Abdullah Shah Ghazi (Arabic: عبد الله شاه غازي) (c. 720) was an eighth-century Muslim mystic and Sufi whose shrine is located in Clifton, an affluent seaside municipality in Karachi, Pakistan. His real name was Abdullah al-Ashtar. His father, Muhammad al-Nafs al-Zakiyya, was a descendant of the prophet, Muhammad, through his daughter Fatimah. He is known for his commanding oratory skills, amiable demeanor, and impressive posture.
Hazrat Syed Misri Shah Rizvi (Sindhi: سيد مصری شاه), Hazrat Syed Misri Shah Imam (1840-1905) also known as King of Kaafi (Poetry). He was a saint and a sufi poet. He was born in Nasarpur, Sindh and lived most of his life in Nasarpur after travelling throughout the world to spread the word of Islam and Sufism. His poetry is divided into Seven different languages, and most of them are in Sindhi. The others are Hindi, Persian and few others as well. The annual Urs of Syed Misri Shah takes place in Safar (Islamic Month) at Nasarpur, Sindh, Pakistan. More Info Syed Misri Shah
Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil ق at Sindh Museum in Karachi
Sehwan (Sindhi: سيوهڻ شريف, Urdu: سیہون; also commonly referred to as Sehwan Sharif or Noble Sehwan) is a historic city located in Jamshoro District of Sindh province in Pakistan and is situated on the west bank of the Indus 80 miles (130 km) north-west of Hyderabad. The city is renowned for being home of one of Pakistan’s most important Sufi shrines, the Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. More info Sehwan Sharif
The Shrine of Lal Shabaz Qalandar (Urdu: لال شہباز قلندر مزار; Sindhi: لال شهباز قلندر جي مزار) is a Sufi shrine dedicated to the 13th century Islamic mystic, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. The shrine is located in Sehwan Sharif, in the Pakistani province of Sindh. The shrine is one of the most important in Pakistan, and attracts up to one million visitors annually.
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Syed Shah Hussain (1177 – 1274), popularly known as Lal Shahbaz Qalandar (Sindhi: لعل شھباز قلندر), was a scholar, Sufi saint and religious-poet of present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is revered and respected by both Muslims and Hindus in the region since he preached religious tolerance between the faiths. He was called Lal (“ruby-colored”) after his usual red attire and “Shahbaz” to denote a noble and divine spirit and “Qalandar” as he was a wandering holy man. The spiritual song “Dama Dam Mast Qalandar“, based on an original version from the 13th century, glorifies the saint and his teachings and in recent decades hase been widely popular within the Indian subcontinent.
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Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil ق at the maqam of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar ق in Sehwan, Pakistan
Dhikr with Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil ق in Karachi,
- Visit to Bhit Shah:
Enroute to Bhit Shah Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil (Q.S) visited the maqam of Hazrat Maqdoom Abdul Amin
Bhit Shah is name of two places in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. According to NADEEM WAGAN, Bhitshah is a very legendary city positioned near Hala and 40 kilometers far away Hyderabad city. This city is well-liked because of the great saint Hazrat shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. He is one of the greatest poets in the world. Bhit Shah is famous for the tomb of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai (1689–1752) who is considered by far the greatest poet of Sindhi language. The shrine is situated on a ‘Bhit’ (mound) and hence the name of the place Bhit Shah, the Mound of the King. Millions of devotees come to his tomb every year. The tomb was raised by the first of the Kalhoras and subsequently beautified by the Talpur Mirs. The tomb and an adjacent mosque are famous for the tile and mirror work done on them. Bhit shah is counted as the largest town of the district Matiari.
Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil (Q.S) placing a covering over the maqam of Hazrat Abdul Latif Bhittai
Baiyah with Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil (Q.S) after a quick stop enroute back to Karachi
Day 4: Dhikr with Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil ق in Karachi,
Alhamdulilah Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil ق have arrived safely in Lahore and en route to Hadrat Syed Ali bin Uthman al-Hujwiri ق.
Day 5 : Lahore
- Visit Maqam Ali Hajveri
Abu ’l-Ḥasan ʿAlī b. ʿUthmān b. ʿAlī al-Ghaznawī al-Jullābī al-Hujwīrī (c. 1009-1072/77), known as ʿAlī al-Hujwīrī or al-Hujwīrī (also spelt Hajweri, Hajveri, or Hajvery) for short, or reverentially as Shaykh Syed ʿAlī al-Hujwīrī or as Dātā Ganj Bakhsh by Muslims of Pakistan and India was an 11th-century Iranian Sayyid Sunni Muslim mystic, theologian, and preacher from Ghazni, who became famous for composing the Kashf al-maḥjūb (Unveiling of the Hidden), which is considered the “earliest formal treatise” on Sufism in Persian. Ali Hujwiri is believed to have contributed “significantly” to the spread of Islam in South Asia through his preaching especially in the Punjab, with one historian describing him as “one of the most important figures to have spread Islam in South Asia
More info about Ali haj veri, Daata Sahib
Alhamdulilah Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil ق have arrived in Lahore at the maqam and mosque of Hadrat Syed Ali bin Uthman al-Hujwiri ق
Juma with Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil ق at Data Darbar Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan. Alhamdulilah approximately 60,000 people in attendance to catch a glimpse of Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil ق.
Data Darbar (also spelt Data Durbar; Urdu: داتا دربار), located in the city of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan is the largest Sufi shrine in South Asia. It was built to house the remains of the Muslim mystic, Abul Hassan Ali Hujwiri, commonly known as Data Ganj Baksh, who is believed to have lived on the site in the 11th century CE. The site is considered to be the most sacred place in Lahore, and attracts up to one million visitors to its annual urs festival.
The shrine of Hujwiri is housed in a Mughal era tomb crafted of carved white marble. The tomb is surrounded by a massive marble courtyard, while a new educational institution at the shrine complex utilizes modernist architecture.
The site is considered to be the most sacred place in Lahore. The shrine has emerged a major economic, political, and social centre in Lahore, and is one of the only places in Lahore where the extremely rich and extremely poor share space together.
It is widely believed among devotees that the saint interred at the shrine is the supreme authority over all Sufi saints in the Indian subcontinent, and that no new Sufi saint could immigrate to the subcontinent without obtaining permission from the spirit of Hujwiri.
Following the establishment of a shrine dedicated to Hujwiri, his tomb was visited by Muslims and non-Muslims in search of his blessings. Illustrious figures such as Baba Farid, Moinuddin Chishti, Nizamuddin Auliya, Dara Shikoh, and Allama Iqbal all paid obeisance to the shrine, and pledged allegiance to Hujwiri. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was a frequent visitor to the shrine.
Hujwiri’s teachings were critical of practices associated with South Asian Islam, such as the use of drugs, and dancing. He also taught that Sufi saints were themselves still obliged to the demands of Islam, and so is revered by reformist Muslims who are critical of Sufi practice, as well as traditionalist Muslims who revere Sufi shrines.
Qawwali performances are regularly held at the shrine. On special occasions, the shrine is decorated with lights, dinner is prepared for thousands of visitors, who also partake in dance while musicians play Sufi music for hours. At the boundary of the shrine, Muslim faithfuls recite the Qur’an, and pay tributes to the Prophet Muhammad. More info here
- Visit Badshahi Mosque
The Badshahi Masjid (Punjabi and Urdu: بادشاہی مسجد, or “Imperial Masjid”) is a Mughal era masjid in Lahore, capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab, Pakistan. The masjid is located west of Lahore Fort along the outskirts of the Walled City of Lahore, and is widely considered to be one of Lahore’s most iconic landmarks.
The Badshahi Masjid was built by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671, with construction of the masjid lasting for two years until 1673. The masjid is an important example of Mughal architecture, with an exterior that is decorated with carved red sandstone with marble inlay. It remains the largest masjid of the Mughal-era, and is the second-largest masjid in Pakistan. After the fall of the Mughal Empire, the masjid was used as a garrison by the Sikh Empire and the British Empire, and is now one of Pakistan’s most iconic sights.
- Visit Wazir Khan Mosque
The Wazir Khan Mosque (Punjabi and Urdu: مسجد وزیر خان ; Masjid Wazīr Khān) is 17th century mosque located in the city of Lahore, capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab. The mosque was commissioned during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as part of an ensemble of buildings that also included the nearby Shahi Hammam baths. Construction of Wazir Khan Mosque began in 1634 C.E., and was completed in 1641.
Considered to be the most ornately decorated Mughal-era mosque, Wazir Khan Mosque is renowned for its intricate faience tile work known as kashi-kari, as well as its interior surfaces that are almost entirely embellished with elaborate Mughal-era frescoes. The mosque has been under extensive restoration since 2009 under the direction of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Government of Punjab, with contributions from the governments of Germany, Norway, and the United States.
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- Visit Maqam Baba Bhullay Shah:
Syed Abdullah Shah Qadri (Punjabi/Urdu: سید عبداللہ شاہ قادری) (Shahmukhi); 1680–1757) popularly known as Bulleh Shah (بلھے شاہShahmukhi), was a Mughal-era Punjabi Islamic philosopher and Sufi poet. His first spiritual teacher was Shah Inayat Qadiri, a Sufi murshid of Lahore. He was a Sayyid/Syed, a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. More info:Maqam Baba Bhullay Shah:
Bulleh Shah lived after the Pashto Sufi poet and saint Rahman Baba (1632–1706) and lived in the same period as Sindhi Sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (1689–1752). His lifespan also overlapped with the Punjabi poet Waris Shah (1722–1799), of Heer Ranjha fame, and the Sindhi Sufi poet Abdul Wahab (1739–1829), better known by his pen name Sachal Sarmast. Amongst Urdu poets, Bulleh Shah lived 400 miles away from Mir Taqi Mir (1723–1810) of Agra.
Bulleh Shah practised the Sufi tradition of Punjabi poetry established by poets like Shah Hussain (1538–1599), Sultan Bahu (1629–1691), and Shah Sharaf (1640–1724).The verse form Bulleh Shah primarily employed is the Kafi, popular in Punjabi and Sindhi poetry. Many people have put his Kafis to music, from humble street-singers to renowned Sufi singers like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pathanay Khan, Abida Parveen, the Waddali Brothers and Sain Zahoor, from the synthesised techno qawwali remixes of UK-based Asian artists to the Pakistani rock band Junoon
He Who is Stricken by Love by Bulleh Shah
English version by Mahmood Jamal
Original Language Punjabi
He who is stricken by Love
Sings and dances out of tune.
He who wears the garb of Love
Gets blessings from above.
Soon as he drinks from this cup
No questions and no answers remain.
He who is stricken by Love
Sings and dances out of tune.
He who has the Beloved in his heart,
He is fulfilled with his Love.
No need he has for formality,
He just enjoys his ecstasy.
He who is stricken by Love
Sings and dances out of tune.
- Visit Maqam Baba Farid
Farīd al-Dīn Masʿūd Ganj-i-Shakar (c. 4 April 1179 – 7 May 1266) was a 12th-century Punjabi Muslim preacher and mystic. who went on to become “one of the most revered and distinguished Muslim mystics” of the medieval period. He is known reverentially as Bābā Farīd or Shaikh Farīd by Muslims in Punjab, Pakistan or as Farīduddīn Ganjshakar. More info: Maqam Baba Farid
Fareed, do not turn around and strike those who strike you with their fists.
(The folk legend is that when Baba Farid ji went into the jungle to meditate, he took a piece of wood with him. And he would often chew it whenever he felt hungry as not to get distracted from meditation. In the above verse, he is pointing to the fact that one should follow the path of enlightenment to free oneself from sufferings of this world).
– Old Anarkali: Hotel Miraj : Sohbet
Anarkali remains one of the oldest surviving markets in South Asia, dating back at least 200 years and derives its name from the nearby mausoleum thought to be that of a courtesan girl named Anārkalī, who was ‘chased out of town’ by order of the Mughal Emperor Akbar for having a love affair with his son, Prince Salīm, who would later become Emperor Jahāngīr. More info Old Anarkali
- Visit Maqam Mian Mir
Baba Sain Mir Mohammed Sahib (c. 1550 – 22 August 1635), popularly known as Mian Mir or Miyan Mir, was a famous Sufi Muslim saint who resided in Lahore, specifically in the town of Dharampura (in present-day Pakistan). He was a direct descendant of Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab. He belonged to the Qadiri order of Sufism. He is famous for being a spiritual instructor of Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. He is identified as the founder of the Mian Khel branch of the Qadiri order. His younger sister Bibi Jamal Khatun was a disciple of his and a notable Sufi saint in her own right.
More info Maqam Mian Mir
- Visit Shalamar Garden
The Shalamar Gardens (Punjabi, Urdu: شالامار باغ, romanized: Shālāmār Bāgh), also known in English as the Shalimar Gardens, are a Mughal garden complex located in Lahore, capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab. The gardens date from the period when the Mughal Empire was at its artistic and aesthetic zenith, and are now one of Pakistan’s most popular tourist destinations.
The Shalamar Gardens were laid out as a Persian paradise garden intended to create a representation of an earthly utopia in which humans co-exist in perfect harmony with all elements of nature. Construction of the gardens began in 1641 during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan, and was completed in 1642. In 1981 the Shalamar Gardens were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as they embody Mughal garden design at the apogee of its development.
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