Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti – Spiritual Journey Of Garib Nawaz
In those days, Baghdad, Samarkand, and Bukhara were celebrated centers of Islamic education. Through Khorasan Garib Nawaz proceeded to Samarkand and after that to Bukhara, where Garib Nawaz followed higher studies. He stayed there regarding about five years. He measured with his educators the two fantastic students of his time, specifically, Maulana Husamuddin of Bukhara and also Maulana Sharfuddin.
Whenever Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti had attained the best knowledge as well as intelligence of the actual time, Garib Nawaz journeyed broadly in search of a religious instruction that could provide him with the greatest spiritual guidance. He reached Iraq in 1156 AD where he met the famous saint Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani, better known as al-Ghawth al-A’zam, in Baghdad for the very first time.
On meeting Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani’s prediction for him was:
“This young man will be an excellent figure of his time. He will become a source of inspiration and a Heart of devotion and the concentrate of affection to lots of people. “
Therefore, Garib Nawaz Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti left Iraq just for Arabia, and also from there he proceeded to Haroon in Iran. In Haroon, he had the unique privilege of achieving the famous saint Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni, who approved him as his spiritual disciple.
He devoted two and a half years in the company and helps of Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni, acquiring spiritual attainments and undertaking ascetic practices, and ultimately gained the acceptance of his religious guide and instructor. He was granted the authorization to solicit and recognize disciples himself and was appointed a religious caliph.
Garib Nawaz quit Haroon for Baghdad, where he known Sheikh Abu Najeeb Suhrawardi (ra). In 1160 AD, he moved to Syria where he found a saint known as Ohad Mahmud Al-Wahidi Ghaznavi. He then started to Kerman and from certainly, there he returned to Baghdad, and then began to Hamedan.
On his way to India, he went to Tabriz, Astarabad, Bukhara, Kharqan, Samarkand, Memna, and Herat. He finally reached Multan on the tenth of Muharram of 1165 AD. Garib Nawaz then eventually left Multan for Lahore where he spent time at the tomb of Hazrat Sheikh Ali Hujwiri (ra) much better known as Data Ganj Bakhsh.
On his return journey, Garib Nawaz visited Ghazni, Balkh, Astarabad, and Rey. On reaching Baghdad, he offered his respect to his spiritual guide and instructor Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni (ra), who was after that in Baghdad.
About the visit to Mecca, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) himself says:
“Owning reached Mecca; we were privileged by the glorious perspective of the Ka’ba and through going around it. My psychic guide and teacher here, too, took my hand in his and commissioned it to God Almighty. He prayed for my modest self in Ka’ba. A voice was noticed to the impact that: ‘We have accepted Moin-uddin.”
‘Namaaz’ (Islamic prayer) is the ladder leading to the proximity of God Almighty.
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