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HISTORY OF THE CHISTIYA ORDER AND BAI'AT

The Chistia Order is one of the most popular and influential mystic orders of Islam. It derives its name from CHIST, a village near Herat in Afghanistan, where the real founder, Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ishaq Chisti (RA) of Syria, had settled by the command of his spiritual guide, Hazrat Khwaja Mamshad Ali Dinwari (RA).
When Hazrat Abu Ishaq Chisti (RA) arrived at the Khanqah of Hazrat Mamshad Ali Dinwari (RA), the Sheikh asked him of his name. He replied "Abu Ishaq SHAMI", and the Sheikh then said to him, "From this day people will refer to you as Abu Ishaq CHISTI", and that he should go to Chist in Afghanistan and spread the mystic order so that people in and around Chist could receive spiritual guidance from him. Furthermore, the Sheikh said that all those people that would enter his (Khwaja Abu Ishaq Chisti) silsila, would be known as CHISTI untill the day of Qiyamah.

The Silsila is traced back to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (salallahu alaihi wa sallam) through various generations of great Sufi saints of this order. During the lifetime of the Holy Prophet (salallahu alahi wa sallam), people used to make "Baiat" (to take the oath of allegiance) upon His (salallahu alaihi wasallam) hands, pledging that they:
"Will not associate in worship, any partner with Allah; that they will not steal; nor commit adultery, nor kill their children; that they will not lie and that they will not disobey Him in any just matter." QUR'AN SLX Verse 12
This oath used to be accepted by the Holy Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam), and he used to make dua for the forgiveness of their sins. Allah, in response to these oaths, responded in the Qur'an stating:
"Verily those who pledge their oath to you, do in reality pledge their oath to Allah. The hand of Allah is over their hands." QUR'AN SLX VIII Verse 10
This practice of pledging continued until the Holy Prophet's (salallhu alaihi wa sallam) demise. Thereafter, people pledged their oath upon the hands of the four Rightly-Guided Caliphs viz. Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (RA), Hazrat Umar ibn Khattab al-Farooq (RA), Hazrat Uthmaan ibn Affan al-Ghani (RA), and Hazrat Maula Ali ibn Abi Talib Karam Allahu Wajhahul kareem.

The Chistia Order flows from Hazrat Maula Ali (RA), leading to his spiritual desendants, Khwaja Hasan Basri (RA), Khwaja Abde Wahid ibne Zaid (RA), Khwaja Fuzail ibn Ayaz (RA), Khwaja Ibrahim bin Adham (RA), Khwaja Huzaifa Mir'ashi (RA), Khwaja Hubaira Basri (RA), Khwaja Mamshad Ali Dinwari (RA), Khwaja Abu Ishaq Chisti (FOUNDER of the Order), Khwaja Abu Ahmed Chisti (RA), Khwaja Muhammad Chisti (RA), Khwaja Abu Yusuf Chisti (RA), Khwaja Maudood Chisti (RA), Khwaja Haji Shareef Zindani (RA), Khwaja Usmaan Harooni (RA), and Khwaja Muinuddin Chisti Hasan Sanjeri Ajmeri (RA).

Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chisti (RA), also known as Khwaja Ghareeb Nawaaz, brought the silsila to India at the close of the 11th century, and established its centre in Ajmer. From here, the mystic order spread throughout India and became a force in the spiritual life of the people of India. After his demise, his spiritual desendants and successors, viz. Hazrat Khwaja Qutbuddin Kaki (RA), Hazrat Khwaja Fariduddin Ganje Shakar (RA), Hazrat Makhdoom Alauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir Kalyari (RA), and Hazrat Khwaja Nizamuddin Awliya Mahboobe Ilahi (RA), and their successors in turn, continued this noble mission.

THE SABIRIYA BRANCH OF THE CHISTIYA ORDER
 

The Sabriya Branch of The Chistia Order came into existence after the name of Hazrat Makhdoom Alauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir Kalyari (RA), a senior successor of Hazrat Baba Farid Ganje Shakar (RA). It is therefore, that those who are associated with the order that flows after him, are known as "Chistia Sabiree". A chain of Sufi saints of this order continue after him, until it reaches our CHISTI SABIREE JAHANGIRI branch which is named after a great saint of this order, Hazrat SAYED MUHAMMAD JAHANGIR SHAH CHISTI SABIREE KAMBAL POSH (RA) of Ajmer, who had passed away in 1924.


The Mazaar of Hazrat Sayed Jahangir Shah Chisti Sabiree (Radi Allahu Anhu)
GOHRA GHARIBA, AJMER (INDIA)


Hazrat Sayed Muhammad Jahangir Shah Chisti Sabiree (Radi Allahu Anhu)
seated behind him is his son,
Hazrat Sayed Muhammad IQBAL SHAH Chisti Sabiree (Radi Allahu Anhu)

Hazrat Jahangir Shah Bawa (RA) was succeeded by his his son, Hazrat SAYED MUHAMMAD IQBAL SHAH CHISTI SABIREE JAHANGIRI KAMBAL POSH (RA). He in turn was succeeded by his son Hazrat SAYED MUHAMMAD KHALID SHAH CHISTI SABIREE JAHANGIRI KAMBAL POSH (RA), who is the the father of our present Sheikh and Sajjada Nasheen, Hazrat SAYED MUHAMMAD SHAH CHISTI SABIREE JAHANGIRI KAMBAL POSH of Sindh, Hyderabad in Pakistan. May Allah grant him a long live and good health, by which we may benefit.


Our present SAJJADA NASHEEN, Hazrat Sayed MUHAMMAD SHAH
Chisti Sabiree Jahangiri Kambalposh

The Chisti Sabiree Jahangiri Silsila was brought to South Africa by Janab Ebrahim Madari Chisti Sabiree (May Allah illuminate his grave) in 1944, under the instruction of his beloved Pir-o-Murshid, Hazrat Sayed Muhammad Iqbal Shah Chisti Sabiree (RA). Janab Ebrahim Madari settled in Durban, from where he conducted and spread the Chisti Sabiree Order under the name of "BUZME SHAH IQBAL CHISTI SABIREE OF SOUTH AFRICA", throughout Southern Africa. Here, he also conducted the very first Urs of Hazrat SABIR PAAK (RA) in 1944. Thereafter, it became an annual function.

1966, Janab Rasool Khan of Johannesburg had brought Hazrat KHALID SHAH (RA) to South Africa for the very first time.

In The following organizations are affiliated to the Buzme Shah Iqbal Chisti Sabiree of South Africa:

a) BUZME KHALID SHAH (Lenasia) - Founded by Hazrat Khalid Shah (Radi Allahu anhu)
b) BUZME JAHANGIR SHAH (Zeerust) - Founded by Hazrat Muhammad Shah in 1993
c) BUZME MUHAMMAD SHAH (Mayfair) - Founded by Hazrat Muhammad Shah in 1998
d) BUZME KHALID SHAH (Cape Town) - Founded by Hazrat Khalid Shah (Radi Allahu anhu)

 

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