Dewan: This title was given by Emperor Akbar to an authorised & carefully selected person whom was assigned to look after the Administration side of Ajmer Sharif Dargah.
Dewan was thus managing the day to day function & services at the Dargah Sharif . It was important to assign someone in this position in-order to ensure the smooth running of the dargah, under an authoritative figure Since Khwaja Sahib’s (R.A) Family Lineage had stopped at their Grandson (Hzrt Khwaja Hisamuddin [R.A] Their dargah is in Sanbar Sharif Rajasthan…India!).
The last known Genuine Dewan, Sajjada Nashin Dewan of Ajmer Dargah was originally “Syed Alley Rasool Ali Khan” who migrated to Pakistan in September, 1947. It is believed they lived in Haveli Dewan Sahib, inside Karim Pura, near chowk Shaadi Pir in Peshawar Pakistan. They were very well respected and stayed there for many years. Some elders had met Dewan sahib in 1970s. The Haveli was demolished in nearly 1999 and it was the size of a small football ground.
In 1948 Ilmuddin father of Zainul Abedin (Current Dewan) then claimed to be distance related to the previous Dewan [Syed ally Rasool Alik Khan] & thus arose on account of the fact that since he was related to the previous Dewan, he should replace in the status of Dewan of Dargah. Supreme Court of India ruled in his favour although, there was harsh protest from the Dargah Community who had seen him unfit, unworthy of the post since merely claiming a distant relation does not suffice a post or credentials.
Ilmuddin died on October 23. After a few court wrangles, his son Zainul Abedin was appointed to the position of Dewan of Ajmer Sharif. The Dargah committee still had to comply with this ruling although many doubts were created by this family for example, “Were they even genuine Syed at all???”
The doubt on the Dewan family still exists to this day. Nearly all in the Khadim Community know that this family are not genuine Sajjada Nashin.
This family claims they are also descendants of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A) when in fact, Hazrat khwaja Moinuddin Chishty’s family linage stopped at his Grandson Hazrat Khwaja Hisamuddin (R.A).
Therefore Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A) themself While in this world bestowed their linage responsibility to Hzrt Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A) (Administrator of Dargah) . khwaja sahib told Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi that from my departure you and your offspring are my Linage and responsible for the Dargah. Therefore nowadays the Khadim Community (Off spring of Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi ) are Descendants for Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A) as bestowed by khwaja shaib himself in person.They as Khadim community, attend to the functions and administration of the Dargah.
Further information can be obtained from the Court files :DARGAH KHWAJA SAHIB AJMER Vs. STATE Court ruling
Therefore Haji Peer Syed Farough Ahmed Chishty Niazi & their two son’s Khwaja Peer Syed Zafar Chishty and Khwaja Peer Syed Azhar Chishty are all Genuine Descendants of Hzrt Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A) since their fore father was Hzrt Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A).
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Photo of Dargah Sharif (Header) Provided by Riyaz Shaikh,Burhanpur, India