The Supreme Lord who pervades all existence, the true self of all creatures, may be realised through undivided love!.

Mehboob-e-Elahi; Sultan–ul-Mashaikh (R.A)
(1238 A.D. to 1325 A.D.)

3. Spiritual Principles and Khilafat Namah from Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Ganj Shakar (R.A)

Khilafat Namah Granted to Syed Nizam’u’d Din Aulia by Hzt Shaikh Farid-u’d-Din Mas’ud Ganj-i-Shakar

The following is an abridged English translation of the Arabic Khilafat-cum-Ijazat Namah granted to Shaikh Nizam-u’d-din Aulia by his spiritual mentor Shaikh Farid-u’d-din Mas’ud-Ganj-i-Shakar. It confers spiritual authority on Shaikh Nizam-u’d-din Aulia and accords permission to teach Tamhidat of Abu Shakoor Salimi, a book dealing with the fundamentals of faith.

"In the name of God, the Compassionate and the Merciful… He is the First and the Last, the Appearance and the Reality. Whomsover God elevates, none can degrade and whomsoever God degrades no one can elevate. None can hide what he wants to reveal and nobody can conceal whatever he wants to reveal… May God bless Muhammad (S.A.W) and his followers, his Companions and other saintly persons… After His praise I declare that the study of the knowledge and principles of the Traditions… gives light to him who pours water on burnt places through its knowledge. This path is, in fact, perilous and full of hazards and difficult in view of results. In this branch of knowledge the best book is the Tamhid-u-‘l-Muhtadi of Abu Shakoor Salimi… This book has been studied under me, lesson after lesson, from the beginning to the end, minutely, attentively, carefully and thoroughly, by the dutiful son, pious, the Imam of the Age and blessed, Nizam-ul-Millat wa’d Din Muhammad son of Ahmad, who is an adornment of imams and scholars and the pride of the holy and the virtuous. May God bless him with the desire of submission to Him and be merciful to him and elevate his position… At the time of teaching him, I found him capable, able, meritorious, well-behaved and good mannered. I now permit him to teach this book to students, provided he avoids mistakes in teaching, writing and explaining it and utilises his energy and knowledge in discussion, correcting the manuscripts and purification of the language. God is the real protector from errors of speech and a saviour from disruption and diseases in religious work. This deed of permission was drawn during the month of Ramazan, on a Wednesday. May God extend the bounties of this blessed month. This document was drafted at the order of the Shaikh of the Shaikhs of the World, may God ever protect his honour and prestige, and was written by the humble slave of God, Ishaq son of Ali, a resident of Delhi, in the presence of the Shaikh of the Shaikhs of this world.

I also permit Nizam-u’l-millat wa’d Din to narrate things which he has learnt or heard from me and has collected and preserved.9

He should follow the right course and many blessings be on him. I also permit him to adopt isolation in some mosque where the prayers are offered in congregation. He should not disregard the conditions laid down about seclusion. Progress (on the mystic path) lies in following them. The basis of this seclusion is the Traditon of the Holy Prophet which runs: "Live in the world like a traveller or a wayfarer and count yourself among the dead." Consequently, the person who, in accordance with this precept has made up his mind and summoned up his courage, is permitted to adopt seclusion, provided he controls (the desires of) the flesh and thinks himself non-existent and weak, and renounces the (material attractions of the) world and its temptations. He must also be aware of the harm that wordly ambitions and desires do (to the spiritual personality). The time of such recluse becomes adorned with various devotions when his material ego (nafs) is prevented from coming back to the ordinary devotions from the higher devotions. When the struggle wears him out, he should calm his passions either by religious devotions or by sleeping for a while, for this pacification prevents the supremacy of the passions. One should abstain from idle seclusion because this makes one’s heart neglectful. May God save Nizam-u’l. Haq-wa’d-Din from such evils and guide him right. Nizam-u’d-din is really my deputy and successor in things wordly and religious, and obedience to Him is obedience to me. May God be kind to them who show respect and honour to Nizam-u’d-din, whom I honour and for whom I have great regard. If any one does not respect him, may God disgrace him. All these words are from faqir Mas’ud."10


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- Bhagavad Gita 8.22


  1. Life History
  2. Spiritual Lustre of His Holiness
  3. Spiritual Principles and Khilafat Namah from Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Ganj Shakar (R.A)
  4. Glories of His Holiness
  5. The Curtain Falls
  6. Homage and Worship
  7. Disciples and Descendants of His Holiness Hazrat Sultan-ul- Mashaikh (R.A)
  8. WORKS
  9. Divine Graces of His Holiness Sultan-ul-Mashaikh (R.A.)
  10. 10 (a) MUNAJATH (Dua) in the Darbar of His Holiness Mehboob-e-Elahi; Sultan-ul-Mashaikh (R.A)
    10 (b) Munajat (Sunset Prayers)
  11. Ten Tasbihs of His Holiness for Peace & Successful Life


9 It appers from the Fawa' 'Id-u'l-Fu that the His Holiness Shaikh had collected the saying of his spiritual mentor, Hazrat Baba Farid, for personal reference and guidance. It was not made public, perhaps because it contained confidential instrctions on spritiual matters.
10 Siyar-u-'l-Aulia pp-166-120