Popularly known as Hazrat Hasan Mian Sahib he was born in 1923, to be precise on 21/22 Rabi-ul-Awwal (third month of Islamic Calender) 1342 A.H. When he was less than three months old Hazrat Sarkar Sirajus Salekeen (RA), on the occasion of first Urs of Hazrat Niaz-be-Niaz (RA) after his birth took him to the tomb of Hazrat Tajul Aulia (RA) and said that the person for whom he was waiting had come. He blessed him as future Sajjada Nashin of the Niazia cult. Hazrat Hasan Mian Sahib (RA) was one year old when Sarkar Sirajus Salekeen (RA) departed from this world. He is said to have told Hazrat Aziz Mian Sahib (RA) not to think in terms of his departure from this world unless he had fully trained Hazrat Hasan Mian Sahib in all the faculties.
Hazrat Hasan Mian Sahib (RA) was very sharp and bright in studies from the very beginning. His grasping power and memory were excellent. He was trained in all the faculties of religion, pre-requisite for a Sajjada Nashin. He received his early education from various religious scholars of that time. Prominent among them were:
• Moulvi Ibne Ali Sahib (Bareillvi)
• Qazi Waheed uddin Sahib
• Moulvi Mahmood Ali Sahib (Bareillvi)
• Moulvi Qutubuddin Sahib (Ghazipuri)
• Moulvi Hakeem Raza, Sahib Sahir Lakhnavi (FIQAH and Hadith)
• Hazrat Shah Mohammad Moosa Raza Sahib (Mathematics)
• Moulvi Fakhruddin Sahib
• Hazrat Mehdi Mian Sahib (Martial Art)
• Maulana Syed Anwarur Rehman Sahib (Astronomy and Astrology)
Apart from excelling in spiritual field he also excelled in all other faculties like martial art, sword fighting, calligraphy etc.
He had specialized in the art of Marsia Khwani (recitation of elegy remembering Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and was very forceful. He got emotionally surcharged and left a deep impact on the audience. Hazrat Imamus Salekeen (RA) in his life time called him several times for the demonstration of this art. Once, when Nawab Rampur made a request on a visit to Khanqah in Bareilly, Sarkar Hasan Mian Sahib (RA) obliged by recitation. His actions and tone left every one wailing. He was a great admirer of the Ahle-bait in the tradition of his ancestors and could not listen to a word against them. His love and regard for Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) was total to the extent that he breathed his last in Khanqah’s Imam Bara, a place where Janabe Imam is remembered during Moharram. And so he is addressed as Sultanul Asheqin –an emperor of those in love. He was a forceful orator and spoke to spell bound audiences with commitment. He had expertise over Fiqah, Hadith and matters relating to Tasawwuf. Complicated problems related to these subjects were solved in a very simple manner with great ease and left the questioner fully convinced. His sharpness and ready wit were remarkable. Once, when in an interview the questioner asked him whether he was Bareillvi or Deobandi (two schools of thought among muslims) he at once said that he was just a muslim and nothing else.
He was very articulate in Arabic and Persian and had a literary taste. He was very fond of Hafiz Sherazi-famous Persian poet. He remembered by heart a number of Mir Anis’s ‘Marsias’.
He acquired special excellence in the field of Tariqat. He went through a rigorous routine of compulsory prayers and also performed various chillas (prayers done for forty days in continuation at a place of solitude). He started taking part in various religious discussions at a very early age. When all the scholars were satisfied that he had become capable of donning the turban of excellence, at the time of Urs of Hazrat Niaz-be –Niaz (RA) in 1357 AH (1938 AD) Hazrat Imamus-Salekeen (RA) called all caliphs and disciples to be present in Khanqah and made a powerful speech suggesting that even though he himself does not think his progeny capable of occupying the sacred seat adorned by Hazrat Sirajus Salekeen and Huzoor Qibla Hazrat Niaz-be-Niaz (RA), he felt helpless in view of advice to this effect from his ‘Pir’. He further clarified that he has completed from his side education and training of Hazrat Hasan Mian Sahib (RA) to his full satisfaction and that he was going to nominate him as the next Sajjada Nashin and that from this time onwards, there shall not be any difference between him and Hazrat Hasan Mian Sahib (RA). Hazrat Hasan Mian Sahib (RA) was made to sit on the Masnad and Hazrat Imamus Salekeen (RA) offered him two rupees ‘nazar’ as per the tradition. All others present also then offered their ‘nazar’ and sweets were distributed.
Hazrat Hasan Mian Sahib (RA) was married in a distinguished family of Agra in 1949 and had three sons and a daughter. In a joint family he treated sons and daughters of his brothers as his own. He was kind and generous towards his disciples and kind and respectful towards his relations. Even the people who were opposed to him, and this was in his knowledge, were still treated with respect. He was a true follower of Islam and of the tradition of the Holy Prophet (Pbuh). His heart was full of love and generosity towards the poor and the needy. Many facets of his life speak of his simplicity. He rarely cared for himself and dedicated his whole life for the welfare of anyone who came in contact with him. His doors were open to people of all religions and classes. No body went empty handed from his door. During the period of Ramadhan it was his routine to bring fruits and vegetables even for the neighbours. He was very fond of food cooked in large quantities and distributed it amongst the poor and needy. He was very generous. Once he bought a very precious ring and he showed it to the people present there. One person appreciated its beauty. Sarkar asked, “Do you like it”?, he said of course. He took it off from his finger and gave it to that person. He was so kind and humble that even his enemies were compelled to appreciate him. He was very popular amongst the masses and he was very close to them. He always helped them. He had a great following in India and abroad.
Hazrat Hasan Mian Sahib (RA) was very particular about following the traditions of his ancestors particularly his ‘Pir’. Whenever he visited Agra, he would call upon persons staying in a locality named ‘mewa katra’ where Hazrat Sirajus Salekeen (RA) had visited and his disciples were still staying. When he visited Agra before his departure from this world, he went to enquire about the health of Hazrat Maikash Akberabadi Sahib (RA), caliph of Hazrat Sirajus Salekeen (RA) who was seriously ill around that time. What transpired between the two is not known but Hazrat Hasan Mian Sahib (RA) talked in a manner as if this was the last meeting. In view of illness of Hazrat Maikash Sahib, people thought that this was indication of Maikash Sahib’s departure from this world. Sarkar Qibla was quick to clarify that he shall be leaving first and Maikash Sahib was required to do some more work. And Maikash Sahib did survive for ten years after Sarkar.
Sarkar Qibla took equal care of Maikash Sahib’s brother who too was a disciple of Hazrat Sirajus Salekeen (RA) and was staying in Aligarh. Whenever Sarkar Qibla came to Aligarh, he did pay a visit to his house with a tiffin carrier filled with various delicacies. When the son of Janab Ahmad Ali Shah Jafri, staying at Aligarh was getting married and he had proceeded to Hyderabad for this purpose, Sarkar Qibla came and gifted rice for use on the occasion.
In Bareilly Sharief I also found that many poor girls from down trodden families staying there were properly taken care of. They were properly fed, educated and got married. All the expenses of their marriage were borne by Sarkar Qibla. The same was the position with several men folk staying outside in Khanqah.
Sarkar Qibla was very particular about visiting Durgahs in Delhi and Ajmer’s Sharief, Whenever he visited Khwaja Sahib’s shrine in Ajmer people used to throng around him in large numbers, many of them not knowing who he was.
He was in the habit of keeping his spiritual appearance in secret but occasionally his supernatural powers came to be highlighted. Once a lady brought a dead child to Khanqah and put the dead body on his feet. He got a little upset and asked her as to why she had brought a dead child. She started wailing and insisted that she would not leave Khanqah unless her child got cured. He was then forced to act and asked the lady to take the child to the tomb of his ‘Pir’. The child then not only got breath but started crying and the lady left fully satisfied.
Similarly the son of one of his disciples was confined to bed with incurable disease and had also lost his mental balance. The doctors had given up hope of his survival. The family then brought the person concerned to Khanqah and insisted on Sarkar curing him. With attention from Sarkar’s side, he got completely cured in a few days time.
Once while Sarkar was travelling in a train, a childless couple met him and tried to invoke his supernatural powers for a child. Sarkar first said that since he was travelling, he could not give any medicine or holy inscription (taweez) but the couple would not relent. He then gave his handkerchief for the lady to put around her waist. And in due course of time, the couple were blessed with a child.
On occasions when he helped people with his supernatural powers he obtained a word from them that they would not narrate the benefit to anybody or else the misery shall get reversed. The above incidents have been cited just as examples on the basis of personal experience.
On the fateful night of 5th Shaban (eighth month of Islamic Calender) 1400 AH coinciding with 19th June 1980 he retired at a place which he had seldom used for this purpose. When his younger brother enquired as to why he was going there, he is said to have quoted couplet from Ghalib:
RAHIE AB AISI JAGAH CHALKAR JAHAN KOI NA HO
AUR AGER MARJAIYE TO NOHA KHWAN KOI NA HO
No one took any serious note of this till next morning when to the shock and disbelief of every one, it was learnt that he was no more in this world. The entire atmosphere got gloomy. He was buried in Khanqah on the side of the tomb of Imamus Salekeen (RA) twelve years after the departure of his father and Pir from this world.
LIST OF KHULFA-E-KARAAM:
- Hazrat Shah Muhammad Hasnain Urf Hasni Miyan Sarkaar – Sajjadanasheen
- Hazrat Shah Muhammad Zafar urf Zafar Miyan Sahab R.A. – Bareilly
- Hazrat Shah Muhammad Ali urf Naseer Miyan Sahab – Bareilly
- Hazrat Shah Muhammad Moosi Raza – Bareilly
- Hazrat Maulvi Jameel-ur-Rahaman Sahab – Spain
- Hazrat Muhammad Aalam Sahab – England
- Hazrat Mauulvi Syed Manzoor Hassan Sahab – Karachi
- Hazrat Syed Mahboob-ur-Rahman Niyazi Sahab – Jaipur
- Hazrat Fakhir Hussain Sahab – Peshawar
- Hazrat Niyaz Hussain Khan Sahab – Jauthni (Pratapgadh)
- Hazrat Rao Iqbal Khan Sahab – Jila Aligadh
- Hazrat Faizul Haq Sahab – Sajjadanasheen Dargah Hazrat Makhddom Sahab – Aligadh
- Hazrat Shah Quraish Sahab – Sajjadanasheen Dargah Hazrat Qutbe Aalam Gangohi
- Hazrat Ikram-ul-Haq Sahab – Sajjadanasheen Dargah Hazrat Miskeen Shah Sahab R.A. – Jaipur
- Hazrat Nawab Mahmood Ali Khan Sahab – Hyderabad
- Hazrat Sahabzada Syed Wazeer Ali Sahab – Ajmer Shareef
- Hazrat Shaikh Muhammad Arif Sahab – Kanpur
- Hazrat Azeem-ul-Haq Hunaidi Sahab – Bachdayun
- Hazrat Syed Ahmed Ali Shah Sahab Zafri – Agra
- Hazrat Syed Moazzam Ali Shah Sahab Zafri – Agra
- Hazrat Basheer Ahmed Sahab – Merath
- Hazrat Chunni Laal Sahab – Gwalior
- Hazrat Rai Kapoor Sahab – Bareilly