Auliya was the most celebrated disciple of the famous Sufi Baba
Farid, one of the most lauded of the Chishti saints. Auliya is
considered to be the greatest Sufi saint of the fourteenth century.
This famous Shaikh of the most liberal Sufi order is found
consorting with one of the most treacherous and intolerant Muslim
invaders of India. The Shaikh did make statements of religious
tolerance but it is clear where his political loyalty resided.
Barani, another Chishti Shaikh
believed, "Hindus should be deprived of their wealth, and
philosophers and non-Sunnis should be liquidated. "Similarly
the great Indian Persian poet and Sufi Amir Khusraw it is said
"A great favorite of the Delhi Sultans, Amir Khusraw served
them and wrote eulogies in their praise." He similarly wrote in
praise of Alauddin Khalji. He traveled with another Sultan of the
Tughlak line in his Bengali expedition. Though he gave praise to
Hinduism in some of his writings he was clearly on the side of the
Islamic rulers in their aggressive wars against Hindus.
Hence the existence of a few liberal
statements about Hinduism does not mean that the Sufi involved did
not support Islamic military action in India. We must remember that
Muslims had praise for Christ but this did not slow down their
efforts to conquer Christian countries or their ferocity in their
attacks. Note the cruel Turkish attacks upon the Greeks, Serbs and
Hungarians in this regard, or the massacre of the Armenians after
World War I.