Friday, 22 July 2016

When Ameer Khusrow was eight years old, his father took him to Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliyah. As his father was entering the Khanqah, Khusrow said that it was up to him and not his father to choose his Pir. His father left him outside the door. In the meantime, Khusrow composed a quatrain in Persian in order to test the spiritual capabilities of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliyah. Hazrat Amir Khusrow affirmed to himself that he would only become a murid of Hazrat Nizamuddin if a satisfactory answer was provided to the following quatrain: “Toa aan shahey ke bur aiwaan-e-qasrat Kabutar gar nashinad baaz gardad. Gharib-e-mustamandey bur dar amad, Beyayad androon yaa baaz gardad." "You are that great a king that, if on the roof of your grand palace a pigeon were to sit, it becomes a skylark. A poor and humble soul has come to your door, should he enter or should he go away?" Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliyah sent the following reply to Khusrow in the same form as the initial quatrain: “Beyayad androon mard-e-haqiqat Ke baa maa yak nafas hamraz gardad. Agar ablay buwad aan mard-e-naadaan, Azaan raahey ke aamad baaz gardad." "Do come in, oh truthful soul, so that we may become close and become trusted friends. But if you are ignorant and have no wisdom, then you better go back the way you came.” Hearing this, Khusrow decided that he has come to the right place and entered.