Today the picture of gun-totting terrorists, bombs and preachers-of-hate is in absolute contrast to the cool, inspiring, loving, smiling and reassuring images that conjure up when we remember Nund Reshi, Lalleshwar or Dehat Bibi, the saints of Kashmir Valley. Pass through a cent per cent Non-Muslim locality and hark the melodious renditions of folk singers reciting: “Chap tilak sab cheeni, baat ajab keh dini, mohe suhagan keenhi, monse nayna milayke…….” (The eyes met and I gave up all the symbols of faith, my beloved spoke some enchanted words and made me a groom). You instantly knew the creator of these words – Ameer Khusrau.
Visit any dargah in your town when you feel exhausted and need some urgent peace of mind and the sacred ambience, the Qawaals will be there to welcome you with “Haidreem Qalandram mastam, banda-ey Murtaza Ali hastam, Peshway tammam rindanam, ke sag-e-kooye-Yazdanam” (I’m a mendicant of Haider’s order, I’m a pure disciple of Ali Murtaza, who is the leader of all the Universe. I’m the dog of the lane of Mustafa (PBUH).)
You might not understand the full meaning of the lyrics but music and the recitation entrances you, enthralls your whole existence and you are transported into a region of eternal peace. It happens to be a soothing spiritual experience, a sensual delight for the itchy ears and a time spent that you would never like to forget. You were with Amir Khusrau, the Sufi Saint who was the legendary musician, poet, scholar, inventor, innovator and warrior. History remembers him as the greatest proponent of Classical Hindustani music, Gazal, Masnawi, Qata, Rubai, Do-baiti and Paheli. He is the father of KHARI BOLI; he had cut the traditional Mirdang into varied proportion and created TABLA; he had invented Sitar; Hindi and Urdu both the languages find their origins in his work.
Abul Hasan Yamin Uddin Khusrau aka Ameer Khusau was born to a Balkhi (a town in Afghanistan) father Ameer Saifuddin and Indian mother of Delhi in 1253 AD. Khusrau has a unique record of serving seven Sultans of Delhi. His nearness to so many kings had never kindled in him any spark of proud, aloofness and imperiousness. He was a devout follower of Hazrat Nizam Uddin Aoulia. The attachment between the master and disciple was so deep and sublime hat Khusrau died within weeks after the death of his beloved Guide. He is buried just 40 feet near the grave of Hazrat Nizam. He entered the eternal kingdom of Peace in 1325 AD but he had left behind a wealth of culture and spirituality that would remain unmatched till the civilization lives.