Khwaja Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari was one of seven Central Asian Sufi teachers known know as Khwajagan (the Masters) of the Naqshbandi order. He was born in the month of Muharram, in 717 H./1317 CE, in the village of Qasr al-‘Arifan near Bukhara. Allah granted him miraculous powers in his childhood. He had been taught about the secret of the Naqshbandi tariqa by his first teacher, Sayyid Muhammad Baba As-Samasi. He was then given the secret and the mastery of the Order by his Shaykh, Sayyid Amir al-Kulal. He was also Uwaysi in his connection to the Prophet ﷺ, as he was raised in the spiritual presence of Abdul Khaliq al-Ghujdawani, who preceded him by 200 years.
Khwaja Bahaud-Din was buried in his native village, Qasr-i Arifan, in 1389. In 1544 Khan Abd al-Aziz built over his grave a tomb and surrounding buildings. The Memorial complex is located 12 kilometers from Bukhara and is today a place of pilgrimage.
Khwaja Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari has said:
“Spiritual Knowledge is like water, it takes the color and shape of the cup. Allah’s Knowledge is so great, that however much we take, it is like a drop of a huge ocean. It like a vast garden, however much we have cut it is as if we had cut but one flower.”