Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Hashim(RA)

Died: 27 Rajab 1313 (13th Jan 1896)

Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Hashim (RA), who is the Grandfather of Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Yaqub (RA) was born in Baghar Shareef. During his youth he served for the British Army in the Indian sub-continent and was enlisted in an army unit in the district of Dera Ismail Khan. The River Sindh (near Dera Ismail) had to be crossed by boats, as there was no bridged structure in place at that time. On one particular occasion, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Hashim (RA) happened to share the boat with a saint called Hazrat Lal Shah Sahib (RA) who was the Gaddi Nasheen of Shah Balawal. Hazrat Lal Shah Sahib (RA) gazed at Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Hashim (RA) and questioned, “Young man, what is your name and what do you do?” He replied, “My name is Muhammad Hashim, and I serve in the British Army”. Hazrat Lal Shah Sahib (RA) responded, “It’s very strange that you serve in the British Army, but on your forehead I see the signs of wilayat”. During the conversation, Hazrat Lal Shah Sahib said, “From here (Daraban) is a khanqa 3 or 4 miles away called Musazeay Shareef of the Sufi order of Naqshbandiya Mujaddidiya. Of this silsila, at this time, there is a very highly religious and accomplished saint called Khawaja Muhammad Usman Damani who is illuminating the hearts of his students. During your leave from duty, you should go there”.

So it happens, on his very first opportunity, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Hashim (RA) he went to Musazeay Shareef and took ba’ait with Khawaja Muhammad Usman Damani (RA). Only after a few meetings with Khawaja Muhammad Usman Damani (RA), he discontinued his service with the British Army, and began to study at the khanqah of his Shaykh. During the 3-year period of stay at the khanqah, he acquired the knowledge of both, Shariah and Tassawuf. He spent 10 days with his Shaykh, 10 days was spent on the journey home, and 10 days was spent at his own khanqah at Baghar Shareef. The distance between Baghar Shareef and Musazeay Shareef is approximately 350 miles. There was no transportation, and therefore Hazrat Sahib’s (RA) journey to visit to visit his Murshid took 10 days. This routine continued for many years, and he spent much time in the presence of his Murshid. Eventually he was given khilafat, and was instructed to return to Baghar Shareef and start his own silsila. At the time, there were no masjids at Baghar Shareef, nor any knowledge of true Islam. Hazrat Sahib enlisted the help of some relatives and began collecting stones from nearby in order to commence the construction of a small masjid. At this masjid, Hazrat Sahib (RA) conveyed the inner and outer Islamic knowledge to the villagers. Although the mountainous region in which Baghar Shareef was located and where there were few inhabitants, this platform of learning and worship was further enhanced through people’s attention and enthusiasm. Prior to that, people had succumbed to the traditions of Hindu culture and had adopted many forbidden rituals, especially during weddings and other events. Since the return of Hazrat Sahib (RA) and the subsequent construction of the masjid at Baghar Shareef, many people in the region and nearby took ba’ait at the hands of Hazrat Sahib (RA), who, through his wisdom and teaching, had eradicated these forbidden rituals. The pious people in the village gave support to Hazrat Sahib (RA) in his mission to make it successful. Hazrat Sahib had 3 sons; the eldest is Hazrat Abdul Rehman Sahib, then Muhammad Zamaan Sahib, followed by Muhammad Ahmed Sahib. Hazrat Sahib (RA) paid particular attention to his eldest son, Hazrat Abdul Rehman (RA) and taught him the religious education and gave him spiritual enlightenment to further propagate the mission. Before the passing away of Hazrat Sahib (RA), Hazrat Abdul Rehman (RA) was given Khilafat.