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Amir-e Kabir (R.A), a multidimensional personality

Posted: September 26, 2014 by kashmirsufis in Shahe Hamdan

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The true lover finds the light only if, like the candle, he is his own fuel, consuming himself.
Mesmerized by the sonorous voice of the devotees reciting the verses of Awraad- ul-Fatehah,
Subhanaka Ma Abadnaka Haqa Ebadika
Subhanaka Ma Arafnaka Haqa Marifatiqa
Subhanaka Ma Zaraknaka Haqa Zikrika
Subhanaka Ma Shakarnaka Haqa Shurika……..
A gifted work of Amir-e-Kabir, Mir Ali Sa’ani (r.a) who is popularly known as Qutub-e-Zaman, Sheikh-e-Salikan-e-Jehan, Qutub-Ul-Aktab, Moih-Ul-Ambiya-o-Ul-Mursaleen, Afzal-Ul-Muhaq-e-qeen-o-Akmal-Ul-Mudaq-e-qeen, Al-Sheiyookh-Ul-Kamil, Akmal-Ul-Muhaqqiq-Ul-Hamadani but in Kashmir the great saint is prominently known as Shah-i-Hamdan. Regarding Amir-e- Kabir’s birth day, there are so many versions. It is 12, Rajab-Ul-Marjab 714 Hijri (12th October 1314) for some and to others is 12, Rajab 713 (12th October 1313).The former date appears more credible. He belonged to theKibroyabranch( the founder of this Order is Sheikh Najamud din Kubravi) of the Suharawardy Order and received the role of the spiritual heir from Sheikh Abul Miamin Najam- Ud- din Muhammad-bin-Mohammad Azani. Syed Ali Hamdani (r.a) was engaged in the spiritual training of his followers, he used to preach, counsel and train them according to Sharia for almost twenty years in his native land Khatlon.It is situated in the southwest of the country, between the Hisor (Gissar) Rangein the north and the Panj Riverin the south and borders on Afghanistanin the southeast and on Uzbekistanin the west. During Soviet times Khatlon was divided into Kurgan-Tyube (Qurghonteppa) Oblast(Western Khatlon) – with the Kofarnihonand Vakhshriver valleys – and Kulob Oblast(Eastern Khatlon) – with the Kyzylsu and Yakhsuriver valleys.Shah Hamadan was a Multi-dimensional personality. He was a social reformer and a religious scholar besides a warrior. He quarreled with Amir-e-Temur and with seven hundred Syeds reached to Kashmir, during the reign of King Shahab-Uddin.His two followers namely Syed Taj Uddin Samnani and Mir Syed Hasan Samnani were deputed to stock of the situation in Kashmir. The ruler of Kashmir became the follower of Mir Syed Hasan Samnani and because of the Kings concurrence he entered Kashmir with a large following. He visited first during the reign of Sultan Shahab Uddin in 774 Hijri, in 781 Hijri, he visitedsecond time during the period in office of Qutub Uddin. His thirdvisit was in 785 Hijri.
His room where he stayed for the first time is named as Khanqah-e-Mualla rose by Sultan Sikandar from 1394 to 1417 AD. The building is a beautiful model of wooden architecture of Kashmir, with engravings on walls. The Khanqah is blessed with the sacred relics include the Prophet’s(SAW) flag, the pillar of the Prophet’s(SAW)tent, and Shah Hamadan’s walking stick. During his life the place acquired the distinction of being the center of the spiritual light. The shrine stands on the bank of the river Jehlem . It was originally built in 1395 A.D to memorialize the visit of Mir Sayyid Ali Hammadani, it was destroyed by fire in 1479 and 1731 A.D. It was rebuilt by Abdul Barkat Khan in 1732 A.D. and since then stands as a landmark in the city. The walls are entirely covered with wooden panels of geometrical design and ceiling is supported in the centre by four wooden columns ornamented with wooden pieces in fish-bone pattern .The shrine is a mix of Nepali (exterior architecture – roof) and local Kashmiri art (green paper mache) on the shrine’s wall.
It is said that Shah Hamadan bequeathed his son Mir Muhammad Hamdani (r.a) that he would continue the mission and not leaves Kashmir. He also gave two letters to Maulana Sirahi with the instructions to hand them over to Khawaja Ishaq Khatlani and Noor Uddin Jafar Badakhshi after his death. These two holy men went to see Mir Muhammad Hamdani to console him on his father’s death that demanded the two documents from them. Khawaja Khatlani handed him over the will but kept the document of the heir apparent with the remark that he would do so only when he proved himself capable of it. This transformed him internally, spent three years with the Khawaja Sahib, and later learnt intrinsic conduct from Noor Uddin Jafar Badakhshi. Having been qualified for the post, he succeeded to the seat of his father.
Shah Hamadan’s greatest contribution according to Daira-e-Maarif-e-Islam was the character building of the people to liberate them from the fear of the new system and their love for the older one. He imbibed true awakening and taught the Shairah. Orders of the Shairah were made popular and people were inspired to learn more about Islam. For purpose of building the character of the Muslims he practiced truthfulness and fearlessness.Syed Ali Hamdani (r.a) among his followers like :Noor Uddin Jafar Rustaq Bazari Badakhshi, Khawaja Ishaq Khatlani, Sheikh Qiwam Uddin Badakhshi, Mir Syed Husain Samnani, Mir Rukn Uddin, Syed Fakhar Uddin, Qutub-e-Amjad Syed Muhammad Qureshi, Syed Ahmad Qureshi, Syed Muhammad Aziz Ullah, Syed Muhammad murid, and Pir Muhammad Qadri was regarded and treated with enormous admiration.
Among scholarsMir Syed (r.a) is not only popular in terms of his mysticism but his scholastic works like: Risalah Nooriyah, Risalah Maktubaat, contains Amir-i-Kabir’s letter, Dur Mu’rifati Surat wa Sirat-i-Insaan, discusses the bodily and moral features of man, Dur Haqaa’iki Tawbah, deals with the real nature of penitence, Hallil Nususi allal Fusus, is a commentary on Ibn-ul-‘Arabi’s Fusus-ul-Hikam, Sharhi Qasidah Khamriyah Faridhiyah, is a commentary on the wine-qasidah of ‘Umar ibn ul-Fariz who died in 786 A.H, Risalatul Istalahaat, is a treatise on Sufic terms and expressions, ‘ilmul Qiyafahor Risalah-i qiyafah is an essay on physiognomy. Dah Qa’idahgives ten rules of contemplative life, Kitabul Mawdah Fil Qurba, puts together traditions on affection among relatives, Kitabus Sab’ina Fi Fadha’il Amiril Mu’minin, gives the seventy virtues of Hazrat ‘Ali. Arba’ina Amiriyah, is forty traditions on man’s future life, Rawdhtul Firdaws, is an extract of a larger work entitled, Firdawsul Akhyaar, by Shuja-ud-Din Shiruyah, Manazilu Insaaliqin, is on Sufi-ism, Awraad-ul-Fatehah, gives a conception of the unity of God and His attributes, Chehl Asraar (Forty Secrets), is a collection of forty poems in praise of Allah and The Prophet (SAW),Zakhirat-ul-Muluk, a treatise on political ethics and the rules of good government.
On return from his third visit to Kashmir he reached Kinar via Pikhanli , he fell ill there and died after five days on 6, Zil Haj 786 Hijri.

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Hazrat Amir Kabir Mir Sayid Ali Hamadani (RA) has authored many books and pamphlets in Arabic and Persian, which lay stress on recognition of unity of God, worship of One God, His remembrance and reflection also full of sublime teachings and guidance on mystic experiences.

Awarad-i-Fathia is one of these priceless compositions. Its English translation has been done by Er. Haji Ghulam Hasan Khan of Srinagar. (This is published by J&K Muslim Wakf Board and sold at Rs. 100/- per copy and the income is to be utilized for the construction of Islamic University of Science and Technology. However there have been found many errors in spelling, grammar, typing & printing. It appears that no one has done the proof reading before sending it to press.) This is a concise primer, describing in a grand and sublime style, the attributes of the one and only Deity Allah, His beautiful names, prayers for ourselves and for our brethren, blessings on the Holy Prophet (PBH) all written by Shah-i-Hamadan (RA) in Arabic. It is recited twice daily after Fajr (early dawn) and Isha (before going to bed) prayers at the Khanqahi Mualla Srinagar and after Fajr prayers in most of the mosques of the Kashmir valley. It is committed to memory by tens of thousands of Kashmiris and has been found very effective whenever faced with any problem. It has been found to serve as a real healer of the worried mind, when recited with full understanding of its meaning.

“Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find contentment.” (Q 13:28)

A brief sketch of Shah-i-Hamadan (RA) and that of Islam has been included by the translator for the benefit of English speaking people.

The recitation should not take more than 30 minutes. Have ablutions, sit facing the Qibla and recite it.

We must all seek the reward of fallah-felicity, salvation, the fulfillment of highest spiritual hopes – a supreme achievement indeed. Let us submit our will to Allah’s will, have faith, hope and trust in Him and in His benevolent government of the world. Let us offer our life, our wealth and goods in His cause and carry out His will, not attaching undue importance to the ephemeral things of this life.

Shah-i-Hamadan (RA) has himself given an account of how he came to give the title “AURAD-I-FATHIA” to this compilation in these words (translated from Persian)

“As I collected and compiled the Awrad obtained from 400 divines, the righteous, the scholars and was considering, what name to give to it, the Holy Prophet (PBH) graced me by his presence, when I reached Madina Munawara and said, “Hold this AL-Fathia”

When I took from the holy hands of the Holy Prophet (PBH), what was gifted to me and glanced over it, I saw it was the same ‘Awrad’ that had been compiled by me and these “Awrad are means to success and felicity.”
ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF AWRADI FATHIAH

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

I seek forgiveness from the great Allah – 03 times

Besides whom none is worthy for being worshipped, The Living, The Eternal. I turn to Him and seek repentance from Him.

O’ Allah! You are the Author of Peace and from You springs Peace and towards you is Peace. Keep me my Lord in Peace and grant me entrance in the Abode of Peace. Glory to Thee my Lord and Exalted are Thou, The Lord of Majesty and Bounty.

O’ Allah! Such Praise is due to you as will cover all Thy Bounties and will cover Your further Bounties. I am full of praise for all Your kindness of which I am aware and of which I am not aware and of all your gifts of which I am aware and of which I am not aware and I am grateful in all conditions.

I seek refuge with you Allah from the accursed Satan. Allah there is no God but Him, the Living the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. His is what the heavens and the Earth contain. Who can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is before them and what is behind them. They can grasp only that part of His knowledge which He wills. His throne is as vast as the heavens and the Earth and their preservation does not weary Him. And He is the Exalted, the Immense One.

Allah is the Pure (33 times), Praise be to Allah (33 times), Allah is Great (34 times).

There is no God but Allah. He is One. He has no partner. His is the kingdom. And all praises are due to Him. And He has power over all things (10 times)

There is no God excepting Allah the All Powerful Sovereign.

There is no God but Allah the One the Most Supreme.

There is no God but Allah the powerful the Forgiving.

There is no God but Allah the Kind the Sheeler.

There is no God but Allah the Great the High.

There is no God but Allah the Creator of night and day.

There is no God but Allah who is worshipped everywhere.

There is no God but Allah whose mention is made in every language.

There is no God but Allah who is known for all goodness.

There is no God but Allah whom each day sees in every new glory.

There is no God but Allah I say so with full faith in Allah.

There is no God but Allah I say so seeking Protection from Allah.

There is no God but Allah. This is trust with Allah

There is no God but Allah and no one has power and strength excepting Allah.

There is no God but Allah and we worship none but Him.

There is no God but Allah this is the real truth.

There is no God but Allah in faith and in truth.

There is no God but Allah I confess in humility and servitude.

There is no God but Allah the Kind and the Friend.

There is no God but Allah who existed before everything.

There is no God but Allah He will survive everything.

There is no God but Allah the evidently True Sovereign.

There is no God but Allah certainly the True King.

There is no God but Allah the very Great the most High.

There is no God but Allah the Forbearing the Noble.

There is no God but Allah the Sustainer of the Seven Heavens and the Sustainer of the Great Throne.

There is no God but Allah the Noblest of the Noble.

There is no God but Allah the Most Merciful of the Merciful.

There is no God but Allah who loves the repentant.

There is no God but Allah the Merciful of the needy.

There is no God but Allah the Guide of the Misled.

There is no God but Allah the leader of the Bewildered.

There is no God but Allah the Protector of the Frightened.

There is no God but Allah Who listens to those who pray to Him.

There is no God but Allah the Best of the Helpers.

There is no God but Allah the Best of the Protectors.

There is no God but Allah the Best of the Inheritors.

There is no God but Allah the Best of the Rulers.

There is no God but Allah the Best of the Providers.

There is no God but Allah the Best of the openers (of success).

There is no God but Allah the Best of the Forgiving.

There is no God but Allah the Best of The Merciful.

There is no God but Allah. He is One and His promise is true.

He granted success to (Solo need) Servant (The Prophet Mohammad PBH) and give upper hand to his forces and vanquished his enemies single handed and there is nothing besides Him.

There is no God but Allah. He has the gifts to offer and the greatness belongs to Him and all the Best praises are due to Him.

There is no God but Allah. The count of His creation and the weight of His Throne and the volume of the ink of His letters cannot be gauged.

There is no God but Allah Who is One, Single, from the time when there was nothing to the time when there will be end to all. Nothing is like Him, Nothing is comparable to Him. Nothing can be imagined to be like Him. And He has no partner.

There is no God but Allah He is One. He has no partner. The Kingdom is His. All praises are due to Him. He brings to life and He causes death. And He is ever Alive. He is never to die. All good is in His Hands and He has power over all things. And to Him is everybody’s return. He is the First and the Last and the Manifest and the Hidden and He is aware of everything. Nothing is like unto Him and He listens and sees everything. Allah is enough for us and our best Patron Best Master and Best Helper (3 times). Our Lord! We ask for Your forgiveness and towards You is our return. You grant us and none can bestow O’ Allah! None can prevent what You prevent and no one change what You decree and no rich person’s riches can be of avail before You. Glory to my Lord, the High, the Great Bestowal. Glory to my Lord, the High The Great Bestowal. O’ The Bestowal. Glory to Thee! I did not worship Thee as it was my duty to worship You. Glory to Thee! We did not seek to know You as it was our duty to know You. Glory to Thee! We have not been remembering You as we ought to have remembered . Glory to Thee! We have not expressed gratitude to You as we ought to do. Glory to Allah! The Ever Eternal Glory to Allah! The single, the independent, Glory to Allah! Who holds the heavens without any support. Glory to Allah Who has no wife and no children. Glory to Allah Who neither gave birth nor was born and Who has none equal to Him. Glory to the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One. Glory to The King of This World and that of the Angels. Glory to Him the Lord of Honor and greatness and power, dignity and might and Beauty, Perfectness,. Praises and Light, the giver of the spiritual and worldly bounties and gifts. The Lord of Majesty and strength. Glory to Him the Living King who never sleeps nor will die. Entirely Pure and Holy. Our Lord and Lord of Angels and the Holy Spirit. Glory to Allah and praises to Allah and there is no God but Allah and Allah is Great and none has power and strength excepting the Great and High Allah. O’ Allah! You are the True King without whom there is none fit to be worshipped excepting You. O’ Allah, O’ ,The Compassionate O’ The Merciful O’ The Sovereign, O’ The Holy One, O’ The Source of peace’ O’ The Bestowal of Security, O’ The Protector, O’ The Mighty, O’ The Subdue, O’ The Exalted, O’ The Creator, O’ The Maker, O’ The Fashioner, O’ The Great Forgiver, O’ The Most Supreme, O’ The Bestowal, O’ The Sustainer, O’ The Opener (of the doors of success), O’ The All-knowing, O’ The Controller, O’ The Enlarger, O’ The Depressor, O’ The Exalter, O’ The Bestowal of Honor, O’ The Abase, O’ The All-Hearing, O’ The All-seeing, O’ The Wise Judge, O’ The Justice, O’ The Incomprehensible, O’ The All Aware, O’ The Forbearing, O’ The Great, O’ The Most Forbearing, O’ The Great, O’ The Most Forgiving, O’ The Most Appreciating. O’ The High, O’ The Incomparably Great, O’ The Guardian, O’ The Preserver, O’ The Reckoner, O’ The Lord of Majesty, O’ The Noble, O’ The Watchful, O’ The Answerer of Prayers, O’ The Bountiful, O The Wise, O The Loving, O’ The Lord of Honor, O’ The Raiser (of the dead), O’ The Witness, O’ The True, O’ The Keeper, O’ The Powerful, O’ The Strong, O’ The Friend, O’ The Praiseworthy, O’ The Recorder, O’ The Author (of life), O’ The Repeater (of life), O’ The Life-giver, O’ The Destroyer, O’ The Living, O’ The Self-Subsisting and All-sustaining, O’ The Discoverer, O’ The Glorious, O’ The One, O’ The Unique, O’ The Independent, O’ The Powerful, O’ The Omnipotent, O’ The Provider, O’ The Postpone, O’ The First, O’ The Last, O’ The Manifest, O’ The Hidden, O’ The Ruler, O’ The Most High, O’ The beneficent, O’ The Acceptor of Repentance, O’ The Bestowal of favors, O’ The Awarder of Punishment, O’ The Effacer of sins, O’ The Compassionate, O’ The Lord of Sovereignty, O’ The Lord of Majesty & Bounty, O’ The Sustainer, O The Equitable, O The Gatherer, O The Self-sufficient, O The Enricher, O The Giver, O The Withholder, O The Inflictor of Punishment, O’ The Benefactor, O’ The Light, O’ The Guide, O’ The Originator, O’ The Survivor, O’ The Inheritor, O’ The Director of the right way. O’ The Patient, O’ The Truthful, O’ The Sheeler, O’ God! Whose self is free from being likened to anything and Whose attributes are free from being likened to anything and O’ You, so many signs give proof of you being the sustainer. You are one not because of any deficiency and you exist not because of any (external) reasons. O’ Thou are for kindness and then are renowned for unending kindness and you are praised without any beginning The First The Everlasting without a beginning and the Last and Kind without any end and Who forgives the sins of the sinners due to Kindness and Benevolence. O Nothing is like unto You and You are All-Hearing and All-Seeing. Allah is enough for us and the Best Keeper and the Best Master and the Best Helper. O The Everlasting without destruction and O The Stationery without any deterioration and O The Planner without any Vizier Resolve every difficulty of ours and our parents. I am unable to count all your praises as you have mentioned them. Whoever comes near you is honored, and your praises are high and your names are Holy and your dignity is Great and none excepting You is worthy of being worshipped. Allah does what He wishes with His Might and orders what He Ordains with His Honor. Know that All things go to Allah. Everything will die excepting His Self. His is the order , to Him is our return. Allah will be enough to them all. And He is All-seeing and All-knowing. Allah is enough and sufficient for us. Allah listens to whosoever prays to Him. Excepting Allah there is none to be approached , whosoever holds on to Allah attains Salvation. Glory to Lord who is ever Merciful and Kind. There is no God but Allah The Forbearing, The Kind. Glory to Allah and Blessed Allah The Lord of the seven Heavens and The Lord of The Great Throne and praise are due to Allah The Sustainer of the worlds. There is no God but Allah. He is One. He has no partner. He is One in person and One in attributes. The Independent. The Unique. The Single. The Living. The Eternal. The Permanent till Eternity. He never held a family and never had a son and He never had a partner in His kingdom and He never stood in need of a helper for warding off any distress and He is very Great and High. Allah is Great. Allah is enough to us in our religion Allah is enough to us in our world. Allah is enough to us in anything that may make us sad. Allah is enough to us against anyone who may trouble us. Allah is enough for us against envier. Allah is enough for us against ill-wishers. Allah is enough for us on our death. Allah is enough for us in our grave. Allah is enough for us when we are questioned. Allah is enough for us when we have to cross the bridge. Allah is enough for us when we have to render the account. Allah is enough for us when our deeds shall be weighed. Allah is enough for us at the time of entry into heaven and hell.Allah is enough for us when we come to see Him. Allah is enough to me. He besides whom none else is to be worshipped. I depend upon Him and to Him I shall return. There is no God but Allah; glory to Allah. How great is Allah. There is no God but Allah. Glory to Allah. How forbearing is Allah. There is no God save Allah. Glory to Allah; how kind is Allah. There is no God but Allah. The One who has no partner. Mohammad is Allah’s messenger in truth. O Allah bless Mohammad when people remembering him remember You and bless Mohammad when people who have forgotten him keep away remembering him. We are well pleased with the Great God for sustaining us and with Islam as our religion and with Mohammad (blessings of Allah on him and salutations) as His prophet and messenger. And with Al-Quran as our Guide and with Kaaba as our Qibla and with Prayers as an obligation and with Believers as one Brotherhood and with Siddiq. Farooq, Uthman and Murtaza as our Imams. On all of them Allah the Great be well pleased. Welcome the new morning and the Blessed day and the two angels who keep record of our deeds, who are witness in justice and equity. We send You our greetings in the beginning of this day, do please record on the first page of our record in the name of Allah The Beneficent The Merciful and you remain witness to the face that we witness that there is none worthy to be worshipped excepting Allah The One. He has no partner and we bear witness that Mohammad is His (special) servant and Messenger whom He sent for guidance and with true religion which would overcome all the creeds even though the idolaters may dislike it. On this witness we live and on this we shall die, on this we shall arise on the resurrection , if the Great Allah so wills. We seek refuge with the assistance of all these perfect letters of Allah from the evil of all His creation. I begin with the name of Allah-all His best names I begin with the name of Allah-The Sustainer of the Earth and the Heaven. I begin with the name of Allah with whose name nothing in the earth and none in the heaven can cause any harm and He is All Listening and All-Knowing. All praises are due to Allah Who brought us into life from death and to Him we shall be raised and brought back. We met the morning and Allah’s entire domain met the dawn. Honor, Dignity, Greatness, Power, Government and clear proof are all for Allah and all spiritual and worldly bounties are of Allah and the night and the day are of Allah and everything that rests in them are of Allah-the One the Most Supreme. We met the dawn on the natural religion Islam and on sincerely believing in His being One and on the religion taught by our Holy prophet Muhammad. May Allah bless and keep him and on the field of Abraham the upright Muslim who was not one of those who treated any as partner of God. Blessings of The Great Allah and His angels and His apostles and His prophets and of the angels who bear His throne and of all his creation on our leader Muhammad and his family and on His companions, on him and on all others peace and mercy from Allah and His bounties, blessings and greetings on you-the Messenger of Allah. Blessings and greetings on you the beloved of Allah. Blessings and greetings on you –the friend of Allah. Blessings and greetings on you the apostle of Allah. Blessings and greetings on you- the chosen one of Allah. Blessings and greetings on you –the best of the creation of Allah. Blessings and greetings on you-whom Allah has specially selected. Blessings and greetings on you—whom Allah has sent as messenger. Blessings and greetings on you-whom Allah has specially graced. Blessings and greetings on you-whom Allah has honored. Blessings and greetings on you- -whom Allah has made so great. Blessings and greetings on you-whom Allah granted such greatness. Blessings and greetings on you-who is the greatet of all prophets. Blessings and greetings on you-the leader of the righteous. Blessings and greetings on you-the seal of the prophets. Blessings and greetings on you- the intercessor of those who have sinned (recite 3 times). Blessings and greetings on you- the messenger of the Lord of the worlds. Blessings and mercy of the Great Allah and (prayers of the same) from His angels, His apostles, His messengers, the bearers of His throne and His entire creation on our leader Muhammad and his family and his companions. On him and on his family and on his companions greetings of peace and Allah’s mercy and bounties. O’ Allah bless our leader Muhammad in the first creation and bless our leader amongst the last creation and bless our leader Muhammad amongst the selected group till doomsday and bless our leader Muhammad evey minute and every time and bless all your apostles and messengers and all angels, who have attained nearness to you and all your good worshippers and all those who obey your commands and have mercy on us along with them and have mercy on us along with them, O’ the Most Merciful among all, who show mercy.
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DUA-i-RIQAB

Prayers for release of the hold on the necks.

In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful

O’ Allah! O the Master of our necks and O’ the Opener of the gates (of mercies) and O’ the Provider of causes, provide to us means for provisions for seeking which we have no strength. O’ Allah keep us busy in carrying out our commands; keep us secure in Your justice; make us unconcerned with Your creation; make us attached to You in love; keep us away from those who are not Yours; keep us happy with what you decree for us, make us patient to bear all Your vicissitudes; Make us content with what You give us; Make us grateful for all your gifts; Allow us to enjoy Your remembrance; Make us happy with Your Book, Praying to You during nights and during the days; unattached and unlinking the world and loving the hereafter, anxious to meet You, attentive to Your Lordship, ready to die (anytime). Our Lord! Grant us what You have promised (to us) through your messenger and do not disgrace us on the day of judgment and do not go back on your promises. O’ Allah! Help us to be near You. And help us to follow the straight path. O’ Allah! Help us to attain our objectives and accept our repentance. Certainly You are kind and You accept repentance. O’ Allah! We begin the dawn with Your name and we meet the nightfall with Your name and we are kept alive by You and You will cause us to die and towards You is our return. O’ Allah! Grant us the pleasure of looking at Your Holy Face and the desire of meeting You. O’ Allah enable us to judge the truth in its reality and to follow it; enable us to judge the untruth in its true colors and to keep away from it. O’ Allah! Show us the reality of the things as they really are and let our need be as Muslims and attach us to Your noble servants, keep away from us the evil of tyrants and make us partners in the prayers of the faithful and wake us up from the slumber of the forgetful and enable us to benefit from the intercession of the leader of the messengers and grant us entry to paradise in peace and security and raise us with the righteous and spare us from hell fire, O’ the Protector. O ’Allah! Forgive the followers of Mohammad (S.A.W.S), have o’ Allah mercy on the followers of Mohammad (blessing of Allah and peace be on him ), O’ Allah! Assist the follower of Mohammad (blessing of Allah and peace be on him ), O’ Allah! Grant victory to the followers of Mohammad (blessing of Allah and peace be on him), O’ Allah reform the followers of Mohammad (blessing of Allah and peace be on him), O’ Allah! Extend bounty to the followers of Mohammad (blessing of Allah and peace be on him), O’ Allah! Honor the followers of Mohammad (blessing of Allah and peace be on him), O’ Allah! bestow greatness on the followers of Mohammad (blessing of Allah and peace be on him ), O’ Allah! Forgive the sins of the followers of Mohammad (blessing of Allah and peace be on him ), O’ Allah! Thou loveth those who repent , turn to us accepting our repentance and O’ Thou, Who granteth security to those who bare stricken with fear, grant us security and Thou Who guideth the misled show us the straight path and Thou Who bringeth the lost , guide us in the right direction and Thou Who answers the prayers of the suppliant, answer our prayers and Thou the hope of the hopeless , do not set aside our hopes and O’ Who shows mercy to the sinners, show us mercy and O’ Who forgives the sinners, forgive us our sins and change us from sinners to right doers and let our end be with the good people. O’ Allah forgive our sins. O’ Allah! Shield our defects. O’ Allah! Open our breasts. O’ Allah! protect our hearts. O’ Allah! Enlighten our hearts. O’ Allah! Enlighten our graves. O’ Allah! Ease our affairs. O’ Allah! Enable us to attain our objectives. O’ Allah! Remove all our faults. O’ Allah! Save us from what we fear. O’ Thou, Who showers kindnesses in secret. O’ Allah! Forgive us and also our parents and our elders and our teachers and our companions and our friends and our relatives and our tribe and to whom we have an obligation and to entire followers of Mohammad- on him be mercies and peace (from God) and save us our Lord from the evil of what you have ordained and save us from the punishment in the grave O’ our Lord, and from the punishment of hell-fire and the torment of the doomsday and raise us among the righteous and the good people. O’ Allah! In honor of this “Awrad-i-fathiyah” (which we have recited) open for us the gates of Your bounties and your kindness and enable us to be obedient to You and to worship You and protect us from trials and calamities and enhance for us Your bounties, our life spans and virtues. O’ Allah keep mus safe. O’ the Blesse from all vicissitudes and diseases and mercies and blessings of Allah on the best of creation Mohammad and his followers and companions-one and all Amin! O’ the Lord of the worlds.

1384 AD is considered a historical year for Kashmir because in this year the great Saint and Sufi ,religious scholar, creative and multitalented writer and missionary and voyager for the cause of Islam, Mir Syed Ali Hamdani ( RA) popularly known as Amir-i-Kabir and Shah-i-Hamdan, sanctified the terra firma of Kashmir by his presence to spread the religion of Islam everywhere in Kashmir and enthuse the populace with the true spirit of the complete way of life. The advent of the great saint harbingered the dawn of a new era in the sense that the socio- political situation of Kashmir took an earth-shattering turn and a forceful process of socio- cultural transformation began to emerge as a result of his onslaught on all kinds of social, political and cultural ills.
Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA) was born on Monday, 12th of Rajjab, 714 A.H. (1314 A.D.) at Hamdan in Persia. His father’s name was Syed Shihab- ud- Din, an Allavi Syed and an important official in Hamdan. His mother’s name was Saiyadnah Fatimah whose lineage can be traced back to our beloved Prophet (SAW). He received his early education from his maternal uncle Saiyid Ala – ud – Din, a great saint of his era. He memorized the whole Quran (Hafiz-i-Quran) in his early boyhood and studied Islamic theology and learnt and educated himself with the learning of Tasawuff under the supervision of his maternal uncle Syed Ala-ud-Din. Later, he became the spiritual disciple of Sheikh Sharaf –ud- Din who advised him to complete his education by extensive travels to foreign lands. As a result of this, Mir Syed Ali (RA) undertook many travels which covered a period of twenty one years and remained and enjoyed the company of many mystics and divine personages of the age. He traveled around the world three times and interacted with one thousand and four hundred saints. He authored more than one hundred and seventy books. The three books, Zakirat-ul-Maluk, Risala-i-Maktubat and Ghayatul-Makan, are the most prominent and contain an account of his experiences and ideas. The first book emphasizes upon the principles which ought to be the guidelines of a Muslim ruler. The second is a collection of his letters to the different rulers offering guidance on political issues and the third stresses that the people absorbed in materialistic and worldly pursuits can not carry the difficult task of being a Sufi.
The great Saint espoused the policy of attracting and stirring the ruler and his nobles to recognize Islam as their way of life because he was of the firm conviction that the common masses followed the demeanor and mores of their rulers. And, he also preferred to convert the people to Islam in the City or Shahr because the cities played a great makeup for the social amend. Mir Syed Ali Hamdani converted an enormous number of people in the vale. It is has been instituted that he did not only fetch the Sultan and his nobles like Magrays, Ganaies, and Chandans into frontiers of Islam but he also thrived in inspiring the great Guru of Kali Mandir, Srinagar and his thousands of followers to embrace Islam. His moral and spiritual maneuver played a great role in changing the demographic character of Kashmir and he was successful in pushing the Brahmincal influence to its last leg and made a large number of Hindus belonging to different castes to accept Islam. His influence on the Kashmiri society was due to his accessibility to all and the unique qualities which attracted the attention of everybody including the Hindus. He was a symbol of equality, justice and unity and his Khanqah was open for everybody from the king to the poorest in the society. His introducing the tradition of Zikir of Aurad-i-Fathiya had the aim to blend the dissimilar sections and groups of the society. The great saint is the architecture of our society who freed us from the idol worship.

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On October, the 9th 2013, Anjumn-e-Himayat-e-Islam (a premier religious organization) organized a seminar in Ibn Khaldun auditorium of Kashmir University to commemorate Hazrat Shah-e-Hamadan on his URS (an annual remembrance). The theme was Shah-e-Hamadan—Nizam-e-Tahzib-ul-Iklaq (Shah-e-Hamadan—civilization based on morals). A galaxy of prominent persons—jurists, academicians, columnists, writers, religious scholars participated. The excerpts of the paper I presented on the auspicious occasions follow.
How does Amir-e-Kabir Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA) relate to issues that concern humanity, probably nothing explains it in as fine a manner and with as deft a touch as exhibited by the art of Allama Iqbal (RA). The art in Persian poetic form, the finest medium of human expression encompasses the entire spectrum of Amir-e-Kabir’s thought. Allama Iqbal’s ‘Javid Nama’ is marked by the magnificence of its literary form, its comprehensiveness, its interaction with a galaxy of literates, soldiers of fame and spiritualists of yore. The poetic treatise has a comprehensive Kashmir related poem captioned ‘Ziyarat-e-Amir Kabir Mir Syed Hamdani and Mulla Tahir Ghani Kashmiri’ the two Persians who enriched the tale of Kashmir, Ghani with his poetry added colour. He made Kashmir his home. Originally a Khorasani (from Khorasan province in Iran—bordering Afghanistan) in Persian literature, he got immortalized as Ghani Kashmiri.
Allama Iqbal praises Shah-e-Hamdan as Salar-e-Ajam (leader of Persians) the one who shaped Kashmir’s destiny and blessed the heavenly vale with knowledge (Alim) industry (Sanat) civilizational morality (Tahzib) and religion (Deen) and remained a consultant of sages and kings. He is related to have guided Sultan Shuhab-ud-Din (1354-1373 A.D) in statecraft. Shawl industry, carpet weaving, wood-crafts were started, as Amir-e-Kabir (RA) with 700 Iranian nobles blessed the vale. In the realm of knowledge, Allama Iqbal relates the scholarly background of Shah-e-Hamadan. His ancestors, reveals Iqbal, were teachers of famed Imam Ghazali (1058-1112 A.D). Imam Gazali’s classic view that faith being inherently logical does not need substantiation applied brakes on neo-Platonic and Aristotelian concepts that knowledge flows from reason. Imam Ghazali (Gazelez for occident) called the Greek philosophy as ‘Incoherence of Philosophers’.
Amir-e-Kabir a few centuries later took cue from the take of Imam Ghazali that faith is the predominant factor; however for the ones with faith, the nature reveals itself with abundance of reason. Nothing remains a secret as the elements that form nature fall in place one by one. Shah-e-Hamadan in a consoling advisories soothes Iqbal’s fears in session after session of fervent questioning…May I tell you a secret, while physical self withers, spiritual self sparkles like a pearl, hence it may remain distinct as the pure ought to remain distinct from impure. The power of the spirit is unparalleled, nothing may be compared to it, and it may look caged, which in fact it isn’t. Give it free play instead of suppressing it, doing that would widen the horizons. Material needs may be kept subservient to spiritual needs. Beauty lies in discovering the inner self, like the star of the night it sparkles, ugliness engulfs the one who fails to do it. Not realizing the self amounts to non-existence and caging of spirit, realizing it means getting hold of the self and freeing the spirit. Going beyond self preserves the spirit, self-interest kills it.
Iqbal (Zinda-e-Roud—the assumed name in Javid Nama that implies a live stream) gets into another interactive session with Amir-e-Kabir. In a query of general nature, he asks why good and bad is fashioned the way it exists in universe and the task of human beings rendered difficult in choosing between the two. The creator asks for good deeds, while making the ‘Satan’ as powerful as he is. Iqbal seeks an answer; assured that the one who has untied so many knots would provide it. Amir-e-Kabir says that anyone versed with living meaningfully knows how to make a distinction between what is beneficial and what is harmful. Becoming a partner in satanic endeavours is a disgrace, fighting it adds to grace. Satanic tendencies have to be overcome, as you are sword and the Satan the element of sharpening the sword (Sung-e-Fasan in Persian—the stone on which the sword is sharpened). We are indeed living in a society with many satanic manifestations—corruption, nepotism and an array of social customs eating into vitals of economy and disturbing social order.
The question remains that could we ever build a civilization based on morals without a sound political order? Governance in east or west, says Amir-e-Kabir could either be by the willing participation of the governed or by suppressive order. Obeisance could only be to paid to Allah (swt) and the messenger…Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) and also the one amongst you duly elected [Minkum in Quranic text alluding to chapter 59, verse (Ayah) 4]. An order of governance outside the prescribed format may not be acceptable. Setting up the desired order may entail deft handling of war and peace, of order and disorder. Good governance is not a purchasable commodity, purchasing it may be akin to purchasing highly fragile chinaware. Ideal governance springs from experience of exercising it and is akin to Cyrus’s goblet of wine [Cyrus (Jamsheed) was the ancient king of Iran; Jam-i-Jam (Jamsheed’s goblet of wine] symbolizes the accumulated experience in governance in oriental (mainly Persian) lore.
By quoting the governing skills of Cyrus the great, while presenting the Islamic viewpoint on governance, it is apparent that governance which is consistent with the spirit of Islamic governance finds favour with the thinking of great Islamic scholars. There is a common vein running in the take of Imam Ghazali, Maulana Rumi, Amir-e-Kabir Mir Syed Ali Hamdani and Allama Iqbal. Governance…proper, with precision to provide services to the governed has had a common refrain from concept of ideal state devised by Plato—a state where a philosopher statesman may rule. Islam perfected the ideal state—the republic of Medina reflected it. Wherever Islamic sages like Amir Kabir Mir Syed Ali preached, they attempted to set-up a state on those very lines.
Amir-e-Kabir means a lot to Kashmir, generations have paid their tribute, and generations to follow would remember him. The best tribute however would remain to work for the state, the sages dreamt of, and the state actualized by the likes of Amir-e-Kabir. He had multiple attributes; stabilizing polity of Kashmir would remain the prime one.
Yaar Zinda Sohbat Baqi (Reunion is subordinate to survival)


Syed Ali Hamadani (RA) was a great reformer and a visionary who has impacted almost all the aspects of lives of Kashmiris. Be it religious or spiritual dimension or social and political, be it economic activity by introducing the arts and crafts of Iran and Central Asia in Kashmir or the instructions to the Kings and rulers in all these matters, the influence and impact of Syed Ai Hamadani (RA) cannot be undermined.
He has influenced the Muslim saints and Hindu ascetics equally by his deep spiritual indoctrination he was espousing. His son Mir Mohammad Hamadani continued his mission in Kashmir and was instrumental in initiating the local Rishi Saint Shaikh Nooruddin Wali into his Sufi discipleship, thus paving the way for a long and enduring process of Islamisation of not only Kashmir but even the localised mystic orders of Kashmir like Rishism.
He was the only preacher of Islam in Kashmir and Baltistan (Northern Areas, Pakistan) who brought a clandestine change in the life styles of Kashmiri masses and provided them with Islamic values and established the Persian culture in Kashmir. In this way Kashmir was transformed into a new phase of its civilizational march from Buddhist and Hinduised moorings to an Islamic and Iranian one. It was due to these Persian influences on the socio-cultural life of the people in Kashmir that Sir Muhammad Iqbal has given reference to Kashmir in his poetry as Iran –i-Sagheer meaning little Iran.
Mir Syed Ali Hamadani (RA), the apostle of Kashmir, better known as the ‘Shah of Hamadan’ and ‘Ameer-e-Kabir’ (1314- 1384) is arguably the most celebrated of these Syed, coming from Iran and Central Asia in Medieval period and who have blessed Kashmir and have accelerated the process of Islamisation of Kashmir which has continued after them and is still continuing unabated.
In our state there are four major Hospices dedicated to the Shah, the Khanqah e Mu’alla (Srinagar), Tral, Doru and Shey (Ladakh). There also are several lesser- known Hospices of the Shah, which are situated at Sopore and Pampore. The Shah died either at Hazara (Pakistan) or in Kafiristan. However, he was buried in Khatlan (Tajikistan).
His room where he stayed for the first time is part of a great building, named as Khanqah-e-Mualla (the hospice). The building is a beautiful model of wooden architecture of Kashmir, with engravings on walls. The sacred relics include the Prophet’s flag, the pillar of the Prophet’s tent, and Shah Hamadan’s walking stick is also housed in this hospice. During his life the place acquired the distinction of being the center of the religious learning and spiritual enlightenment. People throng to the place and pray there to Allah even today.
The Shah was born in Hamadan, Iran. He travelled across the continents for twenty- one years, in the pursuit of knowledge and spiritual enlightenment. He met 1400 saints in the process before he returned to Hamadan. The Shah of Hamadan reached Kashmir in 1372. He went to Ladakh around 1381 and was the first to establish a mosque there. Hamadani (RA) entered the valley in the reign of Sultan Shihab-ud-Din in 774/1372. After staying for a short time he left for Mecca. He visited Kashmir second time in 781/1379 in the reign of Sultan Qutbu’d-Din. This time he stayed there for two and a half years and then left for Turkistan via Ladakh in 783 A.H. He paid the third visit in 785/1383, stayed in Kashmir for a short period, and then left “Kashmir on account of ill-health and stayed at Pakhli for ten days at the request of the ruler of that place whose name was Sultan Muhammad.”
However, Baharistan-i-Shahi does not mention Hamadan’s third visit to Kashmir. Hamadani (RA) died in 786 A.H., at the age of 73 in Kanar, a place in the vicinity of Pakhli. His body was carried to Khattalan now in Tajikistan and was buried there on 25 Jamadul Awwal, 787,130 (14 July 1385).
Apart from culture and mannerism, the cultural traits of Kashmiri literary life were also influenced greatly by his arrival to Kashmir.From Persia were received these genres: new poet genres –ghazal, qasidah, marsiya, rubai, mathanavi, nat and Manqabat. Muslims introduced in Kashmir from Persia as there was the only litany very genres that obtained in Kashmir prior to the Muslims were vaakh, watsun and shrukh.
He preached Islam and affected the conversion of thousands of people from Buddhism to Islam by his great efforts. He has constructed many Khanqahs, mosques and memorial places in these areas, some places are very popular in Asia particularly “Chaqchan Mosque” a most beautiful handicraft mosque in the garassion. 95 percent people (Noorbakhshi) of District Ghanche (Northern Areas, Pakistan) have great belief on him following his assistant’s preachings (Shah Syed Noorbakshs R.A)
Apart from influencing Muslim Sufis and masses, Syed Ali Hamadani (RA) and his Sufi colleagues, have influenced the non Muslim ascetics substantially. It is pertinent here to say that dissatisfied with the religion of the Brahmans, Lal had therefore, no other alternative but to seek the company of the Kabrawi Sufi, Sayyid Husain Simnani, who had settled in the village of Kulgam during the reign of Sultan Shihabuddin. While Lal Ded was a wandering mystic, Simnani was engaged in a philanthropic mission in Kulgam. Lal Ded did not give a systematic expose of Saivism on the lines laid down by the theologians who preceded her; on the other hand her “songs illustrate a picture of the actual hopes and fears of the common folk that nominally followed the teachings of those men whom they had accepted as their guides.”
There was great impact that was received by this wandering mystic like Lala, from her surrounding Islamic personages like Sayyid Husain Simnani, Sayyid Tajuddin and Sayyid Ali Hamadani. She imbibed a critical attitude towards the manifold abuses of the caste ridden social order. Her verses against the Brahmnamic supremacy show that she as well as other sensitive elements of the medieval non-Muslims were receiving subtle impact of Islamic acculturation, as this fact is also attested by strong documentary evidences.
The author is Director of the Shah-e Hamadan Institute of Islamic Studies, Kashmir University.


It is incident which Ameere Kabeer Mir syed Ali Hamdani (رحمتُ اللّلہِ علیه) had told to his companions and students. Shahe hamdaan (رحمتُ اللّلہِ علیه) says that i was 22 years old when i met a Holy Majestic Person, His Name was Shaykh Abu Saeed MUAMMAR Habshi (رحمتُ اللّلہِ علیه) & who is famous in world of AWLIYA’ALLAH as ABU SAEED. When i met that majestic person his Age was1435 YEARS . His holliness Mir syed Ali Hamdani (رحمتُ اللّلہِ علیه) says that during one of the voyages with this Spiritual Person, one of the sevant of Abu Saeed (رحمتُ اللّلہِ علیه)asked Him”why you are called MUAMMAR(long lived)??”. Shaykh Abu Saeed (رحمتُ اللّلہِ علیه) Replied in a descriptive manner that { I was present in the time of prophet Isa (ﻋﻠﹷﻴﮩﹺ ﺳﹷﻼ ﻡ) & remained in his companions & was famous in that time. I red in the holy Books TORAH & INJEEL that after some decades THe Beloved Prophet Of ALLAH(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) will emanate in this world, his sacred name will be AHMAD . Prophet Isa (ﻋﻠﹷﻴﮩﹺ ﺳﹷﻼ ﻡ)also told about his characteristics & his unique qualities. So i wished to see the age of Beloved prophet Of Allah & i requested prophet Isa (ﻋﻠﹷﻴﮩﹺ ﺳﹷﻼ ﻡ), if i could see the age of prophet MOHAMMAD(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) . Then prophet Isa (ﻋﻠﹷﻴﮩﹺ ﺳﹷﻼ ﻡ) prayed forme & ALLAH accepted the DUA . I reached in the BLESSED TIME OF INTERCESSOR of all ummah Prophet Mohammad(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) & got favoured from his Noor(light) & his generosity & i got perfection from the Guide of All Universe Prophet Mohammad(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). One day The beloved Of Allah , the Knower Of Unseen, Prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was splendouring in the council of his companions that suddenly Some Birds Came flying down from air. I (abu saeed) felt happy by seeing them. Prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) uttered “WELCOME! O SOUL REPLINISHED BY THE HAPPINESS OF MY SON” . I asked “ya Rasoolallah(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) , what are these cheerful birds which have come down here??? “. Beloved of ALLAH(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) elonquented that O Abu Saeed! These birds are the Souls Of the Lamps (AWLIYAALLAH) Of my Ummah . I (abu saeed) requested ; oh Beloved of ALLAH tell us that ” Which spirit of soul of your son u said WELCOME(marhaba), Plz guide us about the victories of that AALE RASOOL(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم).”
Prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said that in these birds there is present the soul of one of my Son who made my heart happy. I(abu saeed) requested YA RASOOLALLAH(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), “when this majestic star emanate in world?”. Then the Prophet Mohammad(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) Smiled & Thanked to ALLAH & said from His beautiful garnet lips that *Remember it , Hewill emanate after 713 years of my migration. His city will be hamdan & Iraq will be his country.* I(abu saeed) requested about his name , Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said “ALI HAMDANI(رحمتُ اللّلہِ علیه)” . Abu Saeed said i requested to Prophet of ALLAH(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) to pray in favour of me , so that i can see the glowing face of Syed Ali hamadani(رحمتُ اللّلہِ علیه). Prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) accepted my request and prayed for me. & O’ Mir syed Ali hamadani(رحمتُ اللّلہِ علیه) ” I AWAITED TO THIS DAY only FOR YOUR VISION”..
{NAZMUL MANAAQIB, i copied from urdu version ofHIDAAYATUL MUNEER published by shaykh usman& sons}