The Shudra-A Philosophical Narrative of Indian Superhumanism
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Few saints in the long and chequered history of medieval India have made such impact on the life and thought of their contemporaries as Shaikh Nizam-ud-din Auliya(1244-1325). For more than half a century, his khanqah in Delhi was a rendezvous of people drawn from different background-villagers and townsfolk, men and women, scholars and illiterate, rich and poor. The Shaikh had taken upon himself the stupendous task of showing people the way to God and inspiring them with that faith and confidence in Him which sustained them ia their struggle for existence. Keeping Toynbee’s perimeter in mind that “the practical test of a religion, always and everywhere, is its success or failure in helping human souls to respond to the challenges of suffering and sin”, one has to acknowledge that Shaikh Nizam-ud-din Auliya’s role in the religious history of South Asia was one of immense significance. For him bringing happiness to the human heart was the essence of religion. Fully cognizant of the role of his spiritual mentor in the reorientation of religious outlook, Amir Khusrau called him ‘healer of the heart (Tabib-i-Dil). His life-story, in fact, forms a fascinating chapter in the history of philanthropic effort of man to reduce the woe and worry of his fellow human beings. Ibn Battuta has referred to a trust which was created in Damascus to bring solace to broken hearts.Shaikh Nizam-ud-din Auliya’s own life had become a trust of this type.
iDARAH-I aDABIYAT-I dELLI
Khaliq Ahmad Nizami