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THE Mausoleum of his holiness SYED MUHAMMAD AMIN OWAISI ALIAS OWAISI SAHAB(rahimahumullah) is located in the historical mohalla of Srinagar known as aali kadal just 6 km away from lal chowk. His holiness amin owaisi alias Owaisi sahib(r.a) was the second son of syed hussain mantaqi bayhaqi son of syed noorud din bayhaqi, the name of his first son was mir syed Hassan bayhaqi mantaqi(r.a) whose shrine is situated at the highway of awantipora tehsil pulwama Kashmir. His holiness owaisi sahib has his education in quranic language and sunnah i.e, tradition of prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) from baba haji adham(r.a) who was from Afghanistan, in the field of mystic life as well as the realization of things his holiness mir owaisi got so much benfit from syed hilal naqshbandi(r.a). Syed hilal naqshbandi(r.a) was himself disciple of his holiness Khwaja bahaud din naqshbandi(r.a) the blessed one. Later on his holiness owaisi sahib(r.a) the blessed one associated himself with owaisi school of thought,this way of life has its source and way of life from the chief saint known as his majesty owais karani(r.a). As per the chronologists, sultan zainul abidin budshah was a devout follower of his holiness mir owaisi sahib(r.a) the blessed one. Sultan did construct a grand mosque for the up keepment and seclusion of his mentor and guide at asham, before this his holiness owaisi sahib got his secluded position from some time in the bottom of Kohi maran. According to a tradition, once his holiness syed mohammad amin owaisi(r.a) the blessesd one set for visiting the mausoleum of syed Muhammad zakariya Multani(r.a) in multan. In the way thieves demanded cash from him, the saint asked them to dig the ground, hence they got one lac rupees from the earth. At the second time the thieves again halted him in the way, at that time the saint owaisi sahib(r.a) looked at the sky at once, heavy rain and hail storm fell down. Thieves did not find their way to escape their selves from the natural catastrophe and they got the side of saint in order to save their selves. At last this sort of gangs asked him for pardon and followed the saint on the right path. After this event he arrived in Kashmir by virtue of spiritual means. It is said that the famous commander of Kashmir namely Tazi Bhat and malik ahmed yatoo felt annoyed by the saadats of bayhaqia, as they were from foreign land, the annoyed dignitaries killed the elders of the same sect in a single night. His holiness saint owaisi sahib(r.a) was one among them. The historians do mention that the deceased got his head cut while bleeding in the grand mosque of mohalla Malchimar. People felt wonderstruck on this extraordinary miracle. They buried the saint in the same khanqah. He was martyred in the month of zilqaidah 889 hijri which deposed the dead of death in alphabetic system of Persian order. His holiness owaisi sahib(r.a) was quite eloquent in Persian language. His mausoleum is one of the famous shrine in Srinagar which is esteemed by sub urban people on the occasions of religious festivals. The people throng over there for having favours and blessings.

Prof Hamid Naseem rafiabadi mentions the owaisi sahib(r.a) in his book SAINTS AND SAVIOURS OF ISLAM and i quote that paragraph of his book here. Prof. Rafiabadi says “ first naqshbandi saint syed hilal naqshbandi(r.a) left only one disciple i.e, owaisi Sahib(r.a). Some of verses of his holiness syed owaisi sahib(r.a) seem very pertinent to be quoted. For example

“The world and man of the world one endowed with the essence of the eternal, if you look deeply, you will find everything in the human being.”

He says further “The entire universe is with me. My abode is beyond lamakan(spaceless world).O Alim(religious scholar)! My body is itself a universe . Know! The soul of universe is in my soul.”

Prof. Hamid Rafiabadi further writes that “Owaisi sahib(r.a) was a broad-minded sufi, above all religious prejudices. He says, ‘Do not scorn infidelity to those who have found out truth, it is not different from faith.’ Again he (owaisi sahib) says, ‘To an Arif (Gnostic) the difference between the mosque and temple are meaningless. Men endowed with spiritual eminence, find both good and evil identical.’ About the mystical with god he says, ‘I want wisaal (Union). I do not wanteither this world or the other. I worship God; I do not worship houses or walls.”

Syed u Sadaat Mir Syed Mohammad Hussain Simnani alaihi rehma (Kulgam)…
Islam was introduced in the Valley of Kashmir not by conquest but by gradual conversion affected by Muslim Missionaries. The Muslim Missionaries who had entered the Valley in the spirit of truth influenced its people by their examples, personal methods of preaching and persuasion. A Muslim Missionary has the spirit of truth in his heart which can’t rest till it manifests itself in thought, word and deed. The first Missionary to visit Kashmir was Sharafuddin Sayyid Abdul Rehman Turkistani (Bulbul Shah) alaihi rehma. But the greatest Missionary whose personality wielded the most extraordinary influence in the spread of Islam in Kashmir was Qutub e Zaman, Sheikh e Salikan e Jahan, Qutub ul Aktab, Afzal ul Muhaq e qeen o Akmal ul Mudaq e qeen, Al Sheiyookh ul Kamil, Bani e Musalmani, Shahi Hamdani Hazrat Syed Ameer e Kabeer Meer Syed Ali Hamdani alaihi rehma. The arrival of a host of other Sayyids with Mir Syed Ali Hamdani gave a big boost to conversion of people of Kashmir to Islam among which Mir Syed Mohammad Hussain Simnani has an enduring impact.
Syed Hussain Simnani is arguably one of the most celebrated Syeds coming from Iran and Central Asia in Medieval period who blessed Kashmir and accelerated the process of Islamisation of Kashmir. Mir Syed Hussain Simnani came to the Valley of Kashmir from a place called “Simnan” in Iran. He traces his genealogy to the Prophet of Islam (Salallahu alaihi wasalam) through his grandson Syeduna Imam Hussain (radiallahu tala anhu), he being 16th in direct descent from Hazrat Ali (Karam Allah Wajhu). He was the cousin of Ameer e Kabeer Mir Syed Ali Hamdani and younger brother of Syed Taj ud Din Hamdani (Nowhatta Srinagar). Mir Syed Ali Hamdani had deputed Syed Hussain Simnani and Syed Taj ud Din Hamdani to take stock of the situation in Kashmir in the reign of Sultan Shahab ud din. So both of them entered the Valley and began to preach. Sultan Shahab ud din became a follower of Syed Hussain Simnani and because of the King’s concurrence, the Shah of Hamdan reached Kashmir with a large following. The King and heir apparent, Qutub ud din received him warmly.
Travelling in Kashmir Valley while spreading Islam, Mir Syed Hussain Simnani came to Kulgam and liked a spot on a cliff overlooking the river Veshaw. He made Kulgam his permanent abode and got engaged in a philanthropic mission there. Kulgam was earlier known as “Shampora” which was later on renamed as Kulgam by him. In the transformation of Kashmir into a new phase of its civilization march from Buddhist and Hinduised moorings to an Islamic one, the role of Syed Simnan Sahab can’t be undermined. Salar Sanz- Father of greatest Sufi Saint of Kashmir, Sheikh ul Alam Sheikh Noor ud Din Noorani Wali e Kashmiri had embraced Islam at the hands of Syed Hussain Simnani and was renamed Salar ud din. Even his marriage with ‘Sidrah’ (Alamdar e Kashmir’s mother) also took place because of the efforts of Syed Simnan. Alamdar e Mulk e Kashmir calls Mir Syed Hussain Simnani as the spiritual guide of his father. Mir Syed Hussain Simnani holds the title of Governor e Mulk e Kashmir. Chroniclers have also mentioned him as Syed u Sadaat (Head of all the heads of Kashmir).
Syed Hussain Simnani left on 11th Shaban 792 A.H and was buried at the very spot which he had found fascinating. Syed Meer Hyder Mubarak e Rehmani is also buried at the same place besides Syed Simnan Sahab. The family of Syed u Sadaat is buried in a nearby Village called “Amun” in Kulgam.
Sufism in Kashmir has roots dating back to Shahi Hamdan, Shahi Simnan and followers of other great orders (Silsilahs) who were in general orthodox in their outlook, adhering to Islamic laws and practices. But in spite of their attempts to maintain high Islamic ideals, Sufism in Kashmir, as elsewhere, did in the end compromise with many of the traditional practices. Popular Islam in Kashmir thus became diluted with foreign elements, and this character it has retained until today. Some Shaitans, in the name of Awliya e Kamleen, even used Sufism as a tool to give a way out to their impious acts. Shame on the faces of such people- those fake peers, their devilish and unislamic acts and their self-made orders (Silsilahs), who in the disguise of Sufism are making fool of the people and profaning it all because of their shaitanic acts.
May Almighty Allah guide us all to the straight path, the path that was enlightened by Ameer e Kabeer Mir Syed Ali Hamdani and his followers, Mir Syed Mohammad Hussain Simnani in particular…..
……(Ameen)