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Glorious life of Sufi Samrat Dewanbagi

Holy Birth
  • Name: Syed Mahbub-e-Khoda Dewanbagi (Maddazilluhul Ali)
  • Father’s Name: Hazrat Alhaj Syed Abdur Rashid Sarker (Rh)
  • Mother’s Name: Hazrat Syeda Zobeda Khatun (Rh).
  • Date of Birth: On Wednesday, Agrahayon 27, 1356 B.S., December 14, 1949, in an aristocratic Muslim Syed family (Descendant of Hazrat Rasul-Sm).
  • Birth Place: Village-Bahadurpur, Thana-Ashuganj, Dist: Brahmanbaria.
  • Forefather: : His forefathers came in Bangladesh from Madinah of Saudi Arabia via Qatar for preaching Islam. After their arrival here they were titled Sarker.
  • Siblings: He is the 6th among six brothers and two younger sisters.
Holy Dream of Sufi Samrat’s Mother

On the previous night before the birth of Sufi Samrat Hazrat Dewanbagi (Maddazilluhul Ali), his mother dreamed that a Eid crescent had appeared in the sky. All people were rejoicing at the sight of the moon. She also came out to see the moon. The moon came down to her lap. Then she woke up. At this dream she could guess that Allah the Magnificent would give her a prosperous descendant.

Naming ceremony

On the occasion of Aqika (naming ceremony) of Sufi Samrat Hazrat Dewanbagi, a renowned Islamic scholar of the Subcontinent Fakhre Bangla Maulana Tajul Islam named him 'Mahbub-e-Khoda', which means 'loved by Allah'.

Educational career

Sufi Samrat Hujur Qiblajan started his education at a primary school at nearby village of Sohagpur and completed it with distinction. Then with an indomitable desire to be a Nayebe Rasul (Sm) by acquiring Arabic and Islamic education, he got admitted into renowned Talshahar Karimia Alia Madrasah. As a brilliant student he crossed every step with scholarship and achieved the highest degree of Alia Madrasah. With his distinct personality and charismatic leadership he adorned the VP post of the Madrasah Students' Union to the last day of his education there. In 1969 he was made President of Joint Action Committee of Students comprising schools, colleges and madrasahs during the first phase of the Liberation Movement. In student life he had a strong attachment to awlia-e-keram. As a result the awlia-e-keram in disguise had frequently met him. Different miraculous events also took place in his student life.

As a freedom fighter

During the Liberation War on March 25 in 1971, Sufi Samrat Dewanbagi Hujur Qibla formed a team of volunteers with the members of the Students Action Committee and ensured food, shelter and security for the people driven out by the Pakistani occupation force. On April 11, 1971 he joined the camp of the freedom fighters at Brahmanbaria along with his 72 volunteers. In the first few months of the Liberation War he, as the commander of a troop of freedom fighters under Sector No. 3, fought the occupation forces on different fronts courageously. Later, at the headquarters of Sector No. 3 at Hejamura in India he used to administer the 'attestation parade' or oath-taking ceremony. During the Liberation War he established two mosques in India.

Foretelling about the victory of liberation War

Sufi Samrat Hujur Qibla led the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at the Hejamura camp. On the occasion addressing the freedom fighters there he said, "The Moon of Eidul Fitr, go to them who are defaming our mothers and sisters dignity.”Hearing his speech all freedom fighters present there began to cry. Some were rolling on the ground troubled of separation from their beloved ones and relatives. Seeing the pathetic scene of the freedom fighters, a different situation grew in Sufi Samrat. In a stage of speech he consoled the freedom fighter and said, “Swearing on Allah, You keep in mind our country will free before Eid-ul-Azha. I will offer the Eid prayers along with you on the Race Course in Dhaka." Allah the Magnificent had accepted his wish expressed there. After delivering speech Bangladesh gained Independence after 27 days. In reality, after the independence of the country he led the Eid-ul-Azha prayers offered by the freedom fighters at the then Race Course (Suhrawardy Udyan) in Dhaka.

Joining Religious teacher in Bangladesh Army

In 1972 Sufi Samrat Hujur Qibla at the request of General AKM Shafiullah, Commander of the Sector No. 3, joined the post of 'religious teacher' in the 16th Bengal Regiment as he was an ‘Alem’ freedom fighter. During this service he devoted himself to research work on the holy Qur’an and the Hadith. By holding tafsir mahfils regularly, he earned fame as a prudent mufasser. He was at the top of the religious teachers of different regiments in the then Bangladesh Army.

Attaining the identity of Morshed

In 1974 he took bayet (pay allegiance) to Imam Syed Abul Fazal Sultan Ahmad Chandrapuri (Rh), the greatest Wali Allah of that age. Afterwards Sufi Samrat Hujur Qibla went to his Murshid (spiritual guide) to join the annual mahfil (religious congregation). At the first sight, Imam Syed Abul Fazal Sultan Ahmad Chandrapuri (Rh) could know him that he would be his successor. Later, to have Sufi Samrat Hujur Qibla by him, his fourth daughter, Syeda Hamida Begum, was married to him. After taking the lessons of Tariqat (spiritual order), Sufi Samrat Hujur Qibla devoted himself to ascetic spiritual practice.

Resigned from the service and engaged at Morshed’s Darbar permanently

In 1975 he resigned from the service in the Army at the directive of his Morshed and joined his Darbar Sharif.

Imam Syed Abul Fazal Sultan Ahmad Chandrapuri (Rh) appointed Sufi Samrat Hujur Qibla as the Chief Khalifa (representative) to give him the responsibility of Tariqah and monitoring the Darbar Sharif. After taking the responsibility, he reached the higher makam (stage) of the spiritual world through ascetic practice. He visited different districts of Bangladesh for preaching Tariqah and addressing waz mahfils (religious functions) as the Chief Khalifa and the chief of the Olama (religious scholars) Mission. Various Kinds of miracles took place in those congregations and thousands of people attending there took the bayet of Tariqah being moved by his sermons. Many non-Muslims embraced Islam having come to his close contact.

Contributing development activities at Morshed’s Darbar

During the period of Morshed’s Darbar, he did many development activities there.

There were some noted as follows-
• Established a madrasah and an orphanage in 1980.
• A high school, a hospital and a post office in 1982.
• In that year he worked for the improvement of roads to and from Chandrapara for easy communications. He also worked for electrification there.
• He established Sultania-Mujaddedia Research Center in 1983.

Writing Religious Books

As per direction of Imam Shah Chandrapuri (Rh), Sufi Samrat Hujur Qiblajan wrote some religious books by correcting wrong conceptions which is prevailing in Islam.

The books are –
* The Monthly Atmar Bani in 1991.
* The Weekly Chandrapara in 1993.
* Eid-Moon Sighting Problem and Solution.
* Ferka Somosyar Somadhan.
* Sontaner Proti Mayer Odhikar'.
* Kobor o Mazar Somporke Islamer Bidhan'.
* Allahr Noikotyo Laver Sohoj Poth'.
* Sultania Khabnama.
* Biography of Imam Syed Abul Fazal Sultan Ahmad (Rh).

Take over responsibility of Reformer before demise of Imam Shah Chandrapuri (Rh)

Sufi Samrat Dewanbagi Hujur Qiblajan got the responsibility as the religious reformer on 16 December, 1983 on behalf of Almighty Allah. After taking the religious reforms activities, Imam Shah Chandrapuri (Rh) demised on 28th March, 1984. Then Sufi Samrat maintained and executed at Chandrapara Darbar Sharif in a one year. After that he came to Dhaka permanently for preaching widespread Mohammadi Islam.

Permanently settle in Dhaka and establish Darbar Sharif

Sufi Samrat Hujur Qiblajan came to Dhaka on March 29, 1985 from Chandrapara Darbar Sharif for preaching Mohammadi Islam extensively. After coming Dhaka, Sufi Samrat was given respect full reception from all Ashekan and Zakeran in Dhaka. On the next day, March 30, on the occasion of the first commemorating Ofat (demise) ceremony of Imam Shah Chandrapuri (Rh), Sufi Samrat Hujur Qibla observed Urus Mobarak at the residence of Ashek-e-Rasul Md. Safiuddin, 98 Aramnag, Motijheel, Dhaka. Since then Sufi Samrat unfurled the new mission of Mohammadi Islam all over the country. At this, he established temporary central office at 154 Arambag, Motijheel, Dhaka.

Formulate Wajifa (Regular Spiritual Lessons)

In May 1985, Sufi Samrat formulated Wajifa of Muhammadi Islam for the implementation of teachings and ideals of Hazrat Rasul (Sm). Through the practicing the Wajifa, one can attain the ideal character and communicate with Allah the Magnificent and Hazrat Rasul (Sm).

Establish Babe Jannat, Dewanbag Sharif

On the day of holy Ashura, The great reformer Sufi Samrat Hujur Qiblajan established Babe Jannat, Dewanbag Sharif at Narayanganj on the 10th Muharram, 1407 Hijri; September 26, 1985, Ashwin 9 Bengali year 1392, Thursday. In order to establishing Darbar Sharif situated at Dewanbag, Sufi Samrat Hujur Qiblajan was known and familiar as Dewanbagi all over the world.

Establish Central Darbar Sharif

After abolition the temporary office at 154 Arambag, Sufi Samrat Hujur Qibla established Babe Rahmat, Dewanbag Sharif at 147 Arambag, Motijheel, Dhaka in 1992 as the central office. From then, he has been staying here and preaching Mohammadi Islam across the country and abroad.

Establish Other Darbar Sharif

For the propagating of Mohammadi Islam and make Ashek-e-Rasul, Sufi samrat Hujur Qiblajan established 12 Darbar Sharif in various districts of Bangladesh, these are—
1. Babe Jannat, Dewanbag Sharif at Narayanganj in 1985.
2. Babe Madina, Dewanbag Sharif at Kamalapur, Motijheel, Dhaka in 1987.
3. Babe Rahmat, Dewanbag Sharif at 147 Arambag, Motijheel, Dhaka in 1992.
4. Babe Najat, Dewanbag Sharif at Satdargah, Pirgacha thana, Dist-Rangpur in1995.
5. Babe Barkat, Dewanbag Sharif at Trishal thana, District-Mymensingh in 1998.
6. Babe Niyamat, Dewanbag Sharif at Arampara, Chuadanga in 2006.
7. Babe Mahdi, Dewanbag Sharif at Kamalapur, Dhaka in 2007.
8.Babe Morshed, Dewanbag Sharif at Bahadurpur, Ashuganj thana, Brahmanbaria, 2008.
9. Babe Ferdous, Dewanbag Sharif at Maghbazar, Ramna, Dhaka, 2009.
10. Babe Magfirat, Dewanbag Sharif at Bhatihari, Chittagong, in 2010.
11. Babe Jannatul Mawa, Dewanbag Sharif at Chayabithi, Gazipur, 2010.
12. Babe Noor, Dewanbag Sharif at Nowdapara, Rajshahi, in 2010.

Sufi Samrat also established more than thousand mosques and Khankah Sharif in different districts of the country and abroad in UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, Japan, Pakistan, Sweden, Bahrain, Qatar, Greece, Australia, South Africa, Malaysia, Italy, Singapore, Cyprus, Denmark, Kuwait, France, South Korea, UK, USA.
With a view to preaching the ideals of Hazrat Rasul (Sm) worldwide, he has formed World Ashek-e-Rasul Organisation and Ashek-e-Rasul Parishad.

Establish Islamic and Tasauf based Research Center

For Islamic research Sufi Samrat Dewanbagi established various organisations.
There are—
*Sufi Foundation Bangladesh in 1992
*Al Qur’an Research Center in 1998

Newspaper and Journal

Sufi Samrat Dewanbagi published the vernacular monthly 'Atmar Bani' in 1981, the vernacular weekly 'Dewanbag' in 1989, the daily 'Insaniat' in 1991 and the English weekly 'The Message' in 1992.