Hazrat Sayyiduna Sheikh Ibrahim Irji رحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ
Name and Lineage:
His name is ‘SYED IBRAHIM’ and he is called ‘Irji’ due to affinity with Iraj. His genealogy is as follows:
“Syed Ibrahim Irji son of Hazrat Syed Moin son of Syed Abdul Qadir son of Syed Murtaza علیھم الرّحمہ”
He was born at the place of Iraj, hence he is called ‘Irji’.
Acquisition of Knowledge:
He acquired the complete education of Shariat and Tariqat. He benefited from the great Scholars and Mashaikh of that time. He completed the traditional knowledge from Hazrat Sheikh Aleemuddin Muhaddithرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ and he completed the knowledge of ‘Tariqat’ (mystic way of life) from Hazrat Sheikh Bahauddin son of Al-Junaidiرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ and his Sheikh-e-Tariqat also wrote a treatise “Azkar-o-Ashghal” for him. Biographical writers mentioned it with the name of ‘Risala Shattaria’.
Allegiance and Caliphate (Khilafat):
He became a Mureed of Hazrat Sheikh Bahauddin Qadri Shattari رحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ and he was given the permission and Khilafat. He was the 26th Imam and Sheikh-o-Tariqat of Aliya, Qadiriyya and Razavia order.
Character and Peculiarities:
All the historians acknowledged his excellence and elevation. Therefore, Sheikh Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dehlvi رحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ wrote his merits and qualities with details into his world famous book “Akhbar-ul-Akhyar”. He says, “The fact is that no one was equal to his knowledge and wisdom at that time in Delhi. His contemporaries who did not take benefit from him and did not confess his Scholarly ability, they did injustice.” It was his routine that he used to study books by secluding himself from people due to their ignorance, injustice and lack of attention and he would remain busy in their correction. A few people took advantage from him. Sufis would come to him to get Islamic sciences and arts. For the purpose of studying, he used to give the book to only those who were sincere.
He was graduates in intellectual, traditional, ritual and real knowledge and he was a great Philosopher of his time. He studied many books of every knowledge and edited them too. He used to resolve the hard issues of books in such manner that an ordinary reader would easily understand them without helping of a teacher. After his demise, lots of books were found from his library which are out of guess and in which most often books were written by his hand.
He passed away on the 5th of Rabi-al-Thani, 953 AH and his Shrine is located in the premises of Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliyaرحمۃ اللہ تعالٰی علیہ in Delhi.