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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hazrat Imam Muhammad Masoom Sirhindi (1007-1079 AH)

عروة الوثقى حضرت شيخ امام
محمد معصوم رضى الله عنه فرزند حضرت امام ربانى غوث صمدانى محبوب سبحانى مجدد منور الف ثانى رضى الله عنه شیخ احمد فاروقی کابلی سرهندی نقشبندى قدس الله سره العزیز )
Hazrat Imam Muhammad Masoom Sirhindi (1007-1079 AH)
Hazrat Khwājā Imām Muhammad Ma’sūm Fārūqī Sirhindī Naqshbandī (1007-1079 AH) was the third son and successor of Mujaddid Alf-e-Sānī Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindī (971-1034 AH), may Allah be pleased with them both.
He was born in 1007 AH (1598/1599 C.E) in Sirhind (India).
At the age of 11, his father took him as a murid and trained him in tarīqat.
Hazrat Khwaja used to say that all my prayers, whether Fard or Nawāfil, are offered over the Arsh.
This great sun of guidance left this mortal world on Saturday 9th Rabī al-Awwal 1079 AH (16/17 August 1668). In the night before this sad day, a voice was heard in every house of Sirhind that tomorrow morning the Qayyūm of this time will depart from this mortal world to the eternal place.
Khulafa and descendants
According to an authentic narration, Imam Ma’sūm had about nine hundred thousand murids and seven thousand deputies. Many names of his khulafa are found in various sources. All six of his sons received Khilafah from him and were among his chief deputies. A list of the names of some of his khulafa is found here. His six sons are:
1. Shaykh Muhammad Sibghatullāh Sirhindī, 1033-1122 AH, buried in Sirhind, India.
2. Hujjatullāh Shaykh Muhammad Naqshband Sirhindī, 1034-1115 AH, buried in Sirhind, India.
3. Khwaja Muhammad Ubaydullāh Sirhindī, 1038-1083 AH
4. Khwaja Muhammad Ashraf Sirhindī, 1043-1118 AH, buried in Sirhind, India
5. Khwaja Muhammad Saifuddīn Sirhindī, 1049-1096 AH, buried in Sirhind, India
6. Khwaja Muhammad Siddīq Sirhindi, 1059-1131 AH, buried in Sirhind, India.
Islamic rule in India
Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir (1027-1118 AH) was his murid since his princehood, and continued to be a true lover and disciple of the Imam. After the Imam’s demise in 1079 AH, he remained loyal and sincere follower of the noble sons of Imam, who were then the greatest masters of the Mujaddidi order.
Imam Masoom not only trained Aurangzeb in the Mujaddidi Sufi path, he also took great care to provide Shariah guidance to the king in matters of the state. It was because of this spiritual and religious guidance that Aurangzeb governed the greater India with Shariah rule and banned non-Islamic practices such as music. Khwaja Saifuddin, the fifth son of Imam Masoom, was sent to accompany the king in Delhi and to instruct him to follow Shariah in the day-to-day matters of the court. The emperor not only obeyed the instructions of this great Khwaja, he also received spiritual training from him for which he thanked Imam Ma’soom in a letter.
Many other kings from Central Asia were direct disciples of Hazrat Khwaja Muhammad Masoom. The number of Nawabs and other local rulers who were among his sincere followers is countless.
Writings
Maktubat sharif (Farsi), collection of letters compiled in three volumes. vol-1, vol-2, vol-3
Urdu translation of Maktubat by Sayyid Zawwar Hussain Shah, vol-1, vol-2, vol-3
Arabic translation of selected letters
Bengali translation of selected letters, translated by Anisur Rahman, published by Hakimabad Khanka-e-Mozaddedia
English translation of selected letters, available for purchase online
Risalah Masoomiyah (with Sindhi translation, in handwriting), a collection of daily supplications from Sunnah. The original Farsi text is still unavailable in digital format.
Hasanāt-ul-Haramain (Farsi with Urdu translation), collection of spiritual visions (Mushāhidāt) of Imam Muhammad Masoom during his Hajj journey. Written by his son Khwaja Muhammad Ubaydullah Sirhindi. Translated in Urdu by Muhammad Iqbal Mujaddidi

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