Shrine of Data Ganj Bakhsh Hajveeri

Pakistan is an Islamic Republic country and so it has a vast and old history related to Islam. Pakistan and India has one of the biggest Sufism history for about more than 1000 years, there are many Sufi Tariqahs and nowadays everyone follows the one, which they want to follow. Sufism is a branch of Islam not all Muslims are sufi but there are some who have their attraction towards Sufism. There are some scholars who totally abide the rules of Sufism and some don’t mind it, hence there are contradictions.

The shrine, which I am going to discuss, is about a great Sufi saint of his own time and his known as Abul-Hassan Ali Ibn Usman al-JullabiAl-Hajveri al-Ghaznawi.  This is his full name but he has commonly known Data Ganj Bakhsh, he was born in Afghanistan and died in Lahore. He was a well-known writer of Persian language, at that time Persian used to be one of the most used languages among Muslims after Arabic. Before the partition of thesubcontinent and during the British rule, most of thescholars, Sufis and saints all came from Afghanistan.

In Pakistan, there is a list of tombs and shrines, which belong to the Sufi saints, but there are some of them, which are famous, because of the outstanding shrines, which are constructed in their memory. His shrine is called as “Data Darbar” which is situated in Lahore and it is known to be one of the oldest Muslim shrines in the whole South Asia. Most of the times the Prime Ministers and other ministers of Pakistan visit this shrine after every new government takes over the old one, it is also known that many prayers are also accepted at his shrine because the Almighty has such blessings.

If you have your first look at data darbar then you will easily be available to see a green tomb, which is actually constructed on the roof of the small area where there is the grave of this saint. Entering inside the Darbaryou will step in the area of the mosque and the name of that mosque is JamiaHajveria, which is having a staircase first, then you are in the zone of the mosque. The whole Darbarconsists upon the mosque and on the corner where there is a small building having; a green tomb is where the grave is located.

The mosqueis having a vast area for the worshippers, on the left and right of that area is the wuzu khana where people make their ablution. That area is used when large numbers of people come to pray and there is no place inside the building so they pray outside. Proceeding straight we will have a look on a building, which is beautifully made it, has a completely circled upper area of the roof to the bottom at thebackside and at the front side, there are all doors, which are sliders. Upon the sliders, a design is made to make it look appealing.

The tomb is constructed of the white marbles; there is a small building where most of the time many people keep on waiting for their turn have a look at the grave. When we enter the building, of the tomb on an enclosure view there is another boundary wall, which has covered the grave from all four side, and it is constructed in around, over there is a door where one man at a time can go and not more than 5 people can stand inside.   The boundary walls of the grave are having calligraphic names of Allah, His messenger, and Sahabah and above that, there is a design work done on the all four sides.

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