Hazrat Baba Baamud din Reshi (rehmatullahe alayhe)

Posted: November 21, 2014 by kashmirsufis in AWLIYAE KASHMIR

Hazrat Baba Bamuddin Rishi (rehmatullahe alayhe) was Hazrat Nuruddin Nurani’s (rehmatullahe alayhe) first and principalkhalifa, and he succeeded his master after his demise as the head of the Muslim Rishis of Kashmir. Baba Bamuddin Rishi was born in a Hindu Pundit priestly family in thevillageofBamzu, near Matan in the present-day district of Anantnag (Islamabad) in southernKashmir, and was named Bama Sad or Bhima Sadhi by his parents. He is said to have been a famous Hindu priest of a temple containing three hundred and sixty idols, and is credited with numerous supernatural feats (istidraj).
Once, when Hazrat Nuruddin Nurani visited Bamzu, the two men met and had a long discussion about spiritual matters. Hazrat Nuruddin Nurani managed to convince Bama Sad of the folly of worshipping idols, saying, “O brother! You worship stones, pour milk and ghee on them and read mantras for them, and yet they do not answer you”. “To worship God in this way is wrong”, he said, “for God cannot be represented in the form of idols”. ” Why waste precious ghee pouring it into the fire and making sacrifices?”, he asked him, adding that, ” It is better if you should consume the ghee yourself and gain strength for your body or else give it to those in need and thereby earn merit”. Chiding him for his pride in being a Brahmin, he said to him, ” To enquire about someone’s caste is the height of foolishness, for he who discriminates against others because of their caste is the most despicable. O Brahmin! All human beings have the same primal father and mother, so how can you consider some to be high and others to be low?”. ” The Creator of all souls (khaliq-e-arwah)”, he said, “made all human beings from a mere drop of water. Although they look different, their reality is the same, just as ice, steam and water are made of the same substance but appear in different forms”.
At the end of their meeting, which is said to have carried on for a week, Bama Sad, visibly impressed with Hazrat Nuruddin Nurani’s teachings and character, requested him to let him join the Rishi order and to take him as his disciple. Hazrat Nuruddin Nurani then renamed him as Baba Bamuddin, and placed him in charge of the work of the Rishis in the area. Along with Bama Sad, it is said, several other Pundits of the area also converted to Islam and joined the Rishi fold.
Baba Bamuddin Rishi is said to have led a life of great simplicity, surviving, according to one hagiographic account, on a frugal diet of water and crushed stones. Like the other Muslim Rishis, Baba Bamuddin Rishi steered clear from courting the rich and the powerful. It is said that once when the king ofKashmir, Sultan ‘Ali Shah, expressed a desire to meet him, Baba Bamuddin Rishi said that he could come provided he did not appear in his royal robes. The Sultan then came to the Baba’skhanqahwearing the dress of a peasant. When the Sultan asked him for his advice, the Baba replied that although he had taken off his royal dress, he had not shed the desire for wealth and power, and so his advice would be of no use to him. The Sultan then asked him if he could do anything for him, to which the Baba replied, “Do not come to see me again, and do not mention my name in your court’. When the Sultan left hiskhanqah, Baba Bamuddin Rishi threw the mat on which he had sat into the river.
Baba Bamuddin Rishi had a number of disciples whom he initiated into the Muslim Rishi movement. One of these was Hazrat Shamsuddin from thevillageofMaru Wardwan, who, after training under him, settled at a village in the Kutharpargana. He is said to have starved himself to a skeleton. Baba Hanifuddin Haider of Akhal and Baba Rajabuddin Mir of Martand were two wealthy disciples of Baba Bamuddin Rishi, who gave up their worldly possessions when they joined the Rishi order. Baba Rajabuddin would earn his livelihood by preparing copies of the Holy Qur’an.

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