|A'la Hadrat Ashrafi miya|
|Ashrafiya Shuyukh - Ashrafiya Shuyukh|
Shaykh al-Mashaykh, Qiblat al-Ulema, Faithal-Kunuz al-Irfaniyah, Jamil' al-Tariqain,
Family background, Birth & Genealogy
His blessed name was Ali Hussain, and his kunniyyat was 'Abu Ahmed', and his laqab was Shah 'Pir' 'Shaykh al-Mashaykh' and 'A'la Hadrat'. His title was 'Sajjada Nasheen Sarkar-e-Kalan', and his pen name was 'Ashrafi'.
He was born at sunrise [Subh Sadiq], Monday the 22nd of Rabi al-Akhir 1266 A.H coinciding approximately December 1846. Immediately after he was born, his father, Hadrat Haji Sayyad Sa'adat' Ali, bathed him. He then performed the tradition of the family. This was the fact that he got a pen and held it firmly in the hands of the newborn 'Ashrafi Miya', and then dipped it in an inkpot, and then, by his support, he (Ashrafi Miya) wrote the name of ALLAH (Ism-e-Jalalat). Thereafter, his father gave him honey mixed with 'zam-zam' water, which he (Ashrafi Miya) licked and then the blessed surma of the noble shrine of Sultan Sayyad Makhdoom Ashraf Jahangir Radi Allahu 'anhu was placed on his eyes.
Shaykh al Mashaykh's genealogy transmits from 24 ancestors to 'Mahboob al Subhani'; al-Ghawth al-A'zam Hadrat Shaykh 'al-Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi 'Allahu ta'ala anhu, who distributed countless blessings and spirituality to the four corners of the world.
Because 'Shaykh al-Mashaykh' was from the descendants of the accredited successor [khalf akbar] of Abd 'al-Razzaq Nur al-Ayn, Hadrat Sayyad Shah Hasan, this is why his family is sometimes referred to Sarkar-e-Kalan, or Bari Sarkar. His father, Sayyad Shah Sa'adat was a very knowledgable and extremely pious.
Childhood and Education
From the very beginning of his childhood, Shaykh al Mashaykh 'Ashrafi miya' Rahmatullahi alayh led a very simplistic lifestyle, unlike most other children of his age. He was sensitive, quiet, considerate and always in contemplation and it became obvious to all who came across him that he possessed all the good moral character, and qualities, which would enable him to be 'successful' in his later life.
When he was 4 years, 4 months, and 4 days old, according to the family's Islamic tradition and custom, Shaykh Allama Mawlana Ghul Muhammad Saheb Khalilabadi alayhir rahman taught and performed the 'Bismillah khani' recitation of Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim (child's first lesson taught at the early admission to school).
We have also learnt that from very early age Ashrafi miya was taught 'farsi' [persian ]under the guidance of Mawlana Amanat Ali Sahib of Khicchocha Shareef. Then, he undertook further education, traditional sciences, under the supervision and guidance of Mawlana Salamat Ali al-Gawrakhpuri, and also Mawlana Qadir Baksh al-Khicchochawi, and hence at the tender age of 16 years, he graduated from the various branches of knowledge, and in 1282 Hijri he took the oath of allegiance (bay'ah) on the blessed hands of his brother, Hadrat Allama Shah Abu Muhammad Ashraf Hussain Rahmatullahi 'alayh, who also made him the 'accredited successor', and bestowed him with ijazah (permission for the other branches and Silsila chains [Spiritual Orders).
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