History Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Birth And Early Life
Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin was born (536 AD) at Chishty in Sistan, which is also known as Sajistan, East Persia. The peace of the Muslim world was horribly disturbed. Sistan and its surrounding lands were experiencing unprecedented bloodshed and plunder at the hands of barbarous Tartars and other rebels.
These intruders had taken advantage of the weak government of Sultan Sanjar. The lives and honour of the people were in constant danger. The wild Tartars had completely destroyed the followers of the Muslim nation. They outraged humanity practically in all the centres of the 600-year-old Muslim civilization and culture.
Migration to Neshapur
Due to these intermittent political disturbances in Sistan, Khawaja Ghiyasuddin Hasan, father of Khawaja Muinuddin, one day decided to pack up and leave Sistan for a safer place. He migrated with his family to Neshapur, the capital city, which was one of the most flourishing cities in those days.
It was a great centre of intellectual and economic activities and possessed the famous "Nizamia" university with a precious library that contained a rare collection of original literature. There lived learned Ulama and reputed Sufis who imparted knowledge in moral and spiritual enlightenment to scholars drawn from far and near. There were physicians and artists with rare qualifications.
There were rich gardens and canals with flourishing agricultural fields. One of the suburbs was called Rewand, which was famous for its grape orchards. It is recorded that Khawaja Ghiyasuddin Hasan bought an orchard with a windmill in this vicinity to settle down for a peaceful life.
No peace of mind
"Man proposes, but God disposes" is an old saying. The peace in search of which Khawaja Ghiyasuddin Hasan had migrated to Neshapur was not to be had even in this great city. Here too, the people were hanging in terrible suspense between life and death. The brave Sultan Sanjar had been fighting the Tartars at the border to check them for a long time without success.
Due to his prolonged absence from the capital, his administrative machinery was showing signs of disintegration. Internally, the Fidayees of the 'Qarmti' and 'Baatini' sects (one of whose members had already murdered the able Wazeer Nizamul Mulk) had also come out of their hideouts and were roaming about the country unabated, spreading wildfires of rebellion all around. These armed hordes were busy plundering and killing innocent people.
History of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Birth And Early Life
These awe-inspiring events had a very deep impression on the mind of the young Khawaja Muinuddin, who was watching the whole barbarous drama objectively at his impressionable young age.
The 'Qarmti' and Baatani' intriguers had carried centuries-old grudges against the Hanafi Muslims, who held both temporal and spiritual powers in succession for more than 500 years after the death of the Holy Prophet (May peace of God be on him). Although it was an age-old grudge, as Islamic history shows, they utterly failed in all their designs to destroy their rivals. Islam has survived many vicissitudes of history, and the Quran has promised its survival up to the last day of judgement.
Defeat of the Sultan
In spite of all his best efforts to turn out the invaders from his country and to control the internal rebels, Sultan Sanjar unfortunately could not succeed. He was engulfed in mutual wars between himself and his unfaithful brothers on the one hand and the Fidayees and barbarous Tartars on the other. It was indeed a terrible situation for him, yet they fought the forces of evil to the bitter end, though he was ultimately defeated and had to run for his life.
After the defeat of Sultan Sanjar, the invaders had a free hand to plunder every town in Khorasan. Flourishing fields were destroyed, cities were razed to the ground, inhabitants, Ulama and Sufis were mercilessly murdered, the honour of the woman was brutally outraged, girls and boys were taken as salves, mosques, hospitals, and historic educational institutions were destroyed.
Destruction of Neshapur
When the news of this terrible destruction reached the defeated sultan, he once again summed up his courage and collected his shattered army to save his country. But Sultan Sanjar was born under the most unlucky stars, and his luck once again betrayed him. He failed to check on the invaders, and this time he was arrested.
When this bad news reached Neshapur, the capital was plunged into indescribable grief. It was now at the mercy of the enemy. The invaders entered Khorasan and destroyed the cities of Tus and Mashhed, reaching Neshapur like a sweeping storm. Everything was destroyed, leaving this once flourishing city of Islamic culture and learning in a heap of rubble and ruin.
Death of Khawaja's Parents
Khawaja Muinuddin again saw all this ghastly drama at his early age. But this was not all for him. Just at this time, he lost his dear father (551 AD), and the worst part of it was that he had already lost his dear mother too. The young orphan was now left all alone to take care of himself in a world full of hate, murder, and greed.
Although, by virtue of his legacy, he had enough material resources to sustain himself in his traditional standard of living, the sack of Neshapur, coupled with the death of his dear parents, plunged him into deep thinking. At times, he was overwhelmed with grief and saw a very vague picture of this terrible world, though he bore it out with courage and exemplary forbearance. He was a hard-working youth and looked after his orchard, personally trimming and watering the plants with his own hands.
Yet Another Shock
Hardly a year had passed since the death of Khawaja Muinuddin's father, when the mischievous Tartars once again ransacked Khorasan and repeated the same bloody drama of murder, arson, and looting. This time, Sultan Mahmood, one of the brothers of Sultan Sanjar, came forward to check on the invaders, but he too failed to rout them. Neshapur was again the scene of the same ghastly tragedies.
And once more, Khawaja Muinuddin was overwhelmingly dismayed to see these scenes of terrible devastation. He often plunged himself into deeper thoughts about these ugly events in order to try to come to some definite conclusion about his own future course of life. The thought of helping the helpless humanity against all such persistent pillage always tormented his tender heart. Yet they could not come to any definite conclusion.
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Destined for a Sacred Mission
As helpless human beings, we can never understand the will of the Almighty God. Should we surmise that by exhibiting these tragedies, perhaps God Almighty meant to show Khawaja Muinuddin the sins of this wretched world in order to prepare him for a mighty divine mission of reform and peace for mankind?
As it will be seen later on, Heavenly Father did mean this, for which He enlightened the mind of the young Khawaja quite unexpectedly. Whenever injustice, oppression, and greed reign supreme in this world, God has always been merciful to mankind by sending His saviours to fight the satanic forces and put the people on the path of righteousness and mutual love.
Khawaja Sahib's Genealogy and Childhood
Hazrat Khawaja Muinuddin Chishty was one of the descendants of the illustrious family of Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law and cousin of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (may peace of God be upon him). His father, Syed Ghiyasuddin Hasan, had a very pious personality and was a well-to-do and influential gentleman.
His mother, Syeda Bibi Ummul-Wara, alias Babi Mah-e-Noor, was the daughter of Syed Daud. While Khawaja Muinuddin's paternal genealogy is traced to Hazrat Imam Husain, the younger son of Hazrat Ali Karam Allah Wajahu, his maternal genealogy is traced to Hazrat Imam Hasan, the elder son of Hazrat Ali.
According to historians, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty, even during his childhood, gave early promises of his rare piety and sacrifice for others. Whenever any woman with a baby came to see her mother, and if the baby cried for feeding,the infant saint of the future" used to make a sign to his mother to feed the crying baby from her own breast.
When his mother did this, the spectacle pleased the little Muinuddin very much. At the age of 3 or 4, he used to share his own food with his playmates.
Once he was going to Idgah for the Id prayers in rich clothes. On the way, he saw a blind boy in rags. He pitied the boy so much that he at once gave him some of his own clothes and led him to Idgah with all due affection.
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