Over thousands of years, human civilization tried to find out the real definition of the word-religion. What is religion exactly and what does it stand for. Is this the one that helps us to reach the heavenly power or this is perhaps something that helps to find some peace of mind and soul? Religion directs us towards some specific beliefs that connect us with spirituality which is the ultimate solace to us. Spirituality helps us find the real meaning of life when we feel weary and burdened to face the challenges of life. The driving forces are always undoubted love and unquestionable faith that actually help us to keep going and Sufi saint Muhammad Nizamuddin Auliya established that fact only. He made it very clear that no religion could ever reach beyond love and humanity and that should be learned by heart. He believed that religion should be the connector between the divine power and the believers.
Saint Nizamuddin was born in 1238 in Badayun and he was an avid learner who had the great curiosity to find the connection between human and heavenly power right from his childhood. He was most famously known as ‘Hazrat Nizamuddin’ and ‘Mahbub-e-Ilahi’ or the Beloved of God. He loved every religion and believed that God’s existence was always within us but that should be felt from within. The idea of Sufism originated after death of Mohammed in 632. Believers of Sufism preached that only pure love and prayer could connect us with God. Sufi saints believed in generosity and kindness to all living beings on earth. Later on a special order or category called Chisti order was formed by spiritual leaders who gained saint status in the 12th century and Hazrat Nizamuddin was a follower of that Chisti order who gained huge popularity worldwide.
There are famous real life stories about Hazrat Nizamuddin who was so kind to his followers:
Once the saint arranged a special Sama Mahfil for his followers but when the Mahfil started thousands of people joined. On that day food was limited for only 50 to 60 numbers of people. As per the rule nobody could go away without having food at the Nizamuddin’s Khangah. So the saint ordered his attendant to arrange for the washing of hands for all before having the meal. Then he asked him to make 10 persons sit together and instructed the attendant to divide each ‘roti’ into four pieces and put the same before each person after reading “Bismillah Sharif”. Surprisingly everybody had their meal with complete contentment and food still remained after they left the khangah.
The founder of famous Bahmani Kingdom of South India, Sultan Alauddin Hasan Bahman received blessings from Saint Nizamuddin when he was so poor man in his early life Once he stood as a begger in front of khangah of Nizamuddin. The saint could only offer him one single piece of Roti which was kept for his evening Iftaar as Ramadan was going on. He put this Roti on the top of one of his fingers like a ‘chatar’ or umbrella and said ; “Look here Hasan, this is a royal ‘chatar’ of a Kingdom which, after much time and striving, is destined for you.”After many years this prophecy came true Hassan became the king of famous Sultan Alauddin Hasan Bahman of Bahmani Kingdom.
Once upon a time young prince, Feroze Shah-bin-Salaar went to pay tribute to Hazrat Nizamuddin. When the saint came to know that he was called Kamaluddin by his family, he expressed his opinions and predicted that he would be blessed with long life, plenty of wealth, power and prosperity in future. History proved that Feroz Shah was one of the most successful rulers of India for a longer period of time and his reign was full of prosperity.
Another interesting incident took place during the reign of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughluq who used to share good relation with saint Nizamuddin initially but later on there was a disagreement .When Saint went on to build a stepwell then his labourers used to work at night and they needed oil lamps to continue their work . Tughlaq intentionally banned the supply of oil to the site of the stepwell, so no lamps could be lit for work at night. Infuriated, saint Nizamuddin had turned the water in his well into oil with his mystical power and he cursed the city of Tughlaqabad, saying “Ya rahe ujjar ya base gujjar”, that means “it will remain desolate or be occupied by herdsmen”. Gradually the city was abandoned.
According to the rules of Dargah Females cannot go beyond a particular boundary but they can see the grave of the saint from a distance though a marble window.
Every evening a Qawwali program is being organized at the Dargah premises and it is truly captivating The Qawwali is more charming on Thursday night or jummeraat.
It is always believed that this saint is there to help each and every devotee with his eternal love and kindness. Devotees believe that their wishes will come true if they offer prayer or render any kind of selfless service at the resting place of the saint. They often tie threads of Mannat or wishes at the Dargah with the faith that Saint Nizamuddin will be there to fulfill their wishes. With trust every hurdles will be triumphed over.