Hazrat Khwaja Khanoon sahib R.A

 Biography of Hazrat Khwaja Khanoon sahib R.A. Shahansha-e-vilayatGwalior (M.P.) India.
True to the 500 years old sacred traditions set by the “Great Saint”
Hazrat Khwaja Khanoon , a number of activities for the upliftment of the religiousand spiritual life of the people were in the past carried out by the Late HazratHamiduddin, his worthy son Late Hazrat Khwaja Nazir Nizami and have now beenconducted by the present Sajjadanashin Hazrat Khwaja Rashid Khanooni. One
such of them is to work for the social, cultural and spiritual integration of the people through the noble institution of the Roohani Academy a wing of Khwajasahib Education & Welfare society Registered. The Academy, apart fromrendering a number of philanthropic services, aspires to establish the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. The present site is a feeble attempt to compile,edit and reproduce all that has so far been written about Hazrat Khwaja Khanoonand his worthy descendants with this pen or by other distinguished writers; under the auspicies of the Roohani Academy. It is therefore, not only reproduces somemy previous articles but also includes a few which I have lately written about theGreat Saint and his glorious heritage of society and its activities. I sincerely hopeand pray that my distinguished viewers go through this piece of work with patienceand understanding. It is impossible to produce something perfect about so great a person as Great Saint who as boundless as ocean and mysterious as life. I willtherefore request my viewers to bear with me if they come across the acts of errorsand omissions in this site. I will not only gratefully acknowledge and welcomesuggestions for further improvements on this site, but also be earnestly lookingforward for them. Our Founders Thos who love and serve the vast creation of theAllah; live a blissful life and undoubtedly attain the highest abode in heaven as thedarling of Allah. The Holy, the Wise and the Enlightened, have always preachedthat the service to Mankind is the best service to Allah. Lives of all great Saints,
Sufis and „Walis‟ have reflected this divine characteristic. The mightiest have
 bowed to them in respectful humility. A pure heart drenched in devotion isresponsible for that spiritual strength; which alleviates mortals to angelic heights.Drenched in supreme bliss, they feel Allah, think Allah, live Allah and experienceAllah all around them and remain blissfully indifferent to the tinsel and trash of this world. This is the path of glory treated by great saints of all religions. This is
the preaching of „Sunnah
Rasul‟ and the Holy Quran. This is the Holy Gospel,
which has enabled our Sufis to achieve the impossible in a trice with their miraculous powers. Of late, a true successor of this Divine lineage who treated this path of glory all his life was Hazrat Khwaja Mohiuddin shah Nazir Nizami. He wasundoubtedly the most luminous star that brightened the spiritual horizon of Gwalior (Central India) in particular and this holy land of Saints and Sufis ingeneral. All his life he strived to uplift the misguided humanity by preaching thegospel of love, brotherhood and selfless service. His presence instilled faith in the people and his preaching rekindled devotion in them. His life was an open book.Though he moved amidst the people of this world, he was supremely detached andlived in the seclusion of the Dargah. Like his father he was deeply interested tocarry out extensive construction work in the Dargah. That he could do this with noapparent source of substantial income; has remained a miracle. When questionedabout it by those who were genuinely concerned and wanted to know and help, he


would just smile sweetly and say “I do not do anything, all is Allah’s „Karam‟
(grace and mercy)”. The captivating manners and the enchanting conversation, at
once put at ease all the agitations of a fidgety mind. No one could fathom the depthof this ocean of Mercy, love and compassion. True, he had his shares of worldlymisfortunes. But even admits the most hopeless situations, he remained supremelyunmoved and unperturbed while the storm of calamities unleashed its futile bid to
see him crushed and defeated like ordinary mortals. „Mian‟, kept smiling in crisis
and thanked Allah and bowed in all humility to His will. He was a true Sufi whocould practice effortlessly what he preached to others. Hazrat often used to say thatall religions are the streams of the same Fountainhead. All of them teach love,tolerance and fraternity towards all fellow beings. A man of true religion will look upon the whole mankind as his own kith and kin and will serve them with the samespirit. Hazrat will undoubtedly go into the annals of history as one who perfectlysymbolised the sacred traditions of the glorious Sect of Sufis. He was a great saint,seer prophet and a man of Allah for all times to come. True to the great traditionalestablished by his ancestors, the present Sajjada Nashin of the Dargah; HazratKhwaja Rashid Khanooni has effortlessly stepped in the shoes of his distinguishedforefathers. After being educated in different Colleges and Universities, and after acquiring his LLB degree. Hazrat Khwaja Rashid Khanooni went to England toattend to the academic needs of his profession. Many thought that a great heritagehad at last been lost. That Mammon had at last prevailed over a man of divine
linage. But soon all doubts and apprehensions were put to rest. At “Rasm-e-
 performed soon after the death of Hazrat Nazir Nizami, we saw in the youngKhwa
 ja, not a „sahib‟ of a haughty disposition, but a simple unassuming „fakir‟
who had overnight renounced all fame and wealth to lead a life of austerity,devotion and selfless service. Hazrat Rashid Khanooni, has the inspiration of amissionary, vision of seer, zest of a young man, which he is, and the urge of a
 patriot to uplift the humanity above the „narrow domestic walls of caste and creed‟.
He has reorganized the various spiritual activities of the Dargah in an excellentmanner and has given them a touch of class and his erudite knowledge. It goes tohis credit to organize and edit volumes of spiritual literature in Persian, Arabic andother languages that lied buried in the shelves of Dargah, for the benefit of mankind. The Roohani Academy and Khwaja Sahib Educational Welfare Societyfounded by his father has made remarkable strides of progress under his ableguidance and so have the other activities of the Dargah. From busting activities of London, to the secluded life of a Pir in a Dargah, is indeed a very very long jump.But, with the blessings of his distinguished forefathers, Hazrat Rashid Khanoonihas performed these near impossible feet with remarkable ease. May the tribe of Hazrat Khwaja Khanoon Rehmatullah, live long (Ameen) 

Hazrat Khwaja Khanoon Sahib (Shah-e-Willayat)


Hazrat Khwaja Khanoon Sahib was born in 853 Hijri that is In 1434 A. D. in Nagore, a village near Jodhpur (Rajasthan). His ancestors had come from Khurasan and settled there. The real name of Hazrat Khanoon Sahib Sayiduddin, but his father affectionately called him ‘Khanoon’ and the name stuck, Right from the early boyhood Hzt. Khanoon led an extremely pious and austere life. To serve the parents, to respect the elders and to obey the Pious and the En­lightened were the cherished principles of his life. He was barely fourteen years of age when in the year 1448 A.D he com­pleted his education and got himself enlis­ted in the Royal Army. It was here that he received the news of his brother Hazrat Badruddin’s death. Hzt. Badruddin, who was also in the Royal Army had gone on a haunting expedition along with the king. He had lost his way, when he was waylaid by the robbers and met a martyr’s death. On reaching the place of tragedy Khanoon Sahib found that the blood was still oozing out from the wounds of his dead brother and his corpse laid covered with fresh flowers. He performed the last rites of his dead brother and him buried near the grave of a saint. Next day he had a spiritual communion with his brother who infor­med Khanoon Sahib that the Almighty had blessed him, had given him a place in Heaven. He also apprised Khanoon Sahib about the sacredness of the learned and enlightened saint near whose grave he was buried. All this left a profound and lasting impression on Khanoon Sahib and he began to devote more and more of his time in prayers and meditation.

Soon he began to realize the emptiness of life he was hitherto leading. A heavenly voice spoke within him. He was command­ed to free himself from all worldly bondages The futility of having any attach­ment with the ephemeral world appeared to have dawned upon him almost overwhelmingly. He longed to achieve salvation and decided to renounce the entanglements of this world forthwith. He distributed all his belongings amongst the poors and cladd­ing himself in a lone blanket he set out on his holy mission. At the age of twenty-one he become a staunch disciple of Khwaja JalalSufi Hamidduddin Nagori and Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Ajmeri, who happened to be his ancestor from his mother’s side. He reached Nagore to pay homage at the Dur­gah of the great one. Here he also took farewell from his relatives and kinsmen and. thereafter proceeded on foot to Aimer. He took to prayers and penances at Ana-sagar in a cave, situated near the CHILLA of Khwaja Kutub Sahib.

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At last, as an act of extreme penance he drowned his head and face in the outlet of the water that flowed from the Dargab of Garib Nawar and poured into a pool near­by. Thus forgetting even his very existence he remained there for a long time till Khwaja Garib Nawaz himself appeared to enlighten him. He felt the tender touch of the holy hand over his head and heard the prophetic voice of the holiest, “Khanoon, my child, God has ordained you to be His torchbearer from the day you were born. Now get up and present yourself to Khwaja Ismail of Nagore. Be blessed with his pro­found spiritual benedictions. Go to him, for with your fate in hand he awaits you at Chanderi, Thus awakened from his trance and inspired by the pious utterings of the Garib Nawaz, Khwaja Khanoon Sahib set out towards Chanderi. However, on reaching his destination, he instead of going directly to Khwaja Ismail, establish­ed himself in a mountain cave, for he did not deem it proper to present himself be­fore his teacher till being so commanded by him. In the cave he gave himself up to terrible penances and profound medita­tion. Years slipped away like this. Thick layers of dust settled on his whole being and many a time hedges grew and dried up on his mud-covered body. At last Khwaja Garib Nawaz had a spiritual communion with Khwaja Ismail and told him how Khanoon Sahib was awaiting his Summons in that cave of Chanderi, “Let him be summoned before you” continued the great seer “Bless him with your introspective knowledge and spiritual wisdom and command him to settle at Gwalior to carry out the work of God. The very next day, when the sun had not yet come out of the eastern horizon, Khwaja Ismail ordered his disciples to bring Khanoon Sahib to his presence. On reaching the mountain cave the disciples found Khnnoon Sahtb in a State of complete trance. If he was not mistaken for dead it was because his nails and the hair had grown large. He was bodily lifted along with the dried clay that had accumulated on his whole being, and was brought before Khwaja Ismail in a planquin On seeing him in that state the Holy one loudly called out in his ear “Baba Khanoon”, At this sacred command of the blessed sage Khanoon Sahib opened his eyes. He had become alarmingly weak and it took him several days to regain his vita­lity. However, on becoming normal again, he was summoned before Khwaja Ismail Sahib and on 9th Zilhij” which happen to be a special day of ‘Haj’. Khwaja Ismail blessed Khanoon Sahib with all that hea­venly wisdom and insight which he himself had imbibed from his father and preceptor. He instructed Khanoon Sahib to first go to Aimer and then to settle at Gwalior to spread out the message of God and the gospel of truth and righteousness.

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Khwaja Rashid Khanooni was borned in 1946 at Gwalior city, M.P. state India. He has completed his primary education in Bhopal, capital city of M.P. state and succeeded his secondary education from Uttar Pradesh state board Agra. He was graduated and awarded degree in Law from Jivaji University of Gwalior. Education thrust has taken him to Delhi and London University.

In 1977 he has left his legal practice and taken a ‘U’ turn to become Sajjadanashin of 500 years ancient Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Khanoon. By that time he has committed to the deep religious and spiritual knowledge. He has given full time to Roohani Acadamy resulting many historical books has been published by the acadamy.
Apart from all above he has attached with All India Jamiatul-soofia, Jashn-e-Islam, Soofi conference. He is vice president of Indian National Soofi Board. Member of M.P. State government Vigilance committee (Lok ayukt, Gwalior). He is chairman of Khwaja Sahib Education and Welfare society.