Musa Suhag

Hazrat Musa Suhag Majzoob Suharwardy Rahmatullah Aalaih was the highly respected Sunni, Sufi Majzoub (Saint) from Ahmedabad, India. His Silsila e bayah meet with Sayyad Jamal Mujjarad Sauji Rahmatullah Alaih. He was the Murid of Shah Sikandarpur and the founder of Silsila "Musa Shahi Sada Suhag" (Sada Suhagiya Silsila).

Birth and Early Life

He was born around 1391 Hijri, or in 1415 A. D. He received his formal education in Delhi and later become the Islamic teacher in the same Madrasa in Delhi. 

From a typical traditional Alim to Musa Suhag

One day, an idea of becoming someone's disciple (Murid) popped into his mind, so he went to one Murshid and finds, that Murshid was listening qawwalis. As he was the devoted islamic scholar, he believed that listening qawwalis (especially due to the use of musical instruments) as un-islamic, when the Murshid sensed his attitude towards qawwali, he ordered Musa, "if you want to become Murid, you have to beat the drum and roam in Delhi, according to his wish Musa did the same, on the second day Murshid again said that if he wish to become Murid, he have to dress himself like a woman, (to kill his ego, as he was a great alim), he did the same as per the Murshid's guidance, on the 3rd day Murshid again ordered him to wear Payal (anklet) and dance in front of the people in the feminine  attire to kill his ego (as he was an Alim, it was against his ego to dance in such an attire) but he followed his Murshid's advice, when he performed his first dance step, Allah showed him the Tajalli as he killed all his ego by doing the task which was impossible for a learned Muslim scholar. So as he received the tajalli of Allah in the attire of woman (red dress, bangles, payal , bindi, drums), he continued his later life in the same attire.

According to some scholar, when he saw the glimpse of Allah Subhana hu wa Ta ala (Tajalli), he went to the graveyard and shaved his beard, moustache, apply bindi on his forehead. After finding Musa Suhag in this attire, Ulema tried to punish him (as he was going against Islam by adopting the feminine attire) by putting the molted lead in his mouth, but there was no effect of the lead in the mouth of Hazrat Musa Suhag, this event was seen as one of the many miracles of the saint.

Lifestyle

Most of the historians mentioned that he used to wear Red (Surkh) clothes and bangles and live in a group, and used to migrate from one place to another doing the Wird'' Laa ilaha Ilaa Allah'', (some mentioned Illa Allah). He went to Ahmedabad under the reign of Ahmed Shah, once some Mullah asked Musa Suhag to leave his feminine attire and go to mosque to perform Friday's prayer, he quietly went to mosque by dressing himself in the white masculine attire to offer Namaz, when Allahu Akbar echoes, all of his clothes turned red (miracle), as he restored his own original attire, to which he said,

Mera Khawind Hayyi Laa Yamoot Hai, Kabhi na Marega,

ye, Mujhe, Bewa Kiye Phirte Hai.

In this statement, he wanted to say that his Maalik (Almighty) is immortal and these mullahs can't separate him from his lord (Allah).

Wisal and Mazar of Hazrat Musa Suhag

28 August 1649/1475 A. D or 10 Rajab, 853 Hijri, was the date of Wisal of Hazrat Musa Suhag. When Hazrat Shah e Alam Sohrawardy Rahmatullah alaih received the news of his Wisal, he ordered his muridain to perform the last rites of his contemporary per Islamic traditions, he had also ordered his muridain to bury him with his bangles which he used to wear in his lifetime (according to the saying of prophet (peace be upon him), that one will be raised on the day of judgement as one has lived in the worldly life). Shah Alam Rahmatullah Alaih also ordered his Muridain to conceal his grave since Musa Suhag didn't want to show off his Spiritual Maqam in his lifetime.

Some scholars mentioned, as people became aware of his spiritual station (Walayat), he went away from the chaos of the world and asked the land to take him inside, so accordingly the land divided and he went underground, his muridains also followed him accordingly. To hide from the greedy world, he changed his location 4 times, and the 5th time he ordered the land to get close, so accordingly 4 mazar of Musa Suhag was constructed in Shahibagh of Ahmedabad.

Legacy

Dargah of Hazrat Musa Suhag is special for the unmarried ladies, as believed that if anyone not receiving convenient pair for wedding and presents bangles on Dargah, her marriage will be set in some time. So many unmarried ladies come here and present bangles which can be seen on various trees on the Dargah premises.

See Also

Gyarvi Sharif

Bu Ali Shah Qalandar

Waris Pak

Sayyed Aminul Qadri

References

* Biographical Encyclopaedia of Sufis: South       Asia - By N. Hanif.

* Research work of Allama Mukhtar Shah           Naaemi, United States of America.

* Gendered Morality: Classical Islamic Ethics     of the Self, Family, and Society - By Zahra         M. S. Ayubi.

* Short description  of Hazrat Musa Suhag -       By Sayyad Mushtaque Hussain Ali Mast           Qadri Shattari, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.

* DNA India- Gargi Raval, 26 February 2018.