Hazrat Molana Shah Ali Hussain Asharfi Kachochavi (تذکرہ / سوانح)
Sheik-ul-Mashaikh, Shabih-e-Ghaus-ul-Azam Maulana Syed Shah Abu Ahmed Muhammd Ali Husain Ashrafiرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ
Name and Lineage:
His name is Shah Muhammad Ali Husain and kunyat is Abu Ahmed. His family title is Ashrafi Mian.
Date of Birth:
He was born on Monday at dawn on Rabi-ul-Thani 22, 1266 AH.
Acquisition of Knowledge:
Hazrat Maulana Gul Muhammad Khalilabadiرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ performed the ritual ceremony of Bismillah Sharif. He received Islamic knowledge from Maulana Amanat Ali Kachochawi, Maulana Salamat Ali Gorakhpuri and Maulana Qalandar Bakhsh Kachochawi علیھم الرّحمۃ.
Allegiance and Caliphate (khilafat):
He became a Mureed from his elder brother Qutb-ul-Mashaikh Hazrat Shah Ashraf Husainرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ in 1282 AH. Then, he got the training of Sulook (the mystic ways of Sufism) and also got the caliphate (khilafat).
Character and Peculiarities:
The scope of religious services and sayings of a renowned saint of the dynastic Ashrafia, Huzoor Ashrafi Mian رحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ is so vast that is difficult to cover in writing. He remained busy in preaching and publicizing of Islam from the maturity to the last movement of his life and kept on struggling until lifetime. He brought the millions of people on the right path who had lost their ways. He showed the way of truth to the desirous of knowledge and cognitions, as well as the seekers of Almighty Allah by giving awareness from the cognition of Almighty Allah. It was just his enthusiasm of preaching and sayings that he visited many of Islamic countries except Pak-o-India. For that reason, people started calling him the illumination of visiting around the world and the most perfect successor of Makhdoom Ashraf. In this regard, millions of non-Muslims converted to Islam by his struggle and lots of people repented on his blessed hand. Ashrafia order got the great promotion from his personality. By looking at his spiritual personality, the renowned Scholars of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal (and in Arab countries ) Aden, Jeddah, Makka-tul-Mukarramah, Madina-tul-Munawwarah, Syria, Halab, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and Yemen became Mureed on his blessed hands. After spiritual training, most of the Scholars and Sadaat-e-Kiram (community of Sayyids) were granted by the khilafat (caliphate) and permission of the Ashrafia order. After Hazrat Sultan Makhdoom Sultan Ashraf Simnamiرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ , there was no saint found as the resort of all like him in Ashrafia order. Along with his beauty face, Almighty Allah bestowed him the higher status of the good character too. He had the higher qualities and characteristics, and in appearance he was the resemblance to Hazrat Ghaus-ul-Azamرضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ . Thousands of people embraced Islam by looking at his God-gifted beauty. The observers confirmed it.
Hazrat Maulana Syed Shah Izhar Ashrafرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ narrated that once, Hazrat Ashrafi Mian قدس سرّہ was taking out by performing Fatiha from the Shrine of Hazrat Sultan-ul-Mashaikh Mahboob-e-Ilahiرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ and Ala Hazrat Imam-e-Ahle Sunnat Maulana Shah Ahmed Razaرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ was going to inside the Shrine, suddenly Fazil-e-Barelvi glanced at him, he had the same face like Mahboob-e-Ilahi and Ghaus-us-Saqalainرضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ . At the same time, he spontaneously said the following couplet:
اشرفی اے رخت آئینہِ حسنِ خوباں اے نظر کردہ و پروردۂ سہ محبوباں
He passed away in 11 Rajab-ul-Murajjab 1355 AH and his Shrine is inside the Dargah of Makhdoom Syed Ashraf, which is the resort of all.