Khwaja Gareeb Nawaz

Khwaja Gareeb Nawazben

Assalato Wasallaamo ‘Alaika Yaa Rasool Allah

Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam Wa ‘Alaa Aalika Wa As Haabika Yaa Noor Allah

Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam

Sahih Muslim, Hazrat Abu Hurairah Rehmatullahe Ta’ala ‘Alaihi Warrates that Rasool Allah Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam said, “There are many people who have unkempt hair, appear dirty and grimy, are driven away from doors, but their status in the Sight of Allah Ta’ala is such that if they swear an oath on something out of stubbornness, then Allah Ta’ala makes their oath true.”

One of these blessed personalities is Sultan ul Hind, ‘Ataa e Rasool, Hazrat Khwaja Gareeb Nawaz Rehmatullahe Ta’ala ‘Alaih, a summary of whose blessed life you will read about in the following few pages. Before I write about his life, I feel that it is necessary to clarify a few points about the word ‘Wali’ (Friend). Wali (Friend): The word Wali is from the word ‘Walya’ or ‘Walaayata.’ Walya means close and Walaayata means to support or protect. Therefore, the word Wali means close, supporter, protector. In the Qur’an Shareef, the word Wali is used to mean all of the following things: friend, close, helper, supporter, successor, one who is worshipped, owner, and guide. 1. “Only Allah is your friend and His Messenger and the believers that they establish the prayer and pay the poor-due and are bowed down before Allah.” (Surah Maidah, Verse 55) 2. “We are your friends in the life of this world and in the Hereafter.” (Surah Ha-Meem/ Fussilat, Verse 31) 3. “Allah is his helper, and Jibreel, and the righteous believers and after that the angels are his helpers.”

(Surah Tahreem, Verse 4) 4. “…give us any defender from Yourself and give us any helper from Yourself.”

(Surah Nisa, Verse 75)


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Muslims even more

“This prophet is the owner of the Muslim than their own selves and his wives are their mothers,

(Surah Ahzab, Vers

Ahzab, Verse 6)

close, friend, helper,

nd left their hearth

1th and their lives er and helped them

ise in the early days ors (Ansaar) were made

In the above verses, the word ‘Wali’ means

and owner. 6. “Undoubtedly, those who believed and left the and homes for Allah and fought with their wealth and in the way of Allah, and those who gave shelter and help are heirs one of another.” (Surah Anfaal, Verse 72) In this verse, ‘Wali’ means heir or successor because, in the ear of Islam, the emigrants (Muhajir) and helpers (Ansaar) were heirs/successors of each other. 7. “And those who believed and did not emigrate, you hay no duty to their inheritance…” (Surah Anfaal, Verse 773

‘Wali’ means heir in this verse also, because, during the early days of Islam, a non-migrant was not

considered to be an heir of an emigrant.

8. “And the infidels are heirs one of another.”

(Surah Anfaal, Verse 73)

9. “And blood relations are nearer to one another…”

(Surah Ahzab, Verse 6)

10. “… ‘then bestow me from Yourself anyone who may take over my work. He should be my heir and be the heir of the children of Yaqub’…” (Surah Maryam, Verses 5-6) It is quite obvious that the word ‘Wali’ also means heirs

in the above 3 verses.

11. “Allah is the Protector of Muslims; brings them out from darkness towards light and the supporters of infidels are devils, and they bring them forth from light towards darkness.”

(Surah Baqarah, Verse 257) Here ‘Wali’ means protector or supporter. In some places, the word ‘Wali’ has been used to mean one who

worshipped, as you will see below.



nearer to Allah’.

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– 11 “And those who have taken for protectors other than say, ‘we worship them only so that they may bring us

(Surah Zumar, Verse 3) In the above verse, it means one who is worshipped

because they said ‘we worship.’

12. “So then the infidels take my bondmen as their supporters beside Me? Undoubtedly We have already prepared hell for the hospitality of the infidels.” (Surah Kahf, Verse 102)

‘Wali’ means one who is worshipped in the above verse also (even though it is translated as ‘supporter’). The reason being that those who took others as their ‘supporters’ are called infidels (Kaafir). Making someone a friend, a helper, or a supporter does not make a person an infidel, as we have seen in the previous verses, but worshipping someone other than Allah Ta’ala does make one an infidel. 14. “The example of those who have made guardians other than Allah is like the spider. She has made a house of cobweb.”

(Surah Ankabut, Verse 41) Infidels are being mentioned with contempt and derision in the above verse, and it is infidels who worship others rather than worshipping the true Lord.

(Ilmul Qur’an, Page 74) Friends of Allah, Enemies of Allah: ‘Wali’ meaning friend or helper can mean two things; one is ‘Friend of Allah’, the other is ‘Friend competing with Allah.’ Friends of Allah are those who are close to Allah Ta’ala and are His friends, and because of this, people keep them as their friends. There are two types of Friends alongside Allah Ta’ala.’ The first is making friends who are the enemies of Allah Ta’ala, like infidels, idols, Satan, etc. The second is to consider the friends of Allah Ta’ala (Prophets, Saints, etc) as helpers alongside and in competition with Allah Ta’ala; thinking that they will compete with Allah Ta’ala to help us. To believe in ‘Friends of Allah’ is faith, and to believe or have faith in ‘Friends alongside Allah’ is clear infidelity and polytheism. The following verse is for Friends of Allah Ta’ala: “Listen carefully!







Khwaja Gareeb Nawaz —- No doubt, there is no fear nor any grief upon the fri Allah.” The following verses are in relation to friends alongside Allah “…and you have against Allah, neither a friend nor a help

12 rief upon the friends of (Surah Yunus, Verse 62)

Alongside Allah Ta’ala:

in competition with or

(Surah Shura, Verse 3 The above two verses refer to making friends in the competition alongside Allah Ta’ala. The first verse cautions against taking enemy of Allah Ta’ala as friends; whilst the second verse negates the possibility of taking friends to compete against Allah Ta’alatu means that there is no one in the world who can compete against An Ta’ala as a friend- no friend of Allah Ta’ala, no spiritual guide (Peer no Prophet- when these people help, they are helping with the permission and Desire of Allah Ta’ala.

It is very important and necessary to keep in mind the translation and context of the word ‘Wali.’ Sometimes, incorrect translation and meaning lead to false beliefs and infidelity. For example, if the word ‘Wali’ is translated incorrectly, then verse 55 of Surah Maidah would be translated, “Only Allah is your (Lord) and His Messenger and the believers…” and this meaning is polytheism. And if verse 31 of Surah Shura is translated as “and you have (except) Allah, neither a friend nor a helper” then this is infidelity, as this will negate the verses of the Qur’an where Allah Ta’ala mentions other helpers beside Himself. Allah Ta’ala states in the Holy Qur’an that ‘Infidels have no helpers.’ This means that believers do have helpers: (1) “And he whom Allah curses, you shall never find for him any helper.”

(Surah Nisa, Verse 52) (2) “And whomsoever Allah leads astray, he has no friend against Allah.”

(Surah Shura, Verse 44) (3) “…and he whom He sends astray, for him you will never find a supporter to guide.”

(Surah Kahf, Verse 17)



16 salam purified the hearts

and in the short span sweet syrup of Islam

dour of Islam. By hey did not feel any into soft hearts tha after and caring for


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Rasool Allah Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam purified of people with his love, mercy, and unselfishness, and in the of 23 years he fed over 100.00 people with the sweet syrup and intoxicated them with the beauty and splendour of turning the hearts that were so cruel and hard that they did not remorse or sorrow at burying daughters alive into soft hear became passionate and zealous about looking after and cari orphan girls, Rasool Allah Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasallam made the fact that Islam is the true religion which contains goodness in and every one of its commands

Due to the fact that it was impossible for any Prophet to be sent after Rasool Allah Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam, as he was final Prophet. Allah Ta’ala used the blessed Companion Ridwanullahe ‘Alaihim Ajma’een to propagate the religion of Islam further. After them, the Tabi’een took on this responsibility, followed by the Tab’a Tabi’een. In short, the Khilafat was replaced by a monarchical system (kings, rulers, etc), therefore, the work that was carried out by the Caliphs (Granting peace and contentment to troubled humans by making them aware and obedient to the laws of Islam), became weaker as the monarchical system gained strength Because Islam is a religion of goodness and kindness those slaves of Allah Ta’ala whom He had granted the crown of His friendship jumped into the field of deeds and took on the responsibility of inviting those who had gone astray towards goodness. These blessed personalities served humanity with such purity. sincerity. unselfishness, and desired such goodness for them that people were so impressed with their beautiful characters that they began entering the folds of Islam for protection. One of these blessed Friends of Alan Ta’ala is Sultan ul Hind, “Ataa e Rasool Sallallaho ‘Alaihi Wasa Khwaja e Khwaajgaan. Moinuddin Chishti ‘Alaihir Rahman,

although he passed away centuries ago. is still to this day peace and contentment to the troubled humans from his resin

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