806 Urs of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chisty finishes with great fanfare and Qul ceremony.

The 806 Urs Mubarak of Holy Sufi Saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisty, popularly called Garib Nawaz, started on 19th March and culminated with the Qul ceremony on 25th March, 2018. This year lakhs of pilgrims came from all over India and abroad. Braving all difficulties, it is a tribute to all of them, that bear all these , just to seek his blessings. The 6 days urs festival has all the religious ceremonies alongwith Qawwalis in the Sama Khana takes place. It starts with the the Flag ceremony which is held on the 25th date of previous month, when Flag bearers reach Ajmer from Delhi, starting from the Dargah of Khawaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, the 1st Khalifa or disciple of Moinuddin Chisty. Called Malangs , these followers walk all the way from Delhi’s Mehrauli to Ajmer, bare footed. This is a traditions which has been carried over the centuries.
After the QUL ceremony was performed there. Lakhs of devotees, who thronged to the dargah from all parts of the country and world, attended the 6 days urs, during which prayers, quran khanis, qawallis were held round the clock in the dargah precincts. The various facilities provided by the Dargah administration in collaboration with the local administration, viz-e viz Collector, SP. He said that Two Vishram Asthalis, where buses are parked has been working full round the clock and an estimated 1500 buses had already arrived, from all parts of the country. At these sites, water, electricity, sanitation and medical facilities have been provided for the pilgrims, free of cost. One such site is Kayar vishram sthali and the other is at Chandvardai nagar, at the foothills of Taragarh fort. A Railway and Roadways booking centre has also been opened in the dargah office, which operates 24 hours, for the pilgrims. Syed Fakr Ibrahim, Gaddinashin of Khawja Moinuddin Chisty said that the khadim Anjuman Syedzadgan also makes very wide elaborate arrangements for the pilgrims, besides providing a place to stay, for them at their houses. He said that it is their duty to look after the pilgrims, as they are sincerely coming to perform Haziri at the dargah Besides they also perform all religious duties, at the mausoleum of Garib Nawaz. He further added that “Jannati” darwaza is opened on Chand Raat of Rajab Month, when moon is sighted and that marks the beginning of the officially of URS ceremonies. It closes on 6th afternoon, after Qul ceremony.Syed Ibrahim Faqr Syed Irfan Chisty, also informed that special Chadars on behalf of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Vasundhara Raje Scindia by Chairman of Minorities Board, Jasbeer Singh and on behalf of Prime Minister Modi, Chadar was presented at the tomb of Gareeb Nawaz, by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minority Affairs Minister. He also read the message brought by him, from the Prime Minister. Chadar on behalf of Rahul Gandhi, was also presented by Sachin Pilot and Raghu Sharma MP. Chadar on behalf of Rajasthan Governor, Kalyan Singh was also presented. The Pakistani delegation was denied visa by Indian government. MP Chief Minister Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan chadar was brought by state Minister S.K. Muddin, Reading out a message from him, Muddin said that our country is a nationof peace loving people and brotherhood. He further said that that greatness of Hindu Dharam, equality of Islam, Service of Christians, Ahinsa of Jainism, and Shaurya of Buddha dharam, are all flowers of this Guldasta. Shivraj Singh sent his well wishes and prayed for the development, peace and harmony. Khadim Naseeruddin chisty, Waheed Khan, Haji Jawed, Tabrez sheikh, Amiir Khan, Mansoor Ali alongwith Dr. Mansoor Ali accompanied the chadar. Speaking to our Bureau Chief, Dr Mansoor said that the message of Peace and brotherhood was the need of the hour.
Howevr the Qul ceremony was marred by acrimonious charges by Diwan Dargah and Khadim. Dargah Diwan who is part of performing Qul ceremony inside the mausoleum, was not allowed to take his son inside, He sat outside in protest on dharna.
Khawaja Garib Nawaz was a scholar of great repute. He interpreted the true Islamic message of love for mankind and through that, the love for the Almighty creator. He preached the Quranic philosophy of the unity of religion and worked out its potentialities for the whole humanity. Sufi Saint Khawaja Muinuddin Chisti was the greatest mystic of his time. He laid the foundation of the liberal Chishti order of Sufis in India.
Qutubuddin Baktiyar Kaki (d. 1235) and Hamiduddin Nagori (d. 1276) were Moinuddin Chishti’s celebrated Khalifas or successors who continued to transmit the teachings of their master through their disciples, leading to the widespread proliferation of the Chishti Order in India. Among Qutubuddin Baktiyar’s prominent disciples was Fariduddin Ganj-i-Shakar (d. 1265), whose dargah is at Pakpattan, Pakistan. Fariduddin’s most famous disciple was Nizamuddin Auliya’ (d. 1325) popularly referred to as Mahbûb-e-Ilahi (God’s beloved), whose dargah is located in South Delhi.
The line of Hazrat-e-Sayed-e-na Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (the sustainer of the poor) Hasan Sanjari on the visit to Madeenah Munawwara received the honor of being called Moinuddin (helper of faith) from the King of Madeenah, the Leader of the Prophets, the Enlightened Prophet and was ordered to go to Ajmer for the sake of preaching the religion. Hence, Sayyed-e-na Sultan-ul-Hind (king of India) Khwaja Gharib Nawaz came to Ajmer Sharif. Due to his preaching large number of people started embracing Islam in large number.
The Hindu ruler over there, Prithvi Raj, started getting very much irritated by this. Hence, he prepared his most dangerous and Terrifying Magician Ajay Pal jogi to battle with Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Ajay pal jogi, along with his disciples went to Khwaja Sahib. After seeing the agitation of the Muslims Huzoor Gharib Nawaz formed a fort (hisar) around the Muslims and ordered that no Muslim should go out of this fort. On the other hand, the magicians started pouring water, fire and pelting stones with their magic power, but all these attacks were of no use once they reached the fort.
Now, with the help of magic, they made thousands of snakes come down from the mountain and go towards Khwaja Sahib and the Muslims, but as soon as they reached the fort they died. When the disciples failed, their teacher, the terrifying magician ajay pal jogi, started showing different tricks due to magic. But on reaching close to the fort everything used to vanish. After he failed to do anything he got very angry and he tossed his Dear-skin in the air and sat on it and flew very high in the air. The Muslims got confused that who knows what sort of trouble will he create from up there.
Gharib Nawaz smiled on this action of his. He signaled His blessed shoes. On receiving the signal they also flew very fast, chasing the Magician. And in no time they reached up and started beating on his head. He started descending as He received those hits. He came down ashamed and fell down at the feet of King Gharib Nawaz and then repented from the Hindu philosophy and became Muslim. He received the Islamic name Abdullah from Him, and he received great attention from Khwaja Sahib and attained a grand rank in the sainthood ship, and chadar. Speaking to our bureau Chief, Dr Mansoor said that the message of Peace and brotherhood was the need of the hour.
Incidentally the the editor and Bureau Chief is from the direct lineage of great grand peer of khawaja Moinuddin chisty.
by Afzal Ali Shah Maududi