Hazrat Ammer Khousro (r.a.)
I become thou, you become me; I be body you be the soul, so as nobody could say, I'm apart from you.
Amir ul Shaura Khawaja Abul-Hasan Amir Khusrau Dehalwi, r.a.
He was a great and prolific poet. His poetic name ( pseudonym ) became so popular that people forgot his real name. His real name was Abul-Hasan, pseudonym Amir Khusrau and 'Yaminuddin', was his title.
He wished not had a title, similar to the rich men, and mentioned it to the Mahboobe-e Elahee. He said, "On the day of Resurrection People will call you Mohammed's (s.a.w.s.) admirer."
Birth and Parentage: Born in 651 Hijri or 1253 AD in Eitta, District Patiala, of Amir Saifuddin Mahmood, who was one of the nobles of Hazara, Balakh. Chingez Khan's incursions loomed large on them so Saifuddin Mahmood migrated to India during the reign of Sultan Altutmish, joined the court, and settled down at Eitta, District Patiala.
Because of his exceptional abilities he rose to a high and trusted rank in the court. Here he was married to the daughter of a noble, Imadul Mulk, who bore him three sons: Aizauddin Ali Shah, Hisamuddin, and Abul-Hasan; who was the youngest.
Education: His first tutor was his own father who died when he was merely nine years of age, then his maternal grand father, Imadul Mulk, took over the responsibility of their ( three brothers) education and up-bringing. His two elder brothers also gave their attention to his education. Consequently, he acquired proficiency in all material and intellectual subjects and was regarded a scholar of high repute. He was an intelligent and prolific poet, and sang melodiously innovated Qawwali, and invented several musical instruments. In addition to, he was a good prose writer.
Pledge of Obedience and Spiritual Heir: While he was eight he went with his father and other members of family to Hazrat Nizamuddin's residence. His father wished him to select his guide and teacher himself. Others went in but he stayed outside thinking that if he ( Hazrat Nizamuddin ) were a perfect saint he would summon him himself. So, Hazrat Nizamuddin's spiritual powers revealed to him his dilemma. He sent his servant to bring him in. Amir Khusrau was so much impressed of his personality that he accepted him his teacher and spiritual guide, entered the fold. Soon he became the dearest of his disciples and in due course of time, was granted the robe of his spiritual heir.
Prayers and Meditation: Despite his association with the court he continued to pray and meditate and traveled speedily on the road of conduct. Every night he recited seven chapters of the Holy Qur'an, melodiously after the Tahajjud prayer. The chronicles mention that he kept fasts continuously for forty years. He was engrossed every time in the intense love of God. There was so much incinerating heat generated in his heart that whatever he wore burnt on the chest. Hazrat Nizammuddin once said about it "If asked on the Day of Resurrection ( day of judgment ), what have you brought? I would say the heat from the bosom of the Turk." Turk, being the nick name of Hazrat Amir Khusro, RA.
Deep attachment to his Teacher: He loved his teacher deeply and spent most of his time with him. His teacher Hazrat Nizamuddin loved him more than any other of his disciples, even more than his spiritual heir, Hazrat Nasiruddin Roshan Chiragh Dehlavi. Once the Mahboob-e-Elahi said, "I am annoyed by all even by myself sometimes, but never by you."
Buying his teacher's and guide’s sandals for half a million (500,000) Rupees and carry them back on his head, out of respect, in the presence of Hazrat Nizamuddin, shows his deep love and faith for the spiritual guide and teacher i.e. Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, RA.
His Poetry: He was not only a mystic but also a Persian poet of great caliber. His verses are available. One of his Urdu ghazal is found. Besides, he was extremely sweet of tongue and interested in music.
Books : He wrote about 92 books some of them are; Rahatul Mohibbeen, Tohfatus Saghir, Ghairatul Kamal, Moghzan-e Asrar-e Nizami, Sheerin-Khusrau, Laila Majnoon, Aina-e Sikandari, Hasht Bahisht, Tajul Fatuh, Tughlaq Nama, Manaquib-e Hind.
Revelations and Miracles: It is said that when Sheikh Abul Fateh Multani was saying his funeral prayers, and raised hands to bless him, he ( Amir Khusro, RA ) got up and recited a Persian couplet.
Death: Amir Khusrau was extremely grieved at the demise of his teacher. He was not in Delhi at the time and had gone to Lucknow. On hearing the news he returned to Delhi post haste and retired to his teacher's grave; resigned the service, gave away all his wealth to the poor, and needy, spent six months in mourning and in the end died in 725 Hijri. He was buried near the tomb of his teacher on a slightly raised platform popularly called as Chabootra-e Yaran" in 725 Hijri or 1325 AD.