Justice Katju on Nizamuddin Aulia and Amir Khusro

Amalendu Upadhyaya
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By Justice Markandey Katju

One day in Delhi the renowned Sufi saint, Nizamuddin Aulia ( 1238-1325 ), was standing with his disciple Amir Khusro ( 1253-1325 ), on the bank of the river Jumna.



The saint saw Hindu worshippers bathing in the Jumna, and remarked (in Persian) :

“Har Qaum raast raahe

Din-e-wa qibla gaahe”

Which means:

“Every people has a pole (qibla) to which it turns”

i.e.: Every sect has its own right path of worship.

Amir Khusro immediately completed the couplet with a verse of his own:

“Man qibla raast kardam

bar samt kaj kulahe”

Which means:

“I, however turn my face

towards the tilted cap”


In other words, Amir Khusro said that his path was that of Nizamuddin Aulia, i.e. Sufiism

(Nizamuddin Aulia used to wear a tilted cap).

(Justice Katju is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of India. These are his personal views.)
Justice Markandey Katju
Justice Markandey Katju

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