Justice Katju on Nizamuddin Auliya

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).


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