Mehru Jaffer, born and brought up in Lucknow now teaches at the Webster University and the University of Vienna. She is the author of The Book of Muhammad and The Book of Muinuddin Chishti, and her third book is The Book of Nizamuddin Aulia, of whom Baba Farid, Nizamuddin’s mentor said ‘Nizamuddin, you will be a tree under whose shadow people will find rest.’
The Book of Nizamuddin Aulia reveals the life and teachings of the most beloved and revered of medieval Sufi saints. Nizamuddin Aulia was born in 1236, in great poverty. He grew up in a tumultuous world and saw three dynasties and seven sultans wreak havoc over an entire nation in the name of religion. Staying away from the corridors of power, the mystic chose instead to dedicate his life to the Sufi vision of love and spiritual enlightenment and to serving the needs of the poor.
If Muinuddin Chishti introduced Sufism to India, Nizamuddin helped spread his message across the country as the head of the Chishti Sufi order. Even today, his shrine in New Delhi, the Nizamuddin Dargah, draws countless devotees and visitors.
In our History section, in paperback, 200 pages, Rs. 250, ISBN: 9780143419174