Hazrath Ashraf Biabani and HAZRATH SYED SHAH AFZAL BIABANI (R. A.)

Hazrath Ashraf Biabani

was born on 2nd Ziqada 864 Hijri (i.e., 1478 A.D.). He completed his studies under the supervision and guidance of his father Hazrath Ziauddin Biabani (R.A.) and obtained Khilafat. He married Hazrath Maryam Bibi Saheba, the daughter of Hazrath Sang-de-sultan (R.A.). Hazrath Ashraf Biabani (R.A.) became the first sajjada Nasheen of the Biabanis family. He used to pray and meditate in the forest of Faqrabad and Rauna prada in Jalna District, as his father did. A large number of devotees from far off places used to come to him for his blessings for whom he used to arrange mass meals (Langer).

Hazrath Ashraf Biabani (R.A.) felt much pleasure at the arrival of the large number of guests and devotees. The people of surrounding area used to say Ashraf Biabani Bhokey Ko Bhojan Piyasay Ko pani. It means that Ashraf Biabani gives food to the hungry and water to the thirsty.

Hazrath Ashraf Biabani (R.A.) died in 935 Hijri. A devotee Mohammad Hussain constructed tomb on his grave according to the wish of Hazrath Ziauddin Biabani (R.A.).

The tomb situated very near to the grave of Hazrath Ziauddin Biabani (R.A.) at Ambad Shareef. It is a unique sample of Deccan Architecture.

The shape of the dome resembles the curved spikes of sweet melon. According to the punch Gunj a neem tree was there very near to the dome. A branch of the tree bowed towards the dome. The leaves of the said branch were sweet like honey. The devotees would eat those leaves and became healthy. Hazrath Fazil Biabani (R.A.) ate those leaves till the age of 17.

In the month of May, 1995 I (Syed Shujatullah) visited Ambad Shareef along with Hazrath Syed Shah Gulam Sarwar Biabani Saheb, the 7th sajjada Nasheen of Dargah shareef of Hazrath Afzal Biabani (R.A.) of Kazipet, in Warangal District (A.P.) and his nominated successor (Ja nasheen) Hazrath Syed Shah Gulam Afzal Biabani Saheb (Khusro pasha) to receive the blessings of the saints. We saw near the tomb a neem tree whose leaves are said to be sweet. So all of us ate and found them sweet.

It is learnt that the king of Ahmed Nagar, Mohammad Shah III visited the place for his blessings. Hazrath Ashraf Biabani (R.A.) invited him for a feast along with his soldiers. The king accepted his invitation with respect. Hazrath ordered for 10 KGs of wheat flour and 10kgs of Mutton and cooked food in the night. Hazrath covered the bread and the vessel of curry with his rumal (towel). All the six thousand soldiers were served with the food, still one fourth of it was left and it was distributed among the disciples. It was great surprise to all of them. This miracle was nothing but the spiritual power of the saint.

Hazrath Ashraf Biabani (R.A.) wrote a Masnavi in the memory of Hazrath Syedna Imam Hussain Razi Allahu Taala Anhu and his fellow martyrs. It is called Nausarhar (The first Shahadath Nama in Urdu in India).


According to Hazrath Fazil Biabani (R.A.) in punch Gunj, there happened a strange thing. 200 years after Hazrath Ashraf Biabanis death, Hazrath Ameen Biabani and Mohammad Ahmed Biabani (R.A.) peeped into the grave through a hole and was astonished to find the coffin afresh. Further, they noticed that the right knee was in bent position. They also witnessed some mysterious light in the grave.



A BRIEF HISTORY: (1795 -1856 A.D.)


BIRTH: Hazrath Afzal Biabani was born in 1210 Hijri (i.e., 1795 A.D.) at Kazipet Jagir, Dist. Warangal, Hyderabad State, India.

PARENTS: Hazrath Syed Shah Ghulam Mohiuddin Biabani (R.A.) and Hazrath Qasim Bibi Saheba (R.A.) were the parents of hazrath Syed Shah Afzal Biabani (R.A.). Mir Qurban Ali, the then Collector, Warangal was his father-in-law.

NOMENCLATURE: Some people say that ‘Biabani ‘ means the residents of forest. Since they came to India and used to do prayer and meditation in the forest of Multan, (It was a part of India at that time) the sufis of that period used to do prayer and meditation generally in the forest. It was their inborn character.

It was the first time the name Biabani was suffixed to the name of Hazrath Ziauddin (R.A.) since he was founder of Biabani family, it is worthy to note that the descendants from Hazrath Ziauddin Biabani (R.A.) to Hazrath Afzal Biabani (R.A.) all used to pray and meditate in the forests and there by kept the nomenclature of Biabani alive.

SAINT BY BIRTH: Hazrath Afzal Biabani (R.A.) was a saint (Vali Allah) by birth. His mother said that there was something extraordinary in him right from the childhood. Some miraculous incidents were manifested even in his childhood. Once at the residence of her brother, Syed Murtuza Hussaini at Qutbi guda, Hyderabad, playing with children of his age (4 to 5 years old) in the court yard, he dug a small pit (well), like the other children. But to their astonishment water was found in the pit dug by him, where as the other pits were dry. His maternal uncle said that Afzal Biabani would become a saint and a man of miracles in future by the grace of Allah.