Qamaruddin Chishti Sabiri
|Hafiz Qamaruddin Chishti Sabiri R.A.|
|Born||17 June 1920
(01 Shawwal AH)
|Died||4 April 1999
(15 Dhu al-Hijjah 1419 H)
Hafiz Qamaruddīn (Urdu: حافظ قمرالدّین﴿ Chishti Sabiri R.A. (June 17, 1920 to April 4, 1999) commonly known as 'Hafiz Sahib' (حافظ صاحب) and 'Mian Sahib (میاں صاحب),' is a prominent Sufi Sheikh of Chishtia Sabiria Sufi Order. He is among those Sufis who migrated to Pakistan on the division of the South Asia. His Murshid (Spiritual Mentor, Preceptor) instructed him to migrate to Pakistan and settle in Rawalpindi upon the division.
His father's name was Abdul Majeed son of Khuda Baksh. He was born on the night between 30th of Ramadan and 1st of Shawwal, on October 17, 1920 in Meerut, UP, India. Since the moon of 1st Shawwal or Eid ul-fitr was sighted this night, his parents gave him the name 'Qamar-ud-din' (pronounced. Qamaruddin, lit. Moon of Faith). Her mother told her affection in these words that 'while the people were sighting the moon of Eid, I was looking at you.' He received his basic education from 'Faiz-e-Aam School', Meerut. Afterward he memorized the Holy Qur'an from Deoband, Saharanpur, India.
At the age of 16, when he visited the Shrine of Makhdoom Alauddin Sabir Kaliyari R.A. He was divinely instructed by Makhdoom Alauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir Kaliyari R.A. while in a mystic state that he should go to Mazhar Ali in Meerut and become his disciple to get spiritual enlightenment. Upon receiving this guidance in-spirit directly from Makhdoom Alauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir Kaliyari R.A., he went to the Khanqah of Syed Mazhar Ali Shah R.A. in Meerut. Upon reaching there, he was welcomed by Sufi Allah Diya Shah Sahib R.A., khalifaha (spiritual successor; authorized enroll disciples and impart spiritual training and instruction to the people) and Sajjada Nashin (hereditary custodian of a Sufi shrine) of Syed Mazar Ali Shah R.A. He informed Hafiz Sahib R.A. of the demise of Syed Mazhar Ali Shah R.A. Hafiz Qamaruddin R.A. accepted the bay'ah of Sufi Allah Diya Shah Sahib R.A. upon which Sufi Jee R.A. specifically said that they all are spiritual disciples of Syed Mazhar Ali R.A. including him. Hafiz Sahib R.A. then stayed under the tutelage of Sufi Allah Diya Shah Sahib R.A., served his Murshid and followed him to the full.
Shajra-e-Tariqah (spiritual lineage/Silsilah)
Sufi Allah Diya Shah R.A. gave Khilafat to Hafiz Qamaruddin when he was 25 years old and made him his Sajjada Nashin. Hafiz Qamaruddin was the only Khalifa and Sajjada Nashin among his disciples. This khilafat was bestowed on the Urs of Syed Mazhar Ali Shah R.A. in Meerut in the presence of all the renowned religious, spiritual and social personalities of Meerut who were invited by Sufi Allah Diya Shah Sahib R.A. on the occasion. Shajra-e-Tariqah of Hafiz Qamaruddin Chishti Sabiri R.A. is as follows:
- Hafiz Qamaruddin Chishti Sabiri R.A.
- Sufi Allah Diya Shah R.A.
- Syed Mazhar Ali Shah R.A.
- Syed Moinuddin Shah Khamosh R.A.
- Hafiz Musa Manakpuri R.A.
- Syed Muhammad Azam Ropari R.A.
- Syed Muhammad Saalim Ropari R.A.
- Syed Muhammad Saeed Hazrat Meeran Bheekh R.A.
- Shah Abu al Mu'aali Ambethwi R.A.
- Sheikh Muhammad Daud Gangohi R.A.
- Sheikh Muhammad Sadiq Gangohi R.A.
- Sheikh Abu Saeed Gangohi R.A.
- Hazrat Nizamuddin Balkhi R.A.
- Hazrat Jalaluddin Thanesari R.A.
- Hazrat Abdul Quddus Gangohi R.A.
- Sheikh Muhammad Aarif R.A.
- Sheikh Aarif Ahmed R.A.
- Sheikh Abd al Haq Makhdoom Radolvi R.A.
- Hazrat Makhdoom Jalaluddin Panipatti R.A.
- Khawaja Shamsuddin Tark Panipatti R.A.
- Hazrat Makhdoom Alauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir Kaliyari R.A.
- Hazrat Baba Farīduddīn Mas'ūd Ganjshakar R.A.
- Hazrat Khawaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiar Kaki R.A.
- Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti Ajmeri, Sultan al Hind Gharib Nawaz R.A.
Hafiz Sahib R.A. was the only son of his parents as was his father. His parents were keen on getting him married so that their hereditary line would go on but Hafiz Sahib R.A. kept refusing. Upon his consistent refusal and attitude, his parents went to his Murshid Sufi Jee R.A. and requested him to tell Hafiz Sahib R.A. to marry. Sufi Jee R.A. replied that Qamaruddin was not for marriage. Not understanding the reason and the situation, his parents kept on insisting. At last Sufi Sahib R.A. allowed the marriage and also gave them blessing of 4 sons and 4 daughters. Hafiz Sahib R.A. got married in 1950 after migration to Pakistan in Rawalpindi.
Migration to Pakistan
On the occasion of historical partition of South Asia, his Murshid instructed him to settle in Rawalpindi instead of Karachi, where most of the Urdu speaking families were moving. In October 1947, Sufi Allah Diya Shah Sahib R.A. died. After the Chehlum (gathering / ceremony held to supplicate and pray for the deceased at the fortieth day of his death), Hafiz Sahib R.A. left for Pakistan with his parents and family. Initially he stayed few nights in Faizul Islam School then in Lunda Bazar Rawalpindi. Finally, he got a property against claim at Jhangi Mohallah, Circular Road, Waris Khan, Rawalpindi. His children occupied this house after him.
Hafiz Sahib R.A. was employed at Military Accounts of India in 1945. On migration to Pakistan, his service was transferred to Military Accounts of Pakistan. He served there till his official retirement in late 80s.
He initiated construction and development of two Mosques in Rawalpindi i.e. Nūrāni Sabiri Masjid and Masjid-e-Khawājgān near Sarafa Bazar. He taught Holy Qur'an to the children in the vicinity for 40 years. He was recognized for his services of teaching of Holy Qur'an and contribution to the Mosques and religious activities in his area. He took care of the poor and needy in many respects and became a center for the lower middle class to solve their problems. He was not famous commonly as a Mystic or Sufi as he detested fame.
He used to recite one third of the Holy Qur'an daily. He never missed the Takbeer-e-Uula (initiating takbeer) of the Salah, Sunnah Salah of Asr prayer and Tahajjud Salah.
He regularly conducted Urs Ceremonies of his spiritual predecessors according to the Islamic calendar and duteously attended the annual Urs of Baba Farid R.A. (Pakpattan), Data Ali Hajveri (Lahore) and Imam Bari Shah Latif (Islamabad).
He was very fond of Hajj and performed Hajj twice. Both the times he traveled by the sea occupying ship's deck. During his stay in Madinah Sahreef, he also had a good meeting with Moulana Ziauddin Madani R.A.
After retirement he went to India and visited the shrines of Makhdoom Ali Ahmed Sabir R.A., Makhdoom Jalaluddin Panipatti R.A., Khawaja Shamsuddin Panipatti R.A., Hazrat Bu Ali Qalandar R.A., Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia R.A., Sufi Allah Diya Shah R.A. and Syed Mazhar Ali Shah R.A. He also did some reconstruction work at the shrines of Sufi Allah Diya Shah R.A. and Syed Mazhar Ali R.A.
At his old age he was advised by the Hakim that he should stop teaching the Holy Qur'an to the children as he was getting weaker. He refused to accept the advice saying that he taught the Holy Qur'an so that Allah may get pleased with him and he wished that his death may arrive while he is teaching Qur'an. At another occasion he explained that he accepts disciples in the hope that one may get accepted by Allah and could become a cause for his forgiveness also.
- Maulana Arifullah Shah Qadiri Meeruti R.A., Rawalpindi
- Hazrat Habibullah Havi Sabiri R.A., Mian Meer Colony, Lahore
- Sufi Shahid Ali Siddiqui Nizami R.A., Near Bari Imam, Islamabad
- Sufi Khalilurrehman Sabiri Qadiri R.A., Lohi Bhair Islamabad
- Sufi Qudratullah Sah Sabiri R.A., Okara
- Sufi Umoorulhassan Shah Sabiri R.A., Pakpattan
- Sufi Faizulhassan Sabiri R.A., Pakpattan
- Sufi Muhammad Siddique Sabiri R.A., Kalay ki Mandi
- Sufi Ghulam Sabir Sabri R.A., Farooqabad
- Hafiz Yaseen Sabri R.A., Islamabad
- Sufi Farzand Ali R.A., Jhelum
- Hafiz Mazharuddin Ramdasi R.A., Chattar, Islamabad
- Sufi Mushtaq Ahmed Sabiri Siraji R.A., Data Darbar Market, Lahore
- Sufi Abdussamad Warsi R.A., Rawalpindi
- Hafiz Faiz Muhammad Sabiri R.A.
- Hafiz Abrar Ahmed Usmani R.A., Rawalpindi
- Hafiz Baqa’ullah Usmani R.A., Rawalpindi
- Hakeem Sirajulislam Usmani R.A., Rawalpindi
|Qamaruddin Chishti Sabiri|
He died on 15 Dhu al-Hijjah 1419 Hijri, April 4, 1999 at the Hujra (room built in Mosque to facilitate the Imam or Muezzin) of Noorani Sabiri Mosque in Sarafa Bazar Rawalpindi. The Janazah Salah (Islamic funeral prayer) was offered next morning at 10:00 am at Circular Road, Rawalpindi. The Salah was led by Syed Haseenuddin Shah Sultanpuri, Sheikh al Hadith - Jamia Rizivia Zia’ul Uloom, Rawalpindi. He was buried at Mohra Chappar, Chakri Road, Rawalpindi.
Among the four sons and four daughters, two sons and one daughter died at early age. His two sons Badaruddin, Sharafuddin and three daughters remained. Elder son Badaruddin is Hafiz of the Holy Qur'an and is employee in a Govt. Dept.
On the Chehlum ceremony of Hafiz Sahib R.A., his son Hafiz Badaruddin Chishti Sabiri was selected unanimously by all the Khulafa and disciples of Hafiz Qamaruddin Chishti Sabiri. Successors/Sajjada Nashin of other Sufi Sheikhs were also present at the time including Sahibzada Saeed Ahmed Sabiri, Syed Usman Ali Shah Nizami and Shah Muhammad Sibtain Shahjahani.
Urs ceremony held every year on 15th and 16th of Dhu al-Hijjah at the Shrine of Hafiz Sahib (RA) which is known as 'Sabiri Darbar.' May Allah showers his blessings upon him and the visitors always.
- , Tazkaratul-Aarifeen-fi-Hayat-e-Mazharia R.A. by Sufi Ghulam Hussain Sabiri (Pub. 1930).
- Nawaiwaqt Urdu Newspaper (Islamabad, Pakistan) Nov 13,2011 pb. 
- Daily Azkaar Urdu Newspaper(Islamabad, Pakistan) Nov 13,2011 pb.
- Daily Al-Akhbaar Urdu Newspaper(Islamabad, Pakistan) Nov 13,2011 pb.
- Aulia-e-hind.com Hazrat Haji Hafiz Qamarud din Chishti Sabri Meeruthi R.A 
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