Practices of Shah Waliullah Muhaddith dehalvi [Rh]
Shah Waliullah writes in ( Anfas al Arifeen , page 65)
“ Some times Khawja Khurd (rh) used to celeberate “Urs” of Khawja Baqi Billah (Rd). My Father narrates that he has seen many times that people use to offer help to Shah Khurd (rh). Some one used to say” I will take the responsibility to provide rice ( for Urs). Other used to say” I will take the responsibility to provide mear ( for Urs) and some one else used to say “ I WILL TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ARRANGING QAWWAL” ( for the urs)”
Please note : Khwaja Khurd (rh) is the son and khalifah of Khawja Baqi Billah.(rd)
Khawja Baqi Billah is the Shaykh ( peer ) of Imam Rabbani (rd). This is sufficient proof to show that Urs was celeberated before any division ocured in the subcontinent. There are many other authentic narrations present in books showing celeberation of Urs even before this.
Please note an important point that people used to arrange Qawwal for urs. Those people who perform ( read) sam’a ( audition) in urs gathering are called Qawwal. This shows that sam’a was also a part of this Urs. Imam Rabbani Mujaddid al fathani (rd) also did not object to sam’a and Insha Allah this will be scanned later from his maktoob.
Also Data Ganj Hujweri (Rd) has written in Kashf Al Mahjoob an incidence about Jaunaid Baghdadi (rd) listening to sam’a.
Shah Waliullah writes ( Anfas al Arifeen , page 82)
“ My father used to tell that he has seen one of the khalifah of Khawja Berang ( Rh) who was very old , but he had grace/ light on his face. This Khalifa was famous by the name “ Shaykhi”.He used to celeberate Urs ( annual gathering) and l ( that is , Shah Waliullah ) also participated in these urs when I was about six- seven years old.
Shah Waliullah writes in ( Anfas al Arifeen , page 106)
“My Fatherr told me that once he could not get materials to prepare food on the occasion of Urs of prophet ( sal allahu alayhi wa sallam ) so that he could make NIYAZ for the blessed ruh of prophet ( sal allahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam) . Therefore he took some dried grams and jaggery and gave its NIYAZ for the blessed ruh of prophet ( sal allahu alaihi wa sallam) . On that night he saw with his eyes that many things were presented to prophet ( sal allahu alaihi wa sallam) and this dried grams and jaggery was also presented to him. Prophet ( sal allahu alaihi wa sallam). Prophet was happy to see this and he ( sal allahu alayhi wa sallam) took some from this and also distributed it among his companions”.
Shah waliullah writes further
“ This type of incidence is related to other people also , but the truth is this happened with my father”.
Look at the proud which Shah Wailullah (rh) is taking in narrating this incidence and “they” say Mawlid is a biddah and should not be celeberated in any form ! They also teach their followers that they should keep away from mawlid gathering!
Shah Waliullah writes about an incidence where his father was invited for a dinner.
( Anfas al Arifeen , page 112)
Shah Waliullah writes
“ Suddenly a woman arrived with sweet dish in a plate and said that she had made a vow
( mannat) that when ever her husband returns home , she will cook sweet dish and distribute it among the poor ( Fuqra) present at the shrine of Makhdum Allah diya ( Rh). She said that she was praying to Allah that some people still be present at the shrine , even at this time of the night , so that she could fulfil her Nazr.
Hence making Vow and distributing food at the shrine of Muslim saints and scholars was accepted by Shah Abdul Raheem . [ It is also permissible as per Hanafi fiqh]
Shah Waliullah writes in ( Anfas al Arifeen , page 181)
“ My father had lots of respect for Shaykh In Arabi . He used to say that he can explain whole Fusus al hikam from Quran and hadith “.
Abdullah Sabri Chisti