Hadhrat Mawlānā Shaykh Mullā Qitār Kasīgharī Naqshbandī Mujaddidī quddisa sirruhū (may his secret be sanctified) was a great scholar and a master of the Naqshbandī Mujaddidī order.
Name in Arabic: حضرۃ الشيخ العلامة ملا قطار الفقيه الكسيغري الأفغاني النقشبندي المجددي الحنفي قدس سره
Initially, he swore allegiance in the Chishtī order to the great Sufi saint Hadhrat Khwāja Muhammad Sulaimān Taunsavī quddisa sirruhū (1184-1267 AH). He remained in the service of his master for a few years. Once, he saw in a dream the great shaykh Hadhrat Hajī Dost Muhammad Qandahārī quddisa sirruhū, and saw that a great light is emerging from the chest of Shaykh Qandahārī, and people from many places are lighting their candles from that light. While in the dream, he also lighted his candle from that light, as guided by his grandfather.
After seeing this beautiful dream, he came to the service of Hadhrat Hajī Dost Muhammad Qandahārī Naqshbandī (1216-1284 AH) and became his disciple. Shaykh Qandahārī was a deputy of Hadhrat Shāh Ahmad Sa’īd Mujaddidī (1217-1277 AH), who was a deputy of Hadhrat Shāh Ghulām Alī Dihlawī (1156-1240 AH). After completing the Spiritual Path, his shaykh awarded him deputyship and ordered him to teach the Path to the seekers. Thus, he engaged himself in training the spiritual seekers and benefited thousands of people from the Afghan and Punjab areas.
When his master Shaykh Qandahārī passed away in 1284 AH, he associated himself with his master’s chief deputy Hadhrat Shaykh Muhammad Usmān Dāmānī (1244-1314 AH) and received spiritual blessings for many years.
He was originally from Kasī-Ghar (or Kesai Ghar), Pashto name for the Sulaiman Mountains (Koh-e-Sulaimān), which lie in northern Baluchistan and southeastern Afghanistan.
He traveled for Hajj pilgrimage at least twice in his life. In the first journey, the Turks living in the Haramain were attracted to him for his connection to the same Sufi order as that of Mawlānā Khālid Baghdādī (1193-1242 AH), the famous saint who propagated this order in Iraq and Turkey.
In his second journey for Hajj, some Turkish people invited him to visit Istanbul. After completing the Hajj rituals, he visited Istanbul along with his family, and lived there for about four months, after which he returned to the holy Hijāz and then back to his hometown.
Among his miracles is the one reported by his nephew Hājī Ghulām Nabī, who says that one day my uncle went out to a nearby hill and mediated there alone. After a while, I went to see him and I saw that many wild animals and birds are sitting with him, and he is patting over their backs gently. When I reached there, they all ran away. My uncle asked me not to tell this miracle to anyone during his lifetime.
He had dignified spiritual and moral qualities. One day, a guest arrived and he had nothing at home to present to his guest. He loaned one rupee from someone and bought a sheep that he slaughtered and presented the food to his guest. After some days, the lender came to retrieve his money, while he still did not have any cash. In return, he gave him a large amount of wheat grain that was stored in his home.
His blessed soul passed away from this mortal world in the year 1300 AH (1882/1883). He left behind as spiritual successor his nephew Hadhrat Shaykh Hājī Ghulām Nabī Naqshbandī Mujaddidī who was a pious saint and a qualified scholar.
- Maktūbāt Hājī Dost Muhammad Qandahārī, Urdu translation by Sūfī Muhammad Ahmad, Zawwār Academy Publications, 1998. Letter 21.
- Tazkirat-us-Sulahā, by Mawlānā Muhammad Hasan Jān Sirhindī, Urdu translation.
- Majmūa Fawāid-i Usmānia, by Sayyid Akbar Alī Dihlawī, Urdu translation by Muhammad Nazīr Rānjhā, Jamiyat Publications, Lahore, 2006.