Founding of Chishtiya
order in India
Chishtiya order in India, Founding Chishti order in India
Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty
laid the foundations of the Chishti orders in Ajmer Sharif Rajasthan India where common people flocked to him in large numbers.
His firm faith in "ALWAYS DEPEND UPON THE ALLAH(CREATOR) BUT NOT ON THE
CREATION, LOVE ALL, SERVE ALL, PRAY FOR ALL, HELP EVER, HURT NEVER "
provided the necessary ideological support to his mystic mission to bring about
emotional integration of the people amongst whom he lived.
The central principles that became characteristics of the Chistiyya order are based
on his teachings and practices. They lay stress on renunciation of material goods;
strict regime of self-discipline and personal prayer; participation in Sama as a
legitimate means to spiritual transformation; reliance on either cultivation or
unsolicited offerings as means of basic subsistence; independence from rulers and
the state, including rejection of monetary and land grants; generosity to others,
particularly, through sharing of food and wealth, and tolerance and respect for
He, in other words, interpreted religion in terms of human service and exhorted
his disciples “to develop river-like generosity, sun-like affection and earth-like
hospitality.” The highest form of devotion, according to him, was “to
redress the misery of those in distress – to fulfill the needs of the helpless
and to feed the hungry.”