Gharib Nawaz Dargah

Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty (R.A.) was born in the year 530 Hijri at Sanjar in Sistan province of Iran. He was an Iranian by birth and an Indian by adoption.

He was a direct descendant of Prophet Mohammed since his maternal and paternal genealogy is respectively traced from Hazrat Imam Hasan and Hazrat ImamHussain, the two illustrious sons of Hazrat Ali who was the son-in-law and cousin of the Holy Prophet.

His father Hazrat Ghysauddin Chishty, was a pious and a well to do person. He migrated to Neshapur due to political and recurring disturbances in Sistan. Neshapur was famous for its University and a Library. Scholars from far and near used to visit the great center. Once the flourishing city of renowned Ulemas and Sufis who inspired many scholars, Neshapur was totally ruined by the barbarous invaders and the internal enemies. His father, Hazrat Ghyasuddin Chishty, died when he was only 15.His mother’s name was Bibi Ummul Vara. She also died at about the same time.

During his childhood, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty was totally different from other children. He was sober, silent and serene. He kept himself busy in prayers and meditation or else he used to look after his orchard and the wind mill which he had inherited from his father.

One day it so happened that a Majzoob, (One lost in divine meditation) Sheikh Ibrahim Qandozi came to his orchard while he was watering his plants. As he saw the Majzoob, he approached him with all humanity and offered some fruits of his orchard. He treated him so nicely that, in return, Sheikh Ibrahim Qandozi gave him a piece of bread (or khal) and asked him to eat it which he did. Immediately after eating the piece of bread, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A.) found him in a strange world. When, after a while, he opened his eyes, he did not find Sheikh Ibrahim Qandozi there.

Thus his meeting with Sheikh Ibrahim Qandozi changed the course of his life. He disposed of his property and other belongings and distributed the money thus received among the poor and the needy. He renounced the world and left for Bukahra Sharif in search of knowledge and bigger education.

In Bukahra, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A.) completed his education under the able guidance and supervision of renowned Ulemas, including Moulana Hisamuddin Bukhari who awarded him the highest academic robes.

Samarqand was also known as a great seat of learning during those days. Hence Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A.) went there and studied Theology, Philosophy and Grammar and equipped himself with the best available education.

Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A.) than started on a journey towards Baghdad in quest of knowledge and in search of a true spiritual guide. At Haroon (or Harwan) he met a great Sufi Dervaish of his times Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni and became his disciple. He remained under his guidance for twenty years and ultimately became his Khalifa. Khwaja Sahab visited Madina and in dream he received the direction to reach Hindustan (India) and Ajmer.