Syed Abdul Rehman Jilani Dehlvi
It is written in “Mazaraat-e-Auliya-e-Dehli”:
- “He (Syed Abdul Rehman Jilani Dehlvi) was amongst the great and authoritative saints. He was disciple and Khalifah (spiritual successor) of Syed Abdul Jalil Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh in Qadria Order and the Murshid of Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh, who is the great famous saint of Punjab. Syed Abdul Rehman Dehlvi was a Man of Divine powers and had a miraculous personality. His shrine is in the compound behind the waiting room of railway station Sadar Bazar. He died in the last days of the reign of ShahJahan or beginning of Alamgir’s reign. The exact date and year of death is not known. (First edition, published in Dehli 1927)
The books written after this book just copied details about Syed Abdul Rehmatn Dehlvi from this book. In “Rehnuma-e-Maqamat-e-Muqqaddas Dehli” it is written about the shrine of Syed Abdul Rehman Jilani Dehlvi:
- “His shrine is adjacent to Sadar Station Dehli. He is from the progeny of Syedna Abdul Qadir Jilani Razi Allah Anhu. He was a great saint. The famous saint of Punjab Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo was his Khalifah-e-Azam (the superior spiritual successor). It was due to his saintly powers that his shrine was saved by the government while the construction of the road and the railway track, the government also tiled its compound, made an iron fence around it and made a pavement to reach the shrine”. (Published in 1914 in Dehli)
Doctor Ghulam Yahyaa Anjum writes in “Tareekh Mashaikh Qadria” (vol:3):
- “Hazrat Syedna Shaikh Abdul Rehman Gillani Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh was one of the most eminent saints of Dehli. His genealogy traces back to Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Qadria Jilani Razi Allah Anhu. He was distinguished in piety and mysticism and held a high position in revelations and miracles. Syed Abdul Rehman Gillani Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh received the beneficence of Qadira way from Syed Abdul Jaleel Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh, whose disciple he was, in the said way. The Qadria way flourished in Dehli and its vicinity due to him. Countless men of Allah became his disciples and he blessed many of them with Khilafat (spiritual succession) and Ijazat (permission and power to guide others). The famous saint Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo was also his disciple”. (Published in 2006 in Dehli)
In “Rehnuma-e-Mazaraat-e-Dehli”, it is written in the context of his shrine that:
- “Hazrat Abdul Rehman Gillani Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh is the murshid of the famous saint of Punjab Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh. He was an authorized and well known saint of Qadria family and possessor of revelations and miracles”. (Published in Dehli in 2007)
Bale has written in Oriental Biographical Dictionary that Syed Abdul Rehman Gillani was the son of Abdul Aziz Naqshbandi and his daughter was married to the son of Dara Shikoh, Salman Shikoh. Doctor Rama Krishna has the same point of view. But this seems absurd and just a supposition, because Syed Abdul Rehman belonged to Sadaats and all his family, generation after generation, belonged to Qadri order, so it is impossible that his father belonged to Naqshbandi order. It is also confirmed that he migrated to Hind, not his father. This opinion of Bale is not considered authentic by anyone, so none of the old or new writers have ever mentioned it in their books, neither it has any value in Qadri or Sarwari Qadri order.
We have discussed the complete research of all the Indian and Pakistani writers about Syed Abdul Rehman Jilani Dehlvi, which proves that the Indian writers have been just rewriting what had been published in “Aasar-e-Dehli” in 1914 or in “Mazaraat-e-Auliya-e-Dehli” in 1927 and Pakistani writers have been copying the statement of “Manaqib-e-Sultani”. No one has ever taken the pain to go to his shrine and search or even confirm the truth about him.
To find the exact and true details about Syed Abdul Rehman Jilani Dehlvi, it was necessary to ask the superiors (Sajadah Nasheen) of his shrine. Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr contacted the caretaker of the shrine Syed Saleem-uz-Zaman Hashmi who is also the Imam of the adjacent mosque. He had kept safe all the records about the life of Syed Abdul Rehman Jilani, which he got generation after generation from his ancestors. According to a manuscript written and signed by Saleem-uz-Zaman Hashmi, the life history of Syed Abdul Rehman Jilani is given below.