of a Qalander:
A Qalander is a person whose perceptive faculties go beyond
the physical realm. He ascends from the material realm to
the heights where he witnesses the Divine Unity. This is the
zone of Taqveen or the Divine Administration. The Qalander
experiences the ecstasy and joy of the nearness of the Creator
(Whole). Thus he perceives the whole Truth. Such persons are
called the friends of God. The Qalander can free himself from
the grip of time and space. All creatures become subservient
to them. Since the Qalander is connected with the Divine Being,
they are perfected beings. They do not experience negative
desires of greed, power and control. They have the conduct
of the prophets and serve humanity according to the Divine
'Hasan Ukhra' is the Title granted by the Prophet Mohammed (SAW).
'Mohammed Azeem' is the name given by his parents. The Azeemia Spiritual Order
or Silsila-e-Azeemia is named after him.
'Burkhiya' is the pen name,
which he used as a poet.
'Qalander Baba Auliya' is the alias with which most of the people are familiar. The
terrestrial and celestial angels know and address him using
Qalander Baba Auliya was born in
Khorja, Buland Sheher, which is in the U.P. province of India
Qalander Baba Auliya received his
primary and religious education in a local school. He went
to high school in Buland Sheher. After completing his education
in high school, he went to Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh,
now in India.
During his stay in Aligarh, Qalander Baba Auliya became
inclined towards learning spirituality. He spent a lot of
time at the tomb of the Sufi Maulana Kabuli. It was in those
times, when he went to visit his maternal grand father, Tajuddin
Baba Auliya Nagpuri. Teacher of the teachers, Knower of Divine
Secrets, Baba Tajuddin instructed his grand son to stay with
him in Nagpur for Spiritual training. Upon learning his son's
intention to learn spiritual knowledge, Qalander Baba's father
came to Nagpur to persuade his son to complete his academic
education. Baba Tajuddin replied to his father that if he
would receive academic education any more, he would not be
useful to him. His father left his son to his own liking.
Qalander Baba Auliya stayed with Tajuddin Baba Auliya, whom
he called grandfather (Nana), for nine years. During this
time he received his spiritual training from him in an arduous
Qalander Baba's mother died leaving six children; one sister
was older and all others were younger to him. Tajuddin Baba
advised him to get married. He married the daughter of one
of the followers of Tajuddin Baba Auliya in Delhi. In 1947,
during the partition of India and Pakistan, Qalander Baba
Auliya migrated to Karachi in Pakistan with his father, siblings
and his family. He rented an old house near Lee Market. The
Commissioner for Rehabilitation, who was also one of the followers
of Tajuddin Baba, requested him to lodge an application with
him so that he could be allocate a house to him. He did not
take any notice of his suggestion and continued to reside
in a rented premise.
Qalander Baba seldom washed his hands with soap. He washed
his hands with lukewarm water until all traces of grease were
removed. He was very meticulous and organized in his day-to-day
life. He did not sleep for more than two to three hours. He
went through phases of silence and spiritual ecstasy and selflessness.
After marriage, Qalander Baba settled in Delhi. He became
a freelance journalist for different newspapers and magazines.
He also proofread and corrected the works of the contemporary
poets. People who were interested in Tassuvuf (spiritual knowledge
or Sufism) approached him and held discussions with him on
After migrating to Karachi he opted repairing of domestic
electrical appliances till he had the job as the sub editor
of the daily newspaper Dawn. He also worked for the monthly
Naqqad for some time. He edited many magazines, and also published
many stories in serial form.
In 1956, the then Master of the Sohrwardi Order, Hazrat Abul
Faiz Qalander Ali Sohrwardi visited Karachi. Qalander Baba
Auliya went for an audience with him and requested to be initiated.
Hazrat Abul Faiz asked him to come at 3 O’ clock in
the morning. In the bitter cold of the early morning, he sat
on the steps of the Grand Hotel on McLeod Road, Karachi; exactly
at 3 O’ clock Hazrat Abul Faiz opened the door and asked
him to come inside. He instructed Qalander Baba to sit in
front of him and then he blew on Qalander Baba's forehead
3 times. With the first breath the realm of spirits was revealed.
With the second blowing of the breath, angels and the
Divine Attributes was revealed and with the third breath the
highest realm was revealed to him. Hazrat Abul Faiz Qalandar
Ali Soharwardi imparted spiritual training to him in three
After that, Qalander Baba's spiritual training was taken over
by the soul of Sheikh Najmuddin Kubra. When the training
was completed He transferred the spiritual knowledge to him
and presented him to the Divine Presence of God.
During this period Qalander Baba Aulia did not sleep for ten
days and nights. He prayed and chanted the holy verses all
To spread and to be benefited with the teachings of His Divine
Grace Qalander Baba Auliya, following three books have been
inherited by Silsela-e-Azeemia.
1- Loh-o-Qalum (Pen and the Scripturum) A treasure of divine knowledge of mysteries and secrets of
2- Rubaiyat-e-Qalander Baba Auliya a valued collection of enlightening mystic verses.
3- Tazkira-e-Tajuddin Baba (Blessed
be he) An authentic work of
metaphysical sciences and scientific interpretations of divinations
and wonder-workings performed by spiritual people.
Additionally, Qalander Baba Auliya left countless maps and
diagrams of the visible and invisible realms. He also started
the publication of the monthly magazine called Roohani Digest.
He also formed a Trust called The Azeemia Trust. The Trust
acquired land and constructed a mausoleum over his eternal
place of resting in Shadman Town, North Karachi.
Time favors you or not Bewail
not Don't relume that have passed away
Waste not The few breaths that have
been Granted to you
(Qalander Baba Auliya)
Possessor of Insinuated Knowledge,
knower of the secrets of the Command 'Be' and its implementations,
Proclaimer of reality, His Divine Grace Qalander Baba Auliya
was a man of signs and wonders but by nature he was a very
cautious person and avoided performance of wonder-workings
(karamat). But despite his careful attitude many wonder working
took place by him. Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi wrote these wonder-workings
in his book "Tazkara Qalander Baba Auliya (R.U.A)”.
Pigeon that came to life:
I loved pigeons and pigeon
keeping was my hobby. Once a dove joined the flock of pigeons
and started living with them. The dove was crossed with one
of the pigeons. When she laid eggs and the chicks hatched
out they were extraordinary pretty. They had black wings.
Rest of the body was pure white. They were so attractive that
every one would praise them for their beauty.
One day, one of these pigeons fell prey
to a cat. I chased the cat. By the time I reached the cat
on the roof, the cat had killed the pigeon and was busy
in devouring on the prey. Tears came to my eyes with grief
and anger. In that state of shock I came to His Divine Grace
Qalander Baba Auliya and in a very hurt tone told him that
the cat killed my pigeon, which I adored the most. He calmly
commented, "It happens so."
I feeling grieved even more, said, "I
am at loss to understand that how a cat could dare to prey
on my pigeon in your presence," I was quite desperate,
I went to the kitchen with a heavy heart. His divine Grace,
Qalander Baba Auliya called out my name twice. Grief and
anger had made me arrogant and I ignored his calls. When
I came out of the kitchen, I saw my pigeon pecking in the
compound. I couldn't believe my eyes. I ran upstairs and
found feathers and blood spots on the roof. I felt ashamed
of myself. Came down and fell on the feet of His Divine
Grace and apologized for my indecorous behavior. Before
evening I distributed all the pigeons to my friends and
decided to stay away from the hobby.
A born deaf and dumb girl was brought to His Divine Grace
Qalander Baba Auliya. Those who have been close to Baba
Jee know it well that he was a very cautious person by nature
and avoided any performance of wonder working. God knows
in what state he was at that time. He addressed the girl
and asked her name. The dumb girl naturally remained mute.
He asked her again. Now this time more commandingly "Tell,
what is your name?" She kept staring in silence. Now
he was angry he lifted his hand as if to hit her and said
in an enraged tone, "Tell what is your name?"
And to the surprise of all those who were there, she uttered
her name and started speaking normally thereafter. I think
she was sixteen or seventeen at that time.
Spiritual Healing of Tumor:
Once a lady visited His Divine grace Qalander Baba Auliya
and told him that there was a tumor preventing her to bear
children. She said, "I am otherwise a contented person
but due to my inability to bear children my husband is insisting
on for second marriage."
And, after saying this all she started crying desperately
in sobs. In that fit of crying she drew near to Qalander Baba
Auliya and placed her head on his chest. Tears not only soaked
the shirt but affected his heart as well. Getting up, he told
her to lie down straight. Recited something and blew upon
his index finger and made a cross where the tumor was supposed
to be. When the doctors tested her they found that tumor was
no more there. Allah, the most exalted also blessed her with
children after that.
URS (Death Anniversary):
Qalander Baba Auliya died on 27th January 1979 in Karachi.
Every year on this date his Urs is celebrated which is attended
by thousands of people from all over the country and abroad.
During Urs many seminars and workshops are held. There are
organized sessions of meditation under the instruction of
the present Master of Silsila Azeemia; Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi.
Qalander Baba Auliya left a widow, two sons and two daughters.