Khwaja Muinuddin Chisti – the real face
by Dr Vivek Arya, noted indologist
Khwaja Muinuddin Chisti is regarded as foremost preacher of Sufism among Sufis of India. the belief of Akbar , the mughal emperor that it was his blessings which lead him a son and the heir for the mughal throne started trend among people for fulfilling wishes by offering prayer at his mazar. Though people sings more about his miracles but very few are aware of the fact about real stand of last Hindu ruler of our country Prithviraj Chauhan and Khwaja Muinuddin Chisti. Stories have been exaggerated to show Khwaja as mystic with high spiritual powers but truth is nonthe else. The belief of Khwaja in shariat and support to Muslim invader Muhammad Gori in establishment of Islamic rule in India clearly outlines his inclination towards Islam. We will take few examples from his life which will create doubts in our mind about his so called secular? Stand.
The fawaidu’l –fu’ad says that when Khwaja arrived in Delhi from Lahore seven hundred people (Hindus), besides hamidu’din – din dihlawi, embrace Islam (ref- page 117 vol. 1 a history of Sufism in India –Saiyid Athar Abbas Rizvi).
Khwaja Ajmer visit is mentioned as full of miracles (exaggerated stories). Since Khwaja arrival in Ajmer caused lot of disputes with prithviraj.
1. Reaching there he decided to sit under a tree, but camel keepers ordered him away as the area belonged to the raj.
(The truth was that camels keeping area was Prithviraj army area in which locals were not allowed. A story has been propagated that due to Khwaja wished that none of the camels were able to stand on their legs. It was only when raI’s officials came and pleaded for guilty Khwaja made them well. )
2. The Khwaja and his followers moved to a place near the Anasagar Lake. His servants killed a cow and cooked kebabs for him. Some members of the khwaja’s party went to anasagar and the others to Pansela Lake for ablutions. There were one thousand temples on the two lakes. The Brahmans stopped the ablutions and the party complained to the Khwaja. He sent his servant to bring water for his ewer. As soon as the ewer touched the Pansela Lake, all the lakes, tanks and wells around became dry. The Khwaja went to the anasagar lake temple and asked the name of the idol. He was told it was called sawi deva. The Khwaja asked whether the idol had talked to them. On receiving a negative reply he made the idol recite kalmia and converted it into a human being, naming it sa’di. This caused a sensation in the town. Prithviraj ordered his Prime Minister Jaipal who was also a magician, to avert the evil influence of the Khwaja. Jaipal proceeded to fight the Khwaja with 700 magical dragons, 1500 magical discs and 700 disciples. The Khwaja drew a circle bringing his party within it under his protection , and succeeded in killing all the dragons and disciples. Pithaura and jaipal begged the Khwaja forgiveness. The Khwaja prayer restored water to the lakes, tanks and wells. A large number of people accepted Islam. Pithaura refused tom accept Islam and the Khwaja prophesied he would be handed over to the Islamic army.(ref- ali asghar chisti- jawahir-I faridi , Lahore 1884, pp.155-160 )
(The truth was that This area was considered as sacred by Hindus and killing cow who is also considered as sacred was heinous crime. the visit of Khwaja to anasagar lake temple caused many controversies as Hindus were not in favor of cow meat eater. second if Khwaja was so powerful then why Muhammad Gori was defeated in first war against prithviraj chauhan, it was only in second war and that also along with combined forces of king jaichand, father of prithviraj wife sayogita helped Mohammad Gori prithviraj lost the war. Rest all stories are myths in which no wise person will belief. )
3. Sheikh nizamuddin-din auliya believed that when Khwaja muinuddin reached Ajmer, India was ruled by Pithaura raI’s and his capital was Ajmer. Pithaura and his high officials resented the sheik’s presence in their city, but the latter’s eminence and his apparent power to perform miracles, prompted them to refrain from taking action against him. A disciple of the khwaja’s was in the service of prithviraj rajs. After the disciple began o receive hostile treatment from the rajs, the Khwaja sent a message to Pithaura in favor of the Muslim. Pithaura refused to accept the recommendation, thus indicating his resentment of, the khwaja’s alleged claims to understand the secrets of the unseen. When Khwaja mu’inu’d-din heard of this reply he prophesied: “we have seized Pithaura alive and handed him over to the army of Islam.” about the same time sultan Muhammad Gori arrived from ghazna, attacked the forces of Pithaura and defeated them. Pithaura was taken alive and thus the khwaja’s prophesy was fulfilled.
(Ref- amir khwurd, siyaru’l – auliya, delhi,1885,pp.45-47)
(The above reference is by a renowned Sufi nizamuddin auliya for another Sufi clears their stand for Islam. they are considered as preachers of brotherhood and humanity. the above reference exposes their attitude towards Hindus.)