Sarwari Qadri Order
Sultan Bahoo is Sarwari Qadri
Sultan Bahoo is not only Sarwari Qadri but is also considered the founder of the Sarwari Qadri order. Though the Qadri order, along with its two off shoots Zahidi Qadri and Sarwari Qadri, continued from al-Ghawth al-Azam Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani Razi Allah Anhu. In almost all of Sultan Bahoo books, he has declared himself “Qadri” and has explained the excellence and spiritual beneficence of head of all saints Piran-e-Pir Dastageer Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani Razi Allah Anhu from whom this order continues.
Murshid of Sultan Bahoo
Syed Abdul Rehman Jilani Dehlvi is the Murshid of Sultan Bahoo. He belonged to the progeny of Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani Razi Allah Anhu. However, details about his life are hidden from the world just as details about other Mashaikh of Sarwari Qadri order are hidden. As they all do not like fame, so they keep themselves away from people. Thus, the details about their lives remain a secret.
Sufi Order in Qadri Way
The Qadris (also transliterated as Qadiriyya) belong to Qadiri tariqa. In Sufism, there are two types of Qadri ways. Sultan Bahoo in his books has also discussed two off shoots of the Qadri way, which are as follows:
- Zahidi Qadri and
- Sarwari Qadri.
The seeker in the Zahidi Qadri way appears to be doing hard mystic struggles, he strokes his heart with loud invocation. Also, he keeps check on his an-Nafs by meditation and remains busy in supererogatory prayers. Not only that, he spends his nights in prayers and days in fasting. Yet but has no knowledge and vision of his inward. In fact, he just shows off to be having Divine experiences by his conversation. Sultan Bahoo says:
The follower of Zahidi Qadri order has to devote at least twelve years to hard mystic struggles. Then, Ghaus-e-Azam Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani helps him and elevates him to the status of Majzoob (lost in Divine Meditation) devotee, while the status of a Sarwari Qadri devotee is that of belovedness. (Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan)
The Sarwari Qadri way flourished in the Subcontinent due to Sultan Bahoo Rehmat-ul Allah Alayh. He says about the Sarwari Qadri way that:
The other way is Sarwari Qadri, in which the perfect Fakir actually experiences the ecstatic states of Divine closeness, union and vision. In fact, he can take his disciples to the Divine company and union and bless him with the status of Haq-ul-Yaqeen (experiencing the Divinity). Only such Sarwari Qadri Fakir is trustworthy because he is the killer of an-nafs and the commander who steps forward boldly in the battlefield of the Divine truth. (Mehak-ul-Faqr Kalan)
Who is Sarwari Qadri?
Sarwari Qadri is actually the one who swears allegiance upon the hands of Prophet Mohammad Sall’Allahu Alayhi Wa’alihi Wasallam. Also, all the evil and immoral behaviors are removed from his self and he is blessed with the taufeeq (Divine Favour) to adopt the way of Shariat-e-Mohammadi. (Mehak-ul-Faqr Kalan)
Why is this mystic way called “Sarwari Qadri”?
The Sarwari Qadri way is named so because “Sarwari” means to have oath of allegiance at the sacred hands of Sarwar-e-Aalam Hazrat Mohammad Sall’Allahu Wa’alihi Wasallam and “Qadri” means to follow the path of Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani Razi Allah Anhu.
Rank of the Sarwari Qadri Saint
The Sarwari Qadri way is free from the pain of mystic struggles, forty-day-seclusions, the practice of holding breath, complications of initial levels, invocation and meditation. Additionally, there are not any apparent saintly dresses or styles in this way, As it is fed up of all the superficial saintly manners like holding a stick or tasbeeh (chaplet) or wearing cloak and turban etc. Also, the specialty of this way is that the Murshid Kamil takes the seeker to the extreme limits on the very first day by giving him the Sultan-ul-Azkar (the crown invocation Hoo), Tasawur-e-Ism-e-Zaat and Mushqe-Murqoom-e-Wajudia (practice of inscribing Ism-e-Allah Zaat on body). While the other ways do not have all these. In fact, Sultan-ul-Arifeen says that the initial level of Sarwari Qadri disciple is equal to the extreme level of disciples of the other ways.
Who blesses Sarwari Qadri Saints?
Some Sarwari Qadris have such elite status that they are directly blessed with the benevolence of the Prophet Mohammad Sall’Allahu Alayhi Wa’alihi Wasallam and then he assigns them to Mohi-ud-Din Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani Razi Allah Anhu, and he also blesses them in such a way that they are never separated from him even for a single moment. (Mehak-ul-Faqr Kalan)
Attributes of Sarwari Qadri Murshid
Sarwari Qadri spiritual guide is the possessor of all the attributes of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. That is why when he blesses a seeker with the Divine guidance and persuasion of Ism-e-Allah Zaat, he grants him an equal status of his own. Thus the seeker becomes so indifferent to all needs and completely resign to Allah. In a way that gold and soil become equal for him. Only the Sarwari Qadri way has complete command over time and space.
Sarwari Qadri Attains Presence in Mohammadan Assembly
In Ain-ul-Faqr, Sultan Bahoo states his status as a saint from Sarwari Qadri order in the following words:
It owes to Prophet Mohammad’s kind favour that, whenever I concentrated on outward and inward of any seeker, at once took him to the assembly of the Prophet. Seeker achieves this just with the help of contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Ism-e-Mohammad. Also the seeker does not has to do any hard mystic struggle or supererogatory prayer. Then there remained no veil before him and he see Ism-e-Allah Zaat everywhere. (Ain-ul-Faqr)
Sarwari Qadri way is definitely a very courageous and bounteous way, while in the other ways, some seekers are burnt to death by the extreme fire of Ism-e-Allah Zaat. Some could not bear the burden of Ism-e-Allah Zaat and helplessly stopped moving forward on the way to Allah, whereas some apostatized. (Ain-ul-Faqr)
What is the initial status of an accomplished Sarwari Qadri Murshid?
(It is that) he blesses the seeker with presence in the Assembly of Prophet Sall’Allahu Alayhi Wa’alihi Wasallam by drowning him in the Divine light of knowledge of Allah only with his one glance. Or simply by contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat or by stroke of Kalma Tayyaba (the creed) or by his intrinsic attention. This is the first day lesson of the Sarwari Qadri way. The Murshid who does not know this lesson and cannot take his disciples to the assembly of Prophet Mohammad is not a perfect Qadri. His ecstatic state is just an illusion and deceit because the original and perfect Qadri always remains drowned in the Divine union by being engrossed in the light of Divine knowledge. (Mehak-ul-Faqr Kalan)
The follower of this spiritual order invocates Ism-e-Allah Zaat (the sacred name of Allah) with breath, instead of tongue.
The Spiritual Chain (Silsila) of Sarwari Qadri Order
The lineage of mystic order is listed as follows:
- Prophet Mohammad
- Ali ibn Abi Talib
- Shaikh Hasan of Basra
- Shaikh Habib Ajmi
- Shaikh Dawud Tai
- Shaikh Maroof Karkhi
- Shaikh Sirri Saqti
- Shaikh Junayd of Baghdad
- Shaikh Jafar Abu Bakr Shibli
- Shaikh Abdul Aziz bin Hars bin Asad Tamimi
- Shaikh Abu-al-Fazal Abdul Wahid Tamimi
- Shaikh Mohammad Yousaf Abu-al-Farrah Tartusi
- Shaikh Abu Al-Hasan Ali Bin Mohammad Qureshi Hankari
- Abu Saeed al-Mubarak Makhzoomi
- al-Ghawth al-Azam Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani
- Shaikh Sayyid Abdul Razzaq Jilani
- Shaikh Sayyid Abdul Jabbar Jilani
- Shaikh Sayyid Mohammad Sadiq Yahya
- Shaikh Sayyid Najmuddin Burhan Puri
- Shaikh Sayyid Abdul Fattah
- Shaikh Sayyid Abdul Sattar
- Shaikh Sayyid Abdul Baqqa
- Shaikh Sayyid Abdul Jaleel
- Shaikh Sayyid Abdul Rehman Jilani Dehlvi
- Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sultan Bahoo
- Sultan-ul-Tarikeen Sultan Sayyid Mohammad Abdullah Shah Madni Jilani
- Sultan-ul-Sabireen Sultan Pir Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Shah Hashmi Qureshi
- Shahbaz-e-Arifaan Sultan Pir Sayyid Mohammad Bahadur Ali Shah Kazmi al-Mashhadi
- Sultan-ul-Auliya Sultan Mohammad Abdul Aziz
- Sultan-ul-Faqr VI Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali
- Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman
Present Imam of Sarwari Qadri silsila
Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman is the 31st Shaikh and the present Imam of Sarwari Qadri order. He adorned the throne of Divine guidance and persuasion on the 26th December 2003. This was after his spiritual guide Sultan Mohammad Asghar Ali passed away. Since then, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen has made tremendous efforts to spread the teachings of Faqr globally. He also felt innate need to spread Sultan Bahoo teachings. Specifically, to the younger generations through the medium of internet. Moreover, he also used the websites as a medium to spread the beneficence of Ism-e-Allah Zaat (personal name of Allah).
Sultan ul Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman says the following about the Sarwari Qadri order:
- In the Sarwari Qadri order, there aren’t any complexities of invocations, reflections, forty-day seclusions or holding the breath. Additionally, there is no pain of mystic struggles or confusions caused at initial levels of mystic path. (Allah has) absolved this order of apparent attire and practices of Dervishes. Moreover, the Sarwari Qadri way is disgusted of the superficial ways of the so-called spiritual guides. Such as holding the stick and chaplet, wearing gown or turban etc.