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How Chishti Tradition Spread from Afghanistan to Indian Subcontinent!

The Chishti Order is known for its emphasis on love, tolerance, and openness. Chishti Sharif is name of village in Afghanistan near Iran border.

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How Chishti Tradition Spread from Afghanistan to Indian Subcontinent!T

he Chishti Order (Persian: چشتی‎ chishtī) is a Sunni Sufi order within the mystic Sufi tradition of Islam.

It began in Chisht, a small town near Herat, Afghanistan, about 930 CE. The Chishti Order is known for its emphasis on love, tolerance, and openness. Chishti Sharif is name of village in Afghanistan near Iran border.

Tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, renowned saint of Chisti order

The Chishti Order is primarily followed in Afghanistan and the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It was the first of the four main Sufi orders (Chishti, Qadiri, Suhrawardi and Naqshbandi) to be established in this region. Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti introduced the Chishti Order in Ajmer (Rajasthan, India) sometime in the middle of the 12th century. He was eighth in the line of succession from the founder of the Chishti Order, Abu Ishaq Shami. There are now several branches of the order, which has been the most prominent South Asian Sufi brotherhood since the 12th century.

In the last century, the order has spread outside Afghanistan and the Indian subcontinent. Chishti teachers have established centers in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and Eastern and Southern Africa.

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