Hazrat Khawaja Qutabuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki (Rahmatullah Alaih)
Dargah Sharif of Hazrat Qutab Sahib
The Dargah of Great Sufi Saint Hazrat Khawaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki is a very famous Sufi Shrine of Delhi situated at Mehrauli near Qutab Minar in New Delhi.The Saint was a Mureed and Khalifa (Disciple) and first spiritual successor of Great Sufi Saint of India Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti who is better known by his title “Gharib Nawaz” of Ajmer Sharif who belonged to the ‘Chishtia Order’. Hazrat Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki was born in 569 Hijri in a town called ‘Aush’ .Hazrat Khawaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki was appointed Khalifa-e-Azam by his Piro Murshid Hazrat Khawaja Gharib Nawaz of Ajmer and he was instructed to stay in Delhi during the reign of Sultan Qutubuddin Aibak and Sultan Shamsuddin Al-Tamish in order to carry on the mission of the ‘Chishtia Order’ in India. He was very fond of Sama –Qawwali and used to hold Mehfile Qawwali (Sama) at his Khanqah. He was died in 634 Hijri in a state of ‘Wajd’ (Ecstasy) during the Sama-Mehfile Qawwali at
Delhi. When this incident took place, the Qawwal was singing the following Persian couplet:-
“Kushtagaan-e- khanjar-e- tasleem raa,
Har zamaan azz gheb jaan-e-deegar ast.”
Translation: For the victims of the sword of divine love, there is new life every moment from the unseen.
Dargah of Hazrat Khawaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki
Due to his extraordinary death (wisal) Hazrat Khawaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki is also known as ‘Shaheed-e-Mohabbat’ (martyr of God’s love).He had devoted his whole life in the worship (Ibadat) of Almighty Allah. In accordance to the Sufi tradition he had also appointed Hazrat Khawaja Fariduddin Ganje Shakar as his spiritual successor and Khalifa whose shrine is now situated in Pakpattan in
Pakistan. Hazrat Baba Farid also appointed his spiritual successor and granted his Khilafat to his beloved mureed Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Aulia who is better known by his title of ‘Mehboobe Elahi’. He was also advised to stay at Delhi in order to carry on the mission of Chishtia Order during the reign of Sultan Ghayasuddin Balban .Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia also appointed Hazrat Khawaja Naseeruddin Mehmood Chirage Dehli as his Khalifa and spiritual successor.