Miracles of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti
Water Disappears at Ana Sagar
The Great Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) remained settled with his few followers on the bank of Ana Sagar Lake. The followers of the Holy Saint used to draw water from it and sometimes they would catch fish from the Sagar and rarely slaughtered cows. These activities were repugnant to the sentiments and religious feelings of the Raja. Around Ana Sagar there were many temples. The Brahmin priests of these temples complained about such anti-Hindu activities to the Raja. The Raja immediately ordered the removal of all these Muslim derveshes and his companions from the Ana Sagar Hill.
Prithvi Raj Chauhan's servants not only demanded the removal of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) and his followers but also arrogantly insisted on their vacating the Ajmer soil. This notice of leaving Ajmer was made in a very indecent and improper tune. In no circumstances could the Great Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) agree to the withdrawal from Ajmer with his companions because he was there under the instructions and command of the Holy Prophet ﷺ and by the will of Almighty Allah.
When all these temple Brahmin priests mobbed and attacked the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) with the ultimate aim of murdering him, Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) took some dust in his own hands and threw it upon these cruel Brahmins which made them retreat and some of them lost sense and some of them lost eye sight and a few even ran away in terror.
When the Raja noticed this he became very perturbed and disheartened. Then he took a very inhuman step against the Muslim Faqir and his companions. The Raja in accordance with the Brahmins request, ordered that the water from Ana Sagar be stopped for the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) and his followers.
Prithvi Raj Chauhan raised the alarm and posted his army on all sides of Ana Sagar and strictly ordered the soldiers that Muslims should not be allowed to carry water from the Ana Sagar. When Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti’s (ra) followers came to take water from Ana Sagar, they saw that the Ana Sagar water was totally banned for them and the Military was posted there. The companions became very much frightened. Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti's (ra) followers returned with an empty jug to Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) and explained whatever they had seen.
On hearing the events, Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) felt deeply hurt and he himself took the Kooza (tumbler) and went down towards Ana Sagar. As soon as Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) came across a soldier, he prevented him from taking water from the Ana Sagar tank. Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) looked at his face with his miraculous eyes. The soldier could not tolerate Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti’s (ra) angry face. He became nervous and fell down on the ground unconscious and dropped the sword from his hand. The Great Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) absorbed and fetched the whole water of the Ajmer city in the Kooza (tumbler) including the Ana Sagar water. All sources of water for the city mysteriously disappeared. Even the milk in the breasts of nursing mothers and animals dried up.
This disappearance of water was noted by Prithvi Raj's people with consternation. This miracle caused a great change in the sentiments and ambitions of the public.
Consequently, a large number of people embraced Islam at the hand of the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra). The strength of the opposition to him decreased owing to this unprecedented miracle. Prithvi Raj Chauhan was criticised by the public for the disappearance of the water. In spite of his best efforts and tactics water could not be restored. At last Prithvi Raj Chauhan personally went to the Great Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) and said that in future he would not ban the use of water for any human being or creature, which is a free gift of nature. He apologised to the Saint and the water facility was restored to all instantaneously.
Immature Cow Became Mature
One day, while sitting on the back of the Ana Sagar lake at Ajmer, the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) saw a cowherd (boy) passing before him with a herd of young cows. The Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) asked the boy for some milk. The cowherd replied that the cows, being immature, were unable to give milk. The Great Saint smiled and told the young boy to milk a particular young cow. The boy hesitatingly obeyed and was astonished to see the teats of the cow fully developed with milk. The boy then milked the cow and the milk was enough for about forty people. The young lad was so awe-struck by the holy Saint and his miracle that he became an ardent devotee of the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra).
The Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti’s (ra) Pilgrimage to Mecca Every Year
It has been reported that, the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) undertook two Hajj pilgrimages of Mecca before coming to India. What is astounding and left many dumb founded are the eye-witnesses in Mecca every year of people reporting seeing the Great Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) performing Hajj while others at the same time saw him present at Ajmer. This phenomenon is even more astonishing when we consider the fact that this phenomenon of being present at two places at the same time was and still is impossibility for normal people
Rescue of Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki (ra)
One day Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki (ra), the beloved Khalifa and spiritual successor of the Great Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) was having a stroll with king Shams-ud-din Iltutmish of Delhi.
The king courtiers were also in attendance, when all of a sudden an attractive woman barred their way and started wailing bitterly. When asked by the king the reason for her willing, she replied that: she was pregnant with child and Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki (ra) was responsible for that. She insisted on her nikah (marriage) with him. The king and his courtiers were terribly upset because they knew that the Khalifa was a pious man, with untarnished integrity.
The Khalifa himself became ghostly at the statement made by the women. He turned his face in the direction of Ajmer and invoked the help of his Pir-o-Murshid, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra).
All of a sudden the Holy Saint appeared in the midst of the King and his courtiers. The King and his courtiers were wonder-struck at his sudden appearance and hurriedly offered their homage.
The Saint then asked his Khalifa the reason for remembering him (the Saint). The Khalifa was too dumb-struck to answer and tears ran down his face. Thereupon, Great Khawaja Baba (ra) turned to the woman and addressed the child in the womb. "O’ confined child, your mother is accusing Khwaja Qutbuddin (ra) of being your father, now speak out the truth and say if the accusation is correct." By the grace of God, the child in the woman's womb replied, "Your Honour, the statement of my mother is a lie; the enemies of Khwaja Qutbuddin (ra) accused the holy man only out of jealousy so that he would be discarded in the eyes of the people." The people assembled there were astonished at the voice from the woman's womb. Realizing that she could not escape, she admitted her guilt openly before the King and his courtiers.
It is said that an official (mufti) bore a grudge against Khwaja Qutubuddin (ra) because of the special treatment enjoyed by him under King Shams-ud-din Iltutmish, hence this wickedly contrived plot failed miserably.
The Sight of the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra)
One day the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) was giving a lecture. The audience noticed that whenever he glanced towards his right, he stood up for a while and then resumed his lecture. This occurred many times. After the lecture, some devotee asked him about this, and he replied by saying that that the tomb of his Pir-O-Murshid was on that side, and whenever he looked that side the tomb came before his eyes, so he stood up to pay his respects.
The Revival of the Dead
An old woman tearfully came to the saint who was at that time performing his prayers. She told him that the governor had murdered her son for no fault of him, and begged the great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) for justice. He, taking his walking stick asked the woman to show the place where the body of her son was lying. His devotees also followed him. Placing the dismembered head in its proper position on the corpse, he prayed to god to restore the life of the dead man if he was innocent. The young man got up whole and hearty and the very next moment both he and his old mother fell down at the feet of the saint of Ajmer out of gratitude.
Sheikh Ali's Loan
While the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) was passing through the streets of Ajmer with his attendant Sheikh Ali, a creditor of Sheikh Ali appeared before them and insolently demanded his money back from the attendant. Knowing the short comings of human beings, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) told the creditor that his money would soon be repaid. But the creditor did not agree. Seeing, this the Saint (in a state of Jazba) took off his chadar and flung it on the ground. Astonishingly, it was covered by a heap of gold and silver coins. He then told the creditor to take exactly what was due to him. The creditor, being a vile and greedy person, wanted to take more than his legitimate due and stretched his arms. Instantly, the heap disappeared and the arm was paralyzed. The creditor, guilty as he was, immediately fell at the feet of the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) for mercy and as usual by his immense grace Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti restored his hand to its normal condition.
It is said that though the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) lived a very austere life and his daily food was frugal (he ate dry bread soaked in water), his cook used to prepare large quantities of food to distribute among people of Ajmer. Every morning, the cook would present himself before his master for daily expenses and the Great Saint would lift a corner of his musalla (prayer carpet) and ask the cook to take away only the required amount of money for that particular day’s provisions and no more.
Justice Is Delivered
One day a Mureed (disciple) of the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) came to him and complained that the Governor had subjected him to incessant harassment and that day he had also banished him from the confines of the city. The Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) told his Mureed to return home telling him that the Governor had already been punished by God. When the man returned home, he heard of the Governor's death owing to a fatal fall from his horse while hunting.
The Mughal ruler to Indian throne, Emperor Alamgir after coming into power, immediately paid a visit to pay homage to the Holy Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hassan Chishty (ra) at Ajmer. It was his routine to say Assalamu Alaikum to the resting place of the Great Saint. If a reply to his salutation came from the con¬cerned grave, he would believe that the real and exact grave was located there. Otherwise he would order the shrine to be demolished.
When he approached the Holy Shrine of Sultanul Hind, Ata-e-Rasool, in his usual way he loudly addressed the grave - Assalato-Wassalamu Alaika Ya Hindul Wali Ata-e-Rasool Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra). There was no reply. He again after a few moments repeated his salutation and again there was no response from the grave of the Holy Saint. He said that if his salutations were not answered one more time, he would demolish the shrine. After a pause the reply came from the Mazar Sharif of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (ra), He said "Walaikum Assalam Ya Alamgir Hujjati; Is a reply essential when a Saint is busy in his prayer with divine Allah?". Peace is upon you Ya Alamgir. On shocking reply Alamgir bowed down and begged for mercy and forgiveness; Alamgir offered Fateha and felt his mistake. Being a true devotee of the Holy Saint he erected a Mosque just near the Dargah Sharif of Huzoor Khwaja Garib Nawaz (ra) which is now known as Alamgiri Mosque.
Magical Attacks on the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra)
The mother of Raja Prithvi Raj, the ruler of India at that time, predicted that a Muslim Dervesh would one day arrive in his kingdom. She warned her son that if he maltreated that Muslim Dervesh, his kingdom would perish. Prithvi Raj was very much astonished to hear such words from her mouth. Twelve years after the prediction was made, Prithvi Raj was informed that a Muslim Dervesh had indeed arrived in his kingdom as predicted by Raja's mother.
In spite all of his efforts, plans and tortures perpetrated on Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) Raja Prithvi Raj was unable compel the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) or bring him under his control against the supreme divine will. He could not succeed in arresting or killing the Great Hazrat Khwaja Ghareeb Nawaz (ra). Even after such misbehaviour on Raja Prithvi Raj’s part, the Great Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) several times invited him directly and indirectly to embrace Islam, but he always rejected the proposal.
Prithvi Raj consulted with the temple priests and his trusted counsellors -Ajai Pal and Shadi Dev. Ajai Pal had a large number of chelas (disciples) in the field of magic, black arts, witchcraft and astrology.
The Raja told his most worthy magicians to remove and kill this Muslim Faqir along with his followers to save their religion. The Raja also repeated the prophetic words of his mother about the fall of his kingdom. On hearing this Guru Ajai Pal assured the Raja that he should not worry at all, and that the Faqir was only a fake person. He would turn him out of Ajmer and in future no such type of Muslim would dare come here.
The next day Ajai Pal and a group of disciples arrived at the spot. Ajai Pal, the Guru of the several chelas as well as Raja Prithvi Raj Chowhan, started the maiden attack on Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) who was unarmed. The Great Saint was busy in meditation and contemplation. When Hazrat Khwaja's Baba’s (ra) disciples informed him of the situation, he got ready to repulse their attacks.
He drew a circle on the ground around him and his followers for protection against Ajai Pal's magical attacks. Firstly, Ajai Pal launched a number of Chakras into the air through a whirlwind. The fundamental function of these chakras was that they cut everything it touched or came across into pieces. But these did not harm either the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) or his followers. These chakras, whirling violently in the air went back to Ajai Pal and his chelas. They got furious because their magic proved useless. Thus Ajai Pal's first attempt failed.
Hazrat Khwaja Ghareeb Nawaz (ra) instructed his followers that nobody should go out of that circle around them. Whatever would come either magical or material would fall outside of that marked circle.
After this failure, Ajai Pal became very angry and he attacked the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti's (ra) little group with a large number of horrible boas, venomous snakes, scorpions poisonous and dreadfully injurious worms. All these sprang up and rushed towards Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) and his party from all directions. But as soon as they proceeded near the Great Saint’s protective circle, they all perished. This dreadful attack also failed and Ajai Pal got even more furious because his second attack was repulsed by the Almighty's humble servant.
At last Ajai Pal and his chelas made the last attack by raising a cloudy storm cyclone, with fire, water and stones. All these ran towards the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) causing an intolarable noise. Even this had no effect on the Holy Saint and his companions. Instead it turned back to wreak havoc among Ajai Pal's followers.
These failed attacks on the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) and his followers were being watched carefully by the general public and made them think carefully as to which side possesses Allah’s blessings. Ajai Pal and the Raja were faced with a seemingly hopeless and desperate situation. The frustrated Raja threatened Ajai Pal with dire consequences if he did no save the honour and religion of the kingdom. Ajai Pal made the last bid to recover his ruined prestige and honour.
Ajai Pal brought out a mirgacha, sat on it and flew into the sky. In a few moments he disappeared in the air. Up till now, every feat was judged patiently by the followers of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra). One of them, not being able to tolerate these types of feats of Ajai Pal, invited the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti’s (ra) attention to the problem. He urged him to intervene and do something against those horrible feats and the Great Saint smiled and ordered his Nalain (wooden Sandals which Muslim faqirs wear like chappals) to go up in the air and bring Ajai Pal down to the ground. As Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) ordered his nalain, both of them went into the air flying and instantaneously brought the flying magician down to the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti’s (ra) feet by continuously striking Ajai Pal’s head. Ajai Pal was shocked to see the great power of the Holy Saint's sandals. He totally surrendered himself to the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) after losing his final attack. Ajai Pal was now at the mercy of the Great Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra). He lay there waiting for the Holy Saint's orders. The Great Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) then asked him to embrace Islam and accepted his apology. Ajai Pal immediately embraced Islam and became a devoted disciple. The Great Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) named him Abdullah Bayabani.