Hazrat Syedna Khwaja Baba Fakhruddin Suharwardy (Rahmatullah Alaih) is a great Sufi saint of 12 th century. His mausoleum is located in a place called Penukonda which is in Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India. This place is located on Bangalore – Hyderabad highway and is around 120 Kilometers from Bangalore and 90 KM from Anantapur.
Before coming to Penukonda, He was a king of Sistan, a province of Iran, renounced world for the sake of Allah, in the pursuit of the Almighty he found his Murshid (Spiritual guide) Hazrath Tabr-e-Aalam Baadshah Nathar Vali (Rehmatullah Alaih), who himself was a king who had too renounced world for the Almighty’s cause, in a place called Tiruchirapalli (Tamilnadu).After serving His Master for several yeras on Master’s command he left to Penukonda for spreading the truth.
Dargah of Hazarat Baba Fakhruddin (R.A) is the abode of various chowks of different Fakirs which includes Rafai, Shah Jalali, Madari, Malang and Banawa.
It is regarded as sadar chowk of the Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamilnadu region, its control spans on all the southern region dargahs.
He is revered with full faith and great deity by all religions.
Miracle – Being alive after death
“They (martyrs) are alive in the presence of their Lord, being provided for” [3:169]
- HOLY QURAN
It is believed that Auliya Allah (Saints) are alive in their Mazars (Grave), following incident is the proof of this belief.
In the year of 1169 ,one day Baba was preaching a king of Rayal dynasty on how waliallah (Saints) live even after one’s death and advocated, person who hardened the body by subjecting to intense religious zeal attains unity with Almighty and the body won’t decay and will be alive till and after Qayamat (Doomsday).
To bring vlarity, Baba quoted an example, which is as follows:-
Two pots made of clay, one just dried in sun and the other brunt in a furnace, buried after digging two separate pits in the mud. After few days, when both the pits opened, the burnt pot has well in tact its form and shape whereas the pot that was dried but not burnt,has lost its form and turned into clay.
Likewise, when a human burns himself by truthfully following Allah and His prophet Mohammed Rasoolallah’s (Peace be upon Him) preaching he/she be alive even in the grave and the body won’t get touched by mud or any insects.
As the king was still doubtful, Baba stated that, the king can check for himself, by opening Baba’s grave, for body being untouched by the mud even after 40 years of Baba leaving the world. For this king replied that, he is already old and may die even before 40 years. Baba smiled and offered His 40 years of life to the king to verify after 40 years by opening the burial. Baba also said if he couldn’t wait for 40 years,he could open after 40 days of his burial.
On Thursday 12 th day of Jamada Al Akhir 694 Hijri’ (1295 C.E),as foretold Syedul Aarifien Hazrat Baba Fakhruddin (R.A) passes away from this world after 40 days from this incident at the age of 130 years.
On the 40 th day from Baba’s demise, king and others dig the burial place of Baba and observed that the body is fresh with a smile on the face.
The king got convinced. However, to substantiate, after 40 years they did it again and found that the Baba’s body is still fresh and with full of flowers !!!! Masha Allah!
As commanded by Baba, three flowers were taken which were on His chest.