The ‘Uttar Pradesh Urdu, Arabi-Farsi University’ was established on 1st October, 2009 under U.P State Universities (Amendment) Act, 2010 (Notification No.294/79-V-1-10-1(Ka)-5-2010 dated 5th March, 2010). It was renamed ‘Shri Kanshiramji Urdu, Arabi-Farsi University on 4th April, 2011. In 2012, the university was re-christened ‘Khwaja Moinuddin Urdu, Arabi-Farsi University, under U.P. State Universities (Amendment), Act 2012 (Notification No.597/79-V-1-12-2(Ka)-6-2012 dated 16th August 2012). Dr.Anis Ansari, IAS(Retd), took over as the Founder Vice Chancellor on 23rd April 2010.
“Our Guiding Light and Inspiration”- Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer
The University was named after Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer who is known all over the world, for his benevolence and magnanimity. Khwaja Moinuddin was born in 1141 CE in Chishti in Herat, Afghanistan. Also known as ‘Gharib Nawaaz’ and ‘Benefactor of the poor’, he is the most famous saint of the Chishti order of Sufism in the Indian Subcontinent.
After a brief stay at Lahore, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti headed towards Delhi, which was, at that time, considered to be a city of political and religious disharmony. Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti began delivering his sermons in his characteristic soft-spoken demeanor. As a result of his kindness and forbearance, millions of Hindus and Muslims were inspired to move towards the path of truth and unity. The great Wali was revered and loved by followers of all religions, a trend which was to be the hallmark of Sufism in India.
Thereafter, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti left Delhi and headed towards the remote city of Ajmer, where he resided with the one of most powerful princes of Northern India, Raj Prithviraj. Through his humble approach and modest existence, not only did the Sufi Saint mould the character of the people, but he also led them to more prosperous ways of living, and cultivated in them the qualities of humanity and truth. Followers from all religions emulated and symbolized his dictum of “Sulh-i-Kul” (Peace with all). Thus, he brought the message of universal love and peace. He fulfilled the objectives of bringing together the various castes, communities and races, elevating humanity from the swamp of materialistic concerns, which is leading mankind towards destruction today.
Against this backdrop, it was most apt that Lucknow, which is famous for its “Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb” (culture) be chosen as the location for a university named after the great Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, who was the paragon of Hindu-Muslim unity.