Subsequent Visits To Ajmer

Subsequent Visits To Ajmer

When Khawaja Gharib Nawaz reached Ghazni, Shahab-udDin Ghawri was busy making preparations for war in Ghazni.

From Ghazni to Ajmer via Lahore and Delhi

588 A. IL (1192 A D.)

From Ghazni up to Peshawar, Khawaja Gharib Nawaz accompanied the forces of Shahab-ud-Din Ghawri. When Shahabud-Din Ghawri along with his army reached Multan, Khawaja Gharib Nawaz went to Lahore from Peshawar.

Reaching Lahore he met Sayyed Hasan Zanjani. In 588 A.H. (1 192 A.D,) Khawaja Gharib Nawaz reached Delhi. From Delhi he reached Ajmer a second time.

On reaching Ajmer, the Raja again sent a message to him asking him to leave Ajmer. Hearing this message, Khawaja Gharib Nawaz smiled and said: “Three days vill decide the fate. During this time either I will leave or Pithora will leave.” It so happened that on the third day, Shahab-ud-Din Ghawri along with his army reached Tarain, and Raja Prithvi Raj had to leave Ajmer.

The Charge of Being a Spy Refuted

There is a section among the historians who assert that Khawaja Gharib Nawaz came to India as a spy of Shahab-ud-Din. The charge levelled is baseless and untrue. It seeks to discredit the fair name ofKhawaja Gharib Nawaz. It must be remembered that Khawaja Gharib Nawaz was a Darvesh all through his life.

He had renounced the world. He had nothing to seek in life except the pleasure of God. Moreover, he had never been in the pay or service of Shahab-ud-Din or anyone else.

Forecast Comes True, and Shahab-ud-Din Pays Homage,

588A.H. (1193A.D.)

In the pitched battle, fought most gallantly on either side, Shahab-ud-Din emerged out victorious. Reaching Ajmer, Shahabud-Din Ghawri lost no time in paying his homage and respects to Khawaja Gharib Nawaz, The Raja ofKanauj, Raja Jai Chand, also accompanied Shahab-ud-Din. At that time, Qazi Hamid-udDin of Nagore was also present in Ajmer. Khawaja Gharib Nawaz honoured Shahab-ud-Din by accepting him as his disciple.

His First Marriage

He married for the first time in 590 A.H. (I 194 A.D.) a girl named Amatul-laah.



In the year 698 A.H. (1 200 A.D.) he left Ajmer for Baghdad, where he stayed for some time. Leaving Baghdad, he reached Balkh. When in Balkh, he put up in the monastery of Ahmad Khizroya.

At that time there flourished in Balkh an erudite philosopher and accomplished scholar, named Maulana Zia-ud-Din But he had no faith in saints. He owned a garden, and was also running a school in a village, named Zanya, situated near Balkh. Maulana Zia-ud-Din used to give discourses on theology, religion and philosophy.

It so happened one day that Khawaja Gharib Nawaz passed by that garden.

Khawaja Gharib Nawaz had shot by arrow that day a crane. t was being roasted by someone of his company, and Khawaja harib Nawaz himself was offering prayers, that all of a sudden 4aulana Zia-ud-Din happened to come there. When Khawaja harib Nawaz finished the prayers, the Maulana made a salaam rid offered him his compliments. He respectfully sat quiet.

In the meanwhile, the roasted chicken was served. Khawaja

harib Nawaz uttering the introductory words ofthe Holy Qur’an

1n the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful) offered

(ne thigh of the roasted crane to the Maulana, Out of the other

1 himself ate a little.

The moment the Maulana ate the thigh, he found himself a thanged man. His heart was purified. The lust, the rust and &rkness were removed therefrom. He came to realize, at last, the divine secrets. Then the Maulana became unconscious.

Khawaja Gharib Nawaz brought him to consciousness by throwing into his mouth his tasted piece of the roasted thigh.

On recovering senses, he made a vow to forsake his old habits, and in future to be pious and pure. He got drowned the hole stock of his philosophy books. He along with his pupils became a disciple ofKhawaja Gharib Nawaz. He devoted himself t his service wholeheartedly. Now, indeed, he was a changed Allan.

Khawaja Gharib Nawaz at last, being tired of the huge crowd ofpeople, that daily waited upon him, left Balkh, leaving

tie Maulana there as his spiritual successor.

This was his tired visit to Ajmer. Sayyed Husain Mashhadi,

who lies buried in Taragarh, was, in those days, Governor of

Aj mer on behalf of Qutub-ud.-Din Aibak.



He undertook another journey abroad, It is most probable that he passed most of the time in Khorasan. It appears that he utilized his time during his stay in Khorasan in writing books.It is no doubt true that there are to be found in Khorasan some of his books, not to be found elsewhere.

From Khorasan, Khawaja Gharib Nawaz reached Ajmer via Delhi.

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