Introduction to Imam of Silsila Azeemia:
Muhammad Azeem Barkhiya, Qalandar Baba Auliya R.A
Muhammad Azeem was the grandson of Baba Tajuddin Nagpuri. Baba Tajuddin took care of him while he was young and trained him.
in 1947 after the formation of Pakistan, Muhammad Azeem moved to Karachi with his family.
His pen name was Barkhiya.
In 1956 Muhammad Azeem Barkhiya took an oath of fealty with Hazrat Abulfaiz Qalandar Ali Soharwardi of the Soharwardi Silsila.
In 1960 Silsila Azeemia was established.
Hazrat Muhammad Azeem’s literary works are as below:
- Biography of Baba Tajuddin Nagpuri
- Rubaiyat (poetry)
- Qudrat ki Space
Introduction to Silsila Azeemia
Silsila Azeemia is a spiritual and educational school, which is related to Sufism and knowledge of the Inner. The leader of Silsila Azeemia is Hazrat Muhammad Azeem Barkhiya also known as Qalandar Baba Auliya.
This system of education and training from Sufi establishments has been ongoing for the past 14 centuries. The lineage of affinity link by link reaches to Allah’s final Prophet, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Silsila Azeemia specifically reaches Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) via association to Hazrat Ali (RA). Almost all of the Sufi establishments are linked to Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in the same way, whereas Silsila Naqshbandia is associated with Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq.
The training of spiritual students is usually undertaken in 2 ways, one is the Sufi path and one is of mystical revery/Sufi trance.
The Founder of Silsila Azeemia, Hazrat Muhammad Azeem Barkhiya has selected the Sufi path for the training of the students of Silsila Azeemia. For the training of this path it is absolutely necessary to be “enrolled” in a Sufi establishment and the permission and connection of a spiritual teacher. It is different for those on the path of mystical revery.
The motto of Silsila Azeemia is to attain cognition of Allah. The purpose of Silsila Azeemia is to understand the Oneness of Allah, to have recognition of Allah’s attributes, to contemplate within the Quran and to contemplate upon the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) who is the reason for the creation of the universe, the first noor (subtle light) to be created and the Seal of the Prophets. To fulfill these objectives you will have to pass through the stages of inner cleansing and recognition of the self.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is the final prophet and messenger of Allah. The Quran is the last of the divine books to be revealed. The Ummah (followers) of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is the last. There will be no new prophet, book or Ummah until the day of judgement.
Spreading the message of Allah’s Oneness and the divine mission, and inner cleansing to mankind is the collective responsibility of the Muslim Ummah. Prophet Muhammad (SAW), his companions and family members have left clear and excellent examples of how this should be done.
After the Prophet’s companions, the Prophet’s family, Tabaeen and Taba-Tabaeen, the responsibility of teaching the world about the Quran and Sunnah and preaching Islam was taken care of by scholars; this includes scholars of outer knowledge and inner knowledge (also known as Auliya Allah).
Then we need to understand Sufism as a Muslim. What is the importance of Sufi teachings for a Muslim? We should understand, which needs of a Muslim are fulfilled by Sufi teachings?
And then in further detail as an Azeemi, we should try to understand these teachings i.e. following association with Silsila Azeemia what are the requirements of this journey of learning and cognition?
Worship of Allah; on one hand it is following Allah’s orders. On the other hand it is the expression of the desire of closeness to Allah. Closeness to Allah is the first requirement of the soul. Allah has shown how to fulfil this and Allah’s messengers have taught people how to travel along these paths.
In spiritual schools a great deal of importance is given to respect. For every member or Student of Silsila Azeemia the very first lesson is “respect”. Every member of the spiritual school must have respect for their Murshid (teacher).
Alongside this is having respect for the Sufi school and its lineage of spiritual associations.
The work of Auliya Allah can be divided into 4 main sections.
- Preaching of Allah’s Oneness and Islam
- Arranging for the inner cleansing and training of their students according to the Quran and teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
- Encouraging unity and peace amongst mankind and trying to improve communities
- Serving Allah’s creations