Family Lineage

Eleanor Roosevelt with the world’s wealthiest monarch, H.E.H. Asaf Jah VII the Nizam of Hyderabad on March 16, 1952. Behind Mrs. Roosevelt (far left in official head dress) is Nawab Lt. Colonel Sayyid Mohammed Amir ud-Din, Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin’s paternal grandfather, the Military Secretary to H.E.H. the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Asaf Jahi Coat of Arms

Paternal family 
“Who is more honorable than the descendants of the Prophet (saws )? Woe to you! Woe to you!  All the fitna/corruption is from this, because you left the banner of the Prophet (saws) and his children…”-Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, Oct, 2012
A more then 420 year old fragment of Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin’s paternal family tree written on parchment paper, tracing his descent back to Imam Hasan al-Askari (alaihi salam) through his son ‘Ali Akbar; titled ‘Mir Jahandar’, and his son ‘Ali Asghar; titled ‘Mir Naamdar’.

A fragment of Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin’s original paternal family tree. This document is written on parchment paper and is traced back through the Deccan, to Delhi, Central Asia, Syria, to Iraq.  It  traces his descent back to the Prophet Muhammad, through Imam Hasan al-Askari and his son Sayyid ‘Ali Akbar and his son Sayyid ‘Ali Asghar.

In her book “Pain and Grace: A Study of Two Mystical Writers of Eighteenth-Century Muslim India” p. 32, Dr. Annemarie Schimmel writes:“Khwaja Mir Dard’s family, like many nobles, from Bukhara; led their pedigree back to Baha’uddin Naqshband, after whom the Naqshbandi order is named, and who was a descendant, in the 13th generation of the 11th…imam al-Hasan al-Askari.”

In addition to the centuries old Sufi traditions tracing the lineage of numerous Sufi Saints by descent to Imam Hasan al-Askari, a narration in the Shiite hadith collection al-Kafi also establishes Abi Muhammad al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali had relations with other women through whom he had progeny.  According to al-Kafi, in his Usool,  in the chapter of the Birth of Abi Muhammad al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali:

“When Abi Muhammad al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali became ill…the Sultan…called certain women with knowledge to deal with pregnancy.  They examined his (Abi Muhammad al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali [as]) ladies.  A certain woman had said one of the ladies is pregnant.  She was accomodated in a certain quarter…When the pregnancy was proved invalid, they distributed his legacy between his mother and brother” [al-Kafi, by Muhammad Ya'qub Kulayni.  Translated  by Muhammad Sarwar. Chap. 124, Birth of Abi Muhammad al-Hasan ibn 'Ali, p.705].

Like the venerable Baha al-Din Naqshband Bukhari, Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin is a direct lineal descendant of ten of the Twelve Imams from the family of the Prophet (S) from his paternal side; tracing his lineage to the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) through Imam Hasan al-Askari (alaihi salam), and a descendant of Imam Hasan ibn ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib from his maternal grandmother, thereby making him a descendant of eleven out of the twelve imams of the biological progeny of the Prophet Muhammad.

Master Islamic Occultists
 

(Left to Right) Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin’s paternal great great great grandfather Nawab Sayyid Munir-ud-din Khan-Bahadur, Secunder Yar Jang II, Asaf Jahi, Jagirdar, Taluqdar, Subedar, Commissioner, then his son, Nawab Sayyid Karim-ud-din Khan-Bahadur Asaf Jahi, Jagirdar, then his son, Nawab Sayyid Farid-ud-din Khan, then his son, Nawab Lt. Col. Sayyid Mohammed Amir ud-Din Khan, the Military Secretary to H.E.H. Asaf Jah VII the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Asaf Jah VI His Highness Mir Mahbub Ali Khan Siddiqui

The Master Islamic-occultist Nawab Sayyid Munir ud-Din Khan-Bahadur, Taluqdar, Secunder Yar Jang II, Asaf Jahi is the great grandfather of Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin’s grandfather.  He is mentioned by name in the book “Hyderabad State List of Leading Officials, Nobles and Personages” published by Hyderabad Residency Government Press.
On page 59 of the book “Tulasī kī sāhitya-sādhanā: The Legacy of the Nizams”, published by the H.E.H The Nizam’s Urdu Trust Hyderabad, author Lallana Rāya writes of the relationship between Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin’s ancestor Nawab Sayyid Munir ud-Din Khan-Bahadur and the King of Hyderabad, Mir Mahbub Ali Khan Siddiqi, stating Nawab Sayyid Munir ud-Din Khan was a teacher of occult Islamic practices to the King.  
 
Rāya writes: “(The King) Mir Mahboob Ali Khan was known to possess healing power for snake bite. With his spell, it is said that the venom of the snake would abate. It was his order that if anyone from the public had a snake bite, he could approach him…It is said that Nawab Muneer uddin Khan Taluqdar (Landlord) who knew this spell, taught the mantra to Mir Mahboob Ali Khan. When a man suffered from a snake bite, the name of the Mahboob Ali had to be mentioned in these terms: “Mahboob Ali Pasha Ki Dohaee”. Then, the venom would not spread further, or in other words, the venom of the snake would abate. Hence, the name of Mahboob Ali Pasha, and the practice of spell of snake bite became famous throughout Hyderabad.” [Tulasī kī sāhitya-sādhanā: The Legacy of the Nizams by Lallana Rāya, published by the H.E.H The Nizam's Urdu Trust Hyderabad, 2002. p. 59].

Asaf Jahi flag of Hyderabad State

Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin’s great-grandfather Nawab Sayyid Farid ud-Din Khan-Bahadur Asaf Jahi. Nawab Farid ud-Din was the Director of Forestry in the Princely Nizam State. He was educated at The University of Edinburgh.

Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin's paternal great grandmother Ella Allen (Halima Farid ud-Din). Her brother Murray Allen was a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland. She converted to Islam when she was 16 years old after dreaming of the Ka'aba and married his great grandfather Nawab Syed Farid ud-Din Khan-Bahadur Asaf Jahi two years later while he was in Scotland. She followed the Qadiri Sufi Order, and was a Murid of Naqeeb al-Ashraaf fi Dar al-Islam Pir Ibrahim Saheb of Baghdad, Iraq. She had spiritual association with Abu Nasr Sahab, a Qadiri Sufi Saint and reknowned Majdhub from Baghdad, who lived in Hyderabad. She dreamt of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) more than 27 times, and claimed to have seen him while conscious during Hajj when she was in Madina tul-Munawwara.

Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin’s paternal great grandmother Ella Allen (Halima Farid ud-Din). Her brother Murray Allen was a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland. She converted to Islam when she was 16 years old after dreaming of the Ka’aba and married his great grandfather Nawab Syed Farid ud-Din Khan-Bahadur Asaf Jahi two years later while he was in Scotland. She followed the Qadiri Sufi Order, and was a Murid of Naqeeb al-Ashraaf fi Dar al-Islam Pir Ibrahim Saheb of Baghdad, Iraq. She had spiritual association with Abu Nasr Sahab, a Qadiri Sufi Saint and reknowned Majdhub from Baghdad, who lived in Hyderabad. She dreamt of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) more than 27 times, and claimed to have seen him while conscious during Hajj when she was in Madina tul-Munawwara.

 

Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin’s paternal grandparents Nawab Lt. Colonel Sayyid Mohammed Amir ud-Din Khan, Military Secretary to H.E.H. Asaf Jah VII the Nizam of Hyderabad, and Safia ‘Ali Akbar daughter of Dr. Syed ‘Ali Akbar, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, a contemporary of E.M. Foster, who mentioned him in his book Passage to India. Dr. Syed ‘Ali Akbar was the son of Captain Syed Mohammed, Commander of the Paigah army in Hyderabad State and brother of Olympic tennis player Syed Mohammed Hadi

Nawab Lt. Colonel Sayyid Mohammed Amiruddin, grandfather of Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin

Nawab Lt. Colonel Sayyid Mohammed Amir-ud Din, grandfather of Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin at the age of 98 (Hijri), after Ramadan night prayers and the Khatm al-Khwajagan one month prior to his passing.

Maternal lineage:  From his maternal grandmother, Sayyid Amiruddin is a Hasanid, and a 26th generation maternal descendent of Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (may Allah be well pleased with him), the Cardinal Saint of Sufism. His lineage is as follows.  Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin, son of, Sayyida Fazal un-Nisa,daughter of, Sayyida Habib un-Nisa Mohammedi Qadiri, daughter of, Sayyid Shah Ahmad Badshah Qadiri al-Musawi,  son of, Sayyid Shah Pir Badshah Qadiri, son of, Sayyid Husayni Badshah Qadiri,  son of, Sayyid Shah Musa Qadiri, al-Musawi (Qadas Allahu Sirrah)  son of, Sayyid Muhiuddin Muhammad  son of, Sayyid Shah Darwaysh Muhiuddin Qadiri  son of, Sayyid Muhiuddin Qadiri son of, Sayyid Shah Ghulam Mohiuddin al-Qadiri (Pir Shah Mohiuddin Thani Qadiri)  son of, Sayyidul Abdaal Syed Shah ‘Abd al- Lateef Qadiri, Lawbali, al-Hamawi  son of, Syed Shah Taher,  son of, Syed Shah Sharfuddin Zahid Qadiri,  son of, Syed Kamaluddin Arif Qadiri al-Hamawi,  son of, Syed Shah Nasiruddin Hashim Qadiri,  son of, Syed Qutbuddin Muhammad,  son of, Syed Shabbuddin Ahmed,  son of, Syed Badruddin Hassan,  son of, Syed Shah Shaykh Alauddin Abul Hasan ‘Ali,  son of, Syed Shamshuddin Mohammed Thani,  son of, Syed Saifuddin Abu Zakariyya Yahya-Al- Hamawi Wa Baghdadi  son of, Syed Zaheeruddin-al- Bagdadi,  son of, Syed Abu Nasr Shamsuddin,  son of, Syed Imaduddin Abi Saleh Nasr Qadiri,  son of, Syed Al Aqtab Sayyid Shah Tajuddin ‘Abdur Razack Qadiri,  son of, Qutb Al ‘Arifeen, Sayyid Al Mashriqayn, Naib Al Rasulullah, Arif Billahil Qaili Bi Amrillah ‘Qadami Hadhi ‘Ala Raqbati Kulli Waliyillahi, Imamul Awliya I Fakhal Asfiyai Ghawthus Samadani Ma’shuqir Rabbani Sahibish Sharia’ti Madanil Tariqati Wal Haqiqati Muhiyillahi Wad Din, Jaddina Wa Shaykhina Wa Sayyidina Wa Mawlana Sayyidina ‘Abd al-Qadir al Hasaniul Husayni, al-Ja’fari, al-Jilani (Radiallahu Ta’ala ‘anhu).

Sayyid Husayni Badshah Qadiri al-Hasani, maternal ancestor of Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin and a direct descendant of Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani

Sayyid Husayni Badshah Qadiri al-Hasani (left), maternal ancestor of Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin and a direct descendant of Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani

Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin's mother's brother, Syed Vicaruddin with the HRH King Mohammed VI of Morocco

Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin’s mother’s brother, Syed Vicaruddin with Sahib al-Jalalah,’Amir al-Mu’minin, Nassarahu-Illah; His Majesty Commander of the Faithful, may God grant him victory, the King Mohammed VI of Morocco

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Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin’s mother visits in Jeddah, KSA, HRH the great grandson of Sharif Ali bin Hussein (1879–1935), King of Hejaz and Grand Sharif of Mecca. Sharif Ali ibn Hussein was the eldest son of Sharif Huissein bin Ali, the first modern King of Hejaz, of the Hashemite family. With the passing of the kingship from his father he also became the heir to the title of Caliph, but he did not adopt the caliphal office and style.

With H.E. the Naqib al-Ashraaf Sayed Ahmad Dhafar al-Jilani, Sajjada Nashin (Custodian) of the Mosque and Tomb of Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, Baghdad, Iraq.

With H.E. the new Naqib al-Ashraaf al-Shaykh Sayed ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Jilani the Custodian of the Mosque and Tomb of Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, Baghdad, Iraq.

Visit by His Eminence Pir Salman al-Gailani, son of H.E. Pir Najmuddin al-Gailani, and Pir Syed Ibrahim Saif al-Din al-Gailani, Grandson of Iraq's first Prime Minister, Qutb al-Aqtab Naqib al-Ashraaf 'Abd al-Rahman al-Gailani.

Visit by His Eminence Pir Salman al-Gailani, son of H.E. Pir Najmuddin al-Gailani, son of Naqib al-Ashraaf Pir Syed Ibrahim Saif al-Din al-Gailani, Custodian of the Mosque and Tomb of Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, Grandson of Iraq’s first Prime Minister, Qutb al-Aqtab Naqib al-Ashraaf Syed ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Gailani.

§ 5 Responses to Family Lineage

  • Asalam o Elekum.

    Jazak Allah. Baba Jan died about eight years back in Islamabad and burried there. If I could express my feeling, it is as if I have seen him again.
    I have been working on this for almost 3-4 months day and nights on weekends and asking details from my senior relatives forseveral years.
    I have been given a hand written brief shijra for reference perhaps that would add further value into your record.
    I shall continue my research work on Shijra Mubarak and try to expand it if Allah permits. Insha Allah. I wish if you stay in touch with me and my family.
    Please remember us in your prayers and convey my Qadambosi and Aadab o Salam to Walida Majida. I am sure she must be delighted to learn that as I share the same blood.
    May Allah and His Prophet smile upon you.

    Regards

    Syed Wasiuddin Hasan

    • ASFC says:

      Amazing, I have added you to my Facebook account. I look forward to bring in touch. Would love to see a scan/photo of the brief hand written Shajra you have. I am currently in Hyderabad, at my Nana’s house, so your timing couldn’t have been better! Great! I am also very happy you reached out to me :D

  • Ali Hidoussi says:

    Al salom alikaom,
    I am sending you this email regarding a topic that interests me personally. When I went back to my home country last summer. I have met an elderly of my family and he showed me a journal of one of our ancestors. the journal contained our family tree. I have copy of one of the pages shows my family tree. the original copy is in his possession back in my home country. I want to know if the tree is authentic or not. Can you please help regarding this matter.

  • ASFC says:

    Wa alaikum as salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu! Thank you for reaching out to me. I find it intriging that you are also Naqshbandi. One of our ancestors, Shah Husamuddin Samarqandi was the Shah of Samarqand. When our ancestors came to India, they brought his throne with them and some of his wealth. It is said he introduced the venerable Khwaja Baha al-Din Shah Naqshband to Timur. Here is what we have documented, the original document was on a parchment scroll but taken by a relative during a trip via a train. This relative did not return the original. Here is what I have from my Nana Syed Yusufuddin back to Imam Zayd ush-Shaheed. It is most likley missing a few names but this is what we had in Urdu. I translated it around ten years ago. Enjoy! Sayyida Fazalunisa Begum, Daughter of Sayyid Yusfuddin, Son of Ziauddin, Son of Safdar, Son of Mohammad Raza Siya Chaptar, Son of Sayyid Sadruddin Siya Chaptar, Son of Sayyid Ali ‘Baray Sahib’, Son of Abul Thani Siya Chaptar, Son of Sayyid Mati’ Thani Siya Chaptar, Son of Sayyid Mohammad Al Muqallab Gul Basar, Son of Sayyid Mati’ the First, Son of Sayyid Abul Hasan Kaldan Siya Chaptar, Son of Sayyid Farid, Son of Sayyid Fakhruddin, Son of Sayyid Mohammad Ali Gul Pasar, Son of Sayyid Jamal Samarqandi, Son of Shah Husamuddin Samarqandi, Son of Sayyid Abul Fazil, Son of Sayyid Fazlullah, Son of Sayyid Abul Al Fara, Son of Sayyid Dawood, Son of Husayn, Son of Maghdoom Yahya Zaidi al Husayni al Tirmidhi, Son of Sayyid Mohammad, Son of Sayyid Issa the Second, Son of Sayyid Hasan, Son of Ali, Son of Sayyid Mohammad, Son of Sayyid Yahya, Son of Imam Zaid us Shaheed, Son of Imam Zainul Abideen, Son of Imam Husayn the Prince of Martyrs, Son of Lady Fatimat al-Zahra’, Daughter of the Messenger of Allah Muhammadur Rasulullah (S).

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