Early Life and Family

Sirri Saqti was born in Baghdad in 762 A.D. (approximately 155 A.H.). He was deeply influenced by the rich cultural and spiritual environment of his birthplace. His birth name was Sirrudeen, meaning “Secret of the Path,” which was later shortened to ‘Sirri’. He earned the title ‘Saqti’, also spelled ‘Saqati’ or ‘Siqti’, in recognition of his significant contributions and work.

Sirri Saqti’s father, Hazrat Mughlis (May God be pleased with him), played a crucial role in his early upbringing. Growing up in a family that valued spirituality and learning, Sirri Saqti was well-prepared for his future role as a revered Sufi master. The vibrant intellectual and spiritual atmosphere of Baghdad profoundly shaped his spiritual journey and the teachings that would later influence countless followers.

“Be like the sun which sheds its light on all; Be like the earth which sustains the burdens of all; Be like the water which enlivens hearts of all ”.
Hazrat Sirri Saqti

Spiritual Journey and Lineage

Hazrat Sirri Saqti, a revered Sufi Saint, was a Tab’a Tab’ieen, meaning he met those who had met the companions of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). His spiritual journey was deeply influenced by his connection to these early Islamic figures and his lineage within Sufism. Sirri Saqti was the Mureed (disciple) and Khalifa (successor) of Hazrat Maroof Karkhi (May God be pleased with him), from whom he inherited profound spiritual insights. He, in turn, became the Murshid (master) of the renowned saint Hazrat Junaid Baghdadi (May God be pleased with him). Hazrat Junaid Baghdadi held his master in the highest esteem, saying, "I did not see any person as Kaamil (perfect) as my Peer-o-Murshid (spiritual master)."

Qualities and Virtues

Teachings and Life-changing Impact of Sirri Saqti

Hazrat Sirri Saqti (May God be pleased with him) was not only a revered Sufi master but also a profound teacher whose actions and words left an indelible impact on those around him. His life was a testament to the transformative power of kindness, empathy, and unwavering devotion to God.

A Lesson in Compassion

Once, Hazrat Sirri Saqti encountered a drunk person lying on the ground, calling out the name of God. Hazrat washed the man's mouth and remarked, "He does not know that he is taking the most exalted name with his impure mouth." After Hazrat left, the drunken man became sober. On learning what had happened, he felt deep shame and began to curse his nafs (ego) and weep bitterly. He repented, saying, "O Shameless nafs! Sirri Saqti has now seen you in this sad state, and he too left. Now fear God and repent." That night, Hazrat Sirri Saqti heard a voice from the unseen saying, "You washed his mouth for My sake, and I have washed his heart for your sake." When Hazrat went to the mosque for late-night prayers, he found the once drunk man now praying fervently. Hazrat asked how this sudden change had occurred, and the man replied, "Why do you ask me concerning this, when God has already informed you about it."

Words of Wisdom

Hazrat Sirri Saqti’s teachings continue to resonate with those seeking spiritual growth and enlightenment:

The Legacy and Eternal Rest of Sirri Saqti

Hazrat Junaid Baghdadi (May God be pleased with him) recounts visiting Hazrat Sirri Saqti during his final illness. Junaid said, "I went to visit Hazrat Sirri Saqti when he took ill. There was a fan kept close to him, so I used it to fan him. He then said, 'O Junaid! Put it down. Fire is more powerful than wind.'"During this visit, Junaid sought advice from his esteemed teacher. Hazrat Sirri Saqti advised, "Do not be diverted from the love of Allah through the companionship of the people."Hazrat Sirri Saqti passed away on Tuesday, the 13th of Ramadan, 253 A.H. (867 A.D.), at the age of 98. His final resting place is in Baghdad, in a place called Shawneez.

Sirri Saqti's legacy endures through his teachings and the countless lives he touched. His wisdom and devotion continue to inspire spiritual seekers, reminding them of the importance of unwavering faith and love for God.