Tajuddin Muhammad Badruddin
Syed Mohammad Tajuddin
|Born||January 27, 1861|
|Died||August 17, 1925|
Syed Mohammad Baba Tajuddin also known as Tajuddin Baba (January 27, 1861 – August 17, 1925) is an Indian Sufi Master that many believe to be the last Mujaddid (Qutub). His Holiness' shrine is in Nagpur, India.
Tajuddin Baba's arrival in the world dates back to 1268 A.H. or 1846 A.D. Baba belongs to the family of Imam Hassan (a. and Imam Hussain (a.s), he is a descendant, in the 10th generation of the founder of would Sufi Naqshbandi order Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari and in the 22nd generation of the 11th imam al-Hasan al-Askari. Baba's forefathers had migrated from Mecca and settled down in Madras, India and were mostly employed with the military. Your father, Hazrat Syedna Abdullah, also known as 'Syed Badruddin Quddus Surah Al Aziz', parted ways with this world prior to your arrival. Amina Khatoon - Huzoor's mother - too passed on in his infancy.
Baba Tajuddin as an orphaned child at a young age raised by his maternal grandmother and uncle Abdul Rahman. He attended a Madrasah in Kamthi, Nagpur. where he met Abdulla Shah Qadri who initiated him into the spiritual path.
Moulana Syed Abdullah Shah Sahib who was a Majzoob Salik saint from Qadri Sufi order commented (about Baba) to his teacher that "There is no need of teaching this boy, he is already a learned person." He also gave young Tajuddin Baba some dried fruits and nuts as his blessings for Baba, which is said to put the young boy into an ongoing spiritual trance-like state. Baba completed his education and studied Urdu, English, Arabic and Persian.
Reputation as a sage
Baba Tajuddin was once committed to a mental hospital. He was widely regarded as a sage and became known outside of the hospital walls. Eventually, people visited him. Later Baba Tajuddin was released and he moved to Raja Raghoji II Bhonsle Mahal, Nagpur.
Baba Tajuddin had several caliphs whom he had appointed to serve others over the course of his lifetime. However, his key successor was Molana Abdul Kareem Shah, who Baba Tajuddin named "Yousuf Shah" and called him his son. The name Yousuf, gives an indication to his life story being similar to that of Prophet Yousuf. This is also the point where Yousufi Silsila (Sufi Chain) came into existence. Baba Yousuf Shah's body is buried in Mewashah Darga, Karachi, Pakistan in October of 1947. And much before his own passing away, he had named one of his younger disciples, Kunwar Asghar Ali Khan as the next successor (Jaan Nasheen). Kunwar Asghar Ali Khan became known as "Albelay Shah Yousufi", and Zaheen Shah Taji was named as the caretaker (Sajjada Nasheen) to Yousuf Shah Baba's mausoleum.
Names and titles
According to author Bhau Kalchuri, baba Badruddin was born Tajuddin Muhammad Badruddin. Tajuddin says his real name is Syed Muhammad Tajuddin and he is also known as Chiragh din (The light of religion). He is also known as Baba Tajuddin of Nagpur, Sayyad Mohammad Tajuddin, and Syed Mohammed Baba Tajuddin Aulia.
Some other titles that are associated with Baba Tajuddin are:
- Tajul Auliya
- Tajul Millatay Waddeen
- Shahensha-Ay Haftaqleem
Images of the shrine of Tajuddin in Nagpur.
- Taji, Zaheen Shah: Tajul Auliya, Volume II, Taj Publication, 1971, p. 221
- Kalchuri, Bhau: Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher, Volume One, Manifestation, Inc., 1986, p. 46
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- Kalchuri, Bhau: Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher, Volume One, Manifestation, Inc., 1986, p. 47
- Taji, Zaheen Shah (1956). Tajul Auliya (2nd ed.). Karachi: Taj Company. p. 43.
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