Murshid Waqar Faiz 

Murshid Waqar Faiz was born on the 10th of Ramadan, 1389 A.H. (Nov 20th, 1969, C.E.) in the city of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The people of his neighborhood recount smelling an intensely sweet fragrance coming from his house when his mother was pregnant with him. This fragrance followed her around wherever she went, and it persisted even after his birth. The protection of the Almighty was so strong with him that one day he fell from a two-story floor into a pile of rocks on the ground but did not suffer a single scratch. His father passed away while he was still young, and his relatives recount how he would constantly say, “My son will be a doctor,” towards the end of his life. He meant that his son would be a spiritual doctor who healed spiritual illnesses. Murshid Waqar Faiz completed his initial studies in Lahore and received traditional education from his mother. She was a professor of Islamic studies and an extremely pious and worshipful person. He grew up learning about the love of Nabi Pak Muhammad ﷺ and his family from her. He recounts how he would return home in the late hours of the night to find the light in his mother’s room on because she was engrossed in prayers.

 

In the year 1427 A.H. (2006 C.E.), Murshid Waqar Faiz experienced a powerful state in which he felt compelled to seek out Allah. He would be in constant remembrance of the Divine and His Messenger ﷺ and would pray hundreds of prayers in a single day. He began to seek out the friends of Allah and would try to sit with them as often as possible. Finally in the year 1429 (2008 C.E.) he took the oath of studenthood (bay`at) with his spiritual teacher, Sayyid Mahmud Ali Shah, who would pass away soon after. It was at this time that Waqar Faiz began to receive spiritual instructions via dreams, and after following these instructions, he would find these dreams to be true. He would see different friends of the Divine of the past offer him spiritual knowledge and instruction, until finally Hazrat Ali revealed himself to Murshid Waqar Faiz. This was the start of a tremendous spiritual journey that continues to this day. 

At the instruction of Hazrat Ali, he would engage in various exercises in order to eliminate the nafs, including forty-day retreats in several different parts of the world including the Arab peninsula, Turkey, England, Europe, and North America. He also secluded himself at the shrines of great saints of the past as well, such as Bibi Pak Daman, Data Ganj-Bakhsh, Bahauddin Zakariyya, Baba Lal Shah, Baba Bulleh Shah, Baba Fareed Ganj-Shakkar, and Shah Shams Tabriz in Pakistan, as well as Khwaja Gharib Nawaz, Khwaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki, Khwaja Nizamuddin Awliya, and Khwaja Nasiruddin Chiraj Delvi in India. He performed a special retreat at the Data Darbar at the very spot where the Holy Ka’ba became visible to those who prayed behind Huzur Data Ganj-Bakhsh. He would also seclude himself in the mountains and jungles. He once stayed on an island in the middle of the Ravi River in Phulnagar, Punjab, and during the course of this retreat, he kept his foot set on a stone in the river. This stone became embossed with his footprint like ink and remained in this fashion for 14 years. After this time, the stone was pulled out of the river and cut lengthwise, and it was found that this footprint was embossed all the way through the stone. 

On another occasion, Murshid Waqar Faiz went on a forty-day retreat in the mountains and allowed some of his students to visit him upon its completion. When they asked him about the experience and what one could accomplish from such practices, he said, “The crown of spirituality does not go to the one who knows the most. It goes to the one who hides the most.” This incident marked the start of Murshid sharing countless spiritual lessons and words of wisdom that left deep impressions upon those around him.

He once said, “People coming to you for help is itself a major gift from the Creator.” After receiving so much on the path, Murshid Waqar Faiz knew he had to share the wisdom he had received in order to truly serve others.

Murshid Waqar Faiz lives in Houston, Texas in the United States of America. He provides assistance and service to people all over the world in the forms of food and clothing drives and provides spiritual help and guidance to all who seek it. He invites people to the path of the Divine, and many people have taken the spiritual path under his guidance. The service he provides to creation is summed up best by the supplication Murshid Waqar Faiz continues to make to this day for every creature of Allah to have ease, betterment, happiness, and the desire to walk the path of the Almighty.