Shah Nur Hamwi Saiad Shah Nur Hamwi came from Baghdad and
lived for some time at Burhanpur and then at Ahmadnagar. He visited
Aurangabad after Aurangzeb’s arrival, and initiated nawab Diyanut Khan,
the emperor’s minister, into the Qadiria order. He died in H. 1104, and was
buried outside the Paithan gate of the city of Aurangabad. Ma’athir al
Umara of Shah Nawaz Khan gave the information about Shahnoor Hamwi.
Also, Baha la Din Hasan wrote Nur al Anwar, about the full life account
of Shahnoor. According to Baha al Din Hasan, Shahnoor was born in
Baghdad. But some scholars claims that, Shahnoor has from the north east
part of India. Shah Noor had arrived at Aurangabad in 1070 / 1660. He
settled at Moti Karanga Khanqah in Aurangabad. Mughal officer Diyanat
Khan built the Khanqah at Aurangabad. Shah Noor died in 1104 / 1692 at
Aurangabad. He was buried within that extensive Khanqah.
Shah Noor influenced number of persons in government and
administrative bureaucracy. Foremost among these was the
aforementioned Diyanat Khan, a courtier belonging to an Irani family who
were well established in Aurangabad with strong links to the Mughal
imperial bureaucracy. During the reign of Aurangzeb, Diyanat Khan was
the Diwan of Deccan Subha. Son of Diyanat Khan, Diyanat Khan II, was
also the disciple of Shah Noor. He was the financial administrator or
Mutasaddi of the principal Mughal port of Surat. Diyanat Khan II was
buried near to Shah Noor after his death in 1141 / 1729.107 One of the
wives of Aurangzeb may also have been a murid of Shah Noor. Zahur
Khan Zahr wrote in Nur al Anwar, the name of this wife was given as
Shah Noor was also known by his nickname of Hammami (of
the bathhouse). Shah Mahmud Aurangabadi wrote in his Malfuzat e-
Naqshbandiyya: Halat e-Hazrat Baba Shah Musafir Sahib that Shah Noor
was known by his nickname Hammami. In the Mathir al Umara, this name
was ascribed to his practice of giving each of his visitors enough money to
visit a bathhous. However, a few decades later the name was explained by
the hagiographer Sabzawari as being due to the saint’s ownership of a
bathhouse (hamma) in Aurangabad where people went to meet him.
Shah Noor’s kin name (nisba) was also as Hamadani in later referenbces.
It is unclerar whether the nickname gradually metamorphosixd into a
similar sounding family name denoting prestigious foreign origins.
According to Shah Mahmud Aurangabad to the saint’s kin name of
Hamadani, Shah Noor was the son of Sayyid Abd Allah ibn Abu Ala
Hamadani and a Husayni Sayyid, that is a descendant of the Prophet
Muhammad via his grandson Husayn.