Maulana Shamsuddin Habibullah Quddisa Sirruhû, who was the 27th link in Silsilah al-Sâdât al-Naqhshibandiyyah was born on Friday, 11 Ramadhan 1111 (A.H.), 1700 (C.E.) in Delhi India. His real name was Mirzâ Jâni Jânân. His genealogy is traced back to Hadhrat Ali Karramallahu Wajhahu after twenty-eight generations through Muhammad bin Hanafiyyah.

When he was sixteen, his noble father, Mirzâ Jân Quddisa Sirruhû passed on. He studied and mastered all the Shari’ah Sciences that he wanted to learn before the age of eighteen. Because his heart inclined to learn more, he began to search for a Murshidi Kamil (perfect spiritual guide) to acquire spiritual knowledge. At that time, he heard about the perfect qualities of Sayyid Muhammad Badwani Quddisa Sirruhû.

When he met him and remained in his Suhbah (company), he found him far above what he had heard about him in adhering to the Sunnah of Rasûlullâh Sallallâhu Alayhi Wa Sallam and possessing beautiful morals and character. Muhammed Badwani Quddisa Sirruhû accepted him as a Mureed (Disciple) and taught him the necessities of Tariqah (Spiritual Path), with a full Tawajjuh (attention). He immediately began to engage in dhikr (remembrance) of Allah instructed to him by his Ustadh Hadhrat Muhammad Badwani Quddisa Sirruhû. He developed immense regard and love for his Sheikh. After spending four years in his sheikh’s company, he was honoured to receive Ijazah (authority to guide people in Tariqah) from him. After the demise of Hadhrat Muhammad Badwani Quddisa Sirruhû, he continued to benefit from the spiritual aspect of His Ustadh for six years and thus attained lofty spiritual stations.

A fire worshipper wounded him on 7 Muharram in 1195 (1784 C.E.) and three days later passed away (as a Shahid) on a Friday evening, which coincided with the Day of ‘Âshûrâ.


One is regaded to have Iman al-Ijmali (the summary declaration of faith) if he says the following: ‘I believe in Allah and His Rasul Sallallâhu Alayhi Wa Sallam and what Rasûlullâh Sallallâhu Alayhi Wa Sallam brought from Allah; I love what Allah and His Rasul Sallallâhu Alayhi Wa Sallam love and I detest what they detest.’ This is sufficient for the salvation of a person.

I accept a gift brought to me by one of my friends out of sincere intent. However, I don’t accept most of the rulers’ gifts and the rich lest they should have a doubt of bearing the rights of other people. It is difficult to reckon about such gifts on the Day of Reckoning. Concerning this, Rasûlullâh Sallallâhu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “On the Day of Qiyamah, the son of Adam cannot move forward until he is questioned on five things: Where he spent his life, where he spent his youth, how he earned his wealth and how he spent it, and what he did with the ilm (knowledge) he acquired.

(Silsilah Sadat al-Naqshibandiyyah)

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