Early Life of Khwaja Ubaidullah Ahrar is considered as the most acclaimed and sagacious Naqshbandi leader who played a significant role in influencing countless lives and changing the perception about Sufism that was earlier considered as seclusion from society.
Birth Place and Family Tree
Khwaja Ubaidullah Ahrar was born in a village in Baqistan Tashkent (current Uzbekistan). His father had agricultural lands and used to do trade as well. Khwaja Ahrar had his parental roots from Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (R.A) and maternal roots from Hazrat Umar (R.A) which quite explains his wisdom, charisma, and accomplishments as a mystic leader.
Early Life and Education
Khwaja Ahrar was sent to Samarkand for education but he didn’t get well-acquainted with the contemporary subjects being taught at that time. History records reveal that he didn’t acquire formal education but no one could ever tell that this great leader didn’t have an institute degree or certificate. The way he talked and solved problems with his insight and astuteness got him more respect and acclaim than the learned people of his time.
A Man of Character and Strength
Unlike the other young lads, Khwaja Ahrar had a serious demeanor. He had a strong character and possessed the ability to analyze the meaning of life. He had the gift to mesmerize his listeners with rationality, his logical reasoning, and balanced arguments are the reasons Naqashbandi Order gained the largest number of followers in central Asia.
Interpreting the True Essence of Islam
For a religious leader, it is very important to interpret and preach the true meanings of religion. Khwaja Ahrar understood that Islam has an inclusive way of life, he asked his followers to strike a balance between religious rituals and worldly endeavors. Mendacity isn’t about secluding and cutting off from the outside world; it lies in being humble and loving towards God and His creatures.
The Beacon of Change
Khwaja Ahrar was indeed the beacon of change, he ensured that his followers participate in social and trade activities without compromising on the religious responsibilities. He contributed a lion’s share in influencing the economy and political system and proved himself as a man of parts.