SUFI SAINT SURESWARI (R.A) : A brief life sketch
(1856 - 1919 AD)
Original name : SYED JAN SHARIF SHAH
Given name : SHAH AHMAD ALI - Divinely given by his Pir (the Spiritual Guide)
His Titles :
Shamsul Ulama, Allama, Sufi Saint, Malaulala, Hadi-e-Zaman, Qutulbul Ershad,
Mahbub- E- Sobhani, Qutub-E-Rabbani, Gous-E-Samdani, Pir-E-Mokammel, Sureswari.
The Bengali word 'SURESWARI' means the 'Lord of Tune'. He earned this unique name as he preached that one may acquire Divinity through tune (music) .
He is a descendant of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (R.A ) through a chain of blood relationship to Hazrat Fatimah (R.A) the daughter of Muhammad (SAWS). His forefathers migrated from Hejaj (Arabia) to the Indian Sub-continent in the 16th Century AD.
Father : Syed Muhammad Meherullah (R.A )
His Titles : Al-hajj Haramain Sharif, Sufi Safi, Allama.
Mother : Syeda Nur Jahan
Her Titles : Hafeza, Khatun-e-Jannat
Place of birth : Village Sureswar, Shariatpur, Bangladesh.
Date of birth : 1856 AD / 1263 Bengali Year,
Monday morning, 2nd Aghrahayan.
Date of death : 18th November, 1919 AD
2nd Aghrayan, 1326 Bengali Year
On Tuesday, at 5.15 pm.
At the age of 63.
Mausoleum : At the Holy Shrine of Sureswar,
PS. Naria, Distt. Shariatpur,
Name of his Pir, the Spiritual Guide :
Rasule Noma Allama Hazrat Shah Sufi Saint Sayed Fateh Ali Waisi (R.A) , a descendant of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAWS ).
Early education from his learned mother. Finally graduated from Calcutta Alia Madrasa. He was a brilliant student.
After graduation he was employed as a teacher of Calcutta Alia Madrasa. He served there as the Head Muhaddis for 20 years from 1892 to 1912 AD.
He belongs to a spiritual family and his parents were mystic Sufi spiritualists who became pauper after donating all their 1000-acre farmland to the poor peasants. He took "BAYAH" i.e. Oath of Allegiance to Hazrat Sufi Saint Syed Fateh Ali Waisi (R.A.) and became his spiritual disciple when he was a student of Calcutta Alia Madrasa. He became one of the leading Viceroys of Sufi Saint Hazrat Fateh Ali Waisi (R.A.) and was authorized to preach and make disciples in 7 (seven) spiritual lines (Tariqua: Quaderia, Chishtia, Naqshbandia, Mujaddedia, Suhrawardia, Masumia & Waisia) descending from the Prophet of Islam. He established a HOLY DAYERA SHARIF on the bank of the RIVER PADMA (The Ganges), near his home village. As he preached the virtue of 'SUR' i.e. ’The Tune’ (music) in attaining divinity, people started calling him 'SURESWARI' i.e. the ‘Lord of The Tune’. Thus the name of the village became SURESWAR.
Under Divine intuition he wrote several spiritual books including :
(1) Nur-e-Huq Ganj-e-Nur
(3) Madina Kalki Oboter Safina
(4) Sir-e-Huq Jam-e-Nur
(6) Matlaul Uloom
A few VERSES from Nur-e-Huq Ganj-e-Nur
( The Light of The Truth and The Abode of The Light )
quoted below :
Origin of the creation is the Divine Light,
From That Divine Light everything was created irrespective of
'Mumin'* & 'Kafir'**..........
[*Mumin means believer, obedient to God
**Kafir means unbeliever, disobedient to God]
The sinner is in want of Prophet
The Prophet is in want of sinner,
What the Prophet would be doing
Had there been no sinner ?…..…………
Sow the seed of Divine Light in a dirty place
The plant grown out of it will be a sacred one.
I can not but praise the sweet Tune,
Innumerable creatures are fascinated by Tune (music)…….
The Tune drives the heroes to devote in war
Who dedicate in battles forgetting worldly life.……..
Charmed by the sweet TuneThe snake comes out of its hole
And surrenders to imprisoned life.……….
Sweet Tune is nothing but a Divine Play,
Origin lies in the Divine Light of The Truth………….
All your religious rituals and Divine Books
Can do no good to you
If you do not have in your heart
The Divine Light of The Truth.
A few of his Divine Signs :
Five beautiful Staves : As sign of Divine Blessings he got 5 beautiful staves which are brought out in public during the main Urss (Annual Festival).
Waqf Lillah : His All Assets and Properties Devoted for Divine Purposes.
Two Living Stones : Once he brought with him two small black stones in the pocket of his cloak which have now growing larger and larger that can be seen near the entrance of his tomb.