Hazrat Qalander Baba Auliya

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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Syed Muhammed Azeem Burkhiya (full name), Abdaal-e-Haq,, Sadar-e-Sudoor (spiritual titles), Qalandar Baba Auliya (renowned spiritual name), Huzoor Baba Sahab
Sufism, Metaphysics, Parapsychology
Main Countries of Activity: 
India, Pakistan
Date of Birth: 
Place of Birth: 
Bulandshehr, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Ancestor Gurus: 
Other Related Gurus: 
Hazrat Abul-Fayz Qalandar Ali Suhurwardi R.A.


Abdaal-e-Haq, Hasan-Ukhra, Syed Muhammad Azeem Barkhiya commonly renowned as Qalander Baba Auliya was the Founder Head of the Sufi Order of Azeemia. His mother was adopted by Baba Tajuddin of Nagpur and hence Qalandar Baba always referred to him as his Nana (maternal grandfather).

During his stay in Aligarh, an inclination towards spirituality developed in him and he started spending most of his time in the company of a local sufi named Kabli Baba. He used to go there early in the morning and would come back late in the evening.

After completing the 12th grade education at Aligarh, Baba Tajuddin summoned him to Nagpur, where he spent nine years under the vigilant guidance of his Baba Tajuddin of Nagpur until the latter's physical demise in 1929. During his stay in Nagpur, his mother died, leaving four daughters and two sons. Qalandar Baba Auliya was the eldest son and most of his siblings were very young at the time. It was becoming difficult for him to serve as the surrogate parent for his siblings. Realizing that Baba Tajuddin arranged his marriage with one of his disciples' daughter in Delhi. Qalandar Baba moved his family to Delhi and worked there as a journalist until the partition of India in 1947.

After the partition, he migrated to Pakistan along with his family, and stayed in Karachi's Lyari subdivision. At the time, Karachi was not a fully developed city and finding a job was hard. He believed in hard work and was not ashamed of odd jobs to support his family. Later on, He chose journalism as a career and was appointed the sub-editor of the Daily Urdu Dawn.

In 1956, a famous dervish of Suhurwardiya Sufi Order, Qutub-Irshad Hazrat Abul-Fayz Qalandar Ali Suhurwardi, came to Karachi. Qalandar Baba Auliya met him (through his future disciple and successor, Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi) and asked to be initiated in his Order. The visiting Shaykh told him to arrive at his hotel room at three in the morning. It was during winter; nevertheless, Qalandar Baba Auliya went at 2 A.M. to the hotel where Hazrat Abul-Fayz was staying and sat at the doorsteps. At 3 A.M sharp, Shaykh Abul-Fayz opened the door of his room and summoned him inside. Qalandar Baba Auliya sat before Hazrat Abul-Fayz, and the Shaykh blew three times on the forehead of Qalandar Baba Auliya. On first blow, the Alam-e-Arwah (Cosmic World) was revealed to Qalandar Baba Auliya; on the second blow, the Alam-e-Malkut (Angelic realm); on the third one, the Arsh-e-Mu'alla (The Divine Throne).

Hazrat Abul-Fayz Qalandar Ali Suhurwardi completed his teachings of Qutub-e-Irshad to Qalandar Baba Auliya, in three weeks. After that, he spiritually (Tareeqah Oweysia) received divine knowledge from many past saints including Shaikh Najamuddin Kubra.

When Qalandar Baba Auliya was working as a journalist in the local magazine in Karachi, it was his routine that he would go to the residence of his beloved disciple Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi where he conducted Sohbet (satsung). People from all walks of life would come to discuss various topics.

Just one week before his death, Qalander Baba Auliya told his disciples and friends that, "I'm a guest here for a maximum of one week". He appointed Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi as his successor and patriarch of the Sufi Order of Azeemia. He passed away on January 27, 1979. His tomb is in the Shadman Town subdivision of Karachi.

The essence of the teachings of Qalandar Baba Auliya is that man has not been created solely to earn a livelihood. The first and foremost purpose of his creation is that he should recognise his own Self and have an intimate relationship with his Creator, GOD.

His famous quote: " One can not find Truth in the outward (zahir), it can only be realized by turning to inward(batin). Your inner is the doorway the Cosmos that is why Man is called microcosm (al-alam sughra)."


The essence of the teachings of Hazrat Qalander Baba Auliya (RA) is that ,man has not been created solely to pursue a livelihood in order to earn bread, to eat and clothe himself. The first and foremost purpose of his creation is that he should recognise his Own Self and have an intimate relationship with his Creator(ALLAH).

Books By Abdal-e-Haqq, Hazrat Qalander Baba Auliya (RA):

1- Ruba'iyat-e-Qalander Baba Auliya- A valued collection of enlightening mystical quatrains (spiritual poetry).

2- Loh-o-Qalam (The Pen and the Scripturum) - A treasure of divine knowledge of mysteries and secrets, explaining the Divine laws of the Creator and how they operate in the universe.

3- Tazkira-e-Tajuddin Baba (blessed be he) - An authentic work of metaphysical sciences and scientific interpretations of divine and wondrous work performed by spiritual people. He also began the publication of the monthly magazine called Roohani Digest in December 1978.

4- Qudrat Ki Space [Space of Nature] Explains the Rules and Regulations followed by Nature.

A chain of Muraqba Halls (Sufi Meditation Centers) was also established worldwide to provide services to mankind.



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