Why Nizamuddin Aawliya scolded Amir Khosrow for dancing?
Amir Khusrow and Nizamuddin are two well-known figures in the world of Sufism, known for their deep love and devotion for each other. These men were not only great poets but also disciples of the 13th-century Sufi saint, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.
The bond of respect between Amir Khusrow and Nizamuddin was one of rare and intense beauty, deep respect, and understanding. Even to this day, their love is remembered and cherished by people across the world.
Amir Khusrow, who was born in Patiyali (modern-day Uttar Pradesh, India) in 1253, was a Sufi poet and musician who wrote in Persian, Urdu, and Hindavi. He was a disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and spent most of his life in Delhi, where he served as a court poet and musician during the reigns of several Mughal emperors.
On the other hand, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya was a Sufi saint who lived in Delhi in the 13th century. He was known for his simplicity, spiritual wisdom, and compassion. He is considered one of the greatest Sufi saints in India and is revered across the world.
It is said that Amir Khusrow was deeply drawn to Nizamuddin’s spiritual teachings and his gentle, loving nature. The two men had a special connection, and their bond of love was unbreakable. Amir Khusrow wrote many verses in praise of his master, expressing his deep gratitude and love for him.
Amir Khosrow even danced qawwali with his hands raised to the sky. His master Awliya scolded him about this and advised him to dance with his hands closed and turned to the earth for “You are always in contact with the world, even when you go towards the court of the King!”
Qawwali is not only a form of artistic expression, it is also an act of devotion and adoration and, above all one of mystical liberation. It is sung throughout the year, but more particularly during urs, ceremonies to commemorate the memory of a Sufi saint.
This is the occasion to celebrate the day on which the saint became one with God. Anniversaries of the death of Moeenuddin Chishti and Nizamuddin Aawliya draw thousands of pilgrims to their mausoleums and Islamic rites carried out there are tinged with Hinduism. Offerings are made of rose petals, incense and pastries flavoured with cardamom. An Urs may last from three days to a week. Pilgrims perform their five daily prayers milling around the mausoleum. At nightfall, the qawwal arouses the crowd to a frenzy that last until day breaks.
Download assortment of beautiful Kalam of Hazrat Amir Khosrow sung by some legendary artists below: