His Eminence Pir Sahib
Qudwatul Awliya Shaykh-ul-Mashaikh Naqeeb-ul-Ashraaf Hazoor Pir Syedna Tahir Allauddin Al-Qadri Al-Gillani Al-Baghdadi (ra) is a personality that is beyond any introduction. Their holy name is familiar to everyone across the four corners of the globe. They were the Qutb and Ghous of their time, and in every aspect of their blessed character and personality was a true reflection of their great ancestor Shaykh e Kul wa Sultan ul Awliya , Mahboob e Subhani Qutb e Rabbani Ghous e Azzam Dastageer, Abu Muhammad Mohyuddin Shaykh Syedna Abdul Qadir Al Jillani Al-Hassani Al-Hussaini (ra). Over 10 Million people repented at the blessed hands of Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya (ra) and thus initiated into Silsilah e Qadriah Tahiria by taking baith. Throughout their life Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya (ra) devoted themself for the spiritual training of the people and trained many people and appointed them Khilafat. Thirty-two People were blessed with Khilafat and these Khulafas (highly trained spiritual personalities) are following the steps taken by their beloved Sheikh. One of these special personalities is His Eminence, Pir-e-Tareeqat Rehbar-e-Shariat Pir Syed Khalid Ali Tahiri Qadri, who has spent their full life at the feet of their beloved Shaykh Hazoor Pir Syedna Qudwatul Awliya (ra). Pir Sahib have migrated to the United Kingdom for the sole-purpose of propagating Silsilah e Qadiria and for this purpose launched Darbar e Ghousia Qadria Tahiria UK in Bradford, where they are distributing the Spiritual Blessings (Fayz) of Hazoor Pir Syedna Qudwatul Awliya(ra) and Hazoor Syedna Ghous-e-Azzam.
His Eminence Pir-e-Tariqat Rebar-e-Shariat Pir Syed Khalid Ali Tahiri Qadri (alias Pir Sahib) were born on 7th August 1962. Pir Sahib was born in Karachi (Pakistan) and hail from a noble religious Syed-Rizvi family. Pir Sahib’s grandfather was called Hazrat Syed Raza Ali (ra) who migrated from Iraq to Brailly Shareef. They were baith to Ala’ Hazrat Imaam Ahmed Raza Khan Brelvi (ra) and spent their full life in the service of Imaam e Ahl e Sunnat (ra). In Brailly Shareef, Hadhrat Syed Raza Ali (ra), alongside their full family lived in Nau-Mehla (Nine Palaces).
After the Demise (wisaal) of Ala’ Hadhrat (ra), Hadhrat Syed Raza Ali migrated to Karachi and settled there. They had three sons and the second son was Hadrat Syed Mahboob Ali (ra) - the blessed father of Pir Sahib. Hadhrat Syed Mahboob Ali were very humble, religious and god-fearing.
Since a very young age, Pir Sahib led a pure and simple life. They were very different to other children of their time and refrained from the typical childhood participation of games. Instead, they were more inclined towards learning about Islam and their education. At this young age, Pir Sahib’s Grandfather and Father had both predicted that Syed Khalid Ali will grow up to attain a great status which came true in a short span of time. A few years later, when Pir Saab reached the age of around fifteen, one of the first few people to refer to Pir Sahib as a ‘Pir’ was none other than their Father. Everyone refers to a ‘Pir’ as a ‘Pir’ but it is uncommon for a father to refer to his own son a ‘Pir’.
Another incident from the blessed childhood of Pir Sahib was that they had an elder uncle Hadhrat Syed Sultan Ali Tahiri, who had five Children but all had sadly died still-born. Their uncle brought Pir Sahib home and took them under his care and looked after him as his own son. As a result of Pir Sahib’s blessed presence in the house, the aunty had three daughters who survived.
From these two short incidents, you can see the reverence Pir sahib was shown, as a young child from his family.
Pir Sahib completed their early education at a goverment School in Karachi. From a young age, they were an outstanding student and stood out from the other students. Their teachers all loved teaching them and showered them with special affection, love and attention. Their nursery teacher is still in contact with them to this day. They continued on with their further education and then progressed to a Masters in Islamic Studies from Karachi University. At the same time Pir Sahib received their religious education, which included completing Dars e Nizami in Madrassa Subhania
From a young age, Pir Sahib led an ascetic way of life and were punctual in their daily prayers as well as regularly performing optional prayers (nawaafil), reciting Durood Shareef in abundance and other wazaif. Pir Sahib had immense love and reverence for Hazoor Syedna Ghaus-e-Azzam Shaykh Abdul Qadir Al-Gillani (ra). They dedicated a Chiraag (lamp) in the Holy name of Hazoor Syedna Ghaus-e-Azzam (ra) and this Chiraag has been lit every Thursday continuously for the past twenty-five Years, without any interruption.
Pir Sahib first arranged a Gyarwain Shareef twenty-five years ago with the mere sum of only thirty-seven Rupees, and since then the Gyarwain Shareef has greatly excelled in numbers and now a Grand Gyarwain Shareef is held every Month at Darbar-e-Ghousia Qadria Tahiria, which is attended by Scholars, Naat Khawans and Mureeden from across the country and several other Gyarwain Shareefs are also held across the world under the spiritual supervision and guidance of Pir Sahib.
In their early youth, a close-friend of Pir Sahib called Marghoob Ahmed took them along to meet their Pir-o-Murshid Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya (ra). Pir Sahib had met many great Mashaikh of their time but their heart did not feel inclined into pledging Baith to any. When Pir Sahib entered into the presence of Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya (ra), their first glance of Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya (ra) had such an effect on Pir Sahib that they could not move or speak. On the very same day (Monday) after Namaz-e-Asar that they pledged allegiance (Baith) at the hands of Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya (ra). This episode was a life-changing experience for Pir Sahib and from this day onwards to the present day, Pir Sahib have spent their entire life devoted in the service of their Pir-o-Murshid Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya (ra).
It is impossible to describe how much love and reverence Pir Sahib have for their Pir-o-Murshid Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya (ra). They have drowned themselves so much in the love of their Pir-o-Murshid that Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya (ra) themselves said, “I do not differentiate Khalid from my own sons”
During this time, a Tutor was required to teach Shezada-e-Ghous ul Wara' Hazoor Pir Al-Syed Muhammad Ziauddin Al-Qadri All-Gillani, the beloved son of Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya-ra. Everyone who had received this news desired that they be chosen for this post and gave their names in the hope that they would be fortunate enough of having the honour of being the tutor of Hazoor Pir Al-Syed Muhammad Ziauddin Al-Qadri Al -Gillani. However, when the time came for the decision to be made, Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya (ra) said:
”Mastero Kay Master Sirf Master Khalid Hai, Ghaus Paak(ra) Kay BabarSher Par Danda Chalatay hay” "In teachers there is only one, who is the teacher of teachers and that is Master Khalid. Only Master Khalid will be firm on the brave Lion of Hazoor Syedna Ghaus e Azzam (ra)’.
Pir Sahib was appointed as the tutor of Hazoor Pir Al-Syed Muhammad Ziauddin Al-Gillani Al-Qadri and continued teaching them for more than five Years.
Since a young age, Pir Sahib have had a great thirst for knowledge (both Zaahiri and Baatini). As a young student, they had questions that baffled the greatest and most eminent Mashaikh and Scholars of that time. None of these scholars could give a satisfactory reply. It was only when they finally asked their Pir-o-Murshid Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya(ra) that their thirst was quenched and all their questions were finally answered.
One of these questions was regarding the Durood Shareef that Allah Taala recites. Allah Taala states in the Holy Quran that ‘Allah Taala and his Angels recite Durood and Salaam upon the Holy Prophet’ and has instructed all believers to also recite Durood and Salaam upon the Holy Prophet(saw). Since a young age Pir Sahib have had a practice of constantly reciting Durood Shareef in abundance. They asked many eminent Mashaikh about the ‘Durood Shareef’ that Allah Taala recites but all the Mashaikh could not answer. It was only when Pir Sahib posed this question to Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya(ra) during the weekly Friday Gathering that they received the answer. Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya(ra) smiled after Pir Sahib asked and started reading the actual Durood and instructed Pir Sahib to repeat this Durood word-by-word. After teaching and trusting this Durood Shareef to Pir Sahib, Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul(ra) said that ‘Khalid, This is that Durood that if you read it and make a dua, your dua is guaranteed to be accepted even if you recite it in a state of intoxication (after consuming alcohol).
Another Question which arose was the burial of Jinn. Pir Sahib asked many scholars about ‘When Jinn die, where do they get buried’. Every Scholar had a different answer or opinion on this matter. Some claimed that Jinn got buried in Muslim Graveyards whilst other claimed there was a special graveyard for Jinn in a place called Ko’Kaab. When Pir Sahib posed this question to Hazoor Syedna Qudwatul Awliya(ra) they said ‘that the answer to this question is very simple.
What are Human created off? Clay?
What are Angels created off? Noor?
What are Jinn created off? Fire?
After asking these three questions Pir Sahib said that ‘When Jinn die, they turn to Ash!’
Other Questions included the Name of the blessed mother of Hazrat Syedna Musa (AS); which is a name that is sought by many amileen.