His name is ‘MAROOF’. Kunyat is ‘Abul Mahfuz’ and his title is ‘Asaduddin’. His respected father’s name is Phirouz or Phirouzan and religion was Christian. After embracing Islam, he was named Ali. His ancestor name is Marzban Al-Karkhi.
Date of Birth:
He was born in the second century.
Conversion to Islam:
His parents were Christians. They sent him to a teacher and teacher said to him, say “ثالث ثلاثہ” (the third of three). He replied, I say “ھواللہ احد” (He is Allah, He is one.) so teacher beat him very hard but he kept on sticking to his words. Eventually, by fleeing from him, he went to the blessed son of the Holy Prophetصلی اللہ تعالٰی علیہ وسلم Hazrat Imam Ali Razaرضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ and embraced Islam on his blessed hand. He was a begotten son of his parents so they were also anxious. After some time, when he returned back to his home, parents asked him, which religion have you chosen? He said, of Muhammad Rasool Allah جل جلالہ و صلی اللہ تعالٰی علیہ وسلم. After hearing it, they also became Muslim.
He was a leader of Tariqat, guide of the right path, Arif of the divine mystery, Qutub of time and the Mustajab-ud-Dawat (whose prays are accepted by Almighty Allah) of his time. He completed inward and outward knowledge from Hazrat Imam Ali Raza and Hazrat Daud Tai رحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیھما who was a disciple of Imam-e-Azam Abu Hanifa رحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ and by their blessings, he reached to the higher status. Makhdum Sheikh Ali Hajveryرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ said that Hazrat Maroof Karkhiرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ was one of the leader of Mashaikh. He was famous in the bravery and renowned for his piety. His merits and virtues are too much and he was the expert in Islamic sciences and arts. (Kashf-ul-Mahjoob)
Sheikh Abul Hasan Qarshiرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ said:
“I know the four persons of Mashaikh who have the authority in their graves like alive ones. The First is Sheikh Maroof Karkhi, second is Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani, third is Sheikh Aqeel Manbiji and the fourth is Sheikh Hayat son Qaisعلیھم الرّحمہ .” (Seerat Ghaus-e-Azamرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ )
Hazrat Imam Ahmed bin (son of) Hanbal and Imam Yahya son of Moin Muhaddith رحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیھما used to come to him to get the spiritual knowledge from him. Hazrat Siri Saqatiرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ was his great Khalifa.
He passed away on 2nd Muharram-ul-Haram, 200 AH and his blessed Shrine is the resort of all in Baghdad. Hazrat Khateeb Baghdadiرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ said, “his blessed shrine is proven for fulfilling the needs of people.”
[Hadaiq-ul-Hanfia, Kashf-ul-Mahjoob and Sharif-al-Tawarikh]