Dr. Andleeb Mushtaq Hamdani
Spirituality and Sufism are ingrained in the blood of Kashmiri people. It would not be surprising, if you would have to face the wrath and curse of your elders if you dare to speak a word even deemed remotely disrespectful towards the Sufi saints of Kashmir.
Kashmir, also referred to as the peer-vear has given birth to a number of saints who held aloft the flag of Islam. One such hallowed person, who was endearingly known as Ahad Bab, was Kashmir’s contemporary Sufi saint.
It may be pertinent here to posit a word on Sufis (Tassawuf). The end goal of Sufism is to find the Creator, or to reach the stage where the knower and Known becomes one. Kashmir Valley has massively been influenced by the Sufi saints who taught us how to bond between the Creator and Makhlook. This has been a source of blessing not only for them but for whole Ummah.
Ahad Bab(RA), born on 30th June 1930, in the Peerzada family, at a youthful age of 25-27 years followed the footsteps of his grandfather peer Hidayat-ullah. Ahad Bab left all comforts of his life at an early age; he used to sit in mosques and worship Allah and with his fervent devotion and worship of Allah, Ahad Bab killed cleansed himself of all impurities and human foibles.
The great saint made communication with Allah and the people of the valley became his devotees. He was strong, tall with immense physical power, a great soul without any greed of wealth and other human weaknesses. Ahad Babused to spend days and nights in endless prayers. He reached the Highest stage of Spirituality and got peace of mind and soul.
Ahad Bab was the source of peace of mind and soul and he was a towering spiritual genius with deep mystical insight. His Face was full of Noor and Jalal; he was in prayers for 24 hours, connected with God, all the time. He was sitting in the lawn of his house when I had the chance to see him for the first time for about an hour. While I was sitting there, praying and hoping that he would turn his face toward, he all of a sudden blessed me by turning his “Noorani” face toward me. I will never forget his ‘jalali’ face and great soul. The summum bonum of Ahad Bab’s message was to come closer to God and gain proximity to Him. Given my experience and understanding of the great Sufi saint of Kashmir, my message to all believers is to follow the teaching of Ahad Bab, that is, Oneness, love, peace and getting close to God. By way of a conclusion, I would like to state that given the nature of this great Sufi saint and mystic of Kashmir, Ahad Bab will always remain in our hearts.