Sufi Saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Mehboobe-Elahi
USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DARGAH SHARIF
Location: Dargah Sharif / Holy Shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia is situated in Delhi the capital of India.
How Old: The Shrine is about 700 years old and is a spiritual and historical monument of world fame.
Visitors: People of all communities irrespective of faiths and religions.
Timings: The Shrine Open from 6.A.M to 10.P.M. everyday.
Timings for Juma Prayer at the Khilji Mosque of the Dargah (Shrine): Azaan at 1.P.M., Juma Khutba at 1.30.P.M. Namaz (Juma Salat) at 1.40.P.M.
Delhi Weather: Summer: Temp: Max.45'C , Min.27'C Winter: Temp: Max.20'C, Min.5'C
Best Time to visit Delhi: From February to April and from September to November.
May and June are hot, Rain in July and August, December and January are cold.
Language: Urdu, Hindi and English.
Contact: Pirzada Siraj Madani Nizami, Ancestral Direct Descendant of His Holiness Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Aulia,New Delhi.110013, India.
Mode of Transport: By Air: Domestic passengers can arrive at Delhi Airport (Domestic Terminal and IGI, Terminal 3) and can take Taxi for the Dargah. International passengers and visitors can arrive at Terminal 3, Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi and can also take Taxi for the Dargah.
By Train: Domestic passengers from different parts of India can arrive at the three Main Railway Stations of Delhi i.e. Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station,Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station is nearest to the shrine.At all these Railway Stations, Taxi and Auto are available to reach the shrine.
By Bus: Domestic passengers can also arrive by buses at the Ambedkar Bus Terminal, near Kashmiri Gate, Delhi where Taxi and Autos are available.
Holy Life of Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Aulia
Mehboobe- Elahi Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Aulia was one of the most renowned and highly respected Sufi saints of India. Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia’s grand parents had migrated from Bukhara to India during the reign of Sultan Shamsuddin Al-Tamish. Bukhara formerly in Russia and now in Uzbekistan was the ancient seat of Islamic learning. After a short stay in Lahore; they shifted to Badaiyun in U.P.(India) where they settled down permanently. Hazrat Khawaja Ahmed Bukhari, father of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, was married to Hazrat Bibi Zuleikha at Badaiyun, where Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia was born on Wednesday the 27th of ‘Safar’, 636, Hijri. Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia lived permanently in Delhi after the death of his parents. In Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia lived at Ghayaspur which was named after Sultan Ghayasuddin Balban. At that time Ghayaspur was an unknown village with a very little population. Later on it was named after the Saint as Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin, which still exist and now inhibited by a large population. There was another locality named as Kilokhari a few miles away from Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin. Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia used to go there to offer Juma Prayer at the Jama Masjid of Kilokhari on every Friday. Kilokhari in 686 Hijri (1287) was occupied and ruled by Sultan Ghayasuddin Balban’s grandson Mueezuddin Kaiqabad who later became the king and Sultan of Delhi after the death of Ghayasuddin Balban. Basti
Hazrat Nizamuddin and Kilokhari are now the oldest urban villages of Delhi. In Kilokhari, there is also a holy shrine of Hazrat Mehmood Bihar Sahib a sufi saint (Wali Allah) who was present during the lifetime of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Mehboobe Elahi. Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia went through early days of his stay in Delhi in extreme poverty and hardships. He often observed fast for three days continuously. When they had nothing to eat, his mother used to say “We are Allah’s guest today”.While the penury and poverty were so painful, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia used to mention that he drew much taste from his mother’s statement of Allah’s guest during the days of starvation.
He lived his whole life with austerity and died on 18th of ‘Rabiussani’(Rabia II) in 725th Hijri at Delhi. In his lifetime of about 90 years, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia had seen the reign of about seven emperors of India i.e.(1) Ghayasuddin Balban, (2) Sultan Mueezuddin Keqabad, (3) Sultan Jalaluddin Khilji, (4) Sultan Alauddin Khilji, (5) Qutabuddin Khilji, (6) Ghayasuddin Tughlak and (7) Mohammed Bin Tughlak. While some of them were his devout disciples, others showed a hostile attitude. The Saint did not like to meet any king of his time; he had always kept himself away from the politics of king’s court. He never cared to seek any patronage or help from even the mightiest of the rulers. Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia has said, “A Sufi must never go to the courts of Kings and must refuse to accept any kind of rewards or gratifications for his maintenance.” The Saint had fully devoted his whole life in the worship of God and for the welfare of mankind. But after his death, the Kings, Princes, Ameers, Presidents, Prime Ministers not only from inside India but from abroad also, had started visiting his holy shrine (Dargah) in order to pay tributes to the saint and to seek spiritual and temporal blessings. His holy shrine at Delhi has become an object of veneration not only for 250 millions Muslim population of the country but also for other people of different faiths and religions. The area is named after the saint and the sacred shrine is an important Muslim pilgrim centre. People treat the shrine with reverence and deep respect.
Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia was the Mureed and Khalifa of famous sufi saint Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Ganje Shakar Rehmatullah Alaihe whose holy shrine is situated in Pakpattan Sharif, Pakistan. He is popularly known as Baba Sahib. Huzoor Baba Sahib deserves great and highest respect and his spiritual status among the sufi saints of his time was very high. He was the Mureed and Khalifa (Disciple) of Hazrat Khawaja Qutabuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki Rehmahtullah Alaihe whose shrine is situated at Mehrauli in Delhi (India). Apart from many others, Hazrat Khawaja Naseeruddin Mehmood Chirage Delhi and Hazrat Amir Khusro Toote-e-Hind were very famous Mureed and Khalifas of the great saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, Mehboobe Elahi.
Karamat [Miracles] of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia
Almighty God is believed to have exalted some of the Saints so highly as to bestow upon them the title of ‘Beloved’ and has granted such mysterious power as makes them the very cause of the world’s subsistence. The great Sufi Saint of India Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Aulia was truly such a saint and he is better known by his title of “Mehboobe-Elahi” (The Beloved of God).Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia is one of the most renowned and reverend Sufi Saints the world has ever known.
Important Note: "Karamat" means Miracle, a supernatural event or a wonder.The word 'Miracle' is being used here just to explain the meaning of "Karamat" as there is no other suitable word in English language for Karamat.Miracles are only attributed to Prophets or Messengers of God.Karamats are only attributed to Sufi Saints (Aulia-Allah ,the friends of Alimighty God),both are supernatural events bestowed upon great personalities of Islam only by Almighty Allah.
The Karamats of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia are many, but only two of them are narrated here.
First Karamat Once a group of friends desired to pay homage to the saint. One of them, who did not believe in the qualities of the saint, said “what these dervaishes (saints) can do?” The others condemned him for this. But he was adamant and even dared to prove his contention. As usual when the others bought some sweets to be presented to the saint, this man did not buy anything. On the other hand he carried some dust in a folded piece of paper. When all of them had paid their respects to the saint and placed their gifts before him, the attendant began to gather them. As he was about to collect the packet of dust also, the saint ordered him to leave it there itself, saying “I will use this dust for my eyes”. The disbeliever felt ashamed of his mean act and at once became a disciple of the saint.
Second Karamat Once fire broke out in the house of the Jagirdar of Sarsava,in which the royal firman(document) was also burnt down.He came to Delhi to get another firman,which he got after a great difficulty.But while he was returning he lost the document on the way.He was very sad and came to the saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia and requested him to pray for the recovery of the firman which was to be filed in a case.The saint asked him to perform some fatiha in the name of his Shaikh and Spiritual Master Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Ganje Shakar Rehmatulla Alehey with some sweets.Accordingly he went to sweet shop and bought some sweets.The shop keeper was about to tear a sheet of paper to cover the sweets.The Jagirdar(Landlord) anxiously asked the man not to tear the paper but to cover it completely .He came back with the sweets again to meet the saint and found the sheet of paper was his lost firman.