Name: Hazrat Nasiruddin Mahmood
Titles: Roshan Chirag-e-Delhi
Predecessor: Hazrat Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ)
Successor: Hazrat Khwaja Bande Nawaz Gesu Daraz (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ)
Date of Birth:
Date of Wisaal:17 Ramzan (757 Hijri)
Date of Urs:
Resting at: Delhi, India
Hazrat Nasiruddin Mahmood Chirag-e-Delhi (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ) (ca 1274-1356) was a 14th century mystic-poet and a Sufi Saint of Chishti Order. He was a murid (disciple) of noted Sufi saint, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ), and later khalifa, his successor He was the last important Sufi of Chishti Order from Delhi
He was given the title, “Roshan Chirag-e-Delhi”, which in Hindi and Urdu, means “Illuminated Lamp of Delhi”
Hazrat Nasiruddin Mahmood Chiragh Dehlavi (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ) (or Chiragh-e-Delhi) was born as Nasiruddin around 1274, at Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. His father Syed Yahya (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ), who traded in Pashmina, and his grand father, Syed Abdul Latif (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ), first migrated from Khorasan, north-eastern Iran, to Lahore, and thereafter settled in Ayodhya, in Awadh. His father died when he was only nine years of age, thereafter growing up with his mother, he received his early education from Maulana Abdul Karim Sherwani (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ), and later continued it, with Maulana Iftikhar Uddin Gilani (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ).
At age forty, he left Ayodhya for Delhi, where he became the disciple of Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ), it was here that he stayed for the rest of his life as his murid (disciple) , and eventually after his death, became his successor. In time, he also became a known poet in Persian language
He died in 17 Ramzan 757 Hijri or 1356 AD.at the age of 82, and is buried in a part of Delhi, India which is known as “Chirag-e-Delhi” after him .
One of his noted disciple was Khwaja Bande Nawaz Gesu Daraz (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ), who later moved to Daulatabad around 1398, owing to the attack of Timur on Delhi, and from where at the invitation of Bahamani King, Firuz Shah Bahamani, moved to Gulbarga, Karnataka, where he stayed for the following 22 years of his life, spreading the Chishti Order in the South till his death in November 1422. The Dargah of Khwaja Bande Nawaz (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ), exists today in the city of Gulbarga, as a symbol, multi-religious unity.
During his stay in Delhi, he continued to visit Ayodhya often, where he made a number of disciples, notably, Shaikh Zainuddin Ali Awadhi (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ), Shaikh Fatehullah Awadhi (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ) and Allama Kamaluddin Awadhi (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ).
After his death, his tomb was built by Firuz Shah Tughluq (r. 1351 – 1388), the Sultan of Delhi in 1358, and later two gateways were added on either side of mausoleum. One of noted addition was a mosque built by a later Mughal emperor, Farrukhsiyar, in early 18th century, and popular among both Muslims and Non-Muslims. A humble tomb of the founder of Lodhi dynasty, Bahlul Khan Lodhi (r.1451-89) lies close to the shrine in the present day locality of ‘Chirag Delhi’ that grew around the tomb, and is still goes by his name, it is very close to the locality of Greater Kailash, in South Delhi.
Nasiruddin Chiragh Dehalvi (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ), unlike his spiritual master Nizamuddin Auliya (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ), did not listen to sama, which was considered as unislamic by a section of the Muslim intelligentsia in that period. He did not however pass any specific judgement against it. This is the reason why even today, qawwali is not performed near his shrine in Delhi. Hazrat Nasiruddin’s (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ) descendants are to be found far and wide as a lot of them moved down South to Hyderabad. The Dargah of Badi Bua or Badi Bibi, who said be the elder sister of Hazrat Nasir Uddin Mahmud Chiragh Dehlavi (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ),
Chiragh-E-Delhi Dargah is situated in the village of Chiragh Delhi. This township grew up around the Dargah slowly and gradually. The dargah entombs Nasir-ud-Din Mahmud (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ), who was bestowed with the title of “Raushan Chiragh-I-Dili” (illuminated lamp of Delhi). He was a disciple of Hazrat Nizam-ud-Din (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ) and also succeeded him to become the head of the Chishti sect. Nasir-ud-Din Mahmud (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ) was a mystic as well as a poet. His compositions have contributed greatly to Urdu poetry. The saint left for the holy abode in the year 1356.
Initially, the main tomb was enclosed within rectangular walls, built of rubble. This chamber was constructed by Muhammad Bin Tughlaq, who later added a small gateway on both sides of the tomb. However, the original Chiragh-I-Dili Dargah has undergone renovations and repairs a number of times. Now, a twelve-pillared square chamber, enclosed within perforated screens, consists of the tomb of Nasir-ud-Din Mahmud (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ). The chamber has four small domed towers at the corners and is surmounted by a plastered dome, rising from an octagonal drum.
A number of structures, like the Majlis-Khana (assembly hall), Mahfil-Khana (symposium hall), were added to the Delhi Chiragh-I-Delhi Dargah some time back. The structure also comprises of a graveyard, which houses the graves and tombs of several distinguished personalities. Last but not the least, there are a number of mosques situated inside the premises of the dargah. One of these mosques was built by King Farrukhsiyar, in the early 18th century, in the honor of Nasir-ud-Din Mahmud (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ).
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Nasiruddin Chiragh Dehlavi
Hazrat Khwaja Nasiruddin Mahmood Chiragh Dehlavi
Hazrat Nasiruddin’s mausoleum in Delhi, India
Circa 672 AH/1274 AD
Ayodhya/Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India
757 AH/1356 AD
Map of Burial Place
Chiragh-e-Dehli (Light of Delhi)
Various, the most prominent being Khwaja Bande Nawaz
Nasiruddin Mahmud Chirag-e-Delhi (or Chiragh-e-Delhi) was a prominent saint of the Chishti Order. He was a mureed (disciple) of the great saint, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and later his khalifa (successor). He was the last recognised khalifa of the Chishti Order from Delhi and was given the title, “Roshan Chirag-e-Delhi”, which in Urdu means “Illuminated Lamp of Delhi”.
In his lifetime Khwaja Nasiruddeen Chiragh witnessed the final ruin of the kingdom of Delhi and the fragmentation of the Chishtia silsila. Under his guidance, the sacred order managed to stay true to its principles of remaining above politics and the whims of kings, even though in his haste to combat the popularity of the silsila, the reigning sultan destroyed Delhi itself.
1 Family & Birth
3 Initiation as a Mureed
6 Title of Chiragh
8 Fall of the Chishti Order
12 Malfoozat (Discourses)
14 Sayings & Quotes
Family & Birth
Hazrat Khwaja Nasiruddin, like his predecessors, also belonged to a noble heritage although historians differ in their points of view regarding his lineage. “Khazinat-ul-Aulia” states that he is a descendant the illustrious Hazrat Imam Husain while others state that he is a descendant of Hazrat Umar ibn Khatab , the second Caliph of the Holy Prophet ﷺ.
His grandfather, Sheikh Abdul Latif Yazdi, first migrated from Khorasan, northeastern Iran, to Lahore where Hazrat Khwaja Nasiruddin’s father, Sheikh Mahmud Yahya was born. Thereafter, the family settled in Ayodhya, in Awadh where they flourished in the trade of woollen goods and were considered to be a well-to-do family.
Hazrat Nasiruddin lost his father at the age of 9 and the responsibility of his education devolved upon his mother. From a very young age, he was fired with religious devotion, and was very particular about punctuality in congregational salaat.
According to Khair-ul-Majalis, he is reported to have studied Bazoodi (the famous book on Islamic Jurisprudence) from Qazi Mohiuddin Kashani but according to Siar-ul-Aulia, he is said to have studied Bazoodi and Hadaya under Maulana Abdul Karim Sherwani. After the death of the Maulana Abdul Karim, he was sent to Maulana Iftikharuddin of Gilan, who was well-versed in the various branches of Islamic knowledge.
Hazrat Nasiruddin renounced the world at the age of 25 and began mujahedas (strivings) against the Nafs and for a period of 8 years, it is reported that he lived in the surrounding mountains and jungles of Awadh with a fellow dervish. During this period, he always observed fasting and would break his fasts with leaves and herbs found in the area.
Initiation as a Mureed
According to Siar-ul-Aulia and Mirat-ul-Asrar, Hazrat Nasiruddin came to Delhi at the age of 43 and joined a circle of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s mureeds.
One day, when Hazrat Nizamuddin was descending from his hujra at the top of his Khanqah. he noticed Sheikh Nasiruddin Mahmud standing despondently in the shade of a nearby tree. He called him over and after briefly introducing himself, Hazrat Nasiruddin said that he had come to help dervishes in “putting on their shoes”. This demonstration of humility was enough to win the affection of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya who honoured him by accepting him as a mureed. Hazrat Nasiruddin devoted himself wholeheartedly to the service of his Pir.
His love and devotion to his Pir was such that on one occasion, Khwaja Mohammed Gaazrooni, a mureed of Hazrat Khwaja Bahauddin Zakariya of Multan, was at Hazrat Nizamuddin’s Khanqah. During the night, Khwaja Gaazrooni woke up for Tahajjud (the late night prayer) and went to perform wudhu (ablution). Upon returning, he could not find his clothes and began to complain loudly. Hazrat Nasiruddin was upset by the noise as he thought it would disturb Hazrat Nizamuddin who was engaged in prayer at the time. In order to pacify Khwaja Mohammed’s anger, he at once took off his own clothes and gave them to him. The next morning, when news of this was conveyed to Hazrat Nizamuddin, he presented Hazrat Nasiruddin with new garments and prayed for his success.
After his initiation, Hazrat Nasiruddin devoted all his time to spiritual training or mujahedas denying himself food and water for days on end. Sometimes he consumed lime juice when afflicted by intense thirst.
According to Siar-ul-Aulia, after remaining with his Pir for some time, Hazrat Nasiruddin went to stay with his mother in Awadh but due to his increasing popularity, he did not get privacy or freedom to carry out his devotional duties. He therefore asked permission from Hazrat Nizamuddin, through Hazrat Amir Khusro, to seclude himself in the jungle to which the saint replied:
You must stay among the people of God, suffering their intrusion with patience and toleration and you will be rewarded for this sacrifice. Different people are suitable for different tasks. I instruct some of my mureeds to observe silence and to close their door to the world, while others are ordered to stay among the people, tolerate their persecution and deal with them affectionately because this has been the way of the great prophets and saints.
On reading this instruction, Hazrat Nasiruddin abandoned the idea of retiring into the jungle and continued his riyazat (strivings) in the midst of the population.
In order to benefit from his Pir-o-Murshid’s teaching, Hazrat Nasiruddin used to visit Delhi from time to time. However, after the death of his mother, he left Awadh and stayed with his Pir-o-Murshid permanently in a separate hujra (cell) at his Khanqah.
Towards the end of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s life, when he saw that his mureed had accomplished all that was required to become the perfect dervish, he appointed him as his Khalifa (spiritual successor) in accordance with the divine will and handed him over the traditional Tabarrukaat (sacred relics) of the Chishtia Order.
Though all possible qualifications for the successorship rested with Hazrat Nizamuddin’s brilliant and devoted mureed Amir Khusro, the khilafat was given to Khwaja Nasiruddin. As Hazrat Nizamudeen Auliya himself said, “my heart desires Amir, but Allah desires Nasiruddin.” Khwaja Nasiruddin took up the mantle of the order and acquitted himself brilliantly as the head of the silsila.
Hazrat Nasiruddin Mahmud maintained the traditions of his silsila most honourably and spread the teachings of his mission in all parts of India after the demise of his Pir-o-Murshid with great diligence and foresight. His popularity as a leading sufi and scholar of his time spread far and wide, reaching as far as Persia, Arabia and Egypt.
During the early period of his Khilafat, Hazrat Nasiruddin, like his Pir-o-Murshid, had to contend with difficult situations. He gives an account of one of his experiences:
Once, while fasting, I could not get anything to eat for two consecutive days. There was an old acquaintance of mine who brought two rotis (bread) and some vegetables for me. In this state of extreme hunger, the food was extremely delicious — a sumptuous taste which I cannot describe. Often, during the nights, I had no light in the house. For several days on end, my oven remained cold. When some of my relatives offered me provisions, I refused and since they had understood my renouncement, they had to reluctantly give up their efforts. When someone came to see me I used to wear my Pir’s jubba (cloak) and after he had gone I would change into my tattered clothing. I liked to conceal my poverty from the world by wearing my Pir’s jubba.
After a while, his situation later improved and although he himself used to fast daily, he ordered delicious food to be prepared and served to his guests and mureeds. The great master used to take pleasure in serving his guests and mureeds himself, all the while giving them short sermons on Islam and Sufism. He used to say, “Eat for the sake of Allah, and expend whatever energy you get in devotion of Allah.”
Title of Chiragh
There are several stories as to how he obtained the title of Chiragh, or ‘lamp’. One states that at the time of his building a water reservoir for his pir, sultan Ghiyasuddin ordered all oil supplies to the khanqah to be stopped, so that the night work could not be carried out. However, Khwaja Nasiruddin performed a miracle by transforming water into oil for the lamps, and the reservoir was built on schedule.
Another tells that once he entered the mehfil of his murshid and other sufis, he did not want to sit where he was shown, as it would mean facing his back to some of those gathered. But Nizamuddin Auliya told him, “a chiragh has no back; it sheds its light in all directions.”
During the Khilafat period of Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh (725-757 A. H.), Sultan Mohammed Tughlaq and his son ruled a large part of India from Delhi. The great popularity and influence of the Chishtia silsila aroused the ire and suspicion of the sultan.
According to Akhbar-ul-Akhyar, it is reported that Sultan Mohammed Tughlaq appointed Hazrat Nasiruddin as his attendant and would persecute him despite his devout and righteous nature. Neverthless, the saint had to tolerate this treatment gracefully because of the teachings of his Pir-o-Murshid. On one occasion, the Sultan provided for Hazrat Nasiruddin in gold and silverware in order to test his Sufi principles with the underlying intention of entangling him in the rules of Shariat. However, when the food was served, the saint simply poured out some soup from the golden bowl into his palm and consumed it.
According to Persian historian, Mohammed Qaism Ferishta, Mohammed Tughlaq was a murderer and was prejudiced against dervishes. He ordered that all the dervishes must work for him. Sheikh Nasiruddin was given the job of the caretaker of the king’s apparel but the saint refused and the Sultan imprisoned him. The Sheikh, in order to carry out the last wish of his Pir, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, agreed to serve the king which secured his freedom. However, during this period, the Sultan faced a host of problems which led to his premature death and relieved the people from his tyrannical clutches.
Khwaja Syed Mubarak, author of Siar-ul-Aulia” and a mureed of Hazrat Khwaja Nasiruddin Chiragh says:
Sultan Mohammed Tughlaq, who had established his sovereignty all over India, persecuted Hazrat Nasiruddin Mahmud who was a universally respected Sufi dervish of his time, and who had a vast number of mureeds. But the saint, in order to carry out the traditions of his great predecessors, always suffered this persecution with great restrain. In the concluding years of his life, the Sultan went on a campaign to Thath, about 1000 miles from Delhi. There he invited Hazrat Sheikh Nasiruddin along with other Ulema and Sheikhs to pray for his success although he did not treat them honourably. Nevertheless, they were patient and the Sultan later died. When questioned as to why the Sultan persecuted him for no particular reason, Hazrat Nasiruddin replied: “This was a matter between me and God. I therefore refrained as I did”.
Shams Siraj Afif’s Tarikh-i Firoz Shahi sheds more light on the situation:
When Sultan Mohammed Tughlaq went to Thath to quell the rebellion, he died there and Prince Feroze succeeded him. Hazrat Nasiruddin, who was present, demanded a promise from the Prince to administer due justice to the oppressed people of God. When the prince assured him that he would treat them with love and sympathy and rule them with justice and honesty, Hazrat Nasiruddin predicted that he will be granted a 40-year rule – a prediction which came true.
Fall of the Chishti Order
According to Professor Khaliq Ahmad Nizami in Tarikh Mashaikh-e-Chisht, The Chishtia silsila which had begun with Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in 587 AH came to its end with the demise of Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh of Delhi (his 5th Spiritual Successor). The two basic principles of this “golden period” for the Chishtia silsila were:
There was a central organisation of the silsila which had provided spiritual and cultural development of its adherents. The Khalifas and mureeds of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Hazrat Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Ganjshakar, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh had been working in remote parts of the country, but their guidance was always provided at their centres in Ajmer, Ajodhan and Delhi.
It was against their creed to have any relations whatsoever with the kings and their courtiers.
Whilst Sultan Mohammed Tughlaq was harassing the sufis, he ordered the entire Muslim population of the city to emigrate to the city of Devgir. With this decision Delhi, the centre of Islamic learning, which was the envy of Baghdad, Jerusalem and Constantinople, where at every corner was a madressa or khanqah, became deserted; a ghost town entombed in its own dust. This dislocation, at the very headquarters of the Chishtia silsila, also disrupted the highly integrated organisation of the order. After the death of Khwaja Nasiruddin, the many provincial khanqahs such as Ajodhan, Multan and Gujarat could no longer look towards the central point of Delhi for instruction. Although the Chistiya silsila’s work carried on throughout India and new Khanqahs were established in provincial areas, it lost a lot of its cohesion.
In addition, many of the silsila’s younger generation joined hands with the ruling elite and spent most of their time in frivolous engagements contrary to Hazrat Baba Farid’s warning, “If you wish to prosper spiritually, then do not pay any attention to the progeny of the kings.” Therefore, the two basic principles of the Chishti creed became a story of the past.
Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh’s resting place
Khwaja Nasiruddin Chiragh died on 18 Ramadan 757 AH. Due to his foresight, he realised the inevitable fragmentation of the silsila after his death, and thus appointed no khilafa-e-azam, or foremost successor. At the time of his death, he said that none of his mureeds would be able to carry the weight of leadership of so mighty a silsila on their shoulders, especially since Delhi had been ruined by Muhammad Tughlaq.
He ordered the tabarrukat (sacred relics) of the silsila to be buried with him. He ordered the following:
The khirqa of his Pir-o-Murshid, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, must be put upon his chest
The asa (staff) by his side
The tasbih (rosary) on the finger of ‘shahadat’ (the right forefinger),
The kaasa (a special wooden bowl which dervishes carry with them to serve as their only utensil for food, water etc.) under his head
A pair of his Pir-o-Murshid’s shoes under his arm.
Hazrat Khwaja Bande Nawaz Gaisu Daraz, the beloved mureed and Khalifa of Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh, performed his ghusal (bathing of the body). After the ghusal, Hazrat Bande Nawaz cut off the strings of the charpoy (traditional woven bed) upon which the ghusal was performed and preserved them as a sacred relic of his Pir-o-Murshid.
After his death, his mausoleum was built by Feroz Shah Tughluq, the Sultan of Delhi in 1358, and later two gateways were added on either side of mausoleum.
Below is a list of some of the prominent Khalifas of Hazrat Nasiruddin:
Name of Khalifa
Centre of Work
Hazrat Khwaja Bande Nawaz Gaisu Daraz
Hazrat Kamal Uddin Allama
Hazrat Sheikh Danyaal
Satrakh – Barabanki
Hazrat Sheikh Sadruddin Tabib
Hazrat Khwaja Sirajuddin
Firan Patan Gujarat
Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Muqtadir
Mehrauli – Delhi
Hazrat Maulana Khwajgi
Kalpi – Bundelkhand
Hazrat Sheikh Ahmed Thanesari
Hazrat Sheikh Mutawakkal Kantoori
Hazrat Qazi Sheikh Qawamuddin
Bantwa – Junagadh
Hazrat Sheikh Zainuddin Ali
Chiragh – Delhi
Hazrat Sheikh Masood
Lado Sarai, Delhi
Hazrat Mir Syed Jalal-ul-Haq-waddin Jahanian
Hazrat Sheikh Suleman
Bara Banki – Radauli
Hazrat Syed Mohammed Bin Jafar Makki
Hazrat Syed Alauddin
Compassion & Forgiveness
Once, Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh, after his Zohar prayer was engrossed in devotion in his hujra (cell) when a qalandar entered his cell and began to attack him to such an extent that blood flowed out of the door, although the attack did not disturb the great saints devotions. When Khwaja Nasiruddin’s mureeds captured the man, the saint emerged from his cell and ordered them not to harm him. Hazrat Nasiruddin addressed the man apologetically and said, “If on attacking me you have experienced any pain, please forgive me.” Furthermore, the great saint gave him some money and sent him on his way.
Love of sama
The following narrative illustrates Hazrat Nasiruddin’s love of sama (music). When Hazrat Nasiruddin was returning from Thath with Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq, the saint parted with the king’s party in order to go to Hansi to meet Hazrat Qutbuddin Munawwar. Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh and Hazrat Qutbuddin Munawwar had received their Khilafat from Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya on the same day and remained very close throughout their lives.
On hearing that Hazrat Chiragh had come to Hansi, Hazrat Qutbuddin ran out of his Khanqah bare-footed to meet him and received him with a most affectionate embrace. Reminiscing about the days at their Pir’s Khanqah in Delhi, the dervishes could not resist their tears. A sama mehfil (gathering) was arranged in which they reached a state of wajd (ecstasy) and sukr (intoxication). After the mehfil, both dervishes insisted upon each other to lead the Asr prayer and it was finally agreed that Hazrat Qutbuddin Munawwar would led the prayer since he was the host and it was within his right under shariat. According to Shams Siraj Afeef’s description of the prayer,” it was a divine scene to watch the two great spiritual leaders of India offering their homage to God together after many years of separation.”
Regarding sama, Hazrat Nasiruddin’s says: “It is a consoling remedy for the sick. Enjoyment in sama is produced by love and not by musical instruments.”
Hazrat Nasiruddin loved cleanliness to the extent that according to Hazrat Khwaja Bande Nawaz:
Wherever he sat, it was absolutely spotless without even a straw on the floor. His attire always appeared extremely tidy and neat.
Like his Pir-o-Murshid, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, Hazrat Chiragh did not and remained celibate. In terms of wisdom and knowledge the author of Khair-ul-Majaalis compares him to Hazrat Imam Abu Hanifa and in terms of devotion and abstention, he is compared to Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya whom he followed scrupulously.
Among the mulfoozat of Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh, two of the most important are:
Khair-ul-Majaalis compiled by Maulana Hamid Qalander Shaair – contains an account of 100 majaalis (meetings) of the Sheikh between 755 and 756 AH.
Miftah-ul-Aashqeen compiled by Maulana Muhibullah.
These publications deal with many delicate Sufi subjects such as:
Jazb and Salook
Haal and Qaal
Sehut-e-Nafs i. e. control of the appetitive soul
Types of ghusal i. e. purity of soul
Chaar Aalam i. e. four worlds according to Sufis
Mohabbat-ki-gismen i. e. types of love
With the presence of Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh, Delhi was still regarded as the centre of spiritual and Islamic learning and thousands came from near and far to perfect their knowledge.
Once a Syed became a disciple of Hazrat Nasiruddin. After his initiation, the saint instructed him:
You must follow the teachings of the Holy Prophet ﷺ in all your business dealings, especially since you are a Syed and must avoid what has been forbidden by the Prophet ﷺ and God. When conducting trade, you must never tell a lie.
On another occasion, a farmer came to Hazrat Nasiruddin. The saint said to him:
Farming is a very honourable profession and many dervishes have adopted it. At the time of sowing, the farmer’s heart and tongue must remember God in order to obtain good fruit from his seed. No work should commence without good intention. If one offers Namaz for the sake of show, one’s Namaz is not accepted by God as it is offered to obtain recognition from the people, and God does not like this vanity in Namaz.
Once a dervish came to Hazrat Nasiruddin and complained that he was the victim of Zulm(persecution). The saint advised him:
You must restrain and if the oppressor still persists, you must forgive him because this is what the great dervishes have done. You will see that in the long run that the persecutor will be punished by the Divine Power.
According to Khair-ul-Majaalis, a king’s official, who was a Syed, became a mureed of Hazrat Nasiruddin. The saint gave him a brief lecture regarding materialism:—
“You must remember that your horses in your mansion, your servants and your money will all be taken away from you one day. It is pointless to be preoccupied by such things. You should instead worry about those things that are eternal.”
Afterwards, the saint asked the man’s profession to which he replied he taught Quran and was also a Hafiz, (one who memorised the Quran). The saint remarked:
If anybody recites Quran at home or while on the move at work, then any service or profession for him is no obstruction. Such a person is a Sufi.
He then quoted the following couplet of Sheikh Saadi in support of his opinion:
Murad-e-ahl-e-tariqat libaas-e-zaahir naist,
Kumar ba khidmat-e-sultan be-bund-o-Sufi baash.
The objective of divine lovers does not lie in the show of outward appearance,
Be in the service of the king and remain a Sufi.
Obligations of the Mureed
According to Siar-ul-Aulia, regarding the obligations of the spiritual disciple, he says:
The true disciple is one who acts according to the dictates of his spiritual teacher and guide. He sees that only which may be shown to him by his spiritual guide. He takes his spiritual guide as omnipresent. He brings to the notice of his spiritual guide all his good and bad ideas that may arise within his mind. One who disobeys his spiritual guide even to the slightest degree cannot be called a true spiritual disciple.
Acceptance of the Situation
According to Siar-ul-Aulia, Khwaja Qawamuddin was a devotee of Hazrat Nasiruddin who was dismissed from the royal service. When he was out of work, his relatives and acquaintances neglected him. If he wanted to sell anything in the market, nobody would buy them. Disheartened, he came to his Pir one day for assistance but before he could explain his situation, Hazrat Nasiruddin read out the following Qataa (verse):
Duniya cho muqaddar ast nakharoshi beh, Rizq-e-toa rasad kum-o-beshi-beh.
Cheez-e-ke nami kharand nafaroshi beh, Gufta toa nami kunund khamoshi beh.
The world is like fate; it is better to resign to it. Whatever your provision is must come to you from the Creator.
If they do not buy your things, it is better not to sell them and if they do not listen to you, it is better to keep quiet.
Sayings & Quotes
1. The one who has adopted the mystic path should develop tolerance and generosity. Retaliation and revenge should be discarded and one should patiently bear the hardship caused by people and abstain from overcoming evil with evil.
2. Kindness should be extended to all human beings, irrespective of their caste, colour or creed. One should strive to acquire the morals of God who extends His benevolence and kindness to his entire creation. When the sun rises, it gives light and warmth to all regardless of their status. When it rains, everyone benefits from it. These are physical manifestations of the moral of God and man should try to emulate them as best as he can.
3. Strive to imitate the 99 Attributes of God. The one who emulates these virtues in his dealings understands the Divine significance of life.
4. A mystic should not behave as if he is distinct from others. Apart from breeding an obnoxious sense of superiority, it creates a gulf between him and the people. He should mix with people of different temperaments and professions and behave as if he is one of them.
5. One should earn his livelihood through honest means. Those in business should be honest in their dealings and should never try to earn profit by uttering lies. Black-marketing and profiteering lead to ruin.
6. No human effort can succeed if it is guided by the nafs. Those who deliver sermons and invite others to path of righteousness should be absolutely selfless. The aim of a preacher should be neither money nor fame but God alone.
7. Those whom God loves are made conscious of their shortcomings and defects. Caliph Umar used to say: “God’s blessings be on the man who notifies Umar of his shortcomings.”
8. Man is classified into three categories:
Common people (awam)
The elect (khwas)
This classification is not based on social or intellectual differences, but on spiritual experience. It makes spiritual excellence more difficult to attain for the elect than common people. What witholds the vision of God in the case of the common man is sin; in the case of elect it is negligence (ghaflat) or indulgence in lawful pleasure; in the case of the super-elect the veil is hasanat (virtues). One belonging to the last category is expected to be superlative in his goodness, for mere goodness means nothing for him.
9. Man has four obligations towards God and he should strive to meet them sincerely and to the best of his ability:
Haqq-i-Taqwa i.e. obligation to fear God as he should be feared;
Haqq-i-Ibadat i.e. obligation to worship Him as he should be worshipped;
Haqq-Tilawat i.e. obligation to study the Qur’an as it should be studied and
Haqq-i-Ma’rifat i.e. obligation to strive to attaint gnosis.
The motive of a man’s actions should be to seek the pleasure of God. Divine approval lays in adherence to what has been ordained by Him and in total abstention from what He has forbidden.
10. The way to Divine love is through misfortunes and hardship. What is required is complete dedication to the ideal because a moment’s negligence sometimes leads a man away from his goal. When a man takes to spiritual discipline, he is required to get his head shaved and shorten his sleeves. These are symbolic of his determination to give all in his way of realizing Him and abstaining from stretching his hands before others or visiting undesirable places.
11. Love of God cannot be developed without following the Prophet ﷺ in thought, in words and in action.. Love is of three kind:
Mahabbat-i-Islamai i.e. love which a new convert to Islam develops for God on account of his conversion to the faith
Mahabbat-i-Muwahhibi i.e. love which a man develops as a result of his effort in the way of following the Prophet ﷺ
Mahabbat-i-Khas i.e. love which is the result of cosmic emotion
12. Sensual pleasures are like chains which fetter the soul. A mystic should develop himmat (courage and fortitude) which means rejecting materialism and wealth without showing the slightest inclination towards them. The best man is the one whose heart is full of Divine Love, whose body is bent in devotions and whose hand is empty of all worldly things.
13. Adherence to Shari’at is a essential for success in the mystic path. Those who ignore the laws of Shari’at in any way, no matter how insignificant the matter, fall from where they stand and will fail to achieve their spiritual objective. There is no state of spiritual perfection higher than that of the Prophet ﷺ.
14. Subject the ego (nafs) to self mortification – eat less, sleep less, avoid company and keep your hearts busy in dhikr (remembrance of God).
15. Spiritual discipline is based entirely on training one’s heart. The altar (qibla) of the heart is God. The heart is the ruler (amir) of the body. When it turns away from its altar, the body also moves away from its altar. The divine lights (anwar) first descend on the soul and then they are transmitted to the body which is subordinate to heart. When the heart is moved the body is also moved. Hal (spiritual condition) is the result of the purity of action. Hal is transitory and is not permanent. If it becomes so, it becomes a station (maqam).
16. Develop love for the Prophet ﷺ as the holy Quran says: “Say: if you do Love God, follow me: God, will love you.” Follow the Prophet ﷺ in word, deed and intention so that (you may) be blessed with the love of God. Remember, love of God is not possible without following the Prophets.
17. One who desires to engage himself in spiritual work has to adhere strictly to the following six principles:
He is not to come out of his solitude for any desirous or worldly purpose.
He is always expected to be in a state of wudhu (purity).
He is to always observe the fast.
He is to observe silence and abstain from involving his tongue in what is not permitted.
He is to keep himself busy in constant dhikr (remembrance of God) whilst maintaining the contact of his heart (rabti-i-dil) with his spiritual mentor.
He is to cut himself off completely from everything non-absolute.
Oberve taqwa (fear of God), tauba (repentance) and tawakkul (contentment) in order to achieve these goals.
18. There are four stages pertaining to the fulfilment of a mystic’s needs:
The first is that whenever any need arises, he prays to God for its fulfilment.
The second is that he does not supplicate to God for anything except Him.
The third stage is that he commits his needs to God and does not worry about their fulfilment or otherwise.
The fourth stage is the highest where one does not even ask Him for anything. This is the stage of living for God alone.