The Azeemia Sufi Order (Silsila-e-Azeemia) is named after its founder, Hassan Ukhra Sayyed Muhammed Azeem Burkhia, commonly known as Hazoor Qalandar Baba Auliya. It was established in July 1960 in Karachi (Pakistan) after being granted acceptance spiritually by the Holy Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him). Hazoor Qalandar Baba Auliya’s life history can be studied in more detail in his biography “Tazkira-e-Qalandar Baba Auliya”.
The present head of the Azeemia Sufi Order (khanwada of Silsila-e-Azeemia) is the Sufi Master Al Shaikh Khawaja Shamsuddin Azeemi. He was born on 17th October 1927 in Qasba-e-pirzaadgan in the district of Saharunpur, (UP) India. His lineage goes back to Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari, the famous host of Prophet Muhammad. He lived with and served his spiritual master Hazoor Qalandar Baba Auliya for sixteen years until Hazoor Qalandar Baba Auliya departed from this physical world. During this long companionship Hazoor Qalandar Baba Auliya prepared his able student, both at conscious and subconscious levels, to enable transference of his spiritual knowledge to him.
When a student of the founder (Imam) of a Sufi Order is transferred to that complete mental framework (pattern of thinking) which the founder spiritually inherited from the Holy Prophet Muhammad he is called the Khanwada of that Sufi Order.
When Hazoor Qalandar Baba Auliya was about to pass away he blew three times at Khawaja Shamsuddin Azeemi’s head and uttered… “You are to take my place and run my Silsila (Sufi Order) after me…the people who run a mission work obsessively”. Khawaja Shamsuddin Azeemi acted upon the advice of his spiritual master and worked day and night to promote his mission to all corners of the world. As a result, the Azeemia Sufi Order is now a well-known and respected Silsila across the globe.
One thing that particularly stands out in Khawaja Shamsudsdin Azeemi’s teachings is the way he tries to arouse feelings of love for Allah in people’s hearts. He has unveiled the mysteries surrounding spiritual knowledge and taken it out from an unrealistic and imaginary traditional image introduced and taught it as a science to the satisfaction of the modern scientific mind.
Presently there are more than seventy Azeemia Centres (Muraqba Halls) throughout the world working under his patronage to promote and spread spiritual knowledge and to serve humanity by offering solutions to their physical, mental, marital and social problems.
Khawaja Shamsuddin Azeemi is also the Chief Editor of Roohani Digest International. He has been writing columns for various newspapers and magazines for the past thirty-seven years, which cover a variety of spiritual subjects. Hundreds and thousands of people have benefited from the advice and solutions he has offered to their social, financial, psychological and health problems. He has answered numerous questions on paranormal manifestations and spiritual phenomena to the satisfaction of curious minds.
He has authored sixty booklets and twenty-nine books on metaphysical science, some of which have been translated into English, Sindhi, Arabic, Persian, Pushto, and Russian languages. In his latest book Muhammad the Messenger of Allah (Volume 1), he has portrayed, in a unique way, the Holy Prophet’s struggle and efforts to spread his mission. Volume 2 of the same book presents scientific explanations of the miracles performed by him. Light and Colour Therapy is another field which he has introduced in Pakistan and abroad in his unique scientific style. This book presents, from theory to practice, a healing method using Light and Colour based on his decades of experience in this field.
In order to encourage reading and to promote the learning of inner knowledge he has established more than ninety spiritual libraries throughout the world. His books are taught not only in the Qalandar Conscious Academy but also in colleges and universities in Pakistan and abroad.
He has been invited to give lectures at several universities and other educational establishments in Pakistan and abroad, which include Glasgow University, Arthur Findley College in London, Karachi University, Faisalabad Agricultural University, Lahore Bar Council, and King Edward Medical College. He was also presented with the shield of Walthamstow Town, London by the Lord Mayor of Walthamstow.
He has appeared in several talk shows, live programmes on various radio and television stations in Pakistan, UAE, UK< Europe, Canada and USA. He was especially invited to enlighten viewers or the audience on Inner Knowledge and to answer any questions or queries they might have on the subject.
“Khawaja Shamsuddin Azeemi Society”, an organisation named after him has established a public school in the remote area of Surjani Town in Pakistan especially for the benefit of children from low earning families. This Society aims to promote the education of modern science aw well as the Holy Qur’an and Islam in general, and is planning is planning to establish high standard educational institutes, libraries and research bodies. It also has a separate Islamic School (Madrasa), Behr-ul-Noor (The Sea of Light), wholly devoted to Qur’anic education e.g Memorisation of the Qur’an (Hifz) and Arabic text reading (Nazrah).
A phone service is also in operation, both within Pakistan and at some Azeemia centres outside Pakistan, to present solutions to people’s social, marital, family and spiritual problems, free of charge.
Up to eleven thousand letters addressed to Al-Shaikh Azeemi are replied to every month by the Azeemia World Centre (Markazi Muraqba Hall), Karachi. Nearly two million people have benefited from this service up to now, which is again totally free of charge.
In addition to the above, Surjani Welfare Clinic, blood transfusion service, and a free medical complex are also busy providing free health services to the people of Surjani Town i.e. those living within the vicinity of the Markazi Muraqba Hall, Karachi. Al-Shaikh Azeemi is personally supervising all this.
Khawaja Shamsuddin Azeemi is a staunch supporter of women’s rights and sex-equality. In his words, “the same soul (Ruh) is operating in both men and women, and they are therefore both equally capable of progressing in the field of spiritualism”. In his view it is mere male bigotry to consider women as inferior or less intelligent.
Al-Shaikh Azeemi’s mission and his invitation to the whole of mankind is that they should learn the Inner Knowledge and realise their latent potential so that they may get to know the Lord Creator of the universe, and hence enjoy a blissful life both here and in the hereafter.