Khwaja Mahmud al-Injir al-Faghnawi was one of seven of Central Asian Sufi teachers known as Khwajagan (the Masters) of the Naqshbandi order. He was born in the village of Anjir Faghna, three miles from Bukhara. In his youth he used to work in construction. He devoted his life to the guidance of people to Allah’s Presence. He was the first in the line of the Masters of Wisdom (Khwajagan) to introduce the method of loud dhikr in accordance with the needs of the time and as required by the conditions of the seekers. When he was asked why he used the loud dhikr, he replied, “To awaken the sleeper.”
Khwaja Mahmud radiated his knowledge from his masjid, which he built in the village of Wabiqni, close to Bukhara. He passed away in the village of Qilit, near Bukhara, on the 17th of Rabi’ul Awwal, in the year 717 H. He passed the secret of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order to his khalif, Khwaja Ali ar-Ramitani.
Rumi's Garden Donates a Blessed Footprint Replica and the Ashtiname of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to Khwaja Mahmud al-Injir al-Faghnawi Mosque; Bukhara, Uzbekistan.
Photo by Don Croner