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...For one who does not have a Sheikh, may study the Kashf-ul-Mahjoob, [not only will he receive guidance but eventually] through the blessing that God has kept in this book, one will find one's Sheikh.
+ who does not have a Sheikh may study the Kashf-ul-Mahjoob, [not only will he receive guidance but eventually] through the blessing that God has kept in this book, one will find one's Sheikh.
=== Other Works===
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Abu’l Hassan Ali Hujwiri
Hazrat Syed Hafiz Haji Abul Hasan Bin Usman Bin Ali Al-Jalabi Al-Hujwiri
Tomb of Ali Hujwiri.jpg
Abu’l Hassan Ali Hujwiri’s mausoleum in Lahore.
Madh'hab Hanbali
Born Circa 400 AH / 1009 AD
Hujwir, Ghazni, Ghaznavid Empire (Modern-day Afghanistan)
Passed away Circa 465 AH / 1072 AD
Lahore, Pakistan
Resting place Lahore, Pakistan

Data Ganj Bakhsh

Data Sahib

Hazrat Syed Hafiz Haji Abu’l Hasan Bin Usman Bin Ali Al-Jalabi Al-Hujwiri (ra) (also spelled Hujweri, Hajweri, Hajveri, Hajvery) also known as Data Ganj Bakhsh (the master who bestows treasures) or Data Sahib was a great Persian Sufi scholar, writer and poet who lived during the 5th Century AH (11th Century AD). He significantly contributed to the spreading of Islam in South Asia.


Lineage and Family

Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) was both a Hasani and Husseini Syed.

He was blessed with direct lineage to the Holy Prophet ﷺ through his father who was a direct descendant of Hazrat Imam Hasan Ra.gif, son of Hazrat Ali Ra.gif. His silsila-e-nasab (family lineage) is as follows:

  • Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra), son of
  • Hazrat Mohammad Usman (ra), son of
  • Hazrat Abu’l Hasan Ali (ra), son of
  • Hazrat Abdur Rahman (ra), son of
  • Hazrat Shah Shuja (ra), son of
  • Hazrat Abu’l Hasan Ali (ra), son of
  • Hazrat Hasan Asghar (ra), son of
  • Hazrat Zaid (ra), son of
  • Hazrat Imam Hasan Ra.gif, son of
  • Hazrat Ali Ra.gif.

Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) was the ninth descendant of Hazrat Ali Ra.gif. After the tragedy of Karbala, many of the descendants of Hazrat Ali Ra.gif dispersed to foreign lands and among them were the forefathers of Hazrat Ali Hujveri who migrated to the Ghaznavid Empire, which is now modern-day Afghanistan.

Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) was also blessed with direct lineage to the Holy Prophet ﷺ through his mother who was a descendant of Hazrat Imam Hussein Ra.gif. His mother was greatly devoted to religious worship and was committed to bettering the welfare of the poor and the suffering.

His maternal uncle was highly respected and had the title of "Tajul Auliya". Adjacent to the mausoleum of Hazrat Tajul Auliya lays the mausoleum belonging to the mother of Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra).

Although the family lived in fairly affluent circumstances, they were held in high esteem for their piety and religious devotion.


Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) was born in the city of Ghazni during the reign of Mahmud of Ghazni where his family had settled. He was known as Ali Al-Jalabi Al-Hujwiri (ra), as he had lived in Jalab and Hujwir, two different quarters (Mohallas) within the city of Ghazni.

The exact date of Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra)’s birth is not known, with estimates ranging from 400 AH to 406AH. Little is known of his early life or his education.  


After having completed his studies, he travelled extensively in order to acquire knowledge from well-known scholars as well as to pay homage to saints. He is reported to have travelled for forty years, during which he always offered his Friday prayers in congregation.

He travelled to Syria, Iraq, Persia, Kohistan, Azerbaijan, Tabaristan, Kerman, Khorasan, Transoxiana amongst other places and met several prominent Sufis of the time. In Khorasan alone he is reported to have met 300 Sufis. He relates in Kashf-ul-Mahjoob:

It would be difficult to mention all the Sheikhs of Khorasan. I have met over three hundred saints in Khorasan alone residing separately and who had such mystical endowments that a single one of them would have been enough for the whole world. They are the luminaries of love and prosperity on the spiritual sky of Khorasan.

After the acquisition of academic knowledge in the fields of his search, he diverted his energy in quest of an accomplished spiritual teacher (Murshid-e-Kamil). He travelled great distances in search of a personality who could satiate his thirst for spirituality, rather than mere academic superficial knowledge. Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) states in Kashf-ul-Mahjoob:

Theologians have made no distinction between 'ilm (knowledge) and ma'rifat (gnosis), except when they say that God may be called 'alim (knowing), but not 'arif (gnostic), since the latter description lacks Divine blessing. The Sufi Sheikhs give the name of ma’rifat (gnosis) to knowledge that includes both religious practices and states; the knower of which could express his state they would call ‘arif (gnostic).

On the other hand, they give the name of ‘ilm (knowledge) to every knowledge that is devoid of spiritual and religious practice, and one who has such knowledge they call 'alim (knowing).

One, then, who knows the meaning and reality of a thing they call 'arif, and one who knows merely the verbal expression and keeps it in his memory without keeping the spiritual reality they call 'alim. For this reason, when the Sufis wish to criticize a rival they call him danishmand (possessing knowledge). This seems objectionable, but the Sufis do not intend to blame the man for having acquired knowledge, rather they blame him for neglecting the practice of religion, because the 'alim depends on himself, but the 'arif depends on his Lord.

Initiation into the Sufi Order

Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) was accepted as a murid (spiritual disciple) by Hazrat Sheikh Abu’l Fadl Muhammad bin Al-Hasan Al-Khuttali (ra). His silsila (spiritual chain) is traced back to the Beloved Prophet ﷺ as follows:

  • Hazrat Sheikh Ali Hujwiri (ra), disciple of
  • Hazrat Sheikh Abu’l Fadl Al-Khuttali (ra), disciple of
  • Hazrat Sheikh Abu’l Hasan al-Husri (ra), disciple of
  • Hazrat Sheikh Abu Bakr Abdullah Shibli (ra), disciple of
  • Hazrat Sheikh Junaid al-Baghdadi (ra), disciple of
  • Hazrat Sheikh Abu’l Hasan Sari al-Saqati (ra), disciple of
  • Hazrat Sheikh Maruf al-Karkhi (ra), disciple of
  • Hazrat Sheikh Dawood Taa'ee (ra), disciple of
  • Hazrat Sheikh Habib al-Ajami (ra), disciple of
  • Hazrat Sheikh Hasan al-Basri (ra), disciple of
  • Sayyidina Ali ibn Abi Talib Ra.gif, Khalifa of
  • Sayyidina Muhammad ibn Abdillah, ﷺ

Hazrat Sheikh Al-Khuttali (ra) is described by Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) in Kashf-ul-Mahjoob:

He is the teacher whom I follow in Sufism. He was versed in the science of Quranic exegesis and in traditions (riwayat). In Sufism he follows the doctrine of Junayd. He was a disciple of Husri and a companion of Sirawani, and a contemporary of Abu Amr Qazwini and Abu'l- Hasan bin Saliba. He spent sixty years in sincere retirement from the world, for the most part on Mount Lukam. He displayed many signs and proofs (of Saintship), but he did not wear the garb or adopt the external fashions of the Sufis, and he used to treat formalists with severity. I never saw any man who inspired me with greater awe than he did.

It is related that he said: ‘The world is but a single day, in which we are fasting, i.e. we get nothing from it, and are not occupied with it, because we have perceived its corruption and its "veils" and have turned our backs upon it.’

Once I was pouring water on his hands in order that he might purify himself. The thought occurred to me: ‘Since everything is predestined, why should free men make themselves the slaves of spiritual guides?" The Sheikh said: ‘ O my son, I know what you are thinking. Be assured that there is a cause for every decree of Providence. When Allah wishes to bestow a crown and a kingdom on an ordinary man, He gives him repentance and employs him in the service of one of His friends, in order that this service leads him to nobility and honour."

Many such fine sayings he uttered to me every day.

He died at Bayt al-Jinn, a village situated at the head of a mountain pass between Baniyas and the river of Damascus. While he was counting last breaths, his head was resting on my bosom. At that time I was feeling hurt, as it is the nature of man to feel sad on departure of his close associate. The Sheikh said to me:

‘O my son, I will tell you one article of belief which if you firmly follow, will deliver you from all troubles. Whatever good or evil Allah creates, do not in any place or circumstance quarrel with His action or feel aggrieved in your heart.'

He gave no further injunction, but yielded up his soul.

Other teachers and Sheikhs associated with Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) are:

Abu’l-Abbas Ahmad bin Muhammad al-Ashqani (ra) (or al-Shaqani)

Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) describes him:

He was an Imam in every branch of fundamental and derivative sciences of religion, and an accomplished venerable in all respects. He had met a great number of eminent Sufi Sheikhs. He is counted among the eminent Imams and Sheikhs. His doctrine was based on ‘annihilation’ (fana), and his expressions used to be highly complex. Some fools imitated him and have adopted his difficult writing style. When in its spiritual meaning it is not laudable to imitate then how it is right to imitate a mere expression! I was very intimate with him, and he had also a sincere affection for me. He was my teacher in some sciences. In my whole life I have never seen anyone, who held the Shariat in greater veneration than him. He kept himself detached from all created things.

Because of his complicated writings on account of the subtlety of his theological expositions only an Imam of profound insight could derive instruction from him. He always had a natural disgust of this world and the next, and would constantly exclaim, ‘I yearn for a non-existence that has no existence.’ And he used to say:

‘Every man desires for impossible, and I too have desire for impossible, which I surely know will never be realized, namely that Allah should take me to a non-existence that will never return to existence, for stations and miracles are all veils and troubles and the man is becoming a suitor of his own veil. It is better to get annihilated in vision than being remain in constant state of veil. Almighty Allah is a Being that is not subject to none being, what loss would His kingdom suffer if I become a nonentity that shall never be endowed with existence?’

This is a sound principle in a real annihilation.

Abu’l-Qasim bin Ali bin Abdullah al-Gurgani (ra)

He was unique and incomparable Qutb of his time. His initial state was excellent and strong. He performed long journeys with conscientious observance (of Shariat). All the aspirants of his time were whole heartedly inclined to him and seekers of the path of Truth had full faith on him. He possessed marvellous power of revealing the inwardly states of novices (kashf-i waq'a-i muridan). He was well learned in various branches of knowledge. All his disciples because of their knowledge and conduct are ornaments of the society in which they move. God willing, he will have an excellent successor, whose authority the whole body of Sufis will recognize, namely, Abu Ali al-Fadl b. Muhammad al-Farmadhi who has fully committed himself to the service of his Sheikh and has turned his back on all (worldly) things. Through the blessings of that (renunciation), Allah has made him the spiritual mouthpiece (zaban-i hal) of that venerable Sheikh.

Abu Ahmad Muzaffar bin Ahmad bin Hamdan (ra)

Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) describes an interesting experience pertaining to Qawwali in Kashf-ul-Mahjoob:

One day I came into his presence, when the weather was extremely hot, wearing a traveller's dress and with my hair in disorder. He said to me: ‘Tell me what you wish at this moment.’ I replied that I wished to hear some music (sama). He immediately sent for a singer (qawwal) and a number of musicians. Being young and enthusiastic and filled with the ardour of a novice, I became deeply excited as the strains of the music fell on my ear.

After a while, when my ecstasy subsided, he asked me how I liked it. I told him that I had enjoyed it very much. He said:

‘A time will come when this music will be no more to you than the croaking of a raven. The influence of music only lasts so long as there is no contemplation, and as soon as contemplation is attained, music has no power. Take care not to accustom yourself to this, lest it grow part of your nature and keep you back from higher things.’

Abu’l Qasim Abdul Karim Bin Hawazin al-Qushayri (ra)

In his time he was a wonder. His rank is high and his position is great, and his spiritual life and manifold virtues are well known to the people of the present age. He is the author of many fine sayings and exquisite works, all of them profoundly theosophical, in every branch of science. Allah rendered his feelings and his tongue secure from anthropomorphism (hashw). I have heard that he said:

‘The Sufi is like the disease called birsam, which begins with delirium and ends in silence; for when the disease sets in, you are dumb."

Sufism has two sides: ecstasy (wajd) and visions (numud). Visions belong to novices, and the expression of such visions is delirium (hadhayan). Ecstasy belongs to adepts, and the expression of ecstasy, while the ecstasy continues, is impossible. So long as they are only seekers they utter lofty aspirations, which seem delirium even to those who aspire (ahl-i himmal), but when they have attained, they cease, and no more express anything either by word or sign. Similarly, since Moses was a beginner (mubtadi) all his desire was for vision of Allah; he expressed his desire and said, ‘My Lord, show me [Yourself] that I may look at You.’ (7:139). This expression of an unattained desire seemed like delirium. Our Apostle, however, was an adept (muntahi) and firmly established (mutamakkin). When his person arrived at the station of desire, his desire was annihilated and he said, ‘I cannot praise Thee duly.’

Arrival in Lahore

One night Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) saw his spiritual guide and teacher Hazrat Sheikh Abu’l Fadl Al-Khuttali in a dream saying to him: "O, my son! we have appointed you as the qutb of Lahore. Be prepared and start forthwith for Lahore." He replied, "Your Holiness has already appointed Khwaja Hasan Zanjani as the qutb of Lahore. What is the need for this humble being in his presence there? What is the importance, significance, and implication of the order of your holiness?" Thereupon his spiritual guide and teacher said: "O my son! Do not argue with me and leave for Lahore without loss of time."

Around 431 AH, in the reign of Mahmud Ghaznavi, he left Ghazni for Lahore along with Hazrat Abu Saeed Hujwiri (ra) and Hazrat Ahmad Hammadi Sarkhasi (ra). Hazrat Abu Saeed Hujwiri (ra) was a fellow townsman of Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) and the book Kashf-ul-Mahjoob was written in accordance to his request. Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) says regarding Hazrat Ahmad Hammadi Sarkhasi (ra):

Khwaja Ahmad Hammadi Sarkhasi was the falcon of his time. For some time we remained together and I witnessed many wondrous experiences from him. He was a man of the path of the Shariat.

When he had reached the outskirts of the city, it had grown dark. He stayed outside the city and entered it in the morning. To his great surprise, he saw a funeral. On his inquiring, he learnt that it was the funeral of Hazrat Sheikh Khwaja Hasan Zanjani (ra), who had passed away the previous night. He led the funeral prayers.

Miracle in Lahore

After he had permanently settled in Lahore, he constructed a monastery for himself and also a mosque. When the mosque was under construction, the Ulama of the city raised a storm of opposition to the effect that the mosque was not exactly aligned towards the Qibla. He remained unconcerned about this opposition and objection. When the mosque was complete he invited the Ulama, Sufis, saints, and leading citizens to it and they all offered prayers behind him. After the prayers were over, he addressed all those present, saying: "People have expressed doubt concerning the alignment of the mosque. I request you to close your eyes and meditate and then decide whether it is correct or not." Thereafter he meditated and the curtains were removed from the eyes of the people. All of them saw that the sacred Ka'ba was before their eyes and that the mosque direction had been correctly aligned.

He spent the rest of his days there guiding, teaching, and inspiring the people and preaching and propagating the doctrine of truth. Thousands of unlettered persons became alims, hoards of people accepted Islam, the misguided began to follow the Path, the insane recovered reason and sanity, the imperfect became perfect (in knowledge) and the sinners became virtuous under the influence of Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra).

One of the earlier converts was one Rai Raju, the Naib (Viceroy) of Lahore during the time of Sultan Maudood. On conversion to Islam he was named Sheikh Hindi. His descendants have been since that time the custodians of the mausoleum.

Passing On

Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) is said to have passed away on the twentieth of the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal 465 AH although the date, month and year are all conjectural. Others have estimated his passing on to have occurred between 481 AH and 500 AH.

His Urs takes place on the twentieth and the twenty-first of Safar every year.

Respect of Great Sufis towards Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra)

Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (ra)

Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (ra), the great saint of Ajmer, came to Lahore to meditate for forty days at the sacred alter of Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) and after receiving spiritual enlightenment; Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (ra) expressed his gratitude and out of love and devotion uttered the following couplet whilst in an ecstatic trance:

Ganj Bakhsh-e faiz-e aalam, mazhar-e nur-i Khuda
Naqisaan ra pir-e kaamil, kaamilaan ra rahnuma

An attempted translation of this inspiring couplet:

The giver of bounties, the benefactor of the world [and] manifestation of the light of God,
To the imperfect, a perfect spiritual guide, and to the perfect, a guide.

It is from this time that Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra), came to be known as Data Ganj Bakhsh (the master who bestows treasures/bounties).

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (ra)

It is stated that Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (ra) during one of his gatherings said,

I, Abdul Qadir, would have taken him as my Spiritual Guide if I was born in his time.

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (ra) also stated,

Data Ganj Bakhsh is a lion of Sufism and one must go to him with utmost respect.



Kashf-ul-Mahjoob (Revelation of Mystery) is held in high esteem as the first important treatise on Sufism. Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) was a prolific writer, perceptive and discriminating in his choice of topics.

Kashf-ul-Mahjoob was written in response to the request of his fellow townsman Hazrat Abu Saeed Hujwiri (ra) who put the following questions to him:

  • Explain the true meaning of the Path of Sufism.
  • Explain the nature of the stations' (maqamat) of the Sufis, their doctrines and sayings and make clear their mystical allegories.
  • Explain how the love of Allah and ecstasy overwhelm the hearts.
  • Explain why the intellect is incapable to perceive the reality of the Truth.
  • Explain why the nafs (lower soul) is reluctant to attain the proximity of the Truth and how the spirit gets enrichment and life thereof.
  • Explain the doctrine, sayings and the practical aspects of Sufism which are connected with these theories.

Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) starts the reply with the following, regarding the current status of Sufism:

Sufism is obsolete in our age and particularly in this country (India) where majority of the people is captivated with worldly lust. They have turned away their faces from being satisfied with the decree of the Truth. The divines and those who pretend to have knowledge of the path have formed a conception of Sufism which is conflicting to its basics.

The object of the book seems to set forth a complete system of Sufism, and the author’s attitude throughout remains that of a teacher instructing a student.

It will not be a boasting opinion to mention Kashf-ul-Mahjoob as the primary source on the laws of mysticism. It elaborates all the stages of the Path of Sufism in such a manner that in the words of the author the seeker studying and following the book would not need the auspicious guidance of a Sheikh (spiritual guide). He has touched upon the doctrines held by the different sects of Sufis, in which he enumerates special doctrine of each.

The work has always been applauded by majority of the theologians and Sheikhs representing different schools of thought and it has been always a source of excellent guidance to the seekers of the Path. It leads one to straight path and mind of the seeker is enlightened with the purity of Shariat and reality of the Truth and he feels independent of any doubt or uncertainty.

The great saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya (ra) said regarding the book: who does not have a Sheikh may study the Kashf-ul-Mahjoob, [not only will he receive guidance but eventually] through the blessing that God has kept in this book, one will find one's Sheikh.

Other Works

Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) wrote a few more books but he himself mentions in Kashf-ul-Mahjoob that they were stolen by other people. He says:

I have already written few books on this subject, but all these efforts of mine went in vain as some pretenders picked out selected passages from them to impress their followers as it was their work and they destroyed rest of the works. This sort of people considers such sadism and denial as Allah’s blessing. Some did occupy themselves willingly but failed to gain anything from it. Some gained the knowledge of works, but did not comprehend the meaning. Such people only like the expressions thereof and think that the memorization and copying of such expression is the Sufism. This is their misfortune.

Sayings & Teachings

Every good and evil that happens to man is decreed by God.
Implore God to deliver you from the wickedness of your soul.
Whosoever refrains his soul from lust, verily Paradise shall be his abode.
The spiritual path is hard to travel except for those who were created for the purpose.
God alone can help a man to do good deeds.
All humans action and inaction is the act and creation of God.
In our time the science of Sufism is desolate.
The people are occupied with following their lusts and have turned their back on the path of spiritualism.
Blind conformity had taken the place of spiritual enthusiasm.
The universe is an abode of Divine mysteries, which are deposited in created things.
Substances, accidents, elements, bodies, forms and properties - all these are veils of Divine mysteries.
Man, enamoured of his gross environment, remains sunk is ignorance and apathy, making no attempt to cast off the veil that has fallen upon.
The animal soul is the greatest of all veils between God and man.
Knowledge without action is not knowledge.
The highest pinnacle of knowledge is expressed in the fact that without it none can know God.
The Divine knowledge penetrates what is hidden and comprehends what is manifest.
It behoves the seeker to contemplate God in every act, knowing that God sees him and all that he does.
Knowledge of God is the science of gnosis; knowledge from God is the science of the sacred Law; and knowledge with God is the science of the Sufi path.
Humanity is the greatest barrier that separates man from Divinity.
Poverty has a form and an essence. Its form is destitution and indigence, but its essence is fortune and free choice.
The glory of poverty is this, that the poor man's body is divinely preserved from base and sinful acts, and his heart from evil and contaminating thoughts.
The affliction of poverty is a sign of presence, while the delight of riches is a sign of 'absence'.
Dervishhood in all its meanings is a metaphorical poverty, and amidst all its subordinate aspects, there is a transcendent principle.
The term 'Sufi' has no derivation answering to etymological requirements inasmuch as Sufism is too exalted to have any genus from which it might be derived.
The essence of Sufism involves the annihilation of human qualities.
Since Sufism consists in turning away from mankind, it is necessarily without form.
The Sufi is entirely present: his soul is where his body is, and his body where his soul is, and his soul where his foot is, and his foot where his soul is.
Formerly the practice of Sufism was known and the pretence unknown; nowadays the pretence is known and the practice is unknown.
It is the inward glow that makes the Sufi, not the religious dress.
This world is the abode of trouble, the pavilion of affliction, the den of sorrow, the house of parting, and the cradle of tribulation.
The Sufi Sheikhs are physicians of men's souls.
The saints of God attain to a place where place no longer exists, where all degrees and stations disappear and where outward expressions fall off from the underlying realities.
Our religion takes the middle course between free will and predestination.
Whoever bows his head with humility, like a servant, God will exalt his state in both worlds.
Acquiescence is a characteristic of God's friends, while hypocrisy is a characteristic of His enemies.
Divine guidance involves self-mortification without which contemplation is unattainable.
Knowledge and action cannot be divorced in any way, just as the light of the sun cannot be separated from the sun itself.
Lust is our shackle, and sin is our chain.
Any one, who pretends to know God without lowliness and fear, is an ignorant fool, not a gnostic.
Human nature is more prone to ignorance than to knowledge.
Knowledge is a Divine attribute and action is a human attribute.
Ordinary people seek indulgences to keep themselves within the pale of the sacred law, but the elect practice self-mortification to feel the fruit thereof in their hearts.
In the mystic path, he who says 'I have arrived' has gone astray.
A man is united to God when God holds him in honour, and separated from God when God holds him in contempt.
The way to God is like the blazing sun.
The food of the dervish is ecstacy, his clothing is piety, and his dwelling place is the Unseen.
God preserves His saints in all circumstances from the guiles of the Satan.
Learning is not learning unless it is practiced, and gnosis is not unless it has reality.
Covetousness renders the dervish ignominious in both worlds.
Love is an attribute of the beloved; therefore no explanation of its real nature is possible.
Knowledge of God requires abandonment of forethought, and abandonment of forethought is resignation.
The heart is the seat of the knowledge of God and is more venerable than the Kaaba.
Men are ever looking to the Kaaba, but God is ever looking to the heart.
The corruption of the divines consists in covetousness, that of the princes in injustice, and that of the dervishes in hypocrisy.
The friends of God behold in every gift and benefit the Giver and the Benefactor.
Ignorant Sufis are the vilest creatures of God; just as wise Sufis are the noblest.
Do not trouble yourself with destiny, for what is destined from eternity will not be changed by your efforts.
When you are reconciled to God in affliction, you see only the Author of affliction, and the affliction itself does not come.
If you are not reconciled to God, when affliction comes, your heart is filled with anguish.
God having predestined our satisfaction and dissatisfaction does not alter His predestination; therefore our satisfaction with His decrees is a part of our pleasure.
Essences are not capable of annihilation; attributes, however, can be annihilated.
A man's attributes veil him from God.
When a man sees God's choice and abandons his own choice, he is delivered from all sorrow.
Gnosis is realized when its true nature is divinely revealed.
Gnosis when sought by effort is a shackle and a veil.
When a man is satisfied with God's decrees, it is a sign that God is satisfied with him.
The perfection of the state of the intoxicated man is sobriety.
Eternal life is gained by spiritual sacrifice and by renunciation of self-interest in fulfilling God's commandments.
Seeking is the cause of finding, but finding is the cause of seeking.
Mortification stands in the same relation to contemplation as Divine blessing to obedience.
There can be no contemplation without mortification.
When you have obtained knowledge of the lower soul, you recognize that it can be controlled by discipline, but that its essence and substance do not perish.
The purpose of mortifying the lower soul is to destroy its attributes, not to annihilate its reality.
The lust of the eye is sight, that of the ear is hearing, that of the nose is smell, that of the tongue is speech, that of the palate is taste, that of the body is touch, and that of the mind is thought.
When a person resigns himself to God, God protects him, and through God's protection he comes nearer to annihilating the evil than he does through self-mortification.
Unless Divine protection is predestined to a man, he cannot abstain from anything by his own exertion.
Unless God exerts Himself towards a man, that man's exertion is of no use.
Religion is the root and Sufism is the branch.
God had saints whom He has distinguished by His friendship.
God has caused the prophetic evidence to remain down to the present day and has made the saints the means whereby it is manifested.
God had made the saints the Governors of the universe.
To covet this world is to turn away from God for the sake of that which is transitory, and to covet the next world is to turn away from God for the sake of that which is everlasting.
That which is transitory perishes and its renunciation becomes naught, but that which is everlasting cannot perish, hence its renunciation is also imperishable.
A miracle is a token of saint's veracity, and it cannot be manifested to an imposter except as a sign that his pretensions are false.
The pre-eminence of the prophets depends on their exalted rank and not their being preserved from the defilement of sin, not on miracles or acts which violate custom.
The miracles of a saint confirm the evidence of the prophet.
Mujizat involve publicity; karamat secrecy.
The saints are witnesses to the truth of the prophet's mission.
Miracles and saintship are Divine gifts, not things acquired by man.
The ascension of prophets takes place outwardly and in the body, whereas that of the saints takes place inwardly and in the spirit.
Saintship is a divine mystery which is revealed only through conduct.
A saint is known only to a Saint.
Whoever is annihilated from his own will subsists in the will of God.
God has eternal attributes, which are peculiar to Him, and subsist through Him.
When the Divine omnipotence manifests its dominion over humanity, it transports a man out of his own being, so that his speech becomes the speech of God.
God created the body and committed its life to the spirit, and he created the soul and committed its life to Himself.
Unification is a mystery revealed by God to His servants, and it cannot be expressed in words.
Prayer requires purification of the body; gnosis requires purification of the heart.
Love is a Divine gift; not anything that can be acquired.
Hunger sharpens the intelligence and improves the mind and health.
Although hunger is an affliction to the body, it illumines the heart, purifies the soul, and leads the spirit into the presence of God.
When food is withheld from the lower soul, it grows weak, the reason gains strength, and the mysteries and evidences of God become more visible.
The fruit of hunger is contemplation of God.
The true object of pilgrimage is not to visit the Kaaba, but to obtain contemplation of God.
He who is most sincere in self-mortification is most firmly grounded in contemplation, for inward contemplation is connected with outward mortification.
God is not finite that the imagination should be able to define Him or that the intellect should comprehend His nature.
Marriage is proper for those who prefer to associate with mankind, and celibacy is an ornament for those who seek retirement from mankind.
There is no flame of lust that cannot be extinguished by strenuous effort, because when vice proceeds from yourself, you possess the instrument that will remove it.
Water flows in the river bed, but when it reaches the ocean it ceases to flow and changes its taste, so that those who desire water avoid it, but those who desire pearls dive into it.
God annihilates the souls of those who love Him by revealing His Majesty, and endows their hearts with everlasting life by revealing His Beauty.
Contemplation is this world resembles vision of God in the next world.
Faith and gnosis are love, and obedience is a sign of love.
Dancing has no foundation either in the religious law or in the mystic path.
Audition should not be practiced until it comes of its own accord; one should not make a habit of it but should practice it seldom.


The shrine is located near the Bhaati Gate into Lahore's Walled City. It was originally built by the Ghaznavi king Sultan Zakiruddin Ibrahim in the late 11th century and has been expanded several times. Adjoining the porch is a mosque, an extension of the one which Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) had built during his lifetime. In front of it is the gate of a small room (Hujra) where Hazrat Khwaja Moinudeen Chisti performed his meditation (Muraqaba) for forty days. To the west of the tomb is the courtyard for the reciters of Quran.

The tomb of Ali Hujwiri is built on a white marble chabutra. In the centre is the tomb of Hazrat Ali Hujwiri (ra) which is accompanied by the resting places of Hazrat Ahmad Hammadi Sarkhasi (ra) and Hazrat Abu Saeed Hujwiri (ra) who had both accompanied him to Lahore from Ghazni.


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