Allah says in the Quran:
فِیْ بُیُوْتٍ اَذِنَ اللّٰہُ اَنْ تُرْفَعَ وَ یُذْکَرَ فِیْھَا اسْمُہٗ ۙ یُسَبِّحُ لَہٗ فِیْھَا بِالْغُدُوِّ وَ الْاٰصَالِ
Meaning: (Such niches are) in the houses which Allah has ordered to be raised and that (people) mention His name therein. Exalting (invoking) Him with them in the mornings and in the evenings.” (24:36)
Shahab al-Din Suhrawardi says:
“In this verse, ‘houses’ refer to khanqahs.” (Awarif-ul-Ma’arif)
Concept of khanqah
A Khanqah is any place designed for Sufi gathering. In fact, it is a place for the spiritual training of disciples and devotees. Khanqah originates from the Arabic word ‘Khanegah’ which refers to residence. It is the place of worship for dervishes. The spiritual guide spends time educating his disciples here. Moreover, it is a place where the seekers of Allah practice the invocation (dhikr) of Ism-e-Allah Zaat day and night. Here they get the company and guidance of the perfect spiritual guide which in turn purify their souls. Furthermore, this sacred company of (the Murshid Kamil) enrich the seekers of Allah with the closeness of Allah.
On the Friday, 23rd October 2009 (3rd, Dhul al-Qadah, 1430 H), Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen established the Khanqah of Sarwari Qadri Order. It is located at 4-5/A, Ext. Education Town, Wahdat Road, Lahore, Pakistan. Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen established it at the occasion of the Urs (death anniversary) of his spiritual guide (Murshid) Sultan-ul-Faqr VI. This Khanqah follows the same pattern as of all Sufi Saints of the past. Hence, its doors are open day and night for everyone. Further, there is no discrimination of any sect, caste, creed or status.
The purpose of the establishment of this Khanqah is to educate the seekers of Allah. Moreover, to purge the innerselves the way the previous Sufi saints have done for disciples in the way of Faqr. In this Khanqah, disciples from outside the country also reside for some time. Here they cut off from the world and stay in the company of their spiritual guide.
Use of a khanqah
This khanqah is the office of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr (Regd.), Sultan-ul-Faqr Publications (Regd.), Sultan-ul-Faqr Digital Productions and Monthly Sultan-ul-Faqr Magazine Lahore. Furthermore, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen commemorate most of the spiritual gatherings and Urs (death anniversaries of saints) in this khanqah. Also, langar (food for visitors) is also prepared on a large level especially every Sunday and on other gatherings. The trained disciples of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman are present in this khanqah. They work day and night to spread the teachings of Faqr through books, magazines and websites.
This khanqah has its doors open for everyone regardless of his status, sect or school of thought. Every Sunday, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman meets the seekers of Allah over here. However, he only allows males and prohibits females to enter this khanqah of Sarwari Qadri order. Therefore, females meet Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen every Sunday at his residence in the presence of his wife.
The existing khanqah has become insufficient to accommodate rapidly growing number of people towards Sarwari Qadri order. Therefore, on Friday, 1st December 2017, (12th Rabi al-awwal 1437 H, Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen announced the project of new khanqah and a mosque. He requested the disciples to take part in it with great zeal. The construction will start soon.
Donate for the purpose of construction of this Khanqah and Mosque. Certainly, these donations will shower countless blessings and will be fruitful for the Day of Judgement.
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