Regarding the durweshes, he used to say, “A durwesh is one who lives in this world amongst the people, and yet, not amongst them, and that he should engage himself in the remembrance of Allah. He should not be pleased at people’s praises, nor should he be saddened at their insults; because in the eyes of durwesh, praise and insult is regarded as equal.”
Regarding Imaan, he stated that “the safety of Imaan lies in following the path of the durweshes, and the fear of committing kufr lies in following the path of the wealthy.”
Once, a rich man came to Hazrat Khwaja Hubaira Basri (Radi Allahu Anhu) and presented to him one thousand dinars. Seeing this, Hazrat Khwaja Hubaira Basri (Radi Allahu Anhu) uttered a loud shriek and fainted. On seeing this, the mureeds gathered around him and sprinkled water on his face, which resulted in him regaining consciousness. When his eyes fell on the dinars, he once again lost consciousness, and this happened three times. When he regained consciousness after the third time, his entire body was shivering out of fear for Allah, and his face became completely pale. The people asked him, “O Grand Master, what is the reason for all of this?” He cried and said, “This weak person is in search of his Beloved (Allah) and things that distance one’s self from the Beloved is presented to me, so at this point in time, it is better to die than to live because the durweshes have adopted the path of poverty and have rejected everything worldly. By these worldly people bringing such wealth to me, what use is it? It will only dirty my heart and make me distant from the Creator.”
For a period of thirty years, he remained in seclusion and engrossed in the remembrance of Allah. After 30 years, he supplicated to Allah with the following words, “O Allah! This poor Hubaira is in search of You; Guide me on the right path that will satisfy and bring comfort to my heart.” A voice then said to him, “O Hubaira, leave your seclusion and go meet my friend, Huzaifa Mir’Ashi. Become his loyal servant, and learn the path of the durwesh from him, so that via his intercession, you may reach my closeness.”
When he heard this, he immediately left his seclusion and humbled himself in the service of Hazrat Khwaja Sadiduddin Huzaifa Mir’Ashi (Radi Allahu Anhu). A divine voice then said to him, “O Hubaira! Because you have joined the service of Huzaifa Mir’Ashi, We have accepted you, and made you a Friend of Ours.” Hearing this, his heart became very pleased. Hazrat Khwaja Huzaifa Mir’Ashi, through his spiritual insight, immediately recognized Hazrat Khwaja Hubaira Basri (Radi Allahu Anhu) to be a pious person who had strived in Allah’s path by performing strenuous Mujaheda, and that he was sent to him for guidance by Allah. Hazrat Khwaja Huzaifa Mir’Ashi (Radi Allahu Anhu) showed him a lot of love and affection and said to him, “O Hubaira! You have strived for 30 years and have become spiritually elevated, but you could not have reached the station of witnessing Allah’s Glory (Musha’ida). The reason for this is that you undertook this (spiritual strivings) on your own accord, and not under the guidance of a spiritual Master. One cannot reach this position (Musha’ida) out of one’s own accord, therefore it is necessary to be attached and under the guidance of a spiritual Master.” These words had an effect on the heart of Hazrat Khwaja Hubaira Basri (Radi Allahu Anhu), and he immediately became the mureed of Hazrat Khwaja Sadiduddin Huzaifa Mir’Ashi (Radi Allahu Anhu).
Hazrat Khwaja Huzaifa Mir’Ashi (Radi Allahu Anhu) taught Hazrat Khwaja Hubaira Basri (Radi Allahu Anhu) some prayers (Wazaa’if) by which he reached Allah’s divine proximity within a week!
Before Hazrat Khwaja Huzaifa Mir’Ashi (Radi Allahu Anhu) passed away, he declared Hazrat Khwaja Hubaira Basri (Radi Allahu Anhu) as his successor. When he placed the cloak of succession (Khirqa) upon him, he gave Hazrat Khwaja Hubaira Basri (Radi Allahu Anhu) the following advice:
“O Hubaira! You are accepted in the court of Allah. Due to this, you should remain firm on the path of your Grand Masters. Allah has removed the love of this world from your heart, therefore, it is compulsory for you not to look towards the pleasures of this world, and adopt the path of poverty (Faqr) that was practiced by Sayyidina Rasoolallah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam), Hazrat Ali (Radi Allahu Anhu), and the Prophets (Alaihis Salaam). Faqr is a great wealth bestowed upon those whom He (Allah) loves. When one adopts this, one’s heart becomes completely pure from having any sort of desires.”
Having accepted this advice from his Murshid, Hazrat Khwaja Hubaira Basri (Radi Allahu Anhu) wore the garb (of khilafat) and began crying and lost consciousness. When he regained consciousness, the people enquired as to the reason for his crying and losing consciousness. He said, “When I wore the Khirqa, besides all the souls (Ar’wah) of the Mashaa’ikh, I saw the Soul of the Holy Prophet (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam). My Murshid presented me in the spiritual presence of the Holy Prophet (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and praised me, after which all the other noble souls made dua for me. I began crying in the fear of Allah, because the work of the durwesh is the work of all the Prophets and the pious slaves of Allah, and today, I have worn their garb.”
Since he donned the Khirqa, he stopped consuming meat, and never had sugar or salt added to his meals. After breaking his fasts, he used to spend the entire night crying in the fear of Allah, and used to supplicate saying, “O Allah! This Hubaira is weak. If You question me regarding my consumption of food, I would not be able to account for myself, and You asked me to account for the food of Iftaar, I would not be able to account for the food of Iftaar as well. Have mercy on this poor soul.” A voice then used to say to him, “O Hubaira! We have made accountability easy upon you, and We have wrapped you in Our Mercy, and made you happy. We have give given you a place in Paradise, and We will give you your desire.” Only after hearing this, he felt some ease.
Hazrat Khwaja Aminuddin Bu Hubaira Basri (Radi Allahu Anhu) lived for approximately between 100 and 120 years. He passed away on the 7th of Shawwal, and his blessed Mazaar Shareef is in Basra, Iraq. Before his demise, he bestowed khilafat upon his dear mureed, Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad Uloowe Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu).