Tajuddin Muhammad Badruddin

Syed Mohammad Baba Tajuddin (January 27, 1861 – August 17, 1925), also known as Tajuddin Baba, was an Indian Sufi Master whose followers considered the last Mujaddid and Qutb.[1] His shrine is in Nagpur, India.[2]

Syed Mohammad Tajuddin
Tajuddin Baba.jpg
BornJanuary 27, 1861
DiedAugust 17, 1925
Nagpur, India
EraModern era
RegionIslamic philosophy
Main interests
Quran reading
  • Abdulla Shah Qadri


Tajuddin Baba was born in 1861 (1277 AH) to the family of Imam Hassan, being a tenth-generation descendant of the founder of the world Sufi Naqshbandi order, Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari, and a 22nd-generation descendant of the eleventh imam, Hasan al-Askari.[3][4][5][6] Baba's forefathers had migrated from Mecca and settled down in Madras, India and were mostly employed with the military.[citation needed]

Early lifeEdit

Baba Tajuddin was orphaned at a young age and raised by his maternal grandmother and uncle Abdul Rahman. He attended a madrasah in Kamthi, Nagpur.[7] There he met Abdulla Shah Hussaini Qadri Shuttari who initiated him into the spiritual path.[citation needed]

Abdullah Shah Hussaini Qadri Shuttari Sahib who was a Majzoob Salik saint from Qadri Shuttari Sufi order commented (about Baba) to his teacher that "There is no need of teaching this boy, he is already a learned person." He also gave young Tajuddin Baba some dried fruits and nuts as his blessings for Baba, which is said to put the young boy into an ongoing spiritual trance-like state. Baba completed his education and studied Urdu, English, Arabic and Persian.[8]


Baba Tajuddin had several caliphs whom he had appointed to serve others over the course of his lifetime. However, his key successor was Molana Abdul Kareem Shah, who Baba Tajuddin named "Yousuf Shah" and called him his son. The name Yousuf, gives an indication to his life story being similar to that of Prophet Yousuf. This is also the point where Yousufi Silsila (Sufi Chain) came into existence. Baba Yousuf Shah's body is buried in Mewashah Darga, Karachi, Pakistan in October 1947. And much before his own passing away, he had named one of his younger disciples, Kunwar Asghar Ali Khan as the next successor (Jaan Nasheen). Kunwar Asghar Ali Khan became known as "Albelay Shah Yousufi", and Zaheen Shah Taji was named as the caretaker (Sajjada Nasheen) to Yousuf Shah Baba's mausoleum.Times of India says Aala Hazrat Jalaluddin Mir Surkh of Meetha Neem Dargah was the disciple of Tajuddin Baba. Among the several caliphs of Hazrat Baba Tajuddin the another famous name is Hazrat Ghulam Mustafa, To whom Baba Tajuddin gave a title of”Miskeen Shah”.Hazrat Ghulam Mustafa(Baba Miskeen Shah) shrine located in Sikandrabad,District Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh.


Names and titlesEdit

According to author Bhau Kalchuri, baba Badruddin was born Tajuddin Muhammad Badruddin.[2] Tajuddin says his real name is Syed Muhammad Tajuddin and he is also known as Chiragh din (The light of religion). He is also known as Baba Tajuddin of Nagpur, Sayyad Mohammad Tajuddin, and Syed Mohammed Baba Tajuddin Aulia.

Some other titles that are associated with Baba Tajuddin are:

  • Tajul Auliya
  • Tajul Millatay Waddeen
  • Shahensha-Ay Haftaqleem
  • Paiyambar-e-Zahra


Images of the shrine of Tajuddin in Nagpur.


  1. ^ Taji, Zaheen Shah: Tajul Auliya, Volume II, Taj Publication, 1971, p. 221
  2. ^ a b Kalchuri, Bhau: Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher, Volume One, Manifestation, Inc., 1986, p. 46
  3. ^ Naqshbandiya shajarasi izidan Archived 3 August 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Ҳазрат Хожа Баҳоуддин Нақшбанд Archived 3 August 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ TajBaba Lineage
  6. ^ "Shajara-e-nasab lineages of descendants of Imam Hasan al-Askari r.a.-Shajara.org". Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  7. ^ Kalchuri, Bhau: Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher, Volume One, Manifestation, Inc., 1986, p. 47
  8. ^ Taji, Zaheen Shah (1956). Tajul Auliya (2nd ed.). Karachi: Taj Company. p. 43.
  9. ^ Apr 27, TNN | Updated; 2017; Ist, 13:45. "Qawwalis mark Sufi saint's Urs at Meetha Neem Dargah | Nagpur News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 June 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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