Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti

English: Moinuddin Chishti Dargah in Ajmer, India

English: Moinuddin Chishti Dargah in Ajmer, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

in the Dargah

in the Dargah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer India

Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer India
Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer India
Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer India
Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dargah Shareef of Khwaza Moinuddin Chishti Ajm...
Dargah Shareef of Khwaza Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer (India) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The small town of Ajmer,400km south and west of Delhi,is unremarkable to the eye in one glance.When you look at it closely,one can behold the reason it stands out, pilgrims.There are thousands and thousands of pilgrims come to this place,Muslim ,Hindu,Buddhist,they raise their voices in celebration and prayer,in praise of one of the greatest saints ever produced in the long and illustrious history of Islam.

The deservedly titled Sultan of India,the Qutb or spiritual axis on the eastern Islamic world;he is the fountain from whose spiritual light have sprung all the beautiful ,mighty saints of the Chishtiyya silsila .

Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti was born in the year536 AH in Sijistan,he was the son of Khwaja Ghiyas uddin Chishti.He was a pious and influential man which is present Iran.He was a direct descendant of Hazrat Ali(R.A). It was a time of chaos and great upheaval in India and the Muslim Empire as a whole.In the year of his birth ,Sultan Sanjari was finally defeated before the implacable advance of the Mughals.

Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti was orphaned when he was only fourteen years old.Social evils stirred something deep within the young man.This turned him towards the spiritual life.It was while watering his garden,he met a dervish,Hazrat  Ibrahim(R.A),he transformed Kwaja Moinuddin’s inner being.He became aware of the ultimate realities of the spiritual world.He renounced all material things,he sold his possessions and distributed the money to the poor and the needy.

He arrived at the great centres of learning in Samarkand and Bokhara.Here he became a distinguished Alim.Not satisfied he began a strict regime of prayers,meditations fasting and self renunciation for years.He used to fast for seven days and nights,breaking fast on the eighth day with a small crust of bread soaked in water.He finally realized he needed a guide.He used to say,”Success is not possible without a guide.” He found a guide while travelling extensively in the near East.His spiritual guide was Khwaja Uthman Haruni(R.A).He performed many pilgrimages.He spent twenty years under his Murshid’s guidance.He attained perfection in tasawwuf and was awarded the Khilafat-e-Azam by Khwaja Uthman(R.A).It was during one of his pilgrimages,while in Madinah Sharif,he was directed spiritually by Rasulallah(Sallaalahu Alaihi wa sallam)to go to India and spread Islam there.He left with forty of his disciples on the long and hard journey.In Sabzwar,he came across a corrupt ruler who did not hesitate to denigrate the holy Sahaabi of the holy Prophet(PBUH).

Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti’s one glance was sufficient to render the man unconscious.When he awoke his personality had changed completely.He gave up his kingdom,renounced all his possessions and became the mureed of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti(R.A)

Every year thousands of people from all walks of life,they include,Muslim,Hindu and Buddhist visit the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti,in Ajmer ,India.

Alphie and his family agreed to spend some time listening about this great Saint.They visited the Dargah and were overwhelmed to see so many people praying and moving quietly in a very orderly manner.

“We all enjoyed learning about the ‘Great Saint,Kwaja Moinuddin Chishti!”Alphie and his family said.

Allah Hafiz to all of you!

To be continued!

8 thoughts on “Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti

  1. Hi Ranu,

    What a lovely post about this renowned saint. Thank you so much for it. The photographs are so nice.

    I agree that success is not possible without a guide. And you are our guide here, throught these travels!

    God willing, one day I will be invited to Ajmer.

    Thank you again.

    All good wishes,


    • Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment.I’m sure you’ll be invited.
      My Mom always talked about this place she was lucky she was able to visit.
      I sometimes sign my name Chaman as well.This is the name that appears in my certificates
      and other papers. I am comfortable with my user name as Ranu.In fact all my family
      members call me Ranu,I like it.
      All the best to you.I was going to translate a Hindi song for you.I am waiting
      to see,what Shafique Sahib thinks of it.I thought the lyrics are quite interesting.
      I’ll find out what our facilitator thinks.

  2. This is a detailed account of Hazart Moinuddin Chisti, and a very well written one. I am highly impressed by the manner in which you have chosen the sites to visit, this shows a very curious dimension of your personality which is always stretching out in seeking the alternate meaning of the physical side of the self. You have a mind and flair for both modern and classic 🙂 . Robert has a special interest in Khawaja Sahib and he would be able to add some valuable comments here.

    • Thank you sir,I didn’t know Robert was interested,then again,his writing about Allama Iqbal,does explain
      a lot about him.My Mom was fortunate to be able to visit the Dargah,she told me a lot of stories about
      the saint.I wish I could go.
      All the best to you and many thanks again.

  3. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you so much for this travelogue. Today I am going back through this lovely journey you have shared with us all. I loved all the destinations, though this one was one of my favorites.

    In reference to traveling, the following is attributed to Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti:

    * * * * * * * * *

    “Traveling is of four kinds. It may be traveling which is good and proper for the time being. It may be contented traveling. It may be customary traveling and it may be real and just traveling.

    Traveling which is good and proper for the time being is to go out for your own work and business.

    Contented traveling is to undertake traveling for the pleasure of Allah. This type of traveling is undertaken by the qalanders, the dervishes, the faqirs and the contented.

    Customary traveling is that undertaken for the pilgrimage to the Kaaba. But the sincere seekers do not find any smell of the gnosis of Allah therein.

    Real travel is not possible without the training and direction of the perfect spiritual guide. It is acquired by following the holy Prophet Muhammad and by living ever in the vigilance of the nearness of Allah.”

    * * * * * * * * *

    All good wishes,


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