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25. Hazrat Muhammed Masum h

[ to be translated in English ]

استقامت کر عطا اور کل گناہوں سے بچا
[ to be translated in English ] خواجۂ معصوم قیومِ ورئٰ کے واسطے

- Extracts from Sijra-ay-Tayyiba - Shiekh Syed Mahmood Hassan Rizvi (Rehmat'ullah Alaiyh)
حضرت سیدمیاں محمّد حسن محمود رضوی نقشبدی مجددی عزیزی رحمتاالله علیه

Translation to English by Anwar-un-Nabi [please forgive any mistakes]

Hazrat Khwāja Imām Muhammad Ma’sūm Fārūqī Sirhindī Naqshbandī (1007-1079 AH) was the third son and successor of Mujaddid Alf-e-Sānī Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindī (971-1034 AH), may Allah be pleased with them both.

He was born in 1007 AH (1598/1599 C.E) in Sirhind (India).

At the age of 11, his father took him as a murid and trained him in tarīqat.

Hazrat Khwaja used to say that all my prayers, whether Fard or Nawāfil, are offered over the Arsh.

This great sun of guidance left this mortal world on Saturday 9th Rabī al-Awwal 1079 AH (16/17 August 1668). In the night before this sad day, a voice was heard in every house of Sirhind that tomorrow morning the Qayyūm of this time will depart from this mortal world to the eternal place.

Muhammad al-Masum
May Allah Sanctify His Soul

In the Place of refuge my heart sought refuge,
shot with enmity's arrows.
O Mercy of God for His slaves, God placed His trust in you
among all inanimate forms.
O House of my Lord, O light of my heart, O coolness of my eyes,
O my heart within!
O true secret of the heart of existence, my sacred trust,
my purest love!
O Direction to which I turn from every quarter and valley,
From subsistence in the Real, then from on high,
from self-extinction, then from the depths!
O Kacba of Allah, O my life, O path of good fortune,
O my guidance!
God sheds His light on your court, and something of His light
appears in the heart.

Ibn `Arabi, al-Futuhat al-Makkiyyah.

He is The Rope of Allah (cUrwat-il-Wuthqa), the Pious Guide who combined in himself the sharaca and Reality (haqiqat) and he showed the difference between Ignorance and True Guidance. He was born in the year 1007 H. He was educated by his father from the special knowledge of saints. He sat on the Throne of Guidance in the Naqshbandi Way after the passing of his Shaykh, at the age of 26 years. He became famous everywhere. His name was known on every tongue, and kings acknowledged his greatness in his time. People were flocking to him from everywhere.

Allah Most High says: "He who is hostile to a friend of Mine I declare war against. My slave approaches Me with nothing more beloved to Me than what I have made obligatory upon him, and My slave keeps drawing nearer to Me with voluntary works until I love him. And when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hand with which he seizes, and his foot with which he walks. If he asks me, I will surely give to him, and if he seeks refuge in Me, I will surely protect him"

(Sahih Bukhari - Fath al-Bari, 11.340 41, hadith 6502) [src: suhba.org]