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Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Yousuf Nasir Uddin Chishti (رضی اللہ)

Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Yousuf Nasir Uddin Chishti (رضی اللہ) was one of the great Persian saints of Afghanistan. The level of his marifah and love for Allah is rare even among the saints. Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Yousuf Nasir Uddin Chishti (رضی اللہ) was the son of the blessed sister of Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Muhammad (رضی اللہ).


My ship is caught in a storm

And at every moment is violently rocked

It is receiving not help at all!

Salutations to you, our own Abu Yousuf Chishti!

Do hasten my ship towards safety.

Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Yousuf Nasir Uddin Chishti (رضی اللہ) was one of the great Persian saints of Afghanistan. The level of his marifah and love for Allah is rare even among the saints. Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Yousuf Nasir Uddin Chishti (رضی اللہ) was the son of the blessed sister of Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Muhammad (رضی اللہ). His mother was waliayah of great sanctity who was so engrossed in the remembrance of Allah that she refused to get married until instructed to do so by divine inspiration. As Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Muhammad (رضی اللہ) had no child, he took Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Yousuf (رضی اللہ) into his own care and gave him all the benefits of his spiritual learning.

Once, seeking to test his uncle's knowledge, he asked him a question. Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Muhammad (رضی اللہ) gave him fully seven hundred answers. Humbled by this oceanic knowledge, then Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Yousuf Nasir Uddin Chishti (رضی اللہ) became his murid. His murshid made him recite his name (Ya Abu Muhammad) (رضی اللہ) seven times looking towards the heavens and seven times facing the earth.

Thereafter, he taught him the ism al-azam, upon which the mysteries of the Unseen became known to him.

Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Yousuf Nasir Uddin Chishti (رضی اللہ) used to spend his time in seclusion and mujahidahs, frequenting the mazars of great saints such as Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Yousuf Nasir Uddin Chishti (رضی اللہ). It is said that once he became slightly lax with his ibadah, and out of penance did not drink water for twenty years. He remained in the company of his murshid for a period of forty years before attaining Khilafat. His shaikh passed the permission with these words:

Oh Nasir Uddin! You have donned the garb of the ethics. You should consider yourself to be the lowliest of people, and see everybody else as greater than you. Always love and respect the poor and downtrodden because for us, showing love for the poor is showing love for the King of Madinah, Rasool Ullah (ﷺ)"

As Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Yousuf Nasir Uddin Chishti's (رضی اللہ) fame spread, he received seekers of knowledge from all over the Islamic world. The murideen and khulafah of the order of Hazrat Junaid Bughdadi (رضی اللہ) used to pay him regular visits, and join in him in gatherings of zikar and Sama. One of his major khulaffah was the revered Hanbali jurist and Sufi Abdullah al-Ansari.

One day he came across some people building a masjid. However, they had miscalculated, with the result that the roof was shorter than the enclosed area and would not fit. Such was Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Yousuf Nasir Uddin Chishti's (رضی اللہ) karamah that he climbed the wall of the building, recited bismillah, and pulled the roof into place himself. Miraculously, it suddenly became the correct size.

Hazrat Khuwaja Abu Yousuf Nasir Uddin Chishti (رضی اللہ) attained unity with ALLAH (جل جلاله) in 459 AH, although opinions vary regarding the month of his wisal. His shrine is in the village of Chisht.