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Sajjadanashin Known as Dewan

The Sajjadanashin (Gaddinashin) Sahib Known as "Sajjadanashin Sahib" is thus the direct descendant of Hazrat Khwaja Garib Nawaz (R.A) as has been recognized,which came into existence in 1863 AD. The Present Dewan Sahib Sheikhul Mashaeikh Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan Sahib is the direct descendant of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti R.A,  in the twenty second (22nd ) generation. Khwaja Saheb is the eleventh (11th ) generation descendant (Great Grand-son) of Hazrat Imam Hasan Alaihissalam R.A. and the fourteenth (14th ) generation descendant of Hazrat Imam Hussain Alaihissalam R.A..
Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan Sahib is the twenty ninth (29th) successor  or  Sajjadanashin (Gaddinashin). He is popularly known as the "Dargah Dewan" or "Dewan Dargah Ajmer".
"The Sajjadanashin (Dewan Sahib)" is the son in the descending time of Khwaja Garib Nawaz (R.A). The first (1st ) Sajjadanashin was Hazrat Khwaja Fakhruddin Chishty R.A., who is eldest son of Khwaja sahib. Since that the tradition of Sajjadanashin are in force in the descendency of Khwaja sb as per rule of primogeniture.


  1. Dewan:- This title is given by Emperor Akbar to Hazrat Khwaja Hussain Ajmeri, the tenth Sajjadanashin Hazrat Khwaja Garib Nawaz R.A.
  2. Ali Kha:- This tytle is given by Emperor Shahjahan to Dewan Syed Ilmuddin Ali Khan, was the twelth (12th ) Sajjadanashin of Hazrat Khwaja Garib Nawaz R.A..
  3. Sheikhul Mashaeikh:- This title is given by queen Victoria through Via-Sarai- Governor General of India to Dewan Hazrat Gayassuddin Ali Khan Sahib was the twenty forth (24th ) Sajjadanasheen of Hazrat Khwaja Garib Nawaz R.A. in the year of 1877.

Note: - The Sajjadanashin sahib is Syed but enjoy the title of “Ali Kha” after their name since the mughal period as mark of respect author.    
Apex court of India as well as Governor of Rajasthan have always approved, accepted and recognized this reality:
“Presently Sajjadanashin Sahib Hazrat Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan Sahib is the Great Grand Son and direct Descendent in the lineage of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty R.A.”

The Sajjadanashin sahib (Dewan Sahib) is the only person who has spiritual and legal right to preside over all the Key ceremonies and rituals that are performed in the Dargah Ajmer Sharif. His authority in this capacity encompasses all the events and days of Significance related to the Dargah.

The annual URS Sharif (yearly fair) to commemorate the Death of Huzoor Garib Nawaz (R.A) and the URS Sharif of Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harwani (R.A) who was the Peer-o-Murshid (Spiritual master) of Huzoor Garib Nawaz (R.A), the “Jumerat-Mehfil” Thursday of every week and the “Chhatti Sharif” sixth date of each Muslim month are marked with various traditional rituals in all of which are presides over by Sajjadanashin Sahib Sheikhul Mashaeikh Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan Sahib of Dargah Sharif, Ajmer. These powers are passes over from generation to generation in the hands of sitting Dewan sahib of the time. These rituals include presiding  over the Mehfil-e-Qawwali or Samaa (a congregation in which verses in praise of Almighty Allah , Prophet Muhammad Sahib(SAWS) and the Saints & sages of Chishtiya’s are recited ) .
The time of Mehfil during the URS Sharif is after Namaz-e-Isha (the Last namaz of the day) onwards. These congregations are chiefly Miscellaneous Services.

This Fact has not only been declared in the Annual Reports of 1942 to 1944 ,1956 to 1957 , and 1957 to 1958 of Dargah committee but also much earlier before this committee came into existence, by all the communities and Rulers of Ajmer Sharif , who have accepted and honored this factual truth the status and family lineage of  Dewan Sahib.
Owing to the fact, the position, status and post that bear a stamp of authorities since time immemorial cannot be changed by any rival groups opposite faction or a gang of mischief mongers. Both the state as well as central made decision by the Privy Council , London ,that was published in Ajmer Merwara Law Journal , 1932 ,and that is mentioned by Privy council in A.I.R. 1938 Privy council page nos.71 ,72 and 73 and which is as follows,
This declaration is in confirmation with the orders of the Emperor Shah Jahan dated 1629 AD. it was again confirmed in a declaration made in 1936, which was made to exhibit that Sajjadanashin (Dewan Sahib) is the son in the coming (one after another) generation of Huzoor Garib Nawaz (R.A) and has been accepted as the legal heir to the Gaddi (seat) of Dargah Khwaja Moinuddin chisty (R.A) which is an authentic evidence in itself to prove the legal claim of the present Dewan Sahib to the seat of Sajjadanashin of Dargah, Ajmer Sharif. The decision clearly states that during the reign of the Emperor Shah Jahan, the Post of Mutavalli was declared the servant of Hukumat (the govt.) and was accepted that the Sajjadanashin generation after generation (present Dewan Sahib one of them) has been declared one of the main (Principal) descendant of Khwaja Garib Nawaz( R.A) .
The issue was further settled in favors of Dewan Sahib, when the Govt. of Indian constituted Dargah Inquiry committee in its report dated 1950 AD, through a publication that as a Judicial court has accepted the Sajjadanashin Sahib (Dewan Sahib) as not only the direct descendant of Hazrat Garib Nawaz (R.A) but also the post of Sajjadgi has been declared as Hereditary (Moroosi) going down generation after generation of Huzoor Garib Nawaz (R.A). The Supreme Court of India in its Significant decision dated 8th September 1987, published in page no 2213 to 2219 in A.I.R, 1987 AD, through its order decreed as a Permanent fact that Hazrat Sajjadanashin is the descendant of Huzoor Garib Nawaz (R.A) .The present post of Sajjadgi has been accepted as Hereditary and permanently belongs to heirs, generation after generations, down the line of Huzoor Garib Nawaz (R.A). This serves as an ample evidence of authenticity of the present Dewan sahib Sheikhul Mashaeikh Hazrat Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan Sahib to the position of Mutavalli, Sajjadanashin, Dewan -Dargah Ajmer Sharif and as the true heir of Huzoor Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R.A) Moreover, the Dargah Committee Ajmer (a govt. body) has been order by the Supreme court of India to comply with its decree.
Hence, it is quiet essential for all the Zaireens of Astana Garib Nawaz (R.A), for their correct knowledge that Sajjadanashin (Dewan Sahib) enjoys and holds this position by Virtue of his Legal heir to Huzoor Garib Nawaz (R.A) in the capacity of a direct and true descendant of Huzoor Garib Nawaz (R.A).
Dargah Ajmer Sharif  will deceive and cheat himself bring his own peril and whatever profits he intends to get by throwing false claim to the above mentioned titles would be absolutely baseless , false , and legality invalid.
Although, with all these above cited decisions, the pilgrims (Hazreens and Zaireens) are deceived by telling them that Sajjadanashin (the present Deewan Sahib) is only a Govt. official heir. To Say this is not only to deceive the innocent and ignorant Zaireens but also a clear instance of the disobedience (Toheen) of the Court orders to Veil the reality and an easy way to turn the people against the govt.
People should have due regards for the truthful and accept the reality decreed by the courts. The opposite factions have become blind due to selfishness and are unable to see the truth and fundamental reality. The opponents must realize and understand these facts; their opposition is completely illegal and based on falsehood. It is the spiritual, moral and legal duty of one and all, including Dargah employees and faithful towards Sheikhul Mashaeikh Hazrat Dewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan Sahib, who is the truthful and legal heir of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan chishty (R.A).
AIR (All India Reporter) 1987 Page no 2214 Para no 2
There are two important offices in the Shrine:
  1. Sajjadanashin ( The Spiritual head of  the Shrine).
  2. Mutavalli (The Secular head or Manager of the Shrine).

Various pronouncement of various court regarding Sajjadanashin (Dewan) Sahib
AIR 1947 Page no 5 para no 12
The Mutavalli of the Dargah has claimed to be equal in status to the Diwanji. This cannot be true and fact there, because the Sajjadanashin Sahib (Dewan Sahib) is the grandson of the Khwaja Sahib, while the mutavalli of Dargah Khwaja Sahib is an employee’s of the government. It is always proper for the mutavalli to be in respect of the Sajjadanashin Sahib.
AIR 1947 Page no 2 Para no 3
Through this stormy history of the states, it is now necessary to trace the history of the Shrine. This dispute is occurs since The Farman of “Akbar the Great” not before that. With certain intervals the hereditary descendent of the Saint Hazrat Khwaja Garib Nawaz R.A.  Variously called the Sajjadanashin and Later called Dewan combined in his own person the two leading office of the shrine, that of Sajjadanashin or Spiritual head of the shrine and Mutavalli or the Secular head or the Manager of the Shrine. These alternative expressions are used to convey as nearly as possible the meaning of the original words. It is also disputed in the reign of the emperor of Shahjahan (1627-1658) The post of mutavalli was separated from the Sajjadanashin and had become government appointment, whereas the Sajjadanashin remained and continue to be a hereditary descendent of the Saint Hazrat Garib Nawaz R.A..
AIR 1987 Page no 228 Para no 20
The government of India had also recognized that Sajjadanashin has always been a descendent of the Saint that position should not be disturbed. This has been reflected from the speech of Home minister in the parliament while piloting the Khwaja Sahib Bill, which later became the DKS Act. This is what the Home minister stated (Lok Sabha Debate Pt. II Vol. V 25th July ,13th Aug 1985, p. 9391):
“So far as Sajjadanashin is concerned he is a religious office. He is the descendent of Hazrat Khwaja Sahib and therefore this position should be kept as it is and not affected at All. Because he deals with the rituals and the spiritual side of the management and so far as that is concerned, it is entirely left to him.
If any person, any group or Trust or any government agency, claims to be the Sajjadanashin, contact us or referencing the following links are as:

Office : Hawli Dewan Sb. Near Dargah Gate,Near Jamil Hotel, Ajmer Sharif(Rajasthan)
Phone : 0145-2422825, 0145-2626741
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Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan