- Departure for Bokhara:
The immediate inspiration of the miraculous experience with Sheikh
Ibrahim Qandozi was that Khwaja sahab 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 good-bye and
left Neshapur for Bokhara, which was the seat of learning in those
days in search of religious knowledge and moral education.
Khwaja Sahab, who had renounced the world in his early age, was
seen walking, all alone, on the Neshapur-Bokhara highway, amidst
jungle and animal life, without a friend, without a penny in the
pocket and without any present or future hope of provision for his
livelihood, resolutely determined to seek the Truth.
The ever growing
discontentment of his earlier years, inspite of all his rich traditions
and material possessions, had suddenly changed into a perfect contentment
immediately after a divine vision received through the help of a
great 'Mazhoob'. 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 pride
and arrogance of the mightiest monarchs of his time to redeem the
sufferings of the oppressed? Khwaja Sahab in a friendless world
was playing in the hands of Destiny for an exceedingly grand mission
and amazing career dedicated to the cause of peace and happiness
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 its time.
Bokhara, Khwaja Sahab received his education in all the oriental
sciences and literature from many learned 'Ulema' 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 academical diplomas or "robes of learning"
of that time.
Having completed his education at Bokhara,Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin
Chishty(R.A) went to Samarqand which was also a great seat of learning
in those days. 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 A-D. or 552 and 561 AH.