KHIDMAT BEFORE FAZAR PRAYER
About an hour before the ‘Salat’ of Fajar, Khadims of Khwaja Sahib gather in Begami Dalan with great respect & devotion. This Dalan is towards the East of the tomb and in this Dalan is the main entrance of the Mazar. At the fixed appropriate time all the Khadims stand near the ‘Door’ entrance. The devotees also follow them and stand with them in a highly honoured manner. One of the Khadims recites ‘AZAN’, As soon as the Azan ends, the Kalid Bardar opens the lock and then the door. Through this entrance the Khadis enter into the tomb and stand in between the main entrance and a small door which is still closed. Before opening this small door the Kalid Bardar sends Darood and Salam to the Holy Prophet and his descendants and to Huzoor Gharib Nawaz. After this the small door is opended and Khadims enter into the tomb.
After entering into the tomb, they make themselves ready for ‘Khidmat’. Some of the stand round the first enceinte of the azar (Grave) some enter in between the space of two enceintes and some enter in between the space of the Holy Mazar and the second enceinte. Now, they remove the flowers and chadar from Mazar, clean the Mazar and its surroundings, offer new chadar and fresh flowers. As soon as this particular ceremony ends, the Khadims standing in between the two ancients and outside the second enceinte start cleaning the floor with ‘Farasha’ (it is an special dust remover made of Peacock feathers).
During this ceremony devotees are not permitted to enter the tomb. For them the southern door of the tomb is opened from where they are allowed to enter into the tomb and sit silently in the open space near the tomb of Hazrat Bibi Hafiza Jamal daughter of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz.
When the Khadims finish with the ceremony of Khidmat inside the tomb, then only the devotees are allowed to enter into to the tomb and perform Ziarat of the Mazaar.
This ceremony ends before the call of Azaan for Salat of Fajar. This time is important for offering prayers. Prayers made at this time are sure to be granted.
KHIDMAT AFTER THE ZOHAR PRAYER :
Daily after an hour of Zohar prayer generally at 3 P.M. another ceremony which is also known as Khidmat is performed. At this time, though the doors of the tomb are closed, yet, the southern door, though apparently remains closed, is used for entrance into the tomb.
At the time of this ceremony, devotees are permitted to enter the tomb, they are allowed to keep standing silently in between the space of the walls of the tomb and the enceinte of the Mazar.
At this time in presence of the devotees, after removal of the already presented flowers, chadar, sandal. Atar, Kewara and rose water is presented on the Holy grave.
Khadims who perform this ceremony offer prayers loudly for devotes, after the end of prayers fresh flowers are presented on the Mazar, if needed, the chadar is also changed, After that the floor of the tomb is cleaned in the traditional way.
Ladies are not permitted to enter the tomb during the entire period of this ceremony.
LIGHTNING OR DANKA :
Every day about 20 minutes before Maghrib prayer the ceremony of lighting is held. The way in which this ceremony is performed is that some Khadis bring candles (specially prepared for this purpose) in their hands fro a Hujra (cell or room) near Choti Deg. As soon as from Choti Deg they start moving towards the Holy Tomb drums are beaten.
All the people present in Dargah premises start gathering inside the tomb, those who can not enter the tomb stand outside on either side of the main-entrance in the Begami Dalan.
At this time too, ladies are not permitted to enter into the tomb.
Khadims after touching the candles with the heads of the devotees who keep standing on either side of the way reach inside the tombs with prayers of blessing for devotees on their lips. They place those candles in the lamps. The unlighted candles are now lighted. The lamps in which the candles are placed are four in number.
The Khadims hold those lamps in their hands and keep them above their heads. One of them recite some Persian verses in the glory of the Holy Saint. With the end of those verses the people dispurse and the lamps are placed in four corners of the Holy Tomb.
In the local language this ceremony is called ‘Danka’.
This last ceremony of the day is popularly known as ‘Kadka’ and is performed in highly significant and traditional way. This is held after about 1 ½ hour of Isha prayer. After this ceremony the door of the main entrance into the Holy tomb is closed and locked.
According to the old tradition, about 20 minutes before closing the main entrance of the Holy Tomb, at a time when about one fifth part of the night had passed, a person loudly calls to ring five and with his voice the clock sounds five times. The Khadims ready to perform this function request the devotees to vacate the tomb, the devotees come out of the tomb and stand on either side of the entrance in a queue. The Khadims then close the other doors from inside and make a search inside the entire tomb to see that there is now no one inside the tomb. After that they start their usual service, at least three Khadis join in this service. They clean the surroundings of the azar in the same way as they do in the morning and evening Khidmat. They come out of the tomb one by one with the sand and dust of the floor kept in a fine cloth and keep the same in a shelf inside Sandal-Masjid.
When the third and the last Khadim comes out, a person duly appointed, again calls in a loud voice to ring six bells. The bell sounds six times. As soon as the voice of the sixth bell sounds, the Qawal, who stands there ready, start to sing a special song in some old Indian language which is called Kadka. As soon as the last verse of the Kadka is recited, the main entrance of the tomb is closed and locked. The Khadim on duty keeps the key with him and also keeps a watch round the tomb throughout the night.
MILAD AND QURAN RECITAL
It’s a complete recital of the Holy Quran which takes place
every day at Jama Masjid and Alamgir Masjid.