**URS of Hzrth Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A)**

Hzrt Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A)  annual Urs, is celebrated on the 25th & 26th of Rajjab,
This year this falls on approx Tuesday 3rd May 2016
According to the references available in the authentic historical sources it is evident that a small batch of pious followers had escorted Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty on his religious mission to India. Their number is said to be around forty and one of them was Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Ahmed Gudezi (R.A.) also known as Maulana Ahmad.
When Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin proceeded for India, his Peer-o-Murshid (spiritual mentor) Hazrat Khwaja Usman Haruni asked him to take one of his blood relations and followers, Hazrat Khwaja Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A.) along with him. Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi, the Khadim-e-khas would attend to Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A.) always, therefore he and his descendants the present khadim community took pride and deemed it an honor to be called “KHADIMS” of Hazrat Khwaja Garib Nawaz (R.A.).
Syed Fakhruddin stayed with the great Khwaja unto his last breath and when Khwaja Saheb kept him self busy in prayer and meditation or in seclusion for a number of days he looked after his affairs and management of Khanah and Langar Khana.
Hazrat Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A.) died at Ajmer, on 25th of Rajjab 642 A.H./1245 (nearly a decade after the “Wissal” (death) of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.) and was buried near Mazar – e – Pak of Khwaja Saheb in the Hujra, which is known as “Tosh – e – Khana” (Toshak – Khana). His annual Urs, is celebrated on the 25th of Rajjab, with all religious ceremonies by the Khuddam, Khwaja Saheb (Syedzadgan).
Khuddam-e-Khwaja and Lineage, Relation and Association with Khwaja Sahib:-
(Harke-Khidmat Kard Makhdum Shud)
The Khadims of Huzoor Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.) known as “Syedzadgan” trace their lineage from Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A.) through his sons – Khwaja Syed Masood, Khwaja Syed Mehboob Bahlol and Khwaja Syed Ibrahim.
Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A.) and Huzoor Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.) were first cousins and spiritual borthers and Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A.) was also the Khadim-e-Khas of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.). He used to attend on Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.) day in day out, therefore, he and his descendants, the present Khadim community took pride and deemed it an honour to be called “Khadims” of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A)
Hazrat Khwaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiar Kaki (R.A) of Delhi in his book ‘Munis-ul-Arwah’ writes as under :
” During my twenty years company with my ‘Shaikh’ (spiritual leader), i did not find any other person , except Fakhruddin so near to him. ”
The Khuddam-e-Khwaja { Decendents of Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A) } are also referred to as Mujavirs, Syedna, Sahibzadas, Khudma, Gaddinashins etc. by the devotees, and pilgrims, who pour all kinds of offerings (Nazar) upon them, in the name of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty.
Khwaja Hussain Nagori (R.A) has alluded the Khadims of Khwaja Sahib as equivalent to Ridwan (the door keeper of heaven), and this shows how great Saints of the time held the Khadiman-e-Khwaja in high esteem, and appreciated their role.
The Mazar-e-Aqdas (Holy Shrine) of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.) always remained under the custody and care of the Khadim community from the very beginning, which proves that they are the custodians of the Holy Shrine (Mazar-e-Aqdas) in the true sense of the word. All the mundane rituals & traditions of the Mazar-e-Aqdas (Holy Shrine) are performed by Khadims alone.
The keys of the Holy Shrine including the Toshakhana are in the custody of the Khadims since inception according to centuries old Khalid Bardari system of our ancestors.
Only the Khadims have the privilege to open (after giving Azan at the door step of the Shrine) & close the doors of the Holy Shrine for centuries in religious & hereditary capacity.
Khadims are the only one’s entitled to take Zaireen (Pilgrims) for Ziyarat (Darshan) at the Holy Shrine, and they have the right to receive all kinds of Nazar & Niyaz (offerings) at the Holy Shrine (Mazar-e-Aqdas) of Huzoor Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.).
Undoubtedly, the Khadims, who have been attached to the Shrine since its inception, played a key role in the smooth functioning and in keeping strict discipline in the performances of these rituals and ceremonies. As a result, they often invited the ill-will and wrath of pilgrims and other officials. But their genuine concern and enforcement of established customs and rituals, showing strict adherence to the humanitarian approach of the Saint, was always upheld by the authorities.
Offerings and Judicial Pronouncement
For many years, khadims have been questioned about the right of receipt of offerings by the followers of Hazrat Khwaja Saheb. Efforts have been made to deprive khadims of their rights. They make anti Khadim propaganda and try to mislead people openly not to make any offerings to them. They also condemn the act of those who express their devotion to them and make offerings in monetary forms. This matter was finally resolved by the Supreme Court of India when the following Act was passed.
The Khadims right to receive offerings which has been judicially recognized in no manner affected or prejudiced by the impinged provisions. Even after the act came into force pilgrims might and would make offerings to the khadims and there is no provision in the act which prevents them from accepting such offerings when made.” AIR-1961 S.C. Page 1417.
The concept of Nazar- o -Niyaz, according to Sufi customs, specially Chishti trends is meant for those who are attached and serve the shrine and are called Majaveranor “Khuddam” Since the inception of the shrine, Khuddams were attached to the shrine and served here for centuries performing rituals and preaching noble Chishty ideals. Muhammad Bin Tughlug(1324) Sultan Mahmud Khilji(1455),Muzaffar Shah of Gujrat (1396), Rao Maldev of Jodhpur, Sher Shah Suri(1545), all offered Nazar- o –Niyaz to these Khuddams.
In lieu of their past services and attachment to the Dargah, these custodians of Shrine were offered land grants by Akbar and his successors, all of whom held them in high esteem and venerated many of the khadims of their age. Further more, it is because of their long association with the Dargah that people from all walks of life respect and venerate these Khuddam and rightly consider them the custodians and Gaddi Nashin of the Dargah.

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