Nizamuddin Auliya

About Nizamuddin Auliya

Who is it?: Sufi Saint
Birth Year: 1238
Birth Place: Budaun, Indian
Religion: Islam
Order: Chisti order
Based in: Delhi
Period in office: Late 13th century and early 14th century
Predecessor: Fariduddin Ganjshakar
Successor: Various, most prominent being Nasiruddin Chiragh Dehlavi, Amir Khusrow, Gmm Nizamuddin,Akhi Siraj Aainae Hind and Burhanuddin Gharib

Nizamuddin Auliya

Nizamuddin Auliya was born on 1238 in Budaun, Indian, is Sufi Saint. Nizamuddin Auliya was the fourth Spiritual Successor (Khalifa) of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer. The Chishti order he belonged to believed in moving close to God through renunciation of the world and service to humanity, and Auliya, like his predecessors stressed on love as a means of realizing God. He was spiritually inclined from a young age. Having lost his father when he was a small child, he was raised by his mother who was a very pious woman. She ensured that her son learned to recite the holy Quran and studied Ahadith (traditions of the Prophet Mohammed). He grew up to be an intelligent and sharp-witted boy who excelled not only in religious studies, but also in mathematics and astronomy. When he was 20 he became a disciple of the Sufi saint Fariduddin Ganjshakar, commonly known as Baba Farid. He grew much attached to Baba Farid and received spiritual training along with lessons in "Awarif-ul-Ma'Arif" (a unique publication of Hazrat Khwaja Shihabuddin Suhrawardi on Sufism), and "Tamheed Abu Shakoor Salmi." Nizamuddin Auliya went on to succeed Baba Farid and became the founder of the Chisti Nizami order. Regarded an unparalleled Sufi of his time amongst all the existing Sufi orders, he was renowned for his simplicity and service to humanity.
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The Ishq Nuri order, branch of the main Chishti- Nizami, was founded by Shaikh Khwaja Khalid Mahmood Chishti sahib, in Lahore, Pakistan, in the 1960s. It is the most contemporary expression of this traditional Sufi lineage. It is mostly found in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, although now some followers are also to be found in the West.


Arziyan, a qawwali in the film Delhi 6 (2009) composed by A. R. Rahman is dedicated to Nizamuddin Auliya. Kun Faya Kun a song in the movie Rockstar (2011) is also dedicated to him, and was shot at the dargah.


Nizamuddin Auliya, like his predecessors, stressed love as a means of realising God. For him his love of God implied a love of humanity. His vision of the world was marked by a highly evolved sense of religious pluralism and kindness. It is claimed by the 14th century historiographer Ziauddin Barani that his influence on the Muslims of Delhi was such that a paradigm shift was effected in their outlook towards worldly matters. People began to be inclined towards mysticism and prayers and remaining aloof from the world.


The Urs (death anniversary) of Nizamuddin Auliya is celebrated at the Nizamuddin Dargah on the 18th of Rabi II (Rabi-ul-Aaqir), and that of Amir Khusro on the 18th of Shawwal.


Shah Niyaz Ahmad Barelvi, in the 19th century started the Niyazia branch.

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