Siraj al-‘Arifeen Zubdat as-SualiHeen, Ghous al-‘Alam Sultan Hadrat Sayyid Makhdoom Ashraf Jahangir Simnani (Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho) is such an eminent and outstanding spiritual personality of the world of mysticism, whose shining sun of spirituality and knowledge (marfat) has illuminated every corner of the world. Let us have a look at his life and works.
Name: Meer Auhad al-Din Sayyid Ashraf
Titles: Jahangir, Ghous al-‘Alam, Mahboob-e-Yazdani.
Sayyid Ashraf S/o Sultan Sayyid Ibrahim Noor Bakhshi S/o Sultan Sayyid Imaduddin Noor Bakhshi S/o Sultan Sayyid Nizamuddin Alisher S/o Sultan Zahiruddin Mohammad S/o Sultan Tajuddin Bahlol, S/o Sayyid Mohammad Noor Bakshi, S/o Sayyid Mehdi, S/o Sayyid kamaluddin, S/o Sayyid Jamaluddin, S/o Sayyid Hasan Sharif , S/o Sayyid Abu Mohammad, S/o Sayyid Abul Moosa Ali, S/o Sayyid Ismail Sani, S/o Sayyid Abul Hasan Mohammad, S/o Sayyid Ismail Arij, S/o Hadrat Jafar Sadique, S/o Imam Mohammad Baquar, S/o Imam Zainul Abedin, S/o Imam Hussain, S/o Hadrat Ali.
Father: Sayyid Ibrahim Noor Bakshi was the father of Sultan Sayyid Asharaf Jahangir Simnani (Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho) He was the king of Simnan, where he ruled with utmost Justice and sincerity for 20 years. He was not only a king, but a proficient scholar of theology, and inwardly inclined to mysticism. (Tasawwuf) He respected Islamic savants and patronized Islamic institutions. That is why in his regime, twelve thousand students were gaining education in different institutions. He often met mystics (Sufia) of his time and gained mystical knowledge. He got constructed a Khanquah (an abode for holy men) of Hadrat Shaykh Hasan Sakkak and shrine of Imame Azam (Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho) He was deeply fond of studying books particularly Tarikh-e-Tibri was in his regular study. Hadrat Nazame Yamani in Lataefe Ashrafi, has mentioned that Hadrat Makhdoom Simnani used to say that twelve thousand Islamic institutions were functioning in his father’s regime.
Mother: Bibi Khadija Begam was the mother of Sayyid Makhdoom Ashraf simnani (Radi ALLAHu Ta’ala Anho) She belonged to the dynasty of Khwaja Ahmed Yeswi who was a distinguished Sufi (Mystic) of his time and founder of Yewaisia order. She was brought up in a neat and pure religious surroundings as result of which she was deeply religious minded, pious and godly. She passed most of his time in prayer and recitation of the holy Quran. She often observed fasting in day and woke up at night to be engrossed in prayer. She was very punctual to Tahajjud (Prayer said after midnight) In short; Khadija Begam was the trustworthy of spiritual trusts of her ancestors. Read the rest of this entry »