Syed Malik Mohammed Alam, Saeenji Gudri Shah Baba I
may have heard it said that ''God can be found by searching for
After hearing a little of the life and search
of Hazrat Syed Malik Mohammed Alam, known as Gudri Shah Baba I,
you will be reassured that for a human being nothing is impossible.
In his search for God, Sufi Saint Hazrat Syed
Malik Mohammed Alam (who was born in 1207 AH. 1788 AD. in Shahpura,
Punjab; now Pakistan) spent sixty years of his life, bare footed,
in the jungles of India, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Arabia.
During this pilgrimage of sixty years, he performed Haj seven
times and visited a multitude of holy places and shrines.
Eventually the blessings of the Friend
descended upon him in the words "come here".
It was at the suggestion of his Murshid,
Hazrat Pir Mustufa of Baghdad that he go to Ajmer.
"Your spiritual share is in Ajmer at the
shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Moin Uddin Hasan Chishti"
Saeenji came to Ajmer and spent the remaining
sixty years of his life, wearing a long jute coat and a Gudri (Patched
shawl) across his shoulder.
He became known as Gudri Shah, the King of
This is how the Gudri Shahi Sufi Order came
When Gudri Shah Baba I received the spiritual
blessings of Hazrat Khwaja Moin Uddin Hasan Chishti, he became so
identified with the Great Saint that those with spiritual insight
were unable to separate the two, unsure as to whose manifestation
they were witnessing. He has a soul relation, with Hazrat Khwaja
Moin Uddin Hasan Chishti. He obtained the Uwesia
Nisbat (alliance) of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan
Chishti, and is as expressed by Hazrat Shah Wali Ullah while
referring to saints, in his work, Altaf Ul Qudus;
''They may be connected through their longing
and anxiety or in the same spirit as Uways UI Qarni''
The universality of the teachings of Gudri
Shah Baba I, noble character, humility and social understanding
were such that they affected everyone who came into contact with
him. Men and women from all walks of life joined his holy assembly
and benefited from his spiritual blessings.
His concern for his mureeds can be understood
from the following story. He was in the last few days of his long
life and was surrounded by his mureeds, who were mainly employed
in different walks of life. He enquired, "what day is it
today?" They replied ''Sir, it is Friday.'' He was so
obviously thinking of the convenience of his mureeds, for whom
Sunday was not a working day, when he said, in symbolic language,
''Not Friday. Let it be Sunday''.
So, on Sunday, the 10th of Ramzan, in the year
1327 AH / 1907 AD, at the age of one hundred and twenty years, he
died, proving that even death cannot take away the lovers of God
without their permission.
His practical teachings of love and the
controlling of Nafs (Self) have warmed the heart and minds of
people. He often said:
Control your Nafs (The Self) and see the
manifestation of God.
He always consoled people and was always
sensitive to their feelings and needs. At times, people offered
him things. He would accept and after a period of time, when he
saw a person in need, he would bestow that same gift on them.
He chose to be buried near the Chillah of
Hazrat Khwaja Moin Uddin Hasan Chishti, overlooking Anasagar Lake,
Ajmer. He had chosen this spot in his life time and now a
beautiful white marble shrine marks the place of his eternal rest
and his eternal relationship with Khwaja Sahib, in an area
included within the premises of the Chillah Sharief of Khwaja
His shrine is a place of pilgrimage and each
year on the 9th. & 10th. Ramzan (Islamic month) his Urs or
death anniversary is celebrated according to the Chishti Tradition.
Abdur Rahim Shah, Qazi Gudri Shah Baba II
the same hill, a little to the south of the Chillah of Khwaja
Sahib, stands the holy, white shrine of Hazrat Abdur Rahim Shah,
known as Qazi Gudri Shah Baba II. The shrine is a square building,
standing in the centre of a strong, fort wall - Ahata Hazrat Abdur
1274 Hijra, the birth of the saint, is
mentioned in the 'Tazakara Hazrat Abdur Rahim Shah, Gudri Shah
In the search of the Murshid or the spiritual
guide who could bring him close to God, he left his native place
Kashipur in U.P. and came to Ajmer.
After some years, he saw a dream in which
Hazrat Khwaja Moin Uddin Hasan Chishti was in the company of Gudri
Shah Baba I. Hazrat Khwaja Moin Uddin Chishti was pointing towards
Gudri Shah Baba I and instructing Qazi Gudri Shah Baba to "Become
his Mureed ". It still took him several years after this
dream, to find Gudri Shah Baba I.
Fortunately, one evening he found him standing
amidst the poor, distributing langar (bread and lentils). He
immediately sprang forward and placed his hand on Gudri Shah
Baba's feet, out of respect. Afterwards, he joined his circle.
After becoming Gudri Shah Baba's mureed, he
accompanied him, travelling by foot, across Afghanistan, Iran and
Iraq to Damascus, Egypt and Africa.
The grace of his murshid's company brought a
change in him enlightening him from head to feet. After the
passing away of his murshid, the people began to call him, too, by
the name Gudri Shah.
His simplicity and easy manners encouraged
many thousands to enter his order.
Some of his well-known sayings are:
External work should be done correctly by
Internal work should be done internally.
A secret talk is best done in secrecy.
He is not a faqir who lacks ability and
Whoever has not seen the Truth here, will
not see it there either.
At one time, a mureed asked a Qawwaal to sing
a particular verse. Hazrat Gudri Shah Baba II became angry, saying
''Never ask the Qawwaal to sing a particular verse. In the verse
he himself chooses to sing, there is inspiration. In that
inspiration, there is the will of God, and where there is the Will
of God, there is intoxication, joy, pleasure and cheerfulness.''
When the end of life
drew nearer for Hazrat Qazi Gudri Shah Baba (II), he asked his
most devoted mureed, Hazrat Nawab Khadim Hasan (Gudri Shah Baba
III) to accompany him to the Chillah Sharief. He asked him to
bring four bricks, and without speaking, placed the four bricks in
the corners of what was to become his burial place. After some
time, when he died, on the 5th.Shawaal, 1344 AH, he was buried at
the exact spot. His shrine is the focus of faith for the thousands
of devotees, who celebrate his Urs each year.
Mohammed Khadim Hasan Shah, Nawab Gudri Shah Baba III
Nawab Khadim Hasan Shah Gudri Shah Baba or Gudri Shah Baba III was
born in Moradabad in the area known as Nawabpura. His grand father,
Fida Ali Sahib who died on 12th June 1864, had developed the area.
He was a very big landlord and owned thirty-seven villages. The
date of Gudri Shah Baba III's birth is given as 15th. December
1894 / 4th Jamadi us Sani, 1312 AH.
Hazrat Fazrul Rehman (1208-1313 AH) of Ganj-Moradabad
(different from the Moradabad which is famous for the brass works),
the towering saint of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order gave him the name
''Khadim'', which means servant or caretaker, forecasting that
many people would benefit from him. He also received blessings
from the Sohrewardi Sufi Order as he was a direct descendant of
Hazrat Makhdoom Sama Uddin Sohrewardi of Mehrauli, New Delhi (808
- 901 AH).
In Akhbar UI Akhyar, Hazrat Shaikh
Abdul Haq Mohaddis Dehlvi (958 - 1051 A.H.) said:
''Shaikh Sama Uddin was complete in fear of
God, in guarding himself from sin, in outer and inner knowledge.
He possessed perfectly the power of attraction in the assembly.
Moreover, the heart of any sick person he used to look at,
graciously become cleaned from any spiritual disease and the
purposes of any seeker he looked at, fulfilled."
When Gudri Shah Baba III came in contact with
Gudri Shah Baba II, he became a changed man. The holy company
transformed him, moulding him into the identity of his spiritual
Gudri Shah Baba III was renowned for his remarkable aristocratic
personality. He was pious, polite, modest, formal when necessary
but always courteous. He was always elegant and eloquent, showing
kindness and hospitality to guests, compassion and mercy to the
He was an author, a poet and a Sufi Saint. He
wrote about eighty books in Urdu. His eleven volumes of Urdu
Poetry constitute a unique gift to Mystical Culture. In his final
days, he was in Agra. He called Hazrat Dr. Zahurul Hassan Sharib,
Gudri Shah Baba IV to his bedside and instructed him thus:
''My son, never expect any thing from
anyone except God. Human beings are fickle, like mosquitoes or
ants. Respect all religions."
He ordered him to distribute some money
amongst the poor. Then he blessed him and told him that after
death, a Faqir (dervish) becomes eight times stronger. "I
will help you. I will help you. Zahur my beloved". So saying
he took his small finger and placed it into his mouth and sucked
it gently. Begam Shakila Khatoon (the wife of Hazrat Zahurul
Hassan Sharib) began to cry and then he said:
"Every soul shall have a taste of
(Quran: A'l-i-Imran - 185)
Thus, after making Sharib Gudri Shah Baba IV
his substitute, in the Sufi language - Sajjadanashin, he passed
away in Agra at 6 pm on the 28 th Ramzan, 1389 AH / 29th November,
His Urs is celebrated on the 28th and 29th
Ramzan, each year in the traditional manner.
His teachings are mostly based on love. He
The Journey of Ishq (love) can only be
completed by love not by any abstinence, labour or worship.
Ishq (love) is a cure for all physical and
spiritual desires of the heart but is itself independent.
Ishq (love) holds all creatures in thrall
but nothing exceeds Ishq.
Dr. Zahurul Hassan Sharib, Sharib Gudri Shah Baba IV
am not concerned in the least with what you are, what you have,
what you believe, how you live; how you act, how much faith you
may have, how much belief you may have, or how much hope you may
have; but I am concerned with what you would like to become."
These are the words of Hazrat Dr. Zahurul
Hassan Sharib, Gudri Shah Baba IV. He lived his entire life for
others. And for the love of The Almighty. These are the words that
describe his love for the love of the Almighty.
Hazrat Dr. Zahurul Hassan Sharib (affectionately
known as Zahur Mian) was born in Moradabad, a district in Uttar
Pradesh, India. He received a doctorate in Political Science and
thereafter pursued a legal career.
However, a deep interest in spiritual life
steered him towards Sufism (Islamic mysticism). He moved to Ajmer,
the city of the renowned Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti,
where he spent many years in the love and service of his Pir-o-murshid
(spiritual guide) Hazrat Nawab Khadim Hasan Shah Sahib, Gudri Shah
Baba III. In 1970, upon the demise of his spiritual guide, Dr.
Sharib succeeded as the Head of the Gudri Shahi Order of Sufis.
Under his inspiring guidance, the Order gained momentum both in
the East and the West.
Dr. Sharib was fluent in many languages,
including some modern European languages. He has to his credit, a
large number of publications in Urdu, English, Dutch and Italian.
Apart from writing books on mysticism, he has translated classical
Persian poetry into other languages. He has also authored several
books on rural sociology.
Hazrat Sharib Gudri Shah Baba IV firmly
believed in the ideal of plain living and high thinking. He was
always an ocean of love, understanding, comfort and guidance for
anyone who came in touch with him. Once asked by some members (of
the Society of Mystics) as to how he should be remembered after
his death, Zahurmian said:
"It is enough, if you remember me as
one who loved you well, and loved you wisely too, giving you a
sense of direction, proportion and perspective, a goal and a
His teachings were based on the teachings of
Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti, and in 1958 he founded The
Society of Mystics, at the behest of his spiritual guide, Hazrat
Nawab Gudri Shah Baba, after he was asked by Hazrat Khwaja
Moniuddin Hasan Chishti to do so in a dream.
Upon becoming the Head of the Gudri Shahi
Order, from 1972 onwards, Sharib Gudri Shah Baba IV wrote a series
of periodical lectures for almost 25 years which are now compiled
and presented in a book Inward Peace. The lectures hold a
universal appeal for people belonging to different countries,
cultures, religions and age groups and present his teachings in a
Dr. Sharib passed away into the mercy of the
Almighty on April 8, 1996. His tomb at the Usmani Chilla at Ajmer,
India attracts scores of people throughout the year. His urs (death
ceremony) is celebrated according to the lunar calendar on Zeeqad
19 and 20 at his tomb.
Inam Hasan Gudri Shah Baba V, The Current Head
the demise of Sharib Gudri Shah Baba IV, Hazrat Inam Hasan Gudri
Shah Baba V was appointed the Sajjadanashin, or the spiritual
successor of the Gudri Shahi Order. He was handed over the Holy
relics and the praying carpet of his masters and was asked by
Sharib Gudri Shah Baba IV to carry on the noble work of the order
with the same integrity, love and devotion that has been exemplary
of the Holy Prophet. Since then Hazrat Inam Hasan Gudri Shah has
been guiding the order and the mureeds with the same love and
Hazrat Inam Hasan Gudri Shah is also the
founder of The Sufi Saint School, located at the Chillah Sharief
Hill, overlooking the Ana Sagar Lake. The school provides
affordable education to the poor and needy children.