The Great Khwajah, Sultan of Awliyah, Ghaus-e-Zamaah, Qutub-e-Daurah, the Mirror of truth and Spirituality, Master of Tasawwuf Hazrat Khwajah Pir Sufi Mohammed Aslam Sahib (may Allah be pleased with him) came to these barren shores in 1963 with sole intention of spreading the message of ISLAM. Over the next 36 years, the great Khwajah spread the massage of Islam not only in the UK but in Europe and Asia through the remembrance of Allah Almighty and the love of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).
This incident had a life changing effect on the Grand Sheikh as the love of the world finished from their heart and they began to recite Darood Shareef excessively, especially Dalielal Kheraat, also they began to recite Qaddriyya Silsala waziefs, because the they came from a very religious family In the Qaddriyya path self-annihilation is very important for advancement in spirituality; hence Grand Sheikh limited his sleep to just 1 hour every night and would prayer on a prayer mat made of stones.
The Grand Sheikh had a friend called Muhammad Raza Sb who was bayah in Mohree Shareef. On one occasion he invited the Grand Sheikh to accompany him to a mehfil there. When they arrived at Mohree Shareef all the students were in adab (respect) waiting for their Sheikh. First of all, Hazrat Sahibzada Khwaja Masoom Sb (ra) walked into the gathering with the recitation of the Kalima Shareef. The Grand Sheikh said to himself “Subhanallah, this man has karam,” and was impressed with the recitation of the Kalima Shareef. However because the Grand Sheikh had a connection with Rasullulah (saw) and had received faiz from Kharri Darbar they were not totally satisfied.
Then moments later the Kalima Shareef started again and this time it was more electrifying and powerful than before. The Grand Sheikh became intrigued as to who was coming. The Grand Sheikh saw that it was the blessed face of Hazrat Khwaja Sufi Nawabuddin Sb (Qibla Alam) (ra). When their eyes met, the Grand Sheikh was captivated by their beauty and the noor (light) which was emitting from their face. Qibla Alam’s whole persona had struck a chord with the Grand Sheikhs heart.
Qibla Alam (ra) was famous for their noor-e-baseerat, when they entered the gathering and sat down they began to speak. They said, “My friends there is an individual amongst today who has a connection with Rasullulah (saw), therefore he is an Awaisi.” Then they began to relate the blessed vision that the Grand Sheikh saw of Rasullulah (saw) and added “A person who has a connection with Rasullulah (saw) even they must do bayah.” Further Qibla Alam said, “My friend my eyes see the ‘lo mahfooz’ (the tablet of fate) and you think that I can’t read your heart”. At this point the Grand Sheikhs heart became satisfied that they had found a true friend of Allah and stood up and did bayah. After bayah, Qibla Alam (ra) gave them a small wazifah to recite:
||100 times Darood Shareef ||
||300 times Ya Hayyo Ya Qayoom||
||100 times Darood Shareef ||
On the way back home from Mohree Shareef the Grand Sheikh thought to himself. “I am used to reciting long waziefs of the Qaddriyya Silsala, what will this small waziefah do for me?” The Grand Sheikh had an uncle called Ahmed Deen, who was an old man. Their uncle was envious of the karam that Allah had bestowed upon the Grand Sheikh through the nigah-e-karam of Qibla Alam (ra), at such a young age. When they would meet, the Grand Sheikh would talk about the faiz of Mohree Shareef, and their uncle would talk about their own spiritual master. When their uncle would hear about the karam in Mohree Shareef he would remain quiet and then say “I will take you to my sheikh and we challenge there.” One day, when the Great Sheikh was returning from Mohree Shareef on a bicycle. As he passed by the train station at khariyya, he was stopped by his uncle Ahmed Deen. His uncle was with a group of sangees and said to the Great Sheikh “it’s good you are here, I can finally get my sheikh to challenge you.” At this moment Ahmed Deen’s sheikh was making wudu (ablution). When they finished their ablution, they said “Ahmed deen is this the same Sufi Muhammad Aslam that you have been talking about,” and Ahmed Deen replied “yes, O’Sheikh, this is him.” The Sheikh then said “But Ahmed Deen you said he is connected in Mohree Shareef, I am seeing that he is connected somewhere as well, and his work will go very far.” Finally they took hold of the Grand Sheikhs hand, smiled and said, “He is also a great man,” and made a supplication for them.
Ahmed Deens sheikh made three very important points; firstly he spoke of the Grand Sheikhs connection with Rasullullah (saw), which few people had knowledge of. Secondly he predicted the work that the Grand Sheikh would do in Europe, and thirdly both of the above are works of great men.
The Great Sheikh was walking through Jhelum, when they passed a group of men near some bushes smoking pung (drugs) and dressed as Durvishes. The great Sheikh thought in his heart “all these men are false, they claim to be lovers of Rasullullah (saw) and commit acts against shariah.” Instantly, a man sat behind this group of men stood up and said, “no, no, no my friend, we are not all the same, and indeed those who follow shariah are great.” The Great Sheikh was amazed at how quickly this man had caught his thought and replied, “What is this then?” and pointed towards those men smoking pung. The man repeated again “no my friend we are not all the same,” and then the Great Sheikh replied “pray for me.” The man replied, “No my friend you pray for me, as we are Majzoob and you are a Salik, the Salik is greater in the court of Allah the Almighty.”
As a result of this incident, the great Sheikh taught his students, “if somebody put a picture of a shaikh on the wall, and said this is a man of Allah, and you don’t agree, do not think bad of them, give salaam and walk away, as this man could indeed be a friend of Allah the Almighty.
Qibla Alam (ra) advised the Great Sheikh never to do two things “you must never drive and you must not work in a shop.” Alhamdullillah, the Great Sheikh all of their life acted upon the words of Qibla Alam (ra).
The Great Sheikh one day went to Mohree Shareef, to meet Qibla Alam (ra) and to seek some advice. They said “Hazoor, my father is asking me to take over the running of his shop and my younger brother Akram Darr is calling me to England, Hazoor what shall I do? Before the Great Sheikh had chance to complete his sentence Qibla Alam said “Yes go to England.”
On the way back from Mohree Shareef, the Great Sheikh fell asleep on the bus and saw a dream, that their passport is being made, the money for their ticket is being collected and a high ranking officer is signing a statement for them, saying they are reliable and trustworthy.
In the 1960s to come to England people required a certified statement from a high ranking army official to say that you had no previous convictions and that you were reliable and trustworthy. When the Great Sheikh went to get their statement certified, the officer looked at the Great Sheikh and asked “Maulana Sb what are you going to do in England?” and the Great Sheikh replied “I will propagate the zikr of Allah.”
In 1963 the Great Sheikh came to England in London, Walthamstow. They worked in a factory where tools were manufactured and also later on in a wood factory. They kept a Mehfil-e-Zikr every Sunday in a flat in high street. The Great Sheikh spent approximately 5-6 years in Walthamstow.
This was a historical event, as this was the first ever mehfil-e-zikr recorded in the history of the United Kingdom.
Qibla Alam (ra) described the Great Sheikh as a qutub (permanent pole of truth), and indeed they were, as from the moment they set foot in this country to their last breath, they never changed the ways of Qibla Alam (ra).
Hazrat Khwaja Khwajghaan (ra) often use to say, “the miracle of reviving the dead by a dervish is not seen as a great thing nor a great miracle, but reviving a dead heart is the greatest miracle”. This literally means that when a dervish performs the miracle of reviving the dead by Allah (swt)’s leave, this is simply the task of joining the spirit and the body back together. The revived body will inevitably die once again due to the command of Allah SWT. However, the miracle of reviving the "dead" heart (the heart is dead due to forgetfulness of the commands of it's Lord (i.e. it is in Ghafla) and of the message of the Messenger (saw)) is greater as the heart which is alive with the remembrance of it's Lord will remain "alive" with the mercy of it's Lord eternally. Alhamdulillah Khwaja Khwajghaan performed the greater and the lesser miracles throughout his life, one of his greatest miracles was upholding the ways of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) when everyone around him were going through a phase of ignorance. His steadfastness to the truth and ways of the Prophet caused others to accept and follow his example. By the Grace of Allah, by working in the way of Allah in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) during times of ignorance ignited the memories of the salaf us saliheen.
Then the Great Sheikh left the gathering for the airport. In the airport they were having tea in the cafeteria and the doctor approached the Great Sheikh again and asked “would you mind if I touched your heart again,” and the Great Sheikh replied “of course.” So he did and again the doctor had the same experience. The Great Sheikh said to the Doctor “my heart is always engaged in the remembrance of Allah.”
The Great Sheikh established mehfil-e-zikrs of the distinguished Naqshabandia Aslamiyya Order in nearly every city of the United Kingdom. Alhamdullillah the Great Sheikh often said “Bradford is my heart and my largest following is there.”
“Inna lillahi wa inna ilay hi raji'un ” "To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return"
May Allah (swt) shower the grave of this friend of His with endless blessings. Ameen. May Allah fill our breasts with the faiz (spiritual blessings) of this great man of Allah (swt). Ameen.
Teree dosti se pelay hammay kown janta tha! Khwaja thoownay khareed kar hammay anmol kardeeya!
In 1998 the Great Sheikh led his last ever Holy March through the streets of Blackburn. This was the largest ever Holy March recorded in the United Kingdom. Authorities’ estimated approximately 10,000 followers attended that day.
The legacy of the Great Sheikh has been past on, into the heart of Hazrat Khwaja Sufi Muhammad Aslam Sb, who is their rightly guided Caliph and successor. The successor coincidently had the same name as the great Spiritual Master. The Sheikh once said to him "You don’t only have my name but you have my ways."