Roshni/ Enlightenment


Khwaja Sahib (R.A.) praise and teaching and his martaba are acknowledged by a prayer written by Princess Jahanara of Mughal Empire, who was a later devotee of Khwaja Sahib (R.A.). It is read at the time of Maghreb every day in the Durbar Sharif. It is called “Roshni” and is read and written in Persian. I have attempted to provide a translation in English here.

Persian version

“Khwajae Khwajgaan Moinuddin Ashrafe Auliae Rooae Zamin
Aftabe Sipahre Kono Makaan Badshahe Sareere Mulke Yakeen
Dar lamaal 0 Kamale Uche Sukhan Ein Mubaiyan Boad Ba Hisne Haseen
Matlai Dar Sifate Ou Guftam Dar Ebarat Boad Cho Dure Samin
Ai Darat Qibla Gahe Ahle Yakeen Bardart Mehro Mah Sudha jabeen
Rooe Bar Dargahat hami Sayand Sad Hazaraan Malik Cho Khushra Ve Cheen
Khadimane Darat Hamah Rizwan Dar Safa Rozaat Cho Khulde Barin
Zare Khaake Ou Abeer-O- Sarishat Qatrai Aabe Ou Chu Maae Moin
llahi Tabood Khursheed - 0 - Mahi Chirage Chishtiyaa Ra Roshnai”

English Translation

Moinuddin is a Master of Masters, Most honorable Auliya (Wali/ friend of Allah) among souls in this world. He is the sunlight of the sphere of the Lord of Universe. He is the Emperor who graces the throne of the dominion of faith and certitude. What can be said about your beauty and perfection? For it is evident from the impregnable fortification.

An opening verse in praise of your attributes I can offer; which in purity is like a precious pearl. Oh ye, whose threshold is an altar for the faithful; where the sun and moon rub their forehead. It is thy royal threshold that faces are in reverence rubbed; by hundreds of kings of the stature of Emperors of China.

The attendants (khadims) at thy shrine are like the keepers of Paradise, where a particle of dust is ambergris in nature; a drop of water is transparent and pure.
Oh, almighty! As the sun and the moon endure; may the chishtiya lamp resplendently shine!

These couplets describe the Dargah Shrine and its place in religion and above all that the position and grace of Khwaja Sahib (R.A.) in Allah’s eyes.


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