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Birth, Early Life and Education

Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A.) was born in siestan (East Persia) also know as Sejistan, around 533 Hijri (1138-39 a.d.)in a respected family. His father Khwaja Ghayasuddin (R.A.) and mother Syeda Bibi Ummalwara alias Bibi Mahe Noor were the descendants of Hazrat Ali (K.A.W.) through his sons Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain.

KhwajaSaheb lost both his father and mother at an early age of sixteen years. He inherited an orchard and a wind mill which serve his means of livelihood. One day when khwaja saheb was working in his orchard, a pious dervish and majzoob, Ebrahim Qandoozi, came and took his seat under shade of a tree. When Khwaja  Saheb saw him, he brought a bunch of grapes and presented it to his guest. The visitor ate those grapes and was delighted, and took something out of his bag, chewed it, and then offered it to hiws young host. Khwaja Saheb ate it without any hesitation, and at once the light of wisdom and knowledge dawned upon the young Khwaja. Thereafter he disposed of all his worldly belongings, and distributed the Money amongst the poor. Having thus broken all the ties with worldly affairs, he started for Samarqand and Bukhra, which were the great centres of learning, for acquiring Islamic education and Knowledge.