Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Photos of Sufi Shrines: Postcards from India

Being drunk with divine mysteries:
In Allah's garden you gather roses.

Hazrat Mehboob-e-Elahi -- O beloved one of Allah,
How I long for the perfume
of our togetherness!

~ a poem by Hazrat Nizamuddin dedicated to Habib Allah ~
English version by Rahat Hasan with slight modification

Here rests Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, affectionately known as Mehboob-i Elahi or "Beloved of God"

A woman praying facing the Hazrat Nizamuddin's resting place at Nizamuddin Dargah, Delhi

A Dervish fanning at the Mehfil of Sema (assembly of Sufi music), Dargah Nizamuddin, Delhi

Resting place of Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki (ra) in Mehrauli, Delhi

Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki was the first spiritual successor of Great Sufi Saint Khwaja Mu'inuddin Chishti. Bakhtiyar Kaki was born in 1173 C.E. in a town called Aush or Awash in Mawar-un-Nahar (Transoxania). He belonged to the direct lineage of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s).

Sheikh Nur Bux has written in his book entitled"Silsila tuz'zah": "Bakhtiyar Aushi was a great devotee, mystic and friend of Allah. In private and public he was indulged in the remembrance of Allah. He was habituated to eat little, sleep little and speak little. He was a towering personality in the world of mysticism."

He had no parallel in abandoning the world and suffering poverty and hunger. Whenever someone came to him he would come back to his senses after a while and was then able to talk with him. After a very brief exchange he would show his inability to continue any longer and slipped into the same state of absorption once again.

It is stated that once in an assembly of Sama he happened to hear a verse of Hazrat Ahmad Jam with the meaning: "Those who are killed with the dagger of surrender, get a new life from the Unseen."

Hazrat Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki r.a. was so much absorbed in and inspired with this verse that from that day on he kept on reciting it in a state of unconsciousness and gave his life in the same state. He remained in this state of Wajd (samadhi) for 3 consecutive days and expired on the 4th day. He passed away on the 14th of Rabi-ul-Awwal of Islamic year 633 A.H. On account of his extraordinary death, Hazrat Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki is known as "Shahid-e-Mohabbat" or Martyr of Allah's Love.

The Mazaar Sharif [noble tomb] of Hazrat Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhityar Kaki r.a. lies near Qutb Minar at old Delhi, India.

an Imam leading prayer and blessings to the saint Bakhtiar Kaki (ra)

Dargah of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Delhi

Inside one of the most serene sufi shrine

Symbol of Inayati-Chishti Sufi order, 'The winged heart' on the outside wall of Inayat Khan's tomb, Delhi

Photos by Sadiq Alam | Taken March, 2012
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