hazrat shah jalal History

Early Life & Education

Born Shaikh Makhdum Jalal ad-Deen bin Mohammed, he was later affectionately renamed Shaikh-ul-Mashaikh Hazrat Shah Jalal al-Mujarrad (the last name meaning "the bachelor", on account of his celibacy). Shah Jalal's date and place of birth is unclear. Various traditions, folklore and hostorical documents suggest different ideas. A number of scholars claim that he was born in 1271 in Konya, Turkey, and later moved to Yemen, either as a child or adult, while others contest he was born in Yemen. He was the son of a Turkish Muslim cleric, who was a contemporary of the famous Persian poet and Sufi saint, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi. He was educated and raised by his maternal uncle, Syed Ahmed Kabir, in Mecca. He excelled in his studies and became a Hafiz (one who has committed the Qur'an to memory) and was proficient in Islamic theology. He achieved Kamaliyat (spiritual perfection) after 30 years of study and meditation.



Travel to India

According to legend, his uncle, Sheikh Kabir, one day gave Shah Jalal a handful of earth and asked him to travel to Hindustan with the instruction that he should settle down at whichever place in Hindustan whose earth matched completely in smell and color the earth he was given, and he should devote his life for the propagation and establishment of Islam there.[1]



Shah Jalal journeyed eastward and reached India in c. 1300, where he met with many great scholars and mystics. He arrived at Ajmer, where he met the great Sufi mystic and scholar, Pir Khawaja Gharibnawaz Muinuddin Hasan Chisty, who is credited with the spread of Islam in India. In Delhi, he met with Nizam Uddin Aulia, another major Sufi mystic and scholar.[1]



Conquest of Sylhet

Tradition goes that a Hindu king named Gaur Govinda ruled the Sylhet area, then predominantly Hindu. Sheikh Burhanuddin, a Muslim who lived in the territory under his control once sacrificed a cow to celebrate the birth of his son. A kite snatched a piece of flesh of the slaughtered cow and it fell from its beak on the house of a Brahmin Hindu, for whom cows were sacred. According to another tradition, the piece of flesh fell on the temple of the king himself, which he took as a great offence. At the order of the king, Burhanuddin's hands were said to have been cut off and his son killed. Burhanuddin went to the Sultan of Gaur, Shamsuddin Firuz Shah, to whom he submitted a prayer for justice. The Sultan accordingly sent an army under the command of his nephew Sikandar Khan Ghazi. He was, however, defeated twice by Gaur Govinda. The Sultan then ordered his Sipahsalar (armed forces chief) Nasiruddin to lead the war. [1]



At this time, Shah Jalal (R) was requested by Nizam Uddin at the behest of sultan firoz shah to travel to Sylhet along with sikander khan gazi to rescue Sheikh Burhan Uddin. With his 360 followers, some of whom were from Yemen ,tukistan ,al rum,turfan,bukhara,tirmiz,arabia,herat and others from Delhi including his nephew Hazrat Shah Paran, he reached Bengal and joined the Muslim army in the Sylhet campaign.



Knowing that Shah Jalal was advancing towards Sylhet, Raja Gaur Govinda, the king, removed all ferry boats from the river Surma, thereby cutting off any means of crossing into Sylhet. Legend has it that Shah Jalal crossed the river Surma by sitting on a Jainamaz (prayer rug). Upon reaching the opposite bank, he ordered the azan (call to prayer) to be sounded, at which the magnificent palace of Gaur Govinda shattered. With Shah Jalal's help, the king was defeated by the Muslim armies after a fierce battle, and the King subsequently fled.



During the later stages of his life, Shah Jalal devoted himself to propagating Islam to the masses. Under his guidance, many thousands of Hindus and Buddhists converted to Islam. Shah Jalal become so renowned that even the world famous Ibn Batuta whilst in Chittagong was asked to change his plans and go to Sylhet to meet this special man. On his way to Sylhet, Ibn Batuta was greeted by several of Shah Jalal's disciples who had come to assist him on his journey many days before he had arrived. Once in the presence of Shah Jalal, Ibn Batuta noted that Shah Jalal was tall and lean, fair in complexion and lived by the masjed in a cave, where his only item of value was a goat from which he extracted milk, butter, and yogurt. He observed that the companions of the sheikh were foreign and known for their strength and bravery. He also mentions that many people would visit the sheikh and seek guidance. Shah Jalal is therefore instrumental in the spread of Islam throughout north east India including Assam.




Later life

According to legend, Shah Jalal found a match to the earth his uncle once gave him, and according to his uncle's wishes, he settled down in Sylhet, near Choukidhiki. It is from here that he preached Islam and became a celebrated Muslim figure in Bengal. He and his disciples travelled and settled as far as Mymensingh and Dhaka to spread the teachings of Islam, such as Shah Paran in Sylhet, Shah Malek Yemeni in Dhaka, Syed Ahmad Kolla Shahid in Comilla, Syed Nasiruddin in the region of Pargana Taraf, Haji Daria and Shaikh Ali Yemeni.



Shah Jalal's fame extended across the Muslim world. The Persian explorer, Ibn Battuta, came to Sylhet and met with Shah Jalal. The great Mughal poet, Hazrat Amir Khusrau gives an account of Shah Jalal's conquest of Sylhet in his book "Afdalul Hawaade". Even today in Hadramaut, Yemen, Sheikh Makhdum Jalaluddin's name is established in folklore.



The exact date of his death is unknown, but he is reported by Ibn Battuta to have died in 746 AH (1347 A.D). He left behind no descendants, as he remained a bachelor his entire life, hence the name "al-Mujarrad" ("the unmarried"). He is buried in Sylhet in his Dargah (tomb), which is located in a neighbourhood now known as Dargah Mohalla, named for his Dargah. His shrine is a significant place of interest in Sylhet, with hundreds of devotees visiting daily. At the Dargah is also located the largest mosque in Sylhet and one of the largest in Bangladesh.
By Imran. - 24.06.2007 06:21:43
Originally posted by: Muhammad Ibrahim


Shah Jalal journeyed eastward and reached India in c. 1300, where he met with many great scholars and mystics. He arrived at Ajmer, where he met the great Sufi mystic and scholar, Pir Khawaja Gharibnawaz Muinuddin Hasan Chisty,.

Hadrat Shah Jalal(RA) may have visited the mazar of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz(RA)
but i doubt he met him in person,due to the latter passing away 70yrs earlier in
1230.
There must be some mistake in wikpeadia.

Anyway great info on the Aulya of Bangladesh,lets have more please if possible.
By mibrahim - 24.06.2007 08:51:04
Shaikh Sharfuddin Abu Tawma and Shaikh Jalaluddin Tabrizi (not Hazrat Shah Jalal)

The Sufi scholar, Shaikh Sharfuddin Abu Tawama was born in Bokhara (c 610 AH/ 1210 AD), then a centre of learning. Around 1260 AD, Abu Tawama arrived in Delhi, drawing the attention of the people by his knowledge and spiritual power. Giasuddin Balban (1265-87), the Sultan of Delhi, felt threatened by Abu Tawama's popularity and requested him to go to Sonargoan to preach Islam. Abu Tawama acceded to the king's request. He arrived in Sonargaon in 1278 and set up his khanqah there. He was interested not just in preaching Islam, but also in disseminating knowledge. For this reason he established a madrasah, which attracted students from home and abroad. Abu Tawama played a pioneering role in imparting Islamic knowledge through Bangla.

Shaikh Jalaluddin Tabrizi was born in Tabriz in Persia (c 560 AH /1159 AD). He visited many Arab countries before arriving in India. He visited Multan and met two renowned Sufis, Shaikh Bahauddin Zakariya and Khawja Qutubuddin Bakhtiar Kaki (R). He then travelled to Pandua and settled down there. Impressed by Shaikh Jalaluddin's humanitarian activities and miraculous power, King Laksmanasena and gave him some land and permission to build a mosque. Shaikh Jalaluddin set up a khanqah which later turned into a centre of Islamic learning.
By mibrahim - 24.06.2007 08:55:59 This is according to another source. Both report say that Hazrat Shah Jalal crossed to the other bank on jainamaz, this report is a little more interesting which says, he ordered the Azan and palace of Gaur Govinda shattered.

Shah Makhdum Ruposh, who arrived in Rampur Boalia in Rajshahi in 1184 AD, is said to have crossed the river wearing a pair of wooden sandals (kharam). The conversion of several people to Islam is ascribed to this miracle. He is also said to have crossed the river on the back of a fish. Shah Makhdum is believed to have died around 1190 AD. Another story relates to Hazrat Shah Jalal (R) who is said to have crossed the river into Sylhet along with his disciples on a jainamaz (prayer rug). Reaching the opposite bank, he ordered the azan to be sounded, at which the magnificent palace of Gaur Govinda shattered. A legend ascribed to Hazrat Shah Paran relates how a piece of dead wood miraculously produced six different trees, which are still giving shade to his tomb.

Details of more saints arriving in Bengal for spread of Islam before the arrival of Hazrat Shah Jalal

The advent of Sufism in Bengal may be dated to the mid-eleventh century with the arrival of Muslim and Sufi preachers. For the next six centuries, learned Sufis and saints continued to arrive in Bengal from Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Central Asia and north India. Among the prominent Sufis who came to Bengal during the 11th-12th centuries are Shah Sultan Balkhi (Bogra), shah sultan rumi (Mymensingh), Shah Niamatullah Butshikon (Dhaka), shah makhdum ruposh (Rajshahi), Shaikh Fariduddin Shakkarganj (Faridpur) and Makhdum Shah Daulah Shahid (Pabna). baba adam shahid was another Sufi saint who came to Bengal in the 12th century.


According to tradition, Hazrat Shah Sultan Rumi arrived in Madanpur in the netrakona district along with his spiritual guide, Syed Shah Surkhul Antia. Wanting to test the Muslim saint, the king of the region invited him and offered him some food that had been poisoned. Sultan Rumi ate the food without suffering any ill effects. The king was amazed at this miracle and accepted Islam along with the members of his court. The king presented the saint with some land as a token of his devotion and respect. Later on, several people of the area were converted to Islam. Shah Sultan Rumi died probably in 475 Hijri (1075 AD).
Every Sufi preacher was not so lucky. When Baba Adam Shahid arrived in vikramapura near Dhaka in 1119 AD, vallalasena, the king of Vikramapura, ordered his troops to attack the saint. In the ensuing fight Baba Adam Shahid was killed. The king, along with the members of his family, died shortly afterwards, tradition ascribing the deaths to the king's ill treatment of the Sufi saint.
The spread of Islam was accelerated in Bengal after the victory of bakhtiyar khalji in 1203 AD. Many Sufis accompanied the conquerors and devoted themselves to spreading the message of Islam and Sufism. Among those who played a significant role in this regard were Shah Jalal Tabrizi, Ismail Khan Ghazi and shaikh alaul haq in Gaur Pandua, Shah Jalal Yameni in Sylhet, Khan Jahan Ali in Khulna, Jafar Khan in Hughli Pandua, Shah Daula in Bagha, in the district of Rajshahi, Shaikh sharfuddin abu tawama in Sonargaon, badruddin shah madar in Chittagong and Shah Fariduddin in Faridpur.

Ofcourse, the reports say that "they died", with all due respect - the good people NEVER die - and even their bodies nothing happens to them. Though it is said that the Qalab does not matter but the Qalb only, since I know very little it is wise for me not to speak further. It is perhaps worth mentioning of another Awliya arriving early, his name was Hazrat Ainul Haq and has his mazar in Dhaka. I know for a fact he was some how close or has been a companion of Hazrat Khawja Mounuddin Chisti if my memory serves me correct.
By Merazul - 24.06.2007 17:47:41 As salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu,



Jazak Allahu for providing these incredible insights of the life of a great Awliya. I am lucky that his (Rehmatullah Alaih) Dargah is only a few miles away from my village in Bangladesh.


This video shows more of the blessed Dargah of Hazrat Shah Jalal (Rehmatullah Alaih):





Borther Abl Al Mustafa has done a great job on providing Islamic metrial for those who speak and read Bangla. There are some brilliant speeches and articles on this website:

http://sunnibarta.wordpress.com/


Wa Akhir Da'wana wal Hamdu Lillah rab il 'Aalameen
By Salam To All - 24.06.2007 20:30:10 when does the Urs of the great Wali take place? By mibrahim - 24.06.2007 22:33:06 Urs I believe, 19th Dhu'l-Qa'dah.




My brother, Merazul Islam, there was a 90 year old gentleman there who I believe was khatem of the place when I last visited there. Is he still around ? He said some things to me which was a turning point of my life.



It is also worth mentioning about Hazrat Shah Paran, nephew of Hazrat Shah Jalal. Again quoting from wikipedia.



Shah Paran (R) was a renowned Sufi saint of the Suhrawardiyya and Jalalia order. It is said that he was the son of a sister of Hazrat Shah Jalal (R) and was born in Hadramaut, Yemen. He was an accomplice of his uncle, Shah Jalal, with whom he arrived in India. In 1303 AD, He took part in the expedition of Sylhet which was led by Shah Jalal. After the conquest of Sylhet he established a khanqah at Khadim Nagar in Dakshingarh Pargana, about 7 km away from Sylhet town, where he started Sufi spiritual practices and activities. He played a significant role in propagating Islam and establishing Muslim rule in the Sylhet region.

It is unclear how and when he died, but he is buried near his khanqah. For centuries, large numbers of devotees have been visiting his tomb, a practice which continues even today. On the 4th, 5th and 6th day of Rabi-ul-Awal, the Urs of Hazrat Shah Paran (R) takes place. His grave is located in a high hillock and it is carefully preserved at a place which is built with bricks and surrounded by walls. On the northern side of the grave there is an old tree, the branches and branchlets of which are extended above the entire tomb. The name of the tree is 'Ashagachh' (a tree of hopes). From a close observation of the leaves of the tree, it appears that the tree has grown out of a mixture of the fig, mango and some other tree. People eat the seeds of the figs devotionally in the hope of getting rid of diseases. Mangoes are also eaten with utmost respect as Tabaruk. There is an ancient mosque by the side of the tomb. The mosque has been modernised in 1989-91. About 1500 devout Muslims in a body can now say their prayers there.

By Merazul - 24.06.2007 22:52:04 As salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu,


Brother Muhammad Ibrahim, I think I know who you are talking about. However, I haven't been to Bangladesh for a few years now, so I can't tell you if the gentleman is still there.



I found this:
Hazrat Shah Jalal (Rehmatullah Alaih), the famous Muslim saint of Sylhet was a follower of the Suhrawardia tariqa. Sama, a special music form is an important part of the devotional and mystical practices of this tariqa.
His disciples are known as Jalalia.


Could someone explain:

1. What Sama is?


2. What happened to Hazrat Shah Jalal's (Rehmatullah Alaih) Disciples and is Jalalia a tariqa, if yes, does it still exist?



Jazak Allahu Khayran

Wa Akhir Da'wana wal Hamdu Lillah rab il 'Aalameen



By Ali Al-Hadi - 24.06.2007 23:41:20
1. What Sama is?

The position of the Ahlus Sunnah regarding Qawwali / Samaa' / Ghina
Is mehfil-e-Sama (sufi music) really permissible? By mibrahim - 25.06.2007 03:46:52
Meraz-ul Islam, brother I was hoping you would have some information. I was overly happy to learn that your home village is near his Mazar. This was one of the reasons for asking about the gentleman, to put it simply the gentleman I met there I referred to; was one of the reasons of hoping to find link of the Jalaliya Sarawardiya order. There is some sad news, some years ago; the ninety years old gentleman had passed away. I was also hoping he, or alteast I assumed he was the inherit khalifa of the place, had left among him a desciple who would be the current Khilaf. The reason for me assuming he was the Khalif of that place at the time, is because he gave me a piece of stick and it was said to have been part of the stick which Hazrat Shah Jalal used to walk. He said "if you are ever in trouble consume this, it will revive you." He also said something else which had an effect on my heart and I wish to keep it only to myself.

UNFORTUNATELY and I must say VERY unfortunately, someone very close to me (because I was young) underestimated what I said threw it away. I have no end to regrets on this.

There is another gentleman I am looking for now. I have had heard reports he "grew up or was close to the region from Hazrat Shah Jalal's mazar" - a short story is, two years ago I fell into some trouble, and it was a HUGE problem. This gentleman made special prayer and Allah's grace everything became ok.
After helping he simply dissapeared. I know he is some place close to New York, but before departing/dissapearing last time he said something - when the time comes you dont have to come to my house I will come to you ! I was in Texas at the time , I was "what is he saying ?" - two years later after graduating from University I got a job at an engineering firm in New Jersey, 15 mins away from New York and in search of this gentleman like crazy. I went to many countless pious people in hope of taking bayat, all of them refused so far saying my murshid is "yet to come" - I love this great personality with all my heart. If this was the 1200s I'd go to him and blindly take bayat to reach the great Prophet's links to reach Allah.
By Abd Al Mustafa - 25.06.2007 15:31:21
Meraz-ul Islam, brother I was hoping you would have some information. I was overly happy to learn that your home village is near his Mazar. This was one of the reasons for asking about the gentleman, to put it simply the gentleman I met there I referred to; was one of the reasons of hoping to find link of the Jalaliya Sarawardiya order. There is some sad news, some years ago; the ninety years old gentleman had passed away. I was also hoping he, or alteast I assumed he was the inherit khalifa of the place, had left among him a desciple who would be the current Khilaf. The reason for me assuming he was the Khalif of that place at the time, is because he gave me a piece of stick and it was said to have been part of the stick which Hazrat Shah Jalal used to walk. He said "if you are ever in trouble consume this, it will revive you." He also said something else which had an effect on my heart and I wish to keep it only to myself.



UNFORTUNATELY and I must say VERY unfortunately, someone very close to me (because I was young) underestimated what I said threw it away. I have no end to regrets on this.



There is another gentleman I am looking for now. I have had heard reports he "grew up or was close to the region from Hazrat Shah Jalal's mazar" - a short story is, two years ago I fell into some trouble, and it was a HUGE problem. This gentleman made special prayer and Allah's grace everything became ok.

After helping he simply dissapeared. I know he is some place close to New York, but before departing/dissapearing last time he said something - when the time comes you dont have to come to my house I will come to you ! I was in Texas at the time , I was "what is he saying ?" - two years later after graduating from University I got a job at an engineering firm in New Jersey, 15 mins away from New York and in search of this gentleman like crazy. I went to many countless pious people in hope of taking bayat, all of them refused so far saying my murshid is "yet to come" - I love this great personality with all my heart. If this was the 1200s I'd go to him and blindly take bayat to reach the great Prophet's links to reach Allah.





 By Moinuddin786 - 26.06.2007 18:39:10
Assalamu alaikum

The old gentleman brothers are referring could be Hazrat Akhbar Ali (R.A.) who was the Imam of the masjid since 1950's. Sadly he passed away 2 years ago. He was a good friend of my father who is also from the jalalia tariqa which is a branch of the suharwadi tariqa named after Hazrat Shahjalal (R.A.).

Every city has a Qutb and my father has many times said that Hazrat Akhbar Ali (R.A.) was the Qutb of Sylhet.

My father relates an event about a kamil Sufi who's spiritual power/makam was taken away by another Sufi master because he did biaddabi/disrespect to that sheikh. For three days he wandered around like a mad man until somebody told him to go to see Hazrat Akhbar Ali.
The Sufi sahib read Asr namaz behind Hazrat Akhbar Ali without saying a word to them or meeting them. After doing salaam of the namaz Hazrat Akhbar Ali looked behind at him with intense nigah. My father says that the Sufi sahib said to my father and others Sufi's who met him later that with the one nigah of Hazrat Akhbar Ali not only was he given his spiritual makam back but Hazrat Akhbar Ali raised his makam by many fold. He said that his heart has become so big meaning given so much faizan that he can not express it in words.

May Allah raise their makam in paradise.

There is also another older man looks like a mahjoob who stands on the steps leading to the mazar. Maybe brothers are referring to him? He said that he was put there by the order of Hazarat Shahjalal (R.A.). When I went to Bangladesh in 2004 as i was coming down the stairs he asked me what tariqa i was in? i replied Naqshbandi. He told me that he was in Chisty tariqa and was is the murid of Baghar Sahib, a buzrg who would ask Allah for rain and it would come instantly. Who told all his murids to come so and so day and read his janazah and he passed away on that day which was 8 days before the independance of Bangladesh in 1971.

After asking me about my tariqa without me saying anything to him he said you're sheikh is not alive is he? I said no my Sheikh Hazrat Kwhaja Sufi Muhammad Aslam (R.A.) have passed away. Then he said in his place is his son. I said yes in his place is his son. Then he started to reveal things about my Sheikh, my life and the future.
This mahjoob also gave me some soil which he said was from the tomb of Hazrat Shahjalal (R.A.).

Beware of the sight of the beliver for he see's with the noor of Allah.

Subhan Allah
By Abd Al Mustafa - 27.06.2007 20:31:10 Assalamu Alaikum,



do you see what i mean when i diss bangladeshi sufis all the time, or those who think that they are in the sufi way. maulana akbar ali is/was a deo, cunningly anti-mawlid, anti-urs anti, anti anti-anything sunni, but very cunningly.. Baghar saheb another deo peer.



i get sick when our sylhetis go round claiming to be sunni and being proud of the sunni heritage of sylhet only to find they are mureed with a deo peer or associate with deobandis and when told that they are not real sunnis they put on a strange face making out that you are the one who is crazy or something. The mazar at sylhet is run by a bunch of businessman and the mosquer complex is over run by tablighi deobandis under the guise of sunnies. there are mawlid gatherings by the mazar or shall i say within the mazar complex --------BUT it has nothing to do with maulana akbar ali and his fan club.. If one cannot recognise sunni from deo by the BIG sign that says JAMIA QASIMUL ULOOM there,founded by yours truly molvi akbar ali, i don't know what else to say about these people.



This is the state of sunnies in bangladesh and especially sylhet.





fi amanillah!,

wassalaam,





ps. raising the status of a dobbie molvi and attributing stories to them is a common devilbandi tablighi trick as all senior members of yanabi.com will know. infact i have not heard of a single deo molvi who hasn't had a story attrbuted to them including seeing the beloved (saw). almost all of these stories come out after they die. how strange!! never heard a tinker while they were living.



pps. i doubt there is a jalalia tariqa other than of those who assumed it by themselves without any actual link in anyway. if there was one, it would've been the most massly followed tariqa in the wjole of bangladesh let alone sylhet. By Moinuddin786 - 28.06.2007 02:12:52 Assalamu Alaikum,

In my last post I did state that this sinner is a gulam of Hazrat Kwhaja Sufi Muhammad Aslam Sahib (R.A.), who lived in Blackburn, UK and their mazar is in Shadpur Sharif, Jhelum, Pakistan.
Just so that there is no confusion the Sheikh is sunni and so are 1000's of us who are his mureed's. I am sure this will be verified by most of the Yanabi Team and by the ulama who are mentioned on this site. Also by the 100's of posts re the Shiekh by their mureed's who use this site.

Please checkout the following website's for info on the Great Sheikh's life and his message:
www.naqshbandibradford.co.uk
www.shadpursharif.com
www.naqshbandi.org


1000's of people go to the Darbar of Hazrat Shahjalal and Hazrat Shah Paran to do ziarat and obtain forgiveness through their wasila. We too go because they show us love and we go to show our respect and love back to them. We do not go because of the people who are running the place nor because of any other person.

Hubbeh darveshah khalideh jannate ast
The love for the dervish is the key to paradise.

There are many awlia in Bangladesh who have past away and are living today but may have links to different sects e.g. Hazrat Fultoli Sahib from Sylhet who's sheikh was a deo who was a kamil buzurg. They have never uttered a word of disrespect towards the Prophet (S.A.W.), do milad and kiyam and praise the the Pophet of Allah (S.A.W.) constantly and so do their mureed's (the ones that I have met). We have a Khalifa of theirs in our town who disapproves of many of the deo ulama and rightly so. He also does milad,kiyam etc just like we do.

Don't get me wrong we hate deo's well the ones I have met so far who want to degrade the Prophet (S.A.W.).

When a man has ishq and masti and intense love for his sheikh and the Prophet (S.A.W.) who spends most of his nights crying for the love of Allah and spends his days following the sunnah for decades and decades and decades then Allah does not leave that heart empty but fills it with his noor and his nearness.

Verily only in the zikr of Allah can your heart gain peace. By Abd Al Mustafa - 28.06.2007 03:23:27 Assalamu Alaikum,



don't get me wrong my brother but i did not direct anything to you personally. JAMIA QASIMUL ULOOM should say it all. at the dargah of shah jalal(ra) shouldn't it be jamia shah jalal etc etc.??



if molvi akbar ali was the qutub of sylhet then it would only be fair to call molwi elyas kandalwi ghausul azam of india.



wassalaam,



ps. molvi akbar ali was from my village so i do know abit about him and not just spreading hatred. By mibrahim - 30.06.2007 03:10:18
Abd Al Mustafa :

... maulana akbar ali is/was a deo, cunningly ... anti-urs ...

According to a bbc report in the urs of hazrat shah jalal around 2004, there was a report some 50,000 people came to the urs. please check the report on bombing near the mazar, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3391833.stm Also each time there is urs in Sylhet the news go to major news papers in Dhaka, each year.

Proves Abd Al Mustafa is a liar.

Brother Mohammed Moin Uddin ignore him. The more you try to explain the more he flames, this is a post about a great man which had my personal time and effort to do research on. It's a shame that some people have nothing better to do but spoil it. I am going to pass a complaint to another yanabi team member also a very close friend of mine. And for clarification I am not Sylheti and I have been to the mazar only three times in my life, I know what I experienced there. The ninety year old gentleman you refer as Hazrat Akhbar Ali (R.A.) inspired me greatly. I have been in the U.S. completed my University here and work as an engineer in New Jersey. 26 years old, time to time I think about what he said and inspires me to be a better muslim, keep up with my prayers instead of going to bars like my friends do on Saturday nights. The gentleman had a great effect on my heart , may Allah bless him. And for those who are in doubt before taking bayat, perform ishtikhara. Imposters melt in front of it.
By Merazul - 30.06.2007 04:19:01 As salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu,



"Oh! my beautiful Sylhet! baba Shah Jalal's Sylhet" is a saying, a song and a thought held by not only sylhetis but sunni muslims all over bangladesh. Sylhet is the place of my birth and i can truly say, "it is the place i yearn for most after the haramain sharifain"


(taken from http://sunnibarta.wordpress.com/)

Wa Akhir Da'wana wal Hamdu Lillah rab il 'Aalameen
By Merazul - 30.06.2007 04:52:53
As salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu,

Hazrat Shah Siddiq  (also rendered Siddik, Siddiky, Siddiqi, Siddiquee) was a 14th century Sufi saint and one of the auliyas or followers who accompanied Hazrat Shah Jalal  in his conquest of Sylhet, Bangladesh from Konya, Turkey. He traces his descent from Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq  , the first caliph of Islam. Descendent relatives of his from Panchpara (in Bangladesh) carry a variation of his last name: Siddiquee.He lies buried in the Panchpara village (P.O. Usman Pur, P.S. Balaganj) of Sylhet, near the north eastern Indian state of Assam.



Wa Akhir Da'wana wal Hamdu Lillah rab il 'Aalameen
By Merazul - 30.06.2007 04:54:56
As salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu,



Badruddin Shah Madar  (15th century) is a sufi saint, and after whom madaripur district is said to have been named. He  was one of the sufi saints who came to Bangladesh from some Middle Eastern country in the 15th century to propagate Islam in Bengal. A few of these sufis established their astanas or stations at different places in faridpur district. While proceeding towards barisal, Badruddin Shah Madar  established an astana on the southern bank of the arial khan, a tributary of the padma. In due course, devout Muslims started assembling there. This led to the growth of a small bazar first and then of a large habitation. The habitation later came to be known as Madaripur after the name of Shah Madar  . Now Madaripur is a full-fledged district. Shah Madar's dargah or tomb on the bank of the Arial Khan is visited every year by countless people seeking the blessings of the saint. The dargah is listed as a recognised archaeological site. Devotees of the saint say that the Arial Khan came close to the dargah, but then miraculously changed course and spared the holy place. Although the river devoured the surrounding area, the dargah is still intact, allowing the town to spread southward.






Wa Akhir Da'wana wal Hamdu Lillah rab il 'Aalameen
By Merazul - 30.06.2007 04:57:25
As salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu,


A little more information on Sharfuddin Abu Tawaamah  .

Sharfuddin Abu Tawwamah  medieval scholar, sufi saint and an Islamic philosopher. Born in Bukhara and educated in Khurasan, he attained great reputation as a Hanafi jurist and traditionalist (muhaddis) and was well versed in Chemistry, natural sciences and magic. He came and settled in Sonargaon towards the end of the thirteenth century AD. The exact date of his coming to Sonargaon is not known. During the reign of Sultan ghiyasuddin balban (1266-1287) he came to Delhi, from where he proceeded to Bengal. It is assumed that he might have come to Sonargaon sometime between 1282 and 1287 AD. Sharfuddin Yahya Maneri, who later became a famous saint in Bihar, accompanied Abu Tawwamah to Sonargaon as his disciple.
He died at Sonargaon in 1300 AD and lies buried in the graveyard at the Dargahbari premises in Mograpara, near the site of his khanqah and madrasa.



Wa Akhir Da'wana wal Hamdu Lillah rab il 'Aalameen
By mibrahim - 30.06.2007 22:04:50 Beautiful Meraz ul Islam for sharing and the research. May Allah grant enormous peace and love to all the greats of this region and other regions of the world, man or jinn or other creatures that may exist only known to Allah. There are also great awliyas in my region, Dhaka as well. Most of the mazar I know are of Chistiya order.
I will try to get some information on them. Also in Chittagong there are great awliyas as well, but I know very little about them.

Among the 350 or so desciples of HAzrat Shah Jalal there is one of them who was told to go to a certain place by HAzrat Shah Jalal if I am correct, and has his mazar in Comilla in Chanla. But the people there are of the Qadriya order. So perhaps he was a companion and not mureed.

Anyhow, insha'Allah Bengal will respond once again, one day - as i t did so many years ago. I believe that in my heart. By Merazul - 01.07.2007 03:36:58 As salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu,



This online book provides a good background about Sufism and the spread of Islam in Bangladesh. http://content.cdlib.org/xtf/view?docId=ft067n99v9&brand=eschol




Wa Akhir Da'wana wal Hamdu Lillah rab il 'Aalameen
By Moinuddin786 - 05.07.2007 15:47:31 Subhan Allah

Brothers have given beautiful info on the Awlia in Bangladesh.

I don't know if brothers Meraz-ul Islam and Mohammed Ibrahim and others are baith to a murshid?

One of the first benefits I recieved when I got baith to my Murshid Hazrat Khwaja Sufi Muhammad Aslam (R.A.) in Blackburn, England in 1996 was that not only did I start getting advice from the Sheikh and their older Khulafa's in my dreams but I also I got the ziarat of Hazrat Shah Paran (R.A.) within 2 weeks of getting baith. I used to regularly go to their mazar as it is close to my house.

They showed me that I was following the right path and that I have got baith to a kamil shaikh. By Allah Hazrat Shah Paran (R.A.) are very handsome and have a big red beard which shines like glittering fire.

This showed me that they were happy with me being from their own country and their neighbourhood.

This humble soul has been blessed with many other ziarat's of Awlia in Bangladesh and other places because he is blessed with the nisbat/connection of Hazrat Khwaja Sufi Muhammad Aslam Sahib (R.A.).

The great poet Allama Iqbal say's

Nigahe wali mein ye tasir dekhi
badalthi huin hazaroki takdir dekhi


Please look at the following websites on my Sheikh:-
www.naqshbandi.org
www.shadpursharif.com
www.naqshbandibradford.com

Hold onto the rope of Allah
The rope are the Awlia
They are the ones who will take you to Allah's nearness.
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