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Ajmer Travel Guide

Khwaja Muin-ud-din

In Ajmer is an important point for many Muslim and Hindu pilgrimages, there is located the Tomb of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chisti, maybe the most important saint of the Chishti Order of South Asia, Khwaja Muin-ud-dim is most revered by both religions.

Khwaja Muin-ud-dim also known as Gharib Nawaz, was born around 1139 B.D. (533 Hijri), in Sajahistan (also known as Seistan), Khorasan in east of Persia, other sources say that he was born in Isfahan, Persia. His parents were Khwaja Ghayusaddin and Seyda Bibi Ummalwara, he was born in a respected family, and he was a direct descendant of Hazrat Ali or known as Mohamed.

He began his religious career early when he was 13 years old; during this time he lost his parents when he was 16 years old, Khwaja Sahib inherited an orchard and millstone for his livelihood, after of this fact, one day when Khwaja Sahib was working in his orchard, a pious dervish, Ebrahim Qandoozi, came and sat under the shade of a tree, Khwaja Sahib saw him and brought a brunch of grapes, then the visitor took something out of his bag, chewed it and offered it to his young host, Khwaja Sahib ate it without any vacillation, after this fact the light of wisdom and knowledge descended upon the young man. The Khwaja Sahib decided to distribute his inheritance and money among the poor people, and adopted the simple, pious life an itinerant Shia fakir. In this time he visited the seminaries of Samarkand and Bukhara, there he acquired religious learning from the most eminent scholars of his age. Later, he visited lots of centers of the Muslim culture, and acquainted himself with almost every important trend in Muslim religious life.

In this time Khwaja Sahib acquired the best wisdom of the time, and traveled searching a Murshid (spiritual guide), who could give better spiritual guidance to him. Then he knew to Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni, the greatest scholar and unrivalled spiritual guide of that period, and became in his disciple, Khwaja Sahib served him devotedly. They traveled together through the Middle East, and visited the Mecca and Medina. He passed through the various stages of spiritual life. Thus the great Murshid trained and elevated Khwaja Sahib to the highest spiritual attainments.

Years later, Khwaja Sahib came to India, reputedly after to have a dream with Muhammad in which the Holy Prophet Muhammad ordered to proceed to India and show the Path of Truth to the people. He left Medina and traveled by India passing through Isfahan, Bukhara, Heart, Lahore and Delhi. In his journey he knew several prominent Sufis of the age and blessed thousands many people with spiritual power. He arrived to Ajmer arount 1190 AC (587 A.H.), for these days Ajmer was ruled by Prithvi Raj Chauhan, who had several of powerful magicians. Khwaja Sahib stayed on a hill close to Ana Sagar Lake, and many people came to Ajmer to receive the kindest treatment and blessing, and inspired by his divine teachings and simplicity, they embraced to the Islam, and others became in his disciples. The most prominent disciples were Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Khaki, Shaykh Fariduddin Ganj-e-Shakar, Shaikh Nizamuddin Awlia, and Shaikh Nasiruddin Chiragh Delhi. With them, Khwaja Sahib continued his noble magnificent mission, in Ajmer and sent his disciples throughout the country.

He left his mortal body on March 16, 1236 (6th of Rajab 633) when he was 97 years old. He was buried in the same cell where he did his divine activities, now his Tomb is Known how The Dargah Sharif. And people of all parts of the world and of the all faith come there to offer flowers, their esteem and devotion.

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