Hazrat Syedina Ukasha ibn Mihsan (radi Allahu ‘anhu)

 Parangipettai,Tamil Nadu, India


The shrine fondly called as “Kandeduttha Dargah Shareef” by locals is located in Parangipettai (historically called Porto Novo) town of Cuddalore district. The shrine is famous since 7th century as Hazrat Ukkhasha is believed to have arrived there in Parangipettai Shareef along with his favorite disciple Hazrat Syed Saheb Ganj who also lies buried near his spiritual master.
Legends say that Hazrat Ukkhasha was among the 313 companions who had taken part in the battle of Badr and belonged to Baddu tribe of Arabia.

Hazrat Sayyiduna ‘Ukasha (radi Allahu ‘anhu) belonged to the tribe of Baddu in Arab community and was in the Khidmat of Rasul-e-Karim(salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). He is one of the greatest and distinguished ashiques (Lovers) of Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

During the last Sermon prior to performing Hajj, Hadhrat Sayyiduna Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) called all the Sahabas (radi Allahu anhuma) and people for an open announcement in Masjid-e-Nabawi Shareef asking that they can come in front of Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

if Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) ever cheated anyone,
if Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) ever done wrong to anyone,
if Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) ever beaten anyone,
if Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) ever had dues with anyone,

On the contrary, nobody came in front. During the announcement, Hadhrat Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was on the camel surrounded and guarded by Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen, sayyiduna, Hadhrath ‘Umar al-Farooq (radi Allahu ‘anhu) and Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen, Sayyiduna, Hadhrath Ali bin Abu Talib (Karam Allahu Wajhah) along with many other Sahabas (radi Allahu ‘anhum). After the announcement, Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) waited for a while for Sahaba and people to respond and suddenly Hadhrat Sayyiduna Ukasha (radi Allahu ‘anhu) came in front and told Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that he was once beaten by him and he wanted a justice for that.

Having heard it, all the Sahabas (radi Allahu ‘anhum) became stunned and their anger rose. One of the Sahabas (radi Allahu ‘anhu) went to the extreme and took the sword to kill Hadhrath Sayyiduna Uhasha (radi Allahu ‘anhu) at this situation but Rahmath-lil-Al’ameen, Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) came down from the camel and asked all the Sahabas (radi Allahu ‘anhum) not to interfere between him and Hadhrat Sayyindua Ukasha (radi Allahu ‘anhu). Hadhrat Sayyiduna Ukasha (radi Allahu ‘anhu) went on explaining that when he was without a Jubba in the masjid standing for the Jamaat in the first saf, Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) instructed him to stand straight and make proper saaf for the jaamat, during the occasion, he was beaten. After hearing it, Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was about to remove his Jubba Mubarak, Hadhrat Sayyiduna Ukasha (radi Allahu ‘anhu) said that he was beaten by a rope which was at the home of Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), who in turn ordered Islam’s First Muezzin, Sayyiduna, Hazrat Bilal Habshi (radi Allahu ‘anhu) to bring the rope (Kolda) from his house.

When Sayyiduna, Hadhrat Bilal Habshi (radi Allahu ‘anhu) went to the holy house of Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), he explained the complete incident to the daughter of Rahmath-lil-Al’ameen (Peace and Blessings be Upon him), the Queen of Heaven, Hadhrat Sayyida Fatima Tu Zhara (radi Allahu ‘anha) and to her holy sons, Hadhrath Imam Hassan ibn Ali (radi Allahu ‘anhum) and Hazrath Imam Hussain ibn Ali (radi Allahu ‘anhum). All of them started crying and said to Hadhrat Bilal Habshi (radi Allahu ‘anhu) that they would accept the beatings from Hadhrat Sayyiduna Ukasha (radi Allahu ‘anhu) since Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was suffering from illness during his last days and then they gave the rope.

After taking the rope, Hadhrat Bilal Habshi (radi Allahu ‘anhu) rushed back to Masjid-e-Nabawi Shareef where everybody was awaiting him and gave it at the sacred hand of Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) who in turn gave it to Hadhrat Sayyiduna Ukasha (radi Allahu ‘anhu) and asked him to beat but the later told that he was without Jubba when he got beating, then removed his Jubba Mubarak. Oh! SubhanALLAH, that was the situation Hadhat Sayyiduna Ukasha (radi Allahu ‘anhu) had been longing for, then he threw the rope and kissed the Mehr-e-Nubuwwat with Adab with excitement that stretched in his every drop of blood and cried like anything and ran away from that place and came to India.

After the incident, tightly hugged Hadhrat Sayyiduna Ukasha (Radi Allahu ‘anhu) and said the holy news that the later would enter Jannath. Hearing the news, all Sahaba-e-Kiram went ecstatic and whole Masjid-e-Nabawi shareef was plunged into an elated status.

Hadhrat Sayyiduna Ukasha (radi Allahu ‘anhu) said about the Meher-e-Nubuwwat that he had seen it many times when he used to do Khidmat for Rasul-e-Karim (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and was waiting for a holy time to kiss that for years. And, Meher-e-Nubuwwat was in the form (shape) of half White Egg and around which, there were small sacred hairs. There were names of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and Hadhrat Sayyiduna Muhammad (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

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He also ranks as the only companion (Sahaba) who kissed the seal of prophet hood (Mohar-e-Nabuwat). Hazrat Ukkhasha also went into a state of ecstasy and arrived in India like many other companions to propagate the message of Islam. He reached Parangipettai and settled there with his disciple. As his influence grew, more people joined his mission and became Sufis. The influence of Hazrat Ukkhasha is evident from the fact that Parangipettai town boasts of more than 2360 Dargahs of Sufis.

  How to Reach: From Pondicherry Airport the shrine is 60.6 Km, from Parangipettai station it is 3.1 Km. It is only 750 m from Main Bus Stand, Keerai Kara Street.,

Nearest City : Cuddalore
Nearest Bus Stop : Main Bus Stand, Keerai Kara Street
Nearest Airport : Pondicherry Airport
Nearest Railway Station : Parangipettai
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