“A moment spent in the company of Saints is better than a hundred years of (voluntary) worship.” Hazrat Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi رحمة الله عليه
At Hakeem waliullah saheb's Clinic
It was my usual wali-gazing at the Akabir Mashwara from behind a pillar at morning 10 am.. there was a familiar face at the water coolers.. Hakeem Waliullah sahab is not someone to be forgotten easily..
He quickly finished his glass and greated with salams.. it seems he was there to attend Hazrat Maulana Ibrahim dewla sahab (db).. told me hez the personal hakeem of Hazrat Maulana Saad sahab (db), Hazrat Maulana Zubairul Hassan sahab (db) and Hazrat Maulana Ibrahim sahab dewla (db).. in lieu of his father who keeps busy with the islahi work..
He was the best person to get a little extra info on Hazrat Hakeem Ajmeri sahab db.. said that Hakeem sahab (db) was the 16th direct descendant of the great chishti master Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Quddoos Gangohi رحمة الله عليه whoz lineage went up to Hazrat Imam Azam Abu Hanifa رحمة الله عليه
Asked whether I wished to see some historical stuff... and how could I refuse.. this was the time to dig in some history..
Said he saw me many times visiting zakariya hotel.. next to which hung a board that read 'Hakeem Ajmeri’s Clinic '.. it had never caught my eyes ..
A narrow flight of stairs leads up to a small room with some wooden cup boards laden with churan and stuff.. they never intrest me anyway..
He took out an old manuscript and spread it on the floor .. it was the spiritual tree of Qadriya.. Chistiyya.. Suharwardiyya .. Naqshbandiyya .. rifaiya.. kubrawiya salasil .. All passing through Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Quddoos Gangohi رحمة الله عليه .. said that if we pluck out Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Quddoos gangohi رحمة الله عليه from that chain.. none of the nisbat of any taareeq would remain in continuum today..
Interesting to know his father had pointed him earlier that all the Mashaikh above Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Quddoos Gangohi رحمة الله عليه were from the sadaat.. I asked him about any works available on his life.. said that there is a book called ‘ Lataif e Quddusiya ‘ available in Pakistan.. he did not remember its author..
I began asking more about his father.. how he speaks such fluent english.. quotes quranic ayaat like an alim.. told me that Hazrat Hakeem ajmeri sahab (db) studied at a convent and attended tibiya college at Mumbai.. his brother was a great Muhaddith who had an expertise in Rijaal.. and it was he who home schooled him in deeni kutubs..
Told me that Hazrat Hakeem sahab (db) and Hazrat Maulana Zubair ul Hassan sahab (db) share the same year of birth ie, 1950. I asked him the reason for his father looking young .. said that never eats at a restaurant and his everyday meal remains frugal..
He also went into details on the role played by his ancestors in the freedom struggle.. that during the mutiny of 1857.. it was the great maternal grandfather of Hazrat hakeem sb db who was a warrior and among those who laid the 1st siege on a company of British soldiers seizing their canons and other weapons paving the way for jihad e shamli..
Said that Hazrat Maulana Mufti Mahmood Hassan Gangohi رحمة الله عليه had great love for his father.. that when he initiated him in sulook he straight away gave him 100,000 isme zaat.. our conversation went on for about another hour flowing from his family to other Mashaikh and the pious ladies of the household .. Their observance of Haya and Tarbiyyah they gave to children.. it was 12:30 and I had to take leave.. my flight was at 4am back home the next dawn..
Allah سبحانه وتعالى was indeed very kind to bless this worthless fellow with few memorable moments in the company of his loved ones..
And to my dear bro Fusoos.. here are a few lines (by Mirza Ghalib).. looks good for a signature..
Jazbah e be-ikhtiyar e Shouq dekha chahiye..
Seena e shamsheer se bahar hai dam shamsheer ka..
Aagahi daam e shunidan jis qadar chahe bichahiye..
Muddae Anqa hai apne Alam e taqreer ka..
( Worth seeing is the spirit of my uncontrollable desire,
Causing the edge of the sword to unfurl from its sheath…
No matter how awareness spreads its nets of hearing,
The meaning is the nonexistent bird in the style of my expression…)