Biswa Shanti Manzil
(World Peace Centre)
Enayetpur Darbar Sharif
Gate of the Mazar Sharif

“Behold! verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve.”
 (Al-Quran, 10:62)

[Ala inna awliyaa Allahi la khawfun AAalayhim wala hum yahzanoona]
Al-Quran, Surah Yunus:Ayat 62
 
 
 

Bangladesh is a country of Sufi culture, as Islam was spread by the migrant Sufi saints from Arab, Persia, Yemen, and Afghanistan. It has given birth to many Bauls (literally meaning ‘spiritual lunatic’), Sufis, Fakirs, Pirs, Seers who have preached, and are still preaching, mystic teachings by spiritual teachings and trainings, songs, music, dance, poetry, literature, etc., but no one was able to establish a systematic Sufi School or monastery as a holy place of universal love and respect for all without any controversy in the country until the 20th century when the country produced as ever the most celebrated spiritual leader Khwaja Enayetpuri (r).

Shah Sufi Hazrat Mawlana Khwaja Yunus Ali, popularly known as Khwaja Enayetpuri(r), was born at Enayetpur in the district of Sirajganj, the then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1886 and breathed his last in 1952. His father, Mawlana Shah Abdul Karim whom Enayetpuri lost at the age of only five, was greatly influenced by Naqshebandiya tariqa of Sufism. His forefathers were originally from Baghdad, and migrated to Delhi, India, then to Enayetpur, Bangladesh.

Khwaja Enayetpuri (r) possesses a highly dignified lineage. At the age of 18, he took allegiance to the Sufi Tariqa of Shah Sufi Syed Wazed Ali (r) in Kolkata (India). He had spent long 12 years in Kolkata to undertake spiritual training from his pir with rigorous work.

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Upon accomplishments, he was directly awarded khilafat by his pir with his own turban out of 52 aspirants (candidates), who were also awarded khilafat along with Enayetpuri but with new turbans purchased from the market. This shows that Enayetpuri became the chosen successor to his pir. Enayetpuri was given the title 'Khwaja' by his pir and at his advice, he returned to Enayetpur, Sirajganj  and established Enayetpur Darbar Sharif. This tariqa, known as Enayetpuri tariqa, represents Mozaddediya tariqa, though greatly influenced by Naqshebandiya, al-Qadiri and al-Chishti tariqas. Enayetpuri's tariqa is known as 'Khwaja Enayetpuri tariqa' and his khanqah 'Biswa Shanti Manzil' (World Peace Centre).

The Enayetpuri Tariqa is the biggest tariqa in Bangladesh. He has hundreds of thousand of zakers (disciples, so called because they perform 'zikr') across the country and in Assam (India). The 20th century Sufi had left a rich legacy. His disciples are now preaching his the Enayetpuri tariqa in their own khanqahs. Some of his most successful disciples (murids) are Pir-of-Atrashi, Pir of Paradisepara, Pir of Chandrapara, Pir of Shambhuganj, and so forth.

The Enayetpuri Khanqah is visited by devotees of all classes. Unlike some big Sufi tariqas in Bangladesh, the Enayetpuri khanqah has never been politicized though political bigwigs, heads of the state and the governments, academics frequently visit the darbar (khanqah) for spiritual blessing. Under the able and dynamic leadership of the present spiritual leader (sajjada nishin), Hazrat Khwaja Kamal Uddin, the 3rd son of Khwaja Enayetpuri, the khanqah has become a holy place for the Sufis without any controversy. We have observed that some Muslims in Montreal and Guelph (Canada) have embraced Enayetpuri's tariqa and some Sufi rituals like zikr, moraqaba, milad, urs are held to mark occasions following the Sufi practices (wazifa) prescribed by Khwaja Enayetpuri (r).

 

Historical Boroitala of Khwaja Enayetpuri

A partial view of the Mazar (shrine)

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