Yadgar Mohammed

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Yadgar Mohammed was the governor of Sabzevar and was a very cruel and haughty ruler. He was a Baatani and did not recognise or respect the first 3 Caliphs of Islam, neither had he any regard for Sufi dervishes and holy personalities. He owned a fine garden in the suburbs of the town. Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) was tired, so he went into the garden for a little rest and, after having a bath in ‘hauz' (a small reservoir of water), engaged himself in the study of the Holy Quran.

At this time, news of the expected arrival of Yadgar Mohammed unsettled the attendant of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra). He approached his master and informed, "Sir, the owner of this garden is coming; I think, we should move out lest he may insult your honour for trespass in his garden." Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) merely smiled and said, "If you are so afraid, you may go and sit under that tree and watch the scene of Allah's wonder." Immediately after this, Yadgar's servants appeared on the scene and started sweeping and carpeting of the place for their master's reception. Due to the extraordinary saintly dignity and awe of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra), they could not however dare to ask him to get out. In the meantime, Yadgar Mohammed arrived at the scene with his group of assistants.

When he saw Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) there, he vehemently rebuked his servants and said, "Why did you allow this 'fakir' here and why did you not turn him out of my garden?" On hearing this, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) simply raised his eyes (from the Holy Quran which he was reading) towards Yadgar Mohammed and the next moment the proud and haughty governor shivered like a cane and fell down unconscious on the ground. His servants and group of assistants were thunder struck by this incident and begged Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) to forgive their master for his impertinent behaviour. Upon this the Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) asked his attendant to get some water from the 'hauz' and sprinkle the same on Yadgar Mohammed's face.

The next moment he regained consciousness and knelt down at the feel of the saint apologetically. Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra) then delivered a brief sermon of advice to him and his people who repented shamefully for their past sins and wrong convictions. He reminded Yadgar Mohammed that it was highly contradictory and shameful to be a believer of the Holy Prophet ﷺ on the one hand and to disobey and flout his commands and the Islamic principles on the other. Yadgar Mohammed offered prayers in lieu of his 'tauba' (repentance) and pledged strict abstinence for the future. He wanted to give all his vast wealth to Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra), but it was contemptuously refused. He was however advised to distribute it among the poor and the needy which he did promptly. He divorced his many wives, freed all his slaves and renouncing the world, became one of the ardent devotees of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (ra).

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