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Book Review of Sufi Saints of Kashmir and Tazkira Salikin-i-Kashmir


Book review of Sufi Saints of Kashmir (English) and Tazkira Salikin-i-Kashmir (Urdu) Usman Publishers Gawkadal Srinagar (Author: Sayid Ashraf Shah)

English Version:

Book: Sufi Saints of Kashmir

Author: Sayid Ashraf Shah

Publisher: Partridge India (Panguin)

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ISBN: Soft cover: 978-1-4828-4062-9

eBook: 978-1-4828-4061-2

Year of Publication: 2014

Pages: 780

Urdu Version:

Book: Tazkira Salikin-i-Kashmir

Publisher: Shaikh Usman & Sons Book sellers Gawkadal Srinagar

ISBN: 978-81-8339-247-1

Year of Publication: 2015

Pages 698

In these books the gist from the age-old rare manuscripts makes startling revelations and provides insight into many aspects of our rich cultural heritage that has shaped our thoughts and beliefs over the centuries.
Part I makes a startling assertion about the earliest introduction of Islam in Kashmir in the very time of the Prophet Mohammad (PBH), when two of his companions (Sahabis) visited Kashmir and King Rana Dutta adopted simplicity and fixed one tenth of his revenue (ushur) for the poor. Another handwritten manuscript reveals abour burial date of Sayid Baqir at Thune village in Wusan Kangan in 655 AH (A century earlier than the arrival of Hazrat Bulbul Shah, the former had arrived here along with 1200 Sayids. It carries an introduction by late Mubarak Shah Fitrat – a versatile scholar. The subjects like introduction of Islam in Kashmir and the details of the fourteen  orders (silsilas) that sprang from the Prophet (PBUH) and the orders that became popular in Kashmir like Suhrawardya, Qadirya, Kubravya, Chishtya and Naqshbandya, are covered in the book. A brief life sketch with lineage of Sayid Abdul Qadir Jilani (RA) Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA), Baihaqi Sayids, and the details of descendents of Naqshbandi, Qadiri and Rishi orders have been  included.

Part II covers various topics with introduction from the compiler. The book is based on the Urdu translation of the Persian poetry – MAJMOOA MASMOOA – the related stories written by Pirzada Ghulam Rasool Shaiva Zunimari ( migrated later to Gamroo Bandipora), father of the renowned historian of Kashmir Pir Hasan Shah Fazili Khoihami. The Urdu  translation was accomplished by late Kh. Nazir Ahmad Kashtwari (Retd. Under Secretary General Department J&K Govt.). The subjects cover praises of Allah, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), the four Khalifas (RA), Hazrat Sulta-ul Arifeen Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom Kashmiri (RA), conversion of Ganesh Koul the Qanoongo to Islam at the hands of Sheikh Hamza (RA), and the miracles of the disciples and their descendents. It has also an advice by the author to his sons. The Persian poetry of the manuscript has been ranked at par to the Masnavi of Maulana Rumi (RA).

Part III contains topics with introduction by Dr. A.R.War. It covers brief biographies of the Sufi Saints referred in the second volume. It also contains the spiritual lineages (Shajras) of Suhrawardya, Qadirya, Shazilya, Madinya, Chishtya, Naqshbandya orders – copied from the original handwritten manuscripts of Sheikh Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dehlavi (RA), Sheikh Murad Naqshbandi (RA) – the preceptor of the historian Kh. Azam Dedamari; Sheikh Baba Daud Khaki, etc. The lineage of Sheikh Ahmad Sirhindi from Hazrat Umar(RA) to his descendants who migrated and settled in Kashmir  with a life sketch of Sheikh Ahmad Sirhindi Mujaddid Alf Sani (RA) is alo covered in the book. The family trees of Qadiris, Ahmadi Farouqis, Fazilis etc, is also recorded in the book. The compiling of the material for the book has called for a sustained effort on part of the compiler for decades together, and is an effort to bring to limelight the prevalent Sufi culture in Kashmir, which has shaped the humble, tolerant, hospitable and peace-loving nature of its inhabitants over the past few centuries.


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Er.Mohammad Ashraf Fazili CEng (I), FIE, MIRC, MASCE

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Every person is a unique being,hence special with his unique nature and life experience worth putting on record.Hence this book starting with a prayer, address to self, in superiority of knowledge, in Allah’s creation, reason of our being here, incidents in my life during 68 years from 1942, my genealogical lineage, reference to available manuscripts, my education, my service carrier and my post retirement life, besides some photographs. This shall surely be of interest to all including our progeny.

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Born on 19th December 1942 in Srinagar Jammu & Kashmir State, educated in Srinagar- Learnt Quran in local Madrasa at five year’s age; got primary and secondary education in Govt. Middle School Nowhatta (1948-56), M.P. High School Baghi Dilawar Khan (1956-57), Sri Pratap College (1957-59); Degree Engineering in Annamalai University South India (1959-63); served in J&K Government Public Works Depatment in the capacity of Assistant Engineer, Executive Engineer, Superintending Engineer and Chief Engineer from 1964 to 2003; worked in CIE Ltd. as Construction Manager from 2004 to 2008; Presently Consultant Engineer, Chartered Engineer India (Registered), Fellow Institution of Engineers India, Life Member Indian Road Congress, Member American Society of Civil Engineers, Member Working Committee Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies Srinagar; Member Citizens Welfare Council; Travelled in India, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates; Authored over a dozen books on environment, history and religion; Presented over 50 papers in various Local, State, National and International seminars; Freelance Writer.

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