Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam’s father, Karim Shah was formally enlisted as a disciple in the Sufi order of Naqshbandia with his maternal grandfather, Sayyid Husain Shah.  He (Karim Shah) was a distinguished saint, showering bounties in abundance to public at large. Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam inherited his due share from his celebrated father. Several of his teachers were among the top-ranking religious scholars of their time, who went out of their way and passed on their respective proficiency in different fields of knowledge to Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam. Nevertheless, he still yearned for more and was on the lookout for a venerable guide who could lead him to the mystic way of life.

It so happened that Hazrat Baba Faqir Muhammad Churahi Naqshbandi, a renowned saint of that period, came over to visit Maulvi Ghulam Nabi, who resided at village Chak Quraishiyan, District Sialkot, located in the vicinity of Alipur Sayyidan. On getting the news, Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam lost no time in calling in on Hazrat Baba Sahib. The latter very kindly admitted him as a disciple into the Naqshbandia religious order, and favoured him with especial consideration.

Shortly afterwards, Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam paid his first visit to Churah Sharif to meet Hazrat Babaji. At the time of the former’s departure, Hazrat Babaji took off his turban and put it on Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam’s head, thus appointing Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam his deputy, and adding: “Be resolute in remembering Allah, and persist in religious instruction to people at large.”

Some of Hazrat Babaji’s disciples started grumbling and complained to him about this instantaneous elevation in rank of Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam, notwithstanding the complainants’ long-standing allegiance and day and night attendance at Hazrat Babaji’s shrine. The latter declared in no uncertain terms: “I am well aware of matters that you people don’t know about. I just cannot make any such decisions without the explicit command of Almighty Allah. Hafizji Sahib (Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam) had carried with him all the paraphernalia: lantern, wick, and oil, all bestowed upon him by Almighty Allah. What I simply did was setting the lantern alight with divine directive.”


During the rule of the Turks, everyone offering prayers in the Holy Haram Sharif at Madinah was forced to leave the premises after the ‘Isha prayers. However, Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam enjoyed the special privilege of staying overnight inside the grill of the tomb of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.), accompanied by four other people. Whenever he visited the holy tomb, he was overawed by respect and his whole body trembled out of sheer reverence. Even in bitter cold, he would break out in a sweat, making his dress wet, while his complexion would turn pale or ruddy.


Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam’s philosophy of mysticism was not forsaking worldly relations and becoming a recluse. He enjoyed good food; was well-dressed; and strictly followed the edicts of Islamic law in the administration of his day-to-day affairs. Observance of Prophet Muhammad’s (P.B.U.H.) traditions in letter and spirit was an integral part of his practice and temperament, and he emphasized the need to do the same to his disciples.


Hundreds of Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam’s followers were, in their early lives, habituated to wicked deeds or were hardened criminals--having been involved in thievery, robbery, drunkenness, roguery, knavery, and what have you. Nonetheless, they were totally transformed and became the exact opposite under the influence of his vibrant spiritual influence—as if transmuted by alchemy! Now, they started strictly observing the daily prayers and the Ramazan fasting; performed Hajj; and devoted themselves to public service, specifically assisting the needy. According to one estimate, the number of Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam’s followers exceeds six lacs, spread all over the world. On a broader spectrum, his blessings and instructions also encompassed the Genii in general, and it is a fact that Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam guided many a rebellious genie to the straight path.