Line, Relation and Association...
Lineage, Relation and Association with Khwaja Sahib
(Harke-Khidmat Kard Makhdum Shud)
The Khadims of Huzoor Khawaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.) known as “Syedzadgan”
trace their lineage from Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A.) through his
sons - Khwaja Syed Masood, Khwaja Syed Mehboob Bahlol and Khwaja Syed Ibrahim.
Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A.) and Huzoor Khwaja Garib Nawaz (R.A.)
were first cousins and spiritual borthers and Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi
(R.A.) was also the Khadim-e-Khas of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.) he used to
attend on Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.) day in day out, therefore, he and his
descendants the present Khadim community took pride and deemed it an honour to be
called “Khadims” of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.)
They are also referred to as Mujavirs, Syedna, Sahibzadas, Khudma, Gaddinashins
etc. by the devotees, and pilgrims, who pour all kinds of offerings (Nazar) upon
them, in the name of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.
Khwaja Hussain Nagori has alluded these Khadims as equivalent to Ridwan (the door
keeper of heaven), and this shows how great Saints of the time held the Khadims
in high esteem, and appreciated their role.
The Mazar-e-Aqdas (Holy Shrine) of Hazrat Khwaja Garib Nawaz (R.A.) always remained
under the custody and care of the Khadim community from the very beginning, which
proves that they are the custodians of the Holy Shrine (Mazar-e-Aqdas) in the true
sense of the word. All the mundane rituals & traditions of the Mazar-e-Aqdas
(Holy Shrine) are performed by Khadims alone.
“KHADIM'S SYED CHISHTY FAMILY RELATION WITH THE SHRINE IS
NOT ONLY ANCIENT BUT INTIMATE”
The keys of the Holy Shrine including the Toshakhana are in the custody of the Khadims
since inception according to centuries old Kalid Bardari system of our ancestors.
Only the Khadims have the privilege to open (after giving Azan at the door step
of the Shrine) & close the doors of the Holy Shrine for centuries in religious
& hereditary capacity.
Khadims are the only one entitled to take Zaireen (Pilgrims) for Ziyarat (Darshan)
at the Holy Shrine, and they have the right to receive all kinds of Nazar &
Niyaz (offerings) at the Holy Shrine (Mazar-e-Aqdas) of Huzoor Khwaja Gharib Nawaz
Undoubtedly, the Khadims, who have been attached to the Shrine since its inception,
played a key role in the smooth functioning and in keeping strict discipline in
the performances of these rituals and ceremonies. As a result, they often invited
the ill-will and wrath of pilgrims and other officials. But their genuine concern
and enforcement of established customs and rituals, showing strict adherence to
the humanitarian approach of the Saint, was always upheld by the authorities.
Their right to serve the Shrine, to perform religious rituals and arrange spiritual
functions and to receive all kinds of Nazars (Offerings) are hereditary and have
also been judicially recognised. The documentary evidences are in the “Malfoozat”
(sayings) of Chishtia order & historical literature, Shahi Faramin,
Sanads etc. (Imperial orders) Jagirs, honours and rewards conferred upon them from
time to time not only by Muslim rulers but also by many Hindu Rajas and Chieftains
of India, which was also conferred by the British Government during their succeeding
For re-evaluating and re-assessing our rights by way of memorandum some relevant
facts were put before Joint Parliamentary Committee for Waqf on 4th and 5th July
2002 for their just and due consideration which is as under :-
1. It is rather unthinkable for a moment that the Khadim community in this long
checkered history of the institution has ever acted against the interest of the
institution or the country on the contrary we have always contributed for the upliftment
of the institution and also raised some structures inDargah Sharif for the
Zaireen (Pilgrims) from our own pockets. The Khadim community has kept the glorious
traditions of secular character & composite culture of this institution alive
for the last 800 years. Envy has
got an evil ; thus false evidences are created or manufactured to discredit Khadims
in general out of jealousy & obvious reasons.
The Khadims, with all their devotion, have all along been undisputed are first and
foremost persons in attendance of the Holy Saint and later on with the Holy Shrine
right from the very inception. Their ancient and intimate relationship with the
institution is not only born out by the long uncluttered history but also recognised
by the Sufi order of all Schools. Chishtia, Qadria, Naqshbandia,
Soharvardia & so on.