ZAMANI''' (مجتبیٰ آخر زمانی ) is an Urdu book written by the well-acclaimed
writer and Saint Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman. ''Mujtaba''
(مجتبیٰ ) literally means “the chosen one”, ''Akhir'' (آخر) refers to “the last”
whereas ''Zamani'' (زمانی) indicates “era”. Hence, Mujtaba Akhir Zamani means
“the chosen one of the last era”. In Risala Roohi Sharif, the Sufi saint, Sultan
Bahoo says, “I have been ordered and given powers by Hazrat Mohammad Sall’Allahu
Alayhi Wa’alihi Wasallam to give spiritual guidance to everyone whether Muslim
or non-Muslim, alive or dead and lead them all to Allah till the doomsday.
Hazrat Mohammad Sall’Allahu Alayhi Wa’alihi Wasallam has granted me the titles
'Mujtaba Akhir Zamani' and 'Mustafa Sani'."
Available in most bookstores of Pakistan, the book is even available as an
e-book and can be downloaded for free. The book contains 6 chapters and has 472
pages of text. Its first edition was originally published in January 2013 by
Sultan-ul-Faqr Publications Regd., Lahore Pakistan.
Mujtaba Akhir Zamani is a detailed hagiography of the spiritual guides of
Sarwari Qadri Order. The book starts with the life history of the founder of the
Sarwari Qadri Order, SULTAN-UL-ARIFEEN HAZRAT SAKHI SULTAN BAHOO REHMAT-UL-ALLAH
ALAYH. Sultan ul Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo (R.A.) is popular among
saints, Sufi orders, spiritual chains and even Sufi poets and even simple
followers or readers of Tasawwuf. Although his roots belong to the Subcontinent,
Sultan Bahoo (R.A.) is popular worldwide due to his inclusion in so many genres
of religion, spiritual chains, poetry and even music. His Punjabi poetry has a
popular appeal and earned him lasting fame. His Kalam/couplets known as Abyat
are sung in many genres of Sufi music by well known singers both folk and pop.
The Punjab region became predominantly Muslim due to such missionary Sufi saints
whose shrines and dargahs dot the landscape of Punjab. He is the one who set the
foundation of Sarwari Qadri Order which connects to Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Qadir
Jilani (R.A.) and hence to Hazrat Mohammad (pbuh). He is the 25th Shaikh of the
Sarwari Qadri Order.
Then the rest of the 5 chapters are divided amongst the later Saints of the
Sarwari Qadri Order:
“SULTAN-UL-TARIKEEN HAZRAT SAKHI SULTAN SYED MOHAMMAD ABDULLAH SHAH MADNI JILANI
Born in Madina on 24 Dec 1772 (29th Ramadan 1186 Hijri). He was the great
grandson of Sultan Bahoo's Murshid Syed Abdul Rehman Jilani Dehlvi
Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh. He migrated to Pakistan (then India) at the orders of the
Holy Prophet (pbuh) and got the trust of Allah from Sultan Bahoo. He is the 26th
Shaikh of the Sarwari Qadri Order Then he got settled in Ahmedpur Sharqiah on 6
May 1826 (29th Ramadan 1241 Hijri) and spread the word of Allah among common
Muslims. He always kept himself away from the affairs of the state, court and
fame. Neither did he go to the gathering of any Nawab nor to any Sardar. He
always stayed at his Khanqah and when the True Seekers of Allah came to him, he
blessed them with spiritual guidance and the bounty of Allah cleansing their
Nafs and purifying their heart. He died on 20 April 1860 (29th Ramadan 1276
Hijri). His shrine is in Ahmedpur Sharqiah.
“SULTAN-UL-SABIREEN HAZRAT SAKHI SULTAN PIR MOHAMMAD ABDUL GHAFOOR SHAH
Born in Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan (then India) on 9th July 1827 (14th Zilhaj
1242 Hijri). Died on 21 Feb 1910 (10th Safar 1328 Hijri). His shrine is in Mud
Sharif, Jhang, Pakistan.
“SHAHBAZ-E-ARIFAAN HAZRAT SAKHI SULTAN PIR SYED BAHADR ALI SHAH KAZMI
AL-MASHHADI REHMAT-UL-ALLAH ALAYH”
Born in Shorekot, Jhang, Pakistan on 16th August 1801 (5th Rabi-us-Sani 1216
Hijri). Died on 27th February 1934 (14th Ziqa'ad 1352 Hijri). His shrine is in
“SULTAN-UL-AULIYA HAZRAT SAKHI SULTAN MOHAMMAD ABDUL AZIZ REHMAT-UL-ALLAH ALAYH”
Born on 12th March 1911 (12th Rabi-ul-Awal 1329 Hijri) in Garh Maharaja, Jhang,
Pakistan. Died on 12th April 1981 (7th Jamadi-us-Sani 1401 Hijri). His shrine is
near the shrine of the saint, Sultan Bahoo in Jhang, Pakistan.
“SULTAN-UL-FAQR VI HAZRAT SAKHI SULTAN MOHAMMAD ASGHAR ALI REHMST-UL-ALLAH
Born on 14th August 1947 (27th Ramadan 1366 Hijri) in Garh Maharaja, Jhang,
Pakistan. He was the son of Sultan Abdul Aziz Rehmat-ul-Allah Alayh. He died on
26th Dec 2003 (2nd Ziqa'ad 1424 Hijri). His shrine is on the right side of his
father's shrine in Jhang, Pakistan.
The book takes the approach of Tasawwuf i.e. a mystical dimension of Islam as
the book is about those saints whose ancestry leads up to Sultan-ul-Arifeen
Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo and goes up to Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani and
eventually Hazrat Ali Ibn Abi Talib and his cousin and Islamic prophet Hazrat
Mohammad Sall’Allahu Alayhi Wa’alihi Wasallam. The spiritual guides of the
Sarwari Qadri Order have been written about in great detail in the chronological
order from the earliest to the recent. The Sarwari Qadri Order is an off-shoot
of the Qadri or Qadriyya Order which belongs to Ghaus-ul-Azam Shaikh Abdul Qadir
Jilani Razi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu. With reference to the Sarwari Qadri way, he
says: “An egg (disciple) of mine is equal to thousand birds of others and
remains unmatched.” Hence, to discover the Truth behind Sarwari Qadri and te
reality of the true spiritual and genealogical lineage, it is important for one
to get hands on this book.
In this day and age, where there is a lack of historical record, the need for
such books is necessary to acknowledge oneself about the facts of the previous
eras. Also, to counter the possible differences within our mind about the Sufi
saints and their life history, this book is an asset. Each detail and
misconceptions have also been clarified openly.
Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman is a well-known contemporary Sufi author of the
present age and the Spiritual Guide of the Sarwari Qadri Order. He is the
31stShaikh of the Sarwari Qadri Order. Since 14th of August 2005, he has made
great efforts and taken revolutionary steps to spread the teachings of the
spiritual guides of the Sarwari Qadri Order upon the entire Ummah. Soon, he
realized that the teachings of Sultan-ul-Arifeen Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Bahoo need
to be spread among the masses and transmitted specially to the new generation in
a language understood internationally. Hence, he took on himself the
responsibility to translate, republish and recompile Sultan Bahoo's books as
well as those related to his teachings of Faqr.
Mujtaba Akhir Zamani has been translated into English by the name of “The
Spiritual Guides of Sarwari Qadri Order”. The translation has been done by a
group of 3 individuals under the authority and supervision of Sultan Mohammad
Najib-ur-Rehman. Name of the translators are Yasmin Khurshid Malik Sarwari Qadri
M.A. (English Literature), E.L.T, B-Ed. Ambreen Moghees Sarwari Qadri M.A. (Mass
Communication) and Neyn Tara Sarwari Qadri (Bachelors in Textile Design). The
book is not abridged and covers the whole content of the book. It contains an
additional chapter upon the spiritual guide of this era. The chapter is titled
as “Khadim Sultan-ul-Faqr Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman
Madzillah-ul-Aqdus” exclusively written by Neyn Tara Sarwari Qadri(Bachelors in
Textile Design). The first edition is to be published in 2015 by Sultan-ul-Faqr
Publications Regd. Lahore.
[Book Name: MUJTABA AKHIR ZAMANI, Author: Khadim Sultan-ul-Faqr Hazrat Sakhi
Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman Madzillah-ul-Aqdus, Publisher: Sultan-ul-Faqr
Publications Regd. Lahore Pakistan, Date: 2013, ISBN 978-969-9795-07-7]
1. Book Name: Mujtaba Akhir Zamani, Author: Khadim Sultan-ul-Faqr Hazrat Sakhi
Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman, Publisher: Sultan-ul-Faqr Publications Regd.,
Lahore, Pakistan, Date: 2013, ISBN 978-969-9795-07-7
2. Book Name: Tareekh Mashaikh Qadria Razaqia Author:Prof. Mohammad Hussain
Azad, Publisher: Versatile Printers Lahore, Pakistan, Date:2008
3. Book Name: Sultan Bahoo:The Life and Teachings, Author: Khadim Sultan-ul-Faqr
Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman, Publisher: Sultan-ul-Faqr
Publications Regd., Lahore, Pakistan, Date: 2014, ISBN 978-969-9795-18-3
4. Book Name:Shams-ul-Fuqara, Author: Khadim Sultan-ul-Faqr Hazrat Sakhi Sultan
Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman, Publisher: Sultan-ul-Faqr Publications Regd., Lahore,
Pakistan, Date: 2014, ISBN 978-969-9795-04-6