Welcome to Khanqah!
Khanqah (خانگاه) is a place where Sufi brotherhood gathers and is a place for spiritual retreat and character reformation. In the golden period of Sufis, the hospices were prevalent in Islamic world and were used served as hospices for travelers and Sufi students. It is also referred as Tekke and Ribat
In this age of internet, this website will provide a forum to share the Sufi doctrines and help the seeker reach the sought. BY NO MEANS, this can substitute a kamil Murshid.
Based on Hadis of Hazrat Mohammed (PUBH) ”Man la Shafihu sheikhus shytaan” – “Who has no Sheikh, his sheikh is satan”, seek a Murshid who can make you adept in Ilm-E- Irfaan.
“Man Arfa Nafsahu, faqad arfa Rabbuhu” reads another hadis, it means ” Who Knows oneself, knows his Rab”
“O God! if I worship Thee in fear of Hell, burn me in Hell; and if I worship Thee in hope of Paradise, exclude me from Paradise; but if I worship Thee for Thine own sake, withhold not Thine everlasting beauty!” (RABIA BASRI.)
Need of a Murshid e Kamil (Spiritual Guide) and Bay’at (Spiritual Allegiance)
“Man Arf” (Knowing yourself) is the starting point of spiritual journey and to know oneself a Kamil Murshid is needed as a mirror
is needed to see ourselves. Huzoor Mohammed (SAS) said a momin is a mirror, a talib (seeker) needs a Kamil Murshid to reflect his real image and to reveal the secret of Man Arf.
Bay’at literally means selling, it is an act, where a seeker sells himself/herself to kamil murshid in the path of Haq. Bay’at is mandatory for the seeker of Haq, who wants to annihilate his/her ‘being’ in the ishq of Murshid, Rasul and ultimately Allah.
A poet says “Iman-o-Dil dediya itni si baat par, Murshid ka haath Allah ka haat jaan kar”.
Reference to Bay’at in Quran :
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُبَايِعُونَكَ إِنَّمَا يُبَايِعُونَ اللَّهَ يَدُ اللَّهِ فَوْقَ أَيْدِيهِمْ فَمَنْ نَكَثَ فَإِنَّمَا يَنْكُثُ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ وَمَنْ أَوْفَى بِمَا عَاهَدَ عَلَيْهُ اللَّهَ فَسَيُؤْتِيهِ أَجْرًا عَظِيمً
Indeed, those who pledge allegiance to you, [O Muhammad] – they are actually pledging allegiance to Allah . The hand of Allah is over their hands. So he who breaks his word only breaks it to the detriment of himself. And he who fulfills that which he has promised Allah – He will give him a great reward. Surat Al-Fatĥ (48:10)
إِنَّ اللَّهَ اشْتَرَى مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَنْفُسَهُمْ وَأَمْوَالَهُمْ بِأَنَّ لَهُمُ الْجَنَّةَ يُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَيَقْتُلُونَ وَيُقْتَلُونَ وَعْدًا عَلَيْهِ حَقًّا فِي التَّوْرَاةِ وَالإنْجِيلِ وَالْقُرْآنِ وَمَنْ أَوْفَى بِعَهْدِهِ مِنَ اللَّهِ فَاسْتَبْشِرُوا بِبَيْعِكُمُ الَّذِي بَايَعْتُمْ بِهِ وَذَلِكَ هُوَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ
Verily, Allah has purchased from the faithful their selves and their properties, and in return for them is the Garden) (9:111)
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ إِذَا جَاءَكَ الْمُؤْمِنَاتُ يُبَايِعْنَكَ عَلَى أَنْ لا يُشْرِكْنَ بِاللَّهِ شَيْئًا وَلا يَسْرِقْنَ وَلا يَزْنِينَ وَلا يَقْتُلْنَ أَوْلادَهُنَّ وَلا يَأْتِينَ بِبُهْتَانٍ يَفْتَرِينَهُ بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِنَّ وَأَرْجُلِهِنَّ وَلا يَعْصِينَكَ فِي مَعْرُوفٍ فَبَايِعْهُنَّ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُنَّ اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ
O Prophet! When believing women come to you making bay’at on the terms that they will not associate anything with God and will not steal, neither commit adultery, nor slay their children nor bring a calumny they forge between their hands and their feet, nor disobey you in anything honorable,…) (60:12)
People who accepted Islam, did at the hand of prophet and pledged their allegiance and subsequently at the hand Sahaba (companions) and then at the hands of Tabaien (followers of sahaba) and then Tab -e-Tabaien and the chain continued and continuing in the orders of Sufism. Prominent among them are Qadriyya, Chistiya, Suharwardia, Rifaia, and Naqshbandia. All the spiritual orders trace back to Holy Prophet Mohammed (SAS) through Hazrat Imam Ali Karram-Allahu Wajhahu.
Continuation of Bay’at
The practice of bay’at continued after wisal of Huzoor Mohammed Rasoalallah PBUH, one of the most authentic recording of hadith in Imam Bukhari Sharief and Imam Muslim as reported by Hazrat Abu Hurairah (ra) supports the need of continuation of bay’at.
“The Prophets ruled over the children of Israel. Whenever a Prophet died, another Prophet succeeded him, but there will be NO Prophet after me. There will, soon be Khalifahs and they will number many. They asked ‘What then do you Order us?’ He said: Fulfill allegiance to them one by one. Give them their dues. Verily Allah will ask them about what He entrusted them with.”
When a boy or girl reaches state of mental maturity, he or she should seek out a Kamil Murshid who would guide him/her in the path of Allah and reach a station of nearness to Allah. Hazrat Ghousul Azam Dastagir Mehboob e Subhani Qandeel e Noorani Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA) went in search of Kamil Murshid when he was a young boy and devoted himself under his Pir’s guidance to reach the station of Qutubul Aaqtaab. Imam Ghazali (RA), a great scholar and Sufi saint, after mastering the orthodox Islamic studies set himself towards the path of Sufism after concluding that religious knowledge will not lead him to Allah. Imam Ghazali (RA) contributed significantly to the development of a systematic view of Sufism and its integration and acceptance in mainstream Islam. One of his title was Hujjatul Islam, meaning “Proof of Islam” .
Bayat is the path which has been tread by the faithfuls of Prophet Mohammed and all Auliya Allahs. All auliyas have Shaikh /Pir o Murshid, which illustrates the fact that bayat is obligatory on all Muslims who wants to reach higher station of imaan.
Whom to take as Shaykh/ Pir/Murshid (Teacher/Guide)
“جو پیر نہیں گئے ہیں سیر کو وہ کیا لیجاینگےغیر کو “
حضرت شیخ خواجہ باب نور محمد شا سہرواردے قادری -
Hazrat Khwaja Noor Mohammed Suharwardy Qadri says a Pir should have traversed the paths of Fana Fillah to guide a salik to reach the station of Fana Fillah and Baqa Billah. Only Those who have traveled can take the seeker to the destination.