Maulana Fazal Ahmad Khan Sahab

Maulana Fazal Ahmad Khan Sahab Kuddusuruh Naqshbandiya (Maulana Sahab)

Maulana Fazal Ahmed Khan Sahib Kuddusuruh Naqshbandia (Maulana Sahib) was the last Muslim saint in this order. He was resident of village Raipur, Tahshil Kayamganj, Dist. Fatehgadh (U.P.). He was mudarris (teacher) of a maktab (school / madarsa) run by masjid (mosque). He was a great Faquir (Mahatma) with faculty much above the narrow feeling of caste, creed, language and sect etc. Lalaji Maharaj had taken a room on rent for his study and was living very near to the Masjid where Maulana Sahib lived. While going to and coming back to school, he used to pay respect to Maulana Sahib. Gradually, the acquaintance developed into mutual love and attraction. One day during winter, it was raining, cool wind was blowing and Maulana Sahib was sitting in front of a fire pot. Lalaji Maharaj while returning late night from his relatives in drenched clothes took care to pay his respect to Maulana Sahib as usual who in turn asked him to change his clothes and get warmed up. Lalaji came back and when he sat in front of the fire, Maulana Sahib covered him with his quilt (the cotton /wool pullover ) and said to him fondly to get warmed up. Lalaji Maharaj has written that the moment Maulana Sahib covered him with quilt, he experienced total transformation in him and found as if whole universe is whirling. After some time Maulana Sahib said — “Son, now you go and sleep. When you come tomorrow, bring one bucket and rope for my use”. During the night in sleep Lalaji Maharaj saw a dream in which Maulana Sahib was presenting him (Lalaji Maharaj) to a great personality who was sitting on a wooden platform with bright aura around him. Next day Lalaji Maharaj arranged bucket and rope; filled it with water and presented to Maulana Sahib. When he narrated the dream, Maulana Sahib said that it was not a dream but reality. He further added “You are Siddha (endowed with supernatural power) and accomplished from the very birth. Give light to the world”.

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Once Lalaji met Swami Brahamanand ji and narrated some of his experiences. Swamiji told “you are fortunate to come across a great saint of the time and never think that he is a Muslim. A real saint is much above these things. Be with him and try to learn this great knowledge. Brahm vidya is a great knowledge and Maulana Sahib is a great saint”. Maulana Sahib in the first year itself authorised Lalaji with Ijajat-Khilafat for the mission work. Lalaji had respect for Maulana Sahib and used to say, “Sir ! You are the doer not me” and showed prorfound regard for Maulana Sahib throughout the period of sixteen years he spent in his company.

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Lalaji Maharaj was the only Hindu disciple amongst many with Maulana Sahib. One more Hindu disciple came and to please Maulana Sahib adopted Muslim ways of living. Seeing this, Maulana Sahib drove him out telling that he did not want to take any blame on his ascetic life. He liked Lalaji Maharaj most as he (Lalaji ) had a deep sense of respect and regard for Maulana Sahib. Maulana Sahib praised Lalaji that at no occasion he could find any fault with him (Lalaji). Gradually, the other disciples came to know that Maulana Sahib has given all his spiritual wealth to Lalaji. They went to him and told him that how could he give everything to Lalaji without converting him into Muslim. Hearing this, tears flowed down from the eyes of Maulana Sahib and he said — “Friends” it is true that we are from the same Muslim religion but none of you could come out of the shackles of religion. It is not that I do not want to part with this wealth to one of you but, none could develop required worthiness. This person (Lalaji), is a wonderful disciple and knows only one relation and that is Atmic relation. The disciples left disappointed. When Lalaji came to know about this incident, he appeared with folded hands before Maulana Sahib and said “Sir ! with your grace now I do not find any difference between Gayatri Mantra and Kalma. If you permit I shall be converted into Muslim religion.” Maulana Sahib replied that he (Lalaji) should follow the traditions of his religion where God had given him birth and while leading spiritual life he should follow the principles of Shastras and should spread this spiritual knowledge amongst the mankind. How great a saint the Maulana Sahib was is difficult to imagine ! After that, the Muslim disciples started troubling him (Maulana Sahib) and he had to leave the town. Towards the end of his life, Maulana Sahib called all his disciples and told them to sit in meditation. He asked all of them to remember Allah and he himself left for heavenly abode. Lalaji started crying profusely. It is said that, Maulana Sahib came into being again and told him not to cry at all as he was going to be the nearest one to him (Lalaji). Lalaji understood the reality and Maulana Sahib left his physical body peacefully. The soul of such great saints merges with the Lord and thus comes closer to the disciple. Indeed, it is difficult to gauge the depth and height of greatness of a real saint.

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