Hazrat Khwaja Moin Uddin Hasan Chishti is, in fact, the gift of his spiritual guide and teacher, Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni, to the world. Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni had great hopes in Hazrat Khwaja Moin Uddin Hasan Chishti. He guided and inspired him and accounted him with Divine secrets. He acted as his "guide, friend and philosopher" with the result, that his teachings kept him in good stead throughout life. Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni equipped him and, trained him to assume and to discharge successfully the duties appertaining to the spiritual sovereign of India, which he was to become.
Khwaja Gharib Nawaz, not only propagated and preached Truth in the subcontinent of Indo-Pakistan and Bangladesh, but also brought about a transformation in Indian society. He not only gave new values and dynamism, and ushered in a new era of composite culture, but also slowly, and gradually, laid the foundations of a stable spiritual Kingdom, which during the last more than seven centuries, has not witnessed the sun setting in the dominion.
The Kingdom is governed by usage and custom; it has no written construction: its code is service; its mode is love. Its conditions of citizenship are a promise and an affirmation with dogged determination and a will. Will, which knows no deviation from the straight way and the path treated gracefully by the spiritual ancestors, who lived, worked and died for a cause which is both sublime and noble. And an ideal which knows no decay. And the pursuit of Truth, which combines in itself, the unflagging zeal for the spread of the message. And the mission of the founder of the spiritual Kingdom - in the subcontinent of Indo-Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The torch-bears of the message and the mission of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz settled in different places and carried on the work of their Master in an atmosphere, which may be termed as hostile. As in every monarchy so herein too, the Head of the State is the fountain of authority, justice, benevolence and mercy but unlike monarchy, here the traces of show, ostentation, pedantry and pageantry are not to be found. The Court is there, of course, but it is the refuge of the weak and the poor, and serves as a shelter to the downtrodden and those forsaken by hope. Khwaja Gharib Nawaz by asking his Sajjadanashin (spiritual successor), Hazrat Khwaja Qutub Uddin Bakhtiar Kaki to settle in Delhi, and there to preach and propagate the message to the masses and the classes, transferred, so it seems, the capital of his spiritual kingdom from Ajmer to Delhi.
Thus, in Delhi there lived, side by side, the two sovereigns exercising their sovereignty in a different way. Ill-tut Mish held the royal sceptre, which was the symbol of temporal authority, Hazrat Khwaja Qutub Uddin Bakhtiar Kaki held the rod given to him, along with other holy relics, by his spiritual guide and teacher, Hazrat Khwaja Moin Uddin Hasan Chishti. The former introduced laws; the latter introduced better living.
Hazrat Khwaja Qutub Uddin Bakhtiar Kaki appointed Hazrat Baba Farid Uddin Gange Shakar as his Sajjadanashin (spiritual successor). He preferred to live in Ajoodhan (Pak Pattan, now in West Punjab, Pakistan). Thus, the seat of authority shifted from Delhi to a small place called Ajoodhan. He carried on the work of the Order, to which he belonged, with distinction, ease and grace. The Order spread far and wide.
Hazrat Baba Farid Uddin Gange Shakar appointed Hazrat Nizam Uddin Aulia as his Sajjadanashin (spiritual successor). Hazrat Nizam Uddin Aulia lived in Delhi and carried on the work entrusted to him by master, Hazrat Baba Farid Uddin Gange Shakar, and acted with such dedicated devotion that the Order, in his days, reached its zenith and pinnacle of glory. Thus, once again, Delhi became the capital of the spiritual kingdom, founded by Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz.
Hazrat Khwaja Nizam Uddin Aulia appointed Hazrat Naseer Uddin Chiragh of Delhi as his Sajjadanashin (spiritual successor), and was asked by his Master to live, work and perform this duties, relating to the Order, irrespective of what might happen and what people might say or do.
Hazrat Baba Farid Uddin Gange Shakar had another towering spiritual caliph, Hazrat Ala Uddin Ali Ahmed Sabir, who lived in Kalyar (Saharanpur District, U.P.). His only follower whom he appointed as his successor, Hazrat Shams Uddin Turk of Panipat, passed the days of his life in Panipat (East Punjab), and lent solidarity and dignity to the Order.
From Baba Farid Uddin Gange Shakar grew a new Order, Faridi Order; from Hazrat Nizam Uddin Aulia grew the Nizami Order; and from Hazrat Ala Uddin Ali Ahmed Sabir the Sabri Order - which are, in fact, the scions of the Chishti Order. The Chishti Order, which Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz brought to India, now claims myriads of people in its fold, living as they do in towns and villages.
The Chishti Order found universal acceptance and respectful recognition, with the result that, its adherents, followers and devotees belong to different strata of society. The Order has, undoubtedly, rendered yeoman services to the downtrodden humanity. It emphasised dignity of an individual and gave coherence, harmony and beauty to life. It has brought about national and emotional integration with the result that, inner conflicts, which tend to weaken the nation, have been replaced by common aims, common ideals and a common outlook.
The sufis, the saints, the seekers of truth and the worldly people throng his Dargah to get his blessings. Hazrat Malik Mohamed Alam better known as Gudri Shah Baba, lived in Ajmer and died in Ajmer. Hazrat Qazi Abdur Rahim Shah Baba, who is known as Qazi Gudri Shah Baba, passed the remaining days of his life in Ajmer. Hazrat KhadimHasan Shah Sahib, better known as Nawab Gudri Shah Baba, lived and was buried at Ajmer at a place, now known as Usmani Chillah, where are buried the holy relics, brought by him from the holy grave of Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni at Mecca. The tomb of Hazrat Dr. Zahurul Hassan Sharib - Gudri Shah Baba IV, the Sajjadanashin of Hazrat Nawab Gudri Shah Baba is also in Ajmer. A lover of Hazrat Khwaja Moin Uddin Hasan Chishti, Hazrat Zahurul Hassan Sharib Gudri Shah Baba followed the right guidance by coming in contact and by attending the company of his spiritual guide, Gudri Shah Baba-III. He left his native place, Moradabad, a city of Northern India, and settled in Ajmer in 1958.
He became the instructor of refined manners of Sufi civility at the holy court of Hazrat Khwaja Moin Uddin Hasan Chishti.
There is thus, a continuous demonstration of devotion to Khwaja Gharib Nawaz by the devotees uninterrupted by Time and Circumstance. People belonging to different schools of thought and to different strata of society come to his Dargah to kiss his thresh-hold. They seek his help in the words, which translated, run thus:
"The boat has been besieged in the whirlpool of calamity,