Throughout the year, several religious, spiritual and historical programmes are organised and observed at the Holy Astana of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz at a large and magnificent scale. These programmes are performed in accordance with Islamic Calendar and are detailed below :
According to the Islamic Calendar the new year commences from 1st of Moharram. This month is known as Moharra-ul-Haram.
1st to 12th – Shahadat of Hazrat Imam Hussain A.S. and Shodae Karbala is observed.
4th to 6th – Chilla Hazrat Baba Farid Ganj-e-Sharkar R.A. is opened for 3 days in which lakhs of people visit and pay their homage.
18th – Urs Hazarat Syedna Imam Zainul Abedin R. T. A.
28th – Yom-e-Shahadat Hazat Imam Hassan A.S.
9th to 12th – Jashn-e-Eid-Miladun-Nabi S.A.W.
14th – Annual Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, first spiritual successor of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz is celebrated at his Chilla situated at Daulat Bagh near Ana agar Lake. Fateha is offered in every home of Khadims. The Khadims of Hazrat Khwaja Sahib celebrate this Urs at his tomb at Mehrauli Delhi, all the ceremonies of Urs including ‘langar’ and ‘Ghilaf’are organised by khadims chishti family.
11th – In this month the only programme which is known as ‘Fateha Giarahwin Sharif’ is observed on 11th day of the month. Lectures on life and teachings of Hazrat Ghonsul Azam Piran-e-Pir are delivered and tributes are paid to him. The ceremonies of Giarahwin Sharif are organised by khadims chishti family at the Hill which is known as Chilla Bare Peer Sahib.
14th – Urs of Hazrat Shah Madar is also celebrated on 14th of this month.
22nd – Urs Amirul Momeneen Hazrat Syedna Abu Baker Siddique R.T.A. (the first successor of the Holy Prophet S.A.W.). . Lectures are delivered on his services and sacrifices which he rendered for making the foundation of Islam more and more strong.
25th – From this month begins the celebrations of the Annual Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz
1st to 9th – Urs – Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.) Urs is celebrated every year in the first week of Rajab, on seeing the moon of Rajab, the seventh month of the Islamic calendar, drums are beaten to herald the commencement of the annual ceremony. The permanent Chauki (troupe) of qawwals arrive, and after Maghrib (sunset prayers) sit infront of the Shrine and sing the following verses:
Saqia-badao-paimana mubarak bashad”
(Felicitation to thee for this blessed and majestic assembly; salutation,
‘Oh Saqi for your bountiful goblet of sacred wine).
(Oh God, may this Shrine of the beloved exist till the last day,
may this refuge of the poor remain forever!)
Although Urs held for the first six days of Rajab. Yet the 6th day is regarded to be the most special and auspicious. It is called “Chhati Sharif”. It is celebrated on the 6th Rajab between 10:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Inside the Mazar Sharif Shijra is read by Khadims Chishti family then Fariyad (Prayers) start for people present at the Dargah and for the country and its people for the peace and prosperity and also those who are not present but have sent Nazar-o-Niyaz to the Khadims Chishti family to mark their presence for their welfare and for the promotion of brotherhood amongst them. Khadims Chishti family tie small turbans on each others head and present Nazar (offerings in cash). Just before the Qul (conclusion of 6th Rajab Chhati Sharif) Bhadawa is sung at the main entrance of the Shrine by Qwwals which literally means a poem or verses in praise of Allah, His Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) or famous Sufis (Auliyas).
14th – The annual Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Husauddin the grand son of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz is celebrated on 14th of this month by Khadims Chishti family of Khwaja Sahib at Sambher where his Dargah is situated (a place about 90 K.M. from Ajmer).
19th – The annul Urs of Hazrat Bibi Hafiza Jamal, the daughter of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz is celebrated on 19th of this month.
25th to 26th – The annual Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Fakhruddin Gurdezi, the ancestor of Khadims Chishti family, who is lying buried near Khwaja Sahibis Begami Dalan on the right side of the main entrance of the tomb is celebrated on 25th of this month.
26th to 27th – JASHN-E-MIRAJ-UN-NABI (S.A.W.):
On 26th of this month after Isha prayers, a grand function in memory of the greatest event of human history, the ‘Miraj is held. Lectures are delivered and after lectures all the people keep themselves busy in prayer throughout the night.
3rd to 9th – Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Fakhruddin. He is the eldest son of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz. He spend his life in prayers and mediation at village ‘Sarwar’ about 60 k.m. from Ajmer and breathed his last in the same village. His annual Urs is celebrated from 3rd to 9th Shaban. The Khadims of Hazrat Khwaja Sahib celebrate this Urs at his tomb at Sarwar, all the ceremonies of Urs including ‘langar’ are organised by Anjuman Moinia Fakhria Chistia Khudam Khwaja Sahib Syed Zadgan.
14th – The function of Shab-e-Barat is observed in the purely religious tradition as it is observed by the entire Muslim world.
The sacred month of Ramzan has its own blessings. Muslim all over the world observe fast, become strict in performance of prayers and devote most of the time in recitation of the Quran and in additional prayers. They also perform acts like payment of charity, feeding of poor and giving of alms. No doubt that every Muslim knows the religious importance of this month, but the Muslim world is not aware of the most important events of Islamic History which took place during this Holy month, as such except at Ajmer no where the functions in memory of those events are held. The details and importance of those functions is given here.
2nd to 3rd – The annual anniversary of Khatoon-e-Jannat Hazrat Bibi Fateha the youngest daughter of the Prophet of Islam and the mother of Hazrat Imam Hasan and Hazrat Imam Husain is observed at the Holy Astana of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz in a highly dignified way. Lectures are also delivered on her high spiritual status and her sacrifices for Islam.
10th – Urs Ummul-Momeneen Hazrat Syedna Tayyaba Tahera Bibi Khatijatul Kubra R.T.A.
17th Yom-e-Wafat Ummul Momeneen Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqua R.T.A.
17th Ramzan is the most memorable day of Islamic History. It is the day when the first war between the Islamic forces who were in small number, was fought against the large and a strong army of the ‘infidels of Makka. It was the first battle of Righteous under the leadership of the Prophet of Islam against the infidels in which the Rightous came out victorious in a highly miraculous way.
In memory, of the first war of its kind ever fought on this earth for establishment of justice, truth and righteousness by Muslims against the strong and well armed forces of wrong doers, cruel and barbarous people, who could not think of defeat, but faced a shameful defeat at the hands of armless people is celebrated at the Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz on a large scale. Lectures are delivered and prayers are offered throughout the night. The author himself delivers lectures on this great Historical event in Juma Masjid after Isha prayer every year.
19th Yom-e-Fateh Mecca. In the Holy of Ramzan, the 19th day highly memorable day of the Islamic History. This is the day when Islamic forces conquered Makka , Where therein is the House of Allah, without any blood shed. This conquest resulted into the conquest of the heart and soul of the people of Arabia. It made easy for the people of Arabia to understand the truth of Islam. They all without any force, far or compulsion, accepted Islam and became the leader of all the Nations of the world. The conquest of Makka made the foundation of Islam very strong and opened the door of thousands of other types of victories. This conquest also brought a evolution in human moral and conduct and conquest other human virtues. Therefore, in memory of this illustrious and distinguished vent many programmes are organized at the Dargah of Ajmer at a large scale.
21st RAMZAN : THE DAY OF MARTYDOM OF HAZAT ALI KARAM ALLAHWAJHO
In his memory a large number of Programme including ‘langer’ are organised.Lectures are delivered on his love for Islam, his services and sacrifices, his inspiring and illuminating life, his spiritual & temporal status & like that, tributes are paid to that great personality of Islam.
26th RAMZAN: THE NIGHT OF REVELATION OF QURAN – SHAB-E-QADAR
26th day of Ramzan and the night thereafter is the most important night. Its blessings are beyond description, it is the night when the Quran was revealed, as such, it is celebrated all over the world by the Muslims.Throughout the night, the Muslims keep themselves busy in recitation of the Quran and other modes of prayer and worship.
5th to 6th – Grand celebration of Urs Hazrat Khwaja Usman-e-Harwani (Peer-0-Murshid of Huzoor Gharib Nawaz. Jannati Darwaza is also open. People from far and near attend the programmes and obtain those special bounties and blessings of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz which are bestowed upon devotees during those days.
12th to 13th – The annual Urs of HAZRAT KHWAJA ABU SAEED, son of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz is celebrated on 4th day of the month of Sai Ghat near his tomb in Dargah Sharif.
18th – Amirual Momenn Syedna Hazrat Usman was the third successor of the Prophet of Islam. 18th Zil Hijja is observed as the da of his Martyrdom and tributes are paid to him. Lectures are delivered on his contribution to Islam and Muslims on his spiritual status, on his life and on the services he rendered.
28th – This day reminds us of the great services and sacrifices of that soldier of Islam who in history is known as the conqueror of Egypt, Conqueror of Syria, Conqueror of Iran and above all the Conqueror of Jeru-salem (Baitul Muqaddas) and whose name is Ameerul Momeneen Syedna Hazrat Qmar Farook Radhi Alla Anho. He was the 2nd Successor of the Prophet of Islam. He has rendered such invaluable services which have no parallel in Islamic History.