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By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi
In early December, countless devotees turned up to seek blessings at the shrine of Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya, on the occasion of his 801st birth anniversary.
Popularly known as Sultan-ul-Mashaikh (king of the Sufi saints) and Mahbub-e-Ilahi, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya was born on 3 April 1325. He emerged as one of the pioneers of the Chishti Sufi order in the Indian Subcontinent. For him, true love for God was translated into sincere love
for humanity. The surest way to attain personal relationship with God, he believed, is to render selfless service to humanity. Inspired by his spiritual masters, particularly Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Muinuddin Chishti of Ajmer, he espoused universal values in his mission of khidmat-e-khalq (service for humanity).