Hazrat Sheikh Sufi Muhammad Yousuf Sultan Shah Qadiri Chishti
Hazrat Sheikh Yousuf Sultan Shah Qadiri is the current Master and Guide of more than ten prominent Sufi orders, still prevalent in the world. An ascetic who went on to seek the springs of gnosis for more than a decade and spent rigorous years on mountain tops and premises of great Sufi mashaikh’s maqams.
A reformer, who declared the Voice of Truth fearlessly and faced the cannon fires of enmity with cheerfulness and healthy dialogues. Hazrat Sultan Shah invited the world to Thawheed, which is the life-breath of the entire universe and all prophets and Gnostics. Whoever recognizes the Truth got to join in their union.
Hazrat Sultan Shah remained as the Arc of Noah(a), helping them escape from the great deluge of homicides and fatal killings on the edge of human history.
Hazrat Sultan Shah was born and brought up at Thottumukham, Aluva in Eranakulam District of Kerala, India. Born to a well-famed family of Madina Origin, the Holy city of Prophet(s), Hazrat completed his primary education from Madrasas and schools at his own locality.
Haji Ali Dargah:
Hazrat Sultan Shah began his journey of Spiritual Seeking upon the hands of Sufi Fakhruddin Moulana(r), a famous Sufi saint at the younger age of fourteen, from Mumbai. It was a journey seeking to realize The Truth. Long years of meditation and Dikhr passed on. Hazrat’s first attempt was to achieve the Gate of Knowledge Hazrat Ali(r), by meditating for a span of six months on Joolan Maidans. Then after, Hazrat wished to achieve the spring of gnosis Hazrat Kidhr(a), meditating on the premises of Haji Ali Dargah and Islands near Mumbai and on mountain tops.
Dargah Shareef of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani(r) at Baghdad, the capital city of the folk of Allah. Hazrat reached there, along with Mashaikhs at his younger age of eighteen. There Hazrat became Sultan, Sultan of all the worlds. Then and there, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani(r) called his young fellow member, putting the blessed palm upon his head, by the name Sufi Muhammad Yousuf Sultan.
When Hazrat returned from Baghdad, each and everybody got to call him by the name Sultan Baba. Then after, Hazrat spent long years in rigorous meditation on the mountains of Haji Malang, some hundred miles away from Kalyan in Mumbai. That near the Dargah Sheriff of Sheikh Abdul Rahman Haji Malank Baba(r), inside a cave upon the mountain top.
Hazrat spent long years in fasting meditation inside a cave on a mountain in the region of Ajmeer Shareef, and the locations in Thane and Bandup in Maharashtra. It was spiritual journey to realize Almighty Allah, and realize the Truth.
Well famous Dargah Sherief of Shaikh Qamar Ali Darvesh Baba located at Shivapur near Pune City, it is a centre of Living Miracles (Karamaths) visible to everybody visiting there. Hazrat was entrusted with duty of Khateeb at nearby Masjid on directions from Hazrat Qamar Ali Darvesh(r).
Sayyed Badushah Qadiri(r):
From Shivapur Masjid Hazrat Sultan Shah happened to meet with Sayyed Muhammad Badushah Qadiri Yamani(r), the great Sufi Saint and Master who preached the path of Kalima Thayyiba to the entire world. Hazrat Sultan Shah joins in the union of great Sufi order who proclaimed the path of Kalima Thayyiba.
Dargah Of Pune:
Hazrat Sultan Shah Qadiri got the invitation into the Sufi order (Silsila) of Kalima Thayyiba upon the hands of Shaikh Madarshah Qadiri(r), whose abode of rest is at Pune Dargah Shareef and who was a Khalifa of Shaikh Badushah Qadiri(r).
Dargah of Wadi:
On the 10th of Dulqad month of Hijri calendar year 1395
(1975), Hazrat Sultan Shah was bestowed with the Khilafath and was declared as
Shaikh Badushah Qadeer Yamani Qadiri(r)’s Khalifain front of a number of
Aulia-e-Kiram at a ceremony held at the centre of Sayyed Badushah Qadiri(r) in
Wadi Halkatta Sherief in Gulbarga District of Karnataka.
Hazrat still spent a period of time in meditation with
the flag of Kalima Thayyiba. Upon the compulsions from Mashaikhs, Hazrat agrees
to marry. Hazrat returns to his home state of Kerala. Hazrat reached back home
in Aluva, after a long span of seventeen years.
On the course of time, several attempts were made to spread misconceptions about Hazrat. Many of them were inexperienced about the path of Truth and Hazrat’s mode of conduct. From many corners attempts were made to make departments of Govt. as enemies of Hazrat. This persistent situation compelled us to disclose a little about the nature of activities promoted by Hazrat.
Background of Criticism:
Hazrat Sultan Shah settled in Kerala in the year 1975.
Hazrat reached here after realizing the Truth on its full scale. In Kerala, it
was a situation, where so many false coins existed both among the Ulama and
nominal Sufi guides. Hazrat never endeavored to form a movement on the purpose
of reformation. Even though, Hazrat was compelled to disclose the Truth of his
Mission on many occasions. Many groups, who feared their survival in the
society, didn’t digest Hazrat’s disclosures well. They began to feed on enmity.
Many who proclaimed enmity in public happened to meet death on piteous conditions; some spread rumours that these expirations were on account of curse from Hazrat. So the groups, who declared enmity in public earlier, went back to recluse. Still they continued their adversity. Crowds were pulling in more and more at the holy presence of Hazrat Shaikh. This provoked the aforesaid group and they induced Ulama Associations to issue Fatwa against Hazrat. Hazrat Shaikh made his mission well into public bestowing his Khilafath to six renowned scholars in a prestigious ceremony in the year of 1999. This brought more enmity from jealous groups. Hazrat bestowed Khilafath to another 12 more in the year 2002. This conference went on to become a topic of discussion on several venues.
On the 26th day of February in 2006, Hazrat Sultan Shah was honored by prominent persons from Ulama of Delhi, at a ceremony held on the premises of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah Shareef, one of the major sufi centers in India. On the same occasion 19 Mahbubi students were granted with Mahbubi Degree, who completed a research course on Sufism Studies, after being expelled from Academy of Darul Huda on account of initiating into the path of Hazrat. In the meantime, the classmates of these students were not provided degrees from the Academy, who has already completed their courses from the institute. The institute authorities were in fear of being questioned on account of expelling students without any fatwa from Ulama Association. The Mahbubi convocation ceremony held at Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah brought the institute into a dire situation. The institute at that time was led by two prominent figures from the Ulama Association. This brought the authority into terminal anxiety as they were challenged with ground realities from Delhi. The Ulama Association was compelled to conduct meeting urgently to issue Fatwa against Hazrat Sultan Shah.
As a result of this meeting, they issued a fatwa stating the great Sufi order of Kalima Thayyiba was out of the religion, in the very month of March itself.
After this issuance of Fatwa, the press conference at Kozhikode in Kerala attended by expelled students of the Institute explaining the Fatwa was a product of Academy to save its face, was accepted with high media coverage. Fatwa was not based on Islamic principles, they argued.
Ulama Association was not ready to explain details of its fatwa even after weeks of its issuance. As a result, many publications, like Mattoli, made fun of Ulama Association’s endevour.
After all, Ulama association conducted conferences of explanation upon urgency from the People, at Manjeri and Valanchery (Places in Kerala). Meanwhile, these criticisms were dealt well by the young Scholars of Jeealni Study Centre which runs under the supervision of Hazrat Sultan Shah.
In the meantime, many prominent scholars and Sufi Ulama who met at National Tasawwuf Conference held in Capital city of Delhi, questioned the fatwa of Kerala Ulama Associations, and they asked to revoke the same one. This meeting swept away the soil of Justification for Kerala Ulama’s arguments of majority support for their fatwa. As the criticism was coming forth from several directions, Hazrat Shaikh himself came forward to organize an association on the purpose of answering them. Hazrat laid foundation for the centre of his activities named Jeelani Sheriff at Aluva, Kizhakke Desham, near to Cochin, Kerala and established a research there.
Hazrat also established an association by the name Sultaniya Foundation in order to strengthen and promote his mission of Khilafath.
The great conference held on the premises of Jeelani Shariff - asthana e Sultan, on the occasion of Khilafath Anniversary which was conducted on 26,27,28 and 29th days of April 2007, to emphasize the message of Hazrat’s spiritual mission made a big history. Several programs were also held on the same occasion in different centers in India, like Delhi and other cities. Many important figures from different spheres of Indian social life took part in the conferences.
Hazrat Sultan Shah strongly criticized the ill attempts of some to exploit his disciples financially and organize Ziyarath tours including women in a mode averse to the code of conduct stipulated by Sharia of Islam. As a result many of them falsely attempted to charge files against Hazrat Sultan Shah, giving misinterpretations to Police and Media. But, Hazrat Sultan Shah allowed the police officials to enter his premises peacefully and the crackers put out by his enemies were burned without fire. You can never cover the Truth up. Even if I were to lose my head for the sake of the Truth, I am not ready to bow in front of untruth. If these false Ulama never cease to cheat over their society, terror and peacelessness will prevail in this world. Sharia is the external side of Religion, as much as Tariqa is the internal side of Religion. Nobody can become a Muslim unless abiding by both these sides. And the worst blame of this current age is on those false Ulama groups who are devils inside, and dressed up scholars outside.