Hazrat Khawaja Qutabuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki
Dargah Sharif of Hazrat Qutab Sahib
The Dargah of Great Sufi Saint Hazrat Khawaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki is a very famous Sufi Shrine of Delhi situated at Mehrauli near Qutab Minar in New Delhi.The Saint was a Mureed and Khalifa (Disciple) and first spiritual successor of Great Sufi Saint of India Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti who is better known by his title “Gharib Nawaz” of Ajmer Sharif who belonged to the ‘Chishtia Order’. Hazrat Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki was born in 569 Hijri in a town called ‘Aush’ .Hazrat Khawaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki was appointed Khalifa-e-Azam by his Piro Murshid Hazrat Khawaja Gharib Nawaz of Ajmer and he was instructed to stay in Delhi during the reign of Sultan Qutubuddin Aibak and Sultan Shamsuddin Al-Tamish in order to carry on the mission of the ‘Chishtia Order’ in India. He was very fond of Sama –Qawwali and used to hold Mehfile Qawwali (Sama) at his Khanqah. He was died in 634 Hijri in a state of ‘Wajd’ (Ecstasy) during the Sama-Mehfile Qawwali at
“Kushtagaan-e- khanjar-e- tasleem raa,
Har zamaan azz gheb jaan-e-deegar ast.”
Translation: For the victims of the sword of divine love, there is new life every moment from the unseen.
Dargah of Hazrat Khawaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki
Due to his extraordinary death (wisal) Hazrat Khawaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki is also known as ‘Shaheed-e-Mohabbat’ (martyr of God’s love).He had devoted his whole life in the worship (Ibadat) of Almighty Allah. In accordance to the Sufi tradition he had also appointed Hazrat Khawaja Fariduddin Ganje Shakar as his spiritual successor and Khalifa whose shrine is now situated in Pakpattan in
Hazrat Khawaja Naseeruddin Chirage Dehli
Why Hazrat Khawaja Naseeruddin is called “Chirage Dehli”?
A great Karamat (Miracle) is attributed with Hazrat Naseeruddin and the ancient ‘Baoli’( stepwell) of Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Aulia.The Baoli is about 700 years old and is still full of water. It is said that when the Baoli of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia was being constructed under the supervision of his mureed and Khalifa(disciple) Hazrat Naseeruddin, then at the same time the construction work was going on at the Fort of Sultan Ghayasuddin Tughlaq at Tughlaq Abad in Delhi.The labourers working at the fort used to sleep at day time because they had to work at night time at the Baoli of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia. The Sultan was very angry and enquired about this from his Wazeer (Minister) who told him that our labourers used to work at night at the Baoli of Sufi Saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia as they had great respect for the saint. Consequently the labourers fall asleep during the day time at our Fort.The Sultan was very jealous and ordered the Shop keepers to stop the supply of oil to Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia so that his Baoli could not be constructed in night without any Chirag (Lamp). Under such circumstances when there was no oil, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia called his Mureed and Khalifa Hazrat Khawaja Naseeruddin and told him to take water of the Baoli and use the same in Chirag (Lamps) instead of oil. Hazrat Naseeruddin obeyed the command of his Piro Murshid( spiritual master) and put the water of the Baoli in all the Chirags (Lamps) with some dry leaves of grass and ignited the same. It was a great Karamat of the saint that the water of the Baoli was burnt just like oil in the lamps and the work of Baoli was completed and from that time Hazrat Khawaja Naseeruddin was called as Chirage Dehli.The locality where his Shrine (Dargah) is situated is also named after him and is known as Chirage Dehli.