Hazrat Syed Ahmad Shah Sirikoti (Radi Allahu Anhu)
Jain Uddin Ahmad*
Allah selected Islam for all kinds of people in the world. Allah Said, ‘Who investigates religion without Islam? Never taken this religion from him and he will damage in Akhirat’. Allah Ta’ala sent many prophets to preach the Islam age by age. After departure of our holy prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa sallam) the continuation of coming prophets was ended. For this the great responsibility of preaching Islam was given on Sahaba’ e keram, Tabeyi, Tabe Tabeyi and Awlia-e keram. Before the holy departure of awlia- keram this Indian Sub-continent was sang in disappointed. So, some awlia- keram preached Islam or saving disappointed people. In the magnificent sea of awlia-e keram Hazrat Ahmad Shah Sirikoti was a bright pearl. He showed the right path of sunniat to the people of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Yangon. He saved the Muslim people from Batil sects by preaching Islam. If he didn’t come in Bangladesh, We would sink in disappointed.
Holy Brith: Kutubul Awlia, Baniye Jamea Hazrat Syed Ahmad Shah Sirikoti (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) was born at Sirikot of Hazara district of north east frontier province of Pakistan in Hizri 1271/72, 1852 A.D. He was the 39th offspring of our holy prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). His father name was Syed Sadar Shah (Rahmatullahi Alaihi). He was the Awlad-e Rasul of Imam Hossain ( Radiallahu Ta’ala Anhu).
Educational life: He memorized the holy Quran in his childhood. After that, he acquired many knowledge in Quran, Hadith, Fiqh, Wassol-e Fiqh, Naho, Saraf, Mantiq, Akaid and Philosophy. He also acquired deep knowledge in Tafsir of the holy Quran and Hadith. He could not satisfied by this knowledge. So he went to the capital city, Delhi in India. He studied there in some Madrasahs. He studied higher class of those Madrasah. After that, he went to Africa continent which was very far from his homeland.
Character: From his boyhood, Hazrat Ahmad Shah Sirikoti (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) possessed a moral and pure character. He was self-reliant and kind hearted. He never showed temper with any person. Without this, he had not any kinds of bad habits like oppress, nepotism and malpractice. He conquered the hearts of people by his talking, behaviour and humanity. His main aim was to find satisfaction of Allah and His prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). If his character reflects to us, we shall be a native person.
Setting his holy feet in Chittagong: Awlia-e keram travels many places to preach Allah’s message and prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)’s Hadith. When a nation sinks into darkness, at that time, awlia-e keram goes there to show people the right path. Like this, the terrible time of people in Chittagong, the founder of the ‘Daily Azadi’ newspaper, Abdul khalek engineer requested Syed Ahmad Shah Sirikoti ( Radiallahu Ta’ala Anhu) to come in Chittagong. So, Hazrat Syed Ahmad Shah Sirikoti (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anhu) set his holy feets in the land of Chittagong in 1937 A.D. After setting his holy feet in Chittagong he removed all kinds of Batil sects. He established there Asia – known sunni religious educational institution Jamea Ahmadia Sunnia Alia, Chittagong. From this Madrasah every year exit many Alem-e Din. They serve a great service for sunniat. Hazrat Ahmad Shah Sirikoti gave great teaching of Shariat and Tarikat. He was well-known as many names in Chittagong. He was known as ‘Shimantopir’ in south Chittagong. Because his birth land was in the frontier province. But he was famous as ‘Peshwari Saheb’. Somewhere he was known as ‘Sirikoti Saheb’. In a word, he was a well-known person in all over the Chittagong.
Taking Bayat and gaining khilafat : He acquired extraordinary knowledge in many subjects of Shariat and Tariqat . But he could not think himself a perfect person. So, he searched murshid (guide) for earning Bateni (hidden) knowledge. Once his wife informed him, “There is a great saint named Abdur Rahman Chowravi (Radi allahu anhu)’’. So, Hazrat Syed Ahmad Shah Sirikoti (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) went to Hazrat Abdur Rahman Chowravi (Radi Allahu Anhu) to see him . When he looked him for a single moment, his heart leaps up with joy. Once Hazrat Syed Ahmad Shah Sirikoti (Radi Allahu Anhu) requested Hazrat Abdur Rahman Chowravi (Radi Allahu Anhu) to accept him as a Murid (disciple). Hazrat Abdur Rahman Chowravi (Radi allahu anhu) accepted him as a Murid. After accepting him as a Murid he started to do difficult work for his Murshid’s satisfaction. He went to the high hills of Sirikot Sharif to collect fuel wood and he brought that through his head. He performed this work continually for 12 years. At first, Hazrat Abdur Rahman Chowravi (Radi Allahu Anhu) didn’t talk anything for that work. At last, he forbade Hazrat Ahmad Shah Sirikoti (Radi allahu anhu) for that work. Hazrat Syed Ahmad Shah Sirikoti (Radi Allahu Anhu) disliked to abandon from company of Hazrat Abdur Rahman Chowravi (Radi Allahu Anhu). After few days, absence arose on his mind. So, he couldn’t do any work. After operation, this absence took nine months to be well. He showed his disciples the spot of absence and said, “This is my murshid given symbol” Hazrat Syed Ahmad Shah Sirikoti (Radi Allahu Anhu) became a great saint by worshipping Allah and many other works. So Hazrat Abdur Rahman Chowravi (Radi allahu anhu) gave khilafat to his dearest murid Hazrat Syed Ahmad Shah Sirikoti (Radi Allahu Anhu)
The incident of Bashkhali and establish of Jameya madrsah: There was a famous Aleem-e Din who was lived at Bashkhali in Chittagong district, he realize the establishing of sunniyat at Bashkhali, there is need for Huzur kibla Hazrat Ahmad Shah Sirikoti (Radi allahu anhu). So he invited Huzur kibla at Bashkhali. The ceremony was started. He recited Innallaha wa malaiktahu yu salluna alan nabiyyi ya ayyuhallazina amanu sallau alaihi wa sallimu taslima. But no person send Darood sarif to Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam. He become angry and he also upset. He realized that the people of Bashkhali were rounded by Batil sects. So, there was very, necessary to establish a sunni madrasah. Next morning, he called all of his discples and ordered them to search a place where situated a mosque and pond and that place was situated neither town nor in village. So, everyone started to search such a place. Many people proposed many lands. At last, Alhaj Nur Muhammad Al-quaderi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) came with Huzur kibla in a place where now Jamia Madarasah is situated. No sooner had Huzur kibla seen the place then he smiled. He said that the smell of knowledge went out from that place. He also said that I must make there a Madrasah. Nur Muhammad Al-Quaderi (Rahmatullahi alaihi) arranged iron to build up Jamia Ahmadia Sunnia Alia Madrasah. From this Madrasah students are taking essential steps for saving sunniyat.
Holy Departure: Qutubul Awliya, Baniye jamia, Hazrat Syed Ahmad Shah Sirikoti (Radi Allahu Ta’la Anhu) passed away from this mortal earth on the 11th Jilqad (Thursday) in Hijri 1380 (1961) at the age of 109. Sher-e Bangla Allama Azizul Haque said that the departure of Hazrat Syed Ahmad Shah Sirikoti (Radiyallahu Tayala Anhu) like the death of the earth.
After all we can tell that Hazrat Syed Ahmad Shah Sirikoti (Radiyallahu Ta’la Anhu) was a great saint and famous pious. If we maintain the orders and forbid of Sirikoti Hujur (Radiyallahu Ta’la Anhu) we can become a right person of sunniyat and will able to wave the flag of sunniyat.
- Baag-e Sirikoti
- Sunniyater poncho rotno
- Rahmatullil Alamin (2013)
* Student, (Class Nine) Qaderiya Tayeabia Kamil Madrasah.