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In India with Sheikh Burhanuddin, Ajmer Sharif (Clip3)
These videos are a kind of Caravan of Love travel docu of our trip to India with
Sheikh Burhanuddin in 2011
Dargah Sharif or Ajmer Sharif is a sufi shrine of sufi saint, Moinuddin
Chishti located at Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. The shrine has the grave
(Maqbara) of the revered saint, Moinuddin Chisti.
Oh my beloved ones, if you wish to be in Paradise forever,
be a friend to everyone and never hold malice towards
anyone in your heart.
Love towards all, Malice towards none
Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, was born in Seistan (East Persia), around 533 Hijri
(1138-39 A.D.) in a well respected family. His father, Khwaja Ghayasuddin, and
mother, Syeda Bibi Ummalwara (alias Bibi Mahe-Noor), were the descendants of
Hazrat Ali, through his sons Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain.
Khwaja Sahib lost both his father and mother at an early age of sixteen years.
He inherited an orchard and millstone which were his means of livelihood.
One day when Khwaja Sahib was working in his orchard, a pious dervish and majzoob,
Ebrahim Qandoozi, came and took his seat under the shade of a tree.
When Khwaja Sahib saw him, he brought a bunch of grapes and presented it
to his guest. The visitor ate the grapes and was delighted. He then took
something out of his bag, chewed it, then offered it to his young host.
Khwaja Sahib ate it without any hesitation, and at once the light of wisdom
and knowledge dawned upon the young Khwaja. Immediately he disposed of
all of his worldly belongings and distributed the money amongst the poor.
Having thus broken all the ties with worldly affairs, he set off for Samarkand
and Bukhara then the great centres of learning for religious education and
When Khwaja Sahib had acquired the best knowledge and wisdom of the time,
he travelled widely in search of a Pir (spiritual guide) who could provide him with
the best spiritual guidance.
He came to know of Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni , r.a, who was the greatest
scholar and unrivalled spiritual guide of that period. In the very first meeting,
Khwaja Sahib completely submitted himself to his Murshid and remained in the
company of this great divine spiritual leader, for twenty years and served him devotedly,
passing through the various stages of spiritual life.
Thus the great Murshid trained and elevated Khwaja Sahib to the highest spiritual
As the great Khwaja Sahib became accomplished and perfect in every respect,
the divine tutor honoured him with the robe and took him to Hajj. Both then
proceeded to Mecca and performed the Hajj, and then went to Medina and
stayed there for some time, to received blessings from the prophet of Islam.
One night in a vision, he was ordered by the Holy Prophet Muhammad: “O Muinuddin!
you are a prop of our faith. Proceed to India and show the Path of Truth to the people there.”
In compliance with the above spiritual command, Khwaja Sahib left Medina for India.
He continued his journey, passing through Isfahan, Bokhara, Herat, Lahore and Delhi
meeting several prominent Sufis of the period. He arrived at the barren and desolate land
of Rajputana which is now known as Rajasthan. On his way to India, he enrolled large
numbers of people into his fold and blessed thousands of others with spiritual power.
Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, arrived in Ajmer at the age of 52 years around 587 A.H.
(1190 A.D.), on his divine mission, unique in the annals of Islam. His only armour for
the success of his great mission was the greatest “invisible power” that pervades and
sustains the whole universe. At that time, Ajmer was ruled by Prithvi Raj Chauhan,
the famous Rajput king. In his court, he had a large number of powerful magicians with
Ajai Pal as their leader.
Khwaja Sahib stayed on a hill
close to Ana Sagar lake now
known as the Chillah Khwaja
Sahib. When the news spread that
a very pious Dervish had come to
Ajmer, people began to flock to him
in increasing numbers.
Whoever came to him, received the
kindest treatment and blessings.
People were so much inspired by his divine teachings and simplicity that
they began to embrace Islam. Many became his disciples. Even Ajai pal
submitted himself to the divine powers of Khwaja Sahib, gave up all his
magic and became his disciple.
Meanwhile, Shahabuddin Ghori again attacked India, in 1192 A.D., and in the famous
battle of Tarain, defeated Prithvi Raj. When Shahabuddin Ghori came to know of the
presence of Khwaja Sahib at Ajmer, he personally came to see him at his place, and
enjoyed the grace of his meeting.
Khwaja Sahib continued his noble magnificent mission, showing the Path
of Truth to the people. He also sent his disciples and successors to the
different part of the country who also served the people and preached the
tenets of Islam.
A few of his prominent successors are:
Hazrat Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Khaki, (Delhi. ob. 1236)
Hazrat Shaikh Fariduddin Ganj-e-shakar, , (Pak Pattan ob. 1265)
Hazrat Shaikh Nizamuddin Awlia (Delhi, ob. 1325)
Hazrat Shaikh Nasiruddin Chiragh Delhi (Delhi, ob. 1356)
After achieving the objectives of his mission and complying with the command given
to him by the Holy Prophet , his noble soul left the mortal body on the 6th of Rajab
633 A.H. (March 16, 1236) at the age of 97. He was buried in the same cell which was
the centre for his divine activities, throughout his stay at Ajmer.
Today his tomb is popularly known as The Dargah Sharif (honored tomb). People of
all walks of life and faith from all over the world, irrespective of their caste, creed and
belief, visit this great shrine to offer the flowers of their esteem and devotion.
The rich and the poor stand side by side to pay homage and respect to this divine soul.
The life and mission of Khwaja Sahib have been of an exceptional character as compared
with any other saints in India. His simple teaching penetrated even the stoniest of hearts,
his affectionate look silenced his fiercest of enemies.
Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, followed this dictum strictly throughout his mission.
It is because of this that he became popularly known as Gharib Nawaz, which means
‘the one who shows kindness to the poor’.
This was later reinforced by succeeding Chishti Sufis, who became religious pioneers in
national integration in the country. They fulfilled the objectives of bringing together the
various castes, communities and races, elevating humanity from the swamp of
materialistic concerns, which is leading mankind to destruction even today.
The teachings of Khwaja Sahib have been recorded in several books on mysticism.
The essence of his teachings are:
The true friend of Allah is one who has these three qualities:
1. A friend of God must have affection like the sun. When the sun rises, it is beneficial to all.
All persons derive heat and light from it irrespective of whether they are Muslim, Christian,
Sikh, Hindu, etc.
2. A friend of God must be generous like an ocean or a river. We all get water from the river or
sea to quench our thirst. No discrimination is made whether we are good or bad or whether
we are a relation or a stranger.
3. A friend of God is one who has the quality of hospitality like the earth. We are raised and
cradled in its lap, and it is always spread below our feet.
The noblest of characters is possessed by one who is:
1. Bountiful in poverty.
2. Content in hunger.
3. Cheerful in grief.
4. Friendly in hostility.
The surest way to ward off the internal punishment of hell is:
1. To feed the hungry.
2. To redress the aggrieved.
3. To help the distressed.
Don’t ask for more; don’t be superior to others; be like balm and candle, not a
stinging needle. If you don’t want evil to come to you from anyone, don’t speak
evil, teach evil, or even think evil of anyone. When you speak with goodwill about
others, you will always be happy, and this happiness is paradise itself.
If you speak with bitterness about someone, you harbor anger, and this anger is
hell itself. When you remember your friends, the garden of your heart blooms
with happiness, filling with roses and basil. If you speak of enemies, thorns and
snakes enter the garden of your heart, and you grow tired and wither.