Deputies of Pir Fazal Ali Qureshi Naqshbandi

List of deputies of Hadhrat Pir Fazal Ali Qureshi (d.1935) quddisa sirruhū (may his secret be sanctified) is presented here, as this information is sought after by many Naqshbandi followers. Originally, 66 or 67 names were usually known from the list published in biographies. Just recently, a more complete list with 98 names has been researched and published by Pir Karamullah Ilahi Ghaffari Naqshbandi, alias Dilbar Saeen, one of the well known Naqshbandi shaykhs in Sindh today. It is published in Malfuzat Fazalia, written by Hadhrat Pir Mittha and published by Dilbar Saeen in 2012. The order of names is almost the same as appears therein, with updated information about locations using Google Maps (spellings etc). Some other changes have been made, and as more information is sought, this list will be updated.

  1. Hadhrat Mawlānā Shaykh Muhammad Abd ul-Ghaffār alias Pir Mitthā (d.1964). Originally from village Langar, Jalālpur Pīrwālā, Punjab. Later migrated to Rahmatpur sharif, Larkānā, Sindh. He had extreme love of his shaykh, and he even married his daughter to the shaykh, in the footsteps of Sayyidinā Abū-Bakr Siddīq raḍiy-Allāhu ʿanhu. He was an excellent poet of Sarāiki language and his naats and manqabats are highly popular. He was the Shaykh of Khwāja Allāh-Bakhsh Abbāsī alias Sohnā Sāeen (d.1983).
  2. Mawlānā Abd us-Sattār (Jalālpur Pīrwālā, Punjab), brother of Khwāja Abd ul-Ghaffār alias Pīr Mitthā
  3. Mawlānā Sa’d-Allāh Soomro (1876-1956, from Qambar, Sindh)
  4. Mawlānā Abd ul-Wāhid Bhutto (1880-1953, from Bāgo Bhutto, Sindh)
  5. Mawlānā Muhammad Saeed Qureshi (1899-1944). Originally from Ahmadpur Sharqia, Bahawalpur, Punjab. Buried at Panipat, India. He was the Shaykh of Maulana Zawwar Hussain Shah
  6. Mawlānā Abdul Mālik Siddiqi (Ahmadpur Sharqia, Bahāwalpur, Punjab)
  7. Mawlānā Abdul Mālik Qureshi (Muzaffargarh, Punjab)
  8. Mawlānā Hāfiz Allāh Bachāyā (Abdullāhpur, Bahāwalpur, Punjab)
  9. Mawlānā Feroz Shāh (Jehlum, Punjab)
  10. Mawlānā Noor Muhammad (Nachak, tehsil Jalālpur Pirwālā, Punjab)
  11. Mawlānā Bashir Ahmad (Ahmadpur Sharqiya, Bahāwalpur, Punjab)
  12. Mawlānā Abd ur-Rahmān (Haweli Lang, tehsil Shujā’ābād, district Multan)
  13. Mawlānā Noor Bakhsh (district Muzaffargarh)
  14. Mawlānā Noor Ahmad (Sathari, Muzaffargarh, Punjab)
  15. Mawlānā Ahmad Deen (Uch sharif, Bahawalpur, Punjab)
  16. Mawlānā Ḥājī Karīm-Bakhsh Jand (Fazalpur village, district Bahāwalpur, Punjab)
  17. Mawlānā Ghulām Muhiy ud-Din (Rangpur, district Khoshāb)
  18. Mawlānā Hāji Wāhid Bakhsh (Tanwari, district Rājanpur)
  19. Mawlānā Sayyid Karam-Husain Shāh Bukhāri (Latori, Shujā’ābād, Punjab)
  20. Mawlana Hāfiz Muhammad Mūsā (Jalālpur Pīrwālā, Punjab)
  21. Mawlana Allāh-Ditta (village Umarpur, Jalālpur Pīrwālā, Punjab)
  22. Mawlana Abd ul-Khāliq (Jalālpur Khakhi, tehsil Shujā-Ābād, Punjab)
  23. Mawlana Hāfiz Sayyid Mumtāz-Ali Shāh (Delhi, India)
  24. Mawlana Molvi Muhammad Abdullāh (Kandahār, Afghanistan)
  25. Mawlana Abd ul-Qayyūm (Chagharzai)
  26. Mawlana Muhammad Ālam (Pagli, near Kashmir)
  27. Mawlana Hāfiz Sayyid Muhammad Amīr (Shāpur)
  28. Mawlana Muhammad Umar (Hoti Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  29. Mawlana Qāzi Hāji Sharīf (Kohistan, Swat)
  30. Mawlana Muhammad Abdul Ghafoor Abbāsi Madani (d.1969). Migrated to Madina Munawwara, where he spread the Naqshbandi tariqah in the Arabs.
  31. Mawlana Muhammad Ahmad (Lucknow, India)
  32. Mawlana Muhammad Ibrāhim (Bukhara, Uzbekistan)
  33. Mawlana Nazeer Ahmad (Ahmadpur Sharqia, Bahawalpur, Punjab)
  34. Mawlana Hāfiz Qāri Kareem Bakhsh (Ghalwan, Bahawalpur, Punjab)
  35. Mawlana Mahmood Ali Shāh (Peshāwar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  36. Mawlana Muhammad Hayā Gul (Peshāwar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  37. Mawlana Muhammad Sādiq Shāh Qureshi (Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  38. Mawlana Sher Muhammad (Chhachh, district Attock, Punjab)
  39. Mawlana Muhammad Andalib (Pagli, near Kashmir)
  40. Mawlana Abdul Ghafoor (Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  41. Mawlana Hāfiz Abdul Aziz (Haider Wāhan, district Dera Ghāzi Khān, Punjab)
  42. Mawlana Ali Murtazā (Gadāi, district Dera Ghāzi Khān, Punjab)
  43. Mawlana Hāji Noor Muhammad (Khairpur Dhaha, district Bahāwalpur, Punjab)
  44. Mawlana Khuda Bakhsh Lail (village bet, Jalalpur Pirwala, Punjab)
  45. Mawlana Haji Muhammad Yusuf (Chani goth, district Bahawalpur, Punjab)
  46. Mawlana Bashir Ahmad (Kaliana, near Jind, Haryana, India)
  47. Mawlana Hāji Khudā Bakhsh (Sindh)
  48. Mawlana Sāleh Muhammad (Gujrat)
  49. Mawlana Muhammad Yār (Rāni Wāhan, Lodhrān, Punjāb)
  50. Mawlana Atiqullāh (Baner, Tribal Areas, Pakistan)
  51. Mawlana Muhammad Muneer (Ahmadpur Sharqia, Bahawalpur, Punjab)
  52. Mawlana Ghulām Hasan (Banbli, district Dera Ghāzi Khān, Punjab)
  53. Mawlana Muhammad Ramzān (Kot Chhatta, district Chakwal, Punjab)
  54. Mawlana Hāji Muhammad Atāullāh Shāh (Derā Ghāzi Khān, Punjab)
  55. Mawlana Ghulām Noor (Hazārā, Punjab, Pakistan)
  56. Mawlana Hāfiz Ghulam Haider (Ahmadpur Sharqia, Bahawalpur, Punjab)
  57. Mawlana Abd ul-Wahhāb (Chakesar, Shangla District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  58. Mawlana Muhammad Ma’soom (Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  59. Mawlana Abd ur-Razzāq (Shah Mansur, Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  60. Mawlana Miyān Muhammad (Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  61. Mawlana Muhammad Zamān (Kashmir)
  62. Mawlana Abd ul-Hameed (Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  63. Mawlana Ali Muhammad (Pahāri)
  64. Mawlana Muhammad Yunus (Muradabad)
  65. Mawlana Zaheeruddin (Tobā Tek Singh, Punjab)
  66. Mawlana Kamāl Muhammad (Jalalpur Pirwala, Punjab)
  67. Mawlana Lutfullāh Shāh (Dera Ghāzi Khān, Punjab)
  68. Mawlana Abd ur-Rahmān (Madeji, Sindh)
  69. Mawlana Sayyid Ghulām Dastageer (Halani, Sindh)
  70. Mawlana Muhammad Ikrāmuddin (Delhi, India)
  71. Mawlana Akhtar Muhammad Shāh (Madeji, Sindh)
  72. Mawlana Sayyid Abdullāh Shāh, alias Khān Mullā (Baneri, then Karachi)
  73. Mawlana Sayyid Hasan Ali Shāh (Miskeenpur sharif)
  74. Mawlana Ghulām Muhammad Shāh (Tarandha, Bahawalpur, Punjab)
  75. Mawlana Ahmadullāh Akhundzāda (Langar Sarae, Punjab)
  76. Mawlana Muhammad Bakhsh (Hajipur, district Dera Ghāzi Khān, Punjab)
  77. Mawlana Muhammad Abdullāh (Bhalli, Jalalpur)
  78. Mawlana Abd ul-Hameed Akhundzada (Quetta, Balochistan)
  79. Mawlana Nabi Bakhsh (Bāgarji, Sukkur, Sindh)
  80. Mawlana Ali Muhammad (Namru, Qallat, Balochistan)
  81. Mawlana Qāzi Abd ur-Rasheed (Surat, India)
  82. Mawlana Muhammad Muslim (Sahāranpur, UP, India)
  83. Mawlana Bakhshan Shāh Qureshi (Khan Bela, tehsil Allah Abad, Punjab)
  84. Mawlana Abd ur-Rasheed (Khel)
  85. Mawlana Muhammad Nabi (Malik Makhozi)
  86. Mawlana Sayyid Muhammad Yusuf Shāh (Chashmi, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  87. Mawlana Allāh Bakhsh (Noorpur, Bahawalpur, Punjab)
  88. Mawlana Aulad Ali Shāh (Badshahpur, Jehlum Punjab)
  89. Mawlana Sayyid Asghar Ali Shāh (Dalwal, district Jehlum, Punjab)
  90. Mawlana Noor-ul-Hasan (Chani Goth, Bahawalpur, Punjab)
  91. Mawlana Mustajāb Khān (Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  92. Mawlana Hasan Bakhsh Jhuggi-walay (district Muzaffargarh, Punjab)
  93. Mawlana Qāri Muhammad Abdullāh (Rampur, district Nainital, India)
  94. Mawlana Hāfiz Muhammad Yunus
  95. Mawlana Muhammad Ya’qoob (district Hazara, Punjab)
  96. Mawlana Abd ul-Khāliq (Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)

Following noble deputies were actually murids of the deputies of Hazrat Shaykh Fazal Ali Qureshi, but they also received honorary deputyship from Hadhrat Qureshi.

  1. Mawlānā Hāfiz Ghulām Habib (d.1989, Kardhi Shāhpur), deputy of Mawlānā Abd ul-Mālik Siddiqi
  2. Mawlānā Ameerullāh Khān alias Muhammad Umar (Mardān, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa), deputy of Mawlānā Muhammad Sa’eed Qureshi
  3. Mawlānā Hāji Abd ul-Majeed (Rahtak), deputy of Mawlānā Muhammad Sa’eed Qureshi
  4. Mawlānā Muhammad Sa’eed Gohānvi (Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa), deputy of Mawlānā Muhammad Sa’eed Qureshi
  5. Maulānā Mufti Abd ur-Rahim (Pānipat, Haryānā, India), deputy of Mawlānā Muhammad Sa’eed Qureshi
  6. Mawlānā Sayyid Zawwār Husain Shāh, deputy of Mawlānā Muhammad Sa’eed Qureshi


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17 Responses to Deputies of Pir Fazal Ali Qureshi Naqshbandi

  1. Sahibzada Abdul Qudus says:

    Assalamo alakum,
    There is one name missing that is Hazrat Maulana Pir Ghulam Habib Naqshbandi of Chakwal

    • abdul-samad ahmad issufo says:

      yes … Pir Ghulam Habib Naqshbandi doesn’t feature there (maybe because he is ‘Deobandi’ and therefore ‘Ghustákhe-Rasool’, SubhánALLAH !) … I was in his Majális when I was in my early 20’s … I left a comment for the owner of this blog but an amazing ‘karámat’ happened, so much so that my comment simply disappeared into thin air; I met some of Pir Sáheb’s Khulafáh, but one that I recently had communicated was Pir Naeemullah Farooqi Sáheb … I am leaving a link here for you, which you will find highly informative; my Pir-o-Murshid is from the Chistiyah-Sáberiyah-Imdádiyah Silsiláh and he knew Pir Ghulám Habib Sáheb very well indeed, and he spoke very glowingly about him:

      may ALLAH Subhánahu Ta’álá enable all of us to join any Pir-e-Tariqat and any Silsiláh solely for His Pleasure (and not for any ulterior motive), Ámeen !

  2. Naqshbandia says:

    Moulana Ghulam Habib, Moulana Abdul Malik Siddiqi, and Moulana Abdul Ghafoor (not Hazrat Mitha Saeen but Moulana Abdul Ghafoor Madani sahib) are of the Deobandi school in spite of being the khulafa of Hazrat Fazal Ali Qureishi ra

    • abdul-samad ahmad issufo says:

      does it mean they (these three Eminent Personalities) should not feature in the list of the Eminent Khulafah of Pir Fazal Ali Quraishi ? … I was in the programmes of Pir Ghulam Habib Chakwáli in the late 70’s/early 80’s; he was my late father’s Pir-o-Murshid (and there were arrogant people here who did not see him eye-to-eye, amongst them, at least one Molvi Sáheb [who thought he was a fake Pir]) … but after a long fact-finding quest on my side, and at least one Karámat which I witnessed, and some of Pir Sáheb’s friends being High-Ranking Auliyáh (amongst them, my Pir-o-Murshid in the Silsiláh Imdádiyah Sáberiyah) attesting to his (Pir Ghulam Habib’s lofty status), I came to the conclusion that one should not denigrate any Personality (no matter what others say, even if they are Sanadi Molvis) … I also heard of Khwaja Muhammad Abdul Ghaffar (alias Pir Mitha) being amongst very High-Ranking Auliyáh (as mentioned by the Khulafáh of Pir Ghulam Habib Sáheb) … JazákumALLAH !

  3. Abu Abbas Ba Alawi says:

    Assalaamu alaikum I wrote a comment here on this site but it is unforturnately not here anymore…I didn’t mean to debate or argue brother…I apologise if I said anything which was wrong…ma salaam

    • abdul-samad ahmad issufo says:

      wa-Alaikum as-Salám W. W. Brother,
      what was it that you wrote which would have warranted deletion? I would be grateful if you could re-post your previous comment (maybe I will learn something out of it – after all, seeking knowledge from the cradle to the grave is a teaching of Hudhur Akram Sallalláhu Alaihi wa-Álihi wa-Sallam, to my understanding, unless someone in this blog corrects me) …

  4. Bhera City says:

    Its very useful information …..very good site Thanks for posting.

  5. Muhammad abu bakar daudpota says:

    Assalamualaikum. When the soul enters into the reality,only then man realizes that this differentiation in sects(deobandi and brelvi etcis of Naasoot. Means he realizes that this discussion is stupid and lame. He finds himself to be a MUSLIm only:obeying Allaah and Rasool S.A.W. So plz stop this Deobandi brelvi and stop hating each other and behv likenice people. All r Allaah’s.”kon maqbul he kon mardud he, kya khabar kon acha,bura kon he?!”

    • abdul-samad ahmad issufo says:

      wa-Alaikum as-Salám wa-Rahmatulláhi wa-Barakátuh,

      Yes! You could have not put it better, Brother (man arafah nafsahu, faqad arafah Rabbahu) … it is totally childish to get involved in these polemics of point-scoring, giving the fact that both School of Thoughts (i.e. Bareillyvi and Deobandi) follow the same course of Darse-Nizámi and the Silsilahs of Tasawwuf (for the purification of the Soul) …

  6. AslamKhan says:

    Brothers I don’t understand how can someone disrespect any sheikh before u make a comment ushould look at yourself r u in any position to judge them obviously no so please just try to make yourself better.Becouse Allah subhana has not send u to judge other people.I heard myself Sheikh Asif farooqi khulfa of (Ali murtaza Naqashbandi
    From gadai khulfa of Fazal ali Quraishi) saying all the silsilay r haq but I am
    Naqashbandi .I hope this should be enough for us

  7. Dear brothers,
    Hazrat Pir Ghulam Habib is not mentioned in this list, primarily because he was not a direct khalifa of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib-nawaz Pir Fazal Ali Qureshi rahmatullah alaih. It has nothing to do with Deobandi/non-Deobandi stuff. The fact is that Hazrat Khwaja Gharib-nawaz gave honorary khilaafat to certain khulafa of his khulafa, even though they were not his direct murids or khalifas.
    As is known, Pir Ghulam Habib was a murid of Mawlana Abdul Malik Siddiqi and also his khalifa.
    Similarly, Mawlana Sayyid Zawwar Hussain Shah was a murid and khalifa of Mawlana Muhammad Saeed Qureshi, but also received honorary khilafah from Hazrat Khwaja Gharib-nawaz. There may be other such names, and they are not listed here because they were not direct khulafa.

    • abdul-samad ahmad issufo says:

      Assalámo-Alaikum W. W., Dear Akhi,
      Jazákumullahu khayran for the posts you have been sending me continuously, and for the comment you made … I myself don’t go into Deobandi/non-Deobandi stuff, since I was not born in the Indian Subcontinent and also because all the subject matter discussed here in these posts is to do with Sulook/Tasawwuf (purification of the Soul); it is for this reason that I do not mingle unnecessarily with Molvi Sáhebán (irrespective of which Maktab-e-Fikr they come from) – as I mentioned in my earlier post, I was told by a Molvi Sáheb who attended the Majlis/Majális of Pir Ghulam Habib Naqshbandi that he was a fake Pir, and I fell for it headlong (it could be that he was saying this with overconfidence and lack of tawádhu, thinking that the Sanad of Ilm that he acquired from a Darul-Uloom is all there is to attain – only Allah Subhánahu Ta’álá knows what he would have said of Khwájáh Fadhl Ali Quraishi Sáheb, had he been in his Majlis – this Molvi Sáheb would have considered him a Fake Pir as well! Inná lillah …. !) What these type of Molvi Sáhebán fail to grasp is that the very Hadhrat Maulana Sáheb who devised the whole system of Darse-Nizámi felt the need to become bay’at with a Shaykhe-Tariqat; taking the further example of Hadhrat Maulana Jaláluddin Rumi, such a highly accomplised Scholar of his time who surrendered himself to Khwájáh Shamse-Tabrez; my conclusion is that this type of disdainful attitude (from anyone, including scholars) is highly detrimental to one’s Iman !

  8. Akbar says:

    We know that Pir zulfiqar claims to be deobandi, However that was not the case with Ghulam habeeb saheb

    Infact when the tehreek of khatam e nabuwwat was on its peak in Pakistan and the deobandis were very active in his area running their campaign, at that point somebody said to gulam habib saheb that you deobandis hold this stance to which he responded by saying ‘although we are not deobandi but our stance on khatam e nabuwwat is the same as theirs’ therefore he was on record and openly said he was not Deobandi

    Likewise a Brelwi naqshbandi shaykh from UK met him In Madina tul munawwarah and go to know him, That scholar said that i was of the opinion that he was deobandi as he is always surrounded by them and is invited to their mosques etc, However i have come to know that their aqaaid are the same as ours and they are sufi’s and great men of Allah

    Also even today at their madrassah in chakwaal they are known to be very neutral and have bothe deobandis and brelwis coming there and distributing their leaflets etc

    Finally he was a great Mufassir e Quran who used to do tafseer of the quran from the quraan, Indeed he was blessed

    Hazrat Abdul malik siddiqi RA was not deobandi either however the faizaan of the mashaikh e naqshbandiya Mujaddidiya Fazaliya was distributed to many including many Ulama and Ulama of deoband Through Abdul Malik Siddiqi and Many others but he himself was not Deobandi but was hanafi and naqshbandi and a great Sufi who had his sulook completed in the company of his own shaykh and likewise Ghulam Habib Saheb

    Regarding there current day khulafaa i can not say because some have indeed moved away from the mashaikhs teachings by limiting themselves into certain masaalik i.e deobandi etc

    May Allah keep us steadfast upon the path oh Ahl As Sunnati wa Jamaat

    • abdul-samad ahmad issufo says:

      Assalámo Alaikum W. W.,
      one very notable Scholar (and also an accomplished Hakim) from Darul-Uloom Deoband was the Khalifah-e-Majáz of Khwájáh Abdul Málik Siddiqi [qsa] … i.e. Maulana Khalilur-Rahman Bijnori [qsa] who made tremendous efforts on individuals on the Indian side of the former Indian Subcontinent, namely Bombay …

  9. Farooq Peer says:

    It is not clear whether Maulana Mohammad Alam Pagli Kashmir is the same person who lived in Maqbooza Kashmir near Srinagar. He was my Murshid and passed away in 1988 at an age of more than hundred years. He was initially Murid of Kh. Fazli Ali Sahab RA and later on received spiritual instruction from Maulana Mohammad Malik Siddique RA. He belonged to Khyber Pakhtunwa and his clan had migrated to Kashmir long before partition and settled near Srinagar. He established his Khanqah at Gutli Bagh Ganderbal, Srinagar in 1360 A.H.

    • Thank you so much for providing this valuable information. Perhaps he was the same person. Some other murids of Maulana Abdul Malik Siddiqi also received khilafat from Khwaja Fazal Ali, so he may also have received khilafat from Hazrat Khwaja while being murid of Maulana sahib. As you can see, we have very little information about the khulafa of Hazrat Pir Qureshi. But Insha Alllah, we will collect more information about these saints.

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