The Great Friend of Allah, Shaykh ‘Ali al-Hujwiri, Allah sanctify his secret, said:
The word Muhabbat (Love) is derived from the Arabic root word = ‘hibbah’ = which means a seed that bears fruit when it is concealed in the earth.
Love has been likened to the seed because, it is the seed of the love of Allah in the heart of mankind, that develops and blossoms in one’s life, like the flowers and fruit that come out of a seed..
(The Revelation of the Veiled ~ Kashful Mahjub)
His nickname was Data Ganj Bakhsh.
He is known as the patron saint of Lahore, Pakistan and his tomb is in Data Darbar.
He was born in Ghazni, Afghanistan.
He said regarding Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, Allah be well pleased with him, “His renown and rank in the spiritual path is very high. Imam Ali explained the principles of Divine Truth with clear precision. Imam Ali is a model for the Sufis in respect to the truths of outward expressions and the subtleties of inward meanings, the stripping of one’s self of all property either of this world or of the next, and He has much consideration of the Divine Providence.”
Shaykh Ali al-Hujwiri also related that Imam Junayd said, “Imam Ali, Allah be well pleased with him, is our Shaykh as regards the principles of Islam and as regards of teaching us to get through life by means of the endurance of overcoming affliction.”