Renouncement And Initiation

Khawaja Muinuddin used to ponder for hours together 
over the ugly scenes of the ghastly massacre in Khorasan
 which he had been witnessing with great pain for several 
years ever since his younger days. 
With these tragic impressions
 his interest in worldly life and pleasures was diminishing fast.
 Inwardly he was very much worried and longed 
to be away from such a mad world if he could manage to see a way out.
One day (in 556 AD), he came across a 'Majzoob' 
(a divine person constantly engrossed in communion with God)
 in the person of one Sheikh Ibrahim Qandozi 
who happened to come to his orchard. 
The young Khawaja Muinuddin was watering 
the plants at that time. Immediately he saw the dervish,
 he welcomed him enthusiastically and after kissing his 
hands reverently made him sit down under a shady tree.
 He then brought a bunch of fresh grapes and 
requested the holy man to eat it. The request was complied with.
 The divine seemed to admire the manners and this 
gesture of the young Khawaja's hospitality and at once perceived,
 by his intuitive powers, that his host was inwardly worried and upset,
 had a spark of divine love in his heart 
and was an ardent seeker after Truth.
 Over whelmed by the pleasure of this understanding 
the dervish brought out a bit of 'Khul' 
(the substance left after the oil was extracted from
 the sesame seed or Til - some historians 
say it was a piece of bread) from his wallet and after 
chewing it put it in the mouth of Khawaja Muinuddin.
 No sooner had he eaten it, than the veil of 
all worldly imagination was lifted from his mind 
and he found himself in quite a strange world radiating with
 'divine manifestation.' 
When Khawaja Muinuddin recovered from 
this extraordinary experience,
 he found that Sheikh Ibrahim Qandozi had gone.
Not A Fable
This strange spiritual experience, which laid the foundation 
of Khawaja Muinuddin's divine career, 
would look like a queer fable from the Arabian Nights
 to the present world engrossed in materialism. 
But it is neither a fable nor a dream because such miracles
 have happened with the spiritualists or Sufi dervishes or
 Rishis and Munis of the highest order in the East.
 And they do happen even today if one is lucky enough to 
come across any 'real' divine 
(who prefers to live in perpetual obscurity away from all worldly gaze
 to avoid interruption in his devotional career).
 Such miracles are amply supported by the old religious books
 or Scriptures of nearly all the leading and recognised 
religions of the world all of which are based on spiritualism. 
The people of this 20th century in which materialism overwhelmingly
 dominates spiritualism may ridicule and refuse to believe in 
such superhuman feats and may naturally demand some 
substantial logical or scientific proofs to support them.
 But such doubts can be easily dispelled by a minute 
study of their own respective religious Scriptures. 
The philosophies of Islamic Sufism and the ancient Yogic and 
Vedantic sciences of Hindu civilisation also help us to
 believe in such miracles unquestionably. In this hidden 
science of spiritual communion or oneness with God all 
logical arguments are deliberately rejected because logic 
and Sufism do not go hand-in-hand, which was the creed of 
Khawaja Muinuddin and numerous other great Sufis and 
saints of the East. It is neither taught in our modern 
Universities nor can it be analysed in our scientific laboratories.
 It is Knowledge from God that comes to His "beloved" devotees only.
Departure for Bokhara
The immediate inspiration of the above-mentioned miraculous
 experience with Sheikh Ibrahim Qandozi was that 
Khawaja Muinuddin renounced the world. 
He lost no time in selling away his orchard and 
the windmill along with all his other worldly belongings
 and distributed every pie of the sale proceeds among 
the poor and the needy. He then cut off all his 
ties with his dear and near ones, bade them a last goodbye
 and left Neshapur for Bokhara, which was the seat of 
learning in those days in search of 
religious knowledge and moral education.
A handsome youth who had renounced the world in his early teens
 was seen walking all alone on the Neshapur-Bokhara highway amidst jungle
 and animal life, without a friend without a penny in his pocket and
 without any present or future hope of provision for his livelihood resolutely
 determined to seek Truth. The ever-growing discontentment of 
his earlier years in spite of all his rich traditions and material possessions
 had suddenly changed into a perfect contentment immediately after a 
divine vision received through the help of a great 'Majzoob'. 
He seemed to be very happy with his apparently gloomy lot. 
At this stage, however he did not know that one day he would 
be one of the greatest holy saints and 'Mujaheds' of his day 
in the history of Islam who would turn the tables of the evil world,
 who would apply the balm of solace and salvation to the wounds of
 the afflicted humanity and who would cause downfall of the redeem 
the suffering of the oppressed? This youthful traveler in a friendless
 world was none but Khawaja Muinuddin playing in the hands 
of Destiny for a exceedingly grand mission and amazing career 
dedicated to the cause of peace and happiness of mankind.
This illustrious son of Islam and dutiful servant of 
the oppressed humanity, had decided to go to Bokhara 
for his education because the famous oriental universities 
of Baghdad and Neshapur had suffered damage due to 
the ravages of continuous wars and plunder but Bokhara
 had still some of the best educational institutions
 and the learned 'Ulama' of his time.
Nothing is recorded by historians about Khawaja Muinuddin's 
primary education but considering his noble heritage; 
it is safe to presume that he must have received at least his 
early Quranic lessons at home. One historian reports
 that he had learned Quran by heart at the age of 7.
While in Bokhara, Khawaja Muinuddin received his education
 in all the oriental sciences and literature from many learned 'Ulama' 
of the day, prominent of whom was Maulana Hissamuddin Bokhari
 from whom he received his 'jubba' (cloak) and 'Dastaar-e-Fazilat' 
(turban of learning) the two highest academic diplomas 
or "robes of learning" of that time.
At Samaqand
Having completed his education at Bokhara, Khawaja Muinuddin
 went to Samarqand which was also a great seat of learning in those days.
 There too he attended many leading institutions to 
perfect his knowledge in Theology, Philosophy and Grammar.
 The years of his education in Bokhara and Samarqand are
 reported to be between 1150 and 1160 AD or 552 AH.
In Quest For A Spritual Preceptor
After equipping himself with all the best available education
 (moral and religious) which he could obtain, Khawaja Muinuddin 
now diverted his attention to the spiritual side of his training.
 He now needed a 'spiritual preceptor' and decided to leave Samarqand
 in quest of the country towards Baghdad. On this journey he
 came to the town of Harwan or Haroon where one of 
the greatest Sufi dervishes of his time Hazrat Khawaja Usman Harooni,
 lived. (Born 510 A.H. died 617 A.H. and buried at Mecca.) 
This great saint had a resounding fame which attracted 
scores of persons from far and near for their spiritual 
enlightenment and religious and moral training under him.
At the feet of Murshid
One day Khawaja Muinuddin decided to 
present himself before this great saint. 
When he approached the saint, he kissed the ground
 with all due reverence and pleaded: 
"Sir, may I request you to enlist man as one of your 
humble and devoted 'mureeds' (disciples)'?
 Hazrat Khawaja Usman at once perceived 
by his intuitive powers that Moinuddin 
was the fittest candidate to join the circle of his disciples,
 and granted his request without hesitation.
Khawaja Muinuddin says, in his own words, about his spiritual initiation
 "I had the honour of appearing before Hazrat Usman
 when many other spiritual luminaries
 were also present. I bowed my head in solemn reverence.
 Hazur Usman asked me to offer 2 'rakaats' of Namaaz (prayers). I did it. 
He then directed me to sit facing the Kaaba (Mecca). I did it.
 He told me to repeat Darud Sharif 
(praise and blessings for the holy prophet and his family)
 21 times and to say 'Subhan Allah' (God be praised) 60 times. 
I did it. After that he stood up took my hand in his 
own and looked towards the heaven saying:
 "Let me present you to God".
 After that he cut off my hair with a scissors and then
 put a special Tarki cap (Kolah Chahaar Tarki) 
on my head and asked me to sit down. 
He then asked me to repeat 
'Surah Ikhlas' (a Quranic verse) one thousand times. 
I did it. He then said, "among our followers there is only 
one day and one night's Mujaheda (probation) hence go and do it today"
 Accordingly I spent one day and one night in prayers and reappeared before him.
 He asked me to sit down and repeat 'Surah Ikhlas' again one thousand times.
 I did so. "Look towards the heaven", he then asked me.
 When I raised my eyes towards the heaven he enquired 
"how far do you see?" I said, upto Arsh-e-Moalla (zenith). 
He then asked me "look below" . I said upto Tahtu-Sara (abyss).
 He then asked me to sit sown and repeat 
'Surah Ikhlas' one thousand times and I did it.
 He then asked me " Look towards the heaven ".
 When I did so, he enquired "how far do you see now? "
 I said upto Hijaab-e-Azmat (dazzling glory of God). 
He then asked me "close your eyes".
 I did so, and, after a moment, he told me "open your eyes." 
I did so. Then he showed me his two fingers and enquired
 "what do you see through them?" I said, I see 18,000 Aalam (worlds). 
When he heard this, he said, "now your work is over". 
Then he looked towards a brick lying nearby and asked me to pick it up. 
When I did so. I found some deenars' (gold coins) under it. 
He asked me to go and distribute them among the poor
 and the needy which I did. I was then instructed to 
remain with him for some time."
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