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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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.


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