Renouncement And Initiation
Khawaja Muinuddin used to ponder for hours together
over the ugly scenes of the ghastly massacre in Khorasan
which he had been witnessing with great pain for several
years ever since his younger days.
With these tragic impressions
his interest in worldly life and pleasures was diminishing fast.
Inwardly he was very much worried and longed
to be away from such a mad world if he could manage to see a way
One day (in 556 AD), he came across a 'Majzoob'
(a divine person constantly engrossed in communion with God)
in the person of one Sheikh Ibrahim Qandozi
who happened to come to his orchard.
The young Khawaja Muinuddin was watering
the plants at that time. Immediately he saw the dervish,
he welcomed him enthusiastically and after kissing his
hands reverently made him sit down under a shady tree.
He then brought a bunch of fresh grapes and
requested the holy man to eat it. The request was complied with.
The divine seemed to admire the manners and this
gesture of the young Khawaja's hospitality and at once perceived,
by his intuitive powers, that his host was inwardly worried and
had a spark of divine love in his heart
and was an ardent seeker after Truth.
Over whelmed by the pleasure of this understanding
the dervish brought out a bit of 'Khul'
(the substance left after the oil was extracted from
the sesame seed or Til - some historians
say it was a piece of bread) from his wallet and after
chewing it put it in the mouth of Khawaja Muinuddin.
No sooner had he eaten it, than the veil of
all worldly imagination was lifted from his mind
and he found himself in quite a strange world radiating with
When Khawaja Muinuddin recovered from
this extraordinary experience,
he found that Sheikh Ibrahim Qandozi had gone.
This strange spiritual experience, which laid the foundation
of Khawaja Muinuddin's divine career,
would look like a queer fable from the Arabian Nights
to the present world engrossed in materialism.
But it is neither a fable nor a dream because such miracles
have happened with the spiritualists or Sufi dervishes or
Rishis and Munis of the highest order in the East.
And they do happen even today if one is lucky enough to
come across any 'real' divine
(who prefers to live in perpetual obscurity away from all worldly
to avoid interruption in his devotional career).
Such miracles are amply supported by the old religious books
or Scriptures of nearly all the leading and recognised
religions of the world all of which are based on spiritualism.
The people of this 20th century in which materialism overwhelmingly
dominates spiritualism may ridicule and refuse to believe in
such superhuman feats and may naturally demand some
substantial logical or scientific proofs to support them.
But such doubts can be easily dispelled by a minute
study of their own respective religious Scriptures.
The philosophies of Islamic Sufism and the ancient Yogic and
Vedantic sciences of Hindu civilisation also help us to
believe in such miracles unquestionably. In this hidden
science of spiritual communion or oneness with God all
logical arguments are deliberately rejected because logic
and Sufism do not go hand-in-hand, which was the creed of
Khawaja Muinuddin and numerous other great Sufis and
saints of the East. It is neither taught in our modern
Universities nor can it be analysed in our scientific laboratories.
It is Knowledge from God that comes to His "beloved" devotees only.
Departure for Bokhara
The immediate inspiration of the above-mentioned miraculous
experience with Sheikh Ibrahim Qandozi was that
Khawaja Muinuddin renounced the world.
He lost no time in selling away his orchard and
the windmill along with all his other worldly belongings
and distributed every pie of the sale proceeds among
the poor and the needy. He then cut off all his
ties with his dear and near ones, bade them a last goodbye
and left Neshapur for Bokhara, which was the seat of
learning in those days in search of
religious knowledge and moral education.
A handsome youth
who had renounced the world in his early teens
was seen walking all alone on the Neshapur-Bokhara highway amidst
and animal life, without a friend without a penny in his pocket and
without any present or future hope of provision for his livelihood
determined to seek Truth. The ever-growing discontentment of
his earlier years in spite of all his rich traditions and material
had suddenly changed into a perfect contentment immediately after a
divine vision received through the help of a great 'Majzoob'.
He seemed to be very happy with his apparently gloomy lot.
At this stage, however he did not know that one day he would
be one of the greatest holy saints and 'Mujaheds' of his day
in the history of Islam who would turn the tables of the evil world,
who would apply the balm of solace and salvation to the wounds of
the afflicted humanity and who would cause downfall of the redeem
the suffering of the oppressed? This youthful traveler in a
world was none but Khawaja Muinuddin playing in the hands
of Destiny for a exceedingly grand mission and amazing career
dedicated to the cause of peace and happiness of mankind.
son of Islam and dutiful servant of
the oppressed humanity, had decided to go to Bokhara
for his education because the famous oriental universities
of Baghdad and Neshapur had suffered damage due to
the ravages of continuous wars and plunder but Bokhara
had still some of the best educational institutions
and the learned 'Ulama' of his time.
recorded by historians about Khawaja Muinuddin's
primary education but considering his noble heritage;
it is safe to presume that he must have received at least his
early Quranic lessons at home. One historian reports
that he had learned Quran by heart at the age of 7.
Bokhara, Khawaja Muinuddin received his education
in all the oriental sciences and literature from many learned
of the day, prominent of whom was Maulana Hissamuddin Bokhari
from whom he received his 'jubba' (cloak) and 'Dastaar-e-Fazilat'
(turban of learning) the two highest academic diplomas
or "robes of learning" of that time.
Having completed his education at Bokhara, Khawaja Muinuddin
went to Samarqand which was also a great seat of learning in those
There too he attended many leading institutions to
perfect his knowledge in Theology, Philosophy and Grammar.
The years of his education in Bokhara and Samarqand are
reported to be between 1150 and 1160 AD or 552 AH.
In Quest For A
After equipping himself with all the best available education
(moral and religious) which he could obtain, Khawaja Muinuddin
now diverted his attention to the spiritual side of his training.
He now needed a 'spiritual preceptor' and decided to leave
in quest of the country towards Baghdad. On this journey he
came to the town of Harwan or Haroon where one of
the greatest Sufi dervishes of his time Hazrat Khawaja Usman
lived. (Born 510 A.H. died 617 A.H. and buried at Mecca.)
This great saint had a resounding fame which attracted
scores of persons from far and near for their spiritual
enlightenment and religious and moral training under him.
At the feet of
One day Khawaja Muinuddin decided to
present himself before this great saint.
When he approached the saint, he kissed the ground
with all due reverence and pleaded:
"Sir, may I request you to enlist man as one of your
humble and devoted 'mureeds' (disciples)'?
Hazrat Khawaja Usman at once perceived
by his intuitive powers that Moinuddin
was the fittest candidate to join the circle of his disciples,
and granted his request without hesitation.
Khawaja Muinuddin says, in his own words, about his spiritual
"I had the honour of appearing before Hazrat Usman
when many other spiritual luminaries
were also present. I bowed my head in solemn reverence.
Hazur Usman asked me to offer 2 'rakaats' of Namaaz (prayers). I
He then directed me to sit facing the Kaaba (Mecca). I did it.
He told me to repeat Darud Sharif
(praise and blessings for the holy prophet and his family)
21 times and to say 'Subhan Allah' (God be praised) 60 times.
I did it. After that he stood up took my hand in his
own and looked towards the heaven saying:
"Let me present you to God".
After that he cut off my hair with a scissors and then
put a special Tarki cap (Kolah Chahaar Tarki)
on my head and asked me to sit down.
He then asked me to repeat
'Surah Ikhlas' (a Quranic verse) one thousand times.
I did it. He then said, "among our followers there is only
one day and one night's Mujaheda (probation) hence go and do it
Accordingly I spent one day and one night in prayers and reappeared
He asked me to sit down and repeat 'Surah Ikhlas' again one
I did so. "Look towards the heaven", he then asked me.
When I raised my eyes towards the heaven he enquired
"how far do you see?" I said, upto Arsh-e-Moalla (zenith).
He then asked me "look below" . I said upto Tahtu-Sara (abyss).
He then asked me to sit sown and repeat
'Surah Ikhlas' one thousand times and I did it.
He then asked me " Look towards the heaven ".
When I did so, he enquired "how far do you see now? "
I said upto Hijaab-e-Azmat (dazzling glory of God).
He then asked me "close your eyes".
I did so, and, after a moment, he told me "open your eyes."
I did so. Then he showed me his two fingers and enquired
"what do you see through them?" I said, I see 18,000 Aalam
When he heard this, he said, "now your work is over".
Then he looked towards a brick lying nearby and asked me to pick it
When I did so. I found some deenars' (gold coins) under it.
He asked me to go and distribute them among the poor
and the needy which I did. I was then instructed to
remain with him for some time."