A Khanqa is an established
religious center from where the activities of a silsila are
conducted. These centers were established by the ma’shaaikh so
that those seeking spiritual upliftment may attend the programs
such as the Khatme Khwajegaan, zikr etc at the khanqa. It is
important for the murshid to be present in the khanqa which
makes him easily accessible to all the people at any time. For
those that are mureeds of a silsila that have these centers, it
is compulsory for them to attend and take part in all the
activities of the khanqa. These khanqa’s throughout the various
eras have served as a touch of guidance and hope to humanity.
From the khanqas that were established in various parts of the
world the Sufis spread the message of Islam by love and selfless
service to humanity. All the affairs of the khanqa are under
the supervision of the murshid. There are many advantages of
attending a khanqa. Listed below are a few.
Advantages of attending a
By associating with the pious, one
begins to adopt the habits and ways of the pious.
A brotherhood between mureeds
One is prevented from attending
places of evil and vices.
Attending the spiritual practices
such as zikr, khatme kwajegaan etc brings comfort to one’s heart
The love for the Aulia become
established in one’s heart.
Rules of conduct in a Khanqa
The khanqa is a religious
establishment as explained above therefore it should be
There should be no smoking and
unnecessary talking in the khanqa.
One must show love and respect to
all that attend the khanqa.
Visitors and guests must be
welcomed and shown love and respect.
Everyone is to be treated equally
and no priority is to be given to one because of their wealth,
parentage or social position.
The upkeep and maintenance of the
khanqa and its practices is the duty of all the mureeds.
Mureeds do not need any type of special
invitations to attend the functions and programs at the khanqa
because the day that they have become mureed, they have become
servants of the spiritual master and the silsila. These
practices are held for the benefit of the mureeds.