Sayyid Barkat-Ali Shah Naqshbandi Mujaddidi (d.1345 AH)

The venerable Sayyid Abū-Muhammad Barkat-ʻAlī Shāh Azharī  ʻUthmānī Naqshbandī Mujaddidī quddisa sirruhū was one of the prominent deputies of Khwāja Muhammad Sirāj ad-Dīn Naqshbandī (1297-1333 AH) of Mūsā Zaī Sharīf, Pakistan.

Biography of Sayyid Barkat Alī Shāh

Probably a handdrawn picture of Hazrat Sayyid Barkat Ali Shah Lakhnawi Naqshbandi Mujaddidi

Probably a handdrawn picture of Hazrat Sayyid Barkat Ali Shah Lakhnawi Naqshbandi Mujaddidi

He was born in Alāwalpur, district Jālandhar, Punjab, India. After completing his education, he started searching for a perfected Sufi master to start his spiritual journey. He met Mawlānā Ghulām Husain, a deputy of Khwāja Sirāj ad-Dīn, in Kānpur, and heard about the excellence and perfections of his shaykh. He traveled to Mūsā Zaī Sharīf, district Derā Ismāʻīl Khān (Pakistan) and took allegiance in the Naqshbandī Path with the shaykh.

However, it seems he was fist initiated in the Sufi Path by Khwāja Muhammad Uthmān Dāmānī, whose collected letters include two letters addressed to him. [4]

After completing his Sulook (spiritual journey), he was awarded deputyship by Khwāja Muhammad Sirāj ad-Dīn, who told him to return to India and propagate the Naqshbandī Mujaddidī Path in the people there. He returned and settled in Kolkata (West Bengal). He received seekers in large numbers and had to establish a khānqāh at college street. Later, he migrated to Maharashtra and established a new khānqāh in Malegaon, district Nashik. [2]

He spread the Sufi teachings and the Naqshbandī Path in Bengal, Bangladesh, Bihar, Assam and Maharashtra. [1]

Sayyid Barkat-ʿAlī passed away from the mortal world on 14th of Safar 1345 AH (August 1926). The written sources mention that he died in his khānqāh of Malegaon and was buried there [1,2]. However, a brother has provided more information in a comment below, according to which he is buried in Kolkata, in Raja Bazar close to Sealdah Station. His ʻUrs is commemorated there annually on 14 Safar.

He had four sons:

  1. Khwāja Abulaish Muhammad ʻAbdullāh Shāh (d.1964)
  2. Mawlānā ʻAbd as-Salām Shāh who migrated to Bangladesh
  3. Khwāja ʻAbd ar-Rahmān Shāh
  4. Khwāja Bābū Barkat Shāh

His famous deputies are the following: [1]

  1. Khwāja Abū-Layth Muhammad ʻAbdullāh Shāh (d.1964)
  2. Sayyid Muhammad Abd ad-Dayyān of Kolkata
  3. Mawlānā Sayyid Muftī ʿAmīm al-Ihsān Barkatī Mujaddidī of Bangladesh (nephew of Sayyid Abd ad-Dayyān)
  4. Mawlānā Abd as-Salām
  5. Mawlānā Sayyid Salmān of Kolkata

His son Sayyid Abd as-Salām Ahmad Shāh (d. 1386 AH) was a deputy of Mawlānā Ahmad Khān Naqshbandī Mujaddidī (d.1360 AH), another deputy of Khwāja Sirāj ad-Dīn. [3]

Khwāja ʻAbdullāh Shāh

Khwāja Sayyid Abū-Layth Muhammad ʻAbdullāh Shāh Naqshbandī Mujaddidī was the eldest son and successor of Sayyid Barkat-ʻAlī Shāh. He died in 1964 and is buried beside the noble grave of his father under the same mausoleum.

He appointed some of his pupils as deputies, including the following:

  1. Khwāja Pīr Muhammad Shāh (Ballia District, UP, India)
  2. Khwāja Tajammul-Husain Shāh (Singahi, Siwan District, Bihar, India). His grandson is his successor.
  3. Khwāja Abul-ʻĀbidīn Shāh (village Akhainiyam, Siwan District, Bihar, India): He is still live and is almost 100 years old (in February 2016).

References

[1] Biographical Encyclopaedia of Sufis (South Asia). By N. Hanif. Sarup & Sons, New Delhi, 2000.

[2] Mawāhib-i Rahmāniya (Urdu), volume 3. By Khwāja Muhammad Ismāīl Sirāji. 1989.

[3] Tārīkh wa Tazkirah Khānqāh Sirājiyyah Naqshbandiyyah Mujaddidiyyah (Urdu). By Muhammad Nazīr Rānjhā. Second edition, July 2010.

[4] Tuhfa Zāhidiya. Urdu translation of Maktūbāt of Khwāja Uthmān Dāmānī and Khwāja Sirājuddin. Zawwār Academy Publications. Second edition, January 2000.

Gallery

A picture of Hazrat Sayyid Barkat Ali Shah Naqshbandi, d.1926

A picture of Hazrat Sayyid Abu-Layth Abdullah Shah (d.19664), son of Sayyid Barkat Ali Shah Naqshbandi

A picture of Hazrat Sayyid Abu-Layth Abdullah Shah (d.19664), son of Sayyid Barkat Ali Shah Naqshbandi

Hazrat Maulana Abul Abideen Shah Naqshbandi, who is the last living khalifa of Sayyid Abu-Layth Abdullah Shah Naqshbandi

Hazrat Maulana Abul Abideen Shah Naqshbandi, who is the last living khalifa of Sayyid Abu-Layth Abdullah Shah Naqshbandi

The noble graves of Hazrat Sayyid Barkat Ali Shah and his son Sayyid Abdullah Shah Naqshbandi in Lucknow, India

The noble graves of Hazrat Sayyid Barkat Ali Shah and his son Sayyid Abdullah Shah Naqshbandi in Kolkata, India

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7 Responses to Sayyid Barkat-Ali Shah Naqshbandi Mujaddidi (d.1345 AH)

  1. Faruque Azam says:

    Aslam Alaikum
    Talib Gaffari Sahab
    I am faruque Azam from Siwan Bihar. I found one information wrong in this blog, Sayyid Barkat-Ali Shah Naqshbandi Mujaddidi was burried in Kolakta not Malegaon.
    I use to seek blessing from his Majar every year. His grave exist beside of Siyalada Station area know as Raja Bazar.
    One more thing I want to add.
    He had four Son
    1: Khawaja Abulaish Mohammad Abdullah Shah
    2: Khawaja As-Slam shah who migrated to Bangla desh.
    3: Khawaja Ibhrahim Shah
    4: Khawaja Babu Barkat Shah.

    Khawaja Abulaish Mohammad Abdullah Shah was elder son of Sayyid Barkat-Ali Shah Naqshbandi Mujaddidi and burried beside of his Majar e Aqdas under a single tomb.
    his 3rd son Khawaja Ibhrahim Shah was burried just entrance of his tomb.

    Further more
    I am telling this information because i am also belongs to the same silsila.

    He had given Khilafat to his elder son Khawaja Abulaish Mohammad Abdullah Shah also
    and he had further more given Khilafat to his four Pupils.

    Khalifa of Khawaja Abulaish Mohammad Abdullah Shah
    1: Khawaja Pir Mohammad Shah (Baliya District)
    2: Khawaza tajamul Hussain Shah (Siwan Bihar)
    3: Khawaja Abul Abeddin Shah (Siwan Bihar), he is still live and his age is almost 100 years.
    I am son of Khawaja Abul Abeddin Shah (Siwan).

    • Talib Gaffari Saheb and Faruque Aazam thanks for this information.
      I want to more information for this topic.
      The Khanque of Silsila Naqshbandiya also persent in Malegaon.
      and this khanque is produced by HAZRAT MAULANA SAYYED BARKAT ALI SHAH NAQSHBANDI (r.z) and his deputies SUFI HAZRAT MOHAMMED ALI NAQSHBANDI (d.b).
      Please provide more information about HAZRAT.
      THANK you…

      • Faruque Azam says:

        Aslam Alaikum
        Momin Faizan bhai

        Are you from India, Can you please provide more information about the khanqah in Malegaon and deputy of Khanqah.

        If you are from India, can you please share you number, I want to discuss more information about huzur Syed Abu Barkat Ali Shah. We are trying to write a book on Huzur Barkat Ali Shah, but due to lack of information still its pending.

        I would be so grateful to you if you share more info.

        Regards
        Faruque Azam

        • Walikumssalam Farooque Aazam bhai
          Im extremely sorry for the do not reply your messege
          This is my email id
          faizishratrk5500@gmail.com
          And my number is 8237704507
          For more information plz contact with me your whtsapp and gmail…. Okk
          The khanqua of SAYYED BARKAT ALI SHAH NAQSHBANDI (rz) is regularly going on
          Please contact with me.
          My Father is Ansari Raees Naqshbandi
          Im talking my father for this matter he said to me he give more to more information about SAYYED BARKAT ALI SHAH NAQSHBANDI(rz)
          PLease contact with me tomorrow i will taxing to talk HAZRAT SUFI MOHAMMED ALI NAQSHBANDI (db)
          He is khalifa of HAZRAT SUFI MUKHTAR SHAH NAQSHBANDI khalifa of SUFI ABDURRAHIM SHAH NAQSHBANDI (son of HAZRAT MAULANA BARKAT ALI SHAH NAQSHBANDI)… ….. .
          Thank you

  2. Mohammed Qasim says:

    Assalam Alaikum
    Faruque Azam Sahab,
    Please contact me with your phone number and email id.

    mohammedqasim201@gmail.com

    Thank you.

  3. My grandfather hajrat shah aftabuzzama nakshabondi muzadeddi was most of one Khalifa(succesfull disciple ) his son muti ahmed aftabi have transeleted the book of muzaded alfesani MATUBAT SHARIF in Bangoli 1960) esai.

  4. Faruque Azam says:

    Aslam o Alaikum Enran Ahmed Aftabi

    Can you please share your mail id or any number so that we can contact you.

    I know Mawlānā Abd as-Salām (Son of Huzur Barkat Ali Shah R.A) migrated to Bangladesh and established one khanqah in Bangladesh.

    Do you have more information about this Khanqah

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