HAZRAT KHWAJA QUTBUDDIN MOUDOOD CHISTI (RADI ALLAHU ANHU)

Hazrat Khwaja Moudood Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) was a very great sufi mystic of his era.  He was born in Afghanistan.  For thirty years, he stayed awake during the nights making Allah’s Ibaadah.  He was great Aalim (scholar) of his time.  There was not an action of his that was against the Shariah (Islamic Law).  Whenever he desired to do anything, he first supplicated in the court of Allah, and did only that which “The Divine Voice” ordered him to do.  He was the leader of all the dervishes of his time.  Whoever he looked at became pious.  If anybody stayed in his Khanqah for at least three days, all their difficulties were removed, and they became perfect sufis by attaining nearness to Allah.  Whoever became his mureed, all the veils were removed from their eyes, so much so that they could see from to Arsh of Allah, right until the Abyss.  All his mureeds became so perfect, that by the will of Allah, they were bestowed with the power of performing miracles.

Hazrat Khwaja Moudood Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) became the mureed of Hazrat Khwaja  Nasiruddin Yusuf Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu).  After become mureed (disciple), his murshid (master) addressed him by saying, “O Qutbuddin Moudood, adept of the path of the faqr.”  (The word faqr is literally translated as poverty, but in the language of Sufism, it means to be rich with Allah.  It is for one to have total trust in Allah, and not to be dependant on any other but Allah)  Faqr is the way of the dervishes.  The more one travels on the path of faqr, the higher one’s status becomes.  Our Prophet (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is the leader of all Prophets (Alaihis Salaam) and dervishes, and he adopted this path.  He said, “Faqr is my pride,” and after returning from the night of Mi’raj, he performed Fajr Salaah with all the Sahaabas (companions) behind him, and afterwards made dua to Allah by saying, “O Allah, let me live amongst the poor, take my life away whilst amongst the poor, and raise me on the day of Qiyaamat amongst the poor.”  All our Grand Masters loved the Faqirs, and to love the poor is the Sunnah of Rasoolallah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam), “and remember, whoever loves the poor and destitute, is loved and worthy of respect, and whoever shows dislike to the poor, stay very far from them because they insult the sunnah of Rasoolallah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam).”

Hazrat Khwaja Moudood Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) accepted his murshid’s advice.  After this, he went into seclusion and remained absorbed in the worship of his creator for twenty years.  During this period, he used to eat once every five to six days.  He used to complete two (complete) recitations of the Qur’aan during the day, and two during the night.  He used to constantly make the zikr of “La ilaha illallah.”  Due to all his ibaadah, everything that was happening in the universe became apparent to him, and nothing was kept hidden.It is stated that when certain people used to come to the great Shaikh (Radi Allahu Anhu), he used to tell them their problems and solve it for them even before they could ask him anything.  A person questioned Hazrat Khwaja Moudood Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) as to how he knew what was hidden, even when the angels Kiraman Katabeen, who records all the good and bad deeds of a person, and who are with a person all the time, does not even know.  He said, “Whatever I say is by the command of Allah.”  He further says that there are certain beloved servants of Allah amongst the ummah of Rasoolallah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam), that between them and Allah, they communicate what even the closest angels of Allah are unaware of.

Hazrat Khwaja Nasiruddin Yusuf Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu), upon receiving Divine inspiration from Allah, bestowed his khilafat of the Chistiya Silsila upon Hazrat Khwaja Moudood Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu).  After bestowing upon him the khilafat, his murshid addressed him thus, “O Qutbuddin Moudood.  The cloak of the dervishes is worn by one who walks on the path of spiritual striving, ones whose heart is free from jealousy, one who looks at insults and praises as equal, one who does not get happy at praises and does not become sad at being insulted.  Always remain steadfast in the remembrance of Allah.”  Thereafter, Hazrat Khwaja Yusuf Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) taught him the Isme Azam (Secret Names of Allah) that he received from his murshid, Hazrat Khwaja Muhammad Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu).  After he recited this Isme Azam, the secrets of inspired knowledge (Ilm Laduni) opened up to him and all the secret knowledge became known to him.

He always was the first to greet people.  He always considered everyone else better and greater than himself.  In this regard, he says, “On the night of Mi’raj, when Rasoolallah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) presented himself in front of Allah, Allah being the King of All the Worlds and creation, greeted Rasoolallah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) first.  And when, Rasoolallah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) who is the greatest prophet and most beloved of Allah, saw anyone, he was always the first to greet.  Therefore, to be the first to greet is a very virtuous act.

He loved the listening of sama. On many occasions during his sama mehfils he used to suddenly disappear and after sometime re-appear.  One Sufi asked him the reason for this to which the Kwaja (Radi Allahu Anhu) replied, “Your inner eye has not become bright as yet.  The people of sama reach a remote area of noor during sama.  One cannot see this place with one’s physical eyes”.

Hazrat Khwaja Moudood Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) passed away in Rajab, 527 A.H.  He bestowed the khilafat of the Chistiya Silsila upon his dear mureed, Hazrat Khwaja Haji Shareef Zandani (Radi Allahu Anhu).

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