Urs of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya (R.A) -New Delhi


On 19th Rabi’ al-Thani/ Rabi ul Akhir 1438
This is approx Wednesday 18th January 2017

“In Allah’s garden you gather roses,
Being drunk with divine mysteries:
Hazrat Mehboob-e-Elahi — the beloved of Allah,
O, how I long for the attar of your company”.

Sultan-ul-Mashaikh, Mehboob-e-Ilahi, Hazrat Shaikh Khwaja Syed Muhammad Nizamuddin Auliya (R.A) (1238 – 3 April 1325), also known as Hazrat Nizamuddin, was a famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order in the Indian Subcontinent, an order that believed in drawing close to God through renunciation of the world and service to humanity. He is one of the great saints of the Chishti order in India.
His predecessors were Fariduddin Ganjshakar, Bakhtiyar Kaki and Moinuddin Chishti. In that sequence, they constitute the initial spiritual chain or silsila of the Chisti order, widely prevalent in the Indian subcontinent.
Nizamuddin Auliya, like his predecessors, stressed love as a means of realising God. For him his love of God implied a love of humanity. His vision of the world was marked by a highly evolved sense of secularity and kindness. It is claimed by the 14th century historiographer Ziauddin Barani that his influence on the Muslims of Delhi was such that a paradigm shift was effected in their outlook towards worldly matters. People began to be inclined towards mysticism and prayers and remaining aloof from the world
Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia (d. 1325 A.D.) represents in many ways the pinnacle of the Chishti Order of the Sufis. Hazrat Baba Farid, his spiritual guide, said to him on appointing him as his successor: “Be like a big tree, so that Allah’s creation, the human beings in their vast multitudes, may find rest and solace under your shadow.” This partly explains why he admitted so many (according to some, including Barani, too many) men into the Chishti order as his disciples. Another reason has been clearly formulated in this way: “History, nonetheless, bears out the wisdom of his open-ended policy . . . To far-flung areas of Uttar Pradesh, Rajastan, Gujarat, Bihar, Bengal and the Deccan, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia sent able disciples well versed in the Chishti practices, yet sensitive to the needs of the local populace.”
With regard to the Sufi path, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia taught the following: “For a dervish, three things are necessary. They all begin with an ‘ain’ (an Arabic letter), i.e., Ishq (love), Aql (intelligence) and Ilm (knowledge). Let us discuss these three qualities one by one.
Sufism is, in its essence, the way of love. Love is considered to be a spiritual alchemy by means of which the baser qualities of a human being are transformed into higher ones. In this respect it suffices to say that Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia is known as Mehboob-e-Elahi, the beloved of Allah. Of course the spiritual status of a beloved is much higher than that of a lover.
‘Intelligence’ changed in the hands of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia into wisdom. His wisdom manifested itself in the shape of service to humanity. About him it has been said: “He was not a miracle-monger of the ordinary sort. He never flew in the air or walked on water with dry and motionless feet. His greatness was the greatness of a loving heart; his miracles were the miracles of a deeply sympathetic soul. He could read a man’s inner heart by a glance at his face and spoke the words that brought consolation to a tortured heart.”
About ‘knowledge’, the third faculty of a dervish, it can be said that Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia was one of the greatest scholars
of his day. He wanted to become a Qazi, but gave it all up in his pursuit of inner knowledge. After becoming a Mureed (spiritual disciple) of Hazrat Baba Farid, he lived in extremely poor circumstances. Seeing him, a former friend expressed great surprise as he remembered Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia as one who had begun a very promising career as a scholar. When Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia told all of this to Hazrat Baba Farid, his murshid (spiritual guide) suggested that he should recite the following couplet to his friend:

“You are not my fellow traveller.
Tread your own path
May you be affluent.
And I downtrodden”.

Then Hazrat Baba Farid ordered him to take a tray of food from the kitchen and carry it on his head to his friend. After doing so, he recited the verse. This deeply moved his friend.
One day, someone told a story of a certain saint who expired while slowly repeating the name of Allah. The eyes of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, who was listening to this story, filled with tears and he recited this quatrain:

I come running to the end of Your street,
Tears are washing and washing my cheek.
Union with You — what else can I seek?
My soul I surrender as Your name I repeat.

Death
After an illness of about four months he expired in 725 A.H. (1324 A.D.) and realized seclusion (i.e., was buried) in Ghiyaspur, New Delhi- India) The locality is named after him today.
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Also in the Mosque inside Darbar Sharif we can arrange for Dua-e -karima, khatam-e- khwajgan, Dua-e-Shifa,Ayate karima and similar dua’s on your behalf . We can arrange for food to be made in Big deg & Small deg at Darbar .
We can also arrange on your behalf flowers for Mazar Sharif of Hazrat  Moiuddin Chishty(R.A)  and Chadder (Shrowd) for Mazar Sharif or present Sandal wood in Mazar Sharif. Also we can arrange for lungar (Feeding) the poor people. Also arrangements can be made for Haqiqa and Bismillah Sharif. The Ajmer Sharif Dargah Administration also organise marriages for poor people as well as Education “Taleem”. The Darbar Sharif arranges for all poor tourist in Ajmer sharif , lodging boarding, Transportation and food, clothes for people. Also provided are tickets for railway & bus and other expenditure while at Darbar Ajmer Sharif. Since they are treated as the Guest’s of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty  (R.A).
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G H Y A R M E E – S H A R I F & Annual Urs Sharif of Hazrat Ghous-E-Azam (R.A)

Ya! Ghaus-E-Azam!
Ya! Ghous E Azam!- Abdul Qadir Jilani.    Piran-e-Pir

  Baghdad Sharif – URS M U B A R A K   T O  A L L !!

On every 11th day of the lunar month Fathia of Ghous Pak (R.A.) is performed at holy Asthana of Hazrat Khwaja Pak (R.A.) this is called Ghyarmee Sharif. Various religious rites are performed, recitation of Quran, Milaad Khwani, Khatme-Quadria, Langar (Feed to poor) etc.
This programme is observed in our home of Ajmer Sharif Khadim as well as at the Chilla of Piran-e-Piron a Hilly towards south of Dargah Khwaja Sahib.

This month Ghyarmee sharif is on:
11th Rabi’ al-thani/ Rabi ul Akhir 1438H.
This is approx Tuesday 10th January 2017
(Depending on Lunar date of your country).
It is also the Annual Urs day of :
HAZRAT GHOUS-UL- AZAM PIRAN -E- PIR (R.A)
.
FATHIA (Tribute Prayer) HAZRAT GHOUS-UL- AZAM PIRAN -E- PIR (R.A)
Also known as Saint of all saints.
Lectures on life and teachings of Hazrat Ghaus-UL Azam Piran-e-Pir are delivered and tributes are paid to him at the Dargah of Ajmer Sharif.
Those who attend this function realise its solemnity and sanctity and also the benefit which they receive.
In the evening, in our homes of the Khadim, this Fathia is organised and prayers are offered for the well being of the devotees.

HAZRAT GHOUS-UL- AZAM PIRAN -E- PIR (R.A) are the highest member of the hierarchy of Sufi Saints around whom the world revolves.

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We can also arrange on your behalf flowers for Mazar Sharif of Hazrat  Moiuddin Chishty(R.A)  and Chadder (Shrowd) for Mazar Sharif or present Sandal wood in Mazar Sharif. Also we can arrange for lungar (Feeding) the poor people. Also arrangements can be made for Haqiqa and Bismillah Sharif. The Ajmer Sharif Dargah Administration also organise marriages for poor people as well as Education “Taleem”. The Darbar Sharif arranges for all poor tourist in Ajmer sharif , lodging boarding, Transportation and food, clothes for people. Also provided are tickets for railway & bus and other expenditure while at Darbar Ajmer Sharif. Since they are treated as the Guest’s of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty  (R.A).
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URS of Hazrat Abu Ishaq Shami Chishty(R.A)

Sufi Shrine art
On  14th Rabi’ al-Thani/ Rabi ul Akhir 1438
Approx Friday 13th January 2017
(Depeding on the Lunar date of your country)
TAJ-UL-AWLIYA, KHWAJA-E-KHWAJEGAAN, HAZRAT KHWAJA ABU IS`HAAQ CHISHTY SHAAMI (RADI ALLAHU ANHU)
The Crown of the Awliya, Hazrat Khwaja Abu Is`haaq Chishty (Radi Allahu Anhu) was a great sufi mystic of his era and is also the founder of the Chistiya Silsila. He was born in Syria, and spent his early life there. He lived in the era of the following Mashaa`ikh, who were his contemporaries, viz. Hazrat Abu Bakr Shibli (Radi Allahu Anhu), Khwaja Hasan bin Mansur Hallaj (Radi Allahu Anhu), Khwaja Abul Abbas ibn `Ata (Radi Allahu Anhu).
When he desired to become a mureed of Hazrat Khwaja Mamshaad Uloowe Dinwar (Radi Allahu Anhu)), he made Istighara for a period of fourty days. Thereafter, a voice from the unseen said to him,

“O Abu Is`haaq! Mamshaad Uloowe Dinwari is Our Friend. You should go and become his mureed and serve him dutifully.”

Upon receiving these instructions, he left Syria, and traveled to Baghdad, and humbled himself in the presence of the great Wali, Hazrat Mamshaah Uloowe Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu). Hazrat Khwaja Abu Is`haaq Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) kissed the feet of the Master, and made known to him his intentions of becoming his mureed, upon which Hazrat Mamshaad Uloowe Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu)) said to him:
“O Young Man! The way of the durwesh is very difficult, but whoever becomes a durwesh, he becomes a Friend of Allah and His Rasool (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam), and he become acquainted with the Divine Secrets of Allah.”
Abu Is`haaq Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) replied:

“This devotee has presented himself in your service. I have firm faith that with the Master’s blessings, I will become a perfect durwesh.”

Hazrat Mamshaad Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu) placed a cap on the head of Hazrat Khwaja Abu Is`haaq (Radi Allahu Anhu), and said to him:

“I have made dua to Allah that he make you a perfect durwesh.”

Thereafter, he was initiated as a mureed.
After becoming mureed, Hazrat Mamshaad Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu) requested to know his name. Hazrat Abu Is`haaq (Radi Allahu Anhu) said to him:
“I am Abu Is`haaq Shami (Syrian)!”

Hazrat Mamshaad Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu) said to him:
“From this day on, you will be known as Abu Is`haaq Chishty, and you should go to Chisht in Afghanistan, and spread the teachings of our Grand Masters, by which the people of that area will benefit, and whoever enters your Silsila until the Day of Qayamat will be called Chishty.”

He was amongst the Masha’ikh who loved the listening of Sama, and the ulema of his era did not oppose his mehfil-e-sama. He allowed the listening of sama under very strict conditions, and whoever attended his sama gatherings never turned towards sin ever again, and became conscious of Allah and pious. He never allowed the wealthy and wordly people into his sama gatherings, and if they entered without his permission, they were inflicted with some sickness.
Once, the country experienced a very severe drought. The ruler of the country approached Khwaja Abu Is`haaq (Radi Allahu Anhu) to make dua for rain. The Great Khwaja requested the ruler to arrange a mehfil-e-sama for him, and assured the ruler that, when in the mehfil-e-sama he (Khwaja Abu Is`haaq) begins to cry, it will rain. The ruler immediately arranged a mehfil-e-sama, but was instructed by Khwaja Abu Is`haaq (Radi Allahu Anhu) to leave the gathering. The ruler humbled himself, and pleaded with Khwaja Abu Is`haaq (Radi Allahu Anhu) to allow him to remain, but the Great Khwaja said to him:

“If you remain in this gathering, I would not receive that, which I am desirous of. You sitting in this gathering is not correct, so you should return to your home.”

The ruler returned to his home, and the mehfil-e-sama began. During the sama, Khwaja Abu Is`haaq (Radi Allahu Anhu) entered into a spiritual state and began crying, when miraculously, it began to rain, relieving the country of its severe drought.
Hazrat Khwaja Abu Is`haaq (Radi Allahu Anhu) said:

“Faqr is path of the Friends of Allah, and whichever durwesh followed this path, reached some elevated spiritual stage. All the Awliya and Ambiya followed this path, and always considered following it a very noble act.”

He also said:

“In hunger, one will find the secrets of Allah hidden. Whenever Allah wills to bestow upon a person some of His Secrets, He gives him the ability to stay hungry, because in this state, one has complete trust (tawakkul) in Allah.”

Once, Hazrat Mamshaad Dinwari (Radi Allahu Anhu) requested to one of his mureeds to summon Hazrat Abu Is`haaq (Radi Allahu Anhu) into his presence. When Hazrat Khwaja Abu Is`haaq (Radi Allahu Anhu) presented and humbled himself in front of his Murshid, Hazrat Mamshaad Dinwaari (Radi Allahu Anhu) said to him:

“O Abu Is`haaq! You are my son, and I have very high regard for you. I nominate you as my successor, and instruct you to spread my teachings and the name of our glorious Masha’ikh.”

He also advised him saying:

“Always conduct yourself well with the people, and love the poor more than the wealthy.”

When Khwaja Abu Is`haaq Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu) wore the cloak of succession (khilafat), a voice from the unseen said:

“Congratulations upon you, O Abu Is`haaq, on your wearing of the blessed mantle.”

Khwaja Abu Is`haaq (Radi Allahu Anhu) began crying intensely. He was then asked the reason for his crying. He replied:
“All the veils have been removed from my eyes, and I see everything from the Arsh up to the Abyss, but my desire is not for the Arsh, but for the Lord of the Arsh.”
Before Khwaja Abu Is`haaq Chishty (Radi Allahu Anhu) passed away, he bestowed the khilafat of the Chistiya Silsila upon his beloved mureed, Khwaja Abu Ahmed Chisti (Radi Allahu Anhu). Hazrat Khwaja Abu Is`haaq (Radi Allahu Anhu) passed away on the 14 Rabi-ul-Akhir, and his mazaar is in Chisht in Afghanistan.


If you, or your loved one’s are intending to come to Ajmer Sharif for Ziarat (Pilgrimage) then please contact us on the details below, so we can assist you in every way we can, to make your Pilgrimage swift, peaceful, effective, blessed & prosperous!
If you would like to take part by making an offering for Fathia, Nazar-o-Niaz, Qurbani,or Gyarmee ,Chattie fathia sharif or you would like to take part in Urs of Wali-Allah’s (All Sufi Saint’s from all Silsila’s); you can send your heartily offerings & donations direct to us safely now! or in the future.
Also in the Mosque inside Darbar Sharif we can arrange for Dua-e -karima, khatam-e- khwajgan, Dua-e-Shifa,Ayate karima and similar dua’s on your behalf . We can arrange for food to be made in Big deg & Small deg at Darbar .
We can also arrange on your behalf flowers for Mazar Sharif of Hazrat  Moiuddin Chishty(R.A)  and Chadder (Shrowd) for Mazar Sharif or present Sandal wood in Mazar Sharif. Also we can arrange for lungar (Feeding) the poor people. Also arrangements can be made for Haqiqa and Bismillah Sharif. The Ajmer Sharif Dargah Administration also organise marriages for poor people as well as Education “Taleem”. The Darbar Sharif arranges for all poor tourist in Ajmer sharif , lodging boarding, Transportation and food, clothes for people. Also provided are tickets for railway & bus and other expenditure while at Darbar Ajmer Sharif. Since they are treated as the Guest’s of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty  (R.A).
You can send hour heartily offerings & donations direct to us safely via Western Union or Money Gram money Transfer. now! or in the future,
please contact: Peer Sahib on :
0091 982 917 2652 or
0091 982 8888 199 or
0091 982 8111  592
0091 978 364 6668
Email: [email protected] or [email protected] or
[email protected]
Alternatively you can visit our website:
http://www.ajmergharibnawaz.com
http://www.khwajamoinuddinchishty.com
http://www.ajmerkhwaja.com
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For people in the UK or Western World you can deposit your Offerings & donations to us safely in the following account:
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HALIFAX BANK PLC
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Account No: 15778568
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URS of Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ahmed Abdal Al-Chishti (RA)

 

Transalation: The Friends of Allah (Saints)  do not fear or nor shall they feel grieved ..Quran  Surah 10. Yunus, Ayah 62
Transalation: The Friends of Allah (Saints) do not fear or nor shall they feel grieved ..Quran Surah 10. Yunus, Ayah 62

On 14th Rabi’ al-Thani/ Rabi ul Akhir 1438
Friday 13th January 2017
(Depending on Lunar date of your country).
Whoever remembered Hazrat from the depths of his heart, Became absorbed in the sea of love; He began reciting then, this verse with zeal.

“Salutations to you, Oh Commander of Chishtiya Khwaja Abu Ahmad-king of the both worlds”.

Khwaja Abu Ahmad Abdal Chishti r.a was a great saint and the successor Abu Ishaq, the founder of the Chishtiya Silsilah. They were acknowledge by his contemporaries as an abdal, hence his title ‘Qutab al-Abdal'( The axis of the substitute-saints).
He was the son of Sultan Faransafah, and his lineage is linked to Imam Hussain r.a. His aunt was a saintly woman, and was devoted to Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ishaq r.a. Occasionally the master of the Chishtiya silsilah would partake of meals with her husband at her house. One day he remarked that in the house of her brother (sultan), a very pious child was to be born; he instructed her to go there and ensure that the queen ate no doubtful food during her pregnancy. It was this level of care, even before his birth that contributed greatly to the future wilayah of Khwaja Abu Ahmad r.a.
After his birth, his aunt took it upon herself to raise him, with the result that he used to live more with her than with his parents. Whenever Khwaja Abu Ishaq used to visit the house, he used to remark that he smelt the fragrance of sainthood. At the age of seven, he began to attend the Sama gatherings of his future murshid.
Seeing this, Khwaja Abu Ishaq said, “Only lovers should attend Sama, and you are indeed worthy!” The barakah (Blessings) of these blessed words removed all the veils from his eyes, so that nothing in heaven or earth was hidden from his vision. At this young age, whatever he prophesied came to pass, and the great people of his time showed tremendous respect towards him.
When Hazrat Abu Ahmad was twenty, he accompanied his father on a hunting expedition, only to find himself separated from the king’s party. It happened that he wandered onto a barren plain in front of a mountain, upon which he saw forty Auliya Allah standing in the presence of Khwaja Abu Ishaq r.a out of respect. Thus was the greatness of the master of Chisht emphatically revealed to him.
Immediately he alighted from his horse and kissed his feet. Then he put off his princely garb and donned the khirqah (woolen robe) of the Sufis.
The family of the sultan was distraught at this turn of events, and the king himself came to cajole, plead and eventually threaten his son to return; to no avail: Abu Ahmad Adbal r.a remained with his murshid and became a Sufi of the first spiritual rank. He used to remain engrossed in dhikr, regularly performing the continuous fast after the fashion of his murshid.
It is also reported that he used to complete the recitation of the Quran twice everyday. For seven continuous years, he never missed tahajud , and it was his practice that afterwards he used to make the following dua.

“Oh AllahQ Have mercy on your servants! Forgive the sinners from the Community of Rasulullah swm.” Thereafter, a voice used to say:” Oh Abu Ahmad! We have accepted your dua and through it have forgiven ten thousand sinners. On the Day of Qiyamah , they will enter Paradise with you.”

It happened that his father has a large winery wherein he used to store all his liquor. One day Khwaja Abu Ahmad r.a returned to this place and destroyed all the wine-stocks. When the sultan saw this, he became enraged and hurled a large rock at the saint. However, by the power of Allah it was suspended in the mid-air, injuring no-one. Awed by this miracle, the sultan immediately asked forgiveness from Allah and became a disciple of his son.
Once he was founded by a group of infidels whose hatred of Muslims was so intense that they used to burn alive any that they captured. When they taunted him as to his fate, he replied serenely,

” The Holy Prophet r.a has said that fire cannot burn one in whose heart there is true faith.”

To prove his point, as he approached the blaze, he willingly laid down his musallah (Prayer Mat)  and calmly entered the fire. When the Kuffar saw that the fire did not burn the great saint, they immediately repented and converted en masses.
Khwaja Abu Ahmad Abdal Chishty is regarde as a patriarch of the Chishtiya order. He attained Unity and lies buried in the village of Chisht, present day Afghanistan.

Urs of Hz Abu Yusuf Chishty (R.A)

Ajmer Sharif Dargah
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This Urs  is on 4th Rabi’ al Sani/ Rabi ul Akhir 1438H
This is approx on, Monday 2nd or Tuesday 3rd  January 2017  (Depending on Lunar date of your country).
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Khwaja Abu Yusuf al-Chishty (R.A) was one of the great Persian saints of Afghanistan. The level of his marifah and love for Allah is rare even among the saints. Khwaja Abu Yusuf (R.A)  was the son of the sister of Khwaja Abu Mohammed (R.A). His mother was waliayah of great sanctity who was so engrossed in the remembrance of Allah that she refused to get married until instructed to do so by divine inspiration. As Khwaja Abu Mohammed (R.A) had no children, he took Khawaja Abu Yusuf into his own care and gave him all the benefits of his spiritual learning.
Once, seeking to test his uncle’s knowledge, he asked him a question. Hazrat Khwaja Abu Mohammed gave him fully seven hundred answers. Humbled by this oceanic knowledge, Khwaja Abu Yusuf became his murid. His murshid made him recite his name (Ya Abu Mohammed!) seven times looking towards the heavens and seven times facing the earth. Thereafter, he taught him the ism al-azam, upon which the mysteries of the Unseen became known to him.
Hazrath Abu Yusuf (R.A) used to spend his time in seclusion and mujahadahs , frequenting the mazars of great saints such as Hazrat Abu Ishaq Chishty (R.A). It is said that once he became slightly lax with his ibadah (Prayers) and out of penance did not drink water for twenty years.
He remained in the company of his murshid for a period of forty years before attaining Khilafat. His shaykh passed the ijaza with these words:

“Oh Nasir ad-Din (his title)! You have donned the garb of the ethics. You should consider yourself to be the lowliest of people, and see everybody else as greater than you. Always love and respect the poor and downtrodden; because for us, showing love for the poor is showing love for the King of Madinah, Rasulullah swm.”

As Khwaja Abu Yusuf’s fame spread, he received seekers of knowledge from all over the Islamic world. The muridin and khulafah of the order of Khwaja Junaid Baghdadi used to pay him regular visits, and join in him in gatherings of dhikr and Sama. One of his major khulaffah was the revered Hanbali jurist and Sufi Abdullah al-Ansari.
One day he came across some people building a masjid. However, they had miscalculated, with the result that the roof was shorter than the enclosed area and would not fit.
Such was Khwaja Abu Yusuf’s (R.A) karamah that he climbed the wall of the building, recited bismillah, and pulled the roof into place himself. Miraculously, it suddenly became the correct size. Khwaja Abu Yusuf Chishty attained unity in 459 AH, although opinions vary regarding the month of his wisal. His shrine is in the village of Chisht.

“Hazrat Abu Yousaf Chishty (RA),
My ship is caught in a storm,
And at every moment is violently rocked;
It is receiving not help at all!
Salutations to you, our own Abu Yusuf Chishty!
Do hasten my ship towards safety”.

Urs of Wali-Allah during the blessed month of Rabi-us-Sani 1438 Hijri.

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Rabī’ al-Thānī  also transliterated Rabīʿ al-Ṯānī,  is the fourth month in the Islamic calendar. It is also known as Rabī` al-Ākhir  also transliterated Rabīʿ al-ʾĀḫir/rabīʻ al-āḵir,
Urs Sharif during RABI-US-SANI
01 Haji Abdul Ghaffar Ashrafi (RA)
04 Sandal Hazrat Shah Mehmood Sufi Sarmust (RA)Sagar Sharif
04 Urs Hazrt  Abu Yusuf Chishty,(R.A)
05 Urs of Hazrat Sayed Shah Ibrahim Irji (RA)Nizamuddin (Dehli)
07 Urs of Hazrat Imam Maalik (Radi Allahu anhu) Madinah Munawarah
09 Hazrat Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal (Radi Allahu anhu)
09 Allama Mushtaq Ahmad Nizami (RA)
09 Hazrat Khawaja Ghulam Fareed(RA) Kot Mithan
11 Giyarwee Shareef Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (RA)Baghdad Shareef
12 Hazrat Dulha Shah Bukhari Sabzwari (RA)Karachi
12 Hazrat Shiekh muhiuddin Ibne Arabi (RA)Damishq
14 Urs of Imam Muhammad Ghazzali(RA) Baghdad Shareef
14 Urs Hazrat Abu Ishaq Chishty (R.A)
14 Urs Hazrat Abu Ahmed Chishty (R.A)
15 Urs of Hazrat Shah Raza Ali Khan (RA)Bareilly Shareef
15 Urs of Hazrat Hasan mian Barkati (RA)Mahrerah Shareef
16 Hazrat Shah Shamsuddin Sabzwari (RA)Multan
19 Urs of Hazrat Khawaja Nizamudeen Awliva (RA)Delhi
19 Hazrat Allama Abdur Rehman Jami (RA)
21 Urs of Sayedi Ismail Hassan Mahrerwi(RA) Mahrerah Shareef
26 Urs of Hazrat Allama Syed Zaheer AHmad Zaidi (RA)
26 Urs of Syed Muhammad Hasan Kausar Baba(RA) Karachi
27 Hazrat Khawaja Dawood Tai (RA)
29 Hazrat Khwaja Hamid-ud-din Nagauri (R.A)

URS of Hazrat Khawaja Syed Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki Rehmatullah-alaihi

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On 14th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1438 HIJRI
Approx :Wednesday 14th December 2016
(Depending on Lunar date of your country).
Khawaja Qutub-ud-din Bakhtiyar Kaki Rehmatullah-alaihi was the chief Khalifa of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti. He was born in 1111AD or 569 Hijri at Aush in Iraq.
Khawaja Qutubuddeen Bakhtiyar Kaki (R.A) was a great devotee and mystic. He had no parallel in abandoning the world and facing poverty and hunger. He kept himself engrossed in the remembrance of Allah. Whenever someone came to him he would show his inability to continue any longer and slipped into the same state again.
Hazrat Khawaja Bakhtiyar Kaaki (May mercy of Allah be upon him) was one and half year old that his father passed away. Khawaja Qutubuddeen Bakhtiyar Kaaki learned 15 chapters of the Holy Quraan from his mother and his mother arranged for him further education and training. Once he wanted to be a part of Mehfil e Samaa however was not allowed in as he seemed to be young in age and didn’t have a beard. Hazrat Khawaja Qutubuddeen Bakhtiyar Kaaki Ra. was very fond of Mehfil e Samaa so he rubbed his face and a beard appeared and he was let in. When Khawaja Qutubuddeen Bakhtiyar Kaaki was 4 years and 4 months of age he requested his mother that he wanted to study the Holy Quraan under a learned person. His Mother sent him along with a Slate and sweets to an Aalim in the locality. On the way he met a Divine personality, Khawaja Qutubuddeen Bakhtiyar Kaaki offered Salaam and was asked as to where he was off to. Khawaja Qutubuddeen Bakhtiyar Kaaki replied that his mother has sent him to the local Aalim to learn the Holy Quraan. The revered person asked Khawaja Qutubuddeen Bakhtiyar Kaaki to come along with him and he would be taught the Holy Quraan. He came to a mosque where he saw a few children learning the holy Quraan from Maulana Abu Hafz; he stood up as he noticed the revered person who told him to teach Khawaja Qutubuddeen Bakhtiyar Kaaki the holy Quraan. Later Maulana Abu Hafz disclosed to Khawaja Qutubuddeen Bakhtiyar Kaaki that the person who left him there was none other than Hazrat Khawaja Khizar Alaihisalaam.
When Hazrat Khawaja Mueen-ud-deen Chisti came to Isphahan he took oath of allegiance on his hands and got caliphate and khirqah (dress of a religious mendicant) from him. Thereafter his master asked him to go to India and stay there. Following this order he came to Delhi and stayed there. It was the period of Sultan Shamsuddin Altamash.
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If you, or your loved one’s are intending to come to Ajmer Sharif for Ziarat (Pilgrimage) then please contact us on the details below, so we can assist you in every way we can, to make your Pilgrimage swift, peaceful, effective, blessed & prosperous!
If you would like to take part by making an offering for Fathia, Nazar-o-Niaz, Qurbani,or Gyarmee ,Chattie fathia sharif or you would like to take part in Urs of Wali-Allah’s (All Sufi Saint’s from all Silsila’s); you can send your heartily offerings & donations direct to us safely now! or in the future.
Also in the Mosque inside Darbar Sharif we can arrange for Dua-e -karima, khatam-e- khwajgan, Dua-e-Shifa,Ayate karima and similar dua’s on your behalf . We can arrange for food to be made in Big deg & Small deg at Darbar .
We can also arrange on your behalf flowers for Mazar Sharif of Hazrat  Moiuddin Chishty(R.A)  and Chadder (Shrowd) for Mazar Sharif or present Sandal wood in Mazar Sharif. Also we can arrange for lungar (Feeding) the poor people. Also arrangements can be made for Haqiqa and Bismillah Sharif. The Ajmer Sharif Dargah Administration also organise marriages for poor people as well as Education “Taleem”. The Darbar Sharif arranges for all poor tourist in Ajmer sharif , lodging boarding, Transportation and food, clothes for people. Also provided are tickets for railway & bus and other expenditure while at Darbar Ajmer Sharif. Since they are treated as the Guest’s of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty  (R.A).
You can send hour heartily offerings & donations direct to us safely via Western Union or Money Gram money Transfer. now! or in the future,
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Urs of Hazrat Imam Hassan (R.A), Madina, 49H. / 669-70 A.D

 Urs Hazrat Imam Hassan (R.A), Madina, 49H. / 669-70 A.D
On the 28th Safar 1438 Hijri
Approx Monday 28th November 2016 (Depending on Lunar date of your country).


A Highly inspiring programme of Fateha-e- Hazrath Hassan (R.A) is perferomed at a specific demise at the shrine in Ajmer Sharif.
Hazrath Hasan ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib born March 4, 625 CE (Ramadhān 15th, 3 AH) – died 28th, 50 AH, aged 47) is an important figure in Islam. He is the son of Hazrth Imaam Ali (R.A) and his wife Fatimah (R.A), The the daughter of the prophet Muhammad (PBUT).
Hazrath Hassan ibn Ali was Poisoned thus died ( in Medina on Safar 28th, 50 AH. He is buried at the famous Jannatul Baqee‘ cemetery across from the Masjid al-Nabawi .


If you, or your loved one’s are intending to come to Ajmer Sharif for Ziarat (Pilgrimage) then please contact us on the details below, so we can assist you in every way we can, to make your Pilgrimage swift, peaceful, effective, blessed & prosperous!
If you would like to take part by making an offering for Fathia, Nazar-o-Niaz, Qurbani,or Gyarmee ,Chattie fathia sharif or you would like to take part in Urs of Wali-Allah’s (All Sufi Saint’s from all Silsila’s); you can send your heartily offerings & donations direct to us safely now! or in the future.
Also in the Mosque inside Darbar Sharif we can arrange for Dua-e -karima, khatam-e- khwajgan, Dua-e-Shifa,Ayate karima and similar dua’s on your behalf . We can arrange for food to be made in Big deg & Small deg at Darbar .
We can also arrange on your behalf flowers for Mazar Sharif of Hazrat  Moiuddin Chishty(R.A)  and Chadder (Shrowd) for Mazar Sharif or present Sandal wood in Mazar Sharif. Also we can arrange for lungar (Feeding) the poor people. Also arrangements can be made for Haqiqa and Bismillah Sharif. The Ajmer Sharif Dargah Administration also organise marriages for poor people as well as Education “Taleem”. The Darbar Sharif arranges for all poor tourist in Ajmer sharif , lodging boarding, Transportation and food, clothes for people. Also provided are tickets for railway & bus and other expenditure while at Darbar Ajmer Sharif. Since they are treated as the Guest’s of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty  (R.A).
You can send hour heartily offerings & donations direct to us safely via Western Union or Money Gram money Transfer. now! or in the future,
please contact: Peer Sahib on :
0091 982 917 2652 or
0091 982 8888 199 or
0091 982 810 4707
0091 978 364 6668
Email:[email protected]  or [email protected] or
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Urs of Data Gunj Bakhsh Ali Hajveri R.A

Shrine of Hazrat Data Gunj Bakhsh Ali Hajveri R.A ... حضرت سید علی ہجویری داتا گنج بخش رحمت اللہ علیہ
Shrine of Hazrat Data Gunj Bakhsh Ali Hajveri R.A … حضرت سید علی ہجویری داتا گنج بخش رحمت اللہ علیہ

Urs of Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh Ali Hajveri RA,is on 20th Safar 1438 Hijri. This will be on approx Sunday 20th the November 2016
Hazrat Data Gunj Baksh Ali Hajveri R.A, was born in 400 A.H. in Ghazni (Afghanistan). He belonged to a Syed family (Descendant of the Holy Prophet). He completed his earlier education in Ghazni by memorizing the Holy Quran. Then he studied Arabic, Farsi, Hadith, Fiqh, Philosophy etc. At that time Ghazni was the center of education in Central Asia, and it was the realm of the famous Afghan ruler Sultan Mahmood Ghaznavi.
After completing the wordly education, he searched for the spiritual education. He travelled to many places for this purpose, and finally became spiritual disciple of Hazrat Abul Fazal Mohammad bin Khatli, in Junaidiya Sufi Order, who lived in Syria.
In Syria, Hazrat Ali Hajveri started his spiritual education under the guidance of Hazrat Abul Fazal, he slept less, ate less, performed tough contemplations & meditation. Then he travelled to many countries & places like Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Arabia, Azerbaijan etc. There he met many Sufi saints & dervishes.
Once he entangled in a spiritual mystery, and wasn’t able to solve it, so then he went to the tomb of Hazrat Bayazid Bistami, where he meditated for many days, even he finally solved that spiritual mystery. On another occasion he entangled, and also went to the tomb of Hazrat Bayazid Bistami, but this time he found no clue. So then he left for Khurasan (A Province in Iran), he stayed in a village, where he found a group of Sufi dervishes. Because Hazrat Ali Hajveri always wore simple & normal dress, so those Sufis said to eachother that this person (Ali Hajveri) doesn’t belong their group, (As they all were wearing specific dress of dervishes). Hazrat Ali Hajveri stayed with them, they ate delicious foods, and gave him a dry bread to eat. They also mocked on Hazrat Ali Hajveri, threw on him the crusts of fruits. Hazrat Ali Hazjveri addressed God: “O God! if these people wouldn’t be wearing the clothes of your friends (dervishes), then I wouldn’t tolerate their insulting behavior.”
During the journey of Syria, he visited the tomb of the great Companion of the Holy Prophet, Hazrat Bilal. There he slept for a while, and found himself in Makka, where he saw the Holy Prophet with an old man, he didn’t recognize him & thought who he could be? Then Hazrat Ali Hajveri fell on the feet of the Holy Prophet & kissed them. The Holy Prophet knew what Hazrat Ali Hajveri had in his mind, so he told Ali Hajveri: “This old man is Abu Hanifa, your Imam.”
Later his spiritual teacher Hazrat Abul Fazal ordered him to go to Lahore to preach the spiritual teachings of Islam. He said: “Hazrat Shah Hussain Zanjani is already there for this purpose, so then why should I go to there? Hazrat Abul Fazal said: “It’s none of your business, just go to Lahore.” So he left Syria & came to Ghazni. From Ghazni he went to Peshawar & then to Lahore, in 1041 A.D (431 A.H). When he reached to Lahore, he saw that people are taking a coffin towards the graveyard for burial. He asked who is he? People replied that it is the dead body of Hazrat Shah Hussain Zanjani. After hearing that, he understood why his teacher Hazrat Abul Fazal sent him to Lahore. After reaching to Lahore, he started to preach Islam & built a mosque there.
At that time Lahore was included in the Ghazni Kingdom, whose ruler was Sultan Mahmood Ghaznavi. And the governer of Lahore was Ra’e Raju, who was a Hindu & had many great mystical abilities. People of Lahore were used to supply milk to Ra’e Raju in big quantity, as a capitation. Once an old woman was on her way to pass before Hazrat Data Gunj Baksh Ali Hajveri R.A, holding a water-pot poured with milk. Hazrat Data Gunj Baksh Ali Hajveri R.A asked her to give him some milk from that. The woman refused & said that she has to give it to Ra’e Raju. Hazrat Data Gunj Baksh Ali Hajveri R.A said: “Give some milk to me, by the grace of God, your cow will produce much more milk than usual”. The woman gave him the pot, Hazrat Ali Hajveri drank some milk, and then threw the remaining into the river. The old woman when went to her home, she was surprised to see the breasts of her cow who were full of milk. She poured all of her pots from milk, but still the cow’s breasts were full. Soon this news spread all around the Lahore, and people started to visit Hazrat Ali Hajveri, and all people brought milk for him, and he also drank some milk from their pots & then threw the remaining into the river, and all of their cows started to produce more milk. So they stopped to supply milk to Ra’e Raju.
Later Ra’e Raju sent one of his disciples to Hazrat Data Gunj Baksh Ali Hajveri R.A, as his disciples also had mystical abilities. That disciple didn’t come back, so Ra’e Raju sent another disciple, who also didn’t come back. In that way, he sent all of his disciples, but no one came back at all. Finally he himself went to Hazrat Ali Hajveri, in anger. Ra’e Raju challenged Hazrat Ali Hajveri to show him any miracle. Hazrat Ali Hajveri replied: “I’m not a juggler.” But Ra’e Raju tried to impress him with his miracles, and started flying in the air, Hazrat Ali Hajveri ordered his shoes to bring him down. So the shoes of Hazrat Ali Hajveri went to the flying Ra’e Raju & started to strike on his head & broght him down. Ra’e Raju was inspired & embraced Islam on his hands. After accepting Islam he changed his name as Shaikh Ahmed Hindi.
When Hazrat Ali Hajveri built a mosque in Lahore, that mosque’s front was towards south, and differed from all other mosques of Lahore. So there became a doubt that this mosque’s fron’t isn’t towards Ka’ba. The Scholars of Lahore objected over that mosque, but Hazrat Ali Hajveri didn’t reply them. When the mosque was built completely, he invited all scholars of Lahore & said to them: “You objected over this mosque’s Ka’ba direction, now look by yourself in which direction Ka’ba actually is!” When they looked at the front, they saw Ka’ba, as they are sitting before Ka’ba in Makka. All scholars felt ashamed after watching that, and apologized.
Hazrat Data Gunj Baksh Ali Hajveri R.A also built a room adjacent to that mosque, and used that room as Khanqa (Spiritual School). Many unbelievers acceptedIslam on his hands, many people touched the higher stages of spirituality under his guidance. He married twice, but both of his wives died soon after marriage. He had a son, named “Hasan”.
He lived in Lahore for 21 years, and then went to Syria to meet his spiritual teacher Hazrat Abul Fazal. And after the death of Hazrat Abul Fazal in 453 A.H, he again came to Lahore.
Hazrat Data Gunj Baksh Ali Hajveri R.A wrote many books, some of his books are: Diwan-e-She’r; Minhajuddin; Al-Bayan Lahal- Al-Ayan; Israrul Kharq Wal-Mauniyat; Behrul Quloob; Kitab Fana Wa Baqa; Birri’ayat Be-Huqooq-Ullah; Kashful Israr; Sharah-e-Kalam; and Kashful Mahjub.
He died at the age of 65 in 465 A.H., in Lahore.
When Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti came to Lahore in 561 A.H (1165 AD), he stayed at the tomb of Hazrat Ali Hajveri for two weeks, where he medidated. And when he finished his meditation, he said a couplet in Farsi:

Ganj Bukhsh Faiz-e-Alam; Mazhar-e-Noor-e-Khuda
Naqisa-ra Pir-e-Kamil; Kamila-ra Rahnuma

Meaning:
Ganj Buskh (Bestower of Spiritual Treasures) is a grace to the orld; a manifester of God’s light.
A perfect spiritual teacher for the beginners; a guide for perfected.
Below is a video on Data Darbar in Pakistan. This video is a third party source,thus availabilty or quality can not be assured.


If you, or your loved one’s are intending to come to Ajmer Sharif for Ziarat (Pilgrimage) then please contact us on the details below, so we can assist you in every way we can, to make your Pilgrimage swift, peaceful, effective, blessed & prosperous!
If you would like to take part by making an offering for Fathia, Nazar-o-Niaz, Qurbani,or Gyarmee ,Chattie fathia sharif or you would like to take part in Urs of Wali-Allah’s (All Sufi Saint’s from all Silsila’s); you can send your heartily offerings & donations direct to us safely now! or in the future.
Also in the Mosque inside Darbar Sharif we can arrange for Dua-e -karima, khatam-e- khwajgan, Dua-e-Shifa,Ayate karima and similar dua’s on your behalf . We can arrange for food to be made in Big deg & Small deg at Darbar .
We can also arrange on your behalf flowers for Mazar Sharif of Hazrat  Moiuddin Chishty(R.A)  and Chadder (Shrowd) for Mazar Sharif or present Sandal wood in Mazar Sharif. Also we can arrange for lungar (Feeding) the poor people. Also arrangements can be made for Haqiqa and Bismillah Sharif. The Ajmer Sharif Dargah Administration also organise marriages for poor people as well as Education “Taleem”. The Darbar Sharif arranges for all poor tourist in Ajmer sharif , lodging boarding, Transportation and food, clothes for people. Also provided are tickets for railway & bus and other expenditure while at Darbar Ajmer Sharif. Since they are treated as the Guest’s of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty  (R.A).
You can send hour heartily offerings & donations direct to us safely via Western Union or Money Gram money Transfer. now! or in the future,
please contact: Peer Sahib on :
0091 982 917 2652 or
0091 982 8888 199 or
0091 982 810 4707
0091 978 364 6668
Email:[email protected]  or [email protected] or
[email protected]
Alternatively you can visit our website:
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For people in the UK or Western World you can deposit your Offerings & donations to us safely in the following account:
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The Urs of Imaam Hussain (R.A) (Karbala) on 10th Muharram 1438 Hirjri

Karbala Ziarat Pictures Hazrat Imam Hussain
Karbala Ziarat Pictures Hazrat Imam Hussain

 
The Urs of Imaam Hussain (Karbala) will be on 10th Muharram  1438Hijri
This will be on approx Wednesday 12th October 2016
 
The Day of Ashura is on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks a very important day of the Mourning of Muharram.
Day of Ashura is commemorated by Muslims as a day of mourning for the death of Hazrat Hussain ibn Ali ( R.A), the grandson of the Final Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be Upon them) at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH.In some  regions of Muslim countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Pakistan, the Commemoration of Hazrat Hussain ibn Ali ( R.A) has become a national holiday and most ethnic and religious communities participate in it. Even in predominantly Hindu majority but secular country like India, Ashura (10th day in the month of Muharram) is a public holiday.
According to  Muslim tradition, Ibn Abbas narrates that the blessed Prophet  Muhammad (PBUT) came to Madina and saw the Jews fasting on the tenth day of Muharram. He asked, “What is this?” They said, “This is a good day, this is the day when Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemy and Musa (Moses) fasted on this day.” So he fasted on this day and told the people to fast.
 
Hazrat Hussain (R.A) gave everything he had, including his life, for the greater good and for the benefit of those around him, and his epic legacy continues to inspire millions across the world on a daily basis.
Hazrat Hussain ibn Ali (R.A) was born in 620 AD to a family famed for their values of equality, love and peace. Raised by his grandfather, Prophet Muhammad (the last prophet of Islam, Peace be upon them), Hazrat Hussain (R.A) was known for his integrity, generosity of spirit and blindness to colour and social class. It was for this reason that people flocked to him and his family.
 

  • Hazrat Hussain (R.A) was a man of great love and compassion

 
Despite cultural expectations of him as a ‘prince’ of his tribe and a prominent figure in the Islamic Empire, Hazrat Hussain (R.A) would shun the grandeur of his status in favour of breaking bread with the poor and needy. He broke all cultural moulds, brought people together and helped where he could. A celebrated example was when he and his brother Hazrat Hassan (R.A) cared tirelessly for a poor blind man they came upon in their city, in spite of traditional social expectations.
Not long after the passing of Prophet Muhammad (PBUT), the leadership of the vast Islamic Empire had fallen into the hands of the corrupt. The good values that Prophet Muhammad (PBUT) had spent their life instilling into society was slowly eradicated as the new ruler, Yazid, from the Ummayad dynasty was determined to gain complete control.

  • Hazrat Hussain (R.A) witnessed the fundamental human rights of his fellow citizens being usurped and the morality from his society being drained under Yazid’s rule. He knew something had to be done.

Yazid ruled with an iron fist and demanded Hazrat Hussain (R.A) pay him an oath of allegiance, to lend credibility to his rule or be killed. It was here Hazrat Hussain (R.A) faced his dilemma… Should he give his oath of allegiance to a tyrant – and stand aside as the people around him were being oppressed? Or should he make a stand and risk great personal loss?
The timeless words of his grandfather blessed Propeht Muhammad (PBUT) echoed in his heart, and Hussain knew what he had to do: “The greatest stand is to speak the word of truth in the face of a tyrant.”

  • Hussain made the ultimate sacrifice

Hazrat Hussain (R.A)  chose to take a stand against Yazid and was forced to leave his home city under the threat of assassination by Yazid’s men. Along with his family and loyal companions, Hussain (R.A) made his way towards the East in an attempt to avoid and violence. It was on this journey Hussain (R.A), his family and companions were forced to stop by an army of over 30,000, on the hot plains of a land called Karbala.
Hussain (R.A) chose to take what was the macrocosm of his life and demonstrate it in a single act of extraordinary devotion. In 680 AD, after three days of no water and food in the scorching heat on the deserts of modern day Iraq, Hazrat  Hussain (R.A) stood and fell valiantly to defend those around him being oppressed and whilst standing for his principles. What’s all the more extraordinary is Harat Hussain (R.A) chose to stand against this mammoth army despite having only 72 companions with him
No more than 60 years had passed since the death of Muhammad (the last prophet of Islam), and the Muslim Empire was sliding into corruption under a tyrant from the Ummayad dynasty, Yazid.
Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad took a stand against Yazid’s illegitimate rule. Whilst Yazid was in equal parts feared and despised for his ruthlessness, Hussain was admired and respected by society at large. Mindful of this, Yazid decided that he would demand Hussain’s allegiance, hoping to gain some form of legitimacy for his inherited rule.
 

  • Hussain’s stand

Hussain had a choice to make. To endorse Yazid would no doubt mean a handsome reward and a life of luxury. To refuse would invariably lead to his own demise. What should he do? For Hussain the choice between the easy way and the right way was no choice at all. Hussain refused. He said:
I will never give Yazid my hand like a man who has been humiliated, nor will I flee like a slave… I have not risen to spread evil or to show off…
 
Rather, I have left to restore the teachings of my grandfather Muhammad… And I only desire to enjoin good values and prevent evil…
 

Map of Hussain ibn Ali’s journey from Mecca (modern day Saudi Arabia) to Karbala (in Iraq).
Map of Hussain ibn Ali’s journey from Mecca (modern day Saudi Arabia) to Karbala (in Iraq).

  • The journey from Mecca to Kufa

His life now under threat, Hussain decided to move himself and his family to Mecca in the hope that Yazid’s agents would respect the holy city. As he waited, pondering his next move, messages of support began to arrive from across the empire. He left for Kufa, a city in modern day Iraq, but en route, he wasintercepted by a battalion of government soldiers, who blocked Hussain and his supporters from going towards Kufa and instead forcibly diverted towards the desert town of Karbala.
Once they reached Karbala, government forces surrounded their small band and blocked their access to the water supply. With both camps stationed at Karbala, a stalemate ensued. Hussain had made it clear that he could not, and would not, bow to Yazid. The opposing forces of 30,000 soldiers, which vastly outnumbered Hussain’s small band of seventy-two men and their families, were under strict orders not to let Hussain leave, but at the same time were loath to kill a man whose status and reputation they were well aware of.
After a week, word reached Hussain that Yazid had sent orders that he was not to be allowed to leave Karbala until he had taken an oath of allegiance. The end was drawing close.
 

  • The final night

That night Hussain assembled his group, stressing to them that it was his life that Yazid wanted and that they might be able to escape. Again, Hussain’s selflessness shone through. There he stood, amongst his family and companions, all having been deprived of water in the scorching desert for three days, pleading with them to leave him and save themselves!
After a few days of this stalemate, the government forces were commanded to attack and kill Hussain and his companions. Hussain’s men were vastly outnumbered. One by one, they were killed, and the government forces massed around Hussain, eventually killing him.
 

Illustration of the battle map where Hussain and his camp had been encircled by an army
Illustration of the battle map where Hussain and his camp had been encircled by an army

  • ‘Death with dignity is better than a life of humiliation’

After his death, the women and children from Hussain’s party were taken captive. His sister, Zainab, took up the mantle of leadership of the small band, and gave speech after speech condemning the actions of Yazid and his government, culminating in a confrontation in the ruler’s own court. Zainab was perhaps the first person to be inspired by Hussain’s stand, using it as a catalyst for change. She refused to be subdued and put her fear to one side so she could hold to account those responsible for the moral decay of society.
Despite the pervasive sexism of society at the time, Zainab managed to lead and inspire both men and women. Hussain’s example, that one man can stand alone against an army of thousands, inspired her to the point where she castigated and berated a murderous dictator in his own palace, laying the foundations for the eventual overthrow of  the Ummayid dynasty.
Today millions of people pay homage to Hussain ibn Ali for his stand and annually mourn the tragic Battle of Karbala in which Hussain, his family and loyal companions were brutally killed one by one. Pilgrims from all walks of life visit the Imam Hussain shrine to pay their respects in the city of Karbala, Iraq,
 
 

  • Hussain’s legacy of compassion and integrity lives on

Through this tragic end but heroic act of sacrifice, Hussain inspired millions around the world. His legacy is that despite being killed for what he stood for, ultimately he was victorious as his death became the catalyst for changes and led to the collapse of Yazid’s tyrannic rule

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