Gharib Nawaz : The highest form of prayer

Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin, known as Khwaja Gharib Nawaz, the ‘comforter of the poor,’ said that it should be remembered that there is no better thing before Allah than prayer. Hazrat Qutb Saheb [his mureed, who became Hazrat Moinuddin’s spiritual successor] thereupon asked: “What type of prayer was that?” Khwaja Gharib Nawaz replied that that prayer consists in hearing the complaints of the aggrieved and to assist them, to help the needy and the oppressed, to feed the people and to get the captives free from captivity. All these things, Khwaja Gharib Nawaz emphasized, are of great importance.

Khwaja Gharib Nawaz was once asked to explain the highest form of religious devotion, which endeared man to Allah. He answered: Develop river-like generosity, sun-like bounty and earth-like hospitality.

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