrat Khwaja Abu Muhammad Chisti became the mureed of Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ahmed Chisti. Thereafter he spent 10 years in seclusion, in the worship of his creator. During this period he fasted regularly, only breaking his fast once every seven days. The effect of his spirituality was such, that is he looked a kaafir he would immediately become a muslim, and if he looked at a muslim, he would become so spiritually elevated that all the hidden secrets would become known to him. It was reported that during the era of Khwaja Abu Muhammad Chisti, there was not one non-believer in Chist Shareef.
After completing his spiritual training under his murshid, Hazrat Khwaja Abu Muhammad Chisti was bestowed with the khilafat of the Chistiya Spiritual Order. His murshid, Khwaja Abu Ahmed Chisti, took hold of his hand and faced the Qibla, and supplicated in the Divine court of Allah: “O Allah! I have made Muhammad Chisti wear the cloak of khilafat; I request you to please keep him steadfast on the path of the durwesh and on the Day of Qiyaamat, place him in the company of the Holy Prophet – Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam – and my predecessor masha’ikh.”
A voice from the unseen said to him: “O Abu Ahmed! Do not worry, for we have accepted your supplication and on the Day of Qiyaamat, Muhammad Chisti will be given place in paradise near the Holy Prophet – Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam – and whatever he wishes, we will fulfill his requests and we will make him a chief amongst the durwesh.”
When Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ahmed Chisti heard this news, he became overjoyed.
Khwaja Abu Muhammad Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) also loved the listening of Sama. Once, he attended a mehfil-e-sama of Khwaja Abu Ahmed Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu). A qawwal recited a verse which resulted in Khwaja Abu Ahmed (Radi Allahu Anhu) entering an intense state of wajd. When he regained consciousness, Khwaja Abu Muhammad (Radi Allahu Anhu) entered into an intense state of wajd. For seven days and seven nights, he remained in this condition. Only during the period of Salaah, was the sama stopped, and it continued immediately thereafter. After the seventh day, Khwaja Abu Ahmed (Radi Allahu Anhu) ordered the mehfil-e-sama to be stopped so that Khwaja Muhammad Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) may regain consiousness. As soon as the sama stopped, Khwaja Muhammad Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) opened his eyes and commanded the sama to continue. Upon this instruction, the sama continued for another days only stopping at the time of salaah. When Khwaja Abu Muhammad Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) came out of this state, he placed his head at the feet of his murshid, and asked him: “O My Master, the joy that lovers feel during sama, is this type of joy felt in any other practice?” Khwaja Abu Ahmed (Radi Allahu Anhu) replied: “O Muhammad, sama is a hidden secret and it is compulsory to keep it a secret. If we make known the secrets of sama, then the whole world will get engrossed only in sama, and everyone is not capable of preserving the secrets of sama. Only the people of sama understand its secrets.”
Hazrat Khwaja Abu Muhammad Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) passed away on the 4th of Rabi-ul-Awwal, 355 A.H. and is buried in Chist Shareef. Before his demise, he bestowed his khilafat upon his dear mureeed, Hazrat Khwaja Abu Yusuf Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu).