Monday, 28 November 2016

Khwaja Mu’in ad-Din Jisty (q.s.) & the Camels of Rajah Prithvi Raj Chauhan

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

At the time when Khwaja Mu’in ad-Din Jisty (q.s.) went to Ajmer, Ajmer was ruled by Rajah Prithvi Raj Chauhan, the renowned Rajput king.  In his court, he had a large number of powerful magicians with Ajai Pal as their leader.  Khwaja Jisty (q.s.) stayed on a hill close to Ana Sagar Lake, now known as the Chillah Khwaja Sahib.  Khwaja Jisty (q.s.) wanted to stay at the site where the Awliya Mosque is now situated but the servants of Rajah Prithvi did not allow him to do so on the pretext that the camels of Rajah Prithvi usually sat there.  Khwaja Jisty (q.s.) thereupon countered, “If the camels sit there, let them sit.”  He then stayed on the hill close to Ana Sagar Lake.  The camels returned to their usual place and sat there as usual, but once they sat, they were unable to stand up again.  Raja Prithvi was informed.  All the camel-drivers tendered an unconditional apology.  Khwaja Jisty (q.s.), accepting the apology said: “Well, go.  The camels now stand.” When they returned, they saw the camels were standing.

When news spread that a very pious dervish had come to Ajmer, people began to flock to him in increasing numbers.  Whoever came to him, received the kindest treatment and blessings.  People were so much inspired by his divine teachings and simplicity that they began to embrace Islam.  Many became his disciples.  Even Ajai Pal submitted himself to the Khwaja Jisty (q.s.), giving up all his magic to became his disciple.

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