Sufism

BY: UMAIR ALTAF ISHAQ KHAN

2 . the sufi is taken away from all except the Truth.What is Sufism? The sufi is one who is a lover of Truth. who by means of love and devotion moves towards the Truth. As necessitated by love's jealousy. towards the perfection which all are truly seeking.

garment of ascetic denial Safa¶.Arabic definitions The derivations of Sufi suf. ³purity´ safwa. ³the elite´ Ahl al-suffa. ³the people of the bench´ (early Muslims who shared everything in common) Tasawwuf. wool. ³becoming a Sufi´ explained by teaching definitions 3 .

History Of Sufism 4 .

Grand Masters Of Sufism GHAUS AL-AZAM HAZRAT SHAIKH MOHIUDDIN ABDUL QADIR GILANI (R.) - 5 .A.

6 . Sufi sheikh and the eponymous founder of the Qadri Sufi order (selsela). His contribution and renown in the sciences of Sufism and Sharia was so immense that he became known as the spiritual pole of his time. al-Ghous al Azam (the "Supreme Helper" or the "Mightiest Succor"). He was born in Ramadan 470 A.H (About 1078 AD) in the Persian province of Jilan (Iran) some people call it Gilan south of the Caspian Sea with reference to Baij-Tul-Israr.Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani .

7 .Abdul Qadir Jilani was a Sufi master and Syed (descendant of the Prophet Muhammad) from both his father and mother.

Translation: Ghausul Azam is amongst the saints As Muhammad Mustafa (SAW) is amongst the messengers (of God) 8 .

Books of Hazrat Syed Ghous Pak Titles of Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani ‡ Muhaiyudeen: the reviver of faith ‡ Piran-e Pir: the pir of pirs (master of masters) ‡ Mehboob-e subhani: the beloved of God ‡ Qutb-e Rabbani ‡ Meera'n: a title used for Sheikh Jilani by his devotees in Punjab ‡ Ghausul Azam: The Supreme Helper ‡ Hasani Hussaini: on account of being a descendent of Imam Hasan 9 .

Your name is also written as Qutub-Uddin and Shams10 Uddin.Hazrat Syed Usman Marwandi Hazrat Syed Usman Marwandi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar was born in 538 A.Because God used to obey your every command as you devoted yourself for GOD.H. You got the name Shahbaz from your Master named Hazrat Baba Ibrahim You were also called saif-ul-lisan . . (1143 AD) in Marwand Iran.

He had a massive following and even today. 11 .Tomb of Mu`in al-Din Chishti (Ajmer. He is the founder of the Chishtiya order in India. He was born in Persia and is said to be a direct descendent of Prophet Muhammad. He settled in Ajmer in India from where he preached the principles of Sufism to all. 1235) Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti was one of the most famous Sufi saints in India. his death anniversary is celebrated in Ajmer at his tomb when thousands of believers gather to pay respect to this great Sufi saint. people irrespective of their religions are adopting his principles of Sufism. d. India. Every year.

His shrine located in Delhi is a popular attraction for Sufi followers. 12 . he became the student of Fariduddin Ganj-iShakkar. He was revered saint who is supposed to have been the master of Amir Khusro.Hazrat Nizam-Ud-Din Auliya Another famous Sufi saint of the Chisti order in India was Hazrat Khwaja Nizamud-din Auliya. His real name was Mohammad and at the age of 20. who was popularly known as Hazrat Nizam-ud-Din.

He preached his teachings and principles in Punjab. His poems were written in Punjabi and Sindhi as these were languages that common people could read and understand. During the time he was at his peak. Through his poems. He preached nothing but the truth and his words of wisdom pacified those affected by the constant tiffs between Muslims and Sikhs. there was much unrest between Muslims and Sikhs. 13 . he criticized the orthodox religious systems that were prevalent during his time.Bulleh Shah Baba Bulleh Shah was a revered Sufi saint of India whose real name was Abdullah Shah.

which is now a distinguishing feature of what is being called a µshrine culture¶ of theSouth Asia. as the majority of his books deal with specialised subjects related to Islam and Islamic mysticism. (Please see the External Links section for audio resources.Sultan Bahu Sultan Bahu (Urdu:) ( Qadiri sufi order. and theannual festival is celebrated with the usual fervour. Historically the A¶wan 14 tribe trace their descent to Ameer Shah. with more than forty books on Sufism attributed to him. It is a popular and frequently-visited sufi shrine. Most of His books are in Persian language. Every year on the 9th of Muharram (Islamic calendar month) aghusal is also taken place under the supervision of Muhammad Najeeb Sultan (Sajjada Nasheen (Chairholder) of Sultan Bahoo shrine).) The Mausoleum of Sultan Bahu is located in Garh Maharaja. it is his Punjabi poetry that has generated popular appeal and made him a household name in the region. including qawaalis and kaafis. who founded the Sarwari Sultan Bahu belonged to Awan tribe. Punjab. Like many other sufi saints of the South Asia. husband ofFatima and father of Hasan ibn Ali and Husayn ibn Ali). Annual festival is held during the holy month of Muharram. However. son of Qutub Shah whose family lineage is traced back toHazrat . Traditionally according to the law of the land he is Hashimi and belongs to the tribe of A¶wan. Pakistan. which is not used in any other genre of sufi music. ca 1628 ± 1691) was a Muslim Sufi and saint. in which all decedents of Sultan Bahoo wash His shrine with tones of pure rose water. His poetic verses are sung in many genres of sufi music. Hazrat Sultan Bahu is from the progeny of Hazrat Ali and is a direct descended from Hazrat Ali (cousin of Muhammad. Sultan Bahu was also a prolific writer. Tradition has established a particular style of singing his couplets.

Nurul Huda (Light of Guidance) and Risala-e-Roohi (Book of Soul) are the most popular. and can be traced back to him with credibility. Of the above. along with the poetry collection Abiyaate Bahu. According to tradition.Literary works The actual number of books written by Sultan Bahu is not certain. he is supposed to have authored over one hundred works and treatises. 15 . The following is a list of the important works of Sultan Bahu that still exist today.

Jhook Sultany. Kaleed Jannat. Jami-il-Asraar. Aurang-Shaahi. Jannatul Firdaus. Asrare Qaderi. Nurul Huda (Light of Guidance) and Risala-e-Roohi (Book of Soul) are the most popular. Majaalis-tun Nabi. Panj Ganj. Aql Baidaar. along with the poetry collection Abiyaate Bahu. Magzane Faiz. Fazlul Laqa. Muftahul Arifeen. Risala-e-Roohi. Kash-ful Asraar. Kaleed Tauheed. Abyaat Bahu (poetry). Ainul Faqr. Ganjul Asraar. TaufiqHedaayat. Qurb nnvnvn. Ameerul Quonain.Nurul Huda. Ameerul Mumineen Of the above. Muhabbatul Asraar. Risaala Ruhi Shareef. Hujjatul Asraar. Shamsul Arifeen. Mahq-ul-Fuqar. Dewaan Bahu. 16 . Muhqamul Fuqar.

Data Saab proves that Sufis are only those who follow Quran and Sunnah and that Tariqat is no different from Shariah but the Tariqat is the fruit and the end result of shariah. Data Saab discusses the various schools of Sufism. and these two cannot be separated at all. the correct beliefs of Muslims. Ancient Imams and leading Sufi saints of the early ages whose lives were lived according to Quran and Sunnah. He also refutes the false and fabricated Sufi tales which corrupt people and reminds that we follow the true Sufi examples at all times. methods and rules of the Sufis and the stories of Ahle Sufa. Ahle Bayt. Conduct. Hadiths and Quranic Tafsir etc. Shaba. In this way it is a complete book where Islamic teachings are given in such an easy way that from student to saint everyone can benefit. It has the saying.The Kashaf Al Mahjoob This is one of the best and oldest book written on Sufism nearly 950 years ago. 17 .DATA GANJ BASKH The Great Book On Sufism .

Kashf al ?Mahjub is such a great book that it opens one?s heart to the Spiritual Realities and one can easily understand that Sufism is the true Islamic teachings. After reading the book. Data Saab himself says in this book that people should ?regard? this book. Marifat. in terms of reading it and benefiting from it. One can surely realize after reading the book ho great is Syed Ali Hujwiri?s blessed knowledge. Haaqah and Waliyaat. 18 . one finds that his mind. heart and thoughts gets new form of Love. given to him by Allah Tala. Tariqat. Wisdom and Knowledge that no other book on Sufism provides.

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