On March 14, 2012, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri delivered a special
address at the shrine of renowned Sufi Saint Hazrat Khawaja Gahreeb Nawaz Moin-ud-Din
Chishti Ajmeri, who is also known as Sultan-ul-Aulia and Sultan-ul-Hind. Thousands
of devotees were present on the occasion to listen to the address of Shaykh-ul-Islam.
The distinguished guests who were seated on the main stage included Sayyid Moin-ud-Din,
Sayyid Rahat Hussain, Agha Aghai, Saddiq-ul-Hassan, Shaikhzada Khaliqur Rehman Chishty Sabzwari, all ‘Sajjad Gaans’ of Hazrat Khawaja Ghareeb Nawaz and renowned religious scholars.
Before his speech, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri paid his respects
on the shrine of Hazrat Khawaja Moin-ud-Din Chishti Ajmeri in a traditional way,
which has been in vogue since times immemorial. Stringent security arrangements
were in place on that occasion.
Special gathering was held in the courtyard of the shrine under the banner of
Anjuman Moinia Chishtia Hind. The proceedings of the programme got underway with
the recitation from the Holy Quran followed by Naat. The management extended a warm
welcome formally to Shaykh-ul-Islam on his arrival.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that he was a servant
to the servants of Hazrat Khawaja Ghareeb Nawaz. He said that he was a servant of
shrine of Hazrat Khawaja sahib, praying to Allah Almighty to keep him in the company
of the revered Saint. He said that he was beholden to him from head to toe.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that all the progeny of Hazrat
Khawaja Fakhar-ud-Din Gardezi was firmly holding their ground at the shrine of Hazrat
Khawaja Moin-ud-Din Chishti Ajmeri and only they were the real servants of Khawaja
sahib who did not abandon the servitude of shrine despite passage of centuries.
He said that these people were associated with the shrine of Hazrat Khawja Moin-ud-Din
Chishti Ajmeri since 800 years, which was his living miracle in the present times.
Shaykh-ul-Islam threw light on the status and spiritual excellence of the Friends
of Allah with the help of references from the Holy Quran and Hadith. He said that
some people thought that according to the Holy Quran, “Only the pious were the Friends
of Allah”. The people have misconstrued the meaning of this verse of the Holy Quran,
believing that every pious person was the friend of Allah and those called ‘Aula-e-Allah’
were not the special people. He said that this understanding was manifestly wrong.
He said that according to the Prophetic Traditions, Friends of Allah were a special
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that the graves of the world
were full of seemingly indispensable rulers of their times and the people even did
not know their names leave alone remember them. He said that the love and respect
of these worldly rulers was not as much deep-rooted in the hearts of people as the
love and reverence of Hazrat Khawaja Moin-ud-Din Chishti Ajmeri despite passage
of centuries. He said that the candles of love of Hazrat Khawaja sahib were still
raging in the hearts of the people.
Referring to a consensus-based Hadith narrated by Hazrat Abu Huraira (R.A.),
Shaykh-ul-Islam said that the Holy Prophet (SAW) said that the first section of
my community (Umma) would go to Paradise, while reckoning would not have begun by
then. Allah Almighty would say to the Holy Prophet (SAW) that He would open the
register of deeds later on, first let the people enter Paradise whose faces were
glowing like the moon of its fourteenth of lunar month.
Shaykh-ul-Islam said that Hazrat Khawaja sahib was also one of those privileged
people with glowing faces. The Holy Prophet (SAW) further said that they would be
given utensils of gold and silver and their combs would also be made of silver and
gold for the purpose of hair dressing and their perspiration would give forth fragrance.
The Holy Prophet (SAW) said that there would neither be any difference nor any prejudice
among the Friends of Allah on the Day of Judgment. It means that all Aulia would
be one and the same on that Day. Their hearts would be like one heart.
Quoting Hadith-e-Qudsi, Shaykh-ul-Islam said that Allah Almighty said: I declare
a war against he who entertains enmity against any of My Friends.” Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
said that Allah wants to see the status, excellence and prowess of His Friends that
he who showed enmity with any of His Friends, would have a war declared against
him. He said that how Allah Almighty would not declare a war against those who entertain
enmity with Sultan-ul-Hind.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that Allah Almighty ordained
the believers to show utmost respect, humility, reverence and love while paying
respects to His Friends. He who did not submit to His Friend, show respect and love,
challenged Allah Almighty.
Shaykh-ul-Islam continued his fiery speech for close to three hours. He referred
to a number of Quranic Verses and Hadith to show the status of the Friends of Allah.
He said that Hazrat Khawaja sahib was that Saint of Allah from whose shrine other
Aulia sought blessings. He said that he came to Ajmer Sharif after eight years.
He said that he had raging desire to pay his respects at the shrine of Khawaja sahib.
He said that he could not express his feelings and the spiritual peace he got during
his visit to Ajmer Sharif.