KHADIMS

The "Khadims" (Khuddam) Of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A) History & Genealogical Trace. According to the references available in the authentic historical sources it is evident that a small batch of the pious followers had escorted Gharib Nawaz (R.A) on his mission. There number is said to be around 40 but one of them was certainly Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Ahmad Gurdezi (R.A) also know as Maulana Ahmad.
When Gharib Nawaz (R.A) proceeded for India , his Pee-o-Murshid (spiritual mentor) HAZRAT KHWAJA USMAN HARUNI(R.A) asked him to take one of his blood relation Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhurddin Ahmad Gurdezi (R.A) along with him. Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhurddin Ahmad Gurdezi (R.A) the Khadim-e-khas used to attend Hazrat Gharib Nawaz (R.A) through out the day and night in and out, therefore, he and his descendants the present khadim community took pride and deemed it an honor to be called as "KHADIM" of Hazart Gharib Nawaz (R.A). Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhurddin Ahmad Gurdezi (R.A) stayed with HAZRAT KHWAJA GHARIB NAWAZ (R.A) upto his last breath and when HAZRAT KHWAJA GHARIB NAWAZ (R.A) kept himself busy in prayer and meditation or in seclusion for a number of days he looked after his affairs and management of Khankah and Langar Khana. HAZRAT KHWAJA SYED FAKHRUDDIN AHMAD GURDEZI (R.A) died in Ajmer , on 25th of Rajab 642 A.H. /1245 (nearly a decade after the "Wissal" death of HAZRAT KHWAJA GHARIB NAWAZ (R.A) and was buried as "Tosh-e-Khana" (Toshak Khana). His annual urs, is celebrated on the 25th Rajab, with all religious ceremonies by the Khuddam Khwaja Sahib (Syedzadgan).
The khuddam of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaj (R.A) known as "Syedzadgan" trace their descent from Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhurddin Ahmad Gurdezi (R.A). Thus the ‘Khadims’ are performing their religious duties as their fore – fathers had done in the past . They served the Mazar-e-Pak (Shrine) and pray also on behalf of those unable to come to Ajmer and have faith in HAZRAT KHWAJA GHARIB NAWAZ (R.A) and are desirous of obtaining his blessings. Their rights to serve the shrine, to perform religious rituals and arrange spiritual functions and to receive all kinds of Nazar are hereditary and have also been judicially recognized.
The documentary evidences in the ‘ Malfoozat’ (sayings) of Chishtia order and historical literature, Shahi Faramin, Sandals etc. (imperial orders) Jagirs, honors and rewards conferred upon them from time to time not only by Muslim Rulers but also many Hindu Rajas and Christians of India, which was also conferred by the British Government during their succeeding regimes indicate that they are the real custodians of the shrines, as the whole management, control of all the affairs, inside the tomb (Gumbad Mubarak) of the shrine , are exclusively in their hands, Although Khadims have faced a number of revolutions and changes of Government, but under all circumstances and worst political setup they kept themselves attached to the shrine and performed all their traditional duties and services
1. "The defendant is a Khadim of the Dargah, and the Khadims of Dargah are hereditary Khadims, not in the sense of house hold servants. They perform priestly functions Their Connection With the Shrine is not only Ancient but intimate. They introduce pilgrims to the Shrine their business keeps them attached to the Dargah, and to be present in it and to go to it at all hours of the day. They look to the comforts of the pilgrims whom they introduce while inside the Dargah" AIR 1959 Raj. P. 177 = RLW 1959 P. 503. Para . 21
2. "The Khadim's right to receive offerings which has been judicially recognized is in no manner affected or prejudiced by the impugned provisions. Even after the Act came into force pilgrims might and would make offerings to the Khadims and there is no provision in the Act which prevents them from accepting such offerings when made" AIR - 1961 Supreme Court - Page 1402
3. There has been a litigation between the Dargah Committee (Central Govt. body) and Khadims for last 4 decades regarding the droppings in the historical two Degs (Pots) installed by Mughal emperors Akbar & Jahangir in the Dargah Sharif. The civil suit No. 61 of 1970 was instituted in the court of learned District Judge, Ajmer against the defendants that the droppings in the two Degs mainly on the ground that after the commencement of the Dargah Khwaja Sahib Act, 1955, the two Degs installed in Dargah belongs to Dargah Committee because of the Dargah endowment. The defendants Khadims disputed the claim of the Dargah Committee on the ground that since inception, the Khadims have been receiving the droppings in two Degs, which is Nazare HAZRAT KHWAJA GHARIB NAWAZ (R.A) and they are not covered by the term Dargah Endowment. The learned trial court relying on the judgment of the Hon'ble Supreme Court 1961 Page 1402 and number of witnesses & history regarding offerings came to the conclusion that since inception, the Khadims have been receiving the droppings in the two Degs and hence it has been judicially recognized. Thus the suit of the Dargah Committee was finally dismissed in favour of Khadims on 10th March, 2006 by the learned Additional Civil Judge, Court No. 1, Ajmer .