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HAZRAT IMAM BARI ( RAZI ALLAH ANHU)

 HAZRAT IMAM BARI ( RAZI ALLAH ANHU)

Hazrat Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu (1617 to 1705), whose real name is Shah Abdul Latif Kazmi, was born in 1026 Hijra (1617 AD).His father, Syed Mehmood Shah, shifted his family from Jhelum District to Baghan village, presently called Aabpara. At that time, it was a barren land. Soon after the arrival of Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu’s family, his father started farming and also kept some animals. Shah Latif helped his father in grazing the animals, but left his father at 12 and came to Nurpur Shahan. From Nurpur Shahan, Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu went to Ghaur Ghashti (now known as Attock) where he stayed for two years for learning fiqh, hadith, logic, mathematics, medicine and other disciplines, because at that time Ghaur Ghashti was great seat of learning.

Attainment of Spiritual Knowledge

To get spiritual knowledge and satiate his love for Islam, Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu visited many places, including Kashmir, Badakhshan, Bukhara, Mashhad, Baghdad and Damascus. He not only received spiritual knowledge in these places but also held discussions with scholars belonging to different schools of thought on various subjects. Later, he went to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.

Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu received spiritual knowledge from Hayat- al-Mir (Zinda Pir). His ‘Pir’ gave him the title of Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu, which proves his link to Syed family. Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu converted thousands of Hindus into Muslims through the teachings of Islam at Nurpur Shahan. It is stated that once Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir himself came there to pay respects to Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu.

The Shrine

Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, who was devoted to spreading his empire, originally built the silver-mirrored shrine of Hazrat Bari Imam Razi Allah AnhuIt has been renovated and is now is maintained by the government. Inside the mausoleum, where the great saint rests, only men are permitted, a steady stream of worshippers enter and exit, most bending to kiss and strew rose petals on the green cloth covering the grave of Hazrat Bari SarkarThe shrine is a tourist spot in the tour guide’s list. Every year as the Urs of the saint, who spread Islam in this part of the world, gains momentum, devotees in their thousands set out for the Margalla foothills and gather at Nurpur Shahan to pay their respect. Although many swarm the shrine all year round, only last year the number exceeded a head count of 1.2 million people.

Nighttime is the best time to visit the shrine, as the atmosphere is hyped by glittering lights, sounds of qawalis and dhammals of malangs. There was a time when the event attracted a number of dancing girls from Lahore. Although dancing is no more allowed, the women still come to pay their respect.

Reciting verses from the Quran, women view the grave through a glass window, which many touch and kiss while praying for the blessings of Almighty Allah.

The faithful read from one of the hundreds of the copies of the Quran, the moment when one leaves after recitation. Some simply sit in silence as mark of respect for the great saint, taking a moment to say a final prayer and to collect the inspiration and strength to make the journey back home.

The centuries-old ceremonies of the Urs of great spiritualist and saint Hazrat Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu [Razi Allah Anhu] will begin at Noorpur, close to the capital city of Islamabad on Sunday, May-22.

The ceremonies, which shall be attended by the followers of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif, popularly known as Hazrat Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu [Razi Allah Anhu] from all-over Pakistan and even from abroad, will continue till Thursday, May-26

Islamabad District Administration and Auqaf Directorate has started task to make all the necessary arrangements for the sanctified event.

The people, who want to offer their services, are advised to submit their applications, other particulars, copy of N.I.C to Auqaf Department Office, F-8 Markaz or at Manager of Arrangements, located at the premises of the shrine of Hazrat Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu [Razi Allah Anhu] at his office Nurpur Shahan till April-23.

For more details, people can contact 051-9261508.

Perspective


Sweat mingles with tears on sun-darkened faces of pilgrims who walk miles, most of them barefoot and clad in rags, destined towards the shrine Hazrat Bari Sarkar [Razi Allah Anhu] in the hills, around Islamabad every year.

These are Pakistan’s colourful saint-worshippers, adherents of the Sufi branch of Islam. Over 500,000 pilgrims arrive to pay homage at the silver-mirrored mausoleum of 17th century Sufi saint Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Kazmi [Razi Allah Anhu], best known as Hazrat Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu [Razi Allah Anhu].

People have been coming to the shrine of the great saint for centuries.

The annual pilgrimage to Hazrat Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu [Razi Allah Anhu] is undertaken over five days surrounding the anniversary of the saint’s death each May. Each night at the shrine, a large number of pilgrims twirled to rapidly beating drums. Others carried miniature golden mausoleums garlanded with yellow and green streamers and triangular flags bearing verses from the Holy Quran.

The devotees came to make or fulfil “mannats” [pledges] that they would regularly visit the shrine, feed the poor or perform another act if their prayers are answered.

“My son wanted to go to Kuwait and he just came back. I promised I’d come to the shrine of Hazrat Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu [Razi Allah Anhu] and donate rice to the poor when he came back,” said Budronisa Yacoub from Lahore as she prepared to return home after praying at the shrine last year.

“If I hadn’t come, I would have been anxious. I would have worried because I made a promise to Allah,” she said, wiping away a tear. “I feel relaxed now.”

Some tried to create a tangible contract. They tied strips of cloth to an oldtree under which the saint was said to have meditated. The faithful believe their prayers have a better chance of being heard by Almighty Allah.

“When you want to meet with a big official, you have to meet with smaller officials first,” said Munir Ahmed of Bahawalpur. “When you go to a saint, Allah likes it and looks on it well.”

As is indexed in the history, Hazrat Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu [Razi Allah Anhu] was one of the great preachers of Central Asian and Arab who for centuries travelled through South Asia spreading Islam.

During the 17th century, thieves and outcasts occupied Noorpur Shahan village at the edge of Islamabad. While travelling though the area, the great saint, who had migrated to the densely thick underwood isolated terrain, now known as Islamabad from his origin, a village in Chakwal area, was stunned by the habits of those living among the natural beauty of the Margalla Hills.

He decided to stay and teach the people about Islam. Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, who was devoted to spreading his empire, originally built the silver-mirrored shrine of Hazrat Bari Imam Razi Allah Anhu

It has been renovated and is now is maintained by the government. Inside the mausoleum, where the great saint rests, only men are permitted, a steady stream of worshippers enter and exit, most bending to kiss and strew rose petals on the green cloth covering the grave of Hazrat Bari Sarkar

Reciting verses from the Holy Quran, women view the grave through a glass window, which many touch and kiss while praying for the blessings of Almighty Allah.

The faithful read from one of the hundreds of the copies of the Holy Quran, the moment when one leaves after recitation. Some simply sit in silence as mark of respect for the great saint, taking a moment to say a final prayer and to collect the inspiration and strength to make the journey back home.●


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