Makhdoom Syed Mehmood-ul-Hassan Shah Khaki, also known as ‘Mastwaar Qalandar’ was born in Chakwal, Pakistan, and is the son of the Sufi saint Makhdoom Syed Rasool Shah Khaki (Siri Nagar, Kashmir). Their bloodline is from Hassani-Hussaini Syed, the line of Hazrat Ali (R.A) and their ancestors include Ghous e Azam – Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani who was a great Sufi saint. The family name ‘Khaki’ originates from Daud Shah Khaki (Siri Nagar, Kashmir 1521-1585) who was also a famous Sufi Saint and Chief Justice. Makhdoom Syed Rasool Shah Khaki came to Lahore in 1940 and sometime after that arrived in the place which is now named after him – Makhdoom Pur Sharif, Chakwal. Mastwaar Qalander has written a number of books in Urdu, including poetry, on Tasawwuf and Maarfat (spirituality).