Those Islamic personalities whose day of demise or ‘Urs is marked in Rajab-ul-Murajjab

Rajab-ul-Murajjab is the 7th month of the Islamic calendar. Thirty-nine blessed companions  رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُم, blessed saints and Islamic scholars رَحِمَهُمُ اللّٰہُ  تَـعَالٰی who passed away or whose ‘Urs is observed in this blessed month were briefly mentioned in the issues of Mahnamah Faizan-e-Madinah, Rajab-ul-Murajjab, 1438 AH and 1439 AH. Read the introduction to 15 more blessed personages below:

Blessed companions

1     Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Zul-Bijadayn [ذُوالْبِجَادَيْن] Muzanni  رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ  was an orphan. He was brought up by his uncle. When he  رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ  embraced Islam, his uncle became displeased with him and took everything away from him except the two chadors he  رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ  was wearing. That’s why the Beloved Rasool  صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ  gave him the title of ‘Zul-Bijadayn’ (a person with two chadors). He  رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ  was fond of reciting the Holy Quran. He passed away due to fever in Rajab 9th AH in the Battle of Tabook. The Beloved Rasool  صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ  lowered him into the grave and made a great Du’a for him, ‘اَللّٰهُمَّ اِنِّی قَد اَمسَيْتُ عَنْه رَاضِيا فَارْضِ عَنه’ i.e. O Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! I have become pleased with him; hence You also become pleased with him. (Musnad-e-Bazzaar, vol. 5, pp. 122, Hadees 1706; Seerat Ibn Hishaam, pp. 519)

2     Sayyiduna Abu ‘Abdur Rahman Haaris Bin Hishaam Makhzoomi  رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ  embraced Islam on the day of the Conquest of Makkah. He  رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ  is respectable, honourable, noble, brave, fearless, a Mujahid, a martyr and a companion. He is considered to be one of the honourable people of Makkah before and after Islam. He  رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ  was martyred in Rajab 15 AH in the Battle of Yarmook. (Asad-ul-Ghaabah, vol. 1, pp. 514, 515)

Blessed saints

3     Taa`oos-ul-Fuqara, Sayyiduna Khuwajah Abu Nasr ‘Abdullah Siraaj Tousi  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was born in Tous (Khorasan Province), Iran and passed away at the same place in Rajab 378 AH. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was a practicing scholar, ascetic, Shaykh-e-Tareeqat and the author of books. The first book on the knowledge of Tasawwuf ‘اللمع’, is authored by him. (Tareekh-ul-Islam, liz-Zahabi, vol. 8, pp. 452)

4     Shams-us-Sufiya, Khuwajah Sayyid Qutbuddeen Maudud Chishti  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was born in 430 AH in Chisht District (Herat Province), Afghanistan and at the same place he  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  passed away on 1st Rajab 537 AH. His shrine is the place where Du’as are answered. He is a great Shaykh of the chain of ‘Aaliyyah Chishtiyyah, the embodiment of knowledge and piety, Qutb of his time, an author of books and a great blessed saint. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  is the author of ‘Minhaj-ul-‘Aarifeen’. (Al-Mustafa wal-Murtada, pp. 248; Tohfa-tul-Abrar – translated, pp. 57)

5     Sultan-ul-Fuqara, Sayyid Nooruddin Na’matullah Wali Kirmani  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was born in 731 AH in Halab (Syria) and passed away on 22nd Rajab 834 AH in Mahan (Kerman Province), Eastern Iran. His magnificent shrine is located in the same place. ‘Qasidah Shah Na’matullah’ is the collection of the news of the wonderful upcoming events. (Urdu Daa`irah Ma’arif-e-Islamiyyah, vol. 22, pp. 415)

6     Murshid Shah Abul Ma’ali Sayyid Muhammad Ibraheem Dawood Bandagi Kirmani Qaadiri  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was born in 919 AH in Siyatpur (Tehsil Alipur, Muzaffargarh District), Pakistan. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was a great blessed saint, generous, had absolute trust in Allah Almighty and a great reclusive Qaadiri pious person. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  would perform spiritual exercises, have Kashf and perform saintly miracles. By his efforts, hundreds of non-Muslims embraced Islam. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  passed away on 27th Rajab 982 AH. His blessed shrine is located at Shergarh (near Chunian) Okara District, Pakistan. (Maqamaat-e-Dawoodi, pp. 5-11, Wafyaat-ul-Akhyar, pp. 38)

7     Shaykh Nizamuddin Farooqi Thanesari Balkhi Chishti Sabiri  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ , the Qutb of his age, was born in 9th century AH in Thanesar (Delhi), India and passed away on 28th Rajab, 1035 or 1036 AH in Balkh (Balkh Province), Afghanistan. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was Shaykh-e-Tareeqat, a great blessed saint, an author of books and a man having saintly miracles. (Iqtibas-ul-Anwaar, pp. 698)

8     Shaykh-ul-Mashaaikh, Sayyiduna Makhdoom Muhammad Mun’im [منعم] Pak Baaz Qaadiri Abul ‘Ula`ee [ابوالعلائی]  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was born in Pachna (near Sheikhpur District Munger, Bihar Province), India and passed away on 11th Rajab 1185 AH. His shrine is located in Mitan Ghat, Patna (Bihar Province), India. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  is a great Shaykh-e-Tareeqat. There are 200 Khanqahs of his Silsilah [chain] in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Burma and Sri Lanka. (Tazkira-tus-Saliheen, pp. 52-54)

9     Qutb of his time, Sayyid Ahmad Bin Idrees Faasi ‘Araishi [عرائشی] رَحْمَةُ اللّٰہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was born in 12th Century AH in Maysura (suburbs of Fas) Al-Maghrib (Morocco). He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  passed away in Sabya (Jizan Province) near Northern Yemen, Arab on 21st Rajab 1253 AH. He رَحْمَةُ اللّٰہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was the Imam of scholars and Awliya, scholar and teacher, the founder of the chain of Idreesiyyah Ahmadiyyah and a great blessed saint. (Al-‘Aqd-un-Nafees, pp. 3-7; Jami’ Karamaat-e-Awliya, vol. 2, pp. 447)

Islamic scholars

10   Imam-ul-Fuqaha, Sayyiduna Imam Abul Husayn Ahmad Qudoori Baghdadi Hanafi  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was born in 362 AH in Baghdad (Iraq). He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  passed away on 5th Rajab, 428 AH in Baghdad. His shrine is located in Shaari’ Mansoor, Baghdad, Iraq. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was an acclaimed Islamic scholar, ascetic, Mujtahid Muqeed (Sahib-e-Takhreej-o-Tarjeeh) and Muhaddis of his time. Amongst his books ‘Kitab Tajreed (7 volumes)’ and ‘Mukhtasar-ul-Qudoori’ are famous. (Hadaiq-ul-Hanafiyyah, pp. 216; Al-Fawaid-ul-Baheeh fi Tarajim-ul-Hanafiyyah, pp. 40)

11  Fakhr-ul-Islam, Imam Abul Hasan ‘Ali Bazdawi Hanafi  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was born in 400 AH in Bazdoh (near Nakhshab/Qarshi), Uzbekistan. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  passed away in Kash (near Nakhshab/Qarshi) on 5th Rajab 482 AH. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  is Shaykh-ul-Hanafiyyah, a practicing scholar, expert in arts and sciences and Mujtahid fil-Masa`il. Amongst his books ‘Usool-e-Bazdawi’ (Kanz-ul-Wusool ila Ma’rifat-il-Usool) is famous. (Hadaiq-ul-Hanafiyyah, pp. 228; Usool-ul-Bazdawi, pp. 377)

12   Malik-ul-‘Ulama, Sayyiduna ‘Alauddin Abu Bakr Bin Mas’ood Kasaani Halbi  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was born in 6th century AH in Kasan (present Kazan), Uzbekistan. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  passed away on 10th Rajab 587 AH in Halab, Syria. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was a Haafiz of Quran, great Faqeeh-e-Hanafi, Imam of his time, Ameer of Kasan, teacher of Fuqaha and the author of books. He is the author of ‘بدائع الصنائع فی ترتیب الشرائع’, one of the best book of Fiqh-e-Hanafi. (Hadaiq-ul-Hanafiyyah, pp. 256; Al-Fawaid-ul-Baheeh fi Tarajim-ul-Hanafiyyah, pp. 69; Bada`i’-us-Sana`i’, vol. 1, pp. 9)

13   Shaykh-ul-Islam, Imam Muhyuddin Abu Zakariyya Yahya Bin Sharaf Nawavi Shaafi’i  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was born in 631 AH in Nuwa (a suburb city of Hauran) Syria. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  passed away at the same place on 24th Rajab 676 AH. He was a great Muhaddis, Faqeeh and the author of Fiqh-e-Shaafi’i, an expert in lexicology, the embodiment of asceticism and piety, the author of almost 40 books and had an awe-inspiring personality. His books ‘Riyad-us-Saliheen’ and ‘Sharh Sahih Muslim’ are famous in Pakistan and India. (Daleel-ul-Faliheen, vol. 1, pp. 11-21)

14   Sayyiduna Shaykh Ibn Nujaym Zayn-ul-‘Aabideen Bin Ibraheem Misri Hanafi Khalwati  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ , the author of Bahr-ur-Raaiq, was born in 926 AH in Cairo, Egypt. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  passed away at the same place on 8th Rajab al-Murajjab, 970 AH. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was the embodiment of all branches of knowledge including Fiqh and Usool-e-Fiqh, a teacher of Islamic scholars, author of books and Mufti of Islam. (Al-Bahr-ur-Raaiq, vol. 1, pp. 5; At-Tabqat-us-Sunniyyah, vol. 1, pp. 289)

15       Bahr-ul-‘Uloom, ‘Allamah ‘Abdul ‘Ali [عبدالعلی] Muhammad Firangi Mahalli [فرنگی محلی] Hanafi Qaadiri  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was born in Firangi Mahal Lucknow (UP), India in 1142 AH and passed away on 12th Rajab, 1225 AH. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was laid to rest beside ‘Wala Shahi Masjid’ in Madras (Southern India). He was the son of ‘Allamah Nizamuddin Sahalvi, the founder of Dars-e-Nizami, an expert in all the fields of Islamic knowledge, teacher of Islamic scholars, the author of many books like ‘فواتح الرحموت بشرح مسلم الثبوت’ and a great leader of Ahl-us-Sunnah. (Tazkirah ‘Ulama-e-Firangi Mahalli, pp. 137-141)

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Those Islamic personalities whose day of demise or ‘Urs is marked in Rajab-ul-Murajjab

Sultan-ul-Hind, Khuwajah Ghareeb Nawaz Sayyid Mu’eenuddin Hasan Sanjari Chishti Ajmayri  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  is also amongst those righteous bondsmen of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ who dedicated their lives for reforming Ummah and propagating Islam. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  was born in 537 AH in Sanjar within the region of Sistan (now Iran). (Iqtibas-ul-Anwaar, pp. 345)

Khuwajah Ghareeb Nawaz  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  spent 81 years in acquiring knowledge in the path of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and reforming the people as well as he authored many books. He  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  departed this world on 6th Rajab-ul-Murajjab 633 AH. (Faizan Khuwajah Ghareeb Nawaz, pp. 17, 25)

Muslims across the globe mark the day of ‘Urs [death anniversary] of Khuwajah Ghareeb Nawaz  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  on the 6th Rajab every year which is also known as Chhati Shareef [چَھٹِی شَرِیف] and perform Isal-e-Sawab. اَلْحَمْدُلِلّٰہِ عَزَّوَجَلَّ! ‘Urs of Khuwajah Ghareeb Nawaz  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  is marked wholeheartedly in the Madani environment of Dawat-e-Islami. Six Madani Muzakarahs are held in the first 6 days of Rajab-ul-Murajjab. Apart from watching these Madani Muzakarahs in Pakistan and overseas countries during these days, thousands of devotees arrive in global Madani Markaz, Faizan-e-Madinah, Bab-ul-Madinah Karachi and attain blessings of ‘Faizan Khuwajah Ghareeb Nawaz’. On 6th Rajab-ul-Murajjab, Ijtima’-e-Yaum-e-Ghareeb Nawaz is also marked especially throughout the world.

Malfuzaat (blessed sayings) of Khuwajah Ghareeb Nawaz

‘Sayyiduna Khuwajah Qutbuddeen Bakhtiyar Kaki  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ ’, a sincere disciple of Khuwajah Ghareeb Nawaz  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ , compiled a book, namely ‘Daleel-ul-‘Aarifeen’ consisting of blessed sayings of his honourable Peer-o-Murshid (spiritual leader), ‘Khuwajah Ghareeb Nawaz  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ ’. Let’s read some of these Malfuzaat taken from this glorious book:

٭ Salah is the most superior rank of all the ranks. Salah is a Wasilah (means) of meeting Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. (Daleel-ul-‘Aarifeen, pp. 75)

٭ What kind of Muslims those people are who delay their Fard Salah until the time of Salah ends? (And they perform Qada later). I feel deep regret at the level of such Muslims who show negligence in worshipping their Rab عَزَّوَجَلَّ.

Parable

Once Khuwajah Ghareeb Nawaz  رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ  said: I passed through a city where people would get ready for Salah before the time of Salah and would perform Salah on its exact time. They said, ‘If we will not get ready immediately for Salah, we may lose its time, so, how will we be able to appear in the court of Beloved Rasool  صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ  on the Day of Judgement?’ (Daleel-ul-‘Aarifeen, pp. 83)

٭ Salah is a trust, entrusted to the bondsmen by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, so, it is necessary for the bondsmen not to commit any treachery in it. (Daleel-ul-‘Aarifeen, pp. 83)

٭ Whoever looks at Glorious Quran improves his vision, neither does he feel pain in his eyes nor do his eyes get dry. (Daleel-ul-‘Aarifeen, pp. 92)

٭      Whatever [blessings] one attains is by virtue of serving his spiritual guide; so, it is necessary for a disciple not to exceed limits even in the least from the blessed saying of his spiritual guide. He should carefully listen to his spiritual guide and act upon the blessed acts such as Salah, Tasbih and Awraad (invocations) etc., instructed by his spiritual guide because a spiritual guide puts his disciple to the path of carrying out deeds for improving and elevating the spiritual status of his disciple. (Daleel-ul-‘Aarifeen, pp. 75)

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