In the year 1238 A.D. at Badayun in the east of Delhi, a son was born to Khwaja Ahmed and Bibi Zulaitaikha. He would later go on to become the loved and revered Hazrat Nizamuddin.
Tragedy struck their family when he was just five years old. His father died and his upbringing became the responsibility of his mother. She sent him to school and within a very short span of time he succeeded in learning the seven ways of reciting the Koran.
He was sharp, intelligent and quick witted. At the early age of 12, he received the "turban of excellence". Under the able guidance of Khwaja Shamsul Malik, he became well versed in diverse fields like Commentary on the Koran, Mathematics, Astronomy, Islamic jurisprudence.
He had the capability of conversing as well as debating with Muslim scholars but it was not their company that he craved for. His heart searched for the divine teacher. A Sufi musician Abu Bakr informed him of Baba Fariduddin Ganj-e-Shakar and his mind was filled with respect for this man who worshipped the Allah with intense devotion.
He left Badayun for Delhi along with his family when he was 18 years old. He rented a house and was fortunate to come in contact with Baba Farid's brother Hazrat Sheikh Najibuddin Mutawakkil. This man proved to be a great inspiration in his life.
When he was 20 years old he gathered enough courage to go and meet Baba Farid at Ajodhan who accepted him as his spiritual disciple. After undergoing inner training, he was given a special turban which symbolized that he was the Khilafat and Wilayat and when he returned to Delhi, he became the Khilafat-e-piran-e-Chisht or the Caliph of the Chisti Sheikhs.
But he was looking for solitudal bliss and was not particularly fond of the crowds. He even chose to remain a bachelor all his life. So he decided to go and live in the deserts. His place of choice was a small hamlet on the outskirts of Delhi Ghiyaspur where he built a cottage for himself. Later one of his disciples Ziauddin Wakil Mulk constructed a better place.
He had a great liking for Sama or Sufi music. He also composed poetry. The book "Rahat-ul-Qulodo" is a collection of the discourses of his Pir'o' Murshid.
It is believed that this man had the power to foresee and was also capable of performing miracles. He was ordered by Sultan Qutbuddin Mubarak Shah to visit him on the last day of every month. He refused and confidently said that the king would not be successful in defeating him for he had dreamt that an animal with horns was attacking him but his blows resulted in the death of the animal. The king was murdered by Khusru Khan. Yet another incident is that Sultan Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq asked him to leave Ghiyaspur. This made him miserable. But the sultan himself died as the palace of Tughlaqabad fell on him.
He continued to live in Ghiyaspur for 60 years till his death in the year 1324 A.D. He passed away after suffering for four months. He was a very generous man and before his death he distributed all that he owned among the deserving. The life of a loving and tolerant man came to an end.
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