Qalandar-e-Haq Shaikh Baha’u-d Din Ansari was born at Jindh in Haryana, India. Legend states that he was born wearing a loincloth around his waist and that is the reason he is fondly addressed as “Langotbandh Baba”.
Not much is known of his youth and education. But he is said to have possessed an insatiable desire to attain gnosis [ma’rifa] of Allah. He travelled far and wide and eventually reached Baghdad in his quest for Divine Knowledge. He visited the tomb of Muhyiddin ‘Abdul Qadir al-Jilani where veils were lifted and he attained his Goal.
After being made a Caliph [khalifa] of the Qadiriyyah Tariqah, he returned back to India. Despite his desire for obscurity, his contemporaries recognised his greatness. The renowned Chishti master, Gesu-Daraz Bande-Nawaz Khwaja Sayyid Muhammad al-Husaini of Gulbarga, reportedly praised him as “A great Majzub!”
He reached a high rank in spirituality and, like his predecessors, exhibited many miraculous exploits [karamat] which continue to this day. There is a story of a disciple getting drowned in the high sea in his boat. He yelled the name of Langotbandh Baba who rescued him from the impending calamity with Allah’s leave.
Ardent devotees continue to visit his shrine to seek his intercession [wasila] to Allah, Most High, to fulfil their needs and to remove their distress. One such visitor, Ghulam Muhammad Qadiri of Pune, reports that he had been struck by paralysis of his legs. On visiting the shrine, his legs fully recovered.
Records state that he passed away on 12 Dhu-l Hijjah 920 AH / 1515 CE. His anniversary [‘Urs] is commemorated in a large scale with fairs and special prayers by the hereditary Mutwali families who look after the Dargah. May Allah be well pleased with Langotbandh Baba, and bless us for his sake.
Location of Resting Abode
The dargah is located outside the fort of Daulatabad, about 27 kms from Aurangabad city. It is located by the side of the highway and there are no settlements to be found in the immediate vicinity. The area falls within the precinct of Abdimandi village, which is home to both Hindu and Muslim populace.
Description of Resting Abode
The dargah is over 500 years old. It is situated in a large compound surrounded by ornate walls and a large gate. There is a water pool in front of the shrine for visitors to make ablution. The main tomb contains Langotbandh Baba’s grave. Next to him is the grave of a disciple named Ibrahim Erchi.
Apart from the sepulchre, there is a rest-house by the side with rooms for visitors. There is also a mosque. The recent addition to the complex is a madrasa called “Faizane Gausia”.
Hazrat Shaikh Baha-ud-deen Ansaari Qaadri rahmatullāhi alaihi :
Noor-ul-Aarifeen, Minhaaj-ul-Aabideen, Qudwat-us-Saalikeen.
Aap ki wilaadat Jind (Haryana) me hui.
Aap ke waalid ka naam Hazrat Ibrāheem bin Ata’ullāh al-Ansaari hai.
Bachpan se hi Aap ko ilme deen sikhne ka shauq tha.
Aap safar karte hua Baghdad pahunche. Waha Hazrat Ghauṡ e aazam Abdul Qaadir Jeelaani radiy-Allāhu ta’ala anhu ke mazaar par haazir hue to parde door ho gaye aur Faizaane Ghauṡ e aazam haasil karke uloom e baatini se faizyaab hue.
Phir Haram me Makka shareef me Hazrat Sayyed Ahmad Jilani al-Halabi rahmatullāhi alaihi ke mureed hokar Peer ki khidmat karte rahe aur jumla awraad o ashgaal ki ta’aleem haasil ki aur Khirqa e khilaafat haasil kiya.
Phir Peer ke farmaan par Sultaan Ghayaaṡ-ud-deen bin Sultaan Muhammad Khilji ke zamaane me Hindustan tashreef laaye aur ta’aleem aur faiz ata karte rahe.
Aap ke faizaan aur khidmat se Silsila e Aaliya Qaadriya Hindustan me har kone me roshan hai aur Kakori, Unnao, Kalpi, Marehra, Badaun, Bareilly, Dewa, Bansa wagairah jaisi khaanqaahen mash’hoor hain.
Ek martaba Aap ka ek mureed samundar me kashti me safar kar raha tha. Achaanak paani zyada tez ho jaane ki wajah se wo doobne laga. Us ne Aap ko madad ke liye pukaara. Foran ek buzurg waha aa pahunche aur use bachaakar baahar niakaala. Us ne jab dekha to pata chala ke wo Hazrat Baha-ud-deen Ansaari the.
Aap Hazrat Sayyed Ahmad Jeelaani al-Halabi rahmatullāhi alaihi (Baghdad) ke mureed aur khalifa hain.
Aur ‘Qaadri’ silsila ke Shaikh hain.
Aap ke Khulfa :
(1) Hazrat Shaikh Sayyed Ibrāheem Irji (Delhi),
(2) Hazrat Shaikh Muhammad bin Shaikh Ibrāheem Multani,
(3) Hazrat Shaikh Maulana Aleem-ud-deen,
(4) Hazrat Shaikh Muhammad Shareef Qaadri.
Ek martaba ek shakhs Aap ki khidmat me umda khushboo waali ek cheez laaya. Jis ke aṡar se Aap par haalate wajd taari ho gaya aur usi haal me Aap ka wisaal hua.
Aap ka wisaal 11 Zil Hijja 921 Hijri (16 January 1516 A.D.) ko hua.
Aap ka mazaar Daulatabad (Maharashtra) me hai.
Ek martaba Pune ke Ghulaam Muhammad Qaadri Aap ke mazaar par haazir hue. Un ke pairo me faalij (paralysis) tha. Aap ki baargaah me dua karne se ALLĀH ke fazl se wo bilkul tandurast ho gaye.
ALLĀH ta’ala us ke Habeeb sallallāhu alaihi wa sallam ke sadqe me
Aur Hazrat Shaikh Baha-ud-deen Sattari Ansaari Qaadri rahmatullāhi alaihi aur tamaam Auliya Allāh ke waseele se
Sab ko mukammal ishq e Rasool ata farmae aur Sab ke Eimaan ki hifaazat farmae aur Sab ko nek amal karne ki taufiq ata farmae.
Aur Sab ko dunya wa aakhirat me kaamyaabi ata farmae aur Sab ki nek jaa’iz muraado ko puri farmae.