Muinuddin Chishti: Sufi saint

    In his introduction to the book ‘Waqiate-Mustaqui’ its translator says: “The Afghan period during which Saikh Rizq Ullah Mustaqui lived (1495 -1581) is one of the most important epochs in medieval India history; in this period several social developments of great importance took place. The gulf between the conquered and the conquerors of Hindustan was bridged and the process of the integration of Hindu and Muslim cultures was not only accelerated but almost completed in certain areas of North India.

  “The Muslims began to exhibit keen interest in the sciences of the Hindus, while the Hindus learnt Persian and manned the state department of finance. Kabir and Nanak flourished in this period; they stood for the unity of the two great religions, Islam and Hinduism. In fact, some of the distinguished Shattari saints were deeply influenced by the Hindu mystical practices which they tried to adapt to Muslim concepts… “

  Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti was a great Sufi saint who was born around 1138 – 39 in Seistan, also known as Sajistan, travelled to Samarkand and Bokhara and then arrived in Ajmer at the age of 52 years around 1190.  He was given to spiritual inclinations from his childhood and was averse to worldly involvements. He used to lead his life constantly in the conscious presence of the divine invisible power that pervades and sustains the whole universe. When he arrived at  Ajmer, it was ruled by Prithvi Raj Chauhan, the famous Rajput king. In his kingly court, there was a large number of accomplished magicians whose leader was one Ajai Pal. Khwaja Sahib stayed on a hill close to Ana Sagar lake, which is now known as the Chillah Khwaja Sahib.

  The grace and the constant protective presence of Divine made his life full of miracles. He taught, “Without prayer to Allah (that is, without the grace of Allah bestowed in response to one’s sincere prayer), none can approach Him. To a person dedicated to Him, prayer is the climax of his surrender in his body, thoughts and heart to Allah.”  He said, “The path of Love of God is such a path that whosoever steps into it, loses himself.” He taught, “One should be happy with the circumstances, whether good or bad, in which he is stationed by Allah.” He said, “That man is a true devotee of Almighty Allah, who resigns with pleasure to the misfortune that comes from his beloved (Almighty Allah).”

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