Bismillah ar Rehman ir Rahim



Gharib Nawaz was an embodiment of plain living and high thinking. His noble disposition, his marvelous service, his patience, perseverance, fortitude and courage earned for him, not only respect and secured for him admirers and devotees, but also put on his head the crown of immortality.

He passed his days in reverential remembrance of Allah, contemplation and meditation.

He was free from avarice and greed. He had no lust for power, no wish for name or fame, and no desire for wealth. He sought nothing but the pleasure of Allah.

He was deeply loved by his spiritual guide and teacher, Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni R.A. As a matter of fact, Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni R.A. used to feel proud of him. He used to say;

 “Our Moinuddin is a beloved of Allah, and I feel proud of the fact that he is my disciple.”

 Of the distinguishing traits of his character, which marked him out for spiritual greatness may be mentioned the following;


He was deeply devoted to prayers. The Holy Prophet Mohammed S.A.W. said, “Should I not become a thankful man,” and Gharib Nawaz fully and faithfully acted upon it.

He passed his life in prayers and asceticism. For long seventy years, it is surprising to note that Gharib Nawaz was took no rest or respite. He did not take rest even in the night. During this time he lived with ablutions, expect that for the cell of nature. Generally, he used to offer morning prayers with the ablutions of the mid-night prayer. He was very fond of reading the Holy Quran. He used to finish two Qurans, one in the day and the other during the night.

Hazrat Qutub Sahib says that Gharib Nawaz used to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca every year from Ajmer, by dint of his high spiritual powers. But, on attaining even higher perfection it so happened that he was present, sitting in his tenement, where as the pilgrims in Mecca would see him going round the Kaaba.

At last, it came to be known that he was present in Kaaba every night and returning, before daybreak, he used to offer morning prayers in his mosque.


One day, he was present in the Kaaba, when a voice was heard saying, “O Moinuddin, we are pleased with thee. We have forgiven thee. We have granted thee salvation. Ask of Us, whatever thou may’st desire.” He submitted thus:

 “O Allah! Grant salvation to the spiritual disciple of the line of Moinuddin.”

 There upon he received the reply thus:

 “O Moinuddin, thou art Our dear one. I will certainly shower blessings on thy spiritual disciple and also on those who will enlist themselves in thy line till the Day of Resurrection.”


His face always appeared to be sorry and sad. Hazrat Qutub Sahib says:

  “ I passed twenty years in his service, but I never heard that he ever prayed for his heatlh. But, instead, he used to say, “O Allah! wherever there be pain (of love) grant it to thy servant-Moinuddin.”


He was very fond of music. Sometimes, he became unconscious in a state of rapture. The ulema and the saints used to join him in music concerts. One who ever had the opportunity of attending his music concerts used to derive spiritual ecstasy and ultimately became a perfect mystic. No one ever objected to his music concerts, but, on the contrary, used to join him in order to gain the inner vision.

Khwaja Qutub Sahib says; in the music concerts of our Gharib Nawaz, eminent saints and mystics used to join it. Some of those who joined him thus are Hazrat Shaikh Shahabuddin Soharwardi, Hazrat Shaih Mohammed of Kirman, Shaikh Mohammed of Isfahan, Shaikh Burhanuddin of Bukhara, Moulana Mohammed of Baghdad, Kheaja Ajal of Sangar, Shaikh Saifuddin Bakheri, Shaikh Ahmed s/o Mohammed of Isfahan, Shaikh Jalaluddin of Tabrez, disciple of Shaikh Abu Saeed, Shaikh Ohaduddin of Kirman, Shaikh Ahmed Wahid, Shaikh Burhanuddin of Ghazni, Khwaja Sulaiman and Shaikh Abdul Rehman.

Besides those mentioned above there were many others who come to pay Gharib Nawaz their respect from far off. They came from Baghdad and other neighboring cities.

Everybody who came in contact with him got benefited. They all had faith in him and were prepared to do anything at his bidding.


He had the deepest respect for his spiritual teacher and guide. One day, when he was sitting with some friends, he was talking about spiritual matters. During the course of conversation, when he look towards the right, he would at once stand up. Those present, not knowing as to whom he was paying respect, were simply puzzled. When at last, Gharib Nawaz was asked about it, he replied: “The tomb of my spiritual teacher and guide is situated that side, and when I saw that side, invariably, I caught a glimpse of it. Therefore, out of respect, I stood up each time I saw that side.”


When he was absorbed, or lost in contemplation, he used to keep his eyes closed for hours together. He would open his eyes only at the time of prayer. When he was thus absorbed, on whomsoever he cast his glance he, indeed, became a perfect saint. And the one who stayed for three days in his company found himself endowed with mystical powers.


He would undergo two different moods. Sometimes, he would be in an elevated mood, and when in an elevated mood he was so much absorbed in contemplation that he would be heedless of all around him. Sometimes he would be in pensive mood and, when in such mood, he would close the door of his room and devote himself.

Hazrat Qutub Sahib and Shaikh Hamiduddin Nagori would erect stones to serve as a curtain before the door of the Tenement. They both used to sit behind it.


He followed very strictly the commands, the mandates and the behests of the Holy Prophet Mohammed S.A.W. He followed the Holy Prophet S.A.W. very faithfully in his day-to-day life.


The fear of Allah ever and anon dominated his mind. He would tremble and weep. He also feared the last resting-place----the grave. He used to say that if people may come to know even a little of the condition of those sleeping underneath the ground they would, undoubtedly, become motionless and would become water like salt.


He was generous and kind hearted. He would help the poor and the needy. He had a word of comfort and cheer for the needy. He had a word of comfort and cheer for the oppressed, the depressed, the helpless and the downtrodden. In an instant he showered his spiritual blessings on people and thus enabled them to reach great spiritual heights. One day a person implored him to give him this world, and another the same day sought from him the world hereafter. They both got what they asked for. Afterwards, he honored Hazrat Qutub Sahib by conferring on him the title of “Qutub-ul-Aqtab” and also Sufi Hamiduddin Nagori was likewise, honored and he received the title of “Sultan-ut-Tarekeen”.

His generosity knew no bounds. Never did a beggar or the needy go from his door without getting something. Hazrat Qutub Sahib says: “I stayed in his service for a considerable period of time, but I never saw a beggar or any needy going from his door without taking something.”


He was humble and very hospitable. He was first to make salaams. He greeted every visitor with a broad smile and extended him utmost hospitality. He shared the sorrows and misfortunes of others. His sympathy extended to all.

The poor and the destitute of the city depended upon his kitchen for their subsistence. People used to flock to his kitchen and take the food to their heart’s content. Every day a huge quantity of food was cooked. The superintendent of the kitchen would approach him for the expenses and Gharib Nawaz would lift up the edge of the praying carpet and say to him, “Whatever you need for today’s expenses take from here.”

More ever he also used to pay allowances to the Derweshes. Whenever any invalid came to him he would inquire about him, console him, pray for him and give him something.


His diet was frugal. He lived not to eat ate for living and for praying. He kept fasts for all the twelve months of the year. During the period of asceticism he lived continuously for seven days together without taking anything, and after that he would take a piece of barley, the piece not exceeding five tolas in weight and soaking it in water would take it up. When in travel, very often he took the roasted meat of whatever he shot by arrow.

His dress too was shorn of all splendors. It consisted of one wrapper, which was sewn up. Whenever it was torn off, he would put a patch of any other cloth that he had with him. His clothes had always patches.


He would not allow, generally, more than one dervish to accompany him in travels. He would stay in desolate and deserted places. Sometimes he would stay in a graveyard. The moment he came to be known he would stay there no longer. He hated publicity.