His pious parents were married in 1964. Six months had passed but Shaykh’s respected Mother did not receive any maternity news on which she discussed the matter with her mother. On hearing this, she suggested a visit to the Dergah of Hazrat Baba Farid-ud-din Ganj Shakkar on which the mother of Mawlana Shaykh immediately left for Pakpatan Sharif from Bahawalpur with her parents. Due to the long journey they arrived there at night, so after paying respect at the Shrine, they laid down for rest in the ‘praying area’ of Hazrat Sabir Kalaye’er Sharif. That night, Shaykh’s mother met Hazrat Baba Farid-ud-din Ganj Shakar in her dream. She saw Hazrat Shaykh giving her four ‘sweets’. She narrated the vision to her mother the following morning. Her mother, the learnt! Delighted on hearing such interpreted the dream that her daughter would soon give birth to a son. By the Spiritual Blessings (Fai’z) and the Prayer (Du’a) of Baba Farid-ud-din Ganj Shakkar a beautiful boy was soon born in Mohammad Munawar-ud-din’s house on 16th November 1966 in Lahore, Pakistan. This beautiful news was given to him while he was on his shop. In the happiness on his son’s birth he started to give everything away free to his customers. His friends sitting beside asked him, ‘why was he distributing the trade and giving commodities free of cost?’ On which he answered that Allah Almighty had blessed him with a son. His mother kept his name Mohsin, the Humanitarian. The interpretation of the dream that Shaykh’s mother had on the shrine of Hazrat Baba Farid-ud-din Ganj Shakkar was concluded when Shaykh’s mother gave birth to three more sons later, Mubashir Munawar-ud-Din, Moazzam Munawar-ud-Din and Mansoor Munawar-ud-Din. The effect of that dream also became visual through one instance in childhood of Mawlana Shaykh. His mother went to pay homage at the Maqa’am (Mausoleum) of Hazrat Baba Farid-ud-Din Ganj Shakkar , She also paid respect at the Maqa’am (Mausoleum) of Hazrat Chan Pir Sarkar on her way back. All the people were inside the mausoleum while Shaykh as a Child picked up four wooden blocks from the ‘Taweez mubarak’ and voiced that he will take them back with him. A Sufi Saint, watching all the phenomenon, came to Him at once and said, “Son leave these blocks your mother has already got them” and He left them there. According to Mawlana Shaykh Baba Farid-ud-din Ganj Shakkar had a special relation with him and his family.
Shaykh as a Child
Since Childhood, he was inclined towards religion and the Awliya’a. He was often away from his house and was found at the Maqam of Hazrat Data Ali Hujweri. Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi once revealed that he was in the company of the Awliya’a from before His birth. He completed the recitation of the Holy Quran at the age of six. His Childhood friend, Sheikh Amir Waheed Mohsini who also became His Muree’d (Disciple) later, in the memory of their school-life he narrates, Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi would always remain in the state of Wudu (Ablution), be it the school, playground or wherever He used to be, Shaykh would always be found in that state. Thus, from his very childhood he stood as a unique and a distinctive personality.
His Love for Aulia Allah
According to Mawlana Shaykh, the bonds of souls are so strong that every soul is connected with another in the world of souls (Alam-e Arwa’ah). He further relates that He is strongly connected with the mausoleums/Shrines (Mazaar’s) of the Aulia-e Karam. Since childhood, he have had great attraction with mausoleum/Shrines (Mazaar’s) of the Aulia-e Karam.
He studied in Cathedral School until Matric and then furthered his studies at Jinnah Islamia College of Commerce from 1984 – 1986 from where Shaykh did F.A. Later he attained a Bachelo r’s Degree in Commerce from Hailey College of Commerce, Punjab University in 1989.
Shaykh received his religious education from Mufti Mohammad Ramzan Qadri
Bait-e-Tariqa’a (Oath of Allegiance)
While Mawlana Shaykh was studying at Hailey college, Punjab University, he made his Bait e Tareekah (Oath of Allegiance) on the blessed hands of Peer-e-Tareekah, Qutb Al Aqtaab, Shaykh Mohammad Yousef Ali Nagina Shaykh narrates, “Once Shaykh Hazrat Yusuf Ali Nagina came to Haji Mohammad Iqbal Yousafi’s house in Lahore. My Brother Mubashir Munawar Yousafi, my friend Muneeb Zia Yousafi and I went along with Syed Zulfiqar Hussain Shah Yousafi to Haji Mohammad Iqbal Sahib’s house’’. According to Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi that as long as they stayed there, Shaykh Yousaf Ali Nagina conversed about the Holy Prophet and tears were falling from his eyes continuously. Since then Shaykh had such affiliation that Shaykh never left Grand Shaykh Baba Gee Sarkar Nagina. Mawlana Shaykh is reported to have said, “That was the last day of my precious life. It felt as if everything had finished and a new era had begun. Shaykh Mohammad Yousef Ali Nagina went back to Faisalabad but I, Mohsin could not forget him at any time. His illuminated face permanently resided in my mind and heart”. Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi indeed was a Wali Allah since Birth. The day He saw the Blessed face of His Shaykh, He reached the Station of Fana’a Fil Shaykh (Annihilation in Shaykh) Now that the heart was disturbed, the only remedy was to go the Dergah of his Beloved Shaykh. Therefore, Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi decided to leave for Faisalabad with Syed Zulfiqar Hussain Shah Yousafi. When they arrived at the Dergah, Shaykh Mohammad Yousef Ali Nagina was resting on a cot positioned under the shade of a tree. Mawlana Shaykh describes the meeting as such: When we arrived in Faisalabad from Lahore, we boarded on a bus from GST bus stand which took us to “Keekre Wale Stop” in one and a half hour and we bought some fruit from there. From there I found out that Hazoor Baba Ji Sarkar Yusuf Ali Nagina liked mangoes. However, Shah Sahib bought some mangoes and told me to buy some plums but at the same time I was thinking whether Hazoor Baba Ji Sarkar will eat plums or not. Anyways, we took a horse carriageTonga and started our journey towards the Destination. Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi narrated the incident as, sheikh3 ‘’I had heard, The Dergah of Awliya ‘a are the doors of the resting place of the Holy Prophet, thus, I came to know the logic of what I heard. I only had heard it before meeting Qibla Shaykh Baba Gee Sarkar but now I was witnessing it with my eyes when we visited the Dergah of Hazrat Shaykh Yusuf Ali Nagina. Even today the memories of that Sohbat are fresh as if it had taken place only a few moments ago. The memories of that Sohbat imprinted in my heart and mind. SubhanAllah, His personality was so sweet; he had extraordinary peace and the dignity of Sunnah and Shariah. He was such a staunch follower of the Sunnah that he didn’t tolerate anything against Sunnah. There was no difference between his apparent personality and his heart. Shaykh Baba Ji was resting under a tree when I did Bayah on his hand there and then. After Bayah, Hazoor Baba Ji Sarkar asked my name thrice. He said, “Son what is your name?” I answered “Mohsin Munawar”. Sometimes I answered and sometimes Shah Sahib. My Shaykh repeated my name and said, “Right, right… Mohsin Munawar”. It seemed like he was asking my name and telling someone else like, “I accepted him, you also accept him”. After sometime, Shaykh’s elder son Shaykh e Tareekah Sahibzada Allah Ditta Yousafi came and said, “There are plums and mangoes, if u desire, may I bring the mangoes for you?” Shaykh answered, “Today I won’t have mangoes, bring plums for me!” That was another important happening of that day. When Shah Sahib heard this, He cried and whispered in my ear, “Today Baba Ji have given His last Fa’ez (Spiritual Blessings). It was my third meeting (Sohbat) with him. Few days after the Bayah, I met Shah Sahib. He congratulated me and told me that I will have the vision of Holy Prophet soon.’’ Shaykh-e-Tareekah Muhammad Mohsin Munawar Yousafi believes that Shaykh (Murshid) is the Owner of the house, when he goes to a house of his Mure’ed (Disciple); he is not the guest but the Owner. When Shaykh-e Tareekah comes to the house of his devotee, the devotee should feel that the fields are being watered and he has to keep standing there with a sickle in his hand. It means that he should not sleep the whole night, so that there should be no disrespect of Shaykh. Mawlana Shaykh gave the practical example of this when he narrated that once his Shaykh Haji Mohammad Yousef Ali Nagina came to his house. He laid down for rest but Mawlana Shaykh remained standing respectfully on his side until the next morning. It was a long night of winter and if he had desired, he could have sat near the bed but he kept standing that Shaykh may require something so He should be present. Indeed, a beautiful of example of Adab and Love for His Shaykh. In the morning, all family members of Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi prepared the breakfast ‘Langer Sharif’; Even his respected father Mr. Mohammad Munawar-ud-Din made something for the breakfast for Barakah. When the breakfast was presented, all the people there wanted Grand Shaykh to have something from their prepared dish. A ‘mazee pan’ cake was prepared for Shaykh Yusuf Ali Nagina but during the breakfast he didn’t eat the cake since the prayer time had arrived. After the prayer, when the things were being gathered, a thought crossed Mawlana Shaykh’s mind that his Shaykh didn’t eat the cake when all of a sudden Baba Ji asked for the cake and after having a slice of it gave He gave back the cake to Mawlana Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi. GrandShaykh knew what was going into the Heart and Mind of Shaykh Muhammad Mohsin Munawar Yousafi due to which he asked for the cake. The Respect of Things associated with Shaykh-e Tareekah Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi was lost in thoughts of Grand Shaykh Hazrat Yusuf Ali Nagina after the Bayah. Mawlana Shaykh said, ‘’I only had one occupation, and that was to be lost in His thoughts and talk only about Him all the time after Bayah’’. Grand Shaykh Baba Yusuf Ali Nagina was seriously sick during the last few years of His life. He was admitted in Ghulab Devi Hospital, Lahore. One day the doctor gave Him injection and after cleaning His arm threw the swab of cotton away. Since the cotton had touched the body of Shaykh-e Tareekah, Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi at once picked up the cotton secretly and put it away safely.’ Grand Shaykh became physically weak during His illness so his sons and devotees fed Him with their own hands. Once they were feeding him Milk; Shaykh Yusuf Ali Nagina ewas so weak that though He drank the milk but some of the milk dripped from the sides of His lips onto His beard. Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi went forward at once, put his hand underneath Grand Shaykh’s Beard and collected the Milk in his hands. He drank the extract of milk and rubbed the rest on his face and Beard, while other Peer Bhai’s (Spiritual Brothers) watched him with envy.
The News of the Demise of Shaykh-e Tareekah
Shaykh Muhammad Mohsin Munawar Yousafi stated,sheikh4 “Immediately after the Bayah, I had vision of the Holy Prophet. During the first three years after the Bayah, there was such a ‘continuity’ of the visions, that I had Ziara’ah of the Holy Prophet twenty-nine times in three years. On one hand, due to the blessings and grace of Shaykh Yusuf Ali Nagina I had visions of the Holy Prophet and on the other hand there was the terrible news of the passing of my Shaykh waiting for me. It was a very crucial time for me and I felt that someone had robbed me completely; I felt so lonely and could not have peace at any time, tears fell continuously from my eyes. I roamed about in the streets of Lahore the whole day without caring about food or clothes. I became so week that I looked like a skeleton.”
Three Years after the Bayah
Mawlana Shaykh reports, “The initial three years after the Bayah were very important in my life. After the initiation on Shaykh hands, the Holy Prophet showered His ultimate blessings. I had visions of the Holy Prophet for at least twenty nine times. On 20th March 1990, I was reciting my own couplet (Verses) when I had the vision of the Holy Prophet for the first time. I dozed off while reciting the couplet when I had the vision and it was also the acceptance of the verse by the Holy Prophet ”.
The occurrence of receiving Khilafat from the chain of ‘Yousafiya Naqshdandiya’ is remarkable. After the passing of Shaykh Yusuf Ali Nagina, Mawlana Shaykh saw His Shaykh Hazrat Nagina Sahib in a dream seated. He embraced Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi saying, ‘Now you sit here and I am going.’ After the vision, when Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi went to the Dergah of Hazrat Baba Ji Nagina at Peele Gojra Sharif, Shaykh’s Son, Shaykh-e-Tareekah Sahibzada Mohammed Allah Ditta Yousafi Zamzam welcomed Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi and without hearing anything from Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi, he announced: “Mohsin Munawar, I congratulate you, I have been ordered to confer the Khilafat on you”. After being blessed with the Khilafat, I pledged at the resting place of my Shaykh that I will spread the enlightenment that had been lighted in my heart by Shaykh Yusuf Ali Nagina and will spend my whole life in serving the humanity by spreading the true spirit of Islam. Khilafat by Sultan ul Awliya Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani sheikh5On 3rd. January, 2011, the lord of Baghdad conferred the Khilafat on Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi Naqshbandi physically. Detailed explanation can be found in autobiographical Book of Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi called ‘Mohsin Bazu ba’an e Mohsin’. He stated, ‘My only purpose to visit Baghdad was to pay homage at the sacred venues of Baghdad Shareef before visiting any other place. My intention was to pay respect at the mausoleum of Syed ul Awliya ’a, Mehboob e Subhani Qutb e Rabbani Shahbaz e Laamaka’ani Meera Muhaiyudde’en Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani at first and then go to any other place. Shaykh related, “On Monday 3rd. January, before going to pay homage, I was reciting Durood on Prophet Muhammad for five thousand times, my heart illuminated with the vision of the Holy Prophet in such a way that I felt a strange exhilaration. After sending Blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad’ I had breakfast in my room and performed fresh ablution. Then I asked the taxi driver to take me to the sacred mausoleum of Hazrat Ghous-ul Azam. I was standing at the Mausoleum, I started trembling with respect; at first I wanted to embrace the trellis of Mausoleum out of love but at the same time I couldn’t even breathe properly out of respect. I was surprised that I am there to whom I had been paying respect day and night for the last twenty five years and I am standing at His Mausoleum. I offered ‘Fateha’ and remained standing there for some time, the event when Hazrat Khawaja Khawajgan Bahauddin Naqshband paid respect at the resting place of Ghous E Azam Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani and He listened Him occurred once again. Hazrat Khawaja Khwajgaa’n Bahauddin Naqshband said (while meditating), Translation: ‘You hold the hands of everyone, Please hold my hand, because The person whose hand you hold He hold hands of others. (The helper of others)’ Ghous-ul Azam Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani answered from His Resting Place, Translation: ‘Oh the fastener of the ‘naqsh’ of the whole world, sheikh6 Fasten my ‘naqsh’ in such a way that you are called the ‘Naqshband’. When I opened my eyes and came out from the meditation, I was overjoyed by the attention of Ghous-ul Azam on me because I had received the Khilafat and Delegation from him. I could not believe my eyes saw Hazrat Ghous-ul Azam sitting against the trellis of the Mausoleum holding a big jug full of milk. He poured a glass of milk for my respected wife and gave the rest to me. While in meditation, I saw Him coming out from the Mausoleum holding a green shawl which He gave me. After sometime, when I had connection with Him, I saw that He had a Chair in His hand and He ordered me to sit on it.’’ Shaykh Muhammad Mohsin Munawar Yousafi did not inform others about getting the Khilafat (Deputation) from Shah E Baghdad and kept it a secret. Explanation in His Words, “I hinted to a friend about the great ‘deputation’ that had been conferred on me by Hazrat Ghous-ul Azam, but I did not tell the whole matter to anyone else but my wife. I assumed that the Incident of ‘Khilafat, Permission and Delegation’ cannot be acknowledged easily by everyone and also I was aware of my level in the world of spiritualism”. Therefore, in respect and trepidation, Shaykh remained silent. ‘Mushk aan ast ke khood bagweed’, meaning that it is the quality of the fragrance that it spreads everywhere and thus cannot be hidden. In the same way, Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi’s status became evident. Hazrat Ghous-ul Azam Himself informed others through His Tassarr’uf, Kara’amaat (Miracles) and Dreams about Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi’s Status which Shaykh was keeping a secret. Kara’ama’at (Miracles) and dreams of people had who are spiritually and personally connected with Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi can be read in detail in the book entitled ‘Mohsin-e Azam Fee Manaaqib e Ghous ul Azam. This book was written on the Kara’ama’at (Miracles) of Hazoor Ghous-ul Azam Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani after travelling to Baghdad Shareef in 2011 and 2012 by Mawlana Shaykh. This book is based on the Station and Tasarruf of Hazoor Ghous-ul Azam Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani in present time. The mass content of this Book contains the bilateral love and connection between Huzoor Ghous Al Azam Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jila’ani and Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi. It also explains the Dreams and Kara’amat (Miracles) experienced by Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi Al Naqshbandi’s Mureede’en(Disciples) in which Shaykh Ghous-ul Azam Himself highlighted the Current Ghous and the Sultan ul Awliya Station of Shaykh Mohsin Munawar Yousafi Al Naqshbandi.