Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad Uloowe Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu) was one of the leading Awliya (Friends of Allah) of his time. Many of the other Masha’ikh of his era looked towards him for physical and spiritual guidance. Like all other Awliya, he spent his entire life performing strenuous Mujaheda (Spiritual Strivings) and Riyazat. Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad Uloowe Dinwari fasted during his entire life.
BIRTH – It is recorded in “Sirr-al-Awliya” that Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad Uloowe Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu) was born in the evening but did not consume his mother’s milk. When morning dawned, he drank a bit of his mother’s milk, and then had nothing the entire day, until the evening. He was bestowed with Wilaayat (Sainthood) whilst still in his mother’s womb.
BAI’AT AND KHILAFAT – Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad Uloowe Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu) became the mureed (disciple) of Hazrat Khwaja Bu Hubaira Basri (Radi Allahu Anhu), and served his master dutifully, until he was bestowed with Khilaafat by his Murshid.
LIFE – Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad Uloowe Dinwari (RA) always kept the doors of his khanqah closed, and people were not allowed to enter. When someone knocked on the door, he used to ask, “Are you a traveller or are you here to stay?” If a person answered that he was a traveller, he was allowed to enter, and for as long as he stayed in the Khanqah, Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad (Radi Allahu Anhu) took the best care of him. If a person answered that he was there to stay, he would humbly request them to leave, saying that their stay in the khanqah would cause distractions to his heart, and if they ever decided to leave, he would find it difficult to bear the seperation.
Once, someone requested Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad Uloowe Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu) to make dua for him, upon which the Great Khwaja said to him, “Reach the divine proximity to Allah. There you would find no need for my dua.” The man then said to Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad (Radi Allahu Anhu) that he had no knowledge of attaining Allah’s nearness. Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad (Radi Allahu Anhu) then said to him that one will only find proximity to Allah when he forgets his own existence. This person immediately went into seclusion, and engrossed himself in the remembrance of Allah, and attained a very high spiritual station.
The following are some of the sayings of Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad Uloowe Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu):
For a mureed, it is compulsory to serve his Murshid dutifully, and behave well with his brothers of the path.
If a person goes to meet a pious servant of Allah whilst having pride and thinking great of himself, then his meeting with the pious servants of Allah is a waste of time and will not have any effect on his heart.
There are many forms of idol worship. Many have become worshippers of their carnal desires, wives and children. Some have become worshippers of namaaz and fasting. Only when one brings his desires under control, then he becomes a worshipper of Allah.
SAMA – Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu) once dreamt of the Holy Prophet (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam), and in his dream he asked, “YA RASOOLALLAH (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam), do you reject the practice of sama?” The Holy Prophet (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied, “No, I am not against it’s practice, but one should commence and end the mehfil-e-sama with some recitation of the Holy Qur’an.”
Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad (Radi Allahu Anhu) used to celebrate the Urs of his Murshid, Hazrat Khwaja Aminuddin Bu Hubaira Basri (Radi Allahu Anhu), and on that day, he always listened to sama. The people questioned his as to what the secret was of his listening to sama on the day of the Urs. Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad (Radi Allahu Anhu) replied, “Our Masha’ikh listened to sama, and today is the day of Urs. Today is the day of my Murshid’s meeting with his Beloved (Allah). Death is a bridge that unites the lover with the beloved. In rejoicement of my Murshid’s meeting, I listen to sama, and just as he has become united with his Loved One, there is a possibility that with my Murshid’s blessings, and through listening to sama on this joyous occasion, I may get a glimpse of that beloved.”
DEMISE – Before Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu) passed away, lots of people came to his home to enquire about his condition. When his health began to deteriorate even further, some people requested the Khwaja (Radi Allahu Anhu) to recite the Kalimah (Declaration of Faith). Hearing this request from the people, Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad (Radi Allahu Anhu) turned his face away from them towards the wall, and said, “From head to foot, I have become extinct in you. Is this the treatment that those who become Your Friends get? For three years heaven was presented in front of me, yet I never looked towards it, and during that period, I drowned my heart in your remembrance. It is the desire of the Siddiqeen (Truthful Ones) to drown one’s self in Your Love and Remembrance.” Saying these words, Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad Uloowe Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu) passed away. He bestowed khilafat upon his belowed mureed, Hazrat Khwaja Abu Is`haaq Chisti Shaami (Radi Allahu Anhu).