"Love is not like a cup of wine, given to the indiscreet.
Tears are not like rubies gifted to worthless one."


(1253 A.D. to 1325 A.D.) (The Parrot of Hind)

(3) Path of Sufism

He and His Holiness Hazrat Syed Nizamuddin Aulia (R.A) shared the same passion for music. Amir Khusro was a noble man, Sufi Saint and a Faqir. He was the founder of many musical instruments and Urdu. According to Mir Khurd, that all the Qawwals of the city used to come at his Jamat Khana and in his guidance they raised music to the height of a sublime art. They gave new flavour and vitality to the ghazals. Thus they raised the art of music to the level of a spiritual discipline.

Hazrat Amir Khusro (R.A) became His Holiness favourite disciple and wrote about his teachings. He followed the middle path; never abandoned his courtly life; but moved towards practices of tasawwuf (Sufism). He spent most of the time in writing Khamsa.

The first of this series of Masnavi called "Khamsa-e-Khusrawi" is his Matla-ul-Anwar. This Masnavi was composed by Amir Khusro in 697 A.H/1297 A.D written within two weeks. In this Masnavi, Amir Khusro has expounded his views and attitudes towards Shariat, Tareeqat and Haqeeqat. According to him "Shara" acquires meaning when it maintains a close relation with reality i.e. when it partakes the essence of reality-love of God! If Shara is taking in or in other words if it is without "Ain" (i.e. the essence of God love) it becomes Shar (evil). Similarly his attitude towards the Sufis, of his time was very critical. It is worth quoting in this connection a few lines from his Masnavi, "Matla-ul-Anwar."