the year, several religious, spiritual and historical programs are
organised and observed at the Holy Astana of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz.
These programs are performed in accordance with the Islamic Calendar and
are detailed below :
Annual Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiar Kaki
On 14th of this month, the annual Us of Hazrat Khwaja Qutubuddin
Bakhtiar Kaki, first spiritual successor of Hazrat Khwaja Garib Nawaz
is celebrated at his Chilla situated at Daulat Bagh near Anasagar
Lake. Fateha is offered in every home of khadims.
this month the only program, which is known as 'Fateha Giarahwin
Sharif', is observed on 11th day of the month. Lectures on life and
teachings of Hazrat Ghousul Azam Piran-e-Pir are delivered and
tributes are paid to him.
The death anniversary of Amirul Momeneen Hazrat Syedna Abubakar
Siddique, the first successor of the Holy Prophet of Islam is 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. Urs 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 Khwja Garib Nawaz.
Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Garib Nawaz is celebrated from 1st Rajjab to
Urs of hazrat Usamuddin Jigar Sokhta
The annual Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Husauddin the grand son of Hazrat
Khwaja Gharib Nawaz is celebrated on 14th of this month by khadims
of Khwaja Saheb at Saber where his Dargah is situated (about 90 km
Urs of Bibi Hafiza Jamal
The annual Urs of Hazrat Bibi Hafiza Jamal, the daughter of Hazrat
Khwaja Gharib Nawaz is celebrated on 19th of this month.
Urs of Hazrat KhwajaFakhruddin Gurdezi
The annual Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Fakhruddin Gurdezi, the ancestor
of Syedzada khadims, who is lying buried near Khwaja Saheb is
Begami Dalan on the right side of the main entrance of the tomb is
celebrated on 25th of this month.
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 people keep themselves busy in prayer
throughout the night.
Annual Urs 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
hhadims of Hazrat Khwaja Saheb celebrate this Urs at his tomb at
Sarwar, all the ceremonies of Urs including 'langar' are organised
by Anjuman Moinia Fakhria Chistia Khudam Khwaja Saheb Syed Zada.
The function of Shab-e-Barat is observed in the same purely
religious tradition as it is observed by the entire Muslim world.
The sacred month of Ramadan 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
The details and importance of those functions is given here.
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 are 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.
17th Ramadan (Battle of Badr)
17th Ramadan 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 Righteous 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.
19th of Ramadan (Conquest of Mecca)
In the Holy month of Ramadan, the 19th day is highly memorable for
Islamic History. This is the day when Islamic forces conquered
Mecca without any bloodshed. In memory of this day many programs
are organised at the Dargah of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz.
21st Ramadan (The Day of Martydom of Hazrat Ali)
21st of Ramadan reminds of the Martyrdom of Amirul Momeneen Syedna
Hazrat Ali Karam Alahwajho. Therefore, in his memory a large
number of Programs including 'free langar' 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.
26th Ramadan (The night of revelation of the Holy Qur'an)
26th day of Ramadan 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, and the Muslims celebrate it all
over the world. Throughout the night, the Muslims keep themselves
busy in recitation of the Quran and other modes of prayer and
worship. This night is celebrated here at Ajmer in the same manner
in which the entire Muslim world celebrates it.
Annual Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Usman Haroon, spiritual leader of
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.
Annual Urs 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
Anniversary of martydom of Hazrat Usman
Amirual Momenn Syedna Hazrat Usman was the third successor of the
Prophet of Islam. 18th Zil Hajj is observed as the day 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.
Anniversary 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 Jerusalem (Baitul Muqaddas) and whose name is Ameerul
Momeneen Syedna Hazrat Qamar 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 Hajj is the day of his Martyrdom and is observed here at
Ajmer on a large scale.
Fateha Chatti Sharif
every sixth of the Lunar Month the famous and highly inspiring program of
Fateha Chhatti Sharif is celebrated within Ahata-e-Noor in front of Begami
Dalan. This was founded by the ancestors of Kantar Moini and Syed Khalid
Moini Khadi of Khwaja Saheb. 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
program of Qawwali. The program begins with recitation of the Holy Qur'an
followed by recitation of Shijra (spiritual genealogy of Khwaja Saheb)
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. In the evenings, at every khadims home this Fateha is
organised and prayers are offered for the well being of the devotees.
Fateha of Hazrat Ghousal Azam Piran-E-Pir
every 11th of the Lunar Month the famous program, popularly known as
Fateha Giarahween Sharif is held. This program is observed in the home of
every Khadim as well as at the Chilla of Piran-e-Piro a hill which lies to
the south of the Dargah of Khwaja Saheb
Fateha of Hazrat Khwaja Qutubuddin
every 14th of the Islamic calendar, Fateha of Hazrat Khwaja Qutubuddin
Bakhtiar-kaki, the first spiritual successor of Khwaja Saheb whose holy
Tomb is situated at Mahroli, Delhi is performed between Asr and Maghrib
prayer at his own Chilla which is situated at the bank of Ana Sagar Lake.
Before Fajr Prayer
before the 'Salat' of Fajr, khadims and devotees of Khwaja Saheb gather in
Begami Dalan which is the main entrance to the Mazaar (Grave) and lies to
the east of the tomb. Azan is recited by one of the khadims after which
the Kalid Bardar opens the lock that guards the main door. Through this
entrance the khadims 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 Salaam to the holy Prophet,
his descendants and to Huzoor Gharib Nawaz. The small door is then opened
and khadims enter into the tomb. After entering into the tomb, they
prepare for 'Khidmat'. Some stand round the first enceinte of the Mazaar,
some enter in between space of the two enceintes and some enter in between
the space of the Holy Mazaar and the second enceinte. Flowers and chadar
are removed from the Mazaar which is then cleansed and fresh flowers and
chadar are offered. Once this ceremony is over, khadims standing in
between the two enceintes and outside the second enceinte start cleaning
the floor with 'Farasha' ( a special dust remover made with peacock
During this ceremony devotees are not permitted to enter the tomb. For
them the southern door of the tomb is open, where they are allowed to
enter into the tomb and sit in the open space near the shrine of Hazrat
Bibi Hafiza Jamal, daughter of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz. Once the khadims are
finished with the ritual of Khidmat inside the tomb, the devotees are
allowed to enter into the tomb and perform Ziarat of the Mazaar.
This ceremony ends before the call of Azaan for Salat of Fajr.
After Zohr Prayer
after zohr prayers another ceremony is performed which is also known as
Khidmat. At this time, though the doors of the tomb are closed the
southern door is used for entrance into the tomb. At the time of this
ceremony, devotees are permitted to enter the tomb. They are allowed to
stand in between the space of the walls of the tomb and the enceinte of
the Mazaar. At this time after removal of the flowers and chadar, sandal,
attar, kewra and rose water are presented on the Mazaar. khadims who
perform this ceremony offer prayers loudly. At the end of prayers fresh
flowers and chadar are presented on the Mazaar. The floor of the tomb is
also cleansed in traditional manner. Women are not permitted to enter the
tomb during the entire period of this ceremony.
Lighting or Danka
day about 20 minutes before Maghrib prayer the ceremony of lighting is
held. The way in which this ceremony is performed is that some khadims
bring candles (especially prepared for this purpose) in their hands
towards the Chhoti Deg. As soon as they start moving from the Chhoti Deg
towards the Holy Tomb, drums are beaten.
Everyone starts 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, women are not permitted to enter into the tomb. khadims
after touching the candles on to the heads of the devotees reach inside
the tomb with prayers of blessing for devotees. 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. khadims hold these lamps in
their hands and keep them above their heads. One of them recite Persian
verses for the glory of the Holy Saint. With the end of those verses the
people disperse and the lamps are placed in four corners of the Holy Tomb.
In the local language this ceremony is called 'Danka'.
last ceremony of the day is popularly known as 'Kadka' and is performed in
traditional manner. This ceremony is held after an hour and a half of Isha
prayers. After this ceremony the door of the main entrance into the Holy
tomb is closed and locked.
According to an old tradition, 20 minutes before closing the main entrance
of the Holy Tomb when about one fifth part of the night has 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. The khadims then close the other doors from inside
and make a search inside the entire tomb to check if there is no one
inside the tomb. At least three khadims join in this service. They clean
the surroundings of the Mazaar 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 Sandali-Masjid. When the third and the last khadims come 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, a
qawwal starts to sing a special song in an 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 of the tomb throughout the night.
Syed Mohammed Amber Miya
S/o Syed Mohammed Anique Miya