Sayyid Amir Kulal was one of seven Central Asian Sufi teachers known as Khwajagan (the Masters) of the Naqshbandi order. He was born in the village of Sukhar, two miles from Bukhara. His family were descendants of the Holy Prophet ﷺ. His mother said, “When I was pregnant with him, whenever my hand went towards doubtful food, I would be unable to convey it to my mouth. This happened to me many times. I knew that I had someone special in my womb.”
In his childhood he was a wrestler. He used to practice all of its arts until he became one of the most famous wrestlers in his time. All the wrestlers would gather around him to learn from him. One day, a man watching him wrestle had the following thought come to his heart: “How is it that a person who is the Descendant of the Prophet ﷺ and who is deeply knowledgeable in sharia and tassawuf can practice such a sport?” He immediately fell into a deep sleep and dreamt that it was the Judgement Day. He felt that he was in great difficulty and that he was drowning. Then Sayyid Amir Kulal appeared to him and rescued him from the water. He woke up and Sayyid Kulal looked at him and said, “Have you witness my power in wrestling and my power in intercession?”
One time his Shaykh-to-be, Khwaja Muhammad Baba as-Samasi, was passing by his wrestling arena, accompanied by his followers. He stopped and stood there. An evil whisper came to the heart of one of his followers saying, “How is it that my Shaykh, Khwaja as-Samasi, is standing here in this wrestling arena?” Khwaja as-Samasi looked at his follower immediately and said, “I am standing here for the sake of one person. He is going to be a great Knower. Everyone will come to him for guidance and through him people will reach the highest states of Divine Love and the Divine Presence. My intention is to bring this person under my wing.” At that moment Amir Kulal gazed at him, was attracted and abandoned the sport of wrestling. He followed Khwaja As-Samasi to his house. Khwaja As-Samasi taught him the dhikr and the principles of this most distinguished tariqat and told him, “You are now my son.”
Sayyed Kulal followed Shaikh Samasi for 20 years, spending all his time in dhikr, seclusion, worship, and self-denial. No one saw him in these 20 years except in the company of his Shaykh. He would come to see his Shaykh in Samas every Monday and Thursday, although the distance was five miles and the journey difficult, until he reached a state of unveiling (mukashafa). At that time his fame began to spread everywhere until he left this world.
Sayyid Amir Kulal died in the same village in which he was born, Sukhar, the 8th of Jumada al-Awwal, 772 Hijri.