What is a Sufi Lodge?
This article is about Sufi Lodges. There is separate section in khanqah designated for those disciples who have dedicated their lives for the cause of Allah. Hence, many disciples live in khanqah and spend their time in worship of Allah, services of Shaikh and Tehreek or the works of khanqah itself. Thus, they cannot work for anybody else and have no other source of income for their families. So, Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr gives them fixed monthly stipend.
Furthermore , many disciples spend time at khanqah so that they can find atmosphere most suitable to build connection with Allah. Here, they also get opportunity to stay in the company of perfect spiritual guide and gain spiritual beneficence from him. Moreover, many disciples come and stay at the khanqah for weeks and months for spiritual training and purification.
Now, the beneficence of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen has reached across the borders. There is large number of his international disciples who have embraced Islam or found right path due to his persuasion. Thus, they passionately visit Pakistan just to have the privilege of meeting their beloved spiritual guide. These guests also stay at the khanqah. Here, the resident disciples welcome and serve them wholeheartedly.
Langar is the provision and distribution of free food. Sufis have been practising this tradition since long. In the khanqah of Sarwari Qadri order, langar is prepared everyday for the disciples who reside here. Furthermore, on every Sunday and annual spiritual events, there is arrangement of grand langar for all those who attend the gathering. Moreover, some visitors also take langar with them for spiritual benevolence and curing the ill. There is no category of langar. Hence, the poor and rich eat the same food. The langar department also distributes it in the neighborhood every Sunday and on special occasions.
Due to increasing terrorism, especially against the religious organizations, it became necessary to make arrangements for the security of khanqah. Hence, Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr established the department of security of khanqah and Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen house. Trustworthy and vigilant disciples of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen are members of this department. They provide twenty four hour security in shifts to khanqah and Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen house. Besides, members of this department have different ranks and duties. Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr gives them stipend as well.
The female security team monitors only the inner house of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen on events and Sunday gatherings.
Moreover, there are security cameras in all corners to monitor every activity going on in khanqah.