Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin

Researcher of Political Science & Classical Islam. Initiated by the Khwajagan i-Naqshband.

Khwaja Mir Dard’s lineage according to Dr. Annemarie Schimmel

Khwaja Mir Dard

In her book “Pain and Grace: A Study of Two Mystical Writers of Eighteenth-Century Muslim India” p.32, Annemarie Schimmel writes:

“Khwaja Mir Dard`s family, like many nobles, from Bukhara; they led their pedigree back to Baha`uddin Naqshband, after whom the Naqshbandi order is named, and who was a descendent, in the 13th generation of the 11th Shia imam al-Hasan al-Askari.”

2 comments on “Khwaja Mir Dard’s lineage according to Dr. Annemarie Schimmel

  1. adamtalha
    March 13, 2011

    i thought imam alaskari the “11th imam” didnt have any progeny?

    • ahmedamiruddin
      March 13, 2011

      According to the reports, Imam Hasan al-Askari [as] had more than one concubine and also had maids [Malak-ul-Yameen] with he is believed to have had relations. The family of the venerable Khwaja Baha al-Din descends from ‘Ali ibn Abu Muhammad Hasan ibn ‘Ali, a seperate line from that of the illustrious Imam Muhammad ibn Hasan al-Muntadhar [as]. While many Ulema in Ahlus Sunnah generally deny the existance of any children of Imam Hasan ibn ‘Ali al-Askari [as], including the Mahdi [as], those amongst the Sufis who do believe he had a son believe Khwaja Baha al-Din Shah Naqshband, Khwaja Qubt al-Din Mawdud (according to the elders of the Chishtiyya, as he founded the Chishtiyya order) and Sayyid Ahmad Badawi of Egypt all descend from Imam Abu Muhammad Hasan ibn ‘Ali al-Askari Thani [as]. While the Shiites in general deny this, ironically, the only textual evidence to support this Sufi claim comes from a narration found in the Shiite hadith book al-Kafi. According to al-Kafi, in his Usool, in the chapter of the Birth of Abi Muhammad al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali:

      “When Abi Muhammad al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali became ill…the Sultan…called certain women with knowledge to deal with pregnancy. They examined his (Abi Muhammad al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali [as]) ladies. A certain woman had said one of the ladies is pregnant. She was accomodated in a certain quarter…When the pregnancy was proved invalid, they distributed his legacy between his mother and brother” [al-Kafi, by Muhammad Ya’qub Kulayni. Translated by Muhammad Sarwar. Chap. 124, Birth of Abi Muhammad al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali, p.705].

      This narration of the Shiites establishes that Imam Hasan al-Askari [rad] had more than one concubine and multiple maids with whom he had relations, and through whom he could have had progeny other than Sahib uz-Zaman Imam Abul Qasim Muhammad al-Muntadhar al-Mahdi [as] as the Sufis claim.

      And Allah Knows Best!

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