A'la Hadrat 'Ashrafi Miya' [d.1354 H]
Shaykh al-Mashaykh, Qiblat al-Ulema, Faithal-Kunuz al-Irfaniyah, Jamil' al-Tariqain,
Pir Sayyad Shah Ali Hussain 'Ashrafi Miya' Rahmatullahi ta'ala 'alayh
Family background &
Shaykh al Mashaykh 'Ashrafi miya's Rahmatullahi alayh's birthplace is the famous town of Kicchocha Shareef, in the district of
Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh. (India). This was the blessed place
in which centuries before, Hadrat Sultan Sayyad Makhdoom Ashraf Semnani
Radi Allahu 'anhu settled, and made it his spiritual home till
the Day of Judgement. Makhdoom Ashraf Semnani
Radi Allahu 'anhu purified it from all evils and injustice's, and distributed
his blessings to the four corners of the world, which after his demise still
illuminated the whole country like it did in his presence in this mundane
Even so, after his demise, people; sick and who are heavily drowned in difficulties and hardships come to his shrine, and make him the tawassul; the means for the fulfilment of their needs, just like people did, when he was present in the world, with his calmness and taqwa [piety].
After taking bay'ah [oath] and being bestowed with ijazah [permission] in 1290 Hijri, he spent a whole year at the mazaar [shrine] of Astana-e-Aliyah Ashrafiya, where he retired into seclusion. This was as per advice of the great awliya [saints,] completely detaching himself from all worldly affairs. It was during this period of time when his mind, body and soul reached new heights, going through different levels and stages of muraqabah. In other words his heart was totally purified.
By the blessings and supplications of Hadrat Sayyad Makhdoom Ashraf Radi Allahu 'anhu, many great, noble and eminent personalities were born to this blessed place of Kicchocha. However, there did not rise the sun of guidance, which illuminated the name of the Ashrafiya order (Silsila), as much as the personality of Shaykh al-Mashaykh, who without any shadow of doubt, can be entitled the Reviver (mujaddid) of the Ashrafiya Silsila (order).
He circulated and also distributed the spirituality and the divine blessings which he had by the propagation of the Ashrafiya order not only in the Indo-Pak region, but also by his continuous journeys to all the Islamic countries, throughout the middle-east, such as Egypt, Iraq, Syria (Sham), Aleppo and so on.
Shaykh al Mashaykh 'Ashrafi Miya' was strictly firm and steadfast on the path of shari'ah [Islamic Law], there was no compromise on this with any person. The shari'ah was his custom, and following the Qur'an and sunnah became his guide in assisting people in their need to achieve their aims and goals. His personality and taqwa (piety) was such that he never upset anyone, neither by his pen, nor by his tongue. Some of the sufi ulema and mashaykh of, stated that he resembled Mehboob-e-Subhani, Shaykh Sayyad Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi 'Allahu ta'ala anhu. As well as his inner spirituality beauty and perfection, he was also elegant in his physical appearance. To many in his path he appeared so full of noor, that even some adversaries were overcome by his radiance.
Ashrafi Miya Rahmatullahi alayh performed Hajj 4 times in total :
Yahya ibn Mu'adh Rahmatullahi alayh said:
Whoever is pleased with serving Allah, everything will be pleased to serve him; and whoever finds pleasure in contemplating Allah, all the people will find pleasure in contemplating him.
Ashrafi Miya Rahmatullahi alayh undertook and rendered great services for the circulation and propagation of
Islam and its teachings. He brought thousands of misguided and errant people towards the straight
path, by distributing his love, genorosity and spiritual blessings to the masses' of people throughout Asia and the Middle-East. Wherever he travelled, whichever tricky journey he undertook, he illuminated every single person in his path. No one had any malice or an unkind word to say about or to him.
His speeches were warm, precise and forthright but also delivered with a lot of desire and affection. He was unique in many ways for that period, because during many of his speeches he would pause and then deliberate by reading extracts from Mawlana Rumi Rahmatullahi alayh's Masnavi Shareef to further capture his audience's imagination and mood.
Ashrafi Miya Rahmatullahi alayh also founded many Islamic Mosques, Centres and Institutions. He was extremely sought after for his advice, inspiration and all round knowledge. Some of the greatest sufis, renowned scholars, and academics would travel for days and miles, simply to sit in his company and receive blessings. It was upon his blessed hands, Hafiz-e-Millat Mawlana Abdul Aziz Rahmatullahi alayh organised the ceremony of the opening of the great Islamic Institution of knowledge, al-Jami'a al-Ashrafiya in Mubarakpur India.
Ashrafi Miya Rahmatullahi alayh always endeavoured and aspired to propagate Islam in any way that was possible, and he was successful throughout his entire life in doing so.
After Ashrafi Miya Rahmatullahi alayh published the encyclopaedic Lataif al-Ashrafi of Mahboob al-Yazdani, Sultan Sayyad Makhdoom Ashraf Jahangir Semnani Radi 'Allahu anhu, he wrote a very detailed and concise biography on Hadrat Mehboob al-Yazdani. But, unfortunately, the original hand-written documents got mislaid somehow before they were even published.
In 1343 Hijri on the persistent request of Ashrafi miya Rahmatullahi alayh's son 'Alim-e-Rabbani' Mawlana Sayyad Ahmad Ashraf, Ashrafi Miya Rahmatullahi alayh dictated the completed works to Mawlana Khalil al-Din Azad Samadani Rahmatullahi alayh. This book also includes records as well as detailed accounts of Ashrafi Miya Rahmatullahi alayh's visits to the Middle-East and surrounding region.
Just as Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala bestows upon his beloved and chosen people with wisdom, spirituality and knowledge, He also tests them by giving them hardships and adversities in life, in many different ways and guises, as stated in the Qur'an al-kareem: