THE SUHRAWARDI SILSILAH


This Silsilah was founded by Shihabuddin Suhrawardi in Baghdad.

It was established in India by Bahauddin Zakariya.

His ways were different from that of the Chishtis.

The Suhrawardis, unlike the Chishtis, accepted, maintenance grants from the Sultans.

They believed that a Sufi should possess the three attributes of property, knowledge and hal or mystical enlightenment.

Suhrawardi saints argued that this was necessary to ensure that they served the poor better.

Practices like bowing before the sheikh, presenting water to visitors and tonsuring the head at the time of initiation into the Order that the Chishtis had adopted were rejected.

After his death the silsilah continued to play an important role in Punjab and Sindh.