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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 20

 A Kashmiri Muslim Praying inside Shah Hamadan (r.a)Shrine Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 20 Sirat Amir e Millat (r.a) Pakistan Movement ( Tahreek e Pakistan ) 3. Dinner in Kashmir for Quid e Azam (r.a) This was the last tour of Kashmir for Hazrat Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a). Chauhdry Ghulam Abbas (r.a) was the leader of Muslim League in Kashmir and his disciple (Mureed). He invited Muhammad Ali Jinnah (r.a) to Kashmir. Hazrat Sahib was staying at the home of Dr. Abdul Ahad and asked him to invite Quid e Azam for a dinner on his behalf. Jinnah Sahib responded " Since both of us are visitors here, there is no need for dinner, I will come to meet you." Hazrat Sahib organized the dinner in a large hall which was attended by large number of guests and his fellow disciples (yaran e Tareeqat).Table clothes were spread on beautiful Persian carpets and at least 45 different dishes were prepared.,Quid e Azam arrived with Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas and Hazrat Sahib stood up to greet him.He refused to sit next to him and sat on the ground instead & stated " A person with lack of respect (Be Adab) never succeeds in his mission.My aim is to create Pakistan and therefore I do not want to be deprived of this honor." Quid e Azam used to eat very little. Hazrat Sahib insisted that he taste all the Kashmiri dishes. A special Kashmiri dish " Goshtaba " was served last. Quid e Azam enjoyed the dinner and commented " I want to steel this cook from you." Both discussed the strategy for independence of Pakistan . Hazrat Sahib gave him two flags , one green and other black and offered dua for the success of his mission." In an earlier conference at Lahore Quid e Azam stated "It is my faith that Pakistan will become a reality because Amir e Millat has said so and I am sure Allah Taala will make true the words uttered by him." Hazrat Amir e Millat himself toured India to support Muslim League in 1946 elections and his message was " Give vote to Muslim League".Muslim League achieved great victory and Quid e Azam told Seth Mohammad Ali disciple of Hazrat Sahib in Bombay " This is all due to efforts and dua of your Pir". Hazrat Sayyid Jam'at Ali Shah ( r.a ) wrote letter of congratulations to Quid e Azam which was published in "Jang " Karachi ,Yom e Pakistan Edition ,1970: Quid e Azam Sahib: Assalam o Alaikum wa Rahmat'Allah wa Barakatu "Last week I sent you message , congratulating you to make intension of performing Hajj.Now again I congratulate you on the success of Muslim League. Allah Taala selected you from millions of Indian Muslims for this honor.Despite strong opposition by five groups,Allah Taala granted you success.The opponents have spent millions to make Indian Muslims dogs of Gandhi as the Kashmiri say however they were disgraced and defeated . Afreen bad bareen himmat mardana to--Ein kar az to ayed wa mardan chuneen kunad In this message I also want to congratulate Nizam and people of Hyderabad Deccan for weighing you in gold because this honor only has been bestowed on Agha Khan and you since creation of Hazrat Adam ( alaihe as-Salam). Allah Taala selected you for this great honor from millions of Muslims. al-Raqim: Sayyed Jam'at Ali afi Allah unho (May Allah forgive me), from Alipur Sayyidan,July 17,1946. In another letter in English Hazrat explained to Quid e Azam rites of pilgrimage (Munasik e Hajj ) in detail. Quid e Azam replied on August 13,1946. Dear Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah Sahib: Thank you for your letter of July 17th. As you know there are rapid political changes ocurring in India. It is difficult for me to leave India at this time.With Thanks. Your Sincere, M.A. Jinnah. In response to congratulations on creation of Pakistan, Quid e Azam wrote on August 6,1947 : 10 Aurangzeb Road New Delhi August 6 1947. Dear Pir Sahib. "Thank you for your duas and congratulations.I believe Muslims are very happy that after 200 years of colonial rule , they have established an independent and free Pakistan.I want also thank you for your kind gift parcel of peaches. " With best wishes Your Sincere M.A. Jinnah On the independence of Pakistan Hazrat Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) sent messages of congratulations to Quid e Azam and other leaders. He wrote to Pir of Manki Sharif "Pir Sahib ! Pakistan is Independent. Our work is completed.Now it upto rulers to run the country" He sent telegraph to Quid e Azam : " Mulk Geeri Asan Hay.Mulk Dari Mushkil Hay. Allah Taala Ap ko Mulk Dari ki Taufiq ata famaiy." " It is easy to make a country but difficult to rule it. Allah Taala give you wisdom to rule the country" Fearless Fighter of the Pakistan Movement: Urdu Daily Newspaper' Nawa i Waqt' Lahore published an article titled " The Fearless Fighter of Pakistan Movement ( Tahreek e Pakistan Ka Nadar Mujahid ) in April 16,1970 issue " Ishat e Milli " " Hazrat Amir e Millat Pir Jama'at Ali Shah Sahib (r.a) used to study any new movement in India with great insight . He would fight anti-Muslim movements with great courage without fear of then British Government. To make Muslims aware of importance and sanctity of mosques,he confronted Sikhs and British during Shaheed Ganj Movement . The nation honored him with the title of Amir e Millat (Leader of the Muslim Community).He challenged the Hindus during Shudi Movement and stopped their conversion of Muslims to Hinduism. He wanted Indian Muslims to understand their Islamic identity.He established many religious organizations & institutions to promote Shari'a of beloved Prophet saws. (Shariat e Mustafvi). Some of those organizations such as Anjuman Khudam as-Sufiya and Anjuman Islamia are still functioning.He supported the Lahore Resolution of 1940 and awakened Muslims to work for the success of Pakistan Movement . He worked tirelessly to make Quid e Azam's mission successful. Pir Sahib told his disciples (Mureeds) to take part in Pakistan Movement in whatsoever capacity they can, otherwise he will not offer their funeral prayers ( Namaz e Janaza ) ."

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 19

Pir Sahib of Manki Sharif (r.a) & Mohammad Ali Jinnah (r.a)

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 19 Sirat Amir e Millat

Pakistan Movement ( Tahreek e Pakistan ) 2.
Sudden Visit of Pir Of Manki Sharif:

On a rainy cold winter night ,Pir of Manki Sharif (r.a) suddenly arrived Alipur Sayyidan with a large body of armed followers to visit Hazrat Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a).When Pir Sahib entered Bab e Rahmat , Hazrat Sahib asked ,Who is there? "I am faqir of Manki",the answer came.Hazrat Sahib got up and greeted Pir sahib and commented "King has arrived at faqir's home,why did you not inform me?" Duty of younger one is to come to pay respect without informing ".Pir Sahib responded. Call Akhtar ( Sayyid Akhtar Hussain Shah (r.a),grandson and author of Sirat Amir e Millat) to make arrangements for dinner. "I donot eat at night and this is my routine for past 40 years." Pir Sahib explained and "it is my routine for the past 100 years that I don't let a guest sleep without food." Hazrat Amir e Millat (r.a) responded.Everyone ate the dinner followed by green tea .On 4th day Hazrat asked "Why did you take trouble to visit me? ", "When I received your letter, I decided to come in person to listen and obey your orders."Pir of Manki Sharif answered. Hazrat Sahib advised " Now is the time to serve Din and Muslim nation.Mr.Jinnah Sahib is doing our work and I want you to help him. Pir Sahib invited Jinnah Sahib to Manki Sharif and organized a great conference. Hazrat Amir e Millat could not attend because of ill health and instead sent his eldest son Siraj e al-Millat Sayyid Muhammad Hussain Shah (r,a) and gave him a gold medal.300 rupees in a pouch and other gifts for Quid e Azam (r.a). Pir Sahib greeted him with respect and requested that he chair the conference. When Siraj al-Millat gave the gold medal to Jinnah on behalf of Amir e Millat (r.a),he became very happy, stood up and said "now I am successful, please put this gold medal around my neck."

Born in 1923 at Manki Sharif in a renowned family of religious scholars, Pir Aminul Hasanat, known as 'Pir Sahib of Manki Sharif’, acquired religious learning and spiritual accomplishments at a very early age. Because of his saintly character and piety, he commanded great respect and influence among the Muslims of the Indo-Pakistan Sub-continent.
Soon after joining the Muslim League in 1945, Pir Sahib of Manki Sharif toured the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) to win support for the Muslim League. He invited Quaid-e-Azam to tour the
Province worked indefatigably for the cause of Pakistan won sympathy of the people of the NWFP for the Muslim League. On October 1, 1945 he organized a historic meeting of the Ulema and Mashaikh at Peshawar, which passed resolutions expressing full loyalty with the Muslim League and reposing complete confidence in the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam.
For his scathing criticism of the Indian National Congress he was imprisoned by the congressite Government led by Dr. Khan Sahib, the then Chief Minister of the NWFP. He played a pivotal role in securing thumping success for the Muslim League in the Referendum held in NWFP in 1947, which decided the accession of the NWFP to Pakistan.
He retired from active politics in 1955 and died in a road accident on January 28, 1960. May Allah Taala increase his darajat. Amin.

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 18

 Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 18 Sirat Amir e Millat Pakistan Movement (Tahreek e Pakistan ) 1. In 1925 he presided over first All-India Sunni Conference, giving the keynote speech. Then in September 1935,having been declared the " leader of Muslim Community" (amir-i-millat),at a special conference of the "United Muslim Community" (ittihad-i-millat),he stressed the need for love of Prophet saws followed by the need for active propagation of Islam, for unity of Sufis and Ulama. Throughout the Pakistan movement,Sayyid Jamaat Ali Shah (r.a) supported Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Muslim League. At the 1946 All-India Sunni Conference, he publicly exclaimed (to counter those who accused Jinnah of being non-Muslim), "Jinnah is an intimate of God." The conference was attended by 500 shaykhs, 7000 ulama, and over 100,000 other people, which encouraged the Muslim League to form Pakistan. A committee with many scholars and Sufis was set up to make sure that the new Pakistan government would be Islamic. He was in Hyderabad,Deccan when he heard about attack on Quid e Azam (r.a) with a knife. He immediately dispatched Bakhshi Ghulam Mustafa Khan (r.a), his Khlifah to Bombay with gifts and a letter for Mr. Jinnah.He wrote " The nation has given me the title of Amir e Millat and I should be doing what you are doing for the creation of Pakistan however I am more than 100 years old with fragile health. My responsibility is on your shoulder therefore it is my duty to help you .Nimrud's opposition to Abraham (Hazrat Ibrahim),Pharoe's (Firoon) opposition to Moses (Hazrat Musa )and Abu Jahal's animosity for our Noble Prophet (saws) became the reason for the success of their Prophetic Mission .This attack on you will become a good omen for your success.I congratulate you that you will succeed in your mission and do not worry about the difficulties you will face to achieve your goals.Whosoever Allah Taala wants to succeed,to test He creates enemies. I pray to Allah Taala that your enemies will face defeat.I and my fellow disciples (Yaran e Tariqat ) will fully cooperate and help you.You also promise to not deviate from this noble mission."The gifts included Quran, Prayer Rug,Prayer Beads,( Tasbeeh),Shal,blanket and other precious items.Bakhshi Sahib delivered letter and gifts to Muhtarama Fatima Jinnah since doctors did not allow any visitors.Mr. Jinnah responded after few days "With prayers of pious persons like you, I definitely will be successful.I promise to you that whatever difficulties come my way,I will continue to pursue my mission.. You have sent me Quran for the reason that I am a Leader of the Muslims.I cannot lead without knowledge of Religion (Din) and Quran.I promise that I will read Quran.I have acquired English translations.I am searching for a scholar who can educate me in English.You have sent me a prayer rug for the reason that if i do not obey Allah 's commands then people won't obey my commands.I promise that I will offer prayers.You sent prayer beads so that I recite blessings on Prophet (saws)-Darud Sharif.The person who does not seek blessings & mercy of Allah Taala on Prophet (saws),how can he himself expect mercy from Allah Taala.I will follow this suggestion as well.When Quid e Azam 's letter was read to Amir e Millat (r.a) ,it made him extremely happy and said " I am in Hyderabad Deccan and Jinnah Sahib is in Bombay then how could he perceive my intentions which I did not express in my letter. No doubt Jinnah Sahib is friend of Allah (Wali'Allah)..

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 17

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 17 Sirat Amir e Millat
Shaheed Ganj Mosque
In 1935 AD the Sikhs demolished the Shaheed Ganj Mosque with the support of British to build a Gurdwara.The Muslims filed a suit and the lower court decided the case in their favour. Later the Higher Court dismissed this case. Governor Emerson maintained its status as a Gurdwara.The Muslims elected Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) as their leader at a large conference on September 1.1935 ,held at Rawalpindi.The speakers emphasized civil disobedience and to avoid bloodshed.National Unity Conference (Majlis Itehade Millat) was established and Hazrat Amir e Millat (r.a) toured India with other religious scholars to educate Muslims about their moral,religious and political responsibilities.A memorable procession with bare swords was organized on November 8,1935 after Friday Prayers at Badshahi Mosque.Despite his advanced age and fragile health,he lead the procession and advised Muslims to remain peaceful.He said " Remember this commandment of Allah 'al-Fitna tu Ashaddu min al-Qatal. Civil War is more serious than killing"demonstrate patience and self-discipline. "Mawlana Shaukat Ali and Mawlana Abdul Qadir Badayuni also addressed this very large gathering.Advisory council decided to file a lawsuit however the higher court gave decision in favour of Sikhs.Amir e Millat stated "Na rahe ga bans,na baje gi bansri"Elimination of Bamboo means end of flute making and playing",British and Sikh will not live here"This prediction was realized on August 14,1947 when Pakistan became independent.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 16

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 16 Sirat Amir e Millat

Fitna e Irtad .Calamity of Apostacy

The Hindus organized two highly anti Muslim movements, the Shudhi and the Sangathan. The former movement was designed to convert Muslims to Hinduism or drive them out and the latter was meant to create solidarity among the Hindus in the event of communal conflict,started by Arya Samaj and its founder Swami Daynand Saraswati and his followers like Sawami Shraddanand, who also worked on the Sangathan consolidation aspect of Hinduism, in North India , especially Punjab in early 1900s, though it gradually spread across India . Shuddhi had a anti-Muslim agenda by converting Muslims to Hinduism, and prevent low-caste Hindus from converting to other religions .

Hazrat Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) started a unique movement to stop this fitna and sent Tablighi missions across India. His memorable khutaba was deliverd on April 23,1923.He emphasized the need for Muslims to sacrifice everything to stop the Arya Samaj and established a special fund . He himself led the first tablighi mission to Ruhtak that included 15 scholars and was very successful. Anjuman Khudam al-Sufiyya established 45 Religious Schools (Madaris ) in different cities where Arya Samaj was active to educate thousands of children,men and women. The Anjuman also built Mosques and Hospitals and developed social & economic network to help the affected population.He praised the efforts of Anjuman at its annual meeting stating " Some groups with lack of understanding oppose Sufis and consider them worthless and passive.The Sufis deserve a lot of praise for serving Islam for the pleasure of Allah with sincerity.We can witness their contributions and successful efforts in propagation of Islam in Indian Subcontinent.Every Muslim is familiar with the missions of Khawaja Gharib Nawaz (r.a), Hazrat Baqi Billah (r.a),Hazrat Makhdum Hajveri Data Ganj Bakhsh (r.a) and many other Great Sufis.They surmounted lot of difficulties to achieve their mission.This is very evident from reading our history. "Aftab Amad Dalil e Aftab " Rising of the Sun is proof of the Sun." Anjuman has achieved tremendous success in stopping Fitna e Irtad due to blessings ( baraka ) of these Sufis. Anjuman deserves praise for opening madrasas,mosques,hospitals and bringing back thousands to the fold of Islam. We thank Allah Taala for His favours."

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 15

Maulana Johar Ali & Maulana Shaukat Ali,Khilafat Movement (1919-1924)

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 15 Sirat Amir e Millat

Tahrik e Khilafat (Khilafat Movement)

An Indian Muslim movement. It aimed to rouse public opinion against the harsh treatment accorded to the Ottoman empire after World War I and specifically against the treatment of the Ottoman sultan and caliph (khalifa). The movement began in 1919 and, under the leadership of the Ali brothers, Muhammad Ali (1878–1931) and Shaukat Ali (1873–1938), The goals were to support Ottoman Khilafat,unite Muslims and protect Islamic sacred sites. Hazrat Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) supported the movement with funds and delivered passionate speeches at the meetings in different cities.At a meeting in Lyllpur (Faisalabad) Maulana Shaukat Ali challenged the participants "Who is the one ready to sacrifice his life for the way of Allah". Hazrat Amir e Millat responded " I am ready to give my life for sake of Allah". He was given the title of " Sanusi e Hind " by Mawlana Shaukat Ali. The newspaper " Zamindar ,March 10,1921 issue published the proceedings of Lyllpur (Faisalabad ) Conference "The great Sufi Scholar from Punjab Hazrat Pir Jama'at Ali Shah presided at the great Khilafat Conference.He represented the Muslims with moral courage and true Islamic spirit . He stated that whosoever does not love the Khilafat Movement lacks faith.I am ready to give my life for Khilafa and protection of Islamic Sacred Sites." The paper advised the Scholars & Sufis to follow the footsteps of Hazrat Sahib.

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 14

 Aligarh Muslim University Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 14 Sirat Amir e Millat Helping Muslim Institutions: 1.Aligarh Muslim University:Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) pledged a large sum with conditions that Prayer (Salat) and Islamic Studies (Dinyat) will be mandatory for students.Mawlana Sulaiyman Ashraf (r.a) and Mawlana Abu Bakr Shish (r.a) were professors of Islamic Studies. 2.Hizb al-Ahnaf:.Amir e Millat (r.a) was instrumental in bringing Mufti Azam Agra , Mawlana Didar Ali Alwari (r.a) as Imam for Masjid Wazir Khan.After consultation with Hazrat Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a),Mufti Didar Ali (r.a ) and his sons Mawlana Abu al-Hasanat Sayyid Muhammad Ahmad Qadri (r.a) and Mawlana Abu al-Barakat Sayyid Ahmad Qadri (r.a) established a great Ahle Sunnah Institute of Learing 'Madrassa Hizb e Ahnaf ' and soon had many other branches. 3. Anjuman Hamayet e Islam : Hazrat Amir e Millat (r.a) financially supported and participated in meetings.He was chairing one of the meeting and Allama Iqbal was sitting on the ground nearby.The organizers insisted that Allama Iqbal sit on the chair however he answered " I prefer to sit under the feet of Hazrat Sahib."Amir-e Millat (r.a) responded " If Iqbal is sitting under my feet,then I don't have to worry"Allama Iqbal enjoyed these comments and kissed Hazrat's feet. 4. Nudwa tul Ulama Lakhnow:Amir e Millat supported financially and chaired annual meeting. Allama Shibli Numani (r.a),Mawlana Abdul Haqq r.a. (Author Tafsir Haqqani) and Mawalana Abdullah Tonk (r.a) appreciated the support. 5.Majlis Ahrar e Islam: He supported financially and advised his dicsiples to also paricipate. His Khalifas Maulvi Imam Din, Pir Walayt Shah, Munshi Ahmad Din,Dr. Allah Ditta and lot of Yaran e Tariqat went to jail. 6. Anjuman Numania Hind Lahore:Mawlana Zafar Ali Khan Editor " Zamindar " appreciated the contributions of Amir e Millat (r.a) and critisized Editor "Ahle Hadith " for false propaganda against Ulama e Ahnaf and specifically Hazrat Sahib. 7. Anjuman Khuddan ul Muslimeen Qasur:Hazrat Amir e Millat (r.a) chaired the anual meeting attended by thousands and also gave generous donation.

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 13

Hijaz Railway Station Madinah Munawwara
Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 13 Sirat Amir e Millat
Service & Care of Harmain Sharifain:
Amit e Millat (r.a) loved the land of Hijaz and felt his duty to take part in its welfare.
Hijaz Railway:The decision to build Hijaz Raiway to Madinah Sharif for pilgrims by Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid (r.a) made him very happy. He himself contributed large sum and also raised funds. Sultan thanked him for his service and sent five medals.
Famine in Arabia and Madinah Fund:The famine affected everyone in Hijaz. He established Madinah Fund and raised thousands of Rupees to be distributed to needy.He was given the title of 'Abu al-Arab' for his caring generosity.
Construction of Mosques: It is difficult to state the number of mosques he built.He will travel to villages and if there was no mosque,he will build one. He will take part physically in construction.When people will ask him to avoid physical labour,he would answer" You will go to your grave and I, to mine. Your good deeds are not going to benefit me."He built five mosques in Alipur Sayyidan.
1.Masjid e Nur Alipur Sayyidan. is masterpiece of Islamic Architechure.It was entirely built with marble .Doors are made of sandlewood and have ingraved art work with ivory and pearls .There is s beautiful mosaic mirror art work on the walls with Quranic calligraphy.Jam of Lasbaila sent 16 feet long whale fin which decorates the roof.During British rule it became a tourist attraction and was visited by British and Hindus.2. Mosque in Ancestral Graveyard has two guest rooms and is adjacent to funeral prayer site ( Namaz e Janaza )3. Mosque of Main Road has guest rooms. 4.Mosque of the Well is located on family farm with lot of guest rooms and quarters for dervishes.5.Railway Station Mosque with guest rooms, a well and beautiful garden is a place of rest and comfort for travelers. Other Mosques are Sadukay Mosque,Chak No 164 Mosque,Old Jamai Mosque Faisalabad,Jamai Mosque,Jhang Road, Faisalabad,Mosque Shah Jama'at Narowal,Mosque Pinwan, Mosque Azam Mysore, Mosque Khabal,Yagistan,
Other Buildings: He built guest hostels and wells for travelers. Jama'at Manzil Sialkot was built as a guesthouse.Jama'at Manzil Madinah Sharif was built for pilgrims and his khalifa Hazrat Bakhshi Ghulam Muhammad(r.a) was the caretaker.He also built in his village,two story building for women,Shish Mahal with 50 guest rooms, three drinking water ponds for animals,a large compound (havaili )for religious gatherings,two story guest hostel near Masjid e Nur. His only goal for doing these noble works was to seek pleasure of Allah Taala.

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 12

Sayyid Afzal Hussain Shah (Sajjada Nishin Amir e Millat r.a)
with Noor Hussain Mirza (Founder,Haleema Welfare Clinic)

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 12 Sirat Amir e Millat

Building Religious Institutions (Madaris e Diniyya):

Hazrat Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) built and helped Religious Schools (Dini Madaris) to educate Muslim children in the Subcontinent.This sadaqa jariya (charity) continues even today with grace of Allah.
1.Madrassa e Naqshbandiyya Alipur Sayyidan, was established in 1916. Hazrat Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Shah (r.a) the elder son was the first Principal and Rector. He was a great Naqshbandi Sufi Scholar and attracted known scholars (Ulama) to teach. The students were provided food.lodging and living expenses free.The madrassa has a large Islamic Library with books on Tafsir,Hadith,Fiqh,Aqaid,Tasawwuf,Poetry,Literature,History and other religious sciences.New building adjacent to Rouza & Mosque Complex was built by Hazrat Sayyid Afzal Hussain Shah, great grandson and present Sajjada Nishin of Amir e Millat (r.a) who is also the Rector & Principal.
2.Orphanage and Learning Center (Dars Gah) in Madinah Sharif. Amir e Millat (r.a) purchased land and built a multi-story building and continued to support financially.
3.Many Dini Madaris were established and helped in many towns and cities as Mysore, Qasur,Faisalabad,Sanglahill,Gujrat,Daska,Gujaranwala,Panun Chak 6. During fitna e irtad 35 Madaris were established in Delhi,Agra,Mithre,Aita,Farakhabad,Aligar ,Baland Shahr,Ruhtak,Kashmir,Baroda etc and thousands of children received Islamic Education.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 11

Risala Anwar us-Sufiya ,Sufi Illuminations Journal ,published by Naqshbandiyya Foundation For Islamic Education

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 11 Sirat Amir e Millat

Religious and Community Service

Anjuman-i-Khuddam as-Sufiyya (Voluntary Association for Sufi Servants):
The Anjuman was established in 1901 with following objectives:
1.To unify all Sufi lineages,e.g.Naqshbandiyya,Chishtiyya, Qadiriyya and Suhrawardyya (Itehad Jamaiye Silasil Tasawwuf )
2.To spread knowledge of Islam and Sufism ( Isha'at e Islam wa Tasawwuf )
3. To refute and counter propaganda against Islam and Tasawwuf (Tardeed Alzamat Khalaf e Islam wa Tasawwuf)
4.To refute false beliefs ( Tardeed Madhahib e Batila )
The first three years meetings were held at Badshahi Mosque,Lahore and then changed to Alipur Sayyidan in 1904.The two days meeting was attended by Well-known Scholars (Ulama) and Na'at Reciters .The first session started at 8AM followed by lunch and Zuhr Prayers.The second session will last until Maghrib with a break for Asr Prayers.The third session would start after Isha until 2Am. Partipants would offer Tahajjud Prayer and will end with Salam,Khatam Sharif for Isal e thawab and dua.In the years 1912-15 roughly 7000 participated.In 1916-1917 this number almost doubled.The participants enjoyed the known hospitality of Amir e Millat (r.a) and were provided food & lodging.Chapters of the Anjuman were opened in towns and cities across the Subcontinent.The Anjuman published monthly magzine " Risala yi anwar as-Sufiya " Journal of Sufi Illuminations.The Risala published articles about Islam, Tasawwuf, Biography of famous Scholars & Sufis , Khutabat of Amir e Millat (r.a) and other useful information.In 1923 the Risla added a regular section on the " calamity of apostasy" ( fitna yi irtidad ) and on monthly progress of the Anjuman in propagating Islam.The Anjuman initiated a fight against the activities of the Arya Samajis,whose goal was to' re-convert' the Muslims whose ancestors has been Hindus. By1925 Hazrat Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) led thirty one delegations all over the Punjab to counter the Arya Samaj movement. In 1923 the Risla began featuring monthly articles describing the Anjuman's effort in building schools,mosques and hospitals.Risala published "Tariqa should help people" in 1915 and Amir e Millat (r.a) regarded these efforts to improve people's lives as part of the propagation of Islam.
Other Islamic Magazines published were Al-irfan,Al-faqih, Al-jihad, Muballig,Lama'at as-Sufiyya and Al-jama'at.The goal of all these publications was Islamic Education and propagation,promoting true tasawwuf, defending Islamic way of life , refuting false beliefs and sects and informing Muslims about their religious & community obligations.

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 10

"Assuredly in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find tranquility" Quran.13:28

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 10
Sirat Amir e Millat

Hazrat Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)'s Tasawwuf (Sufism)

Following the reality of shari'a (Haqiqat e Shariat) with heart at peace (Itminan e Qalb) is real Tasawwuf (Sufism).In Hadith Qudsi it is stated "My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him." Hazrat Amir e Millat (r.a) acted upon this Hadith.He emphasized the importance of rights of Allah (Haquq Allah) and rights of people (Haquq an-Nas).Renunciation of this world (Tark e Dunya) was not the part of his tasawwuf.He used to eat healthy food,wear clean clothes and participated in worldly affairs according to the guidelines of shari'a.He himself followed the shari'a and Sunna and also emphasized its compliance to his disciples (Yaran e Tariqat).When you follow the shari'a with heart at peace,the Attributes of Allah Taala reflect on your heart and you achieve very high spiritual stations.This is reality of tasawwuf (sufism) and this is the Uswa e Hasana (Excellent Prophetic Example).
Hazrat Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) revived the traditional shari'a focused tasawwuf. He belonged to Naqshbandiyya Mujaddadiyya Sufi Order.Imam Rabbani Mujaddad Alif Sani (r.a) emphasized the following of Shariah (taqlid e shariat) and Sunnah (Iteba'a e sunnat).This was also the way of Hazrat Amir e Millat (r.a).Performing religious duties according to sunna of the beloved Prophet (saws) is the spirit (ruh) of tasawwuf. Essence of his education was to practice dhikr,perform tahajjud regularly,recite darood sharif,perform prayers,practice fasting and other obligations and sunnas,take care of rights of people, follow the Prophet (saws) in manners (ikhlaq),actions (amal ) and habits (adat)and avoiding prohibited & unlawful completely.He used give easy wazaif to his disciples.
Disciplining the selfish self (nafs e ammara) is very difficult task and a great struggle (Jihad e Akbar).It was a great spiritual accomplishment to take care of people and worldly affairs and keep your heart busy with remembrance of God and feel His presence all the time.He used to say "Dil ba yar,dast ba kar " "Heart with God and hand with work".He guided thousands to straight path (sirat e mustaqeem ),made them Zakir (busy with remembrance of God) and helped them achieve the station of Nafs e Mutme'inna (Contented Self ).
He followed Naqshbandi Sufi Way (Naqshbandi Tasawwuf) strictly which is based on Quran & Sunna.There are five pillars of Tariqa (Sufi Way): 1. Dhikr ( Remembrance of God) 2. Fikr (Reflection) 3.Muraqba (Contemplation) 4. Muhasba (Reckoning,Self-Assessment) 5. Rabita (Contact & Connection).Hazrat Bahauddin Naqshband (r.a) said "Tariqa e ma az nowadir ast.wa urwa ti alwuthqa ra fazal awurda und-----" "Our Way is very rare and very precious. It is the urwati-l-wuthqa ("Firm Handhold"), the way of keeping firm and steadfast in the footsteps of the Prophet (saws) and of his Companions . They brought me to this Way from the door of Favors, because at its beginning and at its end, I witnessed nothing but the Favors of God. In this Way great doors of Heavenly Knowledge will be opened up to the seeker who follows in the footsteps of the Prophet (saws)."
Hazrat Amir e Millat ( r.a )was a living example and role model of this tariqa in 19th and 20th centuries.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 9

THe Golden Gate of Prophet Muhammad's Tomb (saws)
Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 9
Sirat Amir e Millat
Hajj and Ziyara
Love and Adab of Prophet (saws).
Hazrat Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) had pure love (Ishq e Kamil) and great respect (Adab) for Prophet (saws). As soon as he reached Madinah, he always performed ritual bath and then visited the Prophet (saws) to offer Salam with great humility and love. His face will change colours and perspire even in winters and he will tremble with awe & emotions since this was the court (darbar) of king of kings. During Ottoman period he was allowed to spend entire night inside the Rouza Sharif (Tomb). This was a great honour and privilege and also had permission to take four disciples with him. Allah Taala says in Quran " Qul in Kuntum Tuhibbuna-llaha Fa-t-Tabi'uni Yuhbibakumu-llahu wa Yaghfir lakum Dhunubakum,wa-llahu Ghafurur-Rahim."
Say (O Muhammad)"If you love Allah then follow me , Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Forgiving,Merciful " Quran 3:31. Following (Iteba'a) becomes perfect when you follow Uswah e Hasana (Perfect Prophetic Role Model) at every step of the way.Once following the Prophet (saws) achieves perfection then develops the perfect love.Once love of Prophet (saws) is perfected then Allah Taala showers His blessings and blesses that person with His love which is the highest station. Hazrat Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah had perfect faith (Iman) and belief (Eteqad) in Allah Taala 's Essence and Attributes . His goal was to follow Uswa e Hasana in every deed, matter and living moment. He was in constant state of Love of Prophet (Ishq e Rasul) saws. Before Hajj he will spend most of his time in Prophet's Presence (saws) in Madinah. He was blessed with Ziyarat-e-Rasul in sleep and when awake.His spiritual status and nearness to Prophet (saws) has been narrated in dreams of many pious persons.He received the title of Qutb and Ghawth. May Allah Taala increase his darajat. Amin

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 8

Madinah,The City of Prophet (saws) old photo
Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 ,Sirat Amir e Millat. Part 8
Hajj and Ziyara
Visiting Madinah Sharif First:
Whenever Hazrat Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) traveled for Hajj, he will stop at Madinah Sharif first.He advised his disciples to visit the Prophet (saws) before performing Hajj and used to quote this Ayat. " We sent no Messenger except that he should be obeyed by the permission of Allah.And if,when they wronged themselves,they had but come to you and ask forgiveness of Allah and asked forgiveness of the messenger,they would have found Allah forgiving and Merciful." Quran 4:64
Serving the People of Madinah (Ahle Madinah).
One could see extreme happiness on his face as Madinah Sharif came closer and he will say "Now is the time to spend and earn great reward.People of Madinah are neighbours of Prophet (saws) and they deserve our generosity and service."He was known for his generosity in Madinah Sharif and will give gifts & money to needy and visitors.He loved everything in Madinah. He will regularly feed pigeons and dogs of Madinah.He used to stay at home of Mawlana Ziauddin Madni (r.a) from 1930 to 1949.He used to say "Madinah is my home & watan (country) and meaning of "Hub al-Watan e min al-Iman " Love of Country is part of Faith (Iman)".He loved to purchase dates,caps,prayer rugs,tasbihs etc to give as gifts on his return. He will plant seeds from Madinah at his farm and serve vegetables to his guests.He will purchase cloth to wear and drinking water pots.He used to say these things from Madinah are full of barakah (blessings).He built an orphanage and generously supported Madinah Fund during a famine and was given the title of Abu al-Arab.He encouraged his disciples to settle in Madinah. Bakhshi Ghulam Mustafa (r.a) his Khlifah from Mysore lived all his life and help build Jama'at Manzil (hostel) for pilgrims.
Loving Friends of Madinah.(Ahbab)
During his stay in Madinah friends will come to visit him. Hazrat Agha Khalil (r.a) and Hazrat Hamza Rifai (r.a) were very old and would still visit him .He would stand up with help to welcome them and would say " I have traveled thousands miles and would have walked few steps to visit you" and they would respond by saying "You have earned reward for travel of thousands miles and we want to earn reward for few steps. We do not visit kings however when you are here,we cannot sit still at home until we visit you.Hazrat Agha Khalil (r.a) was a great Wali and Key holder of Rouza Sharif.Hazrat Hamza Rifai (r.a)was Shaykh of Ottoman Sultans.

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 7

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951,Sirat Amir e Millat Part 7
Pilgrimages & Ziyara ( Hajj wa Ziyara)
Sudden Decision to go for Hajj after listening to Na'at (Devotional Poetry in praise of Prophet .saws.):
Hazrat Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) was staying at Potalian Mosque in Lahore after a long trip in 1916. It was winter and he had high fever.Mir Hidayatullah (Pricipal Medical College,Amirtasir),Mir Habibullah and Hafiz Anwar Ali Rohtaki (Judge) were visiting.He was informed that Hafiz Peeli Bheeti is here to pay respect.Hafiz Khalil Ahmad Peeli Bheeti was a honorary judge and famous Na'atiya Poet.Hazrat apologized from Hafiz Ji for not been able to stand up to welcome him because he deserves to be honored for his devotional poetry in praise of beloved Prophet (saws) and then asked him if has written a new na'at.Hafiz Ji opened his Na'at Collection and recited this na'at:
Za'iroon ke bheer ho,Rouza Tera ho ,Mein na hoon
Wa'ay nakami ke ik khaq e Khuda ho,Mein na hoon
crowds of visitors at your Rouza ( Prophet's Tomb),and I am not there
O' my bad luck,there is God's Creation and I am not there
Hazrat asked Hafiz Ji to repeat it and took the blanket off.Hafiz Ji then read the second verse.
Sadqay ess Rouzay kay jis par sar say,dil say,jan say
ik jahan,ik khalq,ik alim fida ho,mein na hoon
My life,heart and head be sacrificed at this Rouza
A world,a creation,a universe is in love and I am not there.
Mein wo radd e khalq thaira hoon ke Bazm e Shah mein
Uns ho, Jinn ho, Firashta ho, Hawa ho,Mein na hoon
I am the rejected one,In king's court
are humans,jinns,angels and wind but I am not there.
At this point Hazrat was sitting as if he has no fever,was praising the poetry and was in state of ectacy
Mein Wahan Hoon Wo Wahan Hoon ya Na Hoon,Par yeh na ho
Shah kay darbar mein churcha meira ho,Mein na Hoon.
I am there,He is there or not,but this should not happen
In King's court,I am being mentioned and I am not there.
Hazrat became resless,came out of room to the mosque and asked Haji Buta to pack the bags and leave for Madinah. During the travel on the ship he continued to repeat the verse.
Shah kay Darbar mein churcha meira ho,mein na hoon

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 6

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 6

Pilgrimages to Mecca & Madinah.(Hajj wa Ziarah):
Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) performed his first Hajj in 1310 Hijra.He performed so many Hajj during his lifetime that it is difficult to count.If somebody would ask him about numbers of time he performed Hajj. He will answar "I perform Hajj for Allah's pleasure and not to keep count.I will go whenever Allah Taala calls me and love & affinity of Prophet (saws)takes me there."
Sudden Decision to go for Hajj:Once in a gathering (Majlis)in Qasur someone read this couplet:
Daboya Muj Ko Himmat nay,Nah Pohncha Ha'ye Taiba Tak--
Yeh Jhota Dam Muhabbat Ka "Madina Arzoo Darum"
I did not reach Madinah because my will failed me.
This is a false claim of love that "I wish to be in Madinah".
Haji Buta Dervish was asked to pack the bags and leave from Qasur.He requested to go home (Alipur Sharif) first to get money and needed suuplies.Hazrat qouted this Punjabi Couplet: Pallay Kharch Naheen Bandhatay Panchi tay Dervish--
Jinnahan Taqwa Rab Da, Ounahan Rizq Hamaish
Birds and Dervish do not carry sustenance with them --
The people with Taqwa of Allah (Trust in God) are always provided.
We are guests of Allah.Let us go today"He left Qasur via Bombay for Hajj.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 5

Sirat e Amir e Millat.Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 5
Daily Routine ( Mamulat)
With grace of Allah, Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) was blessed with long life and dedicated it to teaching ,preaching,practicing and living Islam.Thousands will visit him and he will not get tired of fulfilling their needs and serving them.He spent most of his life traveling.He will greet the visitors,discuss issues related to Shariah,participate in conferences and deliver speeches for hours.After very little rest, he will perform Tahajjud prayers, drink tea and welcome new mureeds,initiate them in Naqshbandiyya Order,give them instructions for repentance (taubah),oath of following Shariah and Naqshbandi Tariqah.After that he will perform Fajr prayers followed by Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah) and Muraqbah (Contemplation).After this women will come for initiation.He will instruct them to follow the pillars of Islam and take oath to perform good deeds (Amal e Salih).During the break for tea & dinner he will invite those present to join him.During month of Ramadan he will travel from town to town ,reciting Quran for Tarawih Prayers and reach Delhi.He will always remain in state of ritual ablution (wadhu),perform fresh wadhu before each prayer and also clean teeth with miswaak.
Daily Awraad:
1. To recite Darood Hazara,300 times after Tahajjud Prayers
2.To recite Istigfar 100 times before Fajr Prayers
3.To recite Khatm e Masumia after Asr Prayers(Darood Sharif-x100,Ayat e Karimah-x500,Darood Sharif-x100), Isal e sawab for Hazrat Muhammad Masum (r.a). between Asr & Maghrib)
4.To recite Quran until Maghrib (During later part of advanced age & fragile health, Maulvi Abdur Rashid and Sayyid Afzal Hussain Shah, great grandson and present Sajjada Nishin would recite Quran )
5. Istigfar-x100 after Isha prayers
6. To recite Surah Ikhlas-x100 before sleep,facing Qibla.

Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 4

Naqshbandiyya Madrassa,Alipur Sayyidan
Sirat e Amir e Millat.Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 4
The Beautiful Character (Akhlaq e Hasanah ):
Sayyid Jam'at Ali Shah (r.a) followed the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (saws),the Prophet of Mercy and of the Magnificent Character (Khulq e Azim) in words & deeds.He treated everyone with kindness and compassion.Doors of hospitality were open to Muslims and non-Muslims.Everyone was treated with love and a smile.He treated his mureeds with such a warm affection that everyone felt as if he has his full attention & love.He was very generous and a needy will never return empty handed.He was content and patient in times of trail & tribulations with complete trust and faith in Allah.He defended Islam,Shariah and Muslim Causes with courage and without fear. He was dedicated to serve the mankind and was always involved in construction of mosques,madrassas and welfare institutions.His exemplary & loving behaviour attracted many to the fold of Islam.He practiced Taqwa (God Consciousness) and followed the Sunnah with perfection & Excellence. According to him Tasawwuf (Sufism) means understanding the reality of Shariah and acting upon it consistently. Walaya (Friendship & Closeness of Allah) is based on Faith (Iman) and God-Consciousness (Taqwa).He always avoided doubtful and prohibited.His generosity was famous. He used to say ,Quran commands, Spend!(Anfeqou )and not Collect(Ajme'ou)and then recite this ayat."The likeness of those who spend their wealth in Allah's way is as the likeness of a grain which grows seven ears ,in every ear a hundred grains.Allah gives increase manifold to whom He will. He is All-Embracing,All-Knowing " Quran 2:261

Sirat e Amir e Millat.Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 3

Masjid e Noor Alipur Sayyidan

Sayyid Jam'at Ali Shah's father Sayyid Karim Shah (r.a) was initiated into Silsila Naqshbandiyya by his maternal grandfather Sayyid Husayn Shah (d.1223/1809) of Makan Sharif who was a Perfect Wali'Allah (Friend of God) and was well-known for his spirituality.Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) received spiritual training from his father as well as from many of his teachers who were great sufi masters.However Baba Faqir Muhammad Churahi (d.1315/1897) in nearby Chak Qurayshian(in Sialkot district),formally initiated him into the Naqshbandiyya Mujaddidiyya in 1891.After sometime he went to Chura Sharif to pay respect to his Shaykh and was granted Khilafa'h (Permission to Initiate).Baba Ji (r.a) told him to Remember Allah and teach people the remembrance of Allah. Following the advice of his Shaykh,he spent rest of his life in preaching Islam (Tabligh) and spreading of Naqshbandiyya order.His mureeds (disciples) were in millions throughout the Indian Subcontinent,Afganistan and Haramain Sharifain(Mecca and Madina) .They were scholars, professors,attorneys,teachers,officers, peasants ,labourers,rich and poor from rural and urban areas .He established his religious leadership in the sufi revival movement by propagation of Islam (Tabligh) as he traveled on foot to many villages and towns. He not only encouraged regular performance of required religious duties according to Islamic Law (Shariah) and supervised the construction of Mosques & Madrassahs but advocated a sufi revival Islam centered on Love of Allah and His beloved Prophet (saws) and service of humanity.

Sirat e Amir e Millat.Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951 Part 2

Pir Syed Jamaat Ali Shah (ALI PUR Syedan) - Home | FacebookSirat e Amir e Millat.Biography of Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a)1841-1951
Sayyid Jam'at Ali Shah (r.a) was born in the village of Alipur Sayydan in Sialkot district of the Punjab in 1841.His patents were lineal descendants of Sayyid Muhammad Sa'id Nawruz Shah Shirazi (r.a) who came to India with the contingent of Persians who accompanied the Mughal ruler Humayun (d.963/1556) on his campaign to reconquer India.
Sayyid Jam'at Ali Shah (r.a) received an extensive religious education,achieving distiction as a memorizer of the Quran (hafiz) and a hadith specialist ( muhaddith).His father Sayyid Karim Shah (d.1319-20/1902)had Hafiz Shihabuddin Kashmiri come from nearby Qal'ah Subha Singh to teach the Qur'an.After studying with Abdur-rashid Alipuri,Abdulwahab Amritsari and Ghulam Qadir Bhirawi,Hazrat Jama'at Ali Shah (r.a) studied religious sciences with two well-known revivalist Naqshbandis,Irshad Husayn Rampuri (d.1311/1893-1894) and Shah Fadlurrahman Ganj Muradabadi (d.1312-1313/1895).He also studied with Muhammad Abdullah Tonki (d.1338-9/1920) and first rector of Nadwat al-Ulama,Muhammad Ali Mongiri (d.1346-47/1928). He received permission to transmit Hadith from Muhammad Abdurrahman Panipati (d.1313-14/1896) and when he traveled to Mecca,Shah Abdulhaqq Allahabadi Makki (d.133-34/1915) gave him authorization to narrate additional hadiths.(Source:Sufi Heirs of the Prophet (saws) by Arthur Buehler)
Book: Sufi Heirs of The Prophet: The Indian Naqshbandiyya and the Rise of the Mediating Sufi Shaykh. by Arthur F Buehler Ph.D ,Published by University of South Carolina.
Book Review by Asif Naqshbandi June 15,2003
This book fulfills two roles: it provides a very good history of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order in general and it also looks in detail at the life of one of the greatest Sufi saints of the 19th/20th century Sayyedina Ameer al Millat Grandshaykh Pir Sayyid Jama`at Ali Shah Naqshbandi (may Allah be pleased with him) of Alipur Sharif, Pakistan, as a case study. It is a welcome first look at this great saint and also it gives detailed information on Naqshbandi Sufi practices and beliefs. It should appeal to all those interested in tasawwuf and also of religion in the Subcontinent as well as to the millions of admirers and disciples of Grandshaykh, Hazrat Amir al Millat who was the Ghawth [spiritual helper] of his age. The only criticism is that it is very academic and meant for the specialist student of Sufism and not for the lay-person; yet with a bit of application all can benefit from this book and discover real Islam from a Master!