It is narrated that when
Hazrat Baba Farid (radi Allahu anhu) visited Medina Shareef
he was spiritually commanded by the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu
alaihi wasallam) to visit Baghdad Shareef and meet Hazrat Abdul
Wahaab, son of Hazrat Ghaus-ul-Azam Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (radi
Allahu anhuma). He was to receive some sacred relics from him.
Accordingly, when he reached Baghdad Shareef, he received a box from
Hazrat Abdul Wahaab (radi Allahu anhu) which contained the
folowing holy relics: Two flag-poles which were used by the Holy
Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in some of the battles
fought by him; one wooden bowl in which Huzoor (sallal laahu
alaihi wasallam) used to eat; one pair of scissors and one
Turban which was used by the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi
Because of political
upheavals in Delhi, he was obliged to shift the centre of the
Chistiya mission from Delhi to Ajodhan now known as "Paak Patan".
The Khanqah of Baba Farid (radi Allahu anhu), with his
patronage, became a great university of "Moral and Spiritual
Training." Thousands of aspirants, scholars, dervishes and Sufis
reaped benefit from this spiritual university. Hazrat Baba Farid
(radi Allahu anhu) reached the pinnacle of spiritual glory
through extremely hard Mujahedas (spiritual striving) to gain
mastery over the Nafs.
Mazaar Shareef of Hazrat Baba Farid (RA) in
Once Hazrat Khwaja Qutbuddin
(radi Allahu anhu) ordered Hazrat Baba Farid (radi Allahu
anhu) to perform the "Chilla-e-Maakoos" for 40 days. This
chilla was seldom undertaken by Sufis and was one of the most
difficult tests of Hazrat Khwaja Baba Farid's (radi Allahu anhu)
faith and courage. It was to be performed in a well by hanging
himself in a reverse or headlong position with his feet tied up by a
rope to a sturdy branch of a treetop.
Once, due to utter weakness,
Hazrat Baba Farid (radi Allahu anhu) helped himself to walk
with the aid of a staff. But after a few steps, the colour of his
face suddenly became purple, as if he was under heavy punishment. He
threw away the staff. When Hazrat Khwaja Nizaamuddin (radi Allahu
anhu), who was escorting him, enquired the reason for this,
Hazrat Baba Farid (radi Allahu anhu) replied, "I wanted to
take help of the staff, but Allah’s Displeasure frowned upon me for
depending on other’s help instead of His. I, therefore, threw away
the staff and felt highly ashamed of this weakness in my faith in
Rabb, the Almighty."
It is also narrated that
once a trader was taking a caravan of camels laden with sugar from
Multan to Delhi. When he was passing through Ajodhan (now Pakistan),
Hazrat Baba Fariduddin (radi Allahu anhu) enquired casually
as to what he was carrying on his camels. The trader sarcastically
replied, "It is salt." Hazrat Baba Fariduddin (radi Allahu
anhu) also affirmed, "Yes, it may be salt." When the
trader reached Delhi, he was awfully perturbed to find that all his
bags of sugar had turned to salt. He immediately returned to Ajodhan
and apologised before Hazrat Baba Farid (radi Allahu anhu).
Hazrat Baba Farid (radi Allahu anhu) said: "If it is sugar
then it shall be sugar." The trader returned to Delhi and was
pleased to find that the salt had turned back to sugar by the Grace
of Almighty Allah. This is how Hazrat Baba Saheb (radi Allahu
anhu) received the title of "Ganje Shakr."
One of the devotees of
Hazrat Baba Farid (radi Allahu anhu) named Mohammed Neshapuri
lived in Gujerat and was coming to Delhi with three other
companions. On their way in the jungle, robbers encountered them.
Mohammed Neshapuri and his companions had no arms to defend
themselves. In such a helpless state, Mohammed Neshapuri remembered
his Peer, Hazrat Baba Farid (radi Allahu anhu), and also
offered prayers seeking Allah’s help in their predicament.
Suprisingly, the robbers threw away their arms and offered apology
to the party and went away.
One day some poor people
came from Arabia to see Hazrat Baba Farid (radi Allahu anhu)
and said that were strangers to the land and that all their money
was spent before the end of the journey. Hazrat Baba Farid (radi
Allahu anhu) gave them some dried dates which were lying in
front of him at the moment and said, "Take them and go. Your
journey shall be completed by the Grace of Allah." Apparently,
these persons were very disappointed with such a "cheap gift". After
leaving the Khanqah, they wanted to throw away the dates, but just
as they were about to do so, to their amazement, the dates turned
into gold. Regretting their miscalculations, these people left
happily uttering their heartfelt gratitude and prayers for Hazrat
Baba Farid (radi Allahu anhu).
He fasted throughout his
life and maintained his nightly prayers and devotions. Fear of Allah
always dominated him. He was a staunch devotee of Prophet Muhammad
(sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and dedicated his entire life to
the veneration of the Beloved Prophet's (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) immortal glory. At the mention of the Holy Prophet's
(sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) character he would often weep out
of his love and devotion. Hazrat Baba Farid (radi Allahu anhu)
avoided to go near kings, government officials and the rich. He also
warned his Khalifas, devotees and mureeds to avoid their company. He
was a living picture of humility. Whatever he received was spent in
the Name of Allah and his chest overwhelmed with mercy and
forgiveness. Many miracles are attributed to him during his lifetime
and after his passing away.
On the 5th of Muharram,
during the Esha prayer while in the act of Sajdah, he uttered "Ya
Hayyo Ya Qayyum" and with these words on his lips his soul
disappeared into the Eternal Bliss of his Beloved Allah. Immediately
a "Nida" or Divine Voice declared: "Dost ba Dost Pewast"
- Friend has merged into the unity of "Friend" (Allah).
Blessed Grave of Hazrat Baba Farid (RA)
An old woman that was one of the devotees of
the Saint presented a piece of cloth for the Kaffan of Hazrat Baba
Farid (radi Allahu anhu). She implored: "I have not spun
even a single thread of this cloth without having Wudhu. I had
prepared it for my own coffin but if it is accepted for the Kaffan
of this great Saint, I feel confident, Allah would be pleased with
to pardon my sins and grant me salvation." Hazrat Baba Farid’s
(radi Allahu anhu) son accepted this cloth as the Kaffan.
His Mazaar Shareef is in
Paak Patan, Pakistan. Hazrat Sabir Paak, Hazrat Nizaamuddin Awliya
and Hazrat Jamaluddin Hansi (radi Allahu anhum ajma'in) are
among his favourite Mureeds and Khalifas. It is generally recognized
that he had three wives and many children. Hazrat Baba Farid (radi
Allahu anhu) was indeed one of the most brilliant stars of the
Chistiya Silsila and is held in high esteem by one and all.