KHIDMAT BEFORE FAZAR PRAYER
an hour before the 'Salat' of Fajar, Khadims of Khwaja Sahib gather in Begami
Dalan with great respect & devotion. This Dalan is towards the East of the
tomb and in this Dalan is the main entrance of the Mazar. At the fixed appropriate
time all the Khadims stand near the 'Door' entrance. The devotees also follow
them and stand with them in a highly honoured manner. One of the Khadims recites
'AZAN', As soon as the Azan ends, the Kalid Bardar opens the lock and then the
door. Through this entrance the Khadis enter into the tomb and stand in between
the main entrance and a small door which is still closed. Before opening this
small door the Kalid Bardar sends Darood and Salam to the Holy Prophet and his
descendants and to Huzoor Gharib Nawaz. After this the small door is opended and
Khadims enter into the tomb.
After entering into the tomb,
they make themselves ready for 'Khidmat'. Some of the stand round the first enceinte
of the azar (Grave) some enter in between the space of two enceintes and some
enter in between the space of the Holy Mazar and the second enceinte. Now, they
remove the flowers and chadar from Mazar, clean the Mazar and its surroundings,
offer new chadar and fresh flowers. As soon as this particular ceremony ends,
the Khadims standing in between the two ancients and outside the second enceinte
start cleaning the floor with 'Farasha' (it is an special dust remover made of
During this ceremony devotees are not
permitted to enter the tomb. For them the southern door of the tomb is opened
from where they are allowed to enter into the tomb and sit silently in the open
space near the tomb of Hazrat Bibi Hafiza Jamal daughter of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz.
When the Khadis finish with the ceremony of Khidmat inside
the tomb, then only the devotees are allowed to enter into to the tomb and perform
Ziarat of the Mazaar.
This ceremony ends before the call
of Azaan for Salat of Fajar. This time is important for offering prayers. Prayers
made at this time are sure to be granted.
AFTER THE ZOHAR PRAYER :
an hour of Zohar prayer generally at 3 P.M. another ceremony which is also known
as Khidmat is performed. At this time, though the doors of the tomb are closed,
yet, the southern door, though apparently remains closed, is used for entrance
into the tomb.
At the time of this ceremony, devotees are
permitted to enter the tomb, they are allowed to keep standing silently in between
the space of the walls of the tomb and the enceinte of the Mazar.
At this time in presence of the devotees, after removal of the already presented
flowers, chadar, sandal. Atar, Kewara and rose water is presented on the Holy
Khadims who perform this ceremony offer prayers
loudly for devotes, after the end of prayers fresh flowers are presented on the
Mazar, if needed, the chadar is also changed, After that the floor of the tomb
is cleaned in the traditional way.
Ladies are not permitted to enter the tomb
during the entire period of this ceremony.
OR DANKA :
Every day about 20 minutes before Maghrib prayer the ceremony of lighting is held.
The way in which this ceremony is performed is that some Khadis bring candles
(specially prepared for this purpose) in their hands fro a Hujra (cell or room)
near Choti Deg. As soon as from Choti Deg they start moving towards the Holy Tomb
drums are beaten.
All the people present in Dargah premises start gathering
inside the tomb, those who can not enter the tomb stand outside on either side
of the main-entrance in the Begami Dalan.
At this time
too, ladies are not permitted to enter into the tomb.
after touching the candles with the heads of the devotees who keep standing on
either side of the way reach inside the tombs with prayers of blessing for devotees
on their lips. They place those candles in the lamps. The unlighted candles are
now lighted. The lamps in which the candles are placed are four in number.
The Khadims hold those lamps in their hands and keep them above
their heads. One of them recite some Persian verses in the glory of the Holy Saint.
With the end of those verses the people dispurse and the lamps are placed in four
corners of the Holy Tomb.
In the local language this ceremony
is called 'Danka'.
This last ceremony of the day is popularly known as 'Kadka' and is performed
in highly significant and traditional way. This is held after about 1 ½ hour of
Isha prayer. After this ceremony the door of the main entrance into the Holy tomb
is closed and locked.
According to the old tradition, about
20 minutes before closing the main entrance of the Holy Tomb, at a time when about
one fifth part of the night had passed, a person loudly calls to ring five and
with his voice the clock sounds five times. The Khadims ready to perform this
function request the devotees to vacate the tomb, the devotees come out of the
tomb and stand on either side of the entrance in a queue. The Khadims then close
the other doors from inside and make a search inside the entire tomb to see that
there is now no one inside the tomb. After that they start their usual service,
at least three Khadis join in this service. They clean the surroundings of the
azar in the same way as they do in the morning and evening Khidmat. They come
out of the tomb one by one with the sand and dust of the floor kept in a fine
cloth and keep the same in a shelf inside Sandal-Masjid.
When the third and the last Khadim comes out, a person duly
appointed, again calls in a loud voice to ring six bells. The bell sounds six
times. As soon as the voice of the sixth bell sounds, the Qawal, who stands there
ready, start to sing a special song in some old Indian language which is called
Kadka. As soon as the last verse of the Kadka is recited, the main entrance of
the tomb is closed and locked. The Khadim on duty keeps the key with him and also
keeps a watch round the tomb throughout the night.
a complete recital of the Holy Quran which takes place
every day at
Jama Masjid and Alamgir Masjid.
On every Thursday after Isha prayer
Mehfil-e-Jumerat is organised inside Ahata-e-Noor opposite Begami Dalan. This
program starts with 'Zikr' proceeded with Qawali and ends with Fateha. People
in large number attend this programme. This programme continues till the main
entrance of the tomb is closed.
On every sixth of Lunar Month the famous and highly inspiring programmes
of Fateha Chhatti Sharif is celebrated within Ahata-e-Noor in front of Begami
Dalan. This was founded by the ancestors of Syed Akhtar Moini and Syed Khalid
Moini Khadi of Khwaja Sahib. It has become very popular. Those who attend this
function realise its solemnity and sanctity and also the benefit which they receive.
This program which has its own blessings starts from about 8.30 A.M. in the morning
and continues about an hour without any programme of Qawali.
The programme beings with recitation of Quran proceeded with recitation of Shijra
(spiritual genealogy of Khwaja Saheb) and then with 'SALAM' and ends with Fateha.
Syed Khalid Moini or his younger brother Syed Tariq Moini recites
the Shijra and Salam in a highly impressive voice.
the evening in every home of the Khadims this Fateha is organised and prayers
are offered for the well being of the devotees.
OF HAZART GHOUSUL AZAM PIRAN -E- PIR :
On every 11th of the Lunar Month
the famous programme, popularly known as Fateha Giarahween Sharif is held. This
programme is observed in the home of every Khadim as well as at the Chilla of
Piran-e-Piron a Hilly towards south of Dargah Khwaja Saheb.
OF HAZART Khwaja QUTUBUDDIN :
On every 14th of Islamic month Fateha of
Hazrat Khwaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiar-kaki, the first spiritual successor, of Khwaja
Sahib whose holy Tombi sat Mahroli-Delhi, is performed between Asar and Maghrib
prayer at his own Chilla which is situated at the bank of Ana-Sagar Lake.
Throughout the year, several religious, spiritual
and historical programmes are organised and observed at the Holy Astana of Hazrat
Khwaja Gharib Nawaz at a large and magnificent scale. These programmes are performed
in accordance with Islamic Calendar and are detailed below :
According to the Islamic Calendar the new year commences from
1st of Moharram. This month is known as Moharra-ul-Haram but the new year day
is not celebrated in a customary
OF HAZRAT KHWAJA QUTUBUDDIN-BAKHTIAR KAKI :
On 14th of this month,
the Annual Us of Hazrat Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, first spiritual successor
of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz is celebrated at his Chilla situated at Daulat Bagh
near Ana agar Lake. Fateha is offered in every home of Khadims.
In this month the only programme which is known as 'Fateha Giarahwin Sharif' is
observed on 11th day of the month. Lectures on life and teachings of
Hazrat Ghonsul Azam Piran-e-Pir are delivered and tributes are paid to him.
The death anniversary of Amirul Momeneen Hazrat Syedna AbuBakr siddique,
the first successor of the Holy Prophet of Islamic observed at a large scale.
Lectures are delivered on his services and sacrifices which he rendered for making
the foundation of Islam more and more strong.
Urns of Hazrat Shah Mada is
also celebrated on 14th of this month from 25th of this month begins
the celebrations of the Annual Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz.
Urs of Hazrat
Khwaja Gharib Nawaz is celebrated fro 1st Rajab to 9th Rajab.
HAZRAT HUSAMMUDIN JIGAR SOKHTA :
The annual Urs of Hazrat KhwajaHusauddin
the grand son of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz is celebrated on 14th of
this month by Khadims of Khwaja Sahib at Saber where his Dargah is situated (a
place about 90 K.M. from Ajmer).
OF BIBI HAFIZA JAMAL :
The annul Urs of Hazrat Bibi Hafiza Jamal, the daughter
of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz is celebrated on 19th of this month.
URS OF HAZRAT KHWAJA
FAKHRUDDIN GURDEZI :
The annual Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Fakhruddin Gurdezi, the
ancestor of Syedzada Khadis, who is lying buried near Khwaja Sahibis Begami Dalanonthe
right side of the main entrance of the tomb is celebrated on 25th of
On 26th of this month after Isha prayers, a grand function in memory of
the greatest event of human history, the 'Miraj is held. Lectures are delivered
and after lectures all the people keep themselves busy in prayer throughout the
OF HAZRAT KHWAJA FAKHRUDDIN :
Hazrat Khwaja Fakhruddin is the eldest son of
Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz. He spend his life in prayers and mediation at village
'Sarwar' about 60 k.m. from Ajmer and breathed his last in the same village.
His annual Urs is celebrated from 3rd to 9th Shaban.
The Khadims of Hazrat Khwaja Sahib celebrate this Urs at his tomb at Sarwar, all
the ceremonies of Urs including 'langar' are organised by Anjuman Moinia Fakhria
Chistia Khudam Khwaja Sahib Syed Zadgan.
The function of Shab-e-Barat is observed in the purely religious tradition
as it is observed by the entire Muslim world.
The sacred month of Ramzan has its own blessings. Muslim all over the world observe
fast, become strict in performance of prayers and devote most of the time in recitation
of the Quran and in additional prayers. They also perform acts like payment of
charity, feeding of poor and giving of alms.
No doubt that every Muslim knows
the religious importance of this month, but the Muslim world is not aware of the
most important events of Islamic History which took place during this Holy month,
as such except at Ajmer no where the functions in memory of those events are held.
The details and importance of those functions is given here.
OF RAMZAN :
The annual anniversary of Khatoon-e-Jannat Hazrat Bibi Fateha
the youngest daughter of the Prophet of Islam and the mother of Hazrat Imam Hasan
and Hazrat Imam Husain is observed at the Holy Astana of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib
Nawaz in a highly dignified way. Lectures are also delivered on her high spiritual
status and her sacrifices for Islam.
RAMZAM (BATTLE OF BADR) :
17th Ramzan is the most memorable day
of Islamic History. It is the day when the first war between the Islamic forces
who were in small number, was fought against the large and a strong army of the
'infidels of Makka. It was the first battle of Righteous under the leadership
of the Prophet of Islam against the infidels in which the Rightous came out victorious
in a highly miraculous way.
In memory, of the first war of its kind ever fought
on this earth for establishment of justice, truth and righteousness by Muslims
against the strong and well armed forces of wrong doers, cruel and barbarous people,
who could not think of defeat, but faced a shameful defeat at the hands of armless
people is celebrated at the Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz on a large scale.
Lectures are delivered and prayers are offered throughout the night. The author
himself delivers lectures on this great Historical event in Juma Masjid after
Isha prayer every year.
OF RAMZAN CONQUEST OF MARKET :
In the Holy of Ramzan, the 19th
day highly memorable day of the Islamic History. This is the day when Islamic
forces conquered Makka , Where therein is the House of Allah, without any blood
shed. This conquest resulted into the conquest of the heart and soul of the people
of Arabia. It made easy for the people of Arabia to understand the truth of Islam.
They all without any force, far or compulsion, accepted Islam and became the leader
of all the Nations of the world.
The conquest of Makka made the foundation
of Islam very strong and opened the door of thousands of other types of victories.
This conquest also brought a evolution in human moral and conduct and conquest
other human virtues.
Therefore, in memory of this illustrious and distinguished
vent many programmes are organised at the Dargah of Ajmer at a large scale.
RAMZAN : THE DAY OF MARTYDOM OF HAZAT ALI :
21st of Ramzan reminds
of the Martyrdom of Amirul Momeneen Syedna Hazrat Ali Karam Allahwajho. Therefore,
in his memory a large number of Programme including 'free langer' to poor are
organised. Lectures are delivered on his love for Islam, his services and sacrifices,
his inspiring and illuminating life, his spiritual and temporal status and, like
that, tributes are paid to that great personality of Islam.
RAMZAN: THE NIGHT OF REVELATION OF QURAN :
26th day of Ramzan and
the night thereafter is the most important night. Its blessings are beyond description,
it is the night when the Quran was revealed, as such, it is celebrated all over
the world by the Muslims. Throughout the night, the Muslims keep themselves busy
in recitation of the Quran and other modes of prayer and worship.
is celebrated here at Ajmer in the same manner in which the entire Muslim world
SHAWWAL : ANNUAL
URS OF HAZRAT KHWAJA USMAN HAROON THE SPIRITUAL LEADER OF KHWAJA SAHIB
The spiritual ceremonies of this function are organised on 5th and
6th of Shawal.
People from far and near attend the programmes and
obtain those special bounties and blessings of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz which
are bestowed upon devotees during those days.
OF HAZRAT KHWAJA ABU SAEED :
The annual Urs of the son of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib
Nawaz is celebrated on 4th day of the month of Sai Ghat near his tomb in Dargah
DAY OF MARTYDOM OF HAZRAT USMAN :
Amirual Momenn Syedna Hazrat Usman was the
third successor of the Prophet of Islam. 18th Zil Hijja is observed as the da
of his Martyrdom and tributes are paid to him.
Lectures are delivered on his
contribution to Islam and Muslims on his spiritual status, on his life and on
the services he rendered.
DAY OF MARTYDOM OF HAZRAT OMAR :
This day reminds us of the great services
and sacrifices of that soldier of Islam who in history is known as the conqueror
of Egypt, Conqueror of Syria, Conqueror of Iran and above all the Conqueror of
Jeru-salem (Baitul Muqaddas) and whose name is Ameerul Momeneen Syedna Hazrat
Qmar Farook Radhi Alla Anho.
He was the 2nd Successor of the Prophet of Islam.
He has rendered such invaluable services which have no parallel in Islamic History.
29th Zil Hijja is the day of his Martyrdom and is observed here at
Ajmer on a large scale.