Hadrat Sayyid Shah Aal-e-Ahmad
Acchay Miyan Marehrwi Alaihir raHmah
Qudwat al-Kaamileen, Abu al-Fadhl Hadrat Sayyid Shah Aal-e-Ahmed Ache Miyan is the thirty sixth Imam and Shaykh of the Silsila Aaliyah Qaadiriyah Barakatiyah Ridawiyyah Nooriyah.
He was born on the 28th of Ramadan al-Mubaarak 1160 Hijri.
His name is Sayyid Aal-e-Ahmed and his title is Ache Miya. His father was has Hadrat Sayyid Shah Hamza.
PREDICTION OF HIS BIRTH:
Hadrat Saahib al-Barkaat Shah Barkatullah said that he would be blessed with a son (descendant) in the fourth generation, who will strengthen the brightness of the Khandaan. He also gave a cloak to his eldest son, Hadrat Sayyiduna Shah Aale Muhammad to pass it over to the child. When the Bismillah Khwaani of Hadrat Ache Mia was taking place, Hadrat Shah Aale Muhammad, seated him down on his lap and said, “This is the child concerning whom my father foretold.”
He attained his education under the watchful eye of his father, and also studied tibb (medicine) under the tutorship of Kaleem Nasrullah Saahib Marehrwi.
He was a very powerful Aarif Billah. There was no example to him in Karaamat and knowledge in his time. He was well known for his Mujahida and wazaaif. He personally took care of his disciples and was an excellent example of the character of the Prophet ù. He showed love to all his disciples, but paid special attention to those who came from Badayoun Shareef. He would often say, “Badayoun is our property which was given to us by Huzoor Ghawth al-Azam.”
Once, a person went to the Naqeeb al-Ashraaf of Iraq and asked a question relating to the oneness of Allah. He asked him to travel to India and ask his question to Hadrat Shaykh Abdul Aziz Muhadith-e-Delhwi. The man travelled to India and met Hadrat Muhadithe Delhwi. Hadrat answered his query but he was still not fully satisfied. Hadrat Shaykh Muhadith-e-Delhwi then said that he should travel to Marehrah Shareef and meet with Hadrat Ache Mia , as he would get the most satisfying answer from him. Hadrat spent most of his time in Ibaadat. With the exception of his five daily Salaah, he always performed Salaatul Maaqoos and many other wazeefas and amals. He had a special pattern in his daily life. He would wake up in the third portion of the night, make fresh wudhu and then perform his Tahajjud Salaah. He then raised his hands and made dua for prosperity in Deen and for the maghfirat of those close to him. After this, he would read the Kalima Shareef aloud eleven times. The door of the house would then be closed, and none would be allowed to enter. He would go into his room for a while and then enter the Khanqah Shareef. He would then sit in the company of the dervishes and fulfill their needs, and as a manner of encouragement, he would revise some of their wazaaif. He would then enter the Dargah Shareef, and first make Fateha at the Mazaar of his father. He would then make Fateha at the Mazaar of his beloved mother and all his other forefathers. He would go into the garden, which was adjacent to the Dargah. He would lay a carpet and sit under a fruit tree. After a while, he would then go into the Khanqah again. This was the open court, where everyone was allowed to present his or her problems and difficulties before him. He trained his disciples with firmness. He very seldom gave wazifas and amals to ordinary people. Like his predecessors, he assisted those who needed financial assistance etc, very discreetly. He ate two or three thin rotis (bread) with some gravy or moong dhall for lunch. He would then rest for a while (Qailulah). He would then make fresh wudhu and pray his Zohar Salaah. He would then become engrossed in the recitation of the Holy Quran. He would then go to the Khanqah and read the wazifa of Duroods. He would then pray Asar Namaaz at the Musjid and return to the Khanqah. He would go into the Musjid for Maghrib Salaah and then pray the Khatm-e-Khajegaan after Maghrib, and then return to the Khanqah. He would then sit a while with his Khaadims who showed great respect and honour to him. He would then pray his Esha Salaah and the doors would be closed.
BOOKS AND TREATIES:
One of the most famous books written by Hazra Ache Mia is a book called Aa’in-e-Ahmadi, another book was a compilation of wazeefas and special amals. He also wrote the famous Adaabus Saalikeen and the Diwan Ash’aar.
Janaab Shaykh Rasool Bakhsh says that once a soldier came to meet Hadrat. He suffered from leprosy and thus stood very far away from Hadrat. Hadrat saw him and called him closer. He said that he was not worthy of coming too close. Hadrat again asked him to come closer.
When he came close to Hadrat, Hadrat placed his hand over the area that was affected with white patches and said, “There is nothing here” When the man looked, he found that there was no sign of the illness.”
It is in Asaar-e-Ahmadi that a person from Bukhara came to Marehrah Shareef. He performed Zohar Namaaz at the Khanqah and then presented himself before Hadrat Ache Mia . He said, “I heard your name and came here to gain spiritual excellence, as I do not have the ability to make Mujahida etc. I wish to attain this without any striving, and just through your blessed sight.” Hadrat smiled at him and said, “You wish to attain such a huge valuable and yet you do not wish to go through any strenuous exercise?”
One person from amongst those seated in the gathering mocked the man and said, “Do you think that it is some type of sweet, that it can just be put into your mouth?”
On hearing this, Hadrat said, “Do not say such a thing. Nothing is far from the Power of Allah.” Hadrat then gave him a Durood Shareef and asked him to read it. That night, he read the Durood Shareef and was blessed with seeing the Prophet ù in his dream. The man’s entire life changed in a few moments. The mystical secrets dawned upon him and he entered the world of Tasawwuf. In the morning, he went to Hadrat Ache Mia and said, “Last night, the Prophet ù said to me, ‘after every century, there will be such a person in my Ummah, who will revive my Deen.” He said, “Huzoor! In this Century, you are that personality.”
Molvi Riyaazudeen Sahawani, the Khalifa of Hadrat Ache Mia writes as follows in Gulshan-e-Abraar: A villager came to Hadrat and became mureed. After becoming mureed, he did not get the opportunity of coming to the Khanqah for a very long time. One year, he managed to present himself at the Khanqah for the Urs of Hadrat Sayyid Hamza. The Khanqah was filled with thousands of devotees’ and disciples. The man thought that Hadrat had thousands of mureeds and new groups of people become his mureed on a daily basis. He thus thought that it was not going to be possible for Hadrat to recognize him. After a while, he managed to reach Hadrat Ache Mia and presented his salaam to him and spoke a few words. Hadrat then pointed him out and called him close. He asked about him and about his village. Hadrat then said, “You take the flock of your fellow villagers with you when you go to graze your own flock. How do you recognize your own flock from those of the others?” He answered by explaining the method that is used to differentiate the flocks. Hadrat then said, “Mia! This Faqeer also recognizes his flock in the same way. There is a (spiritual) string of love that is around their necks.” Hadrat had a small trunk, which was called Ghala-e-Ghausiyah. He kept his money in this small trunk. He distributed money to the needy, took care of the Khaadims and financed the entire Khanqah, but there was never a shortage in this trunk. This too was a Karaamat of Hadrat Ache Mia.
Hadrat married Fazal Faatima, the daughter of Sayyid Ghulam Ali Salharwi Bilgiraami. He was blessed with a son and a daughter. His daughter passed away on the 11th of Rabi ul Awwal 1196 Hijri and his son Hadrat Saa’in Saahib passed away just a few days after his bismillah khwaani due to fever, on the 13th of Rabi ul Awwal 1196 Hijri.
The actual number of his mureeds is not known, but many have said that Hadrat had approximately two hundred thousand mureeds. Hadrat’s Khulafa were all very great personalities. Some of the names of his Khulafa are as follows:
- Hadrat Sayyid Shah Aale Rasool Marehrwi,
- Hadrat Peer Baghdad Saahib (descendant of Ghaus-e-Azam radi Allahu anhu),
- Hadrat Shah Khairaat Ali (grandson of Hadrat Shah Fazlullah Kalpwi),
- Hadrat Maulana Abdul Majeed Ainul Haq Badayouni,
- Hadrat Maulana Abdul Majeed Usmani Badayouni,
- Hadrat Haafiz Sayyid Ghulam Ali Shahjaanpuri,
- Hadrat Molvi Riyaazudeen Sahsawani,
- Hadrat Maulana Fakhrudeen Usmani Badayouni,
- Hadrat Maulana Zikrullah Shah Saahib,
- Hadrat Sayyid Ahmed Shah Shahjahanpuri,
- Hadrat Sayyid Shah Meeran Barelvi,
- Hadrat Ghulam Jilani Badayouni,
- Hadrat Maulana Abul Hassan Usmani Badayouni,
- Hadrat Maulana Habeebullah Saahib Abbasi Badayouni,
- Hadrat Maulana Muhammad Baha ul Haq Abbasi Badayouni,
- Hadrat Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Ali Saahib Ghulam Darvesh Lucknowi,
- Hadrat Maulana Fazl Imam Rai Barelvi,
- Hadrat Shah Muhammad Ghulaam Ghaus Badayouni,
- Hadrat Shah Gul,
- Hadrat Mia Habeebullah Shah Badayouni,
- Hadrat Maulana Muhammad Nizaamudeen Saahib Abbasi Badayouni,
- Hadrat Mia Shah A’lam,
- Hadrat Maulana Shah Salaamatullah Badayouni Kanpuri,
- Hadrat Mia Shah Hassan,
- Hadrat Shah Hussain Mughl,
- Hadrat Maulana Muhammad Afzal Siddiqi Badayouni,
- Hadrat Maulana Ghulam Abbas Bardwaani,
- Hadrat Khaja Kilan Qaazi Suroonj,
- Hadrat Allama Muhammad Azam Sahsawani,
- Hadrat Haafiz Muraad Shah,
- Hadrat Maulana Noor Muhammad,
- Hadrat Shah Ghulam Qaadir,
- Hadrat Shah Shahabudeen Mast,
- Hadrat Chaudri Niyaz Ali Marehrwi,
- Hadrat Maulana Badrudeen Bukhari,
- Hadrat Maulana Shaykh Ahmed Delhwi,
- Hadrat Maulana Abdul Jabaar Shahjahananpuri,
- Hadrat Maulana Abdul Qaadir Daghistani,
- Hadrat Shah Be Fikr,
- Hadrat Khaja Ghulam Naqshbandi Khan Delhwi,
- Hadrat Mian Ji Abdul Malik Ansari Badayouni,
- Hadrat Qaazi Zaheerudeen Siddiqi Badayouni,
- Hadrat Sayyid Qudrat Ali Shahjahanpuri,
- Hadrat Shah Najf Ali Shah,
- Hadrat Sayyid Munawwar Ali Shah,
- Hadrat Haafiz Muhammad Mahfood Aanola,
- Hadrat Maulana Abdul Ulaa Farshori Badayouni,
- Hadrat Shah Ilah Yaar,
- Hadrat Mian Jee Shahabudeen,
- Hadrat Sayyid Shah Fazl Ghaus Barelvi,
- Hadrat Hafiz Murad Shah Punjabi,
- Hadrat Deendaar Shah Rampuri,
- Hadrat Shah Abdul Haq Shahjanpuri,
- Hadrat Maulana Ibaadatullah Siddiqi,
- Hadrat Ne’matullah Shah,
- Hadrat Luft Ali Shah,
- Hadrat Shaykh Baarikullah Siddiqi,
- Hadrat Shaykh Ashraf Ali Ansari,
- Hadrat Munshi Zulfikaarudeen Badayouni,
- Hadrat Shaykh Mubaazirudeen,
- Hadrat Sayyid Rif’at Ali Shah,
- Hadrat Maulana Qaazi Abdus Salaam Abbasi,
- Hadrat Qaazi Imam Bakhsh Siddiqi,
- Hadrat Mia Abdullah Shah Sahraa’ee,
- Hadrat IsA’lat Khan,
- Hadrat Sayyid Mahmood Makki,
- Hadrat Jalaaludeen Purbi,
- Hadrat Maulana Naseerudeen Uthmani Badayouni and
- Hadrat Shah Khaamoosh (Ridwaanullahi Ta'ala Alaihim Ajma'een).
GEMS OF WISDOM:
- Try only to desire the closeness of Allah. If you have attained closeness to Allah, then you have attained everything.
- Always show respect from your heart, to those, who have a link to the Prophet ù, such as the Sayyids, Masha’ikh, Awliyah and the Ulama.
- Know that your Peero Murshid is the most exalted for you compared to all the other Shaykhs in the world. Always follow his commands, for they are the commands of the Prophet ù and never look at any of his actions or sayings with contempt.
- Try to eat less and sleep less, as there is great benefit in this.
He passed away on a Thursday, the 17th of Rabi al-Awwal 1235 Hijri, at the age of 75.
His Mazaar Shareef is Marehrah Shareef. (India)