Abu Anees Barkat Ali(rah) his mazar sharif is in pakistan.
Abu Anees Barkat Ali: an erudite sufi saint
A man well known as Abu Anees Muhammad Barkat Ali, addressed
lovingly as Babbaji, was born in 1911 in the District
of Ludhiana (East Punjab) and died on 26th January 1997.
He was an embodment of all the qualities and character-traits
of the great sufi masters and the pious of the past
(salf salehim). Once again he revived, practised and
displayed the essential of the Faith, living the while
a simple and meaningful life that his devotees take
a young army officer in Royal Indian Engineers (Roorkee
Cantt) he served for thirteen years only and was boarded
out honorably in 1945 for his hermetic practices that
he had sensed and perceived irretrievably form Makhdum
"Ala-ud-Din "Ali Ahmad As-Sabir (d. 1290 CE)
by his regular attendance at his khanqah in Kalyar on
the bank of a canal , some six miles due North-East
been duly rewarded and blessed spiritually there, he
took his ba'iyat (allegiance) at the hands of a living
Shaikh, Syed Amir Al-Hssan Ambalvi (d. 1955) whom Babaji
often referred to as Shah Walayat (Sultan of Mysticism),
reaping and enhancing further his erudition and knowledge
under his tuition and in his company.
by his Sahikh, Babaji and his family migrated to the
new homeland in Pakistan in 1947 and after initial wanderings
for a year or so finally settled at Salarwala in District
Faisalabad where he founded an institute called Dar-ul-Ehsan
and wrote and published his master pieces:Kitab Al-Amal
Bis-Sunnah Al-M'aroof Tartib Sharif Volumes 1-6; Makshoofat
Man azil-I-Ehsan Volumes 1-5 ; Asma' Al-Nabi Al Karaim
(PBUH). He completed his saying, Maqalat-I-Hikmat volumes
1-30, at Camp Dar-ul-Ehsan, another convent, a prototype
of his mentor Al-Kalyari's , he founded after his still
another migration in 1983 to an open farraland on the
bank of a canal situated some six, miles away form the
City of Faisalabad on Samundri Road.
of Abu Anees Muhammad Barkat Ali's monumental works
have already been translated into English and are published
and distributed free of charge by Dar-ul-Ehsan Publications
based in Huddersfield, UK, and registered as an international
religious charity with the Charity Commission (London).
The books in Urdu, Arabic and Persian original have
been scanned on to CDs and DVDs for wider distributions
to the benefit of the Muslim Ummah of the Holy Prophet
(PBUH) in particular and interested non-Muslims in general.
during his life time his publication reached all over
the world and people visited him from far and wide.
His scholarship was acclaimed by leading scholars of
his time. Dr Abdul Alim, the Rector of Al-Azhar University
(Cairo) and Professor Hussain Nasr, the Vice-Chancellor
of Tehran University in 1387 AH, later on the Shah of
Iran's roving ambassador on Iranian Culture, and the
author of several voluminous and celebrated books on
contemporary Islam, both visited him to pay their homage.
wrote and honoured Professor Hussain Nasr with a stunning
spas'name (welcome address) in Persian that was also
published in one of his monthly issues of Dar-ul-Ehsan.
The address portrayed Babaji's deep devotion to and
respect for the descendants of the Holy Prophet of Islam
(PBUH) on the one hand and appreciation of the Professor's
contribution to Da'wah-o-Tabligh Al -Islam on the other.
One of the couplets of the address reads thus.
"A voice came to me from the quarters unknown;
'Beware! O the dwellers of (Pakistan) the land renown,
The Honorable visitor, the offspring of the Prophets'
Is Hussain Nasr, the Spirit of the Faith, wearing the
Professor Sayed Hussain Nasr currently holds the Chair
of Cultural Studies in one of the leading American Universities.
Hakim Ghulam Mu'in-ud-Din Chisti, an American convert
to Islam and Shaikh Al-Chistiyyah of America, has described
Babaji's religious practices in the following words:
"He is truly the embodiment of heart and soul of
the Din of Islam, and all people should strive to emulate
him as he is one who comes so to fulfilling the sunnah
of our beloved Prophet (PBUH)."
It was much less to do with his clairvoyance and miraculous
utterance than his magnetic person and charming disposition
that people visited him. His smile was so captivating
that a visitor said goodbye to him alright, but left
his heart and mind behind with Babaji, longing to come
back for his blessings again and again. When another
American visitor was asked, he replied:
"In Babaji's company I found myself spiritually
invigorated and physically elevated in peace with myself."
The sick were treated free of charge at Babaji's hospitals
where he administered at both Camp and Dar-ul-Ehsan
campuses twice a year eye camps for hundreds of thousands
blinds suffering from cataract and other eye ailments.
The hospitals are carrying out un-stintingly and continually
the selfless and free services to the less privileged,
deprived and disadvantaged members of the public. To
this kind of community development spirit, Babaji alludes
in his foreword to The Book of Sufi Healing:
"Not even the highest degree of dedication to worship
may earn anybody the claim of divine forgiveness or
recompense in any other form, yet there is one thing
that everybody should make sure of, which shall not
go unrequited under any circumstances by Allah the Almighty,
and that is the selfless service to the ailing humanity."
Babaji set up a madrassah in his sanctuary for the education
of the children of the new converts to Islam. He devised
courses and wrote primers/books of his own which are
these in wide use in mosque schools. For the converts
themselves, who were primarily nomads, he had the houses
built with the moneys received from his friends. His
life has been an exemplary model of the fiscal propriety
in Islam for emulation by individual and collective
life stances in Pakistan.
words in his memory are our token of love for him as
also invitation to the readers to delve into his writings
for the good of our souls and welfare of the collective
life in the motherland whose security and prosperity
were upper in his mind and embedded deep in his heart.
A couple of years before his demise, he is on record
with the Pakistan TV interview, having prayed passionately
for the good of Pakistan, her integrity, prosperity
and glory amongst the comity of world nations.
those who had a calling for it, Babaji imparted spiritual
knowledge in some fourteen different mystical Orders,
including most importantly the Mustafwiyyah and Qadariyyah.
His scholarship would have us believe his deep study
and reading of the mystical literature. For example,
the sufi masters in the mystic orders stand divided
over the Nature and Dhat (Being) of Allah the Almighty
the one called the Wujudiyyah (everything is with Him)
and the other the shuhudiyyah (everthing is with Him).
Muhiyyid-din Muhammad Ibn Al-Arabi(d. 1240 CE), the
Shaik Al-Akbar of Sapin, is the well-known exponent
of the former and Shaikh Badar-ud-Din Ahmad As-Sirhindi
(d. 1624 CE), Mujaddad Alif-Thani, of the latter. Reconciling
the two Babaji writes that it is the same light (nur)
of Allah the Almighty that permeates and pervades the
dry blade of grass as it does in a rose referring at
the same time to the saying of the Holy Messenger (PBUH):
'ponder over the shuyunat (qualities/attributes) of
Allah the Almighty and not His Dhat."
He laid a great deal of stress on character building
and strong moral ethics. In this regard, his Makshoofat
Manzal-Ehsan is a dossier and sum total of Maqaram Al-Akhlaq
(the praise worthy morals) and Makhraj Al-Akhlaq (the
desultory or derogatory conduct).
fulfillment of the fivefold cardinal sufic parameters
above the daily sessions of dhikr are held uninterruptedly
in his life time and still are at his seminaries and
at the households of some of his devotees. The dhikr
has been commanded by Allah the Almighty; the Holy Prophet
(PBUH) performed it as it is the cure for the ailments
of physical body and ills of the society. Babaji ate
and slept little, dressed simply and wrote profusely.
He gave away by the evening the daily donations and
presents that he received from his friends and devotees,
lived like birds with trust in Allah the Almighty. He
died on 16th Ramadan Al-Mubarak, the day when his shrine
in Camp Dar-ul-Ehsan is jam packed with thousands of
his devotees from throughout Pakistan and abroad thus
paying homage to their dear mentor at the anniversary.\
Babaji Hazoor's message for all of us is:
"O people! We have come to this world to earn for
the life hereafter. Allah the Almighty has created us
for His worship and everything of the universe for ourselves.
Everything belongs to us and we to Allah the Almighty.
This world is illusory, perishable and we are guests
here for only a few days. We will have to leave our
worldly wealth behind. We have nothing except our good
deeds to take with us to the world hereafter. O people!
Turn towards Allah the Almighty. This world and everything
that it contains is temporary and only for a short time.
It is subject to destruction. It will only last a few
days. O people! We are not going to live here forever
and nor are we to return. Everything that belongs to
the world will be left behind. We can take none of it
with us. We have come to the world in order to earn
for the next ever-lasting life. What ever we sow here
we will harvest there. O people! Fear Allah the Almighty
do what is commanded and shun what is forbidden. Allah
the Almighty has emphasised the importance of Salat
/ Prayer. Let no worldly job stop you. Give your Zakat
whole heartedly.. Pay your due in full and make sure
it reaches the needy people. O people! The creation
is Allah the Almighty's family. Be kind to the family
of Allah the Almighty. Seek the pleasure of Allah the
Almighty in the service of his creation. Let unity,
understanding, love and brotherhood flourish among the
Hazoor has diagnosed and provided solutions to the problems
we have individually and collectively. On an individual
level, for each and every one of us. If we want to become
better people, if we wish to be better Muslims. Then
Babaji Hazoor informs us;
Do not tell lies, it is forbidden, stop it!
Do not backbite, it is forbidden, stop it!
Do not tell tales, it is forbidden, stop it!
Do not be jealous, it is forbidden, stop it!
ZikrAllah, The remembrance of Allah the Almighty, Ahlan
Wasalan, most welcome.
Hazoor is such a person who has devoted his life, dedicated
his life for the cause of Islam. In fact, when Babaji
Hazoor adopted this life. Babaji Hazoor took a vow,
a promise to Hadrat Ala-ud-Deen Ali Ahmad As Sabir Kalyari
(REM) to devote his life to:
Zikrallah - The remembrance of Allah the Almighty
Dawah o Tabligh - Invitation to and spread of Islam
Kidmat Khalq - free service to humanity
Time ticked on for over half a century, over the years
the political rules and peoples fortunes changed. But
this man of Almighty Allah has miraculously kept his
promise, praying and supplicating. Owning nothing whatever
of worldly possessions.
Hazoor had nothing of material value of this world.
He lived a life of simplicity, but with unbelievable,
unshakeable trust in the creator and sustainer, Allah
Hazoor commands and urges us all to be occupied in three
tasks, three jobs.
Dhikr - the remembrance of Allah
Dawah-o-Tabligh - invitation to and spread of Islam.
Kidmat Khalq- free service to humanity.
With regard to Kidmat Khalq (service to mankind) Babaji
"The best achievement is that you should benefit
mankind but should not expect any reward in return.
Serve everyone but do not expect any service from anyone.
O living one! Live in this world in such a manner that
you may enlighten the world. Neither have you to come
to this world time again nor will you be sent here again.
Your life should be an example for your nation. Indeed
service to the sick without remuneration is the most
exalted and accepted worship of Allah the Almighty."
Do not forget our beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him) states:
"If a person goes to visit a sick patient in the
morning 70,000 angels send blessings and pray for his
forgiveness till evening. If he goes to visit in the
evening 70,000 angels say blessings and pray for his
forgiveness till morning."
In another hadith it is narrated:
visits the sick, an angel in the Heaven calls out:
"May you reap happiness in the Hereafter, may your
walking in this world and the next be blessed, and may
you enjoy a high rank in the Heaven"
All this benefit and forgiveness is for a single visit
to a patient. What would it be for continual treatment
Hazoor informs us:
Worship is liked by Allah the Almighty
Service is liked by Humanity and Allah the Almighty
Worship may be accepted or rejected by Allah the Almighty,
as He pleases.
Service is always accepted by Allah the Almighty.
Service is the best worship and is granted to the best
At Darul Ehsan, Babaji Hazoor has established a well-equipped
hospital for free use by everyone. Twice a year eye
camps are held. Where eye operations, accommodation
for patients and relatives, food for all present are
provided free of charge. Many people born blind have
been blessed by eyesight.
at Darul Ehsan, Babaji Hazoor opened the world's first
Quran Mahal. Today the Holy Quran's that become worn
out are sent to Darul Ehsan where they are beautifully
stored and given the respect they deserve in the Quran
service to the ummah of the last Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him) is Babaji's
aim and order for every devotee of Darul Ehsan.
Dawah-o-Tabligh, invitation to and spread of Islam is
a task which everyone of us must be engaged in.
the Almighty states in the Holy Quran:
"You are the best of people evolved for mankind,
enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong and
believing in Allah."
there rise out of you a band of people inviting to all
that is good, enjoining what is right and forbidding
what is wrong. They are the ones to attain happiness."
all to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful
preaching and argue with them in ways that are best."
The last message in the last sermon by our beloved Prophet
(Peace and Blessings be Upon him) is for invitation to and spread of Islam. It is
Darul Ehsan's mission to spread the message of Islam,
as far and wide as possible. Babaji Hazoor himself wrote
personal letters of invitation to world leaders and
prominent individuals in the hope that they will submit
and embrace Islam.
addition to that Babaji Hazoor is constantly urging
and commanding his followers to practise the teachings
of Islam and then to inform and encourage others to
do likewise. Babaji Hazoor considers it his duty to
invite and awaken people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike
to Islam. Part of the aim is to eliminate ignorance
among Muslims about their own faith and to introduce
new Muslims to the realm of Islam, so that they may
taste the sweetness of the Din.
"Our work is to spread Islam to Allah the Almighty's
people, in His kingdom and for His sake. This has to
be done right up to the last breath of our life. We
must do this with complete trust in Allah the Almighty.
We must spread Islam where it has not reached, going
there where no one has gone before. It should always
be borne in mind that you are a mubaligh of Islam. The
religion of Allah the Almighty.
is therefore imperative that all your words and actions
reflect your adherence to the Holy Quran and Sunnah
with sincerity and rightness, so that you may become
an example for others."
Babaji Hazoor regards the importance of following the
example of our Beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him) as absolutely essential.
At Darul Ehsan everything to the smallest, minute detail
is according to the sunnah of our beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him).
is widely known that Babaji Hazoor often declared He
would like to be corrected if he lacked the practice
of any of the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him).
the words of an American convert who visited Babaji
Hazoor, he writes:
"Babaji Hazoor is the person all people should
strive to emulate as he is one who comes so close to
fulfilling the Sunnah of beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him)."
The essence of really loving the Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him) is beautifully
summed up by Babaji Hazoor.
"Devotion to the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him) is my faith
Love, my way of life
And obedience my goal."
And by being on this path over one hundred thousand
(100,000) individuals have come into the fold of Islam,
embraced Islam at the hands of Babaji Hazoor.
regard to invitation to and spread of Islam, Babaji
is also the author of over 400 books all various aspects
Darul Ehsan publications, which run into thousands of
pages, are supplied free of charge for the benefit of
the ummah of the last Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him). Each book is unique.
For example, Babaji Hazoor has written Asma Al Nabi
Al Karim (Peace and Blessings be Upon him) - The Bounteous Names of the Holy Prophet
(Peace and Blessings be Upon him). This is a five-volume book in which Babaji Hazoor
presents one thousand four hundred and thirty eight
Holy Names of the Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him).
place has a speciality the speciality of Darul Ehsan
is Zikr Illahi - The remembrance of Allah the Almighty.
Hazoor reminds us:
Where there is Allah's Zikr, there is Allah's Blessing.
Where there is Allah's Zikr, there is Allah's Mercy.
Where there is Allah's Zikr, gloom and grief disappear.
Where there is Allah's Zikr, worries and anxiety vanish.
Where there is Allah's Zikr, Shaitan cannot enter.
Where there is Allah's Zikr, health abounds.
Where there is Allah's Zikr, there is peace of mind.
Where there is Allah's Zikr, there is the hearts satisfaction.
Aloud Zikr has many benefits
Loud Zikr gives the knowledge of the Zikr to those who
Loud Zikr creates amongst the non zakirs the fondness
and inclination for remembrance.
Loud Zikr has tongue, heart and mind, all three occupied
Loud Zikr protects the Zakir against drowsiness, sleep
Loud Zikr has all its blessings reaching to all those
places where the Zakirs voice reaches.
Loud Zikr afford to the Zakir many witnesses who bear
testimony on the day of Judgement.
Loud Zikr is sought after by the angels.
Loud Zikr have glad tidings given to them by Allah the
Take it, that when ever we remember Allah the Almighty.
Allah the Almighty is remembering us. We remember Him
amongst human beings, He remembers us amongst the angels.
just for yourself what can be better than to be remembered
by Allah amongst the Angels?
Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him) stated:
"One meeting of Zikr wipes out, counter balances
two million evil sittings"
Allah the Almighty states:
"In the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction."