When the British still ruled India there lived, in Delhi,
a well-known Hindu poet by the name of Dillu Ram Kausari. Now, this poet, though a Hindu, wrote encomiums and poems [naat]
in praise of the Prophet Muhammad salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam (upon him be blessings and peace.) He became
famous for writing such poetry and his poems became well known to such an extent that it scandalised his fellow Hindus who
accosted him and said, Dillu Ram, what is the matter with you? You have disgraced the name of Hindus! You are a Hindu and
yet you sing praises of and write poetry praising the Prophet (salla lahualayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) of the Muslims?
‘Do not stop me’, answered Dillu Ram, ‘for
I am forced to write such poetry’.
Who or what is forcing you? his fellow Hindus asked.
‘I am forced
by my love’, he cried. ‘I have fallen in love with the Prophet’ (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam)!
How can you, being a Hindu, fall in love with the Muslims Prophet? they asked, perplexed.
To this Dillu Ram replied,
‘Love is not forced it just happens’.
How much do you love the Prophet (saw) then? they
asked him, still astonished that one of their own could love the Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam). To
this Dillu Ram wept like a lover departed from his beloved and recited a poem of his. He said:
Kuch ishq e Muhammad mein nahin shart e Musulman!
Hai Kausari Hindu bhi talabgaar
Allah re! kyaa raunaq e bazaar e Muhammad
Ke Mabood e Jahan bhi hai kharidaar e Muhammad!
Being a Muslim is not a condition for loving Muhammad!
Kausari, the Hindu, is also a seeker of Muhammad!
Allah! How delightful is the bazaar of Muhammad
For the Lord of the Worlds is also a buyer of Muhammad!
They left him in disgust. The poetry of Dillu Ram became more
widespread and one quatrain, in particular, shocked the entire community in India, both Muslims and Hindus. In this quatrain
he imagined himself on the Day of Judgement and wrote these words, which were published (as were many of his other poems in
various Urdu monthlies) in a Urdu magazine called "Maulvi" which was printed in Delhi.
This was the controversial
Rahmatulilalamin kay Hashar mein
Khalq saari Shaafa e Roz e Jaza kay saath hai
Laykay Dillu Raam ko jannat mein jab Hazrat gaye
Maloom huwa kay Hindu bhi Mahboob e Khuda kay saath hai!
The meaning of Mercy unto the Worlds
became apparent on Judgement Day:
The whole creation is with the Intercessor of The Day of Acquittal
When the Prophet
took Dillu Ram with him into Paradise
It was known that this Hindu too is with the Beloved of God!
This quatrain scandalised both Hindus and Muslims! It annoyed
the the Hindus who objected to his continued praise of the Prophet (saw) and it scandalised the Muslims who were angered by
the sheer audacity of this Hindu to speak like that about the Day of Judgment! How can a Hindu go to heaven? they asked.
Undeterred by this criticism, Dillu Ram continued most of his life to sing the praises of the Prophet (saw) although
he never became a Muslim and remained a Hindu. It is also said that Dillu Ram, delirious with his love, would sometimes stand
in the middle of the bazaar in Delhi, put chains around his neck and feet and shout at the top of his voice to all passers-by,
Muhammad! Muhammad! Muhammad! Yes! Muhammad is the Beloved of God! Muhammad is the first and only Beloved of God! If God loves
you, He loves you because of His Beloved! Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam, Some people even stoned him and he would
often come home covered in blood but he was totally lost in his love of the Prophet salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam
(peace and blessings be upon him!)
As he got older, his fame as a poet (and infamy) spread and when he
became seriously ill it was reported in the various literary magazines throughout India including in Maulvi. It was reported
in this magazine that when he was on his deathbed, seriously weakened and surrounded by well-wishers, friends, family, and
admirers of his poetry including many other poets, he was so weak he couldn't leave his bed. Strangely, he continued to
stare at the door and after a while his face brightened and he got up and stood on his feet and hands-folded, asked all those
gathered there to also stand up. Astonished his intimates asked him, What is the matter? Weeping Dillu Ram said, The one whom
I have spent my whole life praising has arrived! The blessed Father of Fatima (upon him be peace and blessings!) is here,
visiting me! And I have not even accepted his religion! How generous my beloved is! Weeping, he began to converse with the
spirit of the Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) who said to him, Dillu Ram! Your time is almost upon you.
Azrael is almost here! I do not want anyone who has praised me like you have to go to the hellfire! I wish to take you into
Paradise with me! Weeping Dillu Ram recited the Kalimah (Muslim Credo) and then said to the Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale
hi wasallam), Master! You have taught me the Kalimah now also give me a Muslim name of your choice! I can feel The Angel of
Death is almost upon me! The Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) gave him the name Kausar Ali Kausari. After
that the fortunate former Hindu poet passed away. Verily we are from God and unto Him is our return!
His name has
become famous amongst traditional Sunni Barelvi Muslims of the Subcontinent as a lover of the Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale
hi wasallam )who attained a blessing only given to God's chosen few the vision of the Beloved whilst in a state of waking!
May God give us all the love of Dillu Ram Kausari! Amen.