|AR–RIFAYEE AL-QADRI Hazrath Syed Shah Sarwar Biabani Ar- Rifayee Al-Qadri Rahmathullah Alaih was a great sufi-saint. He had been in the service of humanity since his boyhood. He attained sainthood at an early age. He loved simplicity. He was a hospitable and charitable man. His life and teachings are worthy to ponder upon.
BIRTH AND PARENTAGE: Hazrath Sarwar Biabani was born on Friday, the twenty seventh Zilhajjah 1258 Hijri (1843 A.D.). Hazrath Syed Shah Afzal Biabani Rahmathullah Alaih was his father. Hazrath Pasha Begum Saheba was his mother. She was the daughter of Hazrath Mir Qurban Ali Saheb, who was the then District Collector, WarangaHAZRATH SYED SHAH SARWAR BIABANI (R.A.) AR–RIFAYEE AL-QADRI Hazrath Syed Shah Sarwar Biabani Ar- Rifayee Al-Qadri Rahmathullah Alaih was a great sufi-saint. He had been in the service of humanity since his boyhood. He attained sainthood at an early age. He loved simplicity. He was a hospitable and charitable man. His life and teachings are worthy to ponder upon.
BIRTH AND PARENTAGE: Hazrath Sarwar Biabani was born on Friday, the twenty seventh Zilhajjah 1258 Hijri (1843 A.D.). Hazrath Syed Shah Afzal Biabani Rahmathullah Alaih was his father. Hazrath Pasha Begum Saheba was his mother. She was the daughter of Hazrath Mir Qurban Ali Saheb, who was the then District Collector, Warangal. Unfortunately she could not bestow her love and affection on her son for a long period, as she died only seven days after his birth. l. Unfortunately she could not bestow her love and affection on her son for a long period, as she died only seven days after his bir
He was brought up at his maternal grand father’s house in Hanamkonda till he attained the age of eleven, as his mother died when he was only seven days old. As his grand father was transferred to Karimnagar his Bismillah Khani was celebrated in Karimnagar in the presence of his father. He received his primary education from the great teachers like Moulavi Vali Abdullah Saheb Ar-Rifayee, Moulavi Sarwar Shah Saheb, Mufthi Badaruddin Saheb and Moulavi Shah Ali Saheb Mahajir Madani at Warangal.
He showed at most interest in reading good books. He read a good number of sacred books. He almost by heart Ghayas-ul-Lughat, a dictionary. We find easy flow of words and clarity of thought in his writings. His handwriting was very superb. His speech was very marvelous. His deep immersion in study made him oblivion of his surroundings. According to his disciples once he was reading an interesting book. He almost immersed in it. A cobra had fallen beside him from the roof of the house. He was reading and reading, though the hissing of the snake was audible. He did not care a pin. Such was his devotion in study. He had a very good memory and acute perception. He was able to recollect what he had studied in his childhood. His father brought him to Kazipet after completion of eleven years. He sent his son to Hyderabad for further studies. But he brought him back when he learnt that cholera was spread out in Hyderabad. He never sent his son again to Hyderabad for any further studies, as he felt that his son can continue studies at kazipet besides learning many other things from him.
LOVE OF HIS FATHER
Hazrath Syed Shah Sarwar Biabani (R.A.) was a lucky man as he had very loving father. His father loved him very much. Once Hazrath S.S. Sarwar Biabani (R.A.) was taken to Pakhal (Lake) by his maternal uncle Hazrath Mir Turab Ali Saheb, who was a Thahsildar at Narsampet Taaluqa. He wanted to see the beautiful lake of Pakhal and the flora and fauna of nature. His father felt very much the absence of his son. He worried a lot and sent a messenger to bring him back. Another time, Hazrath Sarwar Biabani fell ill with tonsillitis in his uncle’s residence. His father could not bear the thought of his son’s illness. He prostrated before Allah (Sajda) and wept bitterly. He prayed to Allah that his son would regain his health and he would be blessed with long life. He uttered, ‘How a young man dies when his old father is alive.’ He became unconscious then. When he came to consciousness, he found his son healthy. His son was alright on the strength of his father’s blessings and the grace of Allah. His father died six months after the incident had occurred.
He was so affectionate; he used to share his meal with his son from one plate only.
He built a tiles house for his beloved son, which is present now. He himself worked to construct it by lifting wooden beams.
Hazrath Sarwar Biabani respected his father and the spiritual Master (Murshid). He loved him very dearly.
His father declared him as his successor and shouldered the responsibility of Qazaat when Hazrath Sarwar Biabani (R.A.) was only (16) years old. He had endowed his son with the ways of knowledge (Maarifat) and blessed him sainthood before he died.
Mohammad Khan Saheb and Hazrath Sarwar’s aunt said that Hazrath Afzal Biabani prophesied ‘Allah might bless my son like me at the age of forty, as he have been in my path.’
It was said that after the death of his father, he was grief stricken one day in his dream his father said, “ I am ever with you, I have not gone any where”. He also hugged him very affectionately.
As the proverb goes child is the father of a man from childhood on wards he had been brought up in the line of Sufi-saints. Sunnet-e-Nabavi says: One has to stand before one greets a person as a mark of respect. So, he never deviated it, whenever he greeted a person, whether he was an elder or a younger, he used to stand and greet. He respected elderly persons. He never allowed anyone to touch his feet for paying obeisance. He always offered his guests the smoke-pipe (Hukkah). He respected everyone paying due attention to them. He disliked back biting. He was never blind to others faculties. He used to give a polite hint to rectify there faults themselves. He never hurt the feelings of others. As the Quran preaches: One should not hurt the feelings of others. He was very dear to the people of his Jagir. He addressed them with great respect by saying ‘Aiah’ (It is a word of respect in warangal). He spoke to them in their own language i.e., Telugu.
He was very simple in his appearance and ways of living. He wore a kabcha (kurtha) and lungi and a rural (turban) on his head. Whenever visited a function he wore a white angerkha and a white turban. He was not fond of possessing a number of dresses. He had only two to three pairs of clothes. He used to Question why we should adorn our body, which is perishable.
He used to sit only on a bench in his drawing room, when he received guests. He never hesitated to sit on the floor or on a stone near by in the premisis of Dargah shareef.
He never liked to listen to his disciples praising him. He humbly told them that he was not worthy of any praise as he was a servant of Allah and a (keeper) sweeper of that holy shrine.
He was very hospitable to his relatives and the disciples. He never allowed them to go hungry. He happily fed them. He treated them well.
He was a kind hearted person. He patiently listened to the sufferings of the people. If anyone wept during their narration of sufferings he too shed tears for them. He had a kind word for them. He used to console them by offering possible help.
Once shafquath Ali who suffered from piles expressed his hardships in tears. Hazrath also wept with him one day a man whose hands were tied up with a rope was brought to him. He pitied him that he was cruelly treated. He said, that only the sinners are tied up their hands and brought to the seat of judgement on the eternal day.
He as a dispenser of justice to the people of his Jagir and as a Qazi judged the things in a right way and delivered judgement. On submission of the statement of revenue collection of his Jagir area, the officials concerned advised him to increase the revenue by levying more tax on the lands. But he never yielded to their advice. Moreover he said that as a Jagirdar he had to listen to the problems of his Jagir people and solve them in a just way. How he could add to their problems by levying more. He also said that he was happy with what he had and what he deserved.
One-day karim baksh complained that Hazrath’s son employed a servant who had worked at him previously. He requested him to do justice. Immediately he ordered his son to return his servant to karam Baksh.
As a Qazi also he issued ‘Fatwas’ after having judged the things rightly.
He had great respect for the scholars. Many scholars of those times visited him for his blessings. Among them these were very prominent: Moulavi Abdus Samad Saheb Moulavi Mohammad Tahseen Saheb, Moulavi Wajihuddin Saheb, Moulavi Nadiruddin Saheb, Moulavi Anwarullah Khan Saheb alias Nawab Fazilat Jang Bahadur, the founder of Jamia Nizamia. They were all from Hyderabad. He had given them cordial welcome. He showed them his utmost hospitality.
One day Nawab Fazal Jang, commissioner and sheik Abdur Raheem, Secretary to the Govt. of Hyderabad state in the Revenue Dept. Visited Khazipet to have his blessings. He simply stood up from the bench (Takhat) and greeted them politely and shook their hands affectionately. He requested them to sit on the blank it spread on the floor. But when Moulavi Anwar ullah khan Saheb (The founder of Jana-e-Nizamia-Hyderabad) visited Khazipet to get the blessings of Hazrath and to participate in the Islamic discussions, Hazrath offered him a seat beside him on the bench. He also accompanied him with great humility upto the carriage. This shows that he had given more regard to Islamic scholars than to the officials and noble men.
MIRACLES OF HAZRATH SYED SHAH SARWAR BIABANI (R.A.)
Hazrath Syed Shah Sarwar Biabani Rahmathullah Alaih, miraculously cured a number of patients who had been suffering from serious ailments. Some of his miracles are narrated here so that we can have an idea how powerful is the Grace of Allah.
Once Badi Begum was attacked with cholera. As she had suffered a good number of loose motions and vomiting in a day, she became unconscious. Her daughter brought her to the Dargah Shareef. As soon as Hazrath Sarwar Biabani had entered into the Dargah Sareef she hold the feet of Hazrath and wept bitterly for his blessings and prayers for curing her mother. He consoled her that he would pray to Allah for her recovery and she would soon recover from her illness. She, in her anxiety was not satisfied with it. She, still weeping, insisted for immediate cure. He again reaffirmed that she would certainly regain her health and live for a long time. Then he entered into the holy shrine (Dargah Shareef) and offered Fathiha. He came out of the holy shrine and looking at the holy tomb he uttered that people would not come here to die or to suffer from diseases. If that was so why they should come all the way to Kazipet Dargah. Later after a little time Badi Begum had come to consciousness by the Grace of Allah. She regained health whith in a week.
Afzal Begum Saheba who was suffering from severe tonsilitis came from Hyderabad to Kazipet Dargah Shareef. Her pain was so acute that she could not drink even water. Her relatives requested Hazrath to pray for her cure. He gave them the holy ash (vodi shareef) to be swallowed by her. She swallowed the holy ash. She was cured completely and regained her health by the Grace of Allah.
Manjli bee (sister-in-law of Hazrath Darvish Mohiuddin Saheb) fell ill with plague. She was a resident of Hyderabad. The disease was at the primary stage on the day of arrival. Hazrath Darvish Mohiuddin Saheb took her to Kazipet .Her husband and her mother also followed with her. She felt pain in her armpits and her temperature was raising at dawn of the next day. On the same day by 8.00 p.m. itself she became unconscious because she had been running high temperature. Hazrath Sarwar Biabani was informed about her condition and severity of the disease. He asked them to make her swallow the holy ash (vodi shareef). Hazrath Darvish Mohiuddin saheb who brought her here felt sorry for her condition and expressed his anxiety to Hazrath Sarwar Biabani saheb. Hazrath Darvish Mohiuddin saheb told Hazrath that he had brought her here keeping full confidence on the miraculous powers of Hazrath to cure her. But she became unconscious and her condition was serious. There were no other medical fecilities here except Hazrath’s blessings and the Grace of Allah. Hazrath Darvish Mohiddin’s angnish grew. He further said in his anguish that it was 9.30 p.m. then. As there was a train to Hyderabad at 12.00 midnight, he would wait up to 11.30 a.m. If her condition would not have been changed by then, he would go to Hyderabad to fetch a doctor to treat her. He further demanded that he would not leave Hazrath to go away unless her fever was controlled. Hazrath was surprised at this. He uttered ‘Allah, Allah’. Then he gave her some medicine. By ten p.m. her fever was controlled and the pain in her armpit was also relieved. By 11.00 p.m. She was completely cured of her disease by the blessings of Hazrath and the grace of Allah. Hazrath enquired her about her health. She said that she was free of fever and pain. Then Hazrath advised them to take her home. He also left for his residence.
Fayaz Ali Khan fell ill when he was in Anda. He remained unconscious for ten days. His wife who was in Hyderabad received a telegram relating her husband’s condition and asking her to start immediately to Anda. She decided to go to Khazipet rather starting for Anda, because she wanted to listen a good word from Hazrath and his blessings for her husband’s recovery. She had greater faith in the grace of Allah and the blessings of Hazrath. Though she was advised by her relatives to go to Anda to look after her sick husband, she came to Khazipet. Hazrath prophesied that her husband would regain health within a few days. After a few days she received another telegram informing that her husband was fully recovered, as prophesied by Hazrath. She was very happy. She left Kazipet to meet her healthy husband.