8 Best and  Famous Tombs To Visit  in Pakistan

Published on Nov 16, 2023 by


Abdullah Shah Ghazi

Abdullah Shah Ghazi was an eighth-century Muslim mystic and Sufi whose altar is found in Clifton in Karachi, in Sindh province of Pakistan. His real name was Abdullah al-Ashtar. His father, Muhammad al-Nafs al-Zakiyya, was a relative of Muhammad through his daughter Fatimah.

His tomb is based on a high stage. However, the body is kept in an underground crypt. The holy place is made of a tall, square chamber and a green-and-white striped vault brightened with Sindhi tilework, banners, and buntings. Fans to the sanctum touch the silver railing around the internment spot and wrap it with laurels of blossoms.

The shrine is exceptionally respected and regarded by individuals, everything being equal, and religions. Until the mid-twentieth century, the hallowed place was a little hovel on Clifton’s head of a sandy slope. The sanctuary was manufactured and extended by Murshid Nadir Ali Shah, a Sufi holy person of Qalandariyya Sufi Order and the shrine’s then caretaker.

The sanctum’s famous structure, its steps, mosque, Langar Khana, Qawwali Hall, and traveler hold up were worked under his supervision. The place of worship turned into a focal point of fascination for individuals having a home with various factions, nationalities, and social areas. Free dinners and the reverential verse such as Qawwali became the essential highlights of the shrine.

The altar was in every case reverentially associated with Nadir Ali Shah’s dervish stop, called Pathan Kafi in Sehwan Sharif. For quite a while, the game plans of the sanctuary and langar continued under his supervision. In 1962, the Auqāf office took its authoritative control. The two times every day, free supper began by Nadir Ali Shah continued under his followers’ administration.

In 2011, the sanctum was given over to a Pakistani development giant, Bahria Town, who remodeled the outside of the shrine. This got a blended reaction from the inhabitants of Karachi. The Abdullah Shah Ghazi altar was assaulted in 2010 by aggressors who exploded two self-destruction bombs at the holy place, murdering ten and harming 50. 

Ali Hujwiri: 

Ali Hujwiri is accepted to have contributed “altogether” to the spread of Islam in South Asia through his preaching with one student of history portraying him as “one of the most significant figures to have spread Islam in the Indian subcontinent.”In the current day, Ali Hujwiri is loved as the patron saint of Lahore, Pakistan, by the area’s traditional Sunni Muslims.

He is also one of the most broadly venerated saints in the entire Indian subcontinent and his tomb-shrine in Lahore, prevalently known as Data Darbar, is one of the most frequented holy places in South Asia. At present, it is Pakistan’s biggest sanctum “in quantities of yearly guests and in the size of the sanctuary complex, and having been nationalized in 1960, is overseen today by the Department of Awqaf and Religious Affairs of Punjab.

The spiritualist himself stays a “commonly recognized name” in the every day Islam of the two India and Pakistan. In 2016, the Government of Pakistan declared 21 November to be a public holiday to celebrate the initiation of Ali Hujwiri’s three-day death anniversary. Ali Hujwiri was conceived in Ghazni, in present-day Afghanistan, in around 1009 to Uthman ibn Ali or Bu Ali.

As is basic with Sufi holy people, he is professed to be an immediate relative of Prophet Muhammad through his dad, an immediate relative of Al-Imam Hasan ibn Ali. His supposed genealogical chain returns eight ages to Ali. According to the personal data recorded in his own Kashf AL-maḥjūb, it is clear that Ali Hujwiri voyaged “broadly through the Ghaznavid Empire and past, investing significant energy in Baghdad, Nishapur, and Damascus, where he met a large number of the pre-prominent Sufi of his time.

In matters of jurisprudence, he got prepared in the Hanafi rite of orthodox Sunni law under different teachers. As for his Suffix training, he was connected through his educator al-Khuttalī to al-Husrī, Abu Bakr Shibli (d. 946), and Junayd of Baghdad (d. 910). For a brief timeframe, the spiritualist is accepted to have lived in Iraq where he previously became affluent, yet later fell into debt. His brief marriage during this timeframe is said to have been unhappy.

Eventually, Ali Hujwiri settled in Lahore, where he passed on with a prestigious minister and teacher’s notoriety. His most recent couple of years, be that as it may, were not liberated from battle, as he was detained for quite a while for “the absence of the books he had left at Ghazni.” After his demise, Ali Hujwiri was consistently viewed as an incredible holy person by well-known recognition. 

Bahauddin Zakariya :

Baha-ud- Zakariya also spelled Bahauddin Zakariya and known as Baha-ul-Haq and Bahauddin Zakariya Multani, was a Sunni Muslim scholar, Sufi saint, and artist who set up the Suhrawardiyya order of Baghdad in medieval South Asia, later getting one of the most compelling profound pioneers of his era.

Abu Muhammad Bahauddin Zakariya, later referred to as Bahauddin Zakariya, was conceived around 1170 CE in Kot Kehror (now known as Karor Lal, a town close to the old city of Multan, in the southern piece of the Punjab province of modern Pakistan. His granddad, Shah Kamal-ud-Din Ali Shah Qureshi, had shown up in Multan from Mecca, Arabia, while in transit to the Khwarezm region of Central Asia. Bahauddin Zakariya slid from the ancestry of Asad Ibn Hashim and was henceforth a Hashmi, or direct relative of a similar tribe genealogy as Muhammad.

The renowned Kurdish-Persian Sufi ace Shahab al-Din Abu Hafs Umar Suhrawardi of Baghdad awarded Zakariya the otherworldly title Caliph in Baghdad and afterward relegated him back to the Multan region. For a long time, Zakariya went to various urban communities in southern Punjab, where the request could pull in enormous quantities of changes over from Hinduism. Zakariya at last settled in Multan in 1222. Under his influence, Multan got known as “Baghdad of the East,” and is alluded to by Zakariya in his Persian. Baha-ud-Din Zakariya passed on in 1268, and his tomb (Darbar) is situated in Multan.

The catacomb is a square of 51 ft 9 in (15.77 m), estimated inside. Over this is an octagon, about a large portion of the court’s stature, which is overcome by a hemispherical dome. The catacomb was destroyed during the Siege of Multan in 1848 by the British, yet nearby Muslims soon reestablished it. Numerous travelers visited his place of worship at the hour of his urs from various pieces of Pakistan and the past. 

Khwaja Ghulam Farid: 

Khawaja Ghulam Farid Koreja or Khawaja Farid (1845–1901) was a nineteenth-century Saraiki Sufi poet of the Indian subcontinent. He was a researcher and author who knew a few unique dialects. He had a place with the Chishti–Nizami Sufi request. He was known for his work, which advocated the Punjabi language. Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology was named after him.

His mother kicked the bucket when he was four years of age, and he was stranded around the age of twelve when his dad, Khawaja Khuda Bakhsh, passed on. He was then raised by his senior sibling, Khawaja Fakhr-ud-Din, is otherwise known as Khawaja Fakhr Jehan Sain, and grew up to turn into a researcher and essayist. He mastered Saraiki, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Sindhi, and Braj Bhasha, and wrote Kafi poems in the Saraiki, Urdu, Sindhi, Persian, and Braj Bhasha languages.

Nawab Sadeq Mohammad Khan V of Bahawalpur took Khawaja Ghulam Farid Koreja to his royal residence at Ahmadpur Sharqia for his strict training by a researcher who was eight years of age. His senior sibling Khawaja Fakhr-ud-Din Koreja who had brought him up after his folks’ demise, additionally passed on when Khawaja Ghulam Farid Koreja was 28 years of age. Khawaja Ghulam Farid then left the Cholistan Desert (also known as Rohi) and lived there for a long time. 

Khawaja Ghulam Farid Koreja performed Hajj, an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, in 1876. His most huge works include: 

  • Deewan-e-Farid (poem assortment in Saraiki, 1882; in Urdu, 1884); Khwaja Farid created upwards of 272 poems of high abstract merit.[4] 
  • Manaqabe Mehboobia (in Persian writing) 
  • Fawaid Faridia (in Persian writing) 

Sakhi Sarwar: 

Sakhi Sarwar is a town in Dera Ghazi Khan District, Pakistan. It is named after a Muslim Sufi saint Syed Ahmad Sultan, otherwise called Sakhi Sarwar, whose tomb is arranged in the vicinity. The burial chamber itself was the thirteenth century in a little town named Muqam in the Sulaiman Mountains, 35 kilometers (22 mi) from Dera Ghazi Khan city. It was later extended by the Mughal king Zahir-ud-clamor Muhammad Babur.

It is a remarkable structure of Mughal design. A urs, or celebration in honor of Syed Ahmad Sultan, additionally privately called “Sangh Mela,” has been praised for a considerable length of time during Vaisakhi (March–April), with a large number of travelers going to the town from the close by areas. First, they visit the holy place of Syed Sakhi Zain ul Abdieen at Lar Multan to pay Salam or tribute to the guardians of Sakhi Sarwar.

Then they go to Dera Ghazi Khan. Sarwar loves the effects of the holy person, uncommonly the Mohar Mubarak. Historically, adherents of Syed Ahmad Sultan had a place with different religions. Max Arthur Macauliffe, a frontier office selected in Punjab, seen in 1875 that Muslims as well as visited the altars during the urs. On 3 April 2011, at the yearly celebration (urs) in the honor Syed Ahmad Sultan, a twin self-destruction attack left 112 dead and right around 200 harmed. 

Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai :

Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (18 November 1689 – 1 January 1752) (Sindhi was a Sindhi Philosopher, Sufi scholar, mystic, holy person, and poet, broadly viewed as the best Muslim artist of the Sindhi language. He is otherwise called the artist of Sindh. A 16-foot-high sculpture of Bhitai was uncovered before the Bhit shah lay house on the event of his 274th urs.

The sculpture was etched by Nadir Ali Jamali, who is related to the University of Sindh’s expressive arts branch. It is wanted to be forever set up at the focal point of the Karar Lake close to the Bhitai sanctum. It took ten months to complete. The Urs commences consistently from fourteenth Safar (second month of Hijra schedule) and goes on for three days. In 2017, the 274th Urs of Shah Abdul Latif started at Bhit Shah, and Mai Dhai, Abida Parveen, and numerous different artists and specialists performed. Governor Sindh finished the function’s opening. 

Qalandar Baba Auliya :

Qalandar Baba Auliya is the title of the Sufi mystic Muhammad Azeem Barkhiyya (1898 – 27 January 1979), the organizer of the Azeemiyya order of Sufism. He was given the honorifics Abdal-I-Haq and Hasn-e-Ukhra. Qalandar Baba Auliya was conceived in Khorja, Bulandshahr, which is in India’s U.P. region in 1898. Qalandar Baba Auliya got his essential and strict training in a nearby school.

He went to secondary school in Bulandshahr. In the wake of finishing his secondary school training, he went to Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh, presently in India. During his stay in Aligarh, Qalandar Baba Auliya got slanted towards learning otherworldliness. He invested a ton of energy at the burial chamber of the Sufi Maulana Kabuli. It was on those occasions when he went to visit his excellent maternal father, Tajuddin Muhammad Badruddin.

Instructor of the educators, Knower of Divine Secrets, Baba Tajuddin, taught his great child to remain with him in Nagpur for Spiritual preparation. After learning his child’s expectation to learn otherworldly information, Qalandar Baba’s dad came to Nagpur to convince his child to finish his academic training. Baba Tajuddin answered to his dad that on the off chance that he would get educational training any more, he would not be helpful to him.

His dad left his child to his liking. Qalandar Baba Auliya remained with Tajuddin Baba Auliya, whom he called granddad (Nana), for a long time. During this time, he got his profound preparation from him in a brutal way. 

Fariduddin Ganjshakar: 

Farīd al-Dīn Masʿūd Ganj-I-Shakar was a twelfth-century Punjabi Muslim preacher and mystic who proceeded to become “one of the most adored and recognized … Muslim spiritualists” of the medieval period.

He is known respectfully as Bābā Farīd or Shaikh Farīd by Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus of the Punjab Region, or just as Farīduddīn Ganjshakar. Fariduddin Masud was conceived in 1175 (571 AH) in Kothewal, 10 km from Multan in the Punjab area of what is now Pakistan, to Jamāl-ud-dīn Suleimān and Maryam Bībī, a girl of Wajīh-ud-dīn Khojendī. He was a Sunni Muslim and was one of the establishing fathers of the Chishti Sufi order. Baba Farid got his initial instruction at Multan, which had reached an inside for Muslim training.

There he met his teacher Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, who was going through Multan on his way from Baghdad to Delhi. Once his training was finished, he moved to Delhi, where he took in the Islamic tenet from his lord, Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki. He later moved to Hansi, Haryana. When Quṭbuddīn Bakhtiyār Kākī passed on in 1235, Farīd left Hansi and turned into his otherworldly replacement, and he settled in Ajodhan(the present Pakpattan, Pakistan) rather than Delhi.

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