Hazrat Khwaja Syed Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki Dargah


Dargah Name: Hazrat Khwaja Syed Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki Dargah
Other Titles: Malik-ul-Mashaa’ikh
Predecessor: Moinuddin Chishti
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Resting Place: Delhi
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About Dargah: Qutb ul Aqtab Hazrat Khwaja Sayed Muhammad Bakhtiyar AlHussaini Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki (Urdu: حضرت خواجہ سیّد محمد قطب الدین بختیار کاکی‎) (born 1173-died 1235) was a Muslim Sufi mystic, saint and scholar of the Chishti Order from Delhi. He was the disciple and the spiritual successor of Moinuddin Chishti. Qutub Minar in Delhi is dedicated and named after the name of Qutb ul Aqtab Hazrat Khwaja Sayed Muhammad Bakhtiyar. Before him the Chishti order in India was confined to Ajmer and Nagaur. He played a major role in establishing the order securely in Delhi. His dargah is located adjacent to Zafar Mahal in Mehrauli and the oldest dargah in Delhi, is also the venue of his annual Urs festivities. The Urs was held in high regard by many rulers of Delhi like Qutbuddin Aibak, Iltutmish who built a nearby step well, Gandhak ki Baoli for him, Sher Shah Suri who built a grand gateway, Bahadur Shah who built the Moti Masjid mosque nearby and Farrukhsiyar who added a marble screen and a mosque.
His most famous disciple and spiritual successor was Fariduddin Ganjshakar, who in turn became the spiritual master of Delhi’s noted Sufi saint, Nizamuddin Auliya, who himself was the spiritual master of Amir Khusro and Nasiruddin Chirag-e-Delhi.
Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki had much influence on Sufism in India. As he continued and developed the traditional ideas of universal brotherhood and charity within the Chisti order, a new dimension of Islam started opening up in India which had hitherto not been present. He formed an important part of the Sufi movement which attracted many people to Islam in India in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. People of every religion like Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, etc. visiting every week at Dargah.

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