Hazrat Baba Latifuddin Rishi (rematullahe alayh)

Posted: November 21, 2014 by kashmirsufis in AWLIYAE KASHMIR

Baba lateefud din reshi poshkar
Hazrat Baba Latifuddin Rishi,(rehmatullahe alayh) whose shrine at thevillage of Poshkar in the Biruh tehsilis a major pilgrimage centre, was the third khalifaof Hazrat Nuruddin Nurani(rehmatullahe alayh). His earlier name, prior to his conversion to Islam, was Laddi Raina, and he is said to have been the Hindu Rajput chieftain of a small principality of Marovadvan in the Kishtwar region ofJammu. Once, when he had come toKashmir to pay tribute to the ruler of Kashmir, whose suzerainty he had accepted, he happened to meet Hazrat Nuruddin Nurani. So impressed was he by him, that when Hazrat Nuruddin Nurani asked him why he had come to meet him he answered, ” Your love has drawn me here”. Hazrat Nuruddin Nurani then said to him, “True friendship is only possible between two people when their views meet”. Ladi Raina, in reply, remarked, “I love you from my heart. Command me anything and I shall do it”. Hazrat Nuruddin Nurani then said to him, “I ask only that you should worship only the One God and give up worshipping idols”. Ladi Raina did as Hazrat Nuruddin suggested, and embraced Islam at his hands, being given the name of Baba Latifuddin. After staying in his company and ascending the Sufi path, he was appointed by Hazrat Nuruddin Nurani as one of his chief khulafa.
The story is told that in this first meeting, Hazrat Nuruddin Nurani asked him what he had achieved in his life till then. Laddi Raina answered that he had earned a great deal of wealth. Hazrat Nuruddin Nurani then asked him if his father, too, had earned much money, to which he answered in the affirmative. But, Hazrat Nuruddin Nurani pointed out, his father had not taken any of his wealth with him after his death, and had thus wasted his life. A wise man, he said, strives, while in this world, to acquire treasures that he can take with him after his death, spiritual wealth and good deeds. Hearing this, Laddi Raina begged Hazrat Nuruddin to accept him as his disciple. He then renounced his throne and devoted the rest of his life in the Sufi path. Latifuddin is said to have led an austere life, and like the other Muslim Rishis, survived on a meagre diet of dry wild grasses, for, to him, even to eat fresh vegetables was to take the life of a sentient being. The medieval chronicles give two dates for his demise, 855 A.H. and 860 A.H..

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